REHOBOTH, Mass. – Americana Auctions will be hosting a live and online auction in on Sunday, July 21, at 11 a.m. Eastern time featuring fine nautical items and the partial contents of a Boston brownstone estate. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Featuring 400 fresh-to-the-market lots, it will feature an array of nautical related items such as scrimshaw; ship portraits; maritime clocks and instruments; ship models, including cased, half-hulls and dioramas; original harpoons; and sailor-made pieces including several pie crimpers and canes. Marine items from a Nantucket collector are included in the sale: China trade paintings, several camphorwood trunks (some decorated), and a superb camphorwood two-part campaign desk.
Marine paintings include a beautiful Antonio Jacobsen ship portrait of the Kenilworth, Thomas Whitcombe, W.F. Halsall, Brian Coole, W.H. Yorke, Louis Dodd, W. Littlefield, Graham Flight, C. Myron Clark, Charles Waldron, G.H. Gay, E. Darch Lewis and many more. Some good European genre paintings round out the sale; works by William Lippincott, A. Von Schrotter, A. Defaux and Theodore Gerard.
A varied cane collection (ex Bud Cobb) includes fine sailor-made bone examples plus several rare gadget canes from the 19th century. Nautical instruments including antique telescopes, binnacles and telegraphs will be offered.
Other marine related pieces include a group of antique and modern Chelsea and Ashcroft ship clocks; an eagle trail board; and about nine half-hulls and other ship models including a rare antique Charles Carroll layered hull. The Charles Carroll vessel was made at Brant Point in Nantucket for Owen Chase, the first mate of the ill-fated ship Essex, destroyed by a whale in 1820. This event inspired Hermann Melville to write Moby Dick.
Special interest items include two 7-foot antique figural leaded glass windows, one just removed from Boston, with the portrait of a woman in a long white gown, having drapery glass and fused glass made famous by Tiffany and Lafarge.
The other large window depicts a young girl on steppingstones in a garden, with painted features and opalescent bull’s-eye glass. Also included will be some Arts & Crafts furniture by Gus and L. & J.G. Stickley, Quaint, and more recent Stickley upholstered pieces.
Rounding out the sale is a selection of sterling silver including three flatware sets and sets of goblets, a group of solid gold jewelry and watches, old decoys and period American furniture.
Auctioneer Ed Tessier stated, “I have been involved with antique auctions since 1965 – a young runner at the time – from Rehoboth to Cape Cod and the Islands. We have come full circle now and are back at our original location. The auction business has changed tremendously since that time but our passion for historic objects still drives us to discover fresh merchandise that we are always excited to offer at public auction.”
For more information on this sale or future consignments call 508-771-1722 or 508-223-9471.