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Traditional country auction available online Jan. 14

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Folk art clipper ship carving on board, circa 1880, 23 x 13in. Estimate: $800-$900. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Collectors longing for an old-time New England country auction loaded with hundreds of antiques and folk art, but with the convenience of online bidding, will enjoy the sale Jasper52 will conduct on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. EST. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

Folk art offerings include a carved and painted rendering of a five-masted clipper ship (above) in original paint on a 23-by-13-inch board. The naïve but highly detailed work is a folk art tour de force from the late 19th century and estimated to bring $800-$900.

From the same era is a 3-foot-long metal weathervane depicting and bearing an excellent verdigris surface. Harris Manufacturing of Boston produced these vanes in the 1880s (est. $1,800-$2,000.

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Quill weathervane by Harris Mfg., Boston, Mass., circa 1880, 36in long. Estimate: $1,800-$2,000. Jasper52 image

Crazy quilts, bed coverings made of fabric of varying shapes pieced together with quilt-type embroidery, proliferated at the turn of the 20th century. The auction features a fine example made of plush velvet in a wild colorful design that resembles an abstract painting. It is in excellent (est. 1,000-$1,200).

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Velvet crazy quilt, circa 1900, 68 x 80in. Estimate: $1,000-$1,200. Jasper52 image.

Several native Inuit items are included in the sale. The most dramatic is an Alaskan carved wooden mask dating to the early 1900s. Its jagged teeth are fashioned from bone splinters or perhaps small animal teeth. The mask comes from a private collection with a certificate of authenticity from the art gallery that sold it (est. $1,500-$2,000).

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Alaskan native Inuit mask, early 20th century, 8 x 6in. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000. Jasper52 image

Eleven Navajo rugs are featured in the sale, most by identified weavers. Among the largest is an 8-foot-long Eye Dazzler runner by S. Becenti (est. $5,500-$7,000).

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Navajo Eye Dazzler rug by S. Becenti, 8ft 5in x 3ft 1in. Estimate: $5,500-$7,000. Jasper52 image

The auction catalog of more than 500 lots reads like an encyclopedic antiques price guide, from Apache basketry to a zinc finial.

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