Wave Crest pipe holder, unmarked, claims $13,000

A gorgeous Wave Crest Native American-themed pipe holder plaque soared to $13,000 and a Wave Crest panel marked C.F. Monroe changed hands for $8,500 at an auction hosted by Woody Auction Sept. 7-8 in Douglass, Kansas.
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DOUGLASS, Kans. – A gorgeous Wave Crest Native American-themed pipe holder plaque soared to $13,000, a Wave Crest panel marked C.F. Monroe changed hands for $8,500 and three rare American Brilliant Cut Glass countertop bells sold for a combined $9,750 at an auction held September 7-8 by Woody Auction, online and in the firm’s auction hall at 130 East Third Street in Douglass, Kansas.

The Lyle Collection

Unmarked Wave Crest pipe holder plaque

Unmarked Wave Crest pipe holder plaque in green and cream tones with a portrait of an American Indian in full headdress, set in a brass frame holding five Wooden English pipes included in the lot, $13,000. All images courtesy of Woody Auctions

It was the sale of the lifetime collection of Don and the late Carrol Lyle. The Lyles were dedicated collectors of Wave Crest, Nakara, Kelva and American Brilliant Cut Glass. Their items have been featured in books, trade publications and museum exhibits. Their main focus was on items produced by the C.F. Monroe Company (Conn., 1882-1916). The collection was sold without reserve.

The Lyles loved the quality of Wave Crest and other items created by C.F. Monroe, and assembled one of the foremost collections in the country that featured those pieces. The pipe holder plaque – 9 1/2” tall, in green and cream tones, with a portrait of an Indian in full headdress – was set in a brass frame that held five wooden English pipes included in the lot.

The Wave Crest panel marked C.F. Monroe was one of the rarest Wave Crest items in the collection. In an oak frame measuring 29 3/4” by 23 1/2”, the hand-painted panel features an early Venice scenic décor, signed “C.V.H.” (for Monroe artist Carl V. Helmschmied). ($8,500)

The American Brilliant Cut Glass countertop bells included a 10-point star example with hobstar, strawberry diamond and fan highlights, and silverplate fittings with figural claw feet ($4,250); one with a cane, strawberry diamond and fan motif, with silverplate fittings ($4,000); and an example having a strawberry diamond and cane six-point star design and silverplate figural claw feet ($1,500).

More auction highlights

Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted here are hammer.

Wave Crest wall plaque

Wave Crest wall plaque with scroll mold, green and pink border. Queen Louisa scenic décor. In an ornate gilt metal 15" by 12" frame, $8,000.

Wave Crest consistently made the list of top-selling lots, including an unmarked Wave Crest wall plaque with scroll mold. The plaque features green and pink border and Queen Louisa scenic décor. It is set in an ornate gilt metal 15” x 12” frame, and rose to $8,000. An unmarked Wave Crest dresser box, 6” x 7”, with underwater fish scenic décor, finished at $6,500.

American Brilliant Period Cut Glass (ABCG) pieces also performed well. A single-bulb, signed Gundy & Clapperton ABCG table lamp, 19 1/2” tall, with an engraved scene of geese flying over cattails, lit up the room for $3,500. An ABCG humidor in the Marlboro pattern features a sterling silver lid. With embossed floral wreath marked “Dorflinger,” it hammered for $2,750.

An ABCG teardrop-shaped inkwell with a tusks, prism and geometric design, ray cut base and an ornate, embossed sterling silver flip lid marked “SC&L Co” with an Iris motif, sold for $2,750.

Top Nakara lot

Nakara marked dresser box

Nakara marked dresser box, sea foam mold, lid with Gibson girl portrait, original lining, $6,500.

Tops in the Nakara category was a marked dresser box in blue and cream tones. It has a sea foam mold and a lid showing a Gibson girl portrait. With pink floral highlights and the original lining, it realized $6,500.

Woody Auctions is hosting a December 1, 2018 auction of Brilliant Period Cut Glass and antiques.

To consign an item for a future auction, or for more information, contact Woody Auctions at 316-747-2694 or info@woodyauction.com.

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