JULIA’S WINTER GLASS & LAMP AUCTION HITS $1.8 MILLION
Fairfield, Maine, December 1 & 2, 2006. There’s no denying it: quality goods plus quality marketing and presentation equals quality results. This philosophy of James D. Julia, Inc. has once again proven accurate. Their recent auction of fine glass and lamps boasted strong prices in every category including numerous surprises. The fabulous two-day sale was chock full of treasures for both the beginning and advanced collector. And page after page of the brilliant catalog was filled with items seldom seen in the marketplace. The rare and unusual fared exceptionally well.
Until the announcement by Julia’s a few months ago of the discovery of an extraordinary Pairpoint puffy owl lamp, there had been only five examples known to exist. This auction featured the sixth and the first example to ever be offered at public auction. Having been in the same family as long as the consignor could remember, it was inherited from her grandfather. Prior to the lamp’s consignment to Julia’s, a visiting relative had viewed the lamp and mentioned that it may be valuable. The two did some research at their local library and discovered that it was indeed rare, and quite valuable. They immediately called Julia’s and Sales Coordinator Dudley Browne booked a flight for the very next day. The lamp was authenticated and a deal was struck to bring this outstanding piece to auction. The base an elaborate heavy cast design of an owl perched on a branch with the glass shade in the form of a crouching owl. This piece saw tremendous activity, selling for $86,250 against a pre-auction estimate of $50,000/150,000.
Receiving significant attention was an important, fresh-to-the-market collection of mini lamps. This single-owner collection, numbering well over 400 pieces had been amassed over many years and had been in storage for several years. Enjoying one of the largest such offerings seen in a long time, eager collectors actively bid via telephone, absentee, and live via the Internet if not able to attend personally. The greatest surprise centered on a seemingly unending phone bidding battle that ultimately proved that pigs could fly. Bids mounted for a brown pottery figural mini lamp that depicted a portly pig munching a carrot, finally closing well beyond its $400/600 estimate at $14,950. The collection also included a rare white milk glass Christopher Columbus mini lamp with a figural bust of the great traveler with “Columbus” embossed on the base. Most collectors have heard of this piece, but few have actually seen one. It went out at $8,625, sailing past its $4,000/5,000 estimate. Sometimes timing is everything; other figural examples included two scarce Santa Claus mini lamps depicting the jolly old elf in milk glass. These very desirable lamps brought $8,912 and $7,187, each exceeding their $3,000/4,000 estimates.
A very rare three-piece white nailsea mini lamp by Charles Kempton & Sons with delicate white ribbon design sold for $4,600 against a $4,000/5,000 estimate. An exceptionally rare Stevens & Williams mini lamp in cranberry, cut to amber with a multi-faceted star pattern lit things up and selling for $5,175 against a $3,500/4,500 estimate. An extremely scarce opalescent mini lamp with pink, white, and clear design on crystal feet brought $5,980 against expectations of $3,000/4,000 while a rare pink opaline example with vertical paneling and crystal leaf-style feet brought $3,450 against an $800/1,200 estimate. The collection also consisted of numerous rare satin glass examples, including a diamond quilted, mother of pearl lamp that brought $3,737 against a $1,500/2,000 estimate. A stunning Royal Doulton fairy lamp with Burmese shade and tapestry base surpassed its $800/1,200 estimate to sell for $3,737. And a gorgeous cameo glass fairy lamp with domed top with red and white flowers on a citron background sold for $2,990, exceeding its estimate of $750/1,250.
The auction highlights continue with a selection of rare Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre. This magnificent and vibrant variety that wasn’t a huge commercial success in the 1920s when it was produced, is now believed to have been ahead of its time. The pottery with its superb artistry and depth was the work of Daisy Makeig-Jones and is highly sought after as there are precious few still in existence. An exceptional museum quality covered malfrey pot in the “Ghostly Woods” pattern, depicting a host of mystical figures sold for $40,250 against a presale estimate of $35,000/45,000. A “Jeweled Tree” covered vase, decorated with woodland creatures scampering below large tree trunks that extend upwards into a rich pattern of gold gilt and brightly colored jewels, saw active bidding. It changed hands at $9,775 at the upper end of its $7,000/10,000 estimate. A gorgeous footed punchbowl in the Poplar Tree pattern brought $10,350 against an $8,000/12,000 estimate. Complementing this fine offering was an original watercolor by Makeig-Jones that depicted elves in a pine tree in the fashion of her exceptional pottery decoration. It purportedly was given as a gift by the artist to the chief designer of Wedgwood. This unique artwork sold for $9,200 against a pre-auction estimate of $8,000/12,000.
The auction was further highlighted by an array of Tiffany lamps, vases, and accessories, which remain exceedingly popular in the marketplace. In the lighting category was a gorgeous Tiffany crocus table lamp with beautiful yellow crocus flowers against a background shading from green to cream. It sold for $34,500 against an estimate of $30,000/40,000. A Moorish chandelier featuring heavily rippled white glass accented by bronze swirling Moorish designs flourished at $43,125, above a presale estimate of $30,000/40,000. A Tiffany Studios Fleur de lis table lamp with a striated green geometric panel background on a bronze torpedo base sold for $13,800, within its $12,000/15,000 presale estimate. A very appealing Tiffany geometric table lamp with mottled green and amber glass panels on a squat bulbous bronze base brought $10,925, exceeding expectations of $6,000/8,000.
Other fine lamps and lighting included a spectacular Wilkinson leaded chandelier with floral design in vibrant blues, reds, and whites against a striated green background. Though the shade was unsigned, an exact example of this shade appears in Paul Christ’s book Mosaic Shades, Vol. I. One of the finest examples of Wilkinson’s work, it sold for $13,800 against a $12,000/15,000 estimate. A Bergman figural cold painted bronze mechanical lamp made some chuckle and others blush. It depicted two Middle Eastern gentlemen peeking thorough the windows of a bathhouse. When activated, the curtain would swing open to reveal a bathing nude maiden inside. A brilliant combination of detail and ingenuity, this wonderful piece sold for $8,625 against a $2,000/3,000 estimate.
