Vintage jumbo dice wheel could spin up $3,000 in Nov. 10-11 auction

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A two-day auction offering nearly 900 lots of antiques, fine art, collectibles, Asian antiques and more will be hosted by Cordier Auctions Nov. 10-11, 2012, at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg. The event will include paintings by Paul Feiler (German/English, B. 1918) and John Clymer (American, 1907-1989), a Chinese Qing Dynasty dragon robe and a 1925 Ford Model T pickup truck as well as 100 lots of jewelry, 145 lots of Asian arts and more.

Vintage 89-inch H.C. Evans jumbo dice wheel (estimate $2,000-$3,000)

Saturday’s sale is slated to offer books and paper, collectibles, toys, jewelry, silver, porcelain and glass. A collection of Pennsylvania governors’ signatures includes documents signed by 61 governors from provincial to modern, all professionally framed in identical frames, and features such notables as William Markham, Thomas and John Penn, and Benjamin Franklin. The archive of a Harrisburg, Pa., Purina salesman will also be offered. The archive includes promotional items and sales awards including a Victrola presented by Henry Ford.


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Collectibles will offer a wide variety of items from Masonic collectibles and a traveling mortician’s kit to samplers and a German singing bird automaton. Of note will be an antique jumbo dice wheel by H.C. Evans of Chicago. Standing 89 inches high, the wheel includes its original shipping crate and is estimated at $2,000 to $3,000.

Several banks will be offered in toys, including a Hall’s Liliput and a Stevens William Tell, as will pressed steel and cast iron trucks including Structo, Hubley, Marx and Buddy L.

More than 50 lots of silver will be offered including flatware sets, trays, French serving pieces and more by such companies as Stieff, Gorham, and Towle. A highlight of this category will be a large 24-inch English sterling silver nef; hallmarked for Edwin Thomson Bryant of London circa 1891, the piece carries an estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.

4.74 CTW diamond sword pin (estimate $3,000-$6,000). Photo courtesy Cordier Auctions

The star of the jewelry category is a figural diamond pin in the form of a sword. Featuring 4.74 total carats of clear, yellow and brown natural diamonds set in 18-karat gold and platinum, the pin is estimated at $3,000 to $6,000.

Among gemstone jewelry is an 11.9 carat ruby and diamond ring as well as a circa 1840 George IV gold cannetille necklace set with foiled topaz stones (both estimated at $1,000 to $2,000).

Saturday’s session will conclude with porcelain and glass, including a pair of signed Sevres covered urns (estimate $1,000 to $2,000) and a Rosenthal fine silver overlay vase (estimate $600 to $800). Dinner services offered include Limoges, Mikasa, Lenox, Portmeirion, Haviland, Rosenthal, Royal Doulton and Spode. To complement the dinner sets will be crystal stemware including a 32-piece set of Lalique Phalsbourgh (estimate $1,000 to $2,000) and several lots of Hawkes Delft Diamond.

Noted furniture makers included in Sunday’s sale include Henkel Harris, Henredon, Kindel, Stickley and Councill Craftsmen. Two lots of Kindel Winterthur Reproduction furniture include a pair of low boys (estimate $1,000 to $2,000) and a bombe chest (estimate $1,500 to $3,000).

More than 140 lots of Asian arts including a Chinese Qing Dynasty blue dragon robe. Couched with metallic gold threads of dragons amid clouds and auspicious symbols with a lishui border and sea wave design on the bottom hem, the robe is estimated $4,000 to $6,000. Asian arts will also feature porcelain, cinnabar, jade, cloisonné, champlevé, and more.

The fine art category is loaded with more than 120 lots, including paintings, bronzes, and prints. A newly discovered painting entitled “Cornish Landscape,” by Paul Feiler (German/English, B. 1918), a prominent member of the St. Ives School of art carries an estimate of $10,000 to $20,000. Also to be offered will be a wildlife painting of deer entitled “Early Morning” by well-known artist John Clymer (American, 1907-1989) (estimate $10,000 to $15,000). Other artists of note include John Tupa, Kay WalkingStick, Joshua Neustein, Annie M. Snyder, and many more. Among prints will be lots by Erte, Audubon, Dali, Peter Max, John Lennon and Anthony Quinn.

Paul Feiler (German/English, B. 1918) (estimate $10,000-$20,000)

Sunday’s auction will conclude with clocks and lighting. Clocks will offer four tall cases including a Hershede 9 tube, an Isaac Thomas (Chester County) and a Morbier. A highlight among mantle clocks is an Ansonia Music & Poetry (estimate $800 to $1,200). Lighting will offer six chandeliers including three Baccarat Zenith, one 48-light (estimate $25,000 to $50,000) and two 12-light chandeliers.

A full online catalog of the two day auction is available. Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at auctions@cordierantiques.com or by calling 717-731-8662.

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