BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ online auction of The Charles S. Shultz Collection on Wednesday, November 17 is certain to delight collectors, dealers, scientific and literary enthusiasts alike. The Estate Treasures auction, starting at 10 am Eastern time, includes the scientific and travel library from Charles. S. Shultz, the noted 19th century financier and past president of the American Microscopical Society and the New York Microscopical Society. Also included are scientific instruments, minerals, Geissler tubes and 19th and 20th century ephemera. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The objects and books are being deaccessioned from the Charles Shultz House to benefit the collections fund of Montclair History Center in Montclair, New Jersey.
Highlights include three mid- and late-19th century microscopes, including a Bausch & Lomb Continental microscope, a Spencer microscope and a Charles Collins binocular microscope, as well as an important selection of objective lenses including an H.R. Spencer ½” 100 degree lens. Charles Shultz’s particular area of interest was microscopic diatoms; his is one of the largest collections of slides and books relating to this subject to come to market in recent years.
One of the highlights of the collection is a large array of minerals, rocks and gems, many of them cataloged by Shultz himself in the early 20th century. Included within those samples are a group of impressive azurite and malachite specimens, fluorescent minerals from the Franklin and Sterling mines, and more.
Additionally, the collection also includes a fascinating group of turn-of-the-century electrical experiments, including spark generators, Geissler tubes and other unusual objects. There is a large and important collection of mid- and late-19th-century microscopic slides prepared by some of the leading microscopists of the day.
Also on offer is a unique selection of 19th-century books, photography and ephemera relating to microscopy, astronomy, natural history and other sciences. The library also contains a significant number of volumes relating to travel, history and literature. Many of these works have been sealed in airtight bookcases for more than 125 years and are in an unusual state of preservation.
Shultz, a well-traveled man, also acquired decorative objects from around the world. A few of these items are also included in the sale, such as several early Chinese jade seals, a rock crystal Chinese seal, Japanese lacquerware, a piece of English pottery shown at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904 and Austrian cold-painted bronzes by Franz Bergman.
Also on offer is an oil on canvas of a mother and her children, with one on horseback, by Hamilton Hamilton. His use of color and gentle brush strokes transport the viewer back in time to a perfect summer day.
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