Wedgwood Liberty Ware archive emerges in third Rubin collection sale at Freeman’s Jan. 25

Wedgwood Liberty Ware teawares plus two albums assembled by Lillian Gary Taylor documenting the project, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Freeman’s.

PHILADELPHIA — An archive related to the Wedgwood Liberty Ware project designed to raise money for victims of the First World War will be offered at Freeman’s on Thursday, January 25. It carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000 as part of the third tranche of the remarkable Ellis and Suzanne Rubin collection of Wedgwood ceramics. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The driving force behind Liberty Ware was the Baltimore society figure Lillian Gary Taylor (1885-1961). She created the design – a center shield with the American stars and stripes, surrounded by the flags of the 11 Allied countries – and used her wealth and connections to sell more than 9,000 pieces.

Alongside two Liberty Ware tea services, one in bone china and another in Queensware, this archive includes two albums she assembled that together document the entire project, from the original Wedgwood factory proof designs to arrangements with the wholesalers William H. Plummer & Co. Included alongside letters, original drawings, receipts, invoices, and canceled checks are personal notes of thanks for tea services sent to important dignitaries, among them President Woodrow Wilson, former President Theodore Roosevelt, and then-British Prime Minister Lord Arthur Balfour.

Freeman’s is currently selling the far-reaching Rubin collection across a number of sales. The content, displayed together in the couple’s Bucks County, Pennsylvania home, represents 60 years of collecting. It spans the entire history of Wedgwood factory production from the 18th century to the 20th century.

Following two exclusively Wedgwood auctions in 2023, this 305-lot offering begins with the neoclassical forms made in the 1770s under the Wedgwood & Bentley partnership and closes with some of the factory’s more adventurous 21st-century models. In between are multiple examples of black basalt, caneware, jasperware, creamware, majolica, pate-sur-pate and the 1930s designs of Alfred Powell and Keith Murray.

Various iterations of Daisy Makeig-Jones’ Fairyland lustre ware number close to 40 lots. Particularly scarce are pieces in the so-called Nizami range, inspired by Persian literature and named after the 12th-century dramatic poet Nizami (1140-1203). Made in the 1920s, these survive in small numbers. A cup and saucer and a rectangular box and cover are estimated at $4,000-$6,000 and $3,000-$5,000 respectively. Both had been bought by the Rubins at James D. Julia sales in 2015 and 2005.

Rubin pieces by other British factories in this sale include those by William de Morgan, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, and George Jones, plus some Continental wares by KPM and Wilhelm Schiller.

Famed Winchester rifle, D-Day maps and a piece of the Red Baron’s plane land at Heritage Dec. 11

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DALLAS — Military items of major significance from eras throughout modern history take the stage at Heritage Auctions on Monday, December 11. The 235-lot sale includes Renaissance-era armor and helmets, edged weapons, historic firearms and much more, all available for bidding now at LiveAuctioneers.

A fine example of a Winchester 1873 One of a Thousand — pulled from the regular production line as the finest possible example and given additional engraving and the like, is on offer. It carries serial number 3414 and is graded as “good to very good for this model.” The rifle is estimated as the sale’s top lot at $80,000-$120,000.

An extremely rare original section of fabric taken from the 1918 wreckage of Baron Manfred von Richthofen’s red Fokker DR-1 – the color of which underscored his immortal nickname, the Red Baron – is another exciting lot in the Heritage sale. Measuring 1 ½ by 1 ½in (40 by 40mm), the red fabric was taken from the fuselage of the Fokker near Sailly-le-Sec, France on April 21, 1918 by English Air Mechanic First Class Morris Waldman of the No. 65 Squadron RFC/RAF, stationed at Bertangles. The piece is mounted with a print of the Fokker’s last flight and is estimated at $16,000-$24,000.

