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The Hirschman collection is being sold to benefit the Sandwich Glass Museum’s Endowment Fund. Mrs. Hirschmann and her husband, Jack, supported the Sandwich Glass Museum and its initiatives for more than 30 years. Both served on the museum’s board of trustees and various committees. Their leadership and generosity enabled the museum to expand its programs and collections.
Comprising over 450 lots, the Hirschmann section of the auction features more than 50 colored vases; over 100 colored candlesticks including a rare clambroth triple-dolphin with original hurricane shade; more than 75 whale oil/fluid lamps including over 30 colored examples; a fine selection of early kerosene lighting including more than 25 cut overlay examples; colored flint Early American Pattern Glass including rare compotes and spill/spoon holders; a large collection of pressed lacy including over 125 open salts, covered dishes and compotes. There are also a large selection of children’s toy dishes; paperweights; cologne bottles and other toiletry articles. New England blown wares in the auction include examples by Thomas Cains.
The auction also includes the second half of the late Dr. E.R. Eller collection, former curator at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa. The Eller collection is composed of Pittsburgh and related Midwest wares, for the most part, including early cut, pillar and pattern molded, as well as free-blown glass. Many items in the collection were illustrated in Lowell Innes’ Pittsburgh Glass, 1797-1891.
This important auction also includes property from a New Jersey estate collection, packed and stored since the 1950s. The objects being offered include American classics such as lily-pad decorated, colored pattern-molded, blown three-mold and historical flasks.
Additional sale highlights include a magnificent Sandwich ruby to colorless cut overlay 10-inch-diameter compote; an important engraved scenic lantern globe celebrating the laying of the Transcontinental railroad around 1866; several pieces of Leighton family (New England Glass Co.) glass with publication history; a previously unrecorded pressed salt, which is embossed “Wheeling Glass Works 1844” in the base; an unrecorded silvery mottled blue blown-molded inkwell closely related to Sandwich inkstands and round pedestal (RP-1) pressed salts of the same color; a fine selection of 18th and 19th century English and Irish cut glass and wine glasses from a prominent New England family; silvered glass; over 150 cup plates from the collection of Pamela H. Christoffel including many examples handled by her uncle, Jim Rose; cup-plate base lamps and compotes; cranberry and other Christmas salts.
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