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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.