JULIA'S SPRING FIREARMS AUCTION-AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT
Fairfield, Maine-January 25-27, 2006. For the first time in its history, James D. Julia Auctioneers will be conducting their firearms auction at their newly renovated and expanded facilities in Fairfield, Maine. Better lighting, greater amenities, and comfort for their customers are just some of the reasons Julia sited for making the transition from the rented facilities that have been used in the past. This first auction will feature more than 1,000 lots whose value is estimated at between $8 million and $10+ million. Quality, diversity, rarity, and freshness are just some of the terms used to describe the outstanding, eclectic array of goods to be sold on Monday, March 13, beginning at 10 a.m., and Tuesday, March 14, beginning at 11 a.m.
Session #1, on Monday, will include in part an important single-owner private collection of very high-quality, desirable firearms. Offered from this "extraordinary" collection will be an incredible array of Colts. One of the lead items in the Colt collection is an exceptionally fine Colt Walker revolver identified as B Company Number 8. This heavy revolver, used by U.S. forces during the Mexican-American War is one of the rarest of all Colts to find, and when found is usually in very poor condition. This is considered to be one of the three best Walkers in existence and carries a presale estimate of $250,000-300,000.
The collection also includes a number of other very rare Colt revolvers such as the extremely rare Colt No. 5 Belt Model Texas Paterson Revolver, cased and in very fine condition with all its various accessories. It too is estimated at $250,000-350,000. A rare cased Model No. 2 Paterson Belt Revolver, considered one of the finest cased belt models known, comes complete with accessories and a spare cylinder and is estimated at $125,000-175,000. A rare Colt Model C Pocket No. 1 Baby Paterson revolver, also cased with a spare cylinder and embellished with numerous silver bands carries a presale estimate of $100,000-150,000.
The collection also features an extremely rare cased martially marked Colt Second Model Dragoon Revolver, complete with accessories, considered a great rarity because of its extraordinary condition. It carries a presale estimate of $60,000-100,000.
A very rare Colt Model 1839 Paterson Carbine is also a great rarity due to its extraordinary condition, with 95+ percent of its original bluing. This gun was probably never fired. It was specifically made and shipped to England for exhibition purposes. It is estimated at $50,000-80,000.
The owner of this outstanding collection did not focus only on early Colts, but used quality as a criterion. A rare, engraved Colt Single Action Army with very rare long flute cylinder in .45 caliber in near mint condition is estimated at $50,000-75,000. Colt long flute cylinders are extremely rare, but this collection includes two. The collection includes a number of fine quality engraved Colt revolvers, many in pristine condition, such as a beautifully engraved Frontier Six Shooter S.A.A. in its original box estimated at $50,000-70,000.
The collection did not focus only on Colts. Diversity abounds with such items as our Lot 262, an exquisite, one-of-a-kind, elaborately engraved Smith & Wesson #3 Second Model American revolver embellished with lavish gold ornamentation by Gustave Young. It is considered to be one of the finest #3 revolvers in existence and carries a presale estimate of $125,000-175,000.
It is only considered one of the finest of its kind because immediately thereafter, we will sell the other of its quality as Lot 263, this also a beautiful Smith & Wesson engraved & gold inlaid no. 3 Second Model American revolver, .44 caliber, also by Gustave Young with extraordinary engraving and gold work. This example carries a presale estimate of $150,000-200,000.
Continuing with Smith & Wesson, Lot 264 is an exceedingly rare & stupendous pair of Smith & Wesson No. 1 Second Issue Spur Trigger Gold Inlaid revolvers, engraved & presentation inscribed by Gustave Young for John A. Rice. These are considered to be the finest No. 1 Smith & Wesson's in existence and carry a presale estimate of $175,000-225,000.
The collection contains a great number of other fine quality Smith & Wesson's, but also included are rare, factory-engraved Merwin & Hulbert revolvers. Lot Number 286 is a rare factory engraved Merwin & Hulbert Open Top 1st Model Single Action .44 caliber revolver considered to be the finest known example of that model. Possibly unfired, it is estimated at $27,500-37,500.
The collection also includes a number of rare volcanic firearms. The volcanics were the very first reasonable, successful repeating firearms and were the predecessors of the famous Winchester rifle. A cased New Haven Arms pocket sized volcanic engraved pistol in outstanding condition is estimated at $15,000-20,000. A fine volcanic No. 2 Navy Repeating pistol in extremely fine-plus condition, appearing to be unfired, carries an estimate of $30,000-50,000. There are numerous other volcanics, including carbines, such as the rare volcanic engraved .41 caliber, in very fine condition, which is estimated at $30,000-50,000.
No truly good diversified collection of antique American firearms would be complete without Winchesters. Lot 242 in Session #1 is a rare, elaborately engraved by C.F. Ulrich, Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle. The rifle, embellished with a detailed and highly artistic rendering of a tiger hunting scene on both sides of the breeches, has a presale estimate of $125,000-175,000.
Another great gun which became famous in the evolution of the western United States was the Sharps rifle. This collection includes a very rare and important heavy barrel Sharps Model 1874 sporting rifle. According to factory records, this is the heaviest barreled Sharps rifle ever produced. In very fine condition, it is estimated at $45,000-65,000.
Firearms were not the only focal point for this collector. A select grouping of rare canes include various Remington cane guns, most notably an important presentation cane gun from Samuel Remington to one of the most famous designers to ever work for the Remington firm, Joseph Rider. This very historic cane gun with an engraved inscription on a silver band, carries a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000. A rare and desirable Wells Fargo presentation cane, given to one of the earliest employees of the company, carries a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000.
As is the case with everything else in the collection, a small but very select grouping of Western related photography includes some prime examples. An important tin-type half plate image of one of the most famous of all mountain men, Jim Bridger, has a presale estimate of $5,000-10,000. Bridger was branded a liar after he first returned from the West with his stories of all the natural wonders until later explorers verified his stories.
While most everything in the collection has some relationship to the West and its development, not everything is antique. An attractive fringed buckskin jacket, used by Paul Newman in the movie Buffalo Bill and the Indians, together with a poster promoting that same movie, carries a presale estimate of $5,000-10,000.
Our first session will also include a number of high-quality items from various other collections. Lot 366 will be an exceptionally rare, one-of-a-kind, gold & platinum inlaid Marlin Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine, known as "The Flag Marlin." This famous rifle was built in 1904, and speculation is that it was made to honor the centennial of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Its whereabouts have been unknown until it was discovered in 2003 in a private collection in Maryland. In extremely fine condition, it carries a presale estimate of $55,000-70,000.
Outstanding Marlins also include a rare Model 1893 engraved takedown rifle two barrel set in extremely fine condition estimated at $30,000-50,000.
Session #1 will begin with much earlier firearms, most of which have come from a very old New York collection. Included is an extremely rare Springfield Model 1847 Flintlock Musketoon in outstanding condition estimated at $10,000-30,000.
The greatest rarity of American martial flintlock pistols is the North & Cheney 2nd Model Flint Martial pistol. A small number of these were made for the Revolutionary War, and only a handful of these exist today, in fact less than 29 are known to exist. The desirability of this example is enhanced not only by its rarity, but also by its untouched condition. In totally as-found condition, it carries a presale estimate of $50,000-60,000.
Even rarer is the John Miles Large military flintlock pistol produced during the 18th Century for a Virginia regiment. Only a small number of these were made and less than ten are accounted for today. This one carries a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000.
One of the most graceful forms of early firearms was the Kentucky rifle. Included in this sale is a particularly fine and rare example by M. Sheetz, with beautiful raised, carved wooden stock having ornamental brass and silver embellishments. It carries an estimate of $50,000-85,000.
As usual, there are a number of historical items included in the auction. One exciting recent discovery to be included is the superb scrimshaw Revolutionary powder horn of Timothy Bugbee, dated 1774 and carried by Bugbee at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Bugbee was one of approximately 400 Connecticut troops present at the engagement and is mentioned in military records as having lost his gun during the retreat. The truly artistic and historic horn is embellished with a number of very finely rendered scenes and carries a presale estimate of $25,000-50,000.
Another area for which Julia Auctions has become famous is Civil War and Confederate memorabilia, and this sale contains a number of rarities in this area. A Confederate battle flag, possibly used at the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, and related to General Hardee, will be included. The flag, researched by eminent American flag authority Howard Madaus, is accompanied by an extraordinary detailed history of its production and usage. It carries a presale estimate of $75,000-105,000.
A superb Civil War jeweled statue-gripped presentation sword presented to Capt. Henry Brennan of the 20th Kentucky Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious conduct in various battles" carries a presale estimate of $30,000-40,000. A rare Confederate James Conning staff and field officer's sword inscribed to H. A. Love is estimated at $12,500-15,000.
A Frenchman by the name of LeMat devised a lethal revolving pistol/carbine combination much used by the Confederacy. The double barrel weapon had a multi-shot cylinder, and also an additional lower barrel that was charged with a shotgun shell for close battle. This auction includes one of the largest collections of LeMats since Julia's record-setting1997 auction of the famous Serpette collection from Paris, France. A very rare Confederate LeMat carbine featured on the front cover of Douglas Adams' new book The Confederate LeMat Revolver carries a presale estimate of $40,000-50,000. A possibly Confederate late first model Lemat Grapeshot Percussion revolver is estimate at $9,000-14,000.
In addition to the fine Colts previously mentioned is an extremely rare three-gun cased set. This one was presented to one of Colt's best friends, Lt. Silas Bent. Bent assisted Colt in his efforts to introduce Colt firearms to the Japanese during Commodore Perry's and Lt. Bent's historic trip to Japan in 1852-55. This rare set is estimated to bring $50,000-100,000.
A fine Civil War Colts remain in very fine condition, such as Colt Model 1851 Navy, in very fine-plus condition, retaining between 90 and 98% of its original blue, is estimated at $18,000-25,000. A spectacular cased and engraved Colt Model 1849 pocket revolver with outstanding carved ivory grip of eagle and liberty banner is estimated at $12,500-17,500. A number of fine antique cartidge Colts will include a rare, Frontier Six Shooter Sheriff's Model in very fine plus condition, estimate at $30,000-50,000. Also, a very rare early Von Oppen Colt S.A.A. is estimated at $35,000-50,000.
A fine, etched panel Colt Frontier S. A. A. in fine plus condition and with its original holster is estimated at $8,000-12,000. Remington pistols include an extremely rare, one-of-a-kind, cased, engraved Presentation New Model pocket revolver presented by Samuel Remington to A. T. Welch. This is estimated at $15,000-25,000.
Also included in Session #1 are old rifle and gun powder advertising. Included is a rare 1879 Winchester cartridge board, estimated to bring $22,500-28,500.
Sporting-related items other than guns in this sale include decoys. A hand-carved rare swimming Gus Wilson black duck is estimated at $1,750-2,750.
A selection of fine pocket watches will include a rare Louis Audemars solid gold cased enameled watch embellished with a prancing pony and cabin, estimated at $3,000-4,000.
Session #2 begins with a single-owner private collection of rare 1903 Springfield and Garand military rifles. One of the most desirable of Springfield military rifles is the 03/Mark 1 with Pederson device, an ingenious invention used to convert bolt action rifles to semi-automatic rifles. This example, together with accessories, is estimated at $30,000-60,000.
Another great rarity for Springfield rifle collectors is a 1903 Springfield Armory Rod Bayonet. According to cataloguer Barry Kaufman, this is not only considered very rare, but the "holy grail" among Springfield collectors. This fine example in 100% original condition is estimated at $24,000-30,000.
Another great rarity is the 03 Springfield Rifle with rare Winder tube sight. Major Winder patented this device, essentially a sighting tube that allowed the soldier to remain completely hidden behind trees or shrubs. The tube sight allowed him to properly sight without the interference of the leaves that protected and hid him. This very rare example is estimated at $7,500-12,000.
Another extraordinarily rare 03 Springfield is a bolt action rifle with the patented Gardiner safety device. This rare example is estimated at $15,000-25,000, and a Springfield Armory "Gas Trap" M1 Grand Rifle, also a great rarity, is estimated at $18,000-22,000.
Also offered in Session 2 will be a number of firearms from the collection of Dr. Dolph McCleish from Monroe, Louisiana. One of the high points of Dolph's collection is a historic Remington Model 8 rifle used by Deputy Prentis Oakley in the shootout with Bonnie and Clyde. In the ambush, Oakley was the first to shoot. Being a highly accomplished marksman, he is credited with shooting Clyde, and also probably Bonnie, before the rest of the police officers began their fuselage. This historic firearm is estimated at $50,000-150,000.
The largest and most notable entity of the second session, however, will be high-grade shotguns. In the fall of 2005, Julia Auction Company sold the collection of the late James Parker, together with other consignments. The shotguns alone in that auction sold over $2 million and the collection was one of the largest and finest offerings of high-grade shotguns in many years. This auction, however, well exceeds the Fall 2005 auction and includes between $2.5 million and $3 million in high-grade shotguns. Most are from the collection of the late Dave Dennis of Ohio, and the majority are in outstanding condition.
Winchesters are well represented in the Dennis collection. The Winchester Grand American is considered the finest of the Winchester production. These shotguns are very rare. Only a limited number were produced, and only occasionally come on to the marketplace. To have one in an auction is something to be very pleased with as an auctioneer; but this auction alone includes a phenomenal five Grand Americans.
A 3-barrel set, including 20, 28, and 410 gauge (only two sets were made) is included. This set, in extraordinary condition, is estimated at $40,000-60,000. Another special Grand American 2-barrel set in ultra rare 28 gauge and 32 gauge was specially made, inscribed, and presented to John M. Olin. It includes extra gold. Olin was the well-known head of the Winchester Firearms Division for a number of years. This outstanding example is estimated at $35,000-50,000.
A great number of high-grade Parkers include an extraordinary Parker A-1 Special 2-barrel set in very rare 28 gauge. It is estimated at $75,000-150,000. Also, an outstanding Parker AAHE 20 gauge is estimated at $20,000-35,000. A scarce Parker "Pigeon Gun" AAH 12 gauge is estimated at $30,000-45,000.
One of the finest shotguns produced by the Fox firm was the FE Fox Grade12 gauge shotgun. This fine engraved example with gold inlay in great condition is estimated at $17,500-27,500.
A superb cased pair of Dickson Percussion double rifles in their original oak carrying chest with innumerable ivory handled accessories and in unfired condition is estimated at $45,000-65,000.
One of the most famous of all cowboy actors was Tom Mix. In the early 20th century, Mix assisted the Marlin Firearms Company in promoting firearms safety. In return, Marlin produced a special double barrel 20 gauge shotgun engraved and inlaid with gold to Tom Mix. This rare, outstanding condition shotgun is offered with a $70,000-100,000 estimate.
One of the great firearms producers in this country today is the Galazan firm in Connecticut. Galazan acquired the rights to many previous well-known firms, such as the Fox Company, and has reproduced many of their products as well as new items under that name. One especially attractive products was a very limited A. H. Fox 22 caliber cased double barrel rifle produced by the Galazan firm. This impeccable example carries a presale estimate of $25,000-40,000.
A number of fine Brownings are included such as the Midas Superlight 410 gauge, which is estimated at $10,000-15,000. A great number of Winchester Model 21's include a spectacular 14 gauge special pigeon grade, which is estimated at $40,000-50,000.
In all, between $8 million and $10 million worth of firearms will be offered in this event, and while the focus of this review has been of the more rare and expensive guns, there certainly items for all pocketbooks. In fact, Julia has arranged with another company owned by his sister and her husband to conduct a firearms auction on the Sunday preceding the Julia auction. The special Sunday sale will include between 400 and 500 lots of moderately priced, used, collectible, and antique firearms in the multi-hundred to few thousand dollar range. The preview for the James D. Julia auction will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 10-12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the mornings of sale from 8 a.m. until the time of sale on Monday and Tuesday. Catalogs are available by contacting Julia Auctions. The price is $39 for Session 1, $39 for Session 2, or $75 for both sessions. Contact James D. Julia Auctioneers at (207) 453-7125. Free detailed illustrated brochures can be obtained by contacting the firm and a special gun show held at the Julia facilities will coincide with the gun auction on March 12, 13, and 14. Julia's entire firearms auction catalogs will be available online approximately two weeks prior to auction by visiting www.juliaauctions.com. Parties interested in information on the special Poulin gun auction to take place on Sunday, March 12, should contact Steve and Jeanine Poulin in Fairfield, Maine, at (207) 453-2114. The Poulin Company will also be producing a special catalog for their auction.
James D. Julia Auctioneers is a specialty antiques auction company with divisions in firearms, Victorian dolls, important glass and lamps, and fine arts and antiques. The next antique auction following the firearms auction will be a fine arts and antiques auction held in May with Victorian Doll and Glass & Lamp auctions to be held sometime in May or June.
JULIA'S SETS NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD!
HIGHEST GROSSING FIREARMS AUCTION EVER HELD AT NEARLY $9.3 MILLION!
We are extremely excited to announce that our October firearms auction was truly a spectacular event. At nearly 9.3 million, this is the largest grossing firearms auction ever held in the world. We also held the previous record for the largest grossing firearms auction in the world which we set last Oct., but this one beats that record by nearly 400,000. Of equal importance was the tremendous strength of prices in all categories offered, whether it was Win, Colt , Civil War, high grade shotguns or historical items etc. If you would like any further information or photographs, let us know. We will be happy to help you in any way we can.
NEW WORLD AUCTION RECORD!
HIGHEST GROSSING FIREARMS AUCTION EVER HELD AT $9.3 MILLION!