Tiffany glass included an iridescent blue vase decorated with purple highlights and gold hooked feather design. It sold for $9,200 versus a pre-auction estimate of $5,000/7,000. An outstanding Tel el Amarna vase in rare bright yellow with a hint of iridescence in a bronze holder. It sold for $8,050 versus a pre-auction estimate of $6,000/9,000. A monumental Tiffany Studios flower form vase with green pulled feather decoration on an opal background was highlighted by a gold iridescent interior. It sold for $8,050 within its $7,000/9,000 estimate.
Other Tiffany included a rare bronze inkwell consisting of three scarabs surrounding a domed lid. With rich brown patina and strong green highlights, it brought $13,800 against an $8,000/12,000 estimate. A Tiffany Furnaces desk clock with a steeple top and decorated with red enamel on gilt bronze sold for $6,612, above an estimate of $2,000/4,000. Other desk accessories included a stunning Tiffany Furnaces paper rack in an Art Deco pattern of blue enamel on gilded bronze. It sold for $5,520 against an estimate of $3,500/4,500.
Steuben was also well represented. The offering centered on an extremely rare red Aurene decorated vase. Pictured in “Art Glass Nouveau” by respected authorities Ray & Lee Grover, this spectacular vase decorated with red, white, and gold Aurene in a drag-loop and feather decoration brought $40,250, just over its $30,000/40,000 estimate. This even surpassed the example Julia’s sold in May of this year for $33,350 (which exceeded its $20,000/30,000 estimate). An iridescent gold, green and white Aurene flower form vase with leaf and vine decoration and gold interior finished up at $17,250 versus an estimate of $10,000/15,000. And a Steuben gold Aurene vase with white millefiori canes and green heart and vine decoration on an iridescent background sold for $11,500 within its pre-auction estimate of $10,000/15,000. A select offering of rare Victorian glassware added to the breadth of the sale. A Mt. Washington Napoli biscuit jar decorated with the ever-popular Palmer Cox Brownies sold for $5,462, exceeding expectations of $2,000/3,000. Also included was a selection of Royal Flemish such as an elaborate ewer with a crowned lion sporting a lance and shield. It brought $4,600 against an estimate of $4,500/6,500. KPM items included a lovely porcelain plaque of a voluptuous seminude Victorian lass. The blood was pumping and the bid cards raised and lowered in a rhythmic cadence, finally finishing up at $4,025.
A generous offering of Webb English cameo included a magnificent plate with light blue cameo floral design showing flowers in different stages of growth. Set against a medium blue translucent background, this rare item sold betwixt its $5,000/7,000 estimate for $6,037. A beautiful two-color cameo vase with white tulips on a red background brought $2,587 against a $2,200/2,600 estimate.
Complementing the English cameo was a vast assortment of French cameo glass including marvelous works by Daum, Galle, Desire Christian, Burgun & Schverer, Le Verre Francais, Schneider, and more. A spectacular Daum vase featuring enameled seagulls situated against a setting sun sold for $27,600, screaming past its $12,500/15,000 estimate. A complete journey through the four seasons in glass began with a Daum Nancy cameo and enameled spring scene vase. With meticulously detailed waterside birches, it sold for $20,700, far exceeding a pre-auction estimate of $10,000/15,000. A twosome of Daum prairie vases internally decorated with a fade from green to pink and highlighted with enameled trees, grass, and flowers showed summer in all its splendor. The larger sold for $28,750 (exceeding expectations of $18,000/22,000) while the smaller brought $10,350 against a $10,000/15000 estimate. A beautiful Daum rain scene ewer showing barren trees bending in the driving cold autumn rain against a mottled pink and frosted gray background sold for $20,125, just over its forecast of $15,000/20,000. Completing the year, a fine Daum Nancy winter scene vase with cameo trees and white blanketed ground against a rich orange background. It sold for $13,800 against a $10,000/12,000 estimate.
An outstanding Daum acid cut handled vase featured an applied cameo dragonfly that formed the handle of the vase. The naturalistic insect’s wheel carved body in green and brown hovers above a stylized scene of pond plants. This marvelous piece received much attention and active bidding, selling within its presale estimate of $15,000/20,000 for $17,250. A lovely soft blue Daum vase with white cameo trees and swans highlighted by spots of enamel sold for $11,500 versus a $10,000/15,000 estimate.
The selection of Galle was highlighted in part by a mold blown purple on yellow hyacinth vase with green cameo leaves. It sold for $14,950 against a presale estimate of $10,000/15,000. A rare Galle brown and yellow Persian rider vase with ornate flourishes throughout sold for $17,250 against a $15,000/25,000 estimate. A monumental Galle vase with an Oriental influence with enamel and cameo flowers covering this magnificent piece caught the attention of several collectors. It can only go to one, the one willing to pay $6,037 regardless of an estimate of $3,500/4,500.
Other glass included a fabulous Schneider marquetry vase. This extremely rare vase with inlaid flowers and stems against a mottled polychrome background sold for $27,025 versus an $18,000/22,000 estimate. A fantastic Desire Christian vase with wheel carved flowers and leaves in rich colors that showed the colors come alive with rich colors and minute details in this work of art. It sold for $6,612, more than doubling its $3,000/5,000 estimate.
Also a favorite among collectors, a gorgeous early R. Lalique Milan vase in rich amber with molded allover branch decoration sold for $11,500 at the upper end of its $10,000/12,000 estimate. A wonderful and rare Lalique gold enamel scent bottle with its original decorated leatherette box was apparently a must-have. Bidders ignored the $5,000/8,000 estimate, driving the final price to $16,100. An R. Lalique Ceylon patterned vase with parakeets surrounding the top perimeter sold for $8,050 against an estimate of $5,000/6,000.
