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Gilded quill weathervane may blow up to $20,000

A writing quill shaped weathervane with a metal "Telegram-News" trade sign is one of several hundred lots coming to auction Nov. 14-15, through Thomaston Place Auction Galleries.

THOMASTON, Maine – An outstanding selection of fine art and antiques has been harvested from


19th Century gilded tin weathervane in the form of a writing quill, plus a black painted tin “Telegram-News” trade sign ($10,000-$20,000), (All photos Thomaston Place Auction Galleries)

homes throughout New England for Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ fall sale Nov. 14-15. The auction features fine paintings, important documents, books, jewelry, silver, Asian items and decorative antiques, and begins at 11 a.m. on each sale day.

Featured artwork includes a watercolor and tempera painting by Andrew Wyeth (ME/PA, 1917-2009) titled “The Mall, Thomaston (ME), 1942,” depicting a Greek Revival home located on that street (estimate $80,000-$100,000) and a Howard Pyle School oil on canvas work, titled “Custer’s Last Stand,” that is almost identical to an N.C. Wyeth illustration that was commissioned in 1932 ($35,000-$40,000).

A special item of interest is a 19th century gilded tin weathervane in the form of a writing quill, plus a black painted tin “Telegram-News” trade sign, both from the Lynn, Mass., building that housed “The Daily Item” and “Telegram-News” newspapers ($10,000-$20,000).

The auction also features four table lamps by Tiffany Studios: one, with an Acorn pattern leaded glass shade and model 531 bronze base ($10,000-$15,000), another with a geometric leaded green slag glass shade with pearly inserts and patinated model 181 bronze base ($8,000-$12,000), plus two boudoir lamps with favrile glass shades. There will also be a large group of antique music boxes, including 20 pieces from an important Massachusetts collection, featuring a circa 1898 Symphonian “Mikado” vertical 24 1/2-inch disk music box ($6,000-$8,000).

In addition to live bidding in the auction hall, Thomaston Place accepts absentee and telephone bids and on the Internet (via, and The buyer’s premium is 15 percent. Call 207-354-8141 or visit for more information.