Saturday’s sale, comprising more than 750 lots has an unusually deep and large selection of sterling silver souvenir spoons collected for decades; as well as a fun selection of advertising materials including Coca-Cola and tobacco memorabilia. In addition, there is a good collection of antique dolls and a wide panoply of objects and accessories for sale. As with most of Evans’s sales this auction is 100 percent unreserved.
The backbone of this auction is formed by material from the collections of the late Richard “Dick” and Mary Ann Krauss of Clyde, Ohio; the late Betty Jane Renn of Sunbury, Pa.; and the Veronica “Ronnie” Riefler Strathmann estate of Pittsburgh, Pa., as well as selections from a Connecticut private collector.
Metalware makes up a large section of the auction, including a massive collection of sterling silver souvenir spoons, as well as sterling hollow and flatware and Victorian figural napkin rings. Among the fine silver offerings are a Boston Arts & Crafts sterling silver serving plate with a wide, ornately pierced and punched border, hallmarked with knight on horseback and “K” within a shield for Mary C. Knight of Boston. The serving plate dates to the first quarter of the 20th Century, measures 10 3/4 inches and weighs 14.35 ounces. Its estimate is $800-$1,200.
The auction also includes a rare Samuel Yellin (1885-1940) Arts & Crafts wrought iron candlestick and other Arts & Crafts objects, Victorian and Chinese furniture and country accessories. The Yellin candlestick has an open-spiral shaft raised on a circular pan-like base and three five-toed pad feet. Stamped “SAMUEL YELLIN” under the base; it was made in Philadelphia and is estimated to sell for between $800-$1,200.
The Evans auction also includes vintage toys and dolls, marbles, fine Christmas and Easter decorations, collections of tobacciana, a collection of Maxfield Parrish prints, lady’s accoutrements and vintage clothing, fine and costume jewelry, collections of Royal Doulton Royal Doulton ceramics, art pottery, and Tiffin figural glass lamps. In the doll section of the sale, a, J.D. Kestner German bisque-head “Hilda” character doll, incised “Made in / Germany / 245 / J.D.K. Jr. / 1914 / Hilda,” with brown sleeping eyes, painted eyebrows and eyelashes, open mouth with upper teeth and tongue, and original fully-jointed composition body, in a vintage christening dress and cap, dating to the first quarter of the 20th century, 16 inches high is estimate to realize $500-$800.
There are a number of interesting ephemeral items and books of local interest in the auction, too, including an important Virginia confederate veterans manuscript records for the Stonewall Jackson Camp #25 of the Confederate Veterans, U.C.V. #469, Staunton, Va. The lot includes Camp Ledger #1 and #2, 1894-1934, and Treasure’s book 1908-1921. The ledgers contain 870 pages filled with extensive notes and records of member’s war services, resolutions, newspaper clippings, signed letters from Mrs. Jefferson Davis and Gen. Eppa Hunton, other letters and notes, membership rolls, etc. It is estimate at $500-$800.
In the advertising and tobacciana collection from a private Connecticut collection, a rare Bill Durham Smoking Tobacco advertising clock attributed to W.T. Blackwell and dating to the last quarter of the 19th century is a highlight. The clock has a windup mechanism, and takes the form of a tobacco pouch, made up of a wooden frame covered with printed muslin, with labels and a card-stock front panel, with dial and advertising, top drawstring and even has its original key. It is 12 1/4 inches high. The clock is estimated to realize $300-$500.
In addition to the Bull Durham clock, the auction includes several other vintage clocks, including a circa 1916 Chelsea Constitution model clock housed in a brass case with outstanding patina and a silvered dial lettered “Chelsea Clock Co./Boston, U.S.A.” and “Ship’s Bell,” serial #103469. It has its original key and certificate from Chelsea Clock Co. It is 7 1/4 high, 5 1/2 deep and is estimated at $500-$800.
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