Mark one up for the curious and unusual. An extremely rare Martin Bros. Figural tobacco jar from the 19th Century of a grotesque bird could not be passed up. A blue moon opportunity, it sold for $34,500 at the upper end of its $25,000/35,000 estimate. Also quite rare and unusual, but in a different manner, was a pair of books by Paul Morand. Each illustrated with numerous original watercolors by such names as Raoul Dufy, Andre Favory, Andre Lhote, and others they sold for $4,025 and $3,737 respectively, each exceeding their $2,000/3,000 estimates.
The sale was rounded out by a selection of estate jewelry with several highlights worthy of mention. The hottest thing these days seems to be anything with dragonflies. A 14kt white gold, diamond, and amethyst dragonfly brooch buzzed past its $750/1,000 estimate to sell for $3,910. An all diamond and white gold example sold for $2,530 while a ruby and sapphire dragonfly brooch sold for $2,990, each far exceeding their $450/650 estimates. An absolutely fabulous 6.19 ct. diamond solitaire ring set in a six-prong platinum setting carries a lot of heft, but unfortunately failed to find a buyer.
Julia’s next lamp & glass auction will take place in the spring and will feature extraordinary Tiffany, fine art glass and lamps, and much more. Other auctions include Julia’s winter art and antiques auction, which will take place February 2 & 3. Julia’s firearms & militaria auction will take place in March with an antique advertising, toy & doll auction following in late spring. 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: email@example.com.
JULIA'S AUCTION TAKES PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES TO NEW HEIGHTS
Fairfield, Maine-November 11, 2006. Old time transportation toys comprised a central portion of James D. Julia’s recent fall auction, much to the delight of collectors. And that was only the beginning. This joined tremendous collections of early Christmas and vintage Halloween items, cast iron airplanes, antique advertising, rare coin-op, fine dolls, and more. The results were dazzling. The total low estimate of items sold was approximately $493,000, and when the final hammer dropped, Julia’s realized just over $830,000, setting several new World Auction Records along the way.
Coming fresh from an enormous Massachusetts estate collection of about 250 sets and individual trains, several hundred American and European examples helped show the strength of the market and Julia’s ability to reach key buyers. Included was an outstanding and exceedingly rare Marklin “Paterson” train station, highly detailed with yellow brick, arched windows, and peaked roof. German made for the American market, this two-story version hasn’t been offered publicly for nearly three decades. A similar version marked “Newark” sold recently from the Ward Kimball Estate that brought just over $26,000. The example in Julia’s auction with its rarity and its wonderful condition made it far exceed its presale estimate of $8,000/12,000 to finish up at $40,250, setting a new World Auction Record! The circle will be complete when it returns to Germany, going to a very happy collector. Other German examples included a Marklin O Gauge clockwork steam type locomotive, tender, and two coaches. Brightly and colorfully hand painted the set more than doubled its estimate of $900/1,500 to bring $2,645. Two hand painted Marklin one-gauge cars from 1905, a dining car and a smoking car, saw active bidding from the audience and several phone bidders. They went for six times their $400/700 pre-auction estimates, finally selling for $2,530 apiece.
Those in attendance were impressed by Julia’s efficient handling of the 700 total lots that hammered down for very strong prices time after time. Collector/dealer Ken Post, who attended with his son Kenny, was very active throughout this portion of the sale, buying several virtual train yards of Lionel, Ives, American Flyer, and Marklin. “Julia’s staff was great, and extremely helpful,” Post said after the sale. “They pulled together and got my purchases ready in what had to have been record time. The service was just amazing.” Of Post’s many purchases, one of the favorites was a rare and desirable Carlisle & Finch brass Interurban car, which took bids to $5,750 against a $2,500/3,500 estimate. Others included an outstanding Lionel brass and nickel #7 engine and tender that brought $5,060 versus an estimate of $1,800/2,800. And a rare Voltamp 4-wheel standard gauge trolley was a surprise. Ignoring its $700/1,000 estimate, it sold for $3,220.
Also in attendance were Don Lewis and Lynn Smith, who were equally happy with how the auction was handled. Purchasing a great number of pieces, they enjoyed the vast selection of standard gauge American trains including a marvelous Lionel Blue Comet set. This must-have for every choice collection sold for $7,475 against expectations of $3,000/4,000. A Lionel Olympian electric #381E locomotive changed hands at $3,565 despite a $1,100/1,600 estimate. Others included a variety of American Flyer trains such as a fine American Flyer “Flying Colonel”. The deep cobalt blue sovereign of the rails pulled in at $4,140, above expectations of $2,000/3,000. A rare American Flyer Pocahontas set with a Shasta electric locomotive and the longer style passenger cars brought $3,335, just over its $2,000/3,000 estimate. And a dark red Ives #3241 locomotive with three matching passenger cars sold for $2,300 against a presale estimate of $500/700. And an Ives standard gauge electric locomotive #3242, in spite of its condition and $100/200 estimate, still sold for a strong $2,070.
Other popular playthings in the auction were several rare cast iron planes from the Fred Gilliam collection. An affable southern gentleman, aviation expert, and longtime collector, Mr. Gilliam began his interest in aviation as a teenager. The offering was fresh to the market, having been assembled over many years. He was elated with the results relayed by Julia’s chief toy & doll consultants Jay Lowe and Mike Caffarella of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a post-auction telephone conversation. Topping the list was a rare large Hubley DO-X plane. Featuring dual tailfins and six simulated engines atop the single wing, it reached new heights to set a new World Auction Record of $9,200, well beyond its $3,500/5,500 estimate. The successful bidder of a Dent “Lucky Boy” may feel as such having “landed” this rare piece. Only a handful are known to exist, and this silver plane with an impressive 12-1/2” wingspan soared past its presale estimate of $4,000/6,000 to bring $8,050. A rare Dent “Air Express” with rubber tires and wooden hubs sold for $7,475 against a $4,000/6,000 estimate. An outstanding all-original Hubley “Friendship” tri-motor, single wing seaplane sold within its $5,000/8,000 estimate for $6,325. Because of its strikingly excellent condition, retaining nearly all of its brilliant yellow paint, it was still considered by many to be a bargain.
