NEW YORK – A scarce valentine from the turn of the 20th century, framed to protect its watercolor illustration, hand-written sentiments and cut-paper art, is one of more than 400 lots of Americana and folk art featured in an online auction that will be conducted Thursday, Oct. 29. Bid absentee or live online exclusive through LiveAuctioneers.
The valentine (above), which measures 18¼ by 17 7/16 inches, features hand-written, heart-felt messages and a lovely watercolor scene. It carries an estimate of $400-$900.
More than 20 quilts are offered in the auction. One of the finest is a handmade 1880s Star Medallion quilt that is in excellent condition, never having been washed. It features a rare (likely one-of-a-kind), complex star design with a background appliqued leaves and stars. The 86-by-88-inch quilt exhibits an even eight stitches per inch. A tag on the back identifies the family member who made or passed down the quilt: “Great Aunt Fannie B. Master, b. 1850.” The quilt carries a $1,000-$2,000 estimate.
A 31-inch-long canoe whirligig crafted in the early 1900s is valued a $3,000-$3,5000. A figure of an American Indian is seated in the canoe and his paddles turn in wind. The figure has glass eyes and an old surface (est. $1,200-$2,500).
Also finely carved is a 13-inch walnut tray carved to resemble a sterling tray (est. $3,000-$3,500).
A pair of 15-inch-tall cast-iron eagles was sometimes seen in pharmacies in the 1940s with show globes filled with colored water hanging from them ($1,500-$2,000).
The auction also features handcrafted tramp art boxes, collectible vintage signage, folk art paintings, ceramics and more formal Americana.
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