Leading a selection of about 30 firearms is a Colt Single Action Army revolver introduced in 1873. The serial number 10889 indicates it was one of the first 12,000 Colt .45s designated for use by the U.S. Cavalry in the Indian Wars. The revolver also bears the marks of Orville W. Ainsworth, Colt’s inspector from October 1873 to November 1874. Described as being in nice condition and with possibly an early arsenal refinish, this legendary sidearm of the American West has a $10,000-$12,000 estimate.
A stunning painting of a beautiful shipwreck victim tossed ashore by a raging sea is titled Mort de Virginie, or The Death of Virginia. The unsigned oil on canvas is after the original by Jean-Baptiste Bertrand (French, 1823-1887) and based on an 1887 French novel titled Paul et Virginie. The intricately detailed painting is 46 inches wide by 20 inches high. The estimate is $8,000-$10,000. Some restoration is noted.
American antiques in the auction include a well-preserved 19th-century apothecary cabinet containing 29 drawers and decorated with grain painting that simulates flamed mahogany. The large cabinet is 51 inches wide, 36 inches high and 12 deep. Having a bracket base with nice cutouts, glass drawer knobs, and many old drawer labels, the cabinet has a $3,000-$4,000 estimate.
A monumental pottery vase by Steven and Susan Kemenyffy on a custom-made faux marble base was crafted in the Raku style, which entails hand molding and low-temperature firing. The vase itself is 52 inches high and 22 1/2 inches wide. The 20th-century Pennsylvania studio potters’ works are in many museum collections including the Smithsonian. This unusual piece is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
The brightest piece of jewelry in the sale is a 2-carat diamond ring that has a Trillion cut center stone surrounded by additional diamonds. In a 14-karat gold setting, the distinctive ring has an $8,000-$12,000 estimate.
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