Wiederseim to auction Phila. Main Line estate treasures June 18
CHESTER SPRINGS, Pa. – Wiederseim Associates Inc.’s antique auction Saturday, June 18, will feature many wonderful items from the Main Line Philadelphia estates of Dixon D. Brinton of St. Davids, Pa., Suzanne Newhall Alexander of Villanova, Pa., P.C. Dewey of Newtown Square, Pa., Estelle Cremers of Pottstown, Pa., Susannah Atterbury Gardner, Villanova, Pa., as well as other estates and collections from the Philadelphia area, Delaware and New England.
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Leading the sale is a large quantity of fine estate silver, including include many fabulous items such as a group of 1913 wedding silver from the marriage of Helene Marie Schmidt, heir to the Schmidt’s Brewery family, Philadelphia, and the Baron Carl Czoernig-von Czernhausen. Their sterling silver wedding tea service in an exclusive design by Bailey, Banks & Biddle, monogrammed “HMS CCC,” with the baron’s crown and with chased floral and garland design, is estimated at $9,000-$12,000.
Among the six sterling silver flatware services is one by Tiffany & Co. in the Chrysanthemum pattern with over 200 pieces (Lot 315, est. $15,000-$20,000). There are several lots of Tiffany Chrysanthemum serving pieces. Other sterling silver lots include a fine ewer with a repoussé decorated castle and pagoda pattern with vines and flowers (Lot 260, est. $5,000-$7,000), an unusual pair of Tiffany & Co. sterling silver ice tongs in the Colonial pattern, and a quantity of Chippendale pattern sterling silver serving pieces.
An array of artwork being offered includes some original watercolor paintings by Peter Sculthorpe (Pennsylvania, b. 1948), primarily known for his landscapes of the Chester County, Pa., area and of Maine scenes. Sculthorpe studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.
Among the many lots of furniture being sold will be a marble-top Louis XVI- style chest of drawers, circa 1850, with brass ormolu mounts, with label “Paul Sormani, Paris” (Lot 90, est. $1,500-$2,500); two attractive Scottish tall-case clocks; gaming tables; several desks including a Delaware Chippendale cherry slant-lid desk, circa 1806, signed “John Evans” of White Clay Creek, Newark, Del., and as illustrated in the magazine Antiques, May 1985 issue, page 1145 (Lot 89, est. $4,000-$5,000); and a selection of chests of drawers, chairs and other furniture.
The extensive and eclectic selection of other items, accessories and decorative objects encompasses several very nice brass carriage clocks, two taxidermy leopards, porcelain plates, a nice selection of ladies jewelry and accessories, folk art, and more intriguing items. There will be two surveyor’s instruments sold. One is a rare and important John Hooe Surveyor’s Compass by Goldsmith Chandlee, Winchester, Va., circa 1790. Inscribed on the face in an engraved banner is “G. CHANDLEE W. and JOHN HOOE.” This Goldsmith Chandlee surveyor’s compass, likely connected to President George Washington who may have given it as a gift to John Hooe, the plantation manager for George Washington’s adopted stepson John “Jackie” Parke Custis, son of Martha Washington, has a $20,000-$25,000 estimate. The other surveyor’s instrument is by William Davenport (1778-1829). Its silvered dial is signed “Wm. Davenport Maker, Philadelphia” and has its original cherry fitted case (Lot 348, est. $2,000-$3,000).
The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern at Griffith Hall, Ludwig’s Corner Firehouse, 1325 Route 100, Glenmoore PA 19343, 37 miles west of Philadelphia.
Previews are Thursday June 16, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Friday, June 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, June 18, 7 a.m. to sale time.
For details visit Wiederseim Associates’ website www.wiederseim.com or call (610) 827-1910 or (610) 574-9010. To view the fully illustrated catalog and to register to bid for Internet Bidding, either absentee or live, please go to www.liveauctioneers.com.
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