Other cast iron toys included an unusual Arcade International United News panel truck. Painted in two-toned green with yellow pin striping, retaining its original Arcade decal and original rubber tires, it sold for $5,175. A restored 1930s Hubley Packard with sweeping lines and classic styling brought the midpoint of its $8,000/12,000 estimate at $10,062. An uncommon compact Hubley Mack tank truck nearly tripled its $1,100/1,300 estimate to sell for $2,990.
Other toys included a selection of pressed steel including an all-original Buddy “L” bus. Always a popular choice, this fresh-to-the-market example of this large and detailed toy sold to a man who said he had to own this bus because he remembered having one as a child. Cost of one Buddy “L” bus: $9,200. Being able to relive one’s childhood: priceless. A rare early Bing tin delivery truck and trailer brought $8,050 against a $5,000/6,000 estimate. An early Stevens boy riding a velocipede clockwork toy exceeded expectations of $1,900/2,300 to sell for $3,450. And a rare Ives Sambo animated cap gun in outstanding condition sold for $3,162, exceeding its presale estimate of $2,000/3,000. A possibly unique illuminated Statue of Liberty bank formerly of the Tony “A.J.” Koveleski collection brought $2,875 against an $800/1,000 estimate.
While black toys and memorabilia shock some and make others chuckle, they demonstrate a part of American history that also indicates how far we’ve come. Regardless of one’s stand on the genre, its popularity cannot be denied. Examples in this auction included a rare Marx “Spic and Span” black dancer windup with its original box that carried a pre-auction estimate of $800/1,200 and finished up at $2,530. The rare single character version entitled Spic Coon Drummer beat its $500/800 estimate to bring $977. A Stock Rollo-Chair, modeled after the boardwalk carts of Atlantic City, being manned by a black porter surpassed its estimate of $700/1,000 to sell for $1,035.
Of slightly more recent vintage were two Japanese automotive toys from the 1950s. A very clean J.T.Y. Jet Racer friction car with its original box did well, selling for $1,495, at the upper end of its $1,200/1,500 estimate. A Yonezawa #98 Champion’s Racer, modeled after the 1952 racecar driven by winner Troy Ruttman managed to beat its $700/900 estimate to bring $2,415.
A small grouping of dolls, teddy bears, and such also fared very well. Outselling the last example that Julia’s sold in 2003, and establishing a new World Auction Record for any Door of Hope doll a rare Manchu woman in mint condition sold for $9,200 against an estimate of $3,500/5,500. A gorgeous 20” Depose Jumeau #8 with blue paperweight eyes and finely painted facial features brought $6,900 against an estimate of $4,500/6,500. A large 28” Paris Bebe with a delicate expression sold for $6,325 within her $4,500/6,500 estimate while a 22” Rayberrry & Delphieu #2 went for $2,415. And a rare Kathe Kruse #1, despite lacking clothes was still a popular choice, bringing $3,450 against an $800/1,200 estimate.
Steiff animals, a crossover item for doll and toy collectors did extremely well at Julia’s auction. One of the sleepers of the auction was a rare circa 1903 Steiff “60 PB” monkey modeled after the smoking monkey in Albert Carre’s circus. Retaining its early elephant button in its ear, it was expected to bring $800/1,200 and ultimately sold for a phenomenal record setting $6,612. A 16” brown Steiff teddy bear circa 1910 found eager bidding, resulting in a $3,450 selling price, exceeding an estimate of $1,000/1,500.
Other animals included an exceptional French papier-mâché growling bulldog. In outstanding all original condition, including his straw collar and working growler, it surpassed its $1,500/2,000 estimate to sell for $3,737. A scarce Schoenhut gorilla from the Humpty Dumpty Circus series brought $2,875 against a $2,000/3,000 presale estimate.
In addition was a fabulous array of antique advertising of every medium. A very significant piece, a complete Lucky Strike die cut cardboard display featuring 1928 MVP award winners Mickey Cochrane and Jim Bottomley was found under a stairwell in a building recently purchased by a church in southern Virginia. Occasionally, the individual die cut figures become available for sale. However, it is as rare as a Red Sox pennant win to see the central field with a larger than life pack of Lucky’s hovering over a baseball diamond. Not only was it absolutely fresh to the market, but not having seen daylight for over 75 years, the colors were nearly as vibrant as the day it was printed. This complete and extremely rare set hit a homerun, scoring $34,500 against a presale estimate of $12,000/18,000.
For soda collectors, Julia’s featured a grouping of antique soda syrup dispensers. Leading the pack was one of two seldom seen Chero Crush dispensers. The large, cherry red, globular ceramic vessel, beautifully decorated with leafy branches around its floral base met with a heated bidding war that finished up at $14,375. An outstanding Liberty Root Beer ceramic dispenser also saw active bidding, selling for $4,887 versus a $2,500/3,500 estimate.
For the outdoorsmen, other advertising included a select grouping of firearm-related calendars and posters from the most recognized names in the industry. Two sets of rare Winchester 5-piece displays (one set being new old stock) depicting various outdoor pursuits brought $4,312 apiece, selling at the upper ends of their $3,500/4,500 estimates. A very rare 1905 Du Pont Powder Company calendar depicting a water spaniel retrieving a mallard blew away its $1,000/2,000 estimate when it sold for $4,025. Du Pont’s 1904 calendar depicting a busy train depot scene sold for $3,220 against a $1,000/2,000 estimate.
