Jeffrey S. Evans to sell Meyer lighting collection Oct. 29

Rare lithophane shade featuring four United States views including the President’s House. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Rare lithophane shade featuring four United States views including the President’s House. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ Oct. 29 cataloged auction of 18th and 19th century lighting and glass features part one of the outstanding 40-year lighting collection of Abigail and the late Edward Meyer of Plantsville, Conn., and the 30-year collection of Tom Heintzman of Hutchinson, Kan. Also included are selections from the collection of Watt White of Stamford, Conn. and deaccessioned material from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. The Saturday auction begins at 9:30 a.m. Eastern and will be held at the firm’s gallery located at 2177 Green Valley Lane in Mount Crawford.

Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.com and online absentee bidding is available through the company’s website.

Offered for sale are 140 choice early kerosene period stand and finger lamps, most complete with appropriate setups, comprising fine cut overlays, “stripers” and other rare colored fonts, as well as many rare burner/chimney setups.

The auction also includes a large collection of American lacy and other early pressed wares, colored pressed tableware, vases and candlesticks, colored and colorless whale oil and fluid lamps, two rare Bohemian tumblers/beakers with American views, rare lacy and other salts, pressed toys, cup plates, free-blown, pillar and pattern-molded wares, bottles and flasks, a collection of early molasses jugs, flint early Ameriican pattern glass and perfume bottles.

The importance of the Meyer collection cannot be overstated, says Jeffrey S. Evans. For more than 40 years Ed and Abbie Meyer scoured the back woods of New England, urban centers of the East Coast, and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in search of the best examples of early kerosene period lighting devices. Together they assembled over 250 outstanding specimens, each carefully chosen for a specific attribute or as an important representation within the narrative of 19th century American lighting. Ed was a pioneering student of period appropriate setups, and most of the lamps in the Meyer collection have been painstakingly outfitted with correct burners and chimneys in addition to shades where called for.

The complete catalog will be posted online beginning October 17. Visit www.jeffreysevans.com or call 540-434-3939, x140 or 141 for further information.

The second half of the Meyer collection will be sold on April 28, 2012 in conjunction with the 2012 Rushlight Society seminar, which will be hosted by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates at their Mount Crawford, Va. facility.

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


From the Heintzman collection of lacy-period wares including rare Hairpin examples, the square plate ex-Maude Feld. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

From the Heintzman collection of lacy-period wares including rare Hairpin examples, the square plate ex-Maude Feld. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Samples from the Watt White collection of rare early colored syrup jugs. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Samples from the Watt White collection of rare early colored syrup jugs. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

From a fine selection of lacy-period and other salts including several unrecorded examples. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.
Rare examples of early kerosene lighting from the Meyer collection. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Rare examples of early kerosene lighting from the Meyer collection. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Sample of fine cut-overlay lighting from the Meyer collection. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.

Sample of fine cut-overlay lighting from the Meyer collection. Image courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.