FLAT ROCK, N.C. – A Reed & Barton “Francis I” sterling tea and coffee set with matching tray, totaling over 270 troy ounces, sold for $11,000 at a massive three-day multi-estate sale held Feb. 21-23 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates. The set included a teapot; coffee pot; sugar and creamer; and 22” x 30-1/2” handled tray. It was the top lot in a sale that grossed more than $500,000.
The top lot of the sale was this gorgeous Reed & Barton “Francis I” sterling tea and coffee set with matching tray ($11,000).
Other leaders in the silver group included an Alvin sterling “Bridal Rose” flatware service, 267 pieces, with lots of servers, dinner and luncheon and some monograms ($8,500); a sterling flatware service for 12, “Old Colonial” by Towle, 135 pieces weighing 121 troy ounces ($4,000); and a sterling flatware service for 12, “Chantilly” by Gorham, 117 pieces, with servers, 99 total troy ounces ($2,200).
Unfortunately, the auction’s anticipated top lot – the only flag of its kind known to exist from the Second Georgia Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army, crafted in 1860 by eight ladies in Burke County, Ga. – did not sell because it failed to meet the reserve. The sale did, however, feature a pair of important Civil War-era presentation swords and they did change hands, for a combined $8,500.
One was from the 37th Illinois Volunteers, apparently an 1840 Cavalry saber, with a 33” blade (half shiny, half gray), with the wrap and sharkskin intact, hanging rings also intact and metal scabbard. It went for $6,500. The other was a Chatellerault sword, 7th Indiana Volunteers, belonging to Captain Scott Miller of the Washington Guards, with a photocopy image of him and his wife ($2,000).
Civil War presentation sword from the 37th Illinois Volunteers, apparently an 1840 Cavalry saber, with a 33” blade ($6,500).
An art glass and bronze sculpture by Michael Sherril, 17” tall and a wonderful example from a local artist, achieved $7,000 (against an estimated gallery price of $30,000). Also, a bronze sculpture of a bird family by the noted French artist Jules Moigniez (1835-1894) brought $2,500. The work, titled “Feeding Time,” stood 22-1/2” tall. Sculptures by Moigniez have fetched $8,000 and more.
Hatch’s next big sale will be May 1-3, featuring more than 1,700 lots from area estates, including a huge art glass collection; fine art; porcelains; pottery; sterling flatware sets; figurines; rugs; period furniture; estate jewelry; china sets; clocks; an enormous coin collection; and more.
For more information, call 828-696-3440, or go online to www.richardhatchauctions.com.