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Sandwich banquet lamp set to light up Jan. 31 sale

A rare frosted Madonna night-clock lamp by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., circa 1875, poised to fetch between $3,000 to $5,000, is expected to be among the highlights in Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ first auction of the 2015, set for Jan. 31.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. — Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ first auction of the 2015 season, slated for Jan. 31, includes outstanding examples of lighting and early glass from the collection of Pat and the late Bret Morey of Griswold, Conn., and Part I of the Victorian glass collection of Robert E. Hefner Jr. of Rosharon, Texas.

The auction includes scarce fluid and early kerosene lighting of all types, seldom-

Madonna night-clock lamp

Seldom-seen Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. frosted Madonna night-clock lamp from the Morey collection may see upwards of $10,000. Photo courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.

offered colored Sandwich glass, important Tiffany, Steuben, Durand, and Mt. Washington art glass, a large and fine selection of Victorian opalescent glass, and desirable cut glass.

Among the most exciting lighting offerings is a rare frosted Madonna night-clock lamp by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., circa 1875. The frosted glass figure of the Madonna is topped by an opal globe printed with Roman numerals in a lateral clock design at its midpoint. A clock-work mechanism rotates the globe, which encloses a votive candle that illuminates the time. One of only three or four complete examples known, this specimen carries a $3,000 to $5,000 presale estimate.

Another Sandwich highlight is a rare green cut-overlay banquet lamp on a triple-step marble base fitted with an appropriate period set-up and shade that stands an impressive 38 1/2 inches high to the top of its shade. One of only a handful of known examples in this size, it is estimated to sell in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. It represents one of the many unusual cut-overlay kerosene lamps in the auction.

Other highlights include a broad array of rare opalescent glass by the Phoenix Glass Co. in pink, peach, rubina, and other hues; as well as additional cranberry, blue, and green opalescent wares from the Northwood Glass Co., Hobbs, Brockunier Co., and others, most from the Hefner collection. From a number of other consignments comes a fiery opalescent Sandwich glass lattice-work fruit-basket on stand, and a unique cut double-overlay pear-form perfume bottle with a stem that serves as the stopper, possibly by the New England Glass Co.

A fine selection of art glass includes a rare Mt. Washington red Beet/Fig mucilage pot with original top and brush, an experimental red Durand pulled-feather vase and other outstanding pieces of Durand, decorated Tiffany, rare Steuben, Quezal, Loetz and other Bohemian, etc.

The entire catalog will be posted on the firm’s website by January 21. The auction is on view January 28-30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the day of sale, from 8 a.m. until the last lot is sold. For further information, visit; e-mail, or call 540-434-3939.

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