CAMP HILL, Pa.—Two paintings by Edouard Cortes (French, 1882-1969) will headline Cordier Antiques & Auctions’ Spring Auction in Camp Hill, Pa. Entitled “The Sunny Bank” and “Byway In Normandy,” the paintings are estimated at $20,000-$30,000 each. Also to be included is the Charles D. Morris ice cream collection and the late Raymond A. Farr nautical collection. The 750 plus lot sale will be held over two days in Camp Hill, across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg.
Thursday’s sale will feature the 50-year ice cream and soda fountain collection of Charles D. Morris of Mechanicsburg, Pa. Hundreds of lots will be offered including ice cream dippers, trays, signs, freezers, milk shake mixers and more. The ice cream dippers in the collection include several rare examples such as the Manos Novelty Co. dipper. With its unusual heart-shaped bowl, the Manos dipper is considered to be one of the rarest and most desirable of all dippers and is estimated at $5,000-$7,000. It was used to fill special heart shaped dishes, two of which will be offered in Thursday’s sale.
Friday’s session will begin with numismatics. Among many gold pieces is a 1906 Liberty Head $10, a 1908 Saint-Gaudens $20 and an 1882-S Liberty Head $5. Several Carson City silver dollars will also be offered including an 1892. Books and documents will follow and will include an unusual 1918 copy of the Proceedings of the American Society for Psychical Research exploring the Smead Case by James H. Hyslop. The Smead case concerned Dr. Hyslop’s work with a Mrs. Smead who received communications from Martians. This editor’s copy, estimated at $400-$600, includes original tipped in drawings by Mrs. Smead showing Martian embroidery, a Martian boat and curtains used in a Martian house.
An interesting collection of World War II German medals will highlight weapons and militaria. Obtained by the consignor in Oberursel, Germany, in the summer of 1945, the set of 15 medals was assembled and sold by a local townsman. The set remains attached to the original card in the original shipping box.
A definite highlight in the collectibles category will be a rare 45 record of Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers. Recognized as the very first U.S. record to include the Beatles, the record features the songs “My Bonnie” and “The Saints” and is estimated at $5,000-$10,000.
Another first in this category will be the 1935 Whitman Publishing Donald Duck comic #978, considered to be the first comic book devoted to Donald Duck. Among several coin-operated pieces will be a penny arcade peep show of Wally Wales (Pathe Star) in “Cheyenne Charlie and the Road Agent” from the original penny arcade at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa. Estimated at $1,250-$1,750, the piece is in working condition.
Toys is set to offer several fine lots including a circa 1910 Lionel 202 Electric Rapid Transit summer trolley. Estimated at $1,000-$2,000, the piece retains a rubber stamp under the base for the previous owner James McFarland, a charter member of the Train Collectors Association.
Two circa 17th century brass alms dishes will head decorative arts. Featuring central fluted roundels surrounded by a row of Gothic inscriptions, the dishes are estimated at $400-$600 and are two of several pieces in the auction reported to be from the estate of Baron Cassel van Doorn, the celebrated Belgian collector.
A fine pair of John Bennett pottery vases will headline ceramics. Estimated at $6,000-$8,000, the signed and dated vases feature yellow flowers and red berries on a green ground and are in excellent condition. A good selection of stoneware will be offered including Cowden and Wilcox and Jas. Hamilton as well as a Southern pottery jug by Georgia potter James Yaughn (1846/49-1925
Asian and ethnographic arts will offer several lots of interest. A key lot in Asian arts will be a Chinese Ming Dynasty bronze wine vessel or lei with silver inlay estimated at $1,500-$3,000. A Ming Dynasty bronze censer and vase will also be offered. Song, Qing, Tang and Han Dynasty ceramics will be sold including a Qing Dynasty celadon covered vase with crackle glaze and a Song Dynasty qingbai cosmetic box.
Silver is set to offer a variety of sterling and silver plated pieces. Of note is a fine Victorian silver plated epergne with cut glass bowls and a cased set of Peter L. Krider sterling silver salts and spoons. Included in the silver category is a Mark J. Scearce 14K gold Presidential julep cup. Marked under the base “LBJ” for Lyndon B. Johnson, the cup is housed in its original fitted case and carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
More than 70 lots of fine antique and estate jewelry will be sold. Several diamond solitaires will be offered including a 2.64 carat estimated at $7,500-$10,000 and a 1.37 carat at $1,200-$2,200. A 19th century onyx, diamond and ruby pendant necklace with enamel will be offered as will an 18-inch black pearl necklace and a 4.69 carat opal ring with diamonds. Contemporary Native American silver jewelry will also be offered.
Fine art is set to offer several key lots, most notably two landscapes by Edouard Cortes, mentioned earlier, which were purchased by the consignor’s parents at Findlay Galleries, Chicago, Ill., in 1956. Another key lot, and another piece from the Estate of Baron Cassel van Doorn, is a painting of a yawning puppy by John Henry Dolph (American, 1835-1903). Active in New York, Dolph was known for his small animal paintings.
In addition to paintings, several prints will be offered including a Currier & Ives small folio lithograph “American Railroad Scene” estimated at $200-$400 and a John James Audubon hand-colored lithograph of Bullock’s Troopial, Plate 218, No. 44 from the First Royal Octavo Edition of the Birds of American estimated at $100 to $300. A Norman Rockwell Artist’s Proof of “America Marches Ahead” will also be offered.
Clocks, lighting, rugs and furniture will include several highlights. In clocks, a French black slate crystal regulator by L. Marti et Cie for Tiffany will be offered as will a Le Coultre illuminated globe timepiece and a Howard no. 70 Regulator.
A fine Louis XV marquetry bureau plat estimated at $5,000-$7,500 will head up furniture. Other highlights of furniture include a Pennsylvania two part corner cupboard estimated at $2,000-$3,000 and an early paneled blanket chest, probably Welsh, circa 1675, which is expected to bring $750-$1,500.
Several pieces of Chinese furniture will be offered including a set of four rosewood nesting tables circa 1900 to 1910. Featuring profuse carvings of dragons and foliage, the set is estimated at $400 to $800.
Friday’s sale will finish up with the nautical collection of the late Raymond A. Farr of Hummelstown, Pa. Mr. Farr was an avid collector of nautical antiques and collectibles throughout the 1970s and mid 1980s. He collected all over the country with many items obtained in Nova Scotia and Maine. Frank O. Braynard, the noted author, artist and maritime historian, used Mr. Farr’s collection and reference archive in several of his maritime books during this time period.
The collection offers a variety of nautical collectibles including ship advertising prints, lanterns, and photographs. The star lot of the collection is a porthole relic from the USS Maine. The sinking of the Maine on Feb. 15, 1898, precipitated the Spanish-American War though the exact cause of why it sank remains a mystery. The piece is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
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