Fine sporting arms and sporting art head to Guyette & Deeter Feb. 10

Phillip Russell Goodwin, 'A Welcome Opportunity,' estimated at $50,000-$70,000 at Guyette & Deeter.

ST. MICHAELS, Md. – More than 340 lots of fine sporting arms, including Winchesters, Parkers, L. C. Smiths and more all head to market at Guyette & Deeter‘s Fine Sporting Arms Auction on Saturday, February 10. The complete catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

Heading the sale with an estimate of $50,000-$80,000 is a factory-original 1984 Winchester Model 21 Grand American in 28 gauge and 410 bore. Built by the United States Repeating Arms Company as a special order for one Carl E. Press, the rib features as-ordered engraving to the original owner and has gold plated SST, auto ejectors and auto safety. Truly an over-the-top firearm, its original purchase price 40 years ago was $35,000 upon delivery.

Phillip Russell Goodwin (1881-1935) was a top-tier American sporting-art painter and illustrator whose works were reproduced by firearm and outdoors manufacturers in their advertising – often on calendars. This original oil on canvas, titled A Welcome Opportunity, measures 29 by 36in and is accompanied by a handful of examples of the work being used in period advertising in 1925 and 1935. It carries an estimate of $50,000-$70,000.

Working earlier than Goodwin was John Martin Tracy (1843-1893). In an 1895 retrospective on his career, the New York Times opined “J. M. Tracy was a painter to delight the heart of all sporting men.” Tracy fought for the Union Army in the Civil War and later studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Dying at just 49, few of Tracy’s works ever come to market, with most held in private collections or by institutions such as the American Kennel Club. Marsh Shooting is a self-portrait of the artist and his setter retrieving a snipe. Last on the market in 2009, it has an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

The sale includes two notable cigar store American Indian figures. The first is attributed to Louis Jobin (1845-1928) of Montreal, Canada, who had trained in New York before opening his own shop in 1876. Standing 78in in height, the figure has been previously restored and distressed to look aged. Even so, it commands a $20,000-$30,000 estimate.

The second is a ‘leaner’ style indicative of Thomas Brooks (1828-1895) of New York. His shop developed a way of supporting the figures more substantially by having them ‘lean’, or be connected, to an external structure — in this case, a corner post with an integrated club. The trade sign is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Vintage glass and Americana made for solid results at Jeffrey S. Evans

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. — Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates achieved strong results for its consignors in the three day 18th- and 19th-century glass and Americana sales held November 30, December 1 and December 2. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

It’s always remarkable when 18th- or 19th-century collectible glass is found not only intact, but in nearly new condition. Prized by collectors, these items are regular stars at auction, as seen with this circa-1840-1860 pressed Bigler vase. Standing 11.5in in height and made from brilliant deep amethyst-colored glass, it is believed to be the output of either Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. or Mt. Washington Glass Works. Estimated at $500-$1,000, it hammered for $3,500, or $4,375 with buyer’s premium.

Thomas W. Commeraw (circa 1772–1823) was born into slavery but was freed at age seven when his owner, Manhattan pottery manufacturer William Crolius, manumitted the entire Commeraw family upon his death in 1779. Commeraw’s adult pottery output period spans 1796 to 1819, during which he produced this wide-mouth jug bearing his name. Bidders saw the inherent historic value in the jug, sending it to a hammer price of $12,000 ($15,000 with buyer’s premium) from an estimate of only $800-$1,200. Like many freed blacks of the time, Commeraw attempted to relocate back to Africa (in his case, Sierra Leone), but the attempt was not successful and he returned to America destitute. He would pass away soon after, ending an important chapter in American ceramics history.

Long before mass-manufacturing of advertising, there were carvers who crafted trade signs from wood. Much of this industry was based in the heart of American commerce, New York City, as was the case with Thomas V. Brooks (1828-1895), a leading provider of trade-stimulating figural displays. American Indian chiefs were popular subjects for tobacconists, whose tribal communities introduced Europeans to the native leaf for smoking enjoyment. This example stood 82in in height and had a historically accurate paint-decorated surface restored by master conservator Peter Deen. It sold within range at $35,000 ($43,750 with buyer’s premium).

Believed to have originated in England, this tobacconist display featured a man wearing what the lot notes described as a “Scottish-style cap and blue coat while holding a bundle of cigars” and stood only 41in in height, far shorter than Brooks’ chiefs. Estimated at $400-$600, it brought $5,500 ($6,875 with buyer’s premium).

Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia is a private non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and saving artifacts of Virginian history. At one time, its collection included this stunning folk art console consisting of a hand-carved eagle holding up a marble top. Believed to have been made in the late 19th century, the console sold for $10,000 ($12,500 with buyer’s premium) against a presale estimate of $1,000-$2,000.