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Conestoga Auction focuses on Pennsylvania Americana, Oct. 28

Pennsylvania Americana
Pennsylvania paint-decorated dower chest, 1832. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Conestoga Auction image


MANHEIM, Pa. – Over 20 decorated dower chests from Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties will be offered along with other furniture and Americana in Conestoga Auction Co.’s sale on Saturday, Oct. 28. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Topping the list is an extremely fine Dauphin or Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, paint-decorated dower chest having a central panel inscribed, “CADRINA/HEMPERLY/1832.” Its lid has two oval panels with stamped floret designs. The front has arched panels with compass star, tulip and stamped floret decoration and diamond border. The interior contains a till with a secret compartment. The chest is in very good condition with minor wear. It is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

The sale also contains a dozen antique woven coverlets. A two-piece jacquard coverlet signed “Peter Harting, 1833” is from Lancaster County. The design features a floral field with an eagle and tree border. It is expected to sell for $200-$400.


Pennsylvania Americana
1833 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, two-part jacquard coverlet, four colors, 74 in. x 98in. not including fringe. Estimate $200-$400. Conestoga Auction image


A blue spatter ironstone pitcher and wash bowl in the Cluster of Buds pattern should attract attention. The pitcher, which is in good condition, is 11¾ inches high. The wash bowl, which is 14 inches in diameter, has several chips.


Pennsylvania Americana
Blue spatter ironstone pitcher and washbowl, Cluster of Buds pattern. Estimate: $200-$400. Conestoga Auction image


Also featured are a Pennsylvania inlaid tall chest, a Pennsylvania walnut shrank, a Chippendale tall case clock (below), 18th-century side chairs, homespun linens, a collection of Stiegel Glass, metal hearth ware and a selection of Pennsylvania cast-iron stoves.


Pennsylvania Americana
Chippendale walnut flat top tall case clock, circa 1760-1780,  88½in. high. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Conestoga Auction image


The auction will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.


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