Guide boats sell for $54,240 at Blanchard’s auction

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. – A matched pair of Theodore Hamner guide boats, made in Saranac Lake, N.Y., circa 1915, sold for $54,240 at the Aug. 25 sale conducted by Blanchard’s Auction Service of Potsdam, N.Y. Prices include a buyer’s premium of 13 percent.

The sale dispersed the contents of the Adirondacks lodge known as “The White Birches” at Follensby Park. The current owner purchased the 14,500 acres in 1952, including the completely furnished lodge.

A 1956 Chris Craft Capri, which was never registered because the owner only used it on the estate’s private 900-acre “pond,” brought $31,640. A William Vasser cedar-strip canoe sold for $16,950, and two wood/canvas Penn Yan rowboats realized $6,780 and $6,215.

The first item of the sale was a bronze eagle inkwell that reached $5,367. A leather mailbag marked JE Barbour, Tupper Lake NY, which the caretaker used for his drill bits and spikes when putting up tree stands, brought $6,215. L&JG Stickley furniture included a 72-inch sideboard that sold for $11,300; a 54-inch table with eight leaves, $10,170; a 44-inch server, $5,367; a 7-foot trestle table for $9,040; and four tabouret stands, $10,622.

Other highlights of the day included a red, white and blue painted shield with 13 stars. According to the owner, it was believed to come off a Navy frigate used in the War of 1812 on Lake Champlain. The shield realized $20,340.

Drugget.jpgA large drugget with geometric design brought $16,950, and a red drugget with a green Greek Key border sold for $14,125. A lion rug brought $5,367, a grizzly bear rug reached $1,695.

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