Company president and principal auctioneer Jeff Evans ranked the collections being offered as “two of the most anticipated and well respected collections of their kind that we have ever offered.” He added, “One would be hard pressed to assemble collections of this magnitude in today’s market.”
On Saturday, April 28, Evans will offer over 500 lots of kerosene and primitive lighting. Featured will be the second half of the early kerosene lighting collection of Abigail and the late Edward Meyer of Plantsville, Conn., composed of over 150 rare and desirable stand and finger lamps, each outfitted with appropriate burner, chimney and shade. The sale will have additional rare burners and related parts, and a fine collection of glass smoke bells of all types. Additional kerosene lighting will include a fine Sandwich cut overlay 21-inch banquet lamp, marriage lamps, a selection of Victorian opalescent and miniature lamps.
Also featured will be a significant private collection of more than 300 primitive tin, iron and glass lighting devices spanning the rushlight to fluid periods and encompassing all forms and styles. Related accessories will include a collection of more than 40 candle molds (one to 60-hole examples), lamp fillers, match holders and rare research materials.
The Sunday, April 29, session will showcase the first half of the distinguished lantern collection of the late Phillip M. Sullivan of South Orleans, Mass. Sullivan was an advanced collector and student of lanterns of all types and amassed a collection of more than 900 pieces. He was a past president of the Rushlight Club and an active member of the International Guild of Lamp Researchers. This auction will include more than 400 lanterns from the candle to kerosene periods comprising railroad, marine, presentation, onion and blown-molded globes, barn, street and many colored globes. The cataloged session will also include related ephemera and reference materials, posters and shipping crates. In addition there will be an uncatalogd box-lot session of lantern parts, globes, lenses, etc. The second half of the Sullivan collection will be sold by the Evans firm on Oct. 20.
Detailed auction catalogs are posted at www.jeffreysevans.com and on LiveAuctioneers.com.
Public previews will he held on April 25-27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily; April 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and April 29 from 8 a.m. until sale time.
The auctions are being held in conjunction with the Rushlight Club’s 2012 Spring Meeting in Harrisonburg and Mount Crawford, Va. Visit http://www.rushlight.org/ for registration costs and details.
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