WATERVILLE, N.Y. (ACNI) – Every once in a great while, Lang’s Sporting Collectables Inc., experts in the field of antique and vintage fishing tackle, will produce a specialty auction that warrants stepping off the beaten path. Such is the case with their Sept. 19 sale featuring a 722-lot single-consignor “collection of mini collections,” as Lang’s co-owner Debbie Ganung put it. Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.
“We were asked by a highly valued customer who sold his collection of fishing rods and reels through us several years ago if we would sell his other things for him,” said Ganung. “My husband, John, had gone to his home to pick up some fishing tackle and learned that the customer was contemplating selling the contents of one of his homes. He said to John, ‘I wish you would do another type of auction. Can’t you sell these things?’ He was referring to the many wonderful antiques in his home that had nothing to do with fishing. Since it was a single-owner collection, there would be only one pack-up and load-out. There was no reason why we couldn’t do it, so we took the collection.”
The consignor, it turns out, was the very definition of an eclectic buyer, someone who loved to attend auctions. “If something caught his eye, he bought it. The category didn’t matter,” Ganung said. As a result, the collection is a smorgasbord of dozens of types of antiques, with many items retaining tags from many years ago when they were bought at high-end auction houses.
General categories in the Sept. 19 sale include: baseball and sports memorabilia, dolls and toys of all types, including early Disney and penny toys; bronzes and carved ivory, leaded-glass lamps, costume jewelry (including signed Trifari pieces), postcards, ceramics and Mettlachs.
Highlights among the toys include an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit key-wind walker with Universal Pictures Corp./Irwin tag, which was featured on the cover of Christie’s March 1989 auction catalog. An important toy, it is estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
Other noteworthy toys include a sculling boat with four rowers penny toy, Gong Bell toys, marionettes including a Tony Sarg Mickey Mouse; a collection of Lenci dolls, cast-iron mechanical and still banks, German tin and Japanese celluloid toys. From Hubley’s famed cast-iron Royal Circus series comes a whimsical horse-drawn Farmer Van estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
In the decorative art section, a star lot is the majolica holiday punchbowl with the character “Punch” (of Punch and Judy) incorporated into the design, together with holly and berries. A late-19th-century George Jones production, it is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
“If ever a catalog deserved a browse, it is this one,” said Ganung. “This sale is full of surprises.”
For questions about any lot in the Sept. 19 sale, call 315-841-4623. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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