MT. CRAWFORD, Va, – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Winter Americana Auction contains everything from advertising and political collectibles to folk art to a large collection of dolls. The massive auction, comprising more than 2,400 lots, will take place during four consecutive days from Wednesday, March 2 through Saturday, March 5. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The March 2 session begins at 9 am Eastern time and features Shenandoah Valley and other American folk pottery; country accessories, including boxes and baskets; textiles, including hooked rugs and quilts; a collection of Odd Fellows and other lodge-related articles; a fine library of antiques and fine art reference volumes; antiquarian books, including fine bindings; the McClinton estate railroad collection, including more than 1300 timetables, china, and a library of books; ephemera and 19th-century photographic images.
The Day Two session, taking place March 3, starts at 9 am Eastern time and showcases the Eleanor V. Lakin collection of folk art dolls and accoutrements, including many of the pieces illustrated in her book Folk Art For Children: Handmade in America 1760-1940. Highlights include American folk art dolls of all types; 19th-century doll houses; doll-house furnishings, including 17th- and 18th-century English silver, barns and other structures; dioramas; carved folk art animals and other toys; doll furniture and French and German dolls. Of particular note is a folk art doll attributed to Izannah Walker, detailed with brown eyes and painted boots and estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
The Lakin Collection will be followed by the final installment of the Alvina Breckel estate jewelry and silver collections, including a 252-piece assembled set of Gorham Josephine coin flatware; costume jewelry; pocket watches; coins; 18th- and 19th-century ceramics, including the Nick Routson collection of gaudy ironstone along with creamware and pearlware from the collection of Brian Penniston of Miller’s Tavern, Va. Worthy of mention is an early 19th-century Staffordshire medallion portrait series transfer-printed ceramic vegetable dish featuring portrait medallions of Jefferson, La Fayette, Clinton and Washington. Its estimate is $2,000-$3,000.
Friday’s session, scheduled for March 4 and opening at 9 am Eastern time, features material from the collections of Barbara M. and the late Charlie Hunter of Staunton, Va.; the aforementioned Penniston collection; a Bel Air, Md. private collection; and the estate of Dale Shomper of Germantown, Md. The lineup is distinguished by Coca-Cola material such as a Baird Chicago-era Coca-Cola store clock estimated at $5,000-$8,000. Also featured is other advertising and country store material; a collection of blown and pressed glass apothecary jars; early bottles and flasks; a large collection of vintage Steiff animals; antique and vintage toys and banks; cast-iron figural doorstops; holiday collectibles; Black Americana; early iron and hearth equipment and primitive lighting and lanterns.
The fourth and final session, set for Saturday, March 5, starts at 9 am Eastern time. In addition to previously named collections and estates, it will feature consignments from Dr. James and Sheri Swinehart of Cincinnati, Ohio; the estate of David Proctor of Staunton, Va.; material from the Joseph and June Hennage collection, to benefit the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; property deaccessioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, and Washington and Lee University of Lexington, Va., with the proceeds to benefit their respective collections acquisition funds. On offer will be country and formal furniture, including painted examples and Southern pieces; Victorian furniture; folk art; Civil War-era and other historical material; American flags and political textiles; a collection of presidential and political ceramics and related ephemera; and early firearms and edge weapons.
Lots of note on Day 4 include a folk art drawing of William Henry Harrison on horseback, estimated at $1,000-$2,000, and a Civil War Alabama Volunteer Corps brass cartridge box plate, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
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