CRAWFORD, Va. – The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Winter Americana & Variety Auction contains a true diversity of material and will include everything from rare straight razors and vintage illustration art to country furniture and children’s articles. The large auction will take place over two days, Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
Friday’s session, beginning at 9:30 a.m., should start the weekend off with a bang and features the children’s collection of Mary Lou and Laura Esterline of Columbus, Ohio; the holiday collection of the late Alvina Breckel of Oley, Pa., and Winnetka, Ill.; property from the collection of the late Irene Sarnelle, Staunton, Va.; plus others. The Esterline collection of children’s items is exceptional with a large number of pieces published in Children’s Dishes by Margaret & Kenn Whitmyer, including a rare Standing Lamb and many other glass dishes, Victorian glass, 100-plus candleholders, many fine sets of Staffordshire transferware, character and Christmas china sets, R.S. Prussia sets, children’s furniture, 30-plus early stamped-tin ABC plates, kitchen items; Mell Prescott and other dollhouse furniture and accessories including a diorama featured in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
More than 100 Frances Brundage, Maude Humphrey and other children prints and calendars will be offered Friday along with many Kate Greenaway items; over 150 lots of Christmas, Halloween, Easter and other holiday decorations including candy containers, collection of milk glass Easter eggs and covered dishes; and part two of the Sarnelle collection of antique and vintage clothing and other textiles.
Saturday’s session, beginning at 9:30 a.m., should prove to be equally exciting and features part two of the 50-plus year collection of the late Bob and Joan M. Wentz, Germansville, Pa.; property from the estate of Betty W. Harshbarger, Mt. Solon, Va.; the estate of Holton Rosenquist, Bradford, Ill.; an important Virginia private collection; and the estate collection of William A. Litle, Garden Grove, Calif.; and property deaccessioned by the Strong Museum of Play, Rochester, N.Y.
Featuring the outstanding Wentz Collection of straight razors and related advertising, the day’s diverse offerings will also include country furniture and accessories; country store and advertising; fine mechanical banks; toys, including Buddy-L and other pressed steel vehicles; music boxes; antique firearms and powder flasks/horns; Civil War and other historical material; duck decoys; a collection of Marbles brand hatchets and knives; kitchen collection including nutmeg graters, butter prints and cookie cutters; Shenandoah Valley manuscript material including daybooks/ledgers; postcards and other ephemera; antiquarian books; antique clocks, including a rare Santa Fe railroad regulator; World’s Fair collection; cased photographic images; ceramics including Staffordshire transferware and art pottery; large assortment of silver and jewelry; and a selection of American coins.