MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. — Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates conducted a cataloged auction of Important Kerosene Lighting on March 27, 2010. Comprised of early to late kerosene period lamps along with parts and accessories, the sale featured more than 300 extremely choice selections from the 30-year collection of noted lighting author J. W. “Bill” Courter of Calvert City, Ky., along with part two of the collection of Charles and Jane Knox of Copake, N.Y. Among the offerings were nine different colored marriage/wedding lamps, four Onion/Eaton lamps and a large selection of rare figural-stem lamps including 12 different Swans.
The top lot of the sale was a Findlay onyx oil lamp manufactured by the Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton Co. ($17,250). The 11 1/4-inch tall lamp had an ivory onyx font decorated with platinum flowers and gold painted highlights atop an opaque black two-post base. Lamps are measured to the tops of the collars and all prices include a 15 percent buyer’s premium.
Other top performers included a 10-inch high Marbrie Loop oil lamp on brass stem and marble base, with green loops on a colorless font – an extremely rare Marbrie Loop color ($4,600), a Ripley marriage/wedding lamp with colorless fonts and matchholder on a blue lyre-form base ($4,025), a satin mother-of-pearl diamond quilted centerpiece vase lamp in cased rose ($3,450), and a deep pink to opaque white to colorless cut overlay star and quatrefoil lamp on a figural cherub stem and marble base ($3,105).
An extremely rare 5-inch high Stars and Stripes squat globe in cranberry opalescent glass brought $4,312. According to the catalog notes for this lot, a circa 1893 U.S. Glass Co. catalog that was recently discovered, illustrates this globe in cranberry, blue and colorless; only three examples of this globe are known to exist at present.
All referenced lots were from the Courter collection with the exception of the Stars and Stripes globe, which was consigned by Larry and Diana Nellans, and the Marbrie Loop lamp, which hailed from the collection of Dorothy J. Gooch.
Cataloged auctions are normally conducted once a month at the Mt. Crawford, Va., auction gallery, which is approximately 15 minutes south of Harrisonburg. Other upcoming 2010 sales include Americana & Fine Antiques (June 26 and Nov. 13), Antique Sewing (Aug. 28 and Dec. 4), and Early Glass and Lighting (May 22, July 31, Sep. 25 and Oct. 23). Auctions are usually held on Saturdays, following a three-day public preview.
Free public lectures on Virginia Decorative Arts and American Glass, presented by expert guest speakers, are periodically scheduled to complement a specific auction. When offered, these lectures are typically held at 6 p.m. ET on the Friday preceding the weekend auction. Full auction details are provided at here.
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