NEW YORK – Antique Associates at West Townsend Inc., one of America’s foremost brokers of high-quality antiques, art and antique arms, has gathered a 210-lot online auction that will be conducted by Jasper52 on Friday, Nov. 13. AAAWT’s second such auction features high quality Americana, furniture, antique arms and Civil War items with reserves at a fraction of retail. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Two unusual items related to firefighting are featured in the auction. One is a large eglomise trade sign (above) for the National Fire Insurance Co. of Hartford, Conn. The reverse-painted sign displays Liberty holding a shield showing a stag and polychrome flag with a spread-wing eagle. The eglomise is in excellent condition with minor lifting. The oak frame with a gilt liner is original with wear to the varnish finish and losses to the gilt gesso. It is expected to sell for $650-$1,650.
The second firefighting collectible is a painting of firemen coming to the rescue of a mother and young children whose house is burning. The large and dramatic painting is by James H. Cafferty (American, 1819 to 1869) and is after L’Incendie (The Fire) by French painter Jean Pierre Alexandre Antigna (1817-1878). The Cafferty rendition carries a $12,000-$25,000 estimate.
More than 40 lots of antique firearms are offered in the auction, from flintlock muskets to Colt Army revolvers to pocket pistols. A pair of early 19th century flintlock pistols made by Thomas & Storrs of London features folding bayonets and beautiful walnut stocks (est. $9,200-$13,950).
Three antique highboys highlight the furniture category. One is a Connecticut Queen Anne in cherry with a recently restored finish (est. $2,725-$5,500).
A pair of duck decoys offered in the sale was made by Charles Perdew of Henry, Ill., one of the most colorful and eccentric carvers of the era. Each is marked “Henry Perdew Ill.” In generally excellent condition, the decoys should exceed $10,000.
The auction, which will start Friday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. EST, will also feature pewter, blown glass, redware and stoneware pottery, and toys and nodders.
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