Rich heritage of the Ohio Valley heralded as Garth’s auction house hosts third annual regional event

DELAWARE, Ohio – Historian Frederick Jackson Turner once said, “The Ohio Valley has not only a local history worthy of study, a rich heritage to its people, but also that it has been an independent and powerful force in shaping the development of the nation.” This spring, history buffs and those who admire the regional artistry of the Ohio Valley will have an opportunity to celebrate its rich heritage at the third annual Ohio Valley Auction, hosted by Garth’s Auctions on May 23, 2009.

“When Andy Richmond came to us with the suggestion of an annual event focusing on our region, we were intrigued,” explains Jeff Jeffers, president of Garth’s. “For many of us, this region in particular is our passion – our contextual connection to American antiques.”

The first two Ohio Valley Auctions garnered more than 1,500 bidders per auction – with objects from more than 300 consignors.

“Last year, a handful of the lots from the Ohio Valley auction sold to buyers who ultimately donated them to area institutions.” Jeffers said. One item to which Jeffers refers is the Elijah Pierce barber chair in the 2008 sale. Pierce, a well-known folk carver, operated a barber shop in downtown Columbus. The chair sold for $10,575, and was subsequently donated, along with Pierce’s trade sign to the Columbus Museum of Art for their permanent collection. He continued, “We had fun selling the chair, and coordinating the donation on behalf of the seller. It was very rewarding – and truly in the spirit of the Ohio Valley event.”

Among the featured items in this year’s sale is a fraktur birth certificate, early 19th century. This watercolor and ink fraktur is adorned with colorful pinwheels and vining tulips surrounding a central tombstone. Made for Elizabeth Weiand, born May 2, 1801, the certificate is part of a small group of fraktur by an as-yet unidentified artist working in east-central Ohio in the very early 19th century. The present example pre-dates Ohio statehood by two years. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.

An  Ohio Quaker album quilt made for Amy Stanley, Butler Township, Columbiana County, 1846, consists of deep blue and yellow pieced blocks, and is inscribed “Here you may see / Which was presented / to me by my sister / Amy Stanley / Oct. 13 1846.” Estimate: $400-$800.

A blown glass bottle from Zanesville, Ohio, first half-19th century,  with 24 tightly spiraling ribs and a desirable deep amber color,  is the highlight of the glass to be offered. Estimate: $800-$1,200.

Stenciled and hand-painted coverlet circa 1830-1845 is decorated with peafowls perched on potted flowering shrub, budding vines, small dark winged birds, and a border of  laurel wreaths and sprays of flowering pinks. It was made by Clarinda Miller Griffin, Summit County, Ohio. Clarinda is listed in the 1850 Summit County, Ohio, census as a widow living with her three children ranging in age from 13 to 19. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.

Known for his detailed depictions of Pennsylvania and Ohio farms, artist Ferdinand Brader created a graphite on paper titled The Property of Barney and Rose Wise, Suffield Town. Portage County Ohio in 1886. The 30 1/2-inch by 45 1/2-inch farm landscape descended in the Wise family. According to family tradition, Brader spent about one week at their farm working on this picture and charged them $3. The family gave Brader meals and “all the cider or wine he cared to drink.” Estimate: $5,000-$7,000.

A 19th century set of seven Shaker dining chairs,with two notched slats, retaining their original blue paint, were originally used in the North family dwelling house at White Water. One is labeled “N” on the underside of the original splint seat. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000.

A mid 19th century 12 1/2-inch-long Bowie knife with a double-edge blade, stag grip, and maker’s mark for “Edward Barnes and Sons, England” is also marked “U*S” on ricasso and the leather sheath. Estimate: $400-$600.

This year’s third annual Ohio Valley Auction will take place on May 23, 2009. Preview hours are May 18-21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and open May 22 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. An illustrated color catalog is available for review on the company’s Web site, For more information, call 740-362-4771 or e-mail