Rufus R. Rand, Jr. was a Minneapolis native born in 1892 who fell in love with aviation after the Wright Brothers’ historic flight. When World War I broke out, Rand joined the Lafayette Flying Corps, a group of American pilots who flew on behalf of the French military. He enlisted in the corps on July 26, 1917 and was breveted on September 14, 1917. He then flew with Escadrille Spad 158 from December 6, 1917 until the Armistice, seeing much combat and many close calls. He rose to the rank of Adjutant and was awarded the Croix de Guerre, with Palm and Star. His uniform jacket is in like-new condition despite more than 100 years of age, and is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

A D-Day invasion map featuring Omaha Beach — the first such example ever sold by Heritage — is in fine condition and ready for framing. It carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
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Winchester 1873 One of a Thousand rifle, estimated at $80,000-$120,000 at Heritage.
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Original section of red fabric taken from the 1918 wreckage of Baron Manfred von Richthofen’s (aka the Red Baron’s) Fokker DR-1, estimated at $16,000-$24,000 at Heritage.
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Lafayette Flying Corps horizon blue French aviator’s uniform jacket, estimated at $4,000-$6,000 at Heritage.
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D-Day Operation Bigot top secret invasion maps for Omaha Beach East and West, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Heritage.
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Confederate gang mold for making minié bullets, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Heritage.
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Milestone presents fine sporting, Civil War & Old West firearms, June 10-11

Very fine Winchester Model 1866 Yellow Boy .44-caliber rimfire rifle designed by Oliver Winchester as the continuation to the famed Henry rifle. This example, manufactured in 1886, features a gunmetal brass receiver with full-length octagon barrel and full-length magazine. Barrel has two-line Winchester address, German silver sporting blade front sight, and elevation-adjustable rear sight. Excellent full-size stocks. Estimate $15,000-$25,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Over the weekend of June 10-11, Milestone Auctions will open its doors to an arsenal of antique, vintage and other fine weapons chosen expressly for the summer edition of its Premier Collectible Firearms sale. The 1,421-lot auction event, featuring the types and brands of military, civilian and sporting arms hobbyists yearn for, welcomes absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fialka M-125 cipher machine with English manual at Bruneau & Co., May 10

1960s Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine with English manual, estimated at $8,000-$12,000
1960s Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine with English manual, estimated at $8,000-$12,000

1960s Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine with English manual, estimated at $8,000-$12,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – A Soviet-era Russian Fialka M-125 cipher machine from the 1960s, in good condition and with a reference manual in English, is an expected headliner in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ 295-lot timed online Historic Arms & Militaria auction closing on Wednesday, May 10 at 6 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Military challenge coins evoke pride and camaraderie

A cigar box containing more than 100 US Navy challenge coins, including the pictured Seal Team coin, made $230 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2018. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A cigar box containing more than 100 US Navy challenge coins, including the pictured Seal Team coin, made $230 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2018. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
A cigar box containing more than 100 US Navy challenge coins, including the pictured Seal Team coin, made $230 plus the buyer’s premium in October 2018. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Challenge coins have a rich history in the United States military, representing  patriotism, sacrifice and honor; and an esprit de corps among those who served their country together. They have been carried by soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Veterans Day provides a fitting opportunity to look closer at these items that are prized by those who earned them and widely admired by history buffs and militaria collectors.

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Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction traverses 4-century timeline

After Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860), unsigned circa-19th-century portrait of George Washington in his Continental uniform. Paper tag on verso notes painting was relined and restored in 1931 by Hannah Horner Field, Upper Darby, Pa. Framed size: 25 x 29in. Estimate $70,000-$100,000

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction serves as a grand showcase for 1,471 lots of expertly vetted antique and vintage weapons and relics, many with noteworthy provenance. The top-notch selection follows a four-century timeline, starting with 17th-century weaponry and traversing history through European wars, the American colonial and Revolutionary War period, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the modern era. In addition, there are numerous specialty categories which include sporting arms and ammunition; (55) swords, (25) cannons, Nuremberg lockboxes, Native American weapons and art; and the Doug Everhart collection of Derringers. The militaria section is distinguished by six very special lots containing war heroes’ Purple Hearts. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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