In October of 2004 James D. Julia Auctioneers set a world auction record for the highest grossing firearms auction ever held just under $9 million. That monumental sale included the famous Eldon Owen collection which made of nearly 50% of the entire auction. The auction was a tremendous success and because of the huge gross it was generally thought that it would be a long time before that record was broken. However just one year later in October 2005 Julia beat the record again by over $400,000. When the hammer came down on the last of the 2000+ lot auction on Thursday afternoon the final results of $9.3 million were far above the $7.9 million presale estimate on the goods that sold. While there was no one huge group such as the Eldon Owen collection to bolster this auction there was a tremendous diversity of high quality goods in a wide number of areas. The auction was made up of a number of notable collections all combined and elicited a tremendous response from collectors, institutions and dealers all over North America and throughout the world. There was a large crowd in attendance in each of the four sessions as well as tremendous participation on the telephone, through absentee bids and via the Internet. Monday night consisted of a little over 200 interesting collectable and antique firearms. A rare engraved Colt prewar national match government .45 caliber with silver and gold grips carried a presale estimate of $7,500 to $12,500 but was a subject of a prolonged bidding battle that topped out at $29,900. Lot after lot of interesting and affordable collectibles saw strong participation. A small early iron throwing Tomahawk similar to one carried by Daniel Boone carried a presale estimate of $500 to $1,000 but finally won out at $3,100. A rare Krag Bowie bayonet knife with original scabbard estimated at $1,250 to $1,750 finished out at $2,750.
Day two consisted of an extraordinary collection of Civil War memorabilia collected by Mr. Michael Adamson of Georgia. Mr. Adamson's entire collection of Civil War memorabilia, one of the finest offerings to come at auction in many years, was sold entirely unreserved. It included the finest and most extensive collection of Civil War projectiles ever offered at auction. The low presale estimate for the entire projectile collection was $234,000 and the final selling price (with a 15% buyers premium) topped out at $395,000. One of the rarest, most desirable items was a Confederate Raines barrel torpedo. It carried a presale estimate of $25,000 to $100,000 and finally sold for $51,750. This homemade Confederate mine is one of only 2 of its type currently known in existence. The apparatus consisted of a keg of powder with cones mounted on either end and covered in tar (for water proofing). Either side of the keg were fitted with huge delicate percussion caps. The torpedoes (today known as mines) were then submerged in the Confederate harbors so that when Union ships moving through the water rubbed up against the torpedo struck the percussion cap it thus detonated the powders and frequently sunk ships. The famed Admiral Farragut line "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" referred to these mines protecting Mobile Bay. A US Army 9" standard quilted grapeshot with the original canvas covering carried a presale estimate of $2,500 to $4,000 and went up for $4,800. An extremely rare Hale 2 1/2" rocket estimated at $3,000 to $5,000, sold for $7,475. An extremely rare and dangerous (to the sender as well as the receiver) Hanes hand grenade, once part of the famous Norm Flayderman collection, carried a presale estimate of $9,000 to $12,000 and sold for just under $15,000. The Adamson collection was extremely strong in Confederate items and a collection of hand guns and long guns carried a presale estimate between $260,000 and $390,000, with the final price for the entire grouping realizing $312,000. A rare Cook & Brother Confederate rifle estimated at $20,000 to $30,000 brought nearly $26,000. A Confederate Keen, Walker & Co. tilting breech carbine estimated at $25,000 to $45,000 sold for $23,000. A rare Palmetto Army single shot percussion pistol carried a presale estimate of $6,000 to $8,000 and sold for $9,775. A rare Leech & Rigdon Confederate revolver estimated at $20,000 to $25,000 sold for $25,875. There were a group of Union and Confederate swords and fighting knives with presale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000 which totaled at over $57,000. A Confederate Naval Cutlass estimated at $8,000-$10,000 sold for $11,500. An extraordinarily rare presentation Confederate General's sword formally belonging to General Leonidas Polk complete with books, letters and other items belonging or relating to General Polk descended directly down through the Polk family to Michael Adamson. They were offered with a presale estimate of $75,000 to $175,000. This sold for just slightly over $77,000. A group of rare Confederate buckles carrying a presale estimate of $56,000 to $80,000 realized a total of nearly $74,000. A rare SC Officer's sword belt & buckle made by Ames Manufacturing Co. carried a presale estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 and realized $14,950 while a mint condition 2 piece GA state seal buckle estimated at $8,000 to $10,000 realized $8,600. Two rare Confederate cannons attributed to the Noble brothers of Rome, GA did not fare as well as many of the other things. One a bronze tube the other an iron tube. The iron tube had originally been identified by the late Wayne Stark (one of the worlds foremost experts on Conf. Cannons) and was included on his official list of genuine Confederate cannons. Shortly before the auction some artillery specialists questioned whether the bronze tube was in fact a period cannon. Despite the fact that Mr. Adamson offered a money back guarantee to the buyer of either cannon should they find that they were not as catalogued, the mind set was already in place and when the bronze tube came up on the block almost all of the bidders declined to participate and the cannon sold for a disappointing $40,000 with a presale estimate of $100,000 to $250,000. Even more unfortunate was the fate of the iron tube which was absolutely unquestionably both Confederate and Noble Brothers but was obviously disparaged by all the presale discussions and sold for just over $63,000 against a presale estimate of $125,000 to $225,000. Shortly after the auction a number of artillery people had wished they'd paid more attention to the cannons, particularly the iron tube, but hindsight at auctions is generally worthless. While the majority of this collection did very well, one other lot suffered from presale speculation. A rare collection of Confederate memorabilia together with a battle flag of the 30th GA, which had come down through Michael Adamson's family directly to him, carried a presale estimate $100,000 to $250,000 and sold for $40,250. A number of Civil War and Confederate Uniforms were also included. A rare Lieutenants Frock Coat estimated at $25,000 to $35,000 brought $37,375. One of the more interesting Confederate uniforms was a grouping, which was identified to one of William Quantrell's Raiders, carried a presale estimate of $35,000 to $45,000 and sold for $28,750.
Session III on Wednesday began with another diverse offering of rare and high quality Civil War and Confederate items. All totaled, between the Adamson collection and the non-Adamson Civil War offerings on Wednesday, the entire lot represented the largest and finest offerings of Civil War and Confederate items ever offered at auction. The items on Wednesday were not from Mr. Adamson's collection but from various collections all over North America. Most notable was an extremely rare Confederate Army of Tennessee 1862 battle flag from the 4th Tennessee. It was offered together with a picture circa early 1900 with veterans of the 4th Tennessee holding this very flag. The flag carried a presale estimate of $90,000 to $100,000 and went out at $115,000. There were a number of rare flags in this auction. One exceedingly rare flag was a 14 star 10 stripe US Vermont parade flag. According to Mr. Howard Maddus, the worlds leading authority on North American flags (and consultant to Julia's Auction company), this flag was "one of 3 know US flags displaying 14 starts, representing Vermont's admission as the 14th state in 1791." This flag was associated with and believed to have been owned by Nathan Beman, who is responsible for guiding Ethan Allen to a secret entrance into Ft. Ticonderoga which allowed Allen's small force to capture the entire fort by surprise and thus acquire the cannon which General Knox transported to Dorchester Heights in Boston and thus caused the English to retreat, saving the city of Boston. This flag carried a presale estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 and sold for $25,300. While almost all of the flags offered did extremely well, an extraordinarily rare and historic Napoleonic flag used by Napoleon Bonapart while at Elba, went unsold. The flag had originally been in the Calvin Bullock collection and was accompanied by reports from flag authority Whitney Smith and textile expert Fonda Thompson. A exceedingly rare pair of Texas made Tucker & Shearard dragoon pistols carried a presale estimate of $60,000 to $100,000 and sold for $74,750. An extensive collection of Confederate swords most of which came from a single private collection included a rare Confederate Foot Officer's sword possible by Leech & Rigdon carried a presale estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 and realized $25,300. A Thomas Griswold Foot Officer's sword estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 brought $19,550. A Louis Froelich staff & field officer's sword estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 brought $16,387. Another Froelich-made sword, a foot officer's sword was estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 and brought far above high estimate at $27,600. In addition to the large array of Confederate swords and fighting knives were also a number of Union swords included was a historic presentation sword and memorabilia to Col. Henry Wilson, friend of Abraham Lincoln, United States Senator and Vice President of the United States under U.S. Grant. The lot carried a presale estimate of $20,000 to $25,000 and sold for $19,550. Another presentation Union sword to Capt. Charles Strickland of the 20th Maine Regiment carried a presale estimate of $5,000 to $7,000 and finally sold at $8,050. Immediately after Julia was pleased to announce this was purchased by the Maine State Museum. Bowie knives also have always done very well at Julia's and an extremely rare Collins Jaguar head Bowie Knife, missing its scabbard, was estimated at $7,500 to $12,500. It went far over high estimate at $19,550. A large and extraordinary exhibition quality Wostenholm & Sons Bowie Knife with tortoise shell handle also went out at the same price. A US Naval boarding ax from the War of 1812 carried a presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 and finally sold and realized $10,600. There was an expansive offering of antique Colt cap and ball revolvers in various models and configurations. An inscribed model 1862 police percussion with a rare original holster and presented to EJ Clark carried a presale estimate of $4,500 to $6,500 and sold for the $13,225. A rare model 1851 Navy estimated at $3,000 to $6,000 sold for $9,200. A rare outstanding New Jersey militia Whitney percussion revolver was estimated at $4,000 to $6,000 but brought over 3 times high estimate at $18,700. An exquisite Nimschke plated and engraved model 1860 Army was estimated at $16,000 to $25,000 and brought $18,400. Another spectacular engraved Colt 1860 with presale estimate of $17,500 to $27,500 went out at just under $19,000. A group of single shot rifles included a spectacular cased unmarked percussion heavy bench rifle with painted hand decorated case found in New Hampshire carried a presale estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 and sold for $21, 850. In addition to the superb offering of Civil War memorabilia there were a number of early arms including extremely rare VA Manufactory with the very desirable brass "Don't Tread on Me" patch box. This rare example was converted to percussion and had other alterations and was estimated at an aggressive $20,000 to $40,000 and still brought nearly $22,000. A fine Charleville Model 1763 flint musket with US surcharge carried a presale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000 and was heartily competed for finally topping out at $13,225. An even more desirable early musket was a historical Revolutionary War US surcharge musket carved by the owner, the embellished stock indicating the original owner "Cpl Drake Mills J. Ashleys Regiment..Mass..Ft Edwd 1777", estimated at $15,000 to $25,000 it sold for just over $25,000. A group of Kentucky rifles offered included a signed N Beyer flint raised carved stock KY estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 which topped out at $31,000. A Springfield model 18 flint martial pistol estimated at $3,500 to $4,500 realized just over $10,000. A great number of historical items were included in this sale. One exciting item was a historic King George War period powder horn with wonderful scrimshaw decoration inscribed to Lieut. John Bridge. Bridge joined Col. John Wilson in 1755 and was part of the detachment from the colonies that traveled to Nova Scotia to oust the French settlers in that area deporting them to various colonies. This was the action that in part resulted in the formation of the Cajun society in LA. The powder horn carried a presale estimate of $17,500 to $27,500 realized just over $19,500. A few years earlier Julia's handled a fabulous gold presentation snuff box which had been presented to Admiral Worden. Worden was the commander of the ironclad USS Monitor that defeated the feared Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (alias Merrimack). This time Julia had a document direct from the family presented to Worden signed by the Congress, the Senate, and Abraham Lincoln himself personally thanking Worden for his crucial success over the much-feared Confederate ironclad. The document together with a portrait of Worden carried a presale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000 and sold for $80,500. A large collection of Civil War rifles and carbines included a fine Sharps new model 1859 rifle which realized $14,950.
Wednesday session also included a number of Indian items, most of which was purportedly from the Carl Moon collection. Moon was a famous southwestern photographer of Indians during the early part of the 20th century and his admiration of the Indians resulted in him collecting a number of things. Some of which were actually used in his photographs as props. Most coveted item was a rare Indian made late 19th century horse mask for buffalo ceremonies. Estimated at $9,000 to $12,000 it sold for $23,000. Another lot was a 19th wooden Sioux flute with painted parfleche case (which had been used in some of Moon's photographs) which carried a presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 and sold for $10,600. Not all items were from the Moon collection and a northern Cheyenne painted buffalo robe from circa 1880 depicted what may have been the massacre at the Little Big Horn, carried a presale estimate of $15,000 to $20,000 and finally sold for $14,950. Another non-Moon item was a wonderful Sioux Indian blanket strip circa 1870's, which carried a presale estimate of $3,000 to $6,000 and sold for $5,980.
Session IV began on Thursday with an outstanding offering of Winchester rifles and it was clear that no one had ran out of money as prices continued to be strong and sometimes surprising. An extremely rare engraved first model Henry rifle formerly in the Lock collection carried a presale estimate of $130,000 to $180,000 and sold for $143,750. The very next lot an extremely rare Iron Frame Henry with serial number 2 was estimated at $135,000 to $165,000 and sold for $149,500. A rare martially marked Henry rifle complete with the original dust cover. The original dust covers are almost never found and there are only a handful of Henry's known with their original dust covers. This rifle engraved carried a presale estimate of $35,000 to $50,000 and sold for $72,500. Normally Winchesters steal the show but at this sale Marlin rifles also held their own. A prototype of the very first side eject lever action Marlin ever built carried a presale estimate of $45,000 to $65,000 and sold at $46,000. Another Marlin ultra rare prototype of a model 1888 was presale estimated at $45,000 to $65,000 and sold for $51,750. Winchesters and Marlins weren't the only expensive things that day - Colt black powder revolvers were extremely well represented and strongly contested for. A spectacular cased engraved exhibition quality Nimschke pistol Colt Peacemaker estimated at $225,000 to $275,000 sold for $230,000. But the real surprise amongst the Colts was a beautifully engraved plated mother of pearl gripped single action revolver which once belonged to the famous Texas Ranger Captain Frank Hamer. Hamer was the ranger responsible for eventually tracking down Bonnie and Clyde. This magnificent gun with a copy of the bill of sale from Hamer carried an aggressive presale estimate of $95,000 to $125,000. Tremendous competition on this gun however drove it to just a little over $178,000. An ultra rare pinch framed Colt single action revolver with serial number 2 was estimated at $100,000 to $200,000 and sold for $97,750. Other historical items were again offered in this session. Included were a pair of field glasses purported to have been used by General George Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The field glasses together with a period letter written by the Calvary men who had recovered the field glasses carried a presale estimate of $45,000 to $55,000 and sold almost exactly on the high estimate at $54,625. A number of Smith & Wesson revolvers and carbines included a rare new model #3 with a Kelton safety carrying a presale estimate of $9,000 to $12,000 it went out at $12,650. A spectacular engraved Tiffany gripped Colt 1861 Navy conversion carried a presale estimate of $20,000 to $35,000 and sold almost at high estimate for $34,500. Nearly all the Colts offered in this session did extremely well including an exceptionally rare Custer Range Ainsworth inspected Colt SA revolver which carried a strong presale estimate of $35,000 to $45,000 set a new record for this type of revolver at just over $63,000. The actor Tom Selleck has not only starred in a number of cowboy related movies but also is an enthusiastic collector of firearms, a number of which he consigned to Julia's auction. A special-order custom Winchester model 1894 hunting rifle with Selleck's initials inlaid in gold carried a presale estimate of $8,000 to $12,000 and sold for $14,750 while a Winchester model 1894 special order take down from Selleck's collection estimated at $1,750 to $2,750 sold for $5,200. This session also included an incredible offering of gun related advertising. A rare model 1890 single W Winchester cartridge board estimated at $20,000 to $35,000 sold for $39,000. A spectacular Remington advertising table covering depicting an Indian shooting a charging buffalo was estimated at $12,500 to $17,500 and realized a final price of $23,000. One of the most desirable of Winchester posters is the "1905 Cock of the Woods" depicting a Tom turkey, it carried a presale estimate of $5,000 to $10,000 and sold for $8,900.
Another great highlight of this final session were high quality shotguns. Included was the collection of the late Jim Parker who collected Parker shotguns. This sale included the largest offering of Parker shotguns ever offered at auction. But also included a number of fine sporting rifles and shotguns from other collections. A spectacular cased under lever Purdy double rifle estimated at $8,000 to $15,000 sold for $21,850. A scarce cased Purdy double barrel shotgun with two barrel set in 20 gauge was estimate at $45,000 to $60,000 and sold at $54,600. A rare cased Boss double barrel shotgun carried a presale estimate of $25,000 to $35,000 and had a tremendous amount of presale interest. With a number of dedicated bidders vying for the Boss, it topped out at $52,900. Buyers had flown in from all over America for the Parker collection, all of which was sold unreserved. Choice high grade shotguns including a rare identified Parker A-1 special formerly belonging to Jack Turner. It was estimated at $30,000 to $50,000 and brought $51,750. An ultra rare gold inlaid identified Parker A-1 special 2 barrel set formerly belonging to Max C. Fleischman was estimated at $50,000 to $100,000 and brought $42,550. A Parker special order A-1 special 2 barrel set in 12 gauge with at presale estimate of $25,000 to $50,000 brought $41,400. An AHE grade 20 gauge estimated at $15,000 to $25,000 went out at $27,600. The Damascus-barreled Parker shotguns sold for surprisingly strong prices. A CHE grade 12 gauge double barrel carried a presale estimate of $4,000 to $7,000 went out at just under $15,000. A rare Parker grade 5 Damascus hammer double shotgun estimated at $5,000 to $9,000 was tremendously competed for finally selling for over twice the high estimate at $23,000. In addition to the Parker shotguns Mr. Parker had also acquired some superb Remington double barrel shotguns including an extremely rare special grade 12 gauge which realized $28,750. Another very rare Remington special grade double barrel 12 gauge estimated at $20,000 to $40,000 sold at $25,875. A large number of Parker non-shotgun related items from Jim Parker's collection included a cast iron counter top Parker coffee grinder, which realized $1,400. A 1934 Parker Remington salesman's portfolio catalogue brought a surprising $4,600. More details about the auction results and the entire prices list can be downloaded from Julia's website at www.juliaauctions.com. According to Julia's their next firearms auction is scheduled for March 2006 and already includes an extraordinary collection of shotguns, perhaps even better than the ones offered in this sale together with a rare collection of LeMat revolvers, important Colts, Winchesters and much, much more. James D. Julia Auctioneers is located in Fairfield, ME (207) 452-7125.