Other advertising included a fabulous reverse on glass hosiery department sign from F.W. Woolworth Co. that went back to the famous family after a seemingly unending bidding battle that finally ended at $2,185, nearly ten times its estimate.
Coin-op and gambling included some very choice examples such as an exceedingly rare Caille Quintette floor model slot machine/trade stimulator. So named because the person playing the reel machine was given five ways to win with several poker hands. This very elaborate piece carried a $20,000/40,000 estimate and sold for $29,900. Also quite rare was an outstanding Caille Wasp tabletop slot. This diminutive nickel-plated machine with its wheel decorated with insects was an excellent example. It sold for $14,950 all but toppling its $10,000/15,000 presale estimate. Setting yet another World Auction Record, a fabulous and rare German upright candy vendor with an elaborate windmill casting on the front sold for $12,075, surpassing its $4,000/8,000 estimate. Until recently, European machines were shunned by American collectors, but because of their styling and appeal, they’re now highly sought after. Another item, believed by some to be a gambling machine, by others to be a training device for bicycle racers, a rare Narragansett Machine Co. machine brought $9,200. Consisting of two stationary bikes placed side by side in front of a large dial that shows two color-coded arrows or hands that gauge the racers’ progress. Whatever your opinion of its purpose, there’s no denying that this is one clever piece
The cavalcade of toys and decorative items in this auction also included a great selection of holiday items. The Nathan and Tim Mylin collection of top-shelf Christmas pieces included a marvelous wheeled pull-toy featuring Father Christmas driving a formed moss sleigh adorned with Dresden doves. This outstanding piece sold for $21,275 against a presale estimate of $8,000/12,000. This was followed by a delightful diorama with a similar design, but being more massive and detailed. Residing in a custom display case with Father Christmas and his packed moss sleigh, it came to the block with a $8,000/12,000 estimate, settling in for $19,550. A most unusual cased diorama of a one reindeer sledge against a painted winter background brought $1,725 versus an $800/1,200 estimate. The buyer of the previously mentioned two lots was absolutely ecstatic to win them. Even though she paid well above their estimates, she still felt she got a bargain. Other highlights included a 17” wheeled platform papier-mâché Santa driving a moss sleigh. Surpassing its $2,000/4,000 estimate, it sold for $4,600. A similar example with Santa in a brown coat sold for $3,105, just over expectations of $2,000/3,000. A rare Santa Claus mini lamp in molded white milk glass was a bargain, selling for $3,105 versus a $2,500/3,500 estimate.
Competing for the greatest holiday ever was a collection of over 180 vintage Halloween items including many rarities. Included was a wonderful selection of papier-mâché, composition, and 1950s hard plastic pieces all in a sea of orange and black. A wonderful albeit evil looking devil bat creature with cardboard wings on a papier-mâché body ascends from the nether regions to reach a heavenly $2,185 surpassing its $500/800 estimate. 1950s plastic included all three known variations of Halloween witches on motorcycles including the rare white cycle version. Ignoring its $300/500 estimate it sold for $1,236. Despite some restoration, an early composition chauffeur Jack-o-lantern still saw active bidding, selling for $2,300 against a $500/700 estimate.
Julia's upcoming auctions include a fabulous glass & lamp auction, taking place December 1 & 2, 2006 at Julia’s facilities in Fairfield, Maine. It will feature a vast array of over $2 Million worth of rare lamps, Tiffany accessories, Fairyland Lustre, and more. Julia’s will also conduct their next antiques & fine art auction in January 2007 and an important firearms and military memorabilia auction in March. Julia’s next toy & doll auction will take place in Spring 2007. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULIA’S FIREARMS AUCTION: ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS AT $8.3 MILLION!
Julia’s firearms auction was October 9th, 10th & 11th, grossing $8.3 million together with their March sale which grossed over $9 million are the two highest producing firearms auctions in North America this year! The sale’s success per owner and auctioneer James D. Julia, was a result of a number of factors: pedigree, diversity, quality and rarity. Indeed, over the past few years these characteristics have become standards at Julia’s auctions. This auction included firearms and/or the entire collections of noted collectors/firearms dealers such as Jay Huber, Roy Marcot, Paul Sorrel, Dr. Glen Marsh, Dr. James Goforth, Dr. Sam Poppell, D. G. Edwards and the William Hancock collection, whose collection was put together prior to 1937, at the time he passed away, his entire collection was put away by the family and not offered for sale until a few months prior to it being offered to Julia’s auction company.
