Abandonded Civil War orphanage and contents selling Sept. 22

Andersonburg Orphanage

The Andersonburg Soldiers Orphan School, one of Pennsylvania’s Civil War-era orphan schools, will be sold Sept. 22, 2012. A star lot of the auction will be a tattered flag for the orphanage. The building is packed with antiques such as decorated stoneware, transferware and white ironstone, silver, books and ephemera, toys, vintage clothes and textiles and much more. Read More +

Vintage Jacobus Stainer violin and bow may bring $6,000 this weekend

Jacobus Strainer violin

One of the top lots in this week’s Elite Decorative Art auction is a blue diamond ring and a vintage Jacobus Stainer violin and bow. Artwork will include an artist proof bronze sculpture of a goat by Louise B. Nevelson and a pencil on paper of a nude female by Fernando Botero, measuring 22 inches by 15 1/2 inches, which is expected to hit $30,000 to $40,000. Read More +

Dalton Gang Colt pistol featured in Sept. 7-9 vintage firearms auction

Dalton gang Colt revolver

The Gateway collection of 19th and 20th century firearms, featuring the famous Bob Dalton Colt pistol, is up for auction Sept. 7-9, 2012 by Rock Island Auction Co. It joins several important private vintage firearm collections coming to auction at the same time. The Dalton pistol is the most culturally-histoic gun in the sale. It was take from Dalton’s dead body after the famous shootout on Oct. 5, 1892 in Coffeyville, Kan. Read More +