JULIA'S ANNOUNCES MASSIVE NOVEMBER TOY, DOLL, & ADVERTISING AUCTION
Fairfield, Maine-November 15-17, 2005. Over a span of nearly forty years, James D. Julia Auctioneers has grown from a smalltime country auction service in rural Maine to a major multi-divisional force in the auction world. Though still located in the same location in Maine, not only has their business grown financially, but also physically. Several months ago Julia's announced a major expansion project to replace the 19th Century barn and expand their auction facilities to three times its former size. While it will be a modern facility in almost every respect, they plan to replicate the charm of their former barn interior, offering a pleasant contrast to the elegant and upscale merchandise the company handles. Construction is nearing completion and is expected to be ready in time for their fall Toy, Doll, and Antique Advertising auction. Plans for a lavish public reception are also in the works for later in the year.
Their upcoming toy and doll auction will be their first held in the new facility, and their first toy auction since their tremendously successful auction of the Bob & Jackie Stewart collection of cast iron toys back in February. The collection, estimated to sell for approximately $850,000, actually sold in the virtual feeding frenzy for a phenomenal $1.6 Million--all of this with less than 480 lots. Julia's substantially marketed barnburner put them in the forefront of the auction industry, selling the collection for nearly twice the expected value. Two additional days of selling brought the final tally for the three-day event to $2.6 Million. Because this and other successes, their October auction shows a decided increase from prior auctions in the amount of fine toys. In addition will be a fabulous array of fine French and German dolls, automata, mechanical banks, music machines, coin-op, trains, antique advertising of every medium, and even numerous early vehicles. The quantity, variety, and quality of this sale will grant an incredible buying opportunity for every level of collector, with just about any area of interest, and should not be missed.
Receiving much attention from advance promotion has been a rare and desirable Gunthermann Gordon Bennet 12" racer, modeled after a renowned French racecar from the 1930s. Literally fresh from a New England attic, this fabulous early German-made tin lithographed windup racer with two exaggerated, hand painted crouched figures eager to be the first cross the finish line is considered the best known but most elusive of all Gunthermann cars. All original and one of the finest to turn up, this NASCAR ancestor gem is expected to sell for $15,000/18,000.
An earlier form of transportation, a marvelous and mammoth Marklin horse drawn Brougham features a hand painted tin open carriage detailed with delicate yellow stenciling, being driven by a composition soldier driver and pulled by a hide-covered horse. This spectacular piece from the Golden Age of toys carries a presale estimate of $12,000/16,000.
Other highlights include a large papier mache rooster skittles set featuring glass eyes, a rainbow of bright original paint, nine pins in the form of clown chicks nestled in their original excelsior. These delicate sets typically exhibit considerable damage. However, this one is so extraordinary, the paint almost looks wet. One will be hard pressed to find one better, and expect to pay $22,500/25,000.
The selection of toys covers the spectrum of cast iron, tin windups, character toys, paper litho, pressed steel, and more. Central to the offering is a huge assortment of tin toys predominantly from one collection from the Gulf Coast of Texas. When the collector was a child, he was invited to a well-to-do neighborhood boy's house for a birthday party. He was so taken by the boy's lavish presents, he reached out to touch one, only to be met with a hand slap. He vowed at that young age to have more toys than that "spoiled brat". Over the next five decades, he amassed hundreds of toys to thumb his nose at the boy he would never see again. Now realizing it's time for forgiveness and letting go, he has chosen James D. Julia to sell the collection.
Included are numerous cast iron toys, character windups (many with original boxes), and German lithographed automotive toys, including several Carette limousines. One, an example in deep blue with gold trim with hand painted chauffeur taxiing an affluent lady passenger, complete with simulated mink scarf is expected to bring $2,000/2,500. This joins other such examples including two larger, more deluxe versions with beveled windows and forward/reverse motors (est. $3,000/3,500 apiece). Other autos from the collection include a rare Bing De Dion, an early open automobile with molded tin seats, elaborate steering mechanism, and hand brake. It carries a presale estimate of $1,200/1,500. A rare German staff car by Tipp & Co. with four composition riders including the Fuhrer and Goering is expected to goosestep to $1,200/1,500. Another great automotive toy, the rare Agajanian racer, modeled after the 1952 racecar driven by winner Troy Ruttman (and is so marked), comes with its original box and even a ticket from the actual race. Shortly after the toy's release, copyright infringements forced the manufacturer to cease the use of the Ruttman and Agajanian names, changing to a more generic #98 (the same number as Ruttman's car). The auction will offer both versions with pre-auction estimates of $2,000/3,000 and $1,600/2,200 respectively.
Also included will be a vast array of character toys. A near mint Maggie & Jiggs tin windup with its original box features the two comic characters joined by a steel spring engaged in a domestic dispute. Difficult to find the original box, the set should sell for $2,000/2,500. A rare Nifty Jiggs in his Jazz Car" is a rare find, and should bring $1,800/2,400.
An extraordinary amusement park ride toy, The Whip (with its original box), is all-original, even down to the delicate ropes, which almost never survive. This most desirable toy should bring $2,200/2,600. Another carnival inspired toy is a wonderful Kid Sampson with its original box. This take-off on the Biblical strongman features a towheaded boy standing at a carnival strength tester ready to ring the bell. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,200/1,800. Not holding the monopoly on superhuman strength, a Powerful Katrinka windup from the Toonerville comics of the 1920s features the generously proportioned woman pushing her son in a wheelbarrow. She stops, lifts the cart over her head before continuing on her way. This toy carries a presale estimate of $1,200/1,500. A great German tin windup with great action depicting a more dainty lass feeding her caged bird is expected to bring $1,200/1,500. An exceedingly rare, marked Italian Mickey Mouse drummer identical to the Nifty Jazz drummer that executes a drum roll with the push of the plunger is expected to bring $3,500/5,500. A Marx Merry Makers with original box and scarcer violin player carries a presale estimate of $1,200/1,500. Another version in the auction, sans box, but with the sought after marquee, carries a presale estimate of $800/1,000. In the same vein, an unusual Unique Art Howdy Doody band toy with original box features a brightly lithographed piano with Buffalo Bob at the keys and Howdy dancing along. The toy should sell for $1,200/1,500.
Frequent big sellers at Julia's toy sales are pre-political correctness toys that depict men of color in a less than flattering light. Considered by some to be offensive, while most toy collectors see them as significant historical items, their popularity cannot be denied. One of the more prominent in the auction is a paper litho on wood clockwork toy from the 1880s by Browers Automatic Dancers that depicts a composition black figure with nappy wool hair and tattered clothing. Suspended from a wire in front of a scene of a backwoods home, he dances a jig to a silent tune. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,200/1,800. A German tin lithograph diver toy features a black man in full diving gear and propeller that thrusts him through the water. Rare in that most underwater toys would be sealed and enameled to prohibit motor corrosion, this one is not. It is apparently unused, and remains in marvelous condition. It carries a presale estimate of $1,500/1,800. The ever-popular rooftop dancers can be found at many an auction, including this one. One example in particular, a Lehmann Alabama Coon Jigger, retains its original box as well as the seldom-found Lehmann flag the character holds in his hand. It is conservatively estimated for $400/600. What stands out in this auction, however is a large Jazzbo Jim store display, many times the size of the toy it promoted. Powered by electricity instead of a windup mechanism, it features the same lithographed images on the sides of the house and a large composition figure dancing a jig atop. This extremely rare store display carries a presale estimate of $1,500/1,800.
The cavalcade of toys in this auction also includes a great selection of cast iron. One of the significant highlights from February's auction was an extremely rare Carpenter Burning Building. This wooden building with a cast iron façade was a real attention grabber, featuring a fireman who ascends the ladder with the pull of a string. He rescues the damsel on the flame engulfed balcony, bringing her back down to safety while another fireman mans the hose. This masterwork of stunning craftsmanship felled a previous auction record, selling for $54,625, nearly doubling its presale estimate. This time around, Julia's is pleased to present an alternate version with the scarcer side door and storage area. Nearly identical in every other respect, this building carries a presale estimate of $35,000/45,000. Other fire related cast iron includes a rare Carpenter engine house. Circa 1882, this wood, cast iron, and canvas house is surmounted by an elaborate bell tower and would complete an otherwise comprehensive collection. It carries a $6,000/7,500 estimate. Enjoying a strong position in the marketplace right now is horse drawn cast iron toys. One of Hubley's most sought after and rare toys is their 3-seat break. With two galloping horses pulling a load of six riders, it is expected to sell for $4,500/6,000.
Other cast iron includes a marvelous Hubley "Friendship" airplane. This tri-motor, single wing plane with pontoons retains most of its original yellow paint and even its Hubley decal. Its outstanding condition coupled with its rarity means a presale estimate of $2,000/2,500. Back on the ground, a Hubley Parcel Post Harley Davidson motorcycle with sidecar in green with its original driver is expected to bring $1,200/1,500 while a Hubley Indian Traffic Car with blue stake bodied trailer also carries a $1,200/1,500 estimate. A Jaeger chain-driven cement mixer by Kenton with a nickel-plated mixing tank that rotates as the truck rolls along is expected to draw $1,200/1,500.
A wide selection of cast iron mechanical banks is expected to receive attention from collectors. There will be numerous examples not readily available including a Professor Pug Frog's Great Bicycle Feat with imaginative action that carries a presale estimate of $4,500/5,500. This joins two different versions of a rare Pelican bank in whose head a coin is pushed. The resulting action is the bird's beak opens to reveal a character within. The first, and rarer version includes the man thumbing his nose, the other contains a rabbit. Both are very desirable banks and are expected to bring $2,500/3,500 and $1,500/2,000 respectively. Condition and rarity undoubtedly add to the value of just about anything. A Chief Big Moon bank with the rarer red base is a superior example with only minor chipping and slight wear. This bank would be a good buy at its $2,750/3,500 estimate. Other highlights from this segment include a Magician bank in which a coin is placed on the platform, the magician lowers his hat over it, and the coin mysteriously disappears. In very good condition, this piece carries a $2,100/2,400 estimate. A Boy Scout Camp featuring the lads gathered around the campfire as they raise their troop's flag will try to scout out $3,500/4,500. A Mason bank, which drops a coin from the assistant's hod into the brick wall his partner is building, will try to cement bids of $1,800/2,200. An acrobatic Clown on Globe bank, one of the only few mechanical banks with a windup mechanism, features a character that flips up onto his hands while the sphere below him spins. The bank carries a presale estimate of $1,500/1,800. Another circus related example, the Elephant & Three Clowns mechanical bank, with a series of amusing actions is expected to sell for $1,200/1,500.
A small but select grouping of early board games should certainly delight. Done at a time when as much, if not more work went into the boxes exterior as into its contents. Considered by many to be works of art, these meticulously drawn covers exhibited imagination unlike anything available on today's market. By their nature, very few of these games survived, much less in outstanding condition as these examples are. An extremely rare Stanley Africa game by Bliss is characteristic of the lithography masters. The box top depicts Dr. H.M. Stanley (I presume) attended by three armed native scouts. The game plays out the famous expedition through deepest darkest Africa. Surely a treat for Turn of the Century youths, this game carries a presale estimate of $3,750/4,750. Perhaps even more rare is the Game of Aladdin by Singer. Believed to be the only known example, the box top depicts Aladdin descending into the crypt with unmistakable fear on his face. He is flanked by nightmarish looking rocks with human faces that intimate certain doom. The game board itself is equally impressive, done in a palette of color, featuring a frightful trail with danger at every turn. The set is truly amazing and is expected to sell for $3,750/4,750. One of the foremost names associated with early games belongs to the McLoughlin Brothers. A scarce and desirable game dealing with polar exploration, fashioned after the great expeditions by Byrd or Perry, features a box lid depicting a violent encounter between three explorers and two vicious polar bares, not sparing the brutal bloodshed. With strong lithography throughout, it comes to the block with an estimate of $1,800/2,200. Of a different class, but certainly significant to present day Americans is a rare early Monopoly game. This version is purported to be one of the first produced, and one of the only ones still in existence. It is so indicated by the Charles Darrow mark in the "Jail/Just Visiting" square, which was removed shortly after the game started to become the success we know of it being today. This game carries a presale estimate of $2,500/3,500.
A large amount of boyish playthings include a wide variety of pressed steel. Highlights include a Doll & Co. lorry. This large and impressive live steam driven flatbed truck with chain link mechanism carries a presale estimate of $3,000/3,500. Construction toys include a rare Buddy L steam shovel with the rarer and more desirable caterpillar treads carries a pre-auction estimate of $3,500/4,500. A rare blue Keystone Coast-to-Coast bus with a Packard decal on the radiator, open and close top, and steerable handle on the roof so it could be ridden should sell for $3,750/4,250 while an all-original large green Buddy L bus carries a presale estimate of $2,000/2,500. A Buddy L hook & ladder fire truck with hose reel, winch, original boom, and all of its decals is expected to heat things up to the tune of $3,000/3,750. This joins a rare Kelmet "Big Boy" ladder fire truck with side mount ladders, brass bell, nickel plated fire extinguishers, and full decal (est. $1,200/1,500) and many other toys including penny toys, early Fisher Price, early American tin, and much more.
To some, electric trains are the only true toys. This auction has a nice selection of O Gauge and standard gauge trains, cars, and accessories and includes some rare examples. A 6-piece passenger car set including a rubber-stamped 763E locomotive is expected to sell for $2,700/3,500. A Lionel 7-piece freight set behind a 260E locomotive was considered Lionel's top-of-the-line in the 1930s. A wonderful addition to any collection, it carries a presale estimate of $1,000/1,750. A Lionel 226E with original tender and passenger cars in outstanding condition is expected to sell for $1,500/2,200. Several tuscan brown 2954 box cars, rare to retain undamaged steps carry estimates of $400/600 each. A new production Lionel Classic standard gauge 4-piece set with 381E locomotive is expected to pull in at $1,500/2,000. A rare Lionel model MB speedboat in cream over red in its original box should race to $1,000/1,500. Other accessories include a rare Lionel coal elevator in its original box that should heat things up to $375/550 and a Lionel lumber loader with its original box carries a presale estimate of $400/600. Other trains include a large and impressive green enameled live steam ride-on train and tender by W. Lynch and marked "Ben Rhydding". It carries a large load and an estimate of $5,000/6,000. Numerous Buddy L Yard train sets will also be offered with estimate ranges of $800/1,200 apiece.
Toys for collectors who have grown beyond the miniatures and want something a little more sophisticated might look toward a selection of motorcycles and other gas-powered vehicles in the auction. Highlighting the grouping is a 1935 Indian motorcycle once owned by actor Steve McQueen. Painstakingly conserved, it's ready to hit the road. Now you too can play Movieland tough guy for a mere $33,000/35,000. Others include a 1965 Harley Davidson in outstanding condition (est. $4,000/5,000) and a number of Whizzer motorbikes, which combine the option of pedaling or riding, but are just a little more fashionable than a Moped (est. 4,000/4,500). A possibly unique early Briggs & Stratton/Smith Motor Wheel buckboard from the teens, known as the Red Bug is expected to bring $15,000/20,000. A gas-powered diminutive replica of a 1958 Corvette that was featured at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair is a classy ride. This same car was shown on a recent History Channel special about the fair. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $4,000/6,000. If human-powered vehicles help recapture your childhood, the auction has a wide selection of pedal cars, planes, and trucks. An outstanding early all-original Gendron open top pedal car in fine condition had to have been the nicest on the block. With leather seat, spotlight, and a stylish form, this exceptional example carries a presale estimate of $7,000/10,000. A National fire chief pedal car in the form of a fire engine is expected to heat things up at $4,000/5,000.
If antique dolls are your obsession, then Julia's October auction has them in spades. Though Julia's specializes in the higher end of the antiques market, they offer dolls no matter your budget, including examples for the beginning and advanced collector, and everyone in between. From the top shelf, perhaps the belle of the ball, would have to be a stunning 18 ½" Bru Jne 6 in her original wooden packing crate. She features brown almond shaped paperweight eyes, molded tongue, perfect bisque forearms, original burgundy silk and lace dress, original marked shoes, and just an overall captivating look. In virtually un-played with condition, she comes to the block with a $41,000/45,000 pre-auction estimate. Also sure to be a hit will be a spectacular 24" Bru Jne 9. Her pale complexion is set off by her bulging brown paperweight eyes, protruding upper lip, and original blonde mohair wig. Her original Bru shoes, antique green pleated wool dress, and silk ribbon bonnet make for a splendid package. A must for the advanced collector, she is expected to sell for $22,000/25,000. Other Brus include a smaller cabinet size 12 ½" Bru Brevete bebe. With pale blue threaded paperweight eyes, pale bisque with rosy cheeks, she carries a presale estimate of $14,000/16,000. A couple last minute important additions include one of the earliest EJs signified by the "9" over the EJ whereas later examples placed the number between the two letters. This lovely 24" example features brown paperweight eyes, mauve shading, and 8 ball joints. She carries an estimate of $12,000/18,000. From the same collection is a delightful 18" 2nd Series Portrait Jumeau with light blue paperweight eyes in a period beige wool pleated dress and original leather slippers carries a $14,000/18,000 estimate.
