BEACHWOOD, Ohio – A collection of Civil War and early Americana items out of Hermitage, Pennsylvania will be auctioned on Friday, April 14, starting at noon Eastern time, by Neue Auctions. All 133 lots are fresh to the market and most have been in the Heritage collection for more than 30 years. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Some of the antique rifles expected to spark fierce bidding wars include an 1863 Colt Civil War contract rifle musket with an engraved side plate, percussion strike, steel ramrod and walnut stock with burl, stamped throughout, 55 ½in long and estimated at $2,000-$3,000; and a Jenk’s flintlock musket dated 1813, with a walnut wood stock, bright steel, steel ramrod and initialed and stamped, 56 ¼in long. Its estimate is $1,000-$1,500.
The antique swords category will include a circa-1840-1850 non-regulation Infantry officer’s sword by J.H. Lambert of Philadelphia, nitre blue on an etched blade, with a leather grip and wire, 29in long and estimated at $900-$1,200; and a model 1832 foot artillery sword with leather sheath and scaled design grip, an eagle on the pommel and an engraved blade, with an estimate of $800-$1,200.
Other eclectic and intriguing offerings in the April 14 lineup is an oval silver metal peace medal, with hand-engraved scenes on the obverse of an Indian handing a wampum belt to an early American with a caption at the bottom (“W H Harrison Eel River Nation Aug. 8, 1803”) and on the reverse, the US eagle seal. The medal is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
Also of note is a circa-1915-1924 hand wrought steel police badge marked Potter Studio, a firm in Cleveland, Ohio. It is shaped like a shield, marked as badge #2081, and features hand-engraving. The badge is in very good condition and is a piece of Cleveland history. It has an estimate of $100-$200. Potter Studio was started by Horace Potter and was later known as Potter Mellen. The Neue Auctions showroom has four original wrought steel display cases that Horace Potter had created for the Potter Studios showroom in the 1930s.
Equally worth of mention is a heavy brass construction Indian Wars-era US belt plate and belt, estimated at $150-$250; and also a genuine signature of former US President and Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant, who was born in Ohio. The signature, in brown ink, is on a stock-type calling card with green decorative printing. It’s dated Oct. 15, 1880, housed in a protective case, and estimated at $600-$900.
Another standout is a pair of James Peters coin silver spectacles with a brown leather case, estimated at $300-$400. James Peters was active between 1830 and 1850. The glasses in the auction are missing the lenses, but feature adjustable sliding side frames and are fully marked. These can still be worn today with prescription lenses and, being made of coin silver, they have some heft to them.
Rounding out the highlights is a model of the vessel known as The Huron. Measuring 14in tall by 20in long, the model ship has an estimate of $100-$1,000.
To learn more about Neue Auctions, please visit www.neueauctions.com. Cynthia Maciejewksi can be reached by phone at 216-245-6707 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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