Antique R.S. Prussia centerpiece bowl and service set brings $4,300

WICHITA, Kan.) – Two lots of R.S. Prussia – a 15-inch carnation mold centerpiece bowl and a 13-piece service, also in the carnation mold – realized identical selling prices of $4,300 at a multi-estate sale held Jan. 22 by Woody Auction. The event was held in the 4H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Center. It was an absolute auction: no minimums or reserves.

The centerpiece bowl was an outstanding example, cobalt blue with floral décor and gold stencil highlights. It boasted great color and condition. The service consisted of a 12-inch chocolate pot, four cups, six saucers, a creamer and a sugar bowl. It was also cobalt blue with gold highlights. A touch-up on the sugar lid was the only thing keeping it from fetching more.

Online bidding was facilitated by Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted are hammer, exclusive of a sliding commission structure. There is no buyer’s premium at a Woody Auction.

Gold coins are always a hit with bidders, as the value of precious metals continues to soar against the sagging dollar. A pair of lots achieved identical prices of $3,100. One was a 4-piece proof set of 2002 Natura Cheetah gold coins, each one made from .999 percent pure gold, with one weighing a full ounce. The lot included a 45-gram sterling silver cheetah figurine with certificate.

The other lot was an 8-piece proof set of 2000 Olympic gold coins. Seven were 10 gram, $100 pure gold coins with Elizabeth on the obverse and Olympic scenes on the reverse. Another 10 gram pure gold coin was an Olympic medallion with the Olympic logo. Also sold was an 8-piece proof set of 2001 Krugerrands. The anniversary edition set, .916 percent pure gold, gaveled for $2,950.

R.S. Prussia dominated the list of top lots, including the two examples already described. Other stars of the category included a 10-inch mold 110 bowl featuring a cream center with blue domes and depicting medallion scenes of all four seasons. The extra nice bowl brought $2,800. Also, a hard-to-find 8 3/4 inch plate in brown tones and an ostrich scenic décor breezed to $1,550.

Two other R.S. Prussia lots of note included a nice 11-inch carnation mold dresser tray, peach and lavender satin with fall season portrait décorm, selling for $1,100, and a 10 1/2 inch medallion service consisting of a chocolate pot with six matching cups and saucers, which sold for $1,100. The set had a water lily and scenic décor and luster finish. The only flaw was a base hairline crack to one cup.

Future sales

Woody Auction’s next big event will be held Feb. 26-27, also in Wichita. It will include Part 2 of the Dale Gabel Collection (Part 1 was held Apr. 9-10). Featured will be multiple group lots of art glass, postcards, advertising items, firearms, pottery and furniture. The estate collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Galvin of Kansas will also be sold. Overall, 550 lots will be auctioned.

Then, on Saturday, Mar. 19, Woody Auction will offer nearly 400 lots of top-quality American Brilliant Cut Glass at the Holiday Inn Airport West in St. Louis, Mo. The auction will combine an important ABCG collection from Richmond, Va., plus a few smaller collections from around the country. Colored to clear pieces will be a prominent feature of this auction.

The sale after that will be an antique auction slated for Saturday, Apr. 30, in the junior ballroom of the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Mo. The venue is located just off exit 229 of Interstate 70. The sale will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. (CST). For this and all of the upcoming auctions described above, watch the website for details:

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (316) 747-2694. Or, you can e-mail them at

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