Also coming up for bid is a rare Bruno Schmidt "Wendy" German character doll. Her full, pouty lips, brown glass sleep eyes, and fully jointed pink body, wearing an elaborate and colorful provincial costume, she is sure to be a showstopper. She carries a presale estimate of $21,000/25,000. An 18" Portrait Jumeau fashion doll with her original dome trunk chock full of antique clothing and accessories is a great find. Her threaded blue paperweight eyes, all-leather, gusseted body, and enough outfits for almost every day of the week is certain to delight and should bring $10,000/15,000. A beautiful large 26" Francois Gaultier fashion doll with swivel neck and blue glass eyes is expected to bring $5,000/6,000. Also included are numerous Tete Jumeaus such as an all-original 18 ½" #8 on a fully articulated stamped body. Her elaborate original maroon brocade dress with pale lace even retains its original armband, which is very hard to come by. This outstanding doll should bring $6,000/7,500 while a Tete Jumeau Depose 9 with amber paperweight eyes, straight wrists, dark blonde human hair wig, and her original Jumeau shoes is expected to sell for $3,500/4,000.
Other highlights include a rare Edison Phonograph Doll. This Simon & Halbig #719 consists of wooden arms and legs and a metal torso in which resides a patented Edison mechanism that plays a mini-cylinder, allowing the doll to talk or sing with the turn of a crank. One almost never finds a working example, so this is a treat with a $4,000/5,000 estimate. Further quality German dolls include a scarcely found Kley & Hahn 546 character child with blue glass sleep eyes and a closed mouth suggesting a slight grin. To see her is to love her, and to have her means a $3,000/3,500 investment. A delightful pair of Kamkins cloth dolls with excellent coloring, wearing wool jackets may result in a bidding battle with conservative estimates of $700/900 apiece.
Doll collectors sometimes like to branch out into other areas, such as automata and teddy bears. They will be pleased with Julia's fine selection of both. The former category contains such examples as a French violinist depicting a man in an ostentatious medieval type costume who sways his head as he plays. This late 19th Century piece carries a presale estimate of $5,000/7,000. Of the same period, an outstanding Lambert automaton of an exquisitely dressed Asian woman in an embroidered silk costume with metallic lace trim pouring tea has terrific action and a $6,500/8,500 estimate. A Victorian girl playing with a Diabolo, an inverted teardrop shaped metal object suspended on a string between two sticks, is another wonderful example of early animated toys. When wound, she moves her hands, making the object move from one side to the other as music plays. This impressive piece is expected to fetch $3,000/4,000. Also to be offered will be an example by Roullet & Decamp depicting a geography teacher with a Jumeau head. She stands at her spinning globe, lifting her baton, possibly lecturing on 19th Century Europe. A fine automaton with an estimate range of $4,000/6,000.
A diverse grouping of Teddy Bears adds to the charm ranging from the very small to the very large. Highlights include a ribbon-winning 1906 Steiff 25" bear in outstanding condition with the old style button in his ear, long arms, and pleasant little hump is expected to bring $4,000/6,000. A slightly smaller example is an early 14" mohair bear who could benefit from some love and conservation, but is still most endearing, and is worth every penny of his $800/1,200 estimate.
To take a break from CDs, a somewhat earlier form of musical entertainment would be to enjoy one of the quantity of music machines in the auction including an outstanding Stella 17 ¾" disc playing console music box. This high quality music machine with deep rich tone and magnificent restoration carries a presale estimate of $6,000/8,000. As the move from pierced discs to recorded albums occurred, many music lovers still had the old style discs. The advance that made it possible to play both was the fabulous Reginaphone. This most elegant floor model piece with hand painted sides and lid, decorated with pastoral scenes plays 15" discs, and with a quick attachment is ready to play your favorite 78. In outstanding condition, it carries a presale estimate of $10,000/15,000. Also, a fine oak cased Regina disc music box with stand that plays 12" discs would be a splendid addition to the parlor, carrying a presale estimate of $5,000/7,000. And an outstanding G. Baker Troll & Co. 11" interchangeable cylinder music box in an inlaid and burled walnut case is very eye-catching and should sell for $9,000/12,000.
Early technology includes two rare Western Union stock tickers. One on a custom built fluted column stand supporting the piece, and covered by an original glass dome, it is expected to sell for $7,000/10,000. Other early technology includes a select offering of coin-op and arcade pieces. Standing out among the rest is a possibly unique wood cased illusion machine. Truly amazing to see in action, this coin-operated gem uses lights and mirrors to demonstrate a magician standing at stage right directing our attention to his lovely assistant at the rear of the stage. She dances and suddenly we see that she has transformed into a skeleton, continuing her dance before returning to her full-bodied self. Difficult to imagine where something like this can go, it carries a presale estimate of $10,000/40,000. Other coin-op includes a wonderful Dr. Kern's headache remedy miniature vending machine. Featuring a wood case with metal panels, hand painted with the virtues of the product, this rare vendor is expected to sell for $5,000/7,000. Going hand in hand with coin-op, arcade, and vending is early gambling. Included in this auction will be two large Evans gaming wheels. Bet a number, spin the wheel, win a pile of cash. These flashy wheels, decorated with horses, mirrors, and nickel brighten up the game room with pre-auction estimates of $4,000/4,500 apiece.
Helping to fill out the three days worth of selling is a grand parade of antique advertising, large antique music boxes, coin-operated machines, and other miscellany. A sizeable portion of the offering is comprised of a one-owner Coca-Cola collection from the Chicago area. Hundreds of items collected over four decades by the late Verle Dollahan will be sold unreserved. Dollahan considered himself one of the earliest collectors of Coke memorabilia before it became a popular pastime. So serious was he of his collecting, he was known to refuse to patronize a restaurant that did not serve Coca-Cola products, scolding the managers for their "poor choice" in beverages. This dedication and slight quirkiness endeared him to Coke executives around the world. Whenever he traveled, he would make it a point to visit their offices, bottling plants, and so on, making lasting friendships along the way. They would often give him mementos, like old calendars, trays, etc., which of course have become quite collectable. He would also purchase from auctions, shows, and other collector friends. A wide variety of more than 60 calendars awaits, including over half a century's worth from the early 1910s to the 1960s. Also included are over 80 tip trays and serving trays including a rare 1901 9 ½" round tip tray featuring Hilda Clark in very good condition and carries a presale estimate of $3,000/4,000. Other highlights include a rare ceramic popcorn or ice bowl (est. $600/1,000) and an aluminum pretzel dish supported by three figural Coke bottles (est. $800/1,200).
Verle Dollahan's collection is augmented by selected items from various collections across the United States. A rare Gibson Girl Coca-Cola clock with an absolutely superb decal of the renowned model has a great look. It carries a presale estimate of $3,500/4,000. An early printer's proof featuring Diana Allen for the 1923 calendar is expected to draw interest and bids of $7,000/10,000. An early and rare porcelain Coke sign in cobalt blue by Ingram-Richardson Co. features "volcano" grommet holes (before rings of metal were ever placed in grommet holes). This sign carries a presale estimate of $3,000/3,500. A 1933 two-sided die cut "Fountain Service" sign in outstanding original condition with its original hanging bracket should sell for $3,000/4,000. One New England collection featuring several Coke vending machines of every variety, early floor coolers, numerous cardboard, tin, porcelain and metal signs include the very popular "Coke Policeman", and Julia's auction will offer three. These nearly life-size, hollow-bodied traffic cops were placed in front of schools to remind people to drive safely (estimates ranging from $1,000 to $2,400 apiece). Coke was on the cutting edge, obviously very successful early on with product name placement.
No strangers to product name placement were the thousands of American companies that made advertising an art form. This art form remains today as a popular decoration and high end collectible. In fact, Julia's has the earliest dated advertising sign known to exist. A paper sign for David's Inks with expert detail, dated 1847 is expected to draw $2,000/3,000. The auction abounds in fine antique examples in about every medium and category. An early cardboard lithograph from 1907 features an attractive young lass in a red dress with what appears to be a 40 in her hand. They knew back then that beautiful women helped sell beer. It carries a presale estimate of $2,500/3,000. A roll-down paper sign for Rebecca plug tobacco, also with an eye-catching lady, carries a presale estimate of $3,000/3,500. Other merchandise includes perhaps one of the finest condition examples of a tin self-framed Hickman-Ebbert wagons sign. Depicting two lovers beneath a tree, completed of course by a Hickman-Ebbert wagon in the foreground, it bears a $3,500/4,500 estimate. A Sidney Advertising clock for Sullivan Hardware showed how to maximize advertising space efficiently. Featuring three paper drums at the base that would rotate every few minutes, revealing a different product, gained interest in a graphic and elegant manner. Formerly housed in a posh hotel in Schoharie County, New York, it comes from a private collection with a $5,500/7,500 estimate. A "Challenge" windmill showroom sample helped show their product in exact miniature without filling a sprawling area. The meticulous craftsmanship of this early model brings with it a $3,000/3,500 estimate. Salesman samples include a magnificent salesman sample piano. Much easier to cart around door-to-door than its full size counterpart, it is expected to sell for $4,000/6,000. Not quite a salesman sample, but certainly exhibiting painstaking work is a handmade scale model Greyhound bus. Logging over 1,500 hours on the piece, Russel Diener replicated the 1930s vehicle with special touches like individual seats, curtains, fire extinguishers, hand carved mirrors, luggage rack, and more. He even sought Firestone to custom craft miniature tires for his model like the real ones, which they gladly provided. It was just after the great depression when Diener wanted to make ends meet so intended to sell raffle tickets for it. He was quickly shut down, but so impressed was Greyhound of his meticulous design, they awarded him a free trip to the 1934 World's Fair where he was able to display his handiwork at Greyhound's pavilion, thus becoming a quasi-celebrity, likely helping a promising folk art career. This detailed model carries a presale estimate of $6,000/9,000.
Getting the public to buy your product line meant creative imagery and making them remember you. Clothing was of course no exception. A rare and colorful sign for Men's Patriot Shoe appealed to the countrymen. Brightly lithographed with a Revolutionary War soldier, this fine example carries a pre-auction estimate of $2,500/3,000. A two-sided lithographed steel flange sign by master lithographers Charles Shonk Co. depicts a statuesque man and woman on pedestals promoting their respective footware. This sign carries a presale estimate of $3,000/3,500. A curved porcelain corner sign for Duck Head overalls with its original mounting brackets, despite some minor restoration is still a desirable piece, carrying an estimate of $3,000/3,500. A stone lithographed 3-panel display for Wales-Goodyear rubbers features fashionably attired attractive young ladies against a snow-blanketed cityscape. It is expected to sell for $3,000/3,500.
For the outdoorsmen, a select grouping of firearm-related calendars and posters from the most recognized names in the industry include a rare DuPont trap-shooting lithograph. Unusual in that these predominantly male pursuits don't usually have women in their advertising, this example features an alluring lady contestant, suggesting her victory was a result of using their product. This very desirable poster with both top and bottom bands carries a presale estimate of $3,500/4,500. A textured paper sign with illustration by Edmund Osthaus of a retriever with downed duck in his mouth carries a $2,000/3,000 estimate.
A deluxe full-color catalog for the auction will be available for $39 by mail. Free full-color, detailed, illustrated brochures are available by contacting the Julia offices. The catalog will also be available on Julia's website at www.juliaauctions.com.
Previews: Tuesday, November 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday, November 16 & 17, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Julia's auction facility in Fairfield, Maine on Rt. 201, Exit 133 off I-95. Doll auction commences at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, while the other sessions commence at 10 a.m. on Wednesday & Thursday. Experts and cataloguers, Jay Lowe and Mike Caffarella will available on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday for questions or consultation. For more information about this and other exciting sales, contact Andrew Truman at 207-453-7125, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Julia's website at www.juliaauctions.com. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937.
JULIA BILLS FALL FIREARMS AUCTION AS "SPECTACULAR"
Hampton Falls, NH-October 3-6, 2005. Auctioneer Jim Julia states that 2005 has been the "most significant year since his initial involvement of the antiques marketplace nearly 40 years ago!" Each of his four divisions has had outstanding results this year. In addition, the company is currently almost tripling the size of their facilities with a new state-of-the-art auction facility and display center. To top it off, Julia states that the fall firearms auction "has the possibility of establishing a new world record for the highest grossing firearms auction ever held in the world." If so, it will break the previous record, which was set in October 2004 also by Julia's firm when that firearms auction grossed nearly $9 million. "This sale has the possibility of generating $10 million or more in sales", Julia stated. The sale will consist of approximately 2,000 lots and will be sold in four sessions beginning Monday evening and continuing through all day Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We are using three lavish full-color catalogs to properly present this "spectacular" offering.
The sale will begin with Session I on Monday night with an offering of 200 collectible and antique firearms and accessories. Included is a rare engraved Colt officer's model match DA revolver .38 Special, estimated at $5,000-10,000. Also a large collection of military medals and pins include a huge lot of Nazi stickpins and medals estimated at $2,500-3,500. A small very early iron throwing Tomahawk, nearly identical to one which at one time belonged to Daniel Boone, is estimated at $500-1,000.
This auction will include what is considered to be the most significant offering of Civil War memorabilia ever offered at auction. This second session will take place on Tuesday, October 4th commencing at 10 a.m. Tuesday's session is entirely devoted to the private collection of the well-known Michael Adamson of Suwanee, Georgia. Mr. Adamson was both a passionate and aggressive collector and throughout his life has put together a fabulous collection of Civil War memorabilia, all of which will be offered in a deluxe, hardbound, full-color catalog and offered totally unreserved. Mr. Adamson's collection includes what is considered to be the finest and most comprehensive collection of Civil War projectiles to ever come to auction. Most notable in this collection is an extraordinary rare and important Confederate Rains barrel torpedo (known today as mines). This extraordinarily rare example is one of only two known to exist and the only one with its original tar coating. Because of its extraordinary rarity and importance, it's impossible to determine what it might ultimately bring and carries an estimate in the catalog of $25,000-100,000. Most every type of rifled projectile, cannonball, grapeshot canister, and rockets are represented in this extraordinary collection. A British 6.4" Whitworth shell is estimated at $2,000-3,000. A U.S. Army 9" quilted grapeshot (complete) is estimated at $2,500-4,000. An extraordinarily rare and original U.S. Civil War Hale rocket launcher is included and estimated at $15,000-30,000. The sale will also include other examples of original rare Hale rockets, one of which is estimated at $3,000-5,000. one of the most sought after of all large caliber artillery shells is the 300-pound U.S. Parrott shell which is estimated at $4,000-6,500. Three extremely rare Hanes hand grenades, which once came from the famed collection of Norman Flayderman, carry a presale estimate of $9,000-12,000 each. After the war, most of the remaining Confederate artillery was destroyed and only a handful of original Confederate cannons now reside in private hands. Mr. Adamson's collection included two rare Noble Brothers Confederate cannons! The first, a bronze 6-pounder estimated at $150,000-250,000 and a very rare 3" iron Noble Brothers cannon estimated at $125,000-225,000.
Mr. Adamson was a direct descendent of at least two Civil War heroes and the sale includes two extraordinary lots, both of which have descended from these families directly to Mr. Adamson. One lot includes a presentation sword to General Leonidas Polk. Polk was a relative of President Polk and this sword is considered to be the most important identified Confederate General's sword ever known to come to public auction. It was presented to General Leonidas Polk by his friend, Bishop Steven Elliot on January 9th, 1863. The sword is offered with Polk's personal letters, photographs, books together with a 12-pound Parrott shell. General Polk met his demise while on horseback on a hill overlooking Sherman's troops. Sherman reportedly had an artillery company fire on the hill and Polk was an unfortunate recipient of a similar 12-pound Parrott shell through the chest. This extraordinary historical lot is estimated at $75,000-175,000. Another historical lot of great significance came directly to Mr. Adamson from Augustus Pitt Adamson, who was a corporal in Company E, 30th Georgia Volunteer Infantry. The lot consists of a photograph of the young Adamson in Confederate uniform as he entered the Civil War brandishing a Bowie knife. It also includes numerous artifacts that belonged to Adamson together with the Confederate battle flag of the 30th Georgia Volunteer Infantry and many other historical related items. This lot carries a presale estimate of $100,000-250,000. The sale also includes what is probably one of the largest and best offerings of Confederate and Union uniforms ever offered at auction. Of note is an original Confederate enlisted man's frock coat from James S. Milliken, who was a member of the notorious William Quantrell's Raiders. This coat, together with other artifacts, is offered in a lot and is estimated at $35,000-45,000. In addition to numerous very rare Confederate uniforms are also some outstanding Union uniforms; one of the more exciting offerings is an identified grouping to Captain Albert M. Tyler of the 27th Reg., New York Volunteers. This wonderful grouping is estimated at $15,000-25,000.
The Adamson Collection includes a number of very rare Confederate longarms such as an outstanding example of a Cook & Brother rifle made in Athens Georgia and estimated at $20,000-30,000. A very desirable Confederate Billharz & Hall carbine is estimated at $20,000-30,000 and a rare Confederate Keen Walker tilting breech carbine is estimated at $25,000-45,000. A great selection of authentic headgear includes a U.S. enlisted Bummers kepi together with the original owner's business card estimated at $2,000-4,000. A rare Infantry enlisted Hardee hat is estimated at $4,000-6,000. Also a part of the collection is a terrific grouping of Confederate and Civil War saddles. Most notable is a historic private purchase officer's saddle and valise attributed to Confederate General A. R. Lawton, complete with General's saddle blanket, etc., this magnificent and rare Confederate lot is estimated at $20,000-30,000. A large grouping of leather, both Confederate and Union will be included. One extraordinarily rare example is a Confederate Civil War Cavalry carbine sling, estimated at $5,000-10,000.
A number of Confederate handguns will include a rare Spiller & Burr revolver estimated at $20,000-25,000 and a Leech & Rigdon revolver estimated at $20,000-25,000. A collection of Confederate buckles and sword belts include a rare South Carolina officer's sword belt, estimated at $10,000-15,000 and a mint two-piece Georgia state seal buckle estimated at $8,000-10,000. A near mint eagle-decorated Civil War drum is estimated at a conservative $4,000-8,000 and the sale also includes a number of multiple lots of Civil War era used bullets, parts, pieces and small camp-used accessories. Included is a collection of 53 Confederate postage stamps, estimated at only $200-400.
