NEW YORK – On Thursday, September 9, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will host a 375-lot Americana auction for the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association. As always, the sale is curated by Clifford Wallach, a noted expert in the realms of tramp art, folk art, and Americana. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the marquee lots is a late 19th century trade sign from New England that absolutely radiates charm. It works its magic with few and simple tools – it’s just white words on a black background, with a few decorative white lines and a white starburst thrown in. It reads: BOOTS SHOES AND RUBBERS / RELIABLE FOOTWEAR AT Lowest Prices. It is in excellent all-original condition and is estimated at $2,500-$3.500.
Schoolgirl needlework samplers are perennial stars of Jasper52 NHADA sales, and this one is no different. Created in 1832 by an eight-year-old New Englander known only as S. S. Hayward, the silk on linen work contains a heartfelt memorial to the girl’s little sister: The warmest heart the brightest eye / The cheek of fairest bloom / Must in the vale of darkness lie / And grace the silent tomb / To the memory of / Jane E. Hayward / Who died on the 23rd of January / 1832 Aged 4 Year. The sampler is estimated at $5,000-$6,000.
The final highlight is an absolute stunner – a Pennsylvania Betty lamp made of iron. Betty lamps appeared in the 18th century and were loaded with oil or grease and a twisted cloth wick. It was an improvement on earlier lamp designs because its internal wick holder minimized fuel drippings, making it a safer option for those who needed to carry on working after the sun went down. This example features brass inlay and applied decoration marked J. Long, 1838; the bird-shaped piece visible on top of the lamp is a replacement. This markedly scarce object carries an estimate of $12,000-$14,000.
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