Strong collections boost Winter Americana Auction prices

The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Feb. 15-16, 2019 Winter Americana and Variety Auction was a successful event and produced strong prices.
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Santa Fe railroad station regulator, Lot 1576, $4,095.

Santa Fe railroad station regulator, Lot 1576, $4,095.

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. — The Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates Feb. 15-16, 2019 Winter Americana and Variety Auction was a successful event and produced strong prices – along with a few surprises – in multiple categories.

The two-day format consisted of 1,955 lots of diverse material that generated record-breaking levels of participation for the firm, a strong indication of vigor in several segments of the marketplace.

Bidding was intense throughout each day with over 5,000 registered bidders from 26 countries participating in-house and online.

Americana Auction Session I: Children's collection

Victorian mahogany child’s / doll’s dressing table

Victorian mahogany child’s / doll’s dressing table, Lot 217, $7,605.

Session I on Friday featured the children’s collection of Mary Lou and Laura Esterline of Columbus, Ohio. Starting the weekend off with a bang, the Esterline Collection included an array of fresh-to-the-market children’s toy furniture, glass, and ceramics that were well received, with most examples far exceeding presale expectations.

The 724-lot offering on Friday sparked significant presale interest and produced strong results overall. The top lot from Friday was a Victorian mahogany child’s/doll’s dressing table in exceptional condition, which garnered $7,605 (Lot 217; all prices include 17 percent buyer’s premium).

Other noteworthy results from the Friday session include another Victorian mahogany child’s/doll’s dressing table, this one with shaped marble top, at $3,082 (Lot 218); a set of children’s toy English Staffordshire transfer-printed flow blue ceramic table articles at $2,574 (Lot 28); and a rare pattern glass “Standing Lamb” children’s toy creamer at $1,989 (Lot 90).

Americana Auction Session II: Diverse collections

Bear Lithia advertising cooler, Lot 1084, $15,210.

Bear Lithia advertising cooler, Lot 1084, $15,210.

Session II on Saturday consisted of the firm’s usual diverse selection of antiques and collectibles and produced strong results with many categories demonstrating signs of renewed energy.

Featuring material from the 50-plus year collection of the late Bob and Joan M. Wentz, Germansville, Pennsylvania, and property from the estate of Betty W. Harshbarger, Mt. Solon, Virginia, Saturday’s session produced several surprises, most notably a rare Shenandoah Valley Bear Lithia five-gallon advertising water cooler/dispenser.

The weekend’s top lot at $15,210 (Lot 1084), the graphic Bear Lithia advertising cooler, the only documented example to date, sparked a tremendous amount of presale interest and was purchased, after heated bidding, by a determined private collector on the floor.

Advertising collection

Another surprise early in the sale included the performance of the Wentz straight razor and related advertising collection. Containing many unique and desirable items, most pieces in the Wentz razor collection soared past estimate ranges with heavy bidding from an active collector base.

“Man in the Moon” straight razor, Lot 1190, $2,925.

“Man in the Moon” straight razor, Lot 1190, $2,925.

Top lots among the razors and related advertising included a GEM Razors mechanical store display in excellent condition with original crate at $4,680 (Lot 1159) and a rare, possibly unique, “Man in the Moon” German figural celluloid-handled straight razor at $2,925 (Lot 1190).

Other noteworthy results from the Saturday session of the Americana auction included a fine 19th-century “Old Commissary” blown-molded and enamel-decorated bar bottle at $5,265 (Lot 1082); a Santa Fe Railroad Station regulator wall clock at $4,095 (Lot 1576); and a Regina coin-op upright music box at $3,510 (Lot 1593).

GEM Razors mechanical store display, Lot 1159, $4,680.

GEM Razors mechanical store display, Lot 1159, $4,680. Photos courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

After the sale, company president and auctioneer Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “This sale generated robust interest across the board, from bidders near and far.

"The overall excitement and strong sales results reflect the freshness and quality of the merchandise offered. In addition, the auction was 99.9 percent unreserved, so the results are a true and honest gauge of the current market.” 

The firm is currently accepting consignments for most upcoming auctions.

For complete auction results, visit www.jeffreysevans.com

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