The third session will begin on Wednesday, October 5th at 10 a.m. and will begin with an additional number of extremely rare and highly desirable Confederate and Civil War items. None of these Civil War items came from the Adamson Collection, but came from other private collections and estates from all over North America. One of the most exciting lots is an extremely rare Confederate Army of Tennessee 1862 contract battle flag of the 4th Tennessee. This is one of only two known artillery size and is considered to be the most important and best-documented Confederate battle flag ever to come to auction. Included is a photocopy of a circa early 1900 photograph of Confederate veterans holding this exact flag. A most important piece and estimated at $90,000-120,000. This flag is part of a collection of flags to be offered including various other rare Confederate and Union flags, all of which were cataloged by North America's foremost authority on American flags, Mr. Howard Madaus. Another highly interesting historical flag is a rare 14-star, 10-stripe U.S. parade or rally flag, at one time owned by Nathan Beman, a member of Ethan Allen's "Green Mountain Boys". Allen was responsible for capturing Fort Ticonderoga and removing the cannons to Dorchester Heights in Boston, thus allowing Washington to beat the British and win the city of Boston. This extremely rare and highly important flag is estimated at $10,000-15,000. Another extremely rare and historic flag is Napoleon Bonaparte's flag used on his launch while at Elba. This flag, complete with a letter of authentication from world's foremost textile expert Fonda Thompsen and noted flag historian Whitney Smith carries a presale estimate of $95,000-125,000. Included is a portrait of Commander Worden together with a hand-written thank-you note signed and presented to him by the Congress, the Senate, and President Abraham Lincoln, thanking him for his defeat of the Confederate Merrimack. This is estimated at $20,000-30,000. A number of rare Confederate handguns will be included in Wednesday's session. Most notable is an extremely rare, consecutive-numbered pair of Texas-made Tucker & Sherrard dragoons, possibly Confederate carried. This extraordinarily rare pair carries a presale estimate of $60,000-100,000. There are a number of inscribed or presentation Civil War-used revolvers, the most notable being a Colt revolver inscribed to Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart's, chief surgeon and a member of the famous "Mosby's Rangers" and estimated at $8,000-10,000.
Wednesday's session includes a most extensive offering of rare Confederate and Civil War swords. A B. Douglas, staff and field officer's sword is estimated at $10,000-15,000. In addition to an outstanding array of Confederate swords, there are also a number of important presentation swords. Included is a pre-war militia sword and epaulets inscribed to Colonel (later to become Major General) Alexander Shaler of the 65th N.Y. Inf. who was a Medal of Honor winner! This is estimated at $20,000-30,000. A historic and important presentation sword and political memorabilia of Colonel Henry Wilson, 22nd Reg. Mass. Vols.; he was a friend of Abraham Lincoln, a U.S. senator and V.P. to Ulysses S. Grant. This important sword and lot is estimated at $20,000-25,000.
Numerous Civil War longarms include rare Berdan sharpshooter rifles estimated at $8,000-12,000. One of the most significant Confederate sword belts and plates to ever come to auction is that of Maj. Gen. Isaac Ridgeway Trimble. This rare Maj. Gen.'s sword belt and original belt with his name inscribed on the inside carries a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. A great number of wonderful Civil War era Colt pistols will be offered such as a rare cased baby dragoon in extremely fine condition and estimated at $30,000-50,000. An extremely rare cased 2nd Mod. 1851 Navy in very fine condition is estimated at $50,000-100,000 while a wonderful Gustav Young engraved M1851 Navy in very fine condition is estimated at $35,000-45,000. A small group of rare Bowie knives includes an exceptional 17-1/2" long exhibition G. Wostenholm Bowie knife estimated at $20,000-30,000 and a rare C. Roby & Co. eagle head fighting knife, estimated at $5,500-7,500. Wednesday will also include some rare Colonial-era arms and artifacts. Included is a historic Revolutionary War U.S. surcharge flint musket inscribed, "Cpl/Drake Mills J. Ashley's Regt. Berksh., MA Ft. Edwd 1777 estimated at $15,000-25,000. One of the rarest of all Virginia manufactury rifles is the 1st Mod 1805-1808 with the brass snake patch box inscribed "Don't Tread on Me". This example, converted to percussion, is estimated at $20,000-40,000. Another extraordinary and historic King George's War period scrimshawed powder horn inscribed to Lieut. John Bridge and dated 1755 was made while Bridge was with Col. John Winslow involved in the removal of the French from Nova Scotia. This displacement of the Acadians from Nova Scotia resulted in the Cajuns, who now populate portions of Louisiana. Bridge was later a minuteman during the Revolutionary War and became a famous silversmith. A John Bridge also participated in the most important military encounter in the history of the United States, that being the Battle of Lexington and Concord. There was a John Bridge, a member of the "immortal 77" who stood by Captain John Parker on that fateful day. It is possible that this is the same John Bridge who accompanied Parker at this historic engagement. Presale estimate is $17,500-27,500. A group of fine Kentucky rifles includes a signed N. Beyer flint raised carved Kentucky rifle with fine eagle patch box and silver eagle inlay and estimated at $15,000-20,000.
This sale will also include a wonderful offering of rare Native American Indian artifacts, many of which were in the collection of Carl Moon. Moon was a famous photographer around the turn of the century who was fascinated with the Indians and their culture. Like Curtis, he attempted to capture the spirit of the Indian culture, while it still existed. The items from his collection include an extremely rare Indian-made horse mask, made of buffalo hide estimated at $9,000-12,000. A pair of antique Indian moccasins purported by the Moon family to have belonged to Geronimo is estimated at $5,000-10,000 and an historic presentation sword to the famous Apache warrior Victorio is estimated at $20,000-40,000. In addition to collecting these artifacts, Moon apparently used some of these items as "props" in his famous photographs, one of which is a 19th century Sioux flute with painted parfleche case, estimated at $4,000-6,000. Other important Indian items that did not come from the Carl Moon Collection include a very important and historic Plains Cree pipe bag, which formerly belonged to Louis Riel, circa 1880's. Riel was a half-breed Frenchman who lived in Manitoba and led the Riel Rebellion. He was eventually captured and hanged in what is probably one of the most controversial executions ever to take place in Canada. Riel is unquestionably one of the most historic figures in Canadian history and this important pipe bag is estimated at $30,000-60,000. Julia's last sale included a rare effigy pipe bag which received a tremendous amount of interest and this sale included an extremely rare double effigy pipe bag with a beaded horse on one side and a beaded eagle on the other. An Otoe-Ioway bag, circa 1860-1870 is estimated at $18,000-28,000. A wonderful small, carved northwest coast wooden Tlinget figure of a raven and frog is estimated at $7,500-15,000.
The fourth session is Thursday, October 6th and begins at 10 a.m. This session includes one of the finest offerings of single-action Colt revolvers ever offered at Julia's auction. Most notable is an extraordinarily rare and desirable cased elaborate engraved exhibition quality S.A. Army. Nickel finished and in outstanding condition, estimated at $225,000-275,000. A rare engraved historic Colt, formerly belonging to one of the most famous Texas Rangers of all time, Captain Frank Hammer (who successfully tracked down Bonnie & Clyde) is estimated at $95,000-125,000. Cased single-action Colts are extremely rare but this auction contains two; the second a nickel-plated S.A. Army in extremely fine condition is estimated at $40,000-60,000. The sale also includes a nucleus of good quality Smith & Wessons. The revolvers fitted with a Kelton safety are extremely rare and this auction contains two. These Model 3 revolvers are each estimated at $9,000-12,000. Winchesters include a magnificent engraved Henry rifle serial number 17!! with fancy feather motif engraving similar to the engraving on serial number 6 which is the famous Henry Rifle presented to Abraham Lincoln is estimated at $225,000-275,000. Also included is another extraordinarily rare hand-engraved 1st Model Henry, serial number 18!! Formerly in the famous Wm. Lock Collection, this one is estimated at $130,000-180,000. This sale also includes a very rare iron frame Henry. And speaking of low serial numbers, this is number 2!! It is estimated at $135,000-165,000. Not all offerings are antique, a small group of firearms from affable gun enthusiast and well known actor Tom Selleck includes and engraved Colt 2nd Generation 1860 Army made for and used in Selleck's movie, "Last Stand at Saber River". The gun carries a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000 and is one of various guns from the famous Selleck Collection. This sale will also feature the finest Marlin Model 1893 ever offered at auction. A special order, three-barrel takedown rifle with fabulous intricate inlay of a bull and cow moose is estimated at $100,000-150,000.
This sale also includes one of the finest offerings of gun and cartridge advertising Julia's has offered in many years. Included is a rare model 1890 single "W" Winchester cartridge board (one of many cartridge boards offered in this auction). This one is estimated at $20,000-30,000. An extremely rare wonderful large colorful canvas advertisement for Remington UMC Arms depicts an Indian on horseback shooting a buffalo, estimated at $12,500-17,500. An extremely rare 1905 Winchester "Cock of the Woods" poster is estimated at $5,000-10,000.
Julia's spring auction this year included the largest number of Baron Von Richthofen artifacts ever offered at public auction. Of significant note in this auction is the Henry Woodhouse archive relating to early aviation. Woodhouse was a major figure in the development and evolution of interest in early aviation and this archive includes over 2,000 pieces of photographs, early airplane catalogs, letters (some to notable people), drawings, etc. An incredible archive originally from Woodhouse's estate and estimated at $17,500-27,500. Some original artwork is also offered, including an original watercolor of an Indian brave by famous western artist E. S. Paxson and is estimated at $14,000-16,000. Military rifles from WWII include an ultra-rare Springfield-Winchester sniper rifle estimated at $12,500-17,500 and an even rarer prototype Luftwaffe detachable Mauser Model 98 military rifle, estimated at $22,500-27,500.
Another stand-out category in session IV will be perhaps one of the finest offerings of quality shotguns the Julia firm has presented to date and certainly the largest and best offering of Parker shotguns any auction firm has any offered. From the estate of the late Jim Parker, and offered entirely unreserved, the collection includes phenomenal high-grade Parkers. One of which is an ultra-rare gold inlaid, A1 Special, 2 barrel set, formerly belonging to Max Fleischman (Fleischman Yeast), estimated at $50,000-100,000. An A1 double barrel 16 ga., formerly belonging to Jack Turner is estimated at $30,000-50,000. A BHE grade 20-ga., presented to Edgar L. Apperson is estimated at $20,000-30,000.
Not all of Mr. Parker's guns were Parkers. He also had some of the rarest Remington shotguns known such as the Remington special grade 12 ga. double barrel. With extraordinarily intricate engraving it is estimated at $30,000-50,000. The Parker Collection not only included shotguns, but also includes a number of other products made by the Parker firm such as oil lamps, early antique electric lamps, cast iron coffee grinders, etc. All of which will be offered in this sale. In addition to the Parker shotguns are a great number of high-quality shotguns from other collections including an exquisite cased Browning action style B-25, estimated at $25,000-50,000. A Winchester Model 21 Grand American gold inlaid double barrel shotgun is estimated at $30,000-50,000. A rare cased Boss 20-ga. is estimated at $25,000-35,000 and a truly superb cased Purdy 20-ga. two-barrel set is estimated at $45,000-60,000. Also included are sporting rifles such as the very rare cased Browning model CCS-25 double rifle caliber 270 estimated at $25,000-50,000.
While there are a great number of historically important and truly great rarities in this auction, this auction is definitely for everyone. There are certainly a number of items throughout all four days in the under $1,000 range and some items even under the $500 range. This should be the firearms auction highlight of the year and catalogs for this important auction can be ordered directly from Julia's. At $39 each or the entire set of three can be ordered for the discounted rate of only $99. The entire catalog, replete with photos are available on Julia's website at www.juliaauctions.com. More details can be had by contacting Julia's firearms division and asking for Judy Labbe, our Firearms Department or Joe LaRue. Phone (207) 453-7125 or by writing to us at P.O. Box 830, Fairfield, ME 04937.
JULIA'S SUMMER SAMOSET SALE MOST SIZEABLE SO FAR
Rockland, Maine-August 24-26, 2005. Always a Coastal Maine highlight every summer is James D. Julia's spectacular Americana auction at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine. Each jaunt to the posh resort results in greater and greater numbers, both in quantity and quality for the Fairfield, Maine auction firm. Julia's has worked diligently over the past nearly forty years to put themselves in the forefront of the auction industry. Despite their rural Maine home base of operations, they are able to compete on a global level with renowned metropolitan auction firms. This ability resulted in the company's owner and president James Julia winning the Maine Businessman Of The Year Award last year among a number of other awards he's received.
The firm's recent auction, which grossed nearly $3.4 Million over three full days of selling, marked Julia's most lucrative Samoset auction to date. Julia's Sale Coordinator Bill Gage, who has been the driving force behind the division's tremendous success, was amazed by the activity and participation. "We registered the greatest amount of bidders for this sale that I've seen. It was just extraordinary." The banquet room was filled to capacity with scores of eager bidders, along with a surfeit of bidders competing via telephone, Internet, or absentee left bids.
Hats off to a very efficient operations crew that displayed the merchandise with aesthetic finesse. Moving and setting up over 1,600 lots of antique finery is no easy task, but operations manager John Perry's adept staff created a well-organized and elegant display spanning two mammoth banquet rooms, making it look almost effortless. This paralleled Julia's well-designed auction catalogs, which parade the wealth of goods in a handsome presentation. Perhaps it's the little touches like these that made bidders dig a little deeper, making the auction realize some of the strongest prices in the trade. Those in attendance were markedly impressed.
"American art fared extremely well," Gage remarked. "There has been a decided increase in the interest in this area, which has meant more being made available and their achieving greater results." Case in point was one of the many highlights of the sale, an outstanding oil on canvas summer scene by Abbott Fuller Graves depicting two young Victorian women looking out over a harbor. It is a classic example of American Impressionism done at a time when America's finest artists were using this style. Never before having been offered at public auction, this most important piece quickly surpassed a presale estimate of $100,000/150,000 to fetch $201,250.
The entire first of three grand sessions was devoted entirely to the approximately 450 works by American artists and included many significant pieces. William Glackens' "Rockport, Mass 1936" impressionistic oil on board study of a beach in Rockport, Massachusetts featured bathers on a sandy and rock-strewn beach. The painting likewise sold for $201,250, just inside its estimate of $200,000/300,000. New Englanders know coastal beauty like no other. Those, like Glackens, of the Rockport-Gloucester school are renowned for their delightful depictions of seaside settings. An outstanding canvas scene by Fredrick J. Mulhaupt entitled "Gloucester Harbor" showing two two-mast fishing boats along a dock while men scuttle about was beautifully executed and well-received. It exceeded expectations of $40,000/60,000 to finish up at $69,000.
Other representatives of the Rockport-Gloucester school included Anthony Thieme whose depiction of fishing boats at dockside was a fine example of this artist's work. It had never before been offered at public auction. Active bidding ensued for this fresh piece, more than doubling its pre-auction estimate of $17,500/22,500 to finally sell for $46,000. A similar scene, "Summer Morning, Gloucester" by Emile Gruppe depicting a cluster of boats moored in the harbor before a day of fishing sold for $13,800, within its $10,000/15,000 estimate. The auction contained several works by Gruppe, which received much attention. Another example showing life a little more inland was his "Sugaring in Vermont". The winter scene of a man tending to a sap barrel in front of a rustic sugarhouse sold for $20,125 among expectations of $15,000/25,000. His oil on canvas simply titled "Motif #1" showed Rockport Harbor in the early misty morning light as two men work in the foreground. It sold amid its $10,000/15,000 estimate for $12,650.
Seascapes and other works with a nautical flavor did well across the board. James Fitzgerald's watercolor depicting dinghies on a choppy moonlit sea done in sharp, almost cubist angles sold for $23,000 against a $9,000/12,000 presale estimate while a small oil on canvas of a Cliffside coastline by William Trost Richards brought $16,675. Surprisingly Richards' outstanding portrayal of a tranquil beach with the sun glistening on the breaking waves spotted with various boats on the horizon did not find a buyer. Francis Silva's fine watercolor scene of a sailboat cutting along a sandy beach while onlookers stroll the sand finished up at $12,650, just above a pre-auction estimate of $8,000/12,000. Nineteenth Century artist Robert Salmon's depiction of a fishing party beaching a boat landed $10,350. "Sunset-Long Island" by Mauritz De Haas of a single mast sailboat moving toward mooring posts under a setting sun was particularly well-received. It nearly quadrupled its $2,500/4,000 estimate to sell for $9,775. An oil on canvas ship's cabin interior scene attributed to Howard Pyle depicted a noticeably frightened woman being held captive by three pirates who appear to be determining her uncertain future with the roll of the dice. This interesting work, shown at an angle, giving the sense of a rocking ship, was a treasure. It sold for $14,950, surpassing its estimate of $8,000/12,000.
Considered one of the more significant pieces in the auction was a work by Paul Sample with tremendous crossover appeal for both art enthusiasts and antique advertising collectors. "Coffee Time in America", which was commissioned by General Foods through the Benton & Bowles Agency, became a focal point in a series of ads for Maxwell House coffee. The print ad campaign featured imagery depicting slices of American life in the mid-20th Century. The large original oil on canvas showed a quintessential rural Vermont winter scene with three workmen taking a break from hauling logs to enjoy a hot cup of Maxwell House coffee with the lady of the house. The sale of this piece marked its first public offering, formerly being held by Maxwell House's product manager. Bidding was "good to the last drop" of the auction hammer, doubling expectations of $40,000/60,000 to sell for $109,250.