Session I, Monday, began with a diverse offering of early firearms; a highly decorative and unusual flintlock pistol with highly figured stock, marked “H. Ellis” estimated at $4,000-$6,000, it brought a whopping $33,350. A pair of fine Wesley Richards flintlock traveling pistols estimated at $7,500-$10,000, sold for $10,750. One of the rarer, more desirable early Martial flint pistols is the Harper’s Ferry Model 1805 which brought $13,225. A beautiful and extremely rare combination German Wheelock and fuse lock dated 1603 with outstanding ivory inlay realized $25,875 and an extremely rare Ames Model 1842 percussion revenue service pistol estimated at $4,000-$6,000, went out at $6,325. Session I also included the noted Jay Huber Collection of Remington firearms. Renowned firearms “guru” Norm Flayderman and many others referred to Jay as “Mr. Remington” not only for his passion of Remington firearms, but also for his scholarly knowledge that he has amassed over the years. This fine collection included a Remington Model 4 American Boy Scout rifle w/bayonet and original hang tag estimated at $2,000-$3,000 sold for $5,520. A rare Beal 2nd Model percussion pocket revolver in its original cardboard box, together with accessories, carried a presale estimate of $3,500-$5,000, but sold at $4,890. A Beal’s 1st Model (also in its original cardboard box w/accessories) estimated at $3,500-$5,000 sold for $4,600. A rare Remington new model percussion revolver with original cardboard box and accessories saw a great deal of bidding activity and finally sold at $14,950. Jay’s rare martially marked Remington Beal’s Army percussion revolver was estimated at $6,000-$10,000 and sold for $11,500. His engraved gold & silver plated Remington Beal’s Navy conversion, estimated at $3,500-$5,000, sold for $6,600. An extremely rare Remington Rider magazine pistol with the original case-hardened frame carried a presale estimate of $5,000-$7,000 and sold for $6,600 while an excellent Remington Elliot five-shot pepperbox w/original cardboard box carrying an estimate of $4,000-$6,000, sold for $6,325. A rare Remington Elliot Zigzag six-shot 22 cal. pistol, estimated at $2,500-$3,500, sold after a long bidding battle for $8,000. A scarce Forehand & Wadsworth new model Army revolver, attractively mounted and displayed by Jay in a special presentation case was estimated at $2,000-$3,000 but finally ended up at $5,175. Shortly after Jay decided to consign his collection to Julia’s, his good friend, Roy Marcot also an avid Remington collector and scholar, consigned his select collection of Remington long arms. Roy’s exhibition quality, factory engraved Remington rolling block military rifle with silver presentation plaque was one of only four known presentation quality rolling block military muskets made by Remington. It carried a presale estimate of $7,000-$10,000 and sold for $12,650. Roy’s collection contained many rare items but of equal importance was the condition; item after item represented outstanding condition and a Remington #1 long range Creedmoor rifle, estimated at $6,000-$9,000 sold for $11,500. A beautiful rare Remington rolling block #7 sporting rifle estimated at $5,000-$8,000 finally sold for $9,775.
Session II began on Tuesday and was the largest session of the three. A very rare Walsh Colt short Navy revolver estimated at $8,000-$10,000 was one of the first few lots sold, went out at $16,675. A small select grouping of considerably rare Colts from the collection of the late, well-known Colt dealer and collector Paul Sorrell included an exceptionally rare cased Colt Paterson 1st Model ring lever rifle which sold for $155,250. The very next lot was a fabulous engraved Colt cased London dragoon. Paul had been told when he purchased the gun that it had originally come from a young lawyer by the name of Richard Nixon who later went on to become President of the United States. The details of which Julia discovered just before the sale. Sometime in the 1950’s, a Swedish gunsmith while in New York got a moving traffic violation. He went to the Nixon law firm to handle the matter, and in a later personal conversation with Nixon, Nixon discovered that he was a gun enthusiast; he took him back to his apartment and virtually gave him this rare gun as a gift. Over the years, many people tried to purchase it from him and some years later, in the early 1970’s one of the most famous of all firearms collectors, Bill Locke, learned of the gun he traveled to Sweden to view it. While there, he attempted to buy it from the Swede who refused to sell it because it had been given as a gift. Eventually Locke offered what was a princely sum at that time of $10,000!! The owner finally succumbed. That night in his hotel room, Locke carefully took the gun completely apart, examined it for genuineness and eventually went to sleep. He packed his bags the next morning and returned home. After unpacking his bags he discovered that somehow he had lost the original cylinder. He immediately contacted the hotel in Sweden and eventually even flew back to Sweden and posted reward posters and talked with maids and hotel attendants in an attempt to find the cylinder – all to no avail and eventually he replaced the cylinder with another one. The gun was eventually sold after Locke’s death in the famous Locke auction, this time at Julia’s the gun realized $74,750. Also from the Sorrell Collection was a refinished cased Texas Paterson #5 revolver which was estimated at $125,000-$175,000, it sold for $161,000. Shortly before the auction a private individual contacted Julia’s about two excellent 1st Model Colt Dragoons and a baby Dragoon. The guns, essentially never used, were in absolutely extraordinary condition. Covered with years of caked on oil, the original case hardening and bluing could easily be seen beneath. The three guns offered individually had a combined presale estimate of $85,000 but sold for an incredible $254,150 – the most expensive of which was one of the Colt Dragoons which went out at $138,000; a new World Record for a First Model Colt Dragoon! Dealer-Collector Marty Lane bought all three of these special Colts and indicated that he would probably keep them in his personal collection due to their condition! A beautiful cased Colt presentation
