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Two top ABCG collections selling without reserves

Woody Auction's Nov. 18 auction will feature items from two collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass, including an uncommon amberina Russian pattern bowl.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two major collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) are coming to auction. The collections of Tom Grabb of Indiana and Bill Chandler of Tennessee will co-headline the Nov. 18 cut-glass auction through Woody Auction. Among the many rare patterns on offer is Pueblo, Waldorf, Bellevue, Crystal City, Atom, and Rex.

The auction will begin at 9:30 a.m. Central time at the Hilton Kansas City Airport, 8801 NW 112 St., Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to in-person bidding, absentee bids will be accepted, as well as on the internet via

ABCG Sale Features Rarities

Amberina Russian pattern ABCG bowl

Seldom-seen amberina Russian pattern ABCG bowl featuring clear-cut buttons, measuring 10 1/4 inches tall.

Highlight lots include an extremely scarce amberina Russian pattern bowl, with clear-cut buttons, in possibly the rarest color in all of ABCG; and a museum-quality cranberry cut to clear Dorflinger ewer, 17 inches tall, commissioned for the wedding in 1899 of William K. Vanderbilt and Virginia Graham Fair, with an extensive pattern embossed sterling silver base, body and handle.

All told, nearly 375 lots will come up for bid over the course of the auction. Cranberry cut to clear wine glasses will include one signed “W. Fritsche” in the Thomas Webb & Sons Rock Crystal pattern. Another is in the Parisian pattern by Dorflinger, with a pattern cut stem and scalloped base.

Furthermore, round trays will feature an example of the Calve pattern by Eggington, with a brilliant blank and exceptional cutting; another in the Waldorf pattern (also known as Quatrefoil Rosette) by Clark, yet another in the Bellevue pattern by Taylor Brothers, one of the flattest trays available. All these trays have diameters of 14 inches or a little more.

Tri-corner bowls will include one in the Columbia pattern by Libbey, another in the Marcella pattern by Libbey, each one just shy of 10 inches in diameter. In addition, is a large mantel clock with a signature of Sinclaire in the Harvest pattern. Most importantly, it bears an engraving of rose blossoms with horns-of-plenty and clock works marked “Tiffany of New York” on the dial.

In addition, lots expected to generate bidding battles include:
• Two-decanter set by Clark with facet-cut goose necks, a hobstar base and pattern cut stoppers.
• Pedestal punch bowl in Sinclaire’s Stars and Stripes pattern, measuring 9 inches by 15 1/4 inches.
• Croseus pattern pedestal rose bowl by J. Hoare.

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