Art, antiques and rare coins at Thomaston Place, Feb. 9-10

THOMASTON, Maine – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Winter Fine Art, Antiques & Rare Coin Auction, Feb. 9-10, will feature a hand crafted model of the 1921 motorized yacht, SS Delphine; an 18th Century coin silver serving spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Philip Syng, Jr.; a circa 1870-80 three-panel gaming Roulette wheel; and a rare Edo Period Japanese Samurai uniform.

Delphine 2-6.jpgThe sale will also include more than 1,100 lots of fresh-to-the-market fine art, antiques, jewelry, firearms, historic documents and ephemera, antiquities, including 180 lots of foreign and American gold and silver coins.

Model of SS Delphine (est. $15,000-$25,000).

The SS Delphine was one of the first privately owned non-sailing yachts, commissioned by Horace Dodge (founder of the Dodge automobile company) and built by the Great Lakes Shipbuilding Company at a cost of $3.2 million. At almost 300 feet in length, it was one of the most luxurious vessels of its day, fitted with the finest fixtures and decorations available. The model of the Delphine (est. $15,000-25,000) was handcrafted in 1921 by Croatian immigrant Milan Rubessa, a machinist at the Dodge factory and father of the late television host Gene Rayburn.

Syng Spoon 2-6.jpgEighteenth Century Philadelphia coin silver serving spoon by silversmith Philip Syng, Jr. (est. $10,000-$15,000).

The 18th Century coin silver serving spoon by Philadelphia silversmith Philip Syng, Jr. (est. $10,000-15,000) is engraved “WWM 1757”, for American patriot William West, Sr. It’s possible that this spoon was commissioned by Benjamin Franklin as a gift for the marriage of West and Mary “Polly” Hodge (the “M”, probably for Mary) on August 18, 1757.

Roulette 2-6.jpgCirca 1870-80 gaming Roulette board (est. $10,000-$15,000).

The 3-panel gaming Roulette wheel (est. $10,000-15,000) includes a bright cut steel rotating wheel within a 32 slot border. Each panel is hand painted with hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs, and the four corners have images of racehorses. It originally came from the Saratoga, NY area, and still has its original pine box.

For more information, call 207-354-8141, or go online to www.thomastonauction.com.

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