Navy 1851 to G. H. Lamb, Esquire, 49th Regt. Was estimated at $8,000-$12,000 but brought far over top estimate at $18,400. a scarce Colt flute Army, estimated at $5,000-$8,000 brought $9,250. One of the areas that Julia’s has had tremendous continued success is with Civil War and particularly Confederate artifacts. This sale contained over $1 million worth of these types of artifacts, and some brought outstanding results. An exceptional U.S. Greene Carbine, estimated at $10,000-$15,000 was the subject of an intense bidding battle which ended up with a final selling price far over top estimate at $21,850. An extremely rare Confederate Columbus Armory carbine estimated at $85,000-$95,000 sold for a solid $86,250. Another war prize consisting of a carved Confederate Richmond rifle musket and bayonet captured at Fort Fisher by a Union soldier, it had been attractively and aesthetically carved boldly in the stock, “TAKEN AT FORT FISHER, JANUARY 15, 1865”. The rarity of the musket with the attractive embellished inscription drove the final bid price far above the high estimate of $15,000 to end up at $21,850. Over the past five years, the Julia auction company has handled some of the finest Confederate flags sold at auction and a few years back set the World’s Record for the most expensive battle flag ever sold at auction. At this auction, they broke their previously established record with an outstanding early 1863 Army of Northern Virginia battle flag of the 23rd Georgia Infantry, estimated at $100,000- $200,000, it finally sold well above mid-estimate at $161,000. Another attractive and rare late addition to the auction was a Confederate 1st National presentation flag of the Putnam Light Infantry of Georgia. The flag had descended through the same family since the war and it carried a $25,000-$50,000 estimate and finally sold for a solid $43,125. Another very graphic and attractive Union flag with a Tiffany & Company 34-star U.S. National color of the famous New York battery that fought at Gettysburg. This historic flag which was nicely display was estimated at $25,000-$40,000 and brought just a tad above the high estimate at $40,250. A Confederate 1st Model Griswold sold for $27,600 and a photograph album filled with nearly 100 cabinet views of various generals and officers was offered with a presale estimate of $25,000-$30,000 and sold above high estimate at $34,000. In 1863 the Union captured the Confederate Fort Hudson and at the surrender Union troops lined up opposite Confederate troops as they surrendered their arms. A documented historical story about the surrender speaks of many of the Confederate and Union soldiers trading their canteens; the Union men giving up their tin, manufactured canteens for Confederate handmade wooden canteens. This auction featured two examples of these captured canteens, both from two different consignors. The first was an absolutely stunning example with extraordinary and artistic carving documenting the acquisition with a bold spread-winged attractive American eagle. Considered to be one of the finest carved wooden canteens ever offered at auction, it was estimated at $6,500-$8,500 and finally sold for $9,200. The other canteen also brought a strong price and well above high estimate at $7,475. When Robert E. Lee and his troops entered the state of Maryland, whose many citizens sympathized with the South, he distributed broadsides announcing the fact that the rebel army would be traveling through the states. Only a few of these broadsides remain. This one, estimated at $2,000-$3,000 was the object of a prolonged and intensive bidding battle between two telephone bidders with the winning bidder finally succeeding but only after almost tripling the high estimate at $7,475. Brigadier General LaFayette Baker was the first head of the Secret Service under the administration of Abraham Lincoln and it was he who was in charge of the attempted capture of John Wilkes Booth. Baker died a mysterious death later and it was determined that he died of poisoning amidst controversial speculation that perhaps his assassination might have been at the hands of some government officials wishing to silence him about some matter (shades of J.F.K. assassination). His attractive, Civil War presentation inscribed sword was offered here and sold for a final price of $31,600. An exceedingly rare U. S. Model 1840 presentation artillery officer’s Ames saber with a presentation to Major General Robert C. Buchanan, U.S. Army, carried a presale estimate of $12,000-$15,000 and finally sold far above high estimate at $23,000. An outstanding offering of Colt single actions included a spectacular early Colt civilian single-action Army revolver. The gun estimated at $40,000-$60,000 brought nearly mid estimate at $49,000 and a rare antique, engraved Colt sheriff’s model sold for $34,500. An outstanding cased single-action Army revolver in caliber 45 boxer short was estimated at $6,000-$10,000 and went far above high estimate at $17,250. A single action pre-war Colt Army .38 caliber in original cardboard box was estimated at $6,000-$10,000 and sold for a strong $10,925. Another pre-war example in 45 caliber estimated at $10,000-$12,000 brought $11,500. Frank Hamer is perhaps one of the most famous of the Texas Rangers to ever live and a year ago Julia’s sold an attractive engraved Colt single action once belonging to Hamer for an extraordinary $178,000! This auction included a Frank Hamer used Colt 45 but a standard model without the attractive engraving and silver plating. Estimated at $15,000-$25,000, this example brought $17,250. A martially marked Colt single-action Army cavalry revolver in very good condition with military inspector mark sold for twice the high estimate of $9,000 at $18,400. an attractive Colt engraved & plated lightning sheriff’s model DA was in outstanding condition and estimated at $3,500-$6,500. This beautiful example of a Colt product, in outstanding condition, stimulated a prolonged bidding battle with the winning bidder finally succeeding at 3-1/2 times high estimate of $6,500 when it sold for $21,500. Over the past years, the Julia firm has offered some outstanding cartridge boards. This sale included perhaps one of the rarest of all cartridge boards, the ultra-rare, Union Metallic Cartridge Company cartridge board for “Black Box” ammo. This example was supposedly one of only a couple known to exist and brought a final bid price of $28,750. A rare Winchester cartridge board, Model 1879 formerly in the famous Eldon Owens Collection and estimated at $22,500-$28,500, sold for $30,475. Also included in the second session was the collection of the Dr. James Goforth Collection of Winchester rifles. This Texas collection, together with other consigned Winchester rifles represented the finest offering of Winchester rifles to come to auction since the famous Eldon Owens auction that Julia’s conducted 2-1/2 years earlier. A rare, deluxe engraved Winchester Model 86 rifle with spectacular carved wood, sold for $51,750. The prize of the collection however was a very rare engraved and gold inlaid deluxe Winchester Model 86 caliber 45-70. Gold inlaid Winchesters are extremely rare; this one inscribed to “GEORGE W. LARUE, 1895”. Interestingly enough this was the great uncle of Julia’s chief firearms consultant, J.R. LaRue. This spectacular example, carrying a presale estimate of $50,000-$100,000 did not fail to please. A prolonged bidding battle resulted in a final sale price of $92,000. A beautiful deluxe Winchester Model 86 engraved was estimated at $30,000-$45,000 and sold for a final price of $46,000. Another rare special-order engraved Winchester Model 86 takedown, in desirable 45-70 caliber was estimated at $15,000- $25,000 and finally sold well