GARNET VALLEY, Pa. – Briggs Auction is pleased to offer the Dr. Mead Shaffer collection of early American antiques on September 24. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Shaffer, a resident of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, is a noted preservationist, historian and collector. The auction will include his extensive collection of colonial and early American and regional antiques, colonial cookware, folk and decorative arts.
Highlights of the collection include early cupboards and cabinets, including an 18th-century Pennsylvania red-painted corner cupboard with star and moon decoration estimated at $3,000-$6,000, as well as a Pennsylvania blue-painted two-door cupboard with rat-tail hinges; an 18th-century two-part Dutch cupboard in salmon paint with pie shelf; and an 18th-century possible Eastern Shore, Maryland one-piece corner cupboard with a 12-light glass door top.
The lineup also features a 1779 Pennsylvania walnut schrank featuring inlay that reads ’17 E-ST-SCH-79,’ estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Also included is a fine selection of early and 19th-century chairs, including a set of 10 Bucks County, Pennsylvania bamboo-turned chairs attributed to Samuel Moon, and several 18th-century Philadelphia low-back Windsor armchairs, many with grain painted seats.
Other featured treasures on offer will be a Chippendale walnut desk; an 18th-century Chippendale pine blanket chest; and an 18th-century walnut hanging wall cupboard from Oley Valley (Berks County), with a self-locking lower drawer.
Whimsical early American folk-art pieces are sure to generate excitement, led by a a carved wooden sculpture of a standing pig with a painted surface, estimated at $400-$800, and also a carved and painted passenger pigeon perched on a branch; a carved and polychrome-decorated rabbit figure; a carved wooden sculpture of a fish mounted onto a later whalebone and wood base; and a collection of carved decoys.
The Shaffer collection will also feature many pieces of local stoneware, including jugs, crocks and water coolers by makers such as H. Weston (Honesdale, Pennsylvania); Sipe, Nichols & Co. (Williamsport, Pennsylvania); and O.H. Smith & Bros. (Flemington, New Jersey). Also up for bid will be a fine assortment of 19th-century toleware and early American metal ware, including kitchen wares, utensils and other items.
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