ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Hundreds of high-end items in an array of categories will be offered at a multi-estate auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 25, at the St. Charles Convention Center. Lots will include more than 2,000 silver spoons, John Rogers statuary groups, vintage clocks and art glass, including five Tiffany vases.
“This will be an exciting sale because there is so much here and the merchandise is so diverse,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan, which will conduct the sale. “These are high-end, highly collectible, fresh-to-the-market items, from several important estates. It isn’t every day we get this much quality merchandise all at once, but this will be such an event. Mark your calendars.”
Jim Miller or Arkansas, who died earlier this year, amassed the silver spoon collection. Woody Auction sold the Millers’ extensive collection of American brilliant cut glass in August. The top lot of that sale was a mushroom shade table lamp in the Aberdeen pattern by Jewel Cut Glass. It changed hands for $14,000.
Spoons featuring plique-a-jour bowls are among the most prized in the collection. Plique-a-jour is a style of enameling in which transparent enamels are fused into the opening within a wire frame to produce an effect suggestive of stained glass. The collection also includes about 15 Gorham Round coin spoons, all sterling, with round bowls on which a scene or object is embossed. Examples include a silver dollar, the president’s mansion, George Washington Bridge and tributes to Virginia, Cleveland and Cincinnati. There are about five “banner buggies” – silver-plated spoons from the late 1800s with advertisements of buggies on the bowls. There are more than 100 naval spoons – many sterling, some sterling with enamel – from the early 1900s, with bowls depicting a specific warship. The collection also includes more than 20 high-quality Russian enamel spoons made in the late 1800s, about 200 sterling Indian spoons depicting Native American scenes, souvenir spoons from nearly every state and some examples of black Americana.
Of the vintage clocks, one in particular is certain to pique the interest of the crowd: a pre-1900 Howard No. 1 Regulator, about 50 inches tall. The clock is in fine working order and expected to bring $5,000-$10,000. Also offered will be statue clocks and mantel clocks.
John Rogers produced chalk statuary in group settings in the 1860s and 1870s, usually depicting everyday life situations. About seven Rogers groups will be offered, including one of President Abraham Lincoln huddling with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, in one titled “The Council of War.”
The auction will also feature a gorgeous French enamel jewelry box with 23 painted scenic panels and about 30 Wavecrest glassware items by Pairpoint Manufacturing Co.
The sale will begin at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 in the grand ballroom of the St. Charles Convention Center. A preview will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 4-7 p.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, Woody Auction will hold another American brilliant cut glass auction. Consignments to that auction promise to rival the Millers’ collection in terms of rarity and value, said Woody. That sale will also be held at the St. Charles Convention Center.
For information about Woody Auction and its calendar of upcoming events, go the to Web site www.woodyauction.com. Woody Auction accepts quality consignments. To consign an item, estate or collection, phone 316-747-2694 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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