Victorian finery to be featured at Woody Auction Dec. 2
DOUGLASS, Kan. – Part 2 of the Fred and the late Maxine Zumthurn collection – which features figural napkin rings and quality pickle casters as well as includes art glass pieces, Wave Crest, Mount Washington, R.S. Prussia and Victorian antiques – will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, by Woody Auction. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will get under way at 9:30 a.m. Central time. All items will be sold to the highest bidder, with no reserves.
The first item up for bid will be a lovely Victorian biscuit jar (above). The blue satin art glass jar boasts enamel thistle and a spiderweb decor. It’s set on an elaborate Wilcox #8444 silver-plated frame. The motif on the frame matches that of the jar, making for a nice presentation.
Silver-plated napkin rings will feature an attractive Pairpoint #214 goat herder example, a figural piece by Reed & Barton (#1357) with a bud vase and sailor boy with anchor design, and an extra nice baby’s cradle napkin ring from Tufts (#1620). The figural napkin ring is an American specialty in which the simple napkin ring is part of a small figure or sculpture that may take any shape and show any motif.
Pickle casters will include a 12-inch piece having a cranberry art glass insert with enamel décor, set on a silver-plated frame, marked #335; an 11 ½-inch caster with a white cased glass insert with pink interior having a colorful floral décor, on a Derby #149 silver-plate frame with cut-out floral medallion; and a 10-inch pickle caster with rubina verde coinspot art glass insert having a quality enameled bird, branch and blossom décor, a lid with a dog finial, and set on a handsome New Haven #027 silver-plated frame.
Also offered will be an 8 ¾-inch pickle caster with amberina swirl ribbed art glass insert, set on a Derby #1917 silverplate frame in the shape of a two-wheel cart with a large butterfly. Caster jars for pickles were a popular dinner table accessory in the latter half of the 19th century. They became more and more ornate in design, and by 1860 resembled little cathedrals. They peaked around 1890, but by 1900 had fallen out of fashion altogether. Today, however, they are enormously popular as collectibles.
Victorian-era items in the sale include a cobalt blue art glass hinged jewel casket, or jewelry box, with a white enamel floral décor, mounted on a Hall, Eton #1171 silver-plated frame; and a vanity set having three pink frosted art glass bottle inserts with an enamel floral décor. The set is perched atop an elaborate Rogers #176 silver-plated frame featuring a visually arresting hummingbird and insect design.
The auction will also feature a Meriden #161 figural silver-plated decorative item with a deer pulling a two-wheel cart and a cherub driving; and a 10 ¾-inch- tall antique sterling silver Communion chalice, elaborately embossed medallions and featuring the Christ, Mary and the apostle Peter, as well as other religious scenes and icons, plus assorted hallmarks on the base and the edge, which are not readable.
Additional featured lots include a Tiffany decorated art glass piece, 4 ¼ inches by 5 ½ inches, flower form with a pulled feather design, boasting a gold iridescent interior and signed “L.C. Tiffany, Favrile #278e” (above); and an unmarked Wave Crest hinged “tobacco” box egg crate mold (below), having white and powder blue segmented sections with floral décor and gold enamel highlights, a nice decorative piece.
Internet bidders are encouraged to register a day or two ahead of the auction.
For details contact Woody Auction at 316-747-2694 or email them at email@example.com.