DAVENPORT, Wash. – Part one of an incredible single-owner collection of items relating to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (or, simply, the Elks), 438 lots in all, will be offered in a sale at Grant Zahajko Auctions set for Thursday, October 13 and starting at at 9 am Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The collection belonged to the late David Wendel, who was active in the Elks and rose to the title of Exalted Ruler. Along the way he accumulated more than 20,000 Elk-related items, a collection so vast it will have to be broken up into several auctions. “Mr. Wendel’s collection is believed to be one of the top three in existence,” said Grant Zahajko of Grant Zahajko Auctions.
Many of the items in Part one will be offered in multiple lots, meaning a bidder will be able to score several or many items at once. An example is lot 789, a group of five vintage B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge banners ranging in size from 18 by 18in to 100 by 44in. The banners need a good cleaning and have a collective estimate of $50-$100.
A 1914 Parkersburg (West Virginia) Elks Lodge Fenton carnival glass advertising plate in blue with an Elk and Stars design is estimated at $500-$1,000; and an antique B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge sterling silver flask in the shape of an elk’s tooth, the back marked Sterling and the front inscribed and dated Aug. 17 05, is estimated at $400-$600.
A B.P.O.E. 1914 Parkersburg Fenton carnival glass bell is estimated at $750-$1,250, and a dazzling B.P.O.E. Elks commissioned stained glass window with back lighting and a stand carries an estimate of $500-$1,000.
A group of four antique 1909 Los Angeles convention B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge pin badges, including San Gabriel Mission no. 99; San Juan Capistrano/Philadelphia no. 2. 3; Salinas no. 614; and Los Angeles Visiting Ladies, with makers’ marks from the Robbins Co. and others stamped on the verso, are estimated at $150-$250.
An antique B.P.O.E. double elks’ tooth Cervus Alces pendant or charm for Lodge 17 with two diamonds (tested) and 14K gold (also tested), has an estimate of $500-$700, as does a vintage B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge set of 24K gold custom cufflinks and lapel pin with diamond jewels, testing to 24K gold, with the original jeweler’s box.
An antique pair of B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge cast iron bookends made by Judd Manufacturing of New Britain, Connecticut, with the number #9752 on the back side, is estimated at $600-$800. Also, a B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge humidor marked Nakara on the underside has an estimate of $400-$600.
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