above high estimate at $29,900. An engraved Winchester Model 86 takedown lever action in caliber 33, also estimated at $17,500 -$27,500 sold for a final price of $31,600. a spectacular John Ulrich engraved gold and nickel Winchester Model 73 saddle ring carbine sold for $97,750 and a nice engraved Winchester Model 66 of 44 center fire rifle estimated at $9,000-$12,000 sold for far above high estimate at $19,550. A fabulous lot of memorabilia once belonging to Johnny Baker was offered. Johnny Baker, the foster son of Buffalo Bill Cody was a trick shooter and rider in the renowned Wild West Extravaganza Show. This lot consisted of various pictures of Baker, one of Annie Oakley and various other notables of the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show. Also included was his Winchester 73 lever action and two spectacular carved mother of pearl buffalo heads; one mounted in a shooting medal the other buffalo head mounted in a belt buckle. The entire lot sold for a very respectable $44,850. A spectacular deluxe engraved gold and nickel Winchester Model 94, purchased by Dr. Goforth from the Eldon Owens Estate auction sold well above low estimate at $51,750. Included in the second session was the Bullard collection of Dr. Glen Marsh. Marsh’s collection of rare Bullard long rifles was the largest offering of Bullard rifles ever offered at public auction and strong enthusiastic bidding took place throughout the entire offering. A deluxe, special order Bullard large frame, lever action in caliber 45-70 in outstanding condition, estimated at $10,000-$15,000 went out just a tad above high estimate at $15,500. One of Dr. Marsh’s favorite Bullards was a rare, early production, special order large frame Bullard in caliber 50-15. It sold well above the estimate of $10,000-$15,000 at $16,100. Also a rare, special order Bullard caliber 50-115 in excellent condition estimated at $10,000-$15,000 went out well above high estimate at $18,400. The most expensive of the Bullards offered was a rare Bullard Deluxe Schutzen-style single shot target rifle that carried a presale estimate of $7,500-$12,500 and brought nearly double the high estimate at $22,425. A beautiful factory-engraved Model 1853 Sharps sporting rifle estimated at $20,000-$30,000 brought $24,700. Near the end of Session II, a small but select grouping of Indian artifacts was offered. Included was an extremely rare and extraordinary classic Saltillo serape, once owned by Libby & George Armstrong Custer. The blanket, referred to in Libby’s book and also the subject of a short note to one of her nieces later in life, carried a strong presale estimate of $35,000-$45,000 but blew far over the high estimate, in fact almost double the high estimate at $86,250. A Cochiti effigy pottery figure holding an olla came from the William Hancock Collection, who passed away in 1937. This unusual Indian pottery piece estimated at $2,000-$2,500 was greatly competed for and sold for $13,800 – more than 5 times the high estimate! The very last objects in Session II were a group of rare Strong cannons. One of the larger Strong cannons on a cast iron frame was estimated at $7,500-$12,500 and went out far above high estimate at $17,250.
Session III also started with a bang (no pun intended) with the offering of D. G. Edwards’ Springfield military rifles. This collection, together with other 20th century military long arms including some very rare examples such as the Springfield Armory Model 1903 rod bayonet. One of the more desirable of 20th martial long arms, this outstanding example was estimated at a strong $30,000-$40,000 but blew past the high estimate to reach $52,325. Another WWII military icon is the Springfield Armory Model 1903 Mark I with the Pedersen device. There were two Pedersen devices offered in this auction. The first, estimated at $10,000-$20,000 finally realized $18,400, the second (the Pedersen device only) estimated at $4,000-$10,000, it realized $12,650. a Springfield Model 1903 A1 National Match USMC sniper rifle was estimated at $4,500-$8,500 and sold above high estimate at $8,970. Some outstanding 20th century military handguns were also offered. The most prestigious of all was a rare, cased, factory-engraved presentation Colt semi-auto 45ACP. Engraved and embellished with gold and presented to Governor E. Lee Trinkle of Virginia by Governor John H. Trumbull of Connecticut, it carried a strong presale estimate of $25,000-$40,000 but after a long, heated bidding battle, it went out far above high estimate at $55,200. A rare Singer Model 1911 A1 45ACP, because it was refinished, was estimated at $10,000-$20,000 but still sold right at high estimate at $20,000. A number of Colt ACP’s were offered, all bringing strong prices such as the early Colt Model 1911 45ACP in outstanding condition, it carried a presale estimate of $4,250-$7,250 but sold far above high estimate at $10,350. Lot 1660 was a recently discovered rare, silver & gold plated, inscribed Colt pre-Woodsman semi-auto pistol. The pistol inscribed, “YACHT/UNITED STATES” was part of an arsenal of firearms put together and carried aboard Edward H. R. Green’s yacht, the “United States”. Green’s mother, the famous Hetty Green (known as the “Witch of Wall Street”), was at one time, the richest woman in the world. Hetty Green, a financial genius who refused to spend a penny unnecessarily, eventually died passing along her extraordinary wealth to her son Edward. Some years back, the entire arsenal of silver and gold plated from the Yacht “United States” was sold as a collection to the noted collector Eldon Owens. It was known that this Woodsman should have bee part of the arsenal, but it was never discovered. When Mr. Owens passed away, he willed the entire collection to the NRA Museum where it now resides. When word of the discovery of this final gun of the arsenal was corresponded to the NRA by Julia, the museum expressed interest but was lacking funds to buy acquisitions. If purchased, Julia offered to give them a prolonged schedule of payment period, to allow them ample time to solicit money from donors for this important addition to this museum. The final sale price was $5,175. During the Second World War, the Allies air dropped thousands of “Liberator” pistols in Nazi held countries. These single-shot 45 caliber, stamped out pistols were the original disposable gun, meant only to be used a couple of times. This sale included one with a presale normal estimate of $1,250-$2,400 but it flew to over twice the high estimate at $5,175. The most unusual & interesting WWII military lot was consigned to Julia, having at one time been formed by wealthy Texas Amon Giles Carter, Sr. After WWII Carter, a great collector, contacted various prominent generals and admirals of the war and offered to exchange a Stetson hat for one of their old hats used during the war. He also asked that they might inscribe their hat offered. The collection included hats from Generals Eisenhower, Nimitz, Wainwright, Doolittle, and others. This unusual collