Ringing in the New Year in Springfield, Ill.

A windy and chilly 18-degree Jan. 1 in Springfield, Ill., did not stop the 263 registered bidders and buyers from making their way to Patricia Doyle Associates Auction Gallery for its New Year’s Day auction. This annual event, which has become a popular local tradition, produced a varied selection of 725 lots.

Wicker figured prominently in the sale, with a unique red and black wicker floor lamp with a wicker shade selling for $180 and a great deal of interest in a very old wicker and wooden pet carrier, which sold for $110. A decorated wicker baby’s high chair with a slightly damaged cane seat and cane /woven back was a steal at $25.

child casket 2 2-6.jpgThe most unusual article at the auction was a folding wicker funeral basket for a baby or toddler. This piece of wicker was not a removal basket. With the high infant and child mortality during the 19th and early part of the 20th century, it was necessary to have some type of basket and stand to use at home viewings that could be folded up for portability and easily transported with its leather handle. When assembled, this basket has more of a bassinette appearance and features pink silk woven through the wicker and a pink silk headrest that could be raised. The company tag of the Durfee Embalming Fluid Company was on the basket, pointing to Allen Durfee of the Durfee Embalming Fluid Company of Grand Rapids, Mich., who was the inventor of embalming fluids in 1871. Perhaps the macabre feeling of this piece discomforted bidders, as it sold for only $70.

For those who love the “country look,” a pine dough bowl, measuring 39 inches long and 29 inches high sold for $420, while a fancy carved oak fireplace mantle, 92 inches high by 60 inches wide, brought lively bidding from the audience and gaveled at $1,900.

A 1940s man’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer brought spirited bidding. This all-stainless wristwatch did not run, had an original but quite discolored dial, and a couple of ugly tool marks on the back case.cage 1 2-6.jpg In spite of its shortcomings, the winning bidder at $1,500 could not have been more thrilled, as vintage Rolex bubblebacks continue to be favorites among wristwatch aficionados.

This Hendryx birdcage with the lovebird doors would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift, gaveling for $70.

Even though Christmas 2007 had passed, 12 collector mugs, by Beeswick for Doulton, of Dickens’ The Christmas Carol scenes, in a numbered limited edition, were sold for $200. For those anticipating Valentine’s Day, a lovely Hendryx brass bird cage with the lovebird inspired doors on a five foot stand sold for $70.

Doyle always has a nice selection of art pottery and its New Year’s Day sale was no exception. Roseville posted solid results. The highlight of the Roseville sales was a Thornapple Urn for $270, Gardenia bookends at $150, a Freesia vase for $160, and an eight-inch Rozane Ware bud face with flower design at $100.

It’s important to ring in the New Year with music, and buyers were up for it, with a carved Mahogany Victrola, with gold plate tone arm and turntable, made by the Victor Talking Machine, sold for $475 and had a store decal from the Wainwright Music Co., Mariettta, Ohio.

Patricia Doyle Associates, founded in 1992, does not charge a buyer’s premium. The auction gallery specializes in antiques and collectibles. Its regular Friday night auctions are a local mainstay for antiquers.

For more information on upcoming auctions, call 217-546-8709, or go online to www.doyleauctions.com.