Conewago Manor Inn, plus contents, to be sold without reserve

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The contents of the Conewago Manor Inn – a historic structure dating back to an original 1742 grant from the William Penn family, founders of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – will be sold without reserve (everything goes, regardless of price) in an on-site auction Oct. 23, at the inn itself in Elizabethtown, Pa.

The auction will be held by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, based in Pittsfield, Mass. More than 500 lots of fine antiques and accessories will be offered, with online bidding facilitated by, and the Fontaine’s website, Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. The Inn is located at 2048 Zeager Road in Elizabethtown.

“It is difficult to fully appreciate the majesty and history of the Conewago Manor Inn,” said John Fontaine of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “It has stood, weathering the passage of time, as it witnessed the birth of a nation and its struggles and triumphs, not far from both Philadelphia and Gettysburg. Iron from nearby forges may have been used in the American Revolution.”

Lamps and lighting will illuminate the room. Expected top lots include a beautiful pair of brass argand mantel lamps, a highly unusual piano lamp, an Auguste Moreau “Nereide” figural lamp and a large brass astral lamp with prisms. Also, a rare Regina Hepplewhite chime clock with bells will cross the block, as will several early samplers, including one dated 1846.

Dolls will feature a rare Steiner bisque automaton doll. Doll carriages will include a wicker mechanical horse-drawn doll carriage and an early ebonized doll carriage. Also offered will be a Regina upright mahogany 12-disc changer, and fine estate jewelry, such as a lady’s antique fashion ring and a nice lady’s gold ring with large emerald and yellow diamonds.

Decorative accessories will be served up in abundance. Some anticipated star lots include a mirrored brass display under dome, a James Tufts patented table fountain, a fine silver-plated wine jack, a fine silver-plated water set with porcelain insert, a porcelain “Pot de Crème” service for 12, a large silver plate and cut glass epergne and a Victorian silver plate and glass epergne.

Other decorative accessories will feature a 3-piece silver plate mirrored table plateau, a James Tufts toothpick holder, an unusual silver-plated jewelry casket, a Pairpoint silver-plated jewelry casket, many silver-plated combination sets, many rare and unusual napkin rings, a 17-piece Royal Worcester porcelain game set and a 14-piece Royal Worcester porcelain fish set.

Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is actively seeking quality consignments for future sales. The firm also buys antiques and entire estates outright. For more information, or to consign an item, estate or collection, you may call 413-448-8922. Or, you can e-mail him at For more information, visit to or Fontaine’s Antique Auction Gallery, 1485 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. ?


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