Other highlights included a fine oil on canvas horse portrait of ribbon winner Ponce De Leon by Alexander Pope. Commissioned by famed Boston millionaire Thomas Lawson, the painting captured the proud pony in perpetual prime. Fitting that the horse was named for the fabled seeker of the fountain of youth. The work galloped past its $15,000/20,000 presale estimate to end in the winner's circle, selling for $31,625. A misty mountainous landscape with cascading stream and vibrant trees by William Sonntag brought 18,400 against a $15,000/18,000 estimate while a panoramic view of a valley farm by George Inness Sr. more than doubled its $5,000/8,000 estimate to bring $12,075. Anna Mary Richards Brewster (daughter of artist William Trost Richards) created a lively Mid-Eastern street scene with over 20 characters entitled "Jaffa, Jerusalem", which sold within its $15,000/25,000 to bring $17,250. Far exceeding its $2,000/4,000 estimate, Charles Henry Alston's double portrait entitled "My Brothers" depicted two black men against a backdrop of buildings. Alston was a teacher and artist who directed the Harlem Art Workshop during the Great Depression. Very active bidding pushed the painting to $13,225. Carl Sprinchorn's summer landscape with purple hills and windblown trees bested its 4,000/6,000 estimate to sell for $10,925.
Session II continued the mammoth selection of American and European art including numerous ship paintings and nautical works by the most recognized names of the genre along with a tremendous diversity of early furniture, folk art, nautical pieces, historical items, and fine accessories of every kind.
Three works by Antonio Jacobsen included portraits of the clipper ships Dreadnaught and Southampton. Masterfully executed, these portraits sold for $19,550 and $11,500 respectively, each selling at or above their particular estimates. William Pierce Stubbs' ship portrait of the Azariah Sears stood out as the only known example by this artist inscribed on the reverse. Evidently it was created as a gift for Captain William Morrissey, captain of the Maine-built ship. It sold within its $8,000/12,000 estimate for $9,775. Faring better than expected was Stubbs' portrait of the Gertrude E. Smith, which brought $6,325 against an estimate of $2,000/4,000.
An 18th Century portrait attributed to John Singleton Copley of a regal looking woman with her infant was a showstopper. Ignoring its $8,000/12,000 estimate, it finished up at a stately $46,000. Another portrait of mother and child was a lovely unsigned and unframed oil, circa mid-19th Century that brought $8,625 against a $3,500/5,000 estimate. British artist Sir William Russell Flint, whose "Diaphenia & Hazel" was once exhibited at the Royal Academy in London created a stir with this outstanding example. Depicting two nudes in an interior setting among draping curtains and throw pillows, the pert ladies brought $57,500, at the higher end of the $50,000/60,000 pre-auction estimate. An absolutely outstanding oil by Antoine Garcia Mencia that likely served as the image for a 19th Century holiday greeting card featured a white robed St. Nicholas carrying a Christmas tree and sack over his shoulder following behind an enchanting angelic girl (complete with angel's wings). Utilizing nearly every phone in the room, bidders did not want to give in, ultimately ceasing at $35,650, almost tripling its $12,000/18,000 estimate. Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny's portrait of a stunning young gypsy girl caught the eye of many art lovers. It sold for $24,725, well above its estimate of $3,500/5,000.
What Audubon did for aviary illustration, William Sharp did for American botanical diagrams. Sharp's depiction of various stages of the water lily was the subject of this rare and fine set of six chromolithographs on woven paper. Meticulously drawn from specimens grown by John Fisk Allen in Salem, Massachusetts, and painstakingly conserved by modern means, the set was a good buy at $21,275.
Since Julia's Americana and fine art auction held earlier this year, Sales Coordinator Bill Gage may be rethinking his former stance on the general omission of more modern pieces. May's auction included a selection of contemporary abstracts by American artist Frank Lobdell, which far exceeded their meager "low hundreds" estimates to sell for tens of thousands of dollars. This time, an abstract work of colorful geometric shapes by Auguste Herbin was the sleeper, bringing $39,100 against a $6,000/8,000 estimate.
The auction continued with a wide variety of folk art including a select grouping of weathervanes. Topping the list was an important and rare standing horse vane. This full-bodied copper horse with cast iron head, great old verdigris patina, and marvelous form, despite some repaired bullet holes from long ago, it sold for $28,750, within its $25,000/35,000 pre-auction estimate. A signed Cushing & White running horse weathervane also proved to be quite popular; it topped its $3,500/5,000 estimate to sell for $14,950. Other weathervanes included a rare copper pigeon by J. W. Fiske that brought $8,625 (est. $7,000/9,000) while a fine horse and sulky weathervane attributed to Harris & Co. featuring a trotting horse with flowing mane and long tail sold for $11,500 (est. $5,000/7,500).
Additional folk art included numerous carved eagles such as extraordinary examples by George Stapf and John Haley Bellamy. A carved wood and paint decorated American eagle wall plaque attributed to Stapf depicting the patriotic icon grasping a shield and arrows in its talons behind a waving American flag. This emblematic masterpiece fetched $22,425 against a presale estimate of $20,000/30,000. A carved and painted spread wing eagle with banner attributed Bellamy proclaiming "Don't Give Up the Ship" brought $16,100, in tune with its pre-auction estimate of $15,000/25,000. A fine gilt carved mahogany plaque by Bellamy depicting an eagle with a curved arrow in its talons matched a fragment that was discovered when his workbenches were being removed from his shop after his death. The piece flew past its $6,000/8,000 estimate to sell for $12,362. Other woodcarvings included two old cigar store Indians. These mammoth storefront figures brought within estimate, including one with traces of original paint and a commanding presence that went for $24,150 and another, although repainted, still managed $16,100.
A collection of over 30 leather fire buckets was not the hottest ticket, but several still endeavored to reach solid results. A green fire bucket marked "Thomas C. Amory 1806" with an image of the mythical character Hermes (Mercury) with winged helmet and heels blowing his horn, sold for $3,450. Other highlights included a fine example from Portsmouth, New Hampshire marked "Lewis Barnes No 1, 1789" with outstanding vertical stripe paint decoration that sold for $3,737.
In addition, Julia's also offered a fresh variety of quality antique American and European furniture and accessories culled from affluent collections and estates from all over Maine including Hallowell, Brunswick, and Winthrop as well as from all points up and down the Eastern Seaboard. The historic Northeast is the undisputed nucleus of the American antique world and it all seemed to have converged at Julia's auction. A Chippendale mahogany block front desk from Boston (circa 1765) with exceptional fitted interior, fan carvings, shaped drawers, all raised on ball and claw feet was a rare find. It sold for $31,050, above its $20,000/30,000 estimate. A shell of a Chippendale ball and claw foot period wing chair will be a labor of love for some buyer. Stripped of its upholstery and showing many generations of tack holes, it's ready for proper restoration. Cost was not a factor for the collector who paid $10,350 against a $3,000/5,000 estimate. A fine two-piece Chippendale cherry secretary with slant front, dental carved cornice molding, and numerous doors, drawers, and cubbies sold within estimate to bring $6,900. An extraordinary inlaid Sheraton mahogany sideboard from a fine East Winthrop, Maine home with bowed center on turned high legs sold for $4,370, exceeding its $2,500/4,000 estimate while a State of Maine Chippendale graduated tall chest from the late 18th Century sold for $4,600.
Continental furniture included a marvelous English Chippendale walnut carved settee with nicely formed arms, feet, and legs with scenic needlepoint upholstery on the seat and back was exquisite. It settled in at $6,900 against a $6,000/9,000 estimate. A fine carved inlaid French armoire with shaped paneled doors, fluted panels, and delicate inlay sold for $6,037 compared with its estimate of $2,000/4,000. An Elizabethan carved draw top table with paneled top with side draw leaves supported by a molded stepped base structure consisting of four large turned hub and block legs with a central bulbous turned support. Functional and inventive, this great table more than tripled its $2,000/3,000 estimate to bring $7,762. A meticulously carved continental 18th Century two-part carved walnut cupboard decorated in vine, urn, and floral designs likewise tripled its estimate to sell for $4,312
Day II was rounded out by a fine selection of silver including an exceptional sterling covered soup tureen by Paul Storr consisting of an oval two-handled tureen atop a pedestal base, topped by a dome-stepped cover, all engraved with a fancy family crest. It finished up at $16,675 against a $10,000/20,000 presale estimate. A George II English silver mug by noted goldsmith Paul De Lamerie from 1749, and once in the famed Woolworth collection, went for $8,625, within its $8,000/10,000 estimate. A stunning 18th Century English sterling tea urn by Henry Greenway with fancy spigot and separate burner steeped for a while and ultimately sold for $6,037.
The super selection of silver spread into Day III and includes an Olympic offering of gold, sterling silver, and bronzes. This time the focus was on first-rate Tiffany and included over 60 fine lots. A fantastic 173-piece Tiffany flatware set in the San Lorenzo pattern that could feed an elite army sold for a solid $10,925 against expectations of $10,000/15,000. A pair of rare tall sterling Tiffany Chrysanthemum candle sticks with blown out designs on the base, stem, and top brought $4,600 against a $3,200/3,800 estimate. An elaborate silvered bronze shell shaped boat center bowl accentuated with a cherub, winged woman, and dolphins sold for $5,635, surpassing its $3,250/4,250 estimate. A large decorated oval Tiffany sterling silver fish platter whispered subtle simplistic elegance, but carried a weighty price tag, selling for $2,530, just above its $1,500/2,500 estimate. A Tiffany etched sterling sports plate depicting a wide variety of athletic pursuits crossed the finish line at $3,335, besting its $1,400/1,800 estimate.
Personal adornment items include an array of fine jewelry such as an 18K yellow gold Rolex dress wristwatch that exceeded expectations of $3,000/5,000 estimate to bring $5,462. For the ladies a rare 4.32ct natural alexandrite ring, flanked by diamond melees in an 18K gold setting sold for $13,800 exceeding its $8,000/12,000 pre-auction estimate. A platinum and gold star ruby and diamond ring brought within estimate for $4,600.
Miscellaneous individual items worthy of mention include a large bronze fountain by Tiffany depicting a nude boy kneeling atop a large turtle strapped with reins, and rigged so water emits from the turtle's mouth. The very desirable form, color, and size of this garden statuary brought it to $12,650. Other decorative items included a terrific hand painted porcelain KPM plaque depicting a formally dressed man leaning over to kiss a woman who is reclining on a sofa. This detailed piece in outstanding condition sold for $10,637 within its estimate of $8,000/12,000.
Other accessories included a fine oak cased tall clock by Walter H. Durfee with its moon dial over a brass face decorated with cherubs. Completed by a fine oak case with fluted columns and a central carved circular bottom panel, it sold for $9,200 against an $8,000/12,000 presale estimate. An enormous 178-piece Royal Copenhagen dinner service set in the "Royal Lace" pattern met with enthusiastic bidding. Assembled over quite some time, it may be destined to be scattered to the masses once again, going for $8,050 against a $2,500/3,500 estimate. Adding to the diversity of the sale was a single-owner 1972 Corvette Stingray T-Top with only 39,000 original miles. Properly stored for most of its life it's eager to hit the open road. It was a sensible buy at 12,075.
Julia's upcoming auctions include their important firearms & military memorabilia auction, taking place October 4-7 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. It will feature a vast array of rare antique firearms including the largest collection of rare Parker shotguns to ever come to auction. They will also be holding a Toy, Doll, & Advertising auction in late October and a fine Lamp & Glass auction in November. Julia's next Americana & fine art auction will take place in January. They are currently accepting consignments for these and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion in these exciting sales. For more information, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: email@example.com.
JULIA'S FINAL AUCTION AT PRESENT FACILITY BLOWS THE ROOF OFF
Fairfield, Maine, June 2 & 3, 2005. Assisting the construction crew with the demolition portion of their major expansion and renovation project, James D. Julia's recent glass & lamp auction blew the roof off with strong prices throughout their two-day sale. This 1200-lot auction marked the final auction held in their present facility. Construction is now under way to replace the 19th Century barn building and expand storage behind the gallery to accommodate the tremendous growth the company has experienced over the last several years. While it will be a modern facility in almost every respect, they plan to replicate the charm of their present barn interior, offering a stark contrast to the elegant and upscale merchandise the company handles. "We're very excited about this venture," remarked company president Jim Julia. "The larger area will allow for improved storage and display capabilities, more efficient operation, and in short, even better service to our clients." Construction is scheduled to be completed prior to their fall cycle of auctions and will be celebrated with a public reception.
In no way secondary to this news is of course the auction itself. Assembled from prominent collections and estates from across North America, the two-day auction included the Estate of Jon Heiden & Donald Mooers, the collection of Johanna & Sean Billings (authors of the well-known reference guide Collectible Glass Rose Bowls), items from the expansive collection of Dr. & Mrs. Chalmer Chastain of Tennessee, as well as other important collections and estates.
Highlights of the auction included over 100 rare and desirable Tiffany items, enjoying exceptionally strong prices across the board. Topping the list, helping the firm reach nearly $2 Million for the auction, was a remarkable Tiffany Studios fish lamp. This extremely rare and important piece features a pumpkin base that supports a finely detailed leaded shade with five meticulously fashioned fish. Collectors agreed, bidding this stunning lamp to $161,000, above its $125,000/150,000 estimate.
Other fine Tiffany lighting included a spectacular Tiffany 18-light lily lamp with iridescent floral shades growing from a mound of bronze lily pads. Receiving much attention, it sold for $60,030 within its estimate of $50,000/70,000. A pair of Tiffany 7-light lily lamps with up-reaching arms likewise was popular, bringing $51,750 at the higher end of its $40,000/60,000 presale estimate. An outstanding Tiffany curtain border leaded hanger in intricate geometric patterns of amber and clambroth was a most elegant example, selling for $48,875. A smaller leaded Tiffany acorn lamp exceeded its presale estimate of $5,000/7,000 to sell for $9,775. From the Estate of Jon Heiden & Donald Mooers, a stunning Tiffany Poinsettia that carried a presale estimate of $27,500/32,500 brought $28,750. A marvelous Tiffany Damascene oil lamp with wavy iridescent blues and greens atop a bronze inverted cone base sold for $9,200, tripling its $3,000/4,000 presale estimate. Also from this collection was a Tiffany Damascene harp lamp with an unusual eight-legged ribbed base. It more than doubled its $6,000/8,000 estimate to bring $13,800. A Tiffany three-light lily with a wonderful Art Nouveau twisting stem base and a Tiffany candle lamp with a beautiful green and white pulled feather blown glass candle cup each sold for $7,475 against estimates of $3,500/4,500.
Central to Heiden & Mooers' estate was their extensive collection of rare Tiffany art glass shades. Highlights included an iridescent Favrile lily shade with gold color shading to blue. It received active bidding and brought $3,450, which far exceeded its presale estimate of $200/300. A stunning lot of three iridescent green and opalescent Tiffany shades brought $6,325, quadrupling expectations of $1,500/2,500 while three iridescent gold lily shades with slight vertical ribbing surpassed their $600/1,000 estimate to sell for $5,175. A lot of two opalescent Tiffany shades with iridescent pulled design also did well, bringing $2,875 against a $300/500 estimate.
Tiffany ruled this second of two auction sessions. In addition to the numerous lighting pieces were selections of vases, accessories, and even a spectacular leaded window. One of Tiffany's finest creations, a large, richly colored, layered window with a highly mottled, blue and green glass landscape design was simply stunning. It finished up just above its $35,000/45,000 estimate to bring $46,000. Tiffany vases included a monumental 21" iridescent gold and turquoise pulled heart and vine vase that sold for $17,250 and a beautiful paperweight vase featuring a light gold iridescent body with soft pastel flower, leaf and vine decoration embedded in a sublime peach background that sold for $8,625 against a $5,000/7,000 estimate.
Other non-Tiffany lighting was also met with eager bidding. Included was a spectacular and rare Handel metal overlay lamp. Comprised of eight red sunset glass panels surmounted by majestic pines and low bushes, the shade sits atop a bulbous base decorated with a band of stylized flowers. This outstanding lamp sold for $17,825, just above its $12,500/17,500 pre-auction estimate. A Pairpoint puffy table lamp with garlands of wildflowers over a creamy background brought within estimate, selling for $10,925. Even contemporary reproductions got into the act and received much attention. From the Heiden & Mooers Estate was a marvelous leaded lamp in rich blues, reds, and greens with swarm of dragonflies around the rim all resting on a bronze root base. The price continued to climb past its $800/1,200 estimate, ultimately reaching $4,887. Rare porcelain was all the rage with selections of some highly desirable pieces. A private collection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre from a prominent New York Estate enchanted the audience. This magnificent and vibrant variety included a rare Malfrey pot in the Bubbles II pattern. It depicted a magical scene of devilish imps that appear to walk the line between mischievous and malicious, cavorting among a multi-colored background as delicate bubbles float around the perimeter. Despite some minor restoration to the lid, this desirable piece still exceeded its estimate of $20,000/25,000 to sell for $34,500. Other examples from the offering included a delightful vase in the Ship & Tree pattern atop a flame luster background with brown and purple trees and green fairies. It brought $23,000, more than tripling its $7,000/10,000 estimate. A charming vase portraying a parade of impish sprites crossing a woodland bridge sold for $32,200 against a presale estimate of $6,000/8,000. A small Fairyland Lustre covered box with more of an Oriental motif, but of the same stellar craftsmanship exceeded expectations of $4,000/6,000 to sell for $10,350.
Other rare ceramics included an impressive collection of Zsolnay pottery. From Pecs, Hungary, this rare art pottery is noted for its bold color schemes and iridescent glazes. Numerous examples from the Secessionist Period (1910-1920) included an extraordinary flask with pink flowers clustered atop undulating vines. Retaining its original paper labels this rarity ignored its presale estimate of $3,500/4,500 to sell for $9,200. A silver and blue decorated vase on a desirable copper Eosin background that carried an estimate of $4,500/5,500 finished up at $5,175. An exceptional Zsolnay jug depicting a gold setting sun over soft ocean ripples on a red background with blue iridescent trees was very appealing. It sold for $7,187, besting its $3,000/4,000 estimate. A spectacular decorated A Zsolnay vase with millifiori type design with iridescent purples, blues, greens, and gold also proved to be quite desirable, bringing $8,280 against an estimate of $4,000/6,000. A Zsolnay scenic bowl with iridescent trees and stylized clouds on a red sunburst background sold for $4,140, doubling its pre-auction estimate. Examples from the Nouveau Period (1895-1915) included an exceptional Art Nouveau pitcher adorned with a woman in a flowing gown that formed the handle of the pitcher and whose hair draped around to form the spout. Finished in a bright green and gold Eosin glaze, it sold for $3,565 against a $1,600/2,000 estimate. Also extremely popular were approximately 40 pieces of Japanese cloisonné from the Heiden & Mooers Estate. These vases masterfully enameled in Oriental motifs brought exceptionally strong prices and much applause from the audience. A tall tapered vase with birds and flowers on a deep blue background was a great surprise, selling for $14,145, more than 35 times its estimate. Far exceeding pre-auction estimates was the modus operandi of the enamelware with literally every example bringing many times their expected ranges. A lot of two bud vases decorated with intricate flowers and grasshoppers brought $8,625 while a lot of three cloisonné vases decorated with floral garden motifs sold for $8,912, each with respective estimates of $300/600. A pair of tapered vases decorated with hens and roosters brought $4,300 (est. $200/400) and a pair of vases with dragons encircling the shoulders sold for $3,737 (est. $200/400).
An incredible selection of Victorian glass and lighting complemented this fine sale. A wonderful Victorian Burmese epergne decorated with leaves and berries against a soft pink and yellow background sold just above its $3,000/5,000 estimate at $5,175. An exceptional Crown Milano ewer with applied gold flowers and a dragon body handle brought $1,610. A great early white cut-to-red banquet lamp with crystal pendants, sold for $1,725 against an $800/1,200 estimate.
Certainly one of the auction's highlights was an offering of over 150 lots of French and English cameo glass. The blue plate special was a Webb cameo plate with a delightful decoration of acid etched flowers and leaves on a translucent powder blue background. It brought $7,187, clearing its $4,000/6,000 presale estimate. A Thomas Webb rich red scent bottle decorated with a white dragonfly flew past its presale estimate of $2,000/3,000 to land at $3,335. A set of four acid cut cameo windows, possibly created by Webb, that intricately depicted four stages of a woman's life, bested its $5,000/7,000 estimate to bring $13,800. A Daum Nancy cameo inkwell decorated with a spider web with a green spider and two applied beetles sold for $6,900 against a $3,000/4,000 estimate. A gorgeous Daum globular padded vase decorated with peacock feathers in cool blues and greens sold within its $4,000/6,000 estimate for $4,887.
In addition, there was a grand selection of art glass by Steuben, Lalique, Durand, Loetz, Quezal, and others. Two spectacular Jack in the Pulpit vases by Quezal received much attention. The vases with their delicate stems, each decorated with an exquisite pulled design, terminating in an iridescent broad petal flower, flourished at $9,775 (est. $6,000/8,000) and $10,925 (est. $10,000/12,000). A semi-transparent Lalique Bacchantes vase featuring a parade of dancing nudes in high relief around the outside was a spectacular piece. It sold for $8,337 at the higher end of its $7,500/8,500 estimate. A Lalique Helene vertically ribbed bottle with four concave frosted sides set off by decorated panels in relief bested its $1,400/1,800 estimate to bring $2,760. A Loetz silver flower overlay vase with blue iridescent vertical design against an amber background was stunning. Bidders agreed, bringing the final price to $3,450 against a $1,500/2,500 estimate. Also rather imaginative was a signed Steuben crystal sculpture depicting the four seasons. Comprised of a series of stylistic forms, each etched with seasonal imagery, it was the only example produced. It sold for $6,900 within its presale estimate of $5,000/7,000.
Sculptures of a different medium included a selection of bronzes that received active bidding. Included was a fantastic and beautifully executed art deco bronze and ivory sculpture of a dancer perched on one leg attributed to Joseph Emanuel Deschomps Cormier. Exceeding its $8,000/10,000 estimate to bring $12,075. A Moreau bronze of two cherubic children in an embrace atop a woodland outcropping sold within estimate for $4,887 while a bronze depicting a bugling elk did better than expected, bringing $2,070 against its $800/1,200 estimate.
A collection of 200 pieces of brilliant cut glass from the estate of Edwin Scheibel, Sr. included punchbowls, lamps, vases, baskets, decanters, and much more. The more popular highlights from the collection were of the lamp variety. A Pairpoint cut glass floral lamp in the Murillo pattern brought $3,220 against an $800/1,200 estimate. A mushroom shaped cut glass lamp with intaglio cut flowers and reeds likewise surpassed its $800/1,200 estimate to bring $1,725 while a hobnail and floral example brought $1,437.
Julia's next lamp & glass auction will take place in November and will feature another diverse selection of fine lamps, Victorian glass, art glass, and much more from estates and collections from across North America. Other auctions include Julia's annual summer art and antiques auction at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine, which will take place August 24-26. Their important Antique Advertising, Toy & Doll auction in late October will feature a large private collection of Coca Cola memorabilia, rare dolls, toys, coin-op, etc. Julia's firearms & militaria auction will take place in October. Julia's is currently accepting consignments for these auctions. For more details, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULIA'S FIREARMS AUCTION FLIES THROUGH THE ROOF... AGAIN!
Julia's March 14th, 15th & 16th auction was another barnburner. At $5 million, it realized about $1.3 million above the low estimate with strong prices registered throughout all three sessions in approximately 1,600 lots. In the last 12 months, with three auctions under their belt, Julia's firearms auctions have grossed an unprecedented $17 million dollars! The past October sale, which grossed just under $9 million, was in fact, the largest grossing firearms auction ever held in the world!
This sale, as with most past Julia sales, was significant for both its diversity and quality. The first session took place Monday evening, March 14th after a full day of preview. Tuesday was the start of the second session which began with a large diverse offering of early American weapons. Included was an extremely rare Johnson New England flintlock fowling piece estimated at $10,000-20,000; it brought just a little over $12,000. A number of antique cased pistols included a beautiful cased set of French target pistols presented by Emperor Napoleon III. These sold for $27,600. A pair of Manton percussion target pistols that were estimated at $4,000-7,000 flew past the high estimate to $12,075. An exquisite pair of extremely fine 17th century Cominazzo flintlock pistols realized $30,000. There were four Cochran turret pistols, which were earlier attempts at a multi-shot cylinder pistol. One very rare example, an engraved brass turret pistol was estimated at $10,000-15,000 and sold for $22,425. A small collection of antique derringers offered included an extremely rare and exquisite J. N. Jones derringer pistol. Jones, a freed slave from Ohio was one of the earliest black gunsmiths in North America. There are only six known examples of his fine high-grade derringers and the other five examples are still held by the family. This example was estimated at $10,000-20,000 and brought $16,000.
Civil War and in particular Confederate items are another area of consistent, strong representation at Julia's and this sale featured perhaps one of the most extensive selections of Confederate swords and fighting knives offered in recent years. A rare Confederate dolphin-head Naval Officer's sword and scabbard realized $31,600. A Confederate Staff Officer's sword made by College Hill in Nashville, Tennessee was estimated at $10,000-12,000 and realized $16,100. Various Confederate pistols were offered including a Leech & Rigdon revolver estimated at $25,000-30,000 and sold for $31,600. An extraordinarily rare Confederate Louisiana fez from Wheat's Tigers was believed to be the only complete one in existence. It carried a presale estimate of $18,000-22,000 and sold for $23,600. A fine selection of various scarce and desirable Union carbines was also offered. Included was a Gallagher Civil War carbine in extremely fine condition estimated at $3,000-5,000 which ultimately sold for $7,500. A Spencer Model 1865 carbine, in extremely fine condition was estimated at $4,000-6,000 and went out at $10,350. Various antique Civil War handguns were offered including a wonderful pair of engraved Colt 1861 Navy's with carved ivory grips, which sold for $17,100. An early Remington Beals 3rd Model pocket revolver with its accessories in the original cardboard box was estimated at $7,500-12,500 and sold for $14,375. A cased engraved Remington New Model Army estimated at $4,000-7,000 sold for $8,600. In addition to the Confederate swords there were a large number of fine Union swords; one of the most impressive was an important Tiffany presentation sword to the Colonel of the 3rd Minnesota Volunteers, which sold at $22,400. The U.S. Model 1850 presentation officer's sword to Capt. Daniel Hart by the members of Company E, January 1863 was estimated at $5,000-6,000 and sold for $8,600. Indian wars, in particular Custer related items, have realized some extraordinary prices in past Julia auctions. Such was the case again when a uniform and lot of memorabilia from a trooper in Custer's 7th Cavalry was offered with a presale estimate of $45,000-75,000. After a heated bidding battle the lot realized $80,500. A rare and historic Springfield Trapdoor carbine purportedly picked off the Custer Battlefield by an Indian realized $63,250. From time to time, Julia's sales include a selection of Indian items. This sale included a fabulous Ute Indian tail bag considered by many to be one of the largest and finest they had ever seen. This one had an abstract elk design on the flap and was decorated in black and white beads. It carried a presale estimate of $7,000-9,000 and after a tremendous amount of participation finally sold for $34,500. An especially nice Northwest Coast totem pole originally from the Teasedale Collection estimated at $7,000-9,000 sold for $8,600. The sale also included the collection of the late Bruce McDowell. McDowell authored a book on 19th Century pistol conversions and his collection included a large number of examples, many of which were included in that book. During the Civil War era almost all pistols used were percussion. At the close of the Civil War modern technological innovation evolved allowing for the utilization of individual bullets, which would allow for easy and quick reloading. Since there were hundreds of thousands of percussion revolvers in existence, some inventive minds came up with a means of converting the percussion revolvers to the new cartridge revolvers. McDowell not only authored a book about these conversions but also had a large collection of examples of these. The finest of the antique percussion pistols in this auction was an extraordinary Civil War-period double case, factory engraved pair of Cooper pocket revolvers engraved with silver and gold plating with ivory grips and accessories, all monogrammed "M". This fabulous suite was estimated at $70,000-90,000 and sold for $77,600. A rare Colt Model 1851 Navy Thuer conversion realized $16,700. Also an 1861 Navy conversion estimated at $8,000-12,000 realized $13,200 and an 1860 Colt Army Thuer conversion with ivory grips estimated at $4,500-$6,500 sold for $11,500. A Colt 1860 Richards' conversion estimated at $1,500-3,000 flew far beyond its presale estimate to $17,800. Recently Julia's have become well known for rare flags. A few auctions ago they established a new World Auction Record for a Confederate flag at auction. This sale included a beautiful Civil War era Maritime flag with a white spread winged eagle and with a stars and stripes shield on its chest, all on a navy blue background. This very graphic and patriotic flag carried a presale estimate of $5,000-10,000 but flew to $33,350.
Session three began Wednesday morning and there was no let up in bidding enthusiasm. Rare Smith & Wessons included a cased S & W revolving rifle estimated at $15,000-25,000, which sold for just over $20,000. An interesting historic lot including a very rare Winchester Lee Navy from the U.S.S. Maine accompanied by a cartridge belt and knife sheath carried a presale estimate of $10,000-15,000 and sold for $10,350. A large group of quality Winchesters included numerous Henrys. One engraved silver plated example with a rare rosewood stock carried a presale estimate of $50,000-100,000 and sold for $74,750. Another engraved example from the same collection, estimated at $30,000-50,000 topped off at approximately $53,000. A deluxe special order engraved Winchester 1886 engraved and gold inlaid "Winchester Repeating Arms Co. 1895" was a display piece which had later been refinished. It carried a presale estimate of $35,000-50,000 and sold for $37,375. Winchester firearms weren't the only thing that did well; a circa 1897 Winchester cartridge board known as the Double-W, replete with all of the examples of the various Winchester cartridges produced, carried a presale estimate of $14,000-20,000. One determined bidder placed his card in the air from the very beginning and held it there until it was finally knocked down to him at $35,650.
In addition to the percussion Colts there was an outstanding selection of cartridge Colt revolvers. A spectacular Nimschke engraved silver and gold single action Army revolver carried a presale estimate of $80,000-120,000. The winning bidder flew in from overseas on his own private jet to participate in the sale and won out at just under $190,000. A lovely factory-engraved Colt single-action, together with a solid gold, diamond-studded chief's badge, was once the property of long-time chief of police of Austin, Texas, R. D. "Boss" Thorp. The gun carried a presale estimate of $37,500-57,500 and sold right at mid range at $46,000. A choice single-action 44 Colt with etched panel in outstanding condition estimated at $25,000-40,000 sold for $31,600. During the 19th century, Colt made a short-barreled version of the single-action Army and it was referred to as the sheriff's model or a storekeeper's model. Precursor of the snub-nose, this one sold for $25,875. A group of guns formerly in the late David Brown collection, author of "The 36 Calibers of the Colt Single Action" included a long-barreled Buntline with a detachable metal stock. It had a presale estimate of $16,000-25,000 and sold for $20,000. An interesting historical lot consisted of a Winchester 73 and a presentation saddle with an engraved shield, "Presented to Lt. Colonel T. Roosevelt, 1st U.S. Vol. Cav/by the Roughriders/1898". The saddle and the Winchester 73 rifle were gifts to Lucille Mulhall from Theodore Roosevelt. Mulhall was a Wild West show entertainer and was admired by Roosevelt who presented her with both of these gifts (perhaps a more intriguing story might result from further research). The lot sold for $37,375.
On the subject of historic items, one of the touted collections of this particular auction was that of the late P. J. Carisella, author, historian and authority on the life of Baron von Richthofen, a.k.a. the "Red Baron". Carisella had written books on the "Red Baron" and in fact was the person responsible for finally proving that Richthofen had been actually shot from the ground on that fatal day, rather than by the Canadian pilot, Brown as previously believed. Carisella did in-depth research and investigation during the mid-twentieth century when veterans were still alive who had witnessed that fatal day for Richthofen. Many were Australians and thus Carisella flew to Australia on numerous occasions interviewing these veterans. As a result, Carisella also was able to collect souvenirs/war trophies actually collected by these veterans who were some of the first people to arrive at the downed plane after Richthofen crashed. The very goggles Richthofen wore carried a presale estimate of $30,000-50,000 and sold for $48,875. His silk flying scarf, spotted with blood sold for $34,500. Bidders from all over the world participated both over the phone and in the audience and all 29 lots brought incredible prices. A group of turnbuckles, used to tighten wire tensioners on wings, sold for $9,200. A small segment of his machine gun brought $23,000. A small fragment of the cloth covering of his plane measuring approximately 10" x 13" x10" sold for a remarkable $24,700. Although not as high-priced as some of the other items comparatively speaking, an impressive amount was attained for a small red chip of paint that had come off the plane; it realized $1,725. Other World War I era aviation related things also brought strong prices. A small German pilot's group consisting of a leather jacket, 2 hats, goggles, etc. carried a presale estimate of $3,500-5,000 and sold for $13,200.
A private collection of Japanese samurai swords was also included in this sale and a Japanese Tachi, 27-5/8" long estimated at $2,000-3,000 sold for $3,450. A Japanese Buke Zukuri mounted Shin-Shinto Katana was estimated at $2,000-3,000 and sold for $5,500. Another area of continued strong representation at Julia auctions is high-grade rifles and shotguns; this sale included an outstanding selection. A rare and unusual Lefever double rifle caliber 50-110 estimated at $6,000-10,000 sold for $9,500. A spectacular cased pair of E. J. Churchill premier, finest quality, double barrel shotguns in 12-gauge sold for $27,600. A spectacular R.G. Owen double barrel 20-gauge shotgun was estimated at $20,000-30,000 and sold for $31,000. A rare Browning Midas-grade two barrel set (12-gauge and 20 gauge) with lovely gold inlays was estimated at $8,000-12,000 and sold for $16,100. A Browning Diana-grade superposed 20-gauge shotgun estimated at $9,000 finally sold for $10,350. Also a spectacular John Wilkes double barrel, 12-gauge, hammer shotgun, supposedly one of the last ones ever produced by this firm was in incredible condition. The presale estimate was $12,500-17,500 and sold for $23,750.
Always included in Julia's sales are good quality Parker shotguns and this was no exception. A Parker GHE grade 28 gauge in very fine condition was estimated at $15,000-25,000 and sold for $19,000. Speaking of Parkers, Julia's next firearms auction will be October 3rd, 4th & 5th and will include the collection of the late Jim Parker who collected his namesake, Parker shotguns. The collection is an extraordinary accumulation of what is considered to be the most popular of American-made collectible shotguns and the sale will include over 150 Parker shotguns making it the largest offering of Parker shotguns ever offered at auction. The A-grades were the highest grade Parker produced and the significance of this sale is illustrated by the fact that there are no fewer than 12 A-grade or better Parker shotguns.
Catalogs from this past auction or future auctions, or free brochures can be obtained by contacting James D. Julia, Inc. at PO Box 830, Fairfield, Maine 04937 or by calling them at (207) 453-7125. Past catalogs, together with prices realized, are also available on line at www.juliaauctions.com.
JULIA'S FEBRUARY TOY AUCTION BREAKS OVER 35 WORLD AUCTION RECORDS!
Fairfield, Maine-February 17-19, 2005. The Perelman Museum. The Hegarty sale. Now the Stewart Collection joins the pantheon of monumental toy sales. The firm of James D. Julia made history recently when they auctioned the collection of Bob & Jackie Stewart with results that every auctioneer dreams of. Though Julia's has had their share of landmark auctions, including a blockbuster firearms auction last year that grossed just under $9 Million, this time they lay claim to breaking no less than 36 World Auction Records, perhaps a record in and of itself! The collection was considered the finest condition cast iron toy collections to hit the auction market in many years. A virtual feeding frenzy ensued as lot after lot was auctioned, reaching unprecedented heights.
Bob & Jackie Stewart of Aberdeen, South Dakota, who amassed the collection over a 20+ year period, were given sound advice early on from friend and fellow respected toy collector Frank Kidd. He encouraged them to "buy only the best condition, then you won't have to be continually upgrading." Kidd's advice paid off; the auction attracted collectors and dealers from far and wide, eager to own some of the splendid examples that have not been available to the public in many years. The combination of condition and rarity made this a most significant offering. Going in with a presale estimate of approximately $850,000, the collection sold for a phenomenal $1.6 Million--all of this with less than 480 lots. Julia's barnburner received great attention, selling the collection for nearly twice the expected value. Two additional days of selling were composed of fine French and German character dolls, choice antique advertising, coin-op, and much more, bringing the final tally for the three-day event to $2.6 Million.
Gaining more enjoyment from family than with toys these days, the Stewarts chose to sell the collection through auction rather than selling privately to the many dealers and collectors who have all coveted particular pieces over the years. "When Jackie and I decided we were going to sell our things, we were concerned about the fact that so many people wanted various things in our collection. No matter who we sold an item to we were going to end up hurting someone. This was the primary reason for us deciding to use the auction process - so everyone had a chance." The firm of James D. Julia, in conjunction with noted dealers Jay Lowe and Mike Caffarella were chosen for the task. Sales Coordinator for the division, Andrew Truman stated, "We pulled out all the stops for this auction. We had a very aggressive marketing campaign, which included a lavish deluxe hardcover toy catalog. Many have told us it was they best they had seen to date. It's sure to be used as a reference piece for years to come." The elegant photography, the honest and evocative descriptions, and the sensational toys inside all contributed to the appeal of the book. The Stewarts said in an interview after the auction, "We've been thrilled every step of the way with the way things were handled. They did everything they said they were going to do, and produced results even better than we had hoped."
Julia's offered the collection unreserved in their facility in Fairfield, Maine, which was packed with a who's who list in the collecting field. Anyone not personally attending was bidding by phone, participating via the Internet, left absentee bids, or was represented by an agent. Running the gamut of automotive, horse drawn, fire related, and farm toys, the collection also included the largest and rarest bell toy collection to ever come to auction. Jackie's collection of animated cast iron cap pistols, figural & head pistols, and cap bombs was also a highlight and included several one-of-a-kind examples. The highly anticipated centerpiece of the entire collection was the rare Carpenter "Tally Ho". Formerly of the Bernard Barenholtz collection, and was the very example pictured in the noted historian's much-acclaimed book American Antique Toys, this outstanding toy in all-original condition is considered the best in existence. Depicting a team of four horses, pulling a lively group of revelers atop a large open carriage, this was the pride of the Stewarts' collection. Exceeding a presale estimate of $35,000/45,000, the masterpiece sold for a breathtaking $92,000, establishing the highest price paid to date at auction for this toy.
The excitement was felt throughout the auction, and ultimate prices were realized in all categories. Enjoying particular attention were the horse drawn toys. For the military aficionado was a top notch Pratt & Letchworth flying artillery caisson. With cross-armed soldier riders guarding the cannon cargo and ready to take on any army that opposed them, the elaborate toy blew away its presale estimate of $20,000/30,000 to sell for $60,375, a new world auction record for this toy. Among the other fabulous horse drawn pieces, a rare Ives oversized dogcart with articulated walking horse was most impressive. The cart, complete with gilt cowl lamps and fine detail, drawn by an unusually large japanned jointed walking horse sold for a record $34,500 against expectations of $11,000/13,000.
Other items of note included a set of three spectacular Ideal horse drawn fire toys: a hook and ladder, hose carriage, and fire pumper. Originally sold as a set of three, Julia's sold them individually. However, the set remained intact, going to a single buyer who paid $59,225 against a total presale estimate of $9,000/12,000. In the same vein, showing that fire related toys are "hot" collectibles, was a Wilkins horse drawn water tower. This was the largest cast iron toy ever made; it spans a mammoth 40" and will be the king of the mantle. It finished up at a record $18,975, more than six times its $3,000/4,000 estimate. An incredibly rare and sought after Wilkins sprinkler wagon featuring delicate castings, and its original hose and sprinkler bar sold for $16,100 versus an estimate of $7,000/9,000 while a Wilkins chemical wagon burned through its $4,500/5,500 estimate to bring $12,075.
Even more significant was an extremely rare Carpenter Burning Building, the highlight of the fire related items. This wooden building with a cast iron façade was a real attention grabber. Featuring a fireman who ascends the ladder with the pull of a string, rescuing the damsel on the flame engulfed balcony, bringing her back down to safety while another fireman mans the hose. This masterwork of stunning craftsmanship also felled a previous auction record, selling for 54,625 against a presale estimate of $28,000/32,000. It is on its way to a Vermont Museum, which has been seeking this addition to their collection for decades. A consolation prize for one collector was a fabulous Ives cast iron and wood firehouse with original black enameled pumper wagon that brought a record $16,100, quadrupling the set's $4,000/6,000 estimate.
Central to the Stewarts' collection was their vast array of cast iron bell toys. Julia's sale featured the largest offering of bell toys to ever come to auction. The first of over 130 examples Stewart purchased, Gong Bell's "Are You a Buffalo?" depicted a full-bodied buffalo atop an embossed blue dome, raised on a green branch base. Trampling an estimate of $3,000/4,000, it sold for $12,650. The pace was set, and the bevy of bell toys broke record after record. With provenance to Covert & Gertrude Hegarty (considered the pioneers of antique toy collecting) an extremely rare bell toy entitled "The Cossack & the Jap" was highly sought after. One of three known examples, it depicts Russian and Japanese cavalrymen flanking their respective flags. Doubling its $12,000/14,000 estimate it brought a record $25,300. The only known example of an extraordinary large early American tin clockwork bell toy by Althof, Bergmann depicted two goats pulling a cart, which carried a large cloth-dressed figure. One of Bob's favorite bell toys, this finely painted folk-art piece drew $28,750 against expectations of $20,000/25,000.
This sale also included other exceptionally rare, if not unique bell toys. A sensational Ives "Twilby" bell toy that featured a wooden and composition "dancer" on a cast iron paddle base is believed to be the only one known. It sold for $18,400 versus a presale estimate of $12,000/15,000. A "Miss Liberty" bell toy by J & E Stevens, formerly displayed as a centerpiece to Stewarts' collection and Barenholtz's Collection, depicted the polychrome American icon in a green leaf chariot. This amazing and rare toy came to the block with a $5,000/7,000 estimate and rolled out at a record $14,950.
Black memorabilia in the form of bell toys always enjoys mass popularity. Setting a new auction record was a comical Gong Bell example entitled "The Two Coons" that depicted a black child meeting a raccoon at the other end of a hollowed log. Bidding was active, beating a $2,500/3,500 estimate to bring $11,500. A marvelously whimsical bell toy by N. N. Hill Brass Co. of two black youths sawing a heap of watermelons finished up at $9,487 versus an estimate of $3,000/3,500.
Setting further records that day were a variety of character bell toys. A bright and rare bell toy featuring der Captain with the two Katzenjammer kids riding on his back was a marvelous example and sold for $13,225, surpassing a presale estimate of $7,000/9,000. A rare, all original "Columbus Egg" bell toy featured a gaily painted pig with top hat spinning a larger than life egg. Combining early American tin, cast iron, and wood it is one of only three known and is the best example in existence. It set a new World Auction Record of $12,650 within its presale estimate of $13,000/15,000. A desirable bell toy in very fine condition depicting a teddy bear in a blue sweater roared past its $1,750/2,750 presale estimate to bring a record $8,912. In addition to condition, a rare variation of a toy always boosts the value, as does its original box. A one-of-a-kind polychrome variation of J & E Stevens' "The Landing of Columbus" with its original dovetailed box brought a record $10,350 against expectations of $6,000/8,000.
As the hunt for bell toys the Stewarts didn't already own became more difficult, they expanded their collecting interests to other important cast iron genres. Horse drawn pieces such as a scarce Wilkins sweeper cleaned up at $17,250, a new record and far above the expectations of $3,500/4,500. A red work cart by Pratt & Letchworth entitled "Boy's Express" worked beyond expectations of $4,000/5,000 to bring $10,925. Horse drawn pieces of more pleasurable pursuits included a rare gilt painted and embossed Ives Bandwagon with four horses. This rarely found toy that held provenance to the famed Cametto Collection received bids to the tune of $23,000, a record price that well surpassed its presale estimate of $7,500/8,500. A rare Victorian phaeton by Kenton featured a graceful silver stallion pulling a delicately cast carriage manned by a coachman with a graceful lady passenger and her dog. This piece saw active bidding, finishing up at a record $12,650, doubling its $5,000/6,000 estimate. A Dent Hardware two-seat trap with woman driver and a 2-horse Hubley Landau with rare open doors each achieved $8,050, beating out their $3,000/4,000 estimates.
Showing a rebound from a somewhat soft market was a fine selection of cast iron automotive pieces. Early 1900's comic characters Alfonse & Gaston taking a ride in their orange open limousine hit a record $13,800 versus an $8,000/10,000 estimate. A large 11" bright yellow open touring car with black running boards bested its presale estimate to sell for $10,925 while the "Holy Grail" of automotive collecting, the Hubley Packard, despite minor restoration sold for $20,700, just above its $15,000/20,000 estimate. An extremely rare Hubley Mack truck in the form of an Ingersoll-Rand compression truck in red & green with nickel set a new record at $10,925. An Arcade red top cab still bank sped past its $2,500/3,000 estimate to bring a record $7,475. A spectacular Hubley Indian motorcycle crash car, which is a rare find with all the original accessories, sold for $6,325 against a presale estimate of $3,000/4,000.
Also showing strong prices was Jackie's collection of animated cap pistols, figural and head pistols, and cap bombs. The cornerstone of the select grouping was the rarest and finest example of an animated cap gun entitled "Uncle Sam Said Git". Designed during the latter part of the 19th Century, it depicts Uncle Sam standing atop the nickel-plated barrel, kicking the then-general of Cuba in the pants. This outstanding item set a record for the most expensive cap gun ever sold at auction, bringing $10,925 putting the boot to a $6,500/8,500 estimate. Other highlights included an Ives figural cap gun depicting a man riding an alligator. With a japanned finish, it exceeded its $2,000/3,000 presale estimate to bring $6,325. The only known example of a figural sea serpent cap gun/pea shooter received much attention, finishing up at $4,025.
Various individual pieces in the auction included a Rival cast iron range set by J & E Stevens that retained its original crate and was sold with the original patent design papers burned through it $800/1,200 presale estimate to bring $3,910. An amazing and rare Ideal articulated bicycle rider flanked by two smaller cyclists was a very realistic toy in a multitude of colors. It set a record at $17,250, racing past its $7,500/9,500 estimate. Close behind was a luminously painted pair of cyclists riding abreast by Wilkins. Formerly of the Hegarty collection, one happy collector helped set a new world auction record at $14,260, more than tripling the toy's estimate.
Taking us from the bike trails to the watercourse, a large 8-man racing scull by Union Hardware Co. was a winner at $8,280 against a $2,500/3,500 estimate. A Wilkins "City of New York" paddle wheeler boat in exceptional condition shot to $5,865 against a $1,500/2,500 estimate.
From a much deserved vacation in Florida, the Stewarts stated, "We've enjoyed the whole process from beginning to end. We met so many nice people over the years as a result of collecting and forged friendships that will last long after the last toy is sold. We just hope everyone enjoys the toys as much as we have."
This amazing auction was sandwiched between two additional days of selling. Session I on Thursday night, drawn from collections from across North America and around the globe, were numerous fine French and German character dolls. This session was also very strong with a presale estimate of $320,000, grossing $457,000. Some surprises kept bidders on the edges of their seats, bidder cards perched high. Topping the list was a desirable 17" BSW "Wendy" with terrific molding. It sold for a solid $34,500, within its $32,000/36,000 estimate. Other characters included a K (star) R 124 "Moritz". This devilish imp with his side-glancing eyes and sinful smile sold above his $11,000/13,000 presale estimate to sell for $13,800. From the same collection was a well-executed and rare Simon & Halbig 152 lady. Her realistic features and pompous look brought $22,425. Also making her way to the auction block was a beautiful all-original 14" Depose Jumeau 5. Wearing her original factory dress and even her Bebe Jumeau armband, this girl more than tripled her estimate of $7,000/9,000 to bring a phenomenal $24,150. A marvelous 25" First Series Portrait Jumeau 5 in pale bisque with almond eye cut, and mauve eyeshadowing, this girl left the block at $25,875 against expectations of $15,000/20,000. From the Jean Butler Collection came a sensational 25" blue eyed Bru 9. All original from her blonde mohair wig to her leather shoes, this bebe was expected to draw $18,000/22,000 and sold for $27,600. A Bru 6 head and shoulderplate alone exceeded expectations with the promise of being made whole again. She finished up at $12,650 over a $5,000/10,000 estimate. A stunning pair of Kathe Kruse #1's in outstanding condition doubled their presale estimate of $4,000/5,000 estimate to sell for $8,165. A rare German doll imitating the look of a French Thullier bebe, the A.T. Kestner with very realistic features was a great find, selling for $7,475, just above expectations of $5,000/7,000.
Complementing the fine offering of dolls was a Saturday session comprised of a variety of toys and trains for the discerning collector. Again, a very strong sale with a presale estimate of lots sold of $385,000, it topped out at $506,524. From the train category, several pieces that hadn't seen the light of day for many years were made available at Julia's auction. Of particular note was an unusual Lionel #29 day coach trolley. Lettered "N.Y.C. & H.R.R. CO." it found eager bidders and sold for a solid $9,487 over a $3,500/5,200 estimate. Another rare lot, three Lionel standard gauge passenger cars with uncommon knobby roofs were also highly sought after. The set blew past its $1,500/3,000 estimate in a resolute phone bidding battle that ended at $9,890. Condition is everything with all things collectable. Stored in a smoky environment, but overall in very good condition was a Lionel Blue Comet set that sold above its $3,000/4,200 estimate to bring $6,900. This set will surely sparkle with the proper attention.
A couple toys that were significant in their own right also had important provenance to boost their desirability. A large cast iron Hubley bandwagon drawn by four white plumed horses paraded down the street with eight musicians seated behind. Formerly displayed at the Hubley offices in New York, and then at the owner's house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the item sold for $21,850, just over its presale estimate of $15,000/20,000. From the same collection and enjoying the same prominent display history was a rare Hubley Royal Circus "Farmer's Van" that when pulled along the floor, a larger than life farmer's head would emerge from the top. Exceeding expectations of $4,500/6,000, it sold for $9,200. Other cast iron toys included a rare Vindex panel truck. One of only two known to exist, and being the only all-original example, it sold for $19,550, within its presale estimate.
The vast array of toys covered a diverse selection of genres. Tin lithographed toys enjoyed much attention. A mechanical Popeye basketball player by Linemar in excellent condition and retaining its original box brought $1,552 against an $800/1,200 presale estimate. A marvelous "Hey Hey the Chicken Snatcher" by Marx showing a shuffling black character stealing a chicken as a dog nips at his backside sold for $1,495, just above expectations of $900/1,200. A special feature of this all-original toy was that it retained its frequently lost or replaced animal figures. The first toy in a series of joint ventures between Disney and Fisher Price, a Mickey & Pluto push toy in outstanding condition pushed past its $900/1,100 presale estimate to sell for $1,840.
In addition to these toys, was a large offering of over 50 composition and papier mache holiday items, predominantly from one collection, including a German wooden seesaw ridden by two pumpkin headed clowns. It brought $1,955 while a veggie man riding a nodding black cat sold for $1,552. A rare mechanical black cat, with a squeeze of his belly, would reveal his face behind a jack-o-lantern mask. It too brought $1,552 against an estimate of $1,000/1,200.
Julia's has consistently attained strong prices for arcade, vending, and coin-op pieces. Heading the list, and setting a new World Auction Record was an exceedingly rare Caille Roulette slot machine. Also known as the Aristocrat, this lively gambling piece brought $33,350 against a presale estimate of $10,000/30,000. Others included a circa 1906 Mills Pilot trade stimulator with beautiful sailing ship castings. Topping its $4,000/6,000 presale estimate, it sold for $7,475. Only somewhat related was an ornate early cast iron National cash register exceeded expectations of $2,000/3,000 to sell for $6,555.
Adding to the fun was a wide variety of antique advertising items and display items for the collector's wall. A variety of signs and posters included a large two-sheet lithographed poster for American Seal paints. With rich, graphic, patriotic imagery, it depicted Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty flanking a variety of paint products. It sold for $10,925 at the upper end of its $9,000/11,000 estimate. Echoing the patriotic sentiment was a rare Columbia Brewing Co. tin sign that illustrated a seminude Lady Liberty revealing a massive bottle of beer beneath an American flag. Early marketers clearly knew the success of the now-commonplace formula of sex and patriotism to sell their products. The sign sold for $4,715 against a presale estimate of $2,000/3,000, and well above the $4 yard sale price the consignor paid. A rare tin sign for Hudson rye whiskey depicting a Mid-Eastern slave mart brought $4,485 while a classic Campbell's Soup porcelain sign in near excellent condition sold for $4,255. Always popular among collectors are Coca Cola pieces; a Tiffany-style electrified leaded shade featuring a host of colors brought $4,830.
Julia's upcoming auctions include their important firearms & military memorabilia auction, which will take place March 14-16 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. It will feature a vast array of rare antique firearms and feature a significant offering of Baron Von Richthofen memorabilia (a.k.a. The Red Baron) including pieces taken from the famed WWI pilot's plane shortly after it was shot down. Also on deck are their April Americana & fine arts auction and a fine lamp & glass sale taking place in May. Julia's is currently accepting consignments for these and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion in these exciting sales. For more information, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: email@example.com.