NEW YORK – A 34-star canton from an American Flag, a carved heart-in-hand Odd Fellows lodge staff, and a red and white antique quilt with a Princess Feather pattern should rank among the top lots in New Hampshire Antiques Dealers: Americana, a Jasper52 auction that will take place on Thursday, March 10, starting at 6 pm Eastern time. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, an expert in tramp art, folk art and Americana. Other notable items in the 481-lot sale include a cast iron star-shaped windmill weight, schoolgirl samplers, stoneware jugs and whirligigs; Native American sterling silver turquoise jewelry, a circa-1840 grain-painted Pennsylvania blanket chest, and trade signs, including a circa-1930s example touting “Foot Long Hot Dogs” Additional highlights include a tramp art box by Gus Wynn, a large painted bride’s box or marriage box with a 1931 date, an 1840 tureen in the Columbia Star pattern, a trumpet vase by Carl Sorenson, a circa-1960s hanging bar light advertising Schlitz beer, Victorian majolica compotes, and an iron duck target from a shooting gallery. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
First among the standouts is a carved heart-in-hand Odd Fellows lodge staff dating to the early 20th century. It is in its original muted gold paint and it comes with a wall mount. The heart is raised and the staff is firmly connected to the carved hand, which measures 10in. It is estimated at $1,500-$2,000.
Several quilts appear in the lineup, but an antique red and white quilt boasting a Princess Feather pattern represents a remarkable prize. The undated cotton quilt is described as being in mint, unused condition, and it measures 82 by 84in. Its estimate is $1,000-$1,200.
American flag fans will delight to a 34-star example that could be the canton of a Civil War-era flag or perhaps a union jack. The lot notes describe it as a “Beautiful piece in excellent condition for its age. … [The] blue field is brighter on one side and you can see the early cotton fiber that didn’t absorb the dye.” It measures 15 by 15in and carries an estimate of $3,500-$4,000.
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