Nautical and historic themes run deep in two-day Hartford, Conn., antiques auction

FISHKILL, N.Y. – Louis J Dianni, LLC is presenting a two-day, 750-lot maritime and militaria-themed antiques auction at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., Oct. 9-10. Day one, Oct. 9, offerings focus on marine art, nautical, naval history and Americana. Day two, Oct. 10, will carry historic arms and armor, political, Americana and Civil War items.

Great white shark weathervane

Great White Shark Weathervane, made of hand cut sheet iron and retaining its original directionals and rod. Photo courtesy Louis J. Dianni, LLC.

Estimates on the auction offerings will include all bidding levels, from $5 to $35,000. Of note are many examples of 19th century scrimshaw and several 19th century whale tools. A cut sheet iron weather vane in the form of a great white shark having the original directionals (with losses), mounted on a black base is expected to reach $500 to $800. There are also many examples of ship paintings, with original oil on canvases estimated to bring anywhere from $100 to $10,000.

The Oct. 10 offerings include a fine selection of hand-colored Native American lithographs, each of which is estimated to bring $400 to $800. A seldom-offered Native American Bear Dance mask dating to the first half of the 19th century, constructed of cloth with paint decoration to resemble a grizzly bear, is expected to sell for up to $10,000. Bidding will start at $2,000 for a large (sight: 43 inches by 30 inches), original Civil War recruitment broadside dated 1863; the broadside calls for enlistees to join the Massachusetts 2nd Regiment Heavy Artillery Co. under the command of Colonel Frankle. The high estimate for this historic piece is $6,000.

To participate in the Oct. 9-10 auction event, you must register in advance. Live Internet bidding is available through Live, on-site bidding will commence at 9 a.m. PT each day; a buyer’s premium of 18 1/2 percent will be in effect.

Civil War enlistment broadside

Civil War recruitment broadside dated 1863 calling for enlistees to join the Massachusetts 2nd Regiment Heavy Artillery Co. under the command of Colonel Frankle.

Louis J. Dianni, LLC, specialists in auctions and marine art, has been serving the antiques and art community since 1980. Its business office is located at 982 Main St., Suite 175, Fishkill, NY 12524. For more information, phone 914-474 -7710, fax 845 227-6626, email or visit

Nantucket character bookends

Pair of cast iron Pair of cast iron bookends with original bronze finish. Depicts the Nantucket character of Billy Baxter reading a newspaper. Stamped into the back is: 'Cape Cod Fisherman, Copyright 1928, and the Connecticut Foundry Mark (the maker).


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