Charles Lindbergh memorabilia collection opens fall antique auction

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Cordier Auctions is opening its two-day Fall Antique & Fine Art auction in Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 9-10, with a single-consignor, 80-lot collection of Charles Lindbergh memorabilia. Other highlights of the sale include a bronze nude sculpture by William Zorach; a Lancaster County, Pa., highboy and an ornate Tiffany tall case clock. The sale will also feature fine art, sterling silver, furniture, rugs, collectibles and Asian art. The auction will be held at the Cordier Auctions gallery, 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg.

Charles Lindbergh photograph

Charles Lindbergh signed photograph ($1,000-$2,000). Images courtesy Cordier Auctions

Consigned from a single owner, the Charles Lindbergh memorabilia collection will offer autographed books and photographs, ephemera, Lindbergh flown airmail, toys, sculptures, and unique collectibles including reward posters and trial tickets from the Lindbergh kidnapping. Of note is an author’s autograph limited edition of Lindbergh’s book “WE”. Housed in the original slipcase and signed by Lindbergh and the publisher on the title page, the book is number 35 of an edition of 1,000 and carries an estimate of $1,000 to $2,000.

Collectibles will offer a wide variety of items from steins and canes to music boxes and model ships. An antique medical skeleton will cross the block with an estimate of $2,000 to $4,000, as will a unique 1:16 scale 4-8-4 steam locomotive and tender hand-built by a local Harrisburg, Pa., machinist between 1947 and 1960. Toys will include a variety of dolls, marbles, banks and a Buddy L Son-ny moving van.

More than 50 lots of silver will be offered including tea sets, pitchers, and a communion set. Nineteen sets of sterling silver flatware will cross the block, including sets by Lunt, Whiting, Dominick & Haff, Gorham, Reed & Barton, S. Kirk & Son and more. Of note is an 1884 Russian icon of Christ Pantocrater. Assayed by Aleksandr Frans Fan-der-Flit of St. Petersburg, the icon carries an estimate of $400 to $800.

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gold and gemstone lorgnette

14-karat gold and gemstone lorgnette ($1,500-$3,000)

Silver will be followed by more than 100 lots of fine jewelry and watches including diamond and gemstone rings, gold bracelets, antique pieces and more. A 14-karat gold, diamond and sapphire lorgnette estimated at $1,500 to $3,000 will be a star lot, as will a 2.62 carat diamond engagement ring ($5,500-$7,500). Watch highlights include an Elgin doctor’s pocket watch, an 18-karat James Perret pocket watch and a lady’s 1.32 ctw diamond and platinum wristwatch. Fourteen lots of Native American jewelry will include squash blossoms and cuff bracelets.

Saturday’s session will conclude with decorative arts, porcelain and glass. Highlights include a Tiffany Studios dore bronze candelabra, a Karl Ens Deco Penthesilea sculpture by Josef Kopp, Sevres boxes, china sets, art glass and more.

Sunday’s session will begin with musical instruments followed by furniture and rugs, Asian and fine art, clocks, and lighting. The highlight among instruments will be an RCA Story & Clark Storytone Deco electric piano. Estimated at $3,000 to $6,000, the piano built in 1939 as a joint venture between Story & Clark and RCA. One of only 150 made, it was the first electric piano and debuted at the1939 World’s Fair.

In excess of 70 lots of furniture will be offered including a rare three shell carved Lancaster County Chippendale highboy circa 1780 to 1790 ($10,000-$15,000). Other pieces of note include a Pennsylvania inlaid tall chest ($900-$1,200), a Chinese carved rosewood table and chair ($1,000- $1,500) and a Gustav Stickley child’s dresser ($1,500-$3,000). Among 20 lots of rugs will be an antique Caucasian Kazar rug estimated at $600 to $800.

More than 100 lots of ethnographic and Asian arts are included in Sunday’s session, among them a Chinese famille verte table screen ($1,500-$3,000) and an antique Chinese inlaid gu zheng ($1,500- $2,500). Asian arts will also feature Chinese and Japanese porcelain, cinnabar, jade, cloisonné, scrolls, woodblocks, and much more. Ethnographic arts will feature over twenty lots of Inuit sculpture and prints as well as Native American pieces including an Acoma tall pot circa 1920’s to 1930’s ($800-$1,200).

William Zorach sculpture

Wiliam Zorach (American, 1887-1966) sculpture ($15,000-$30,000)

Sunday’s session will offer over 100 lots of fine art including paintings, bronzes, and prints. The highlight of the auction will be a bronze sculpture of a nude entitled “Clarissa” by William Zorach (American, 1887-1966). Purchased directly from the artist’s studio by the consignor, the making of the sculpture was documented in an article in the May 31, 1948 issue of Life Magazine (a copy of the magazine accompanies the piece). The sculpture is number two of six castings and is estimated at $15,000 to $30,000.

Cordier Auctions will also be offering artwork from the estate of Boris Blai (American, 1893-1985), noted sculpture and founder of the Stella Elkins Tyler School of Art (a campus of Temple University) in 1935. The artwork includes both sculptures by Blai as well as paintings by such artists as Walt Francis Kuhn (American, 1877-1949) and Franklin C. Watkins (American, 1894-1972) including a portrait of opera singer Miriam Gurewitz, first wife of Boris Blai, submitted to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 121st Annual Exhibition ($2,000-$4,000).

Sunday’s auction will conclude with clocks and lighting. Seven tall case clocks will be offered including a profusely carved 19th century Tiffany & Co. nine tube (tubes signed Walter Durfee) ($20,000-$30,000), a Pennsylvania grain painted example ($5,000 to $7,000) and a Hershede five tube ($3,000-$5,000). Of note in lighting will be an Erik Hoglund nine light chandelier ($1,000-$2,000).

A full online catalog of the two day auction is available by visiting Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at or by calling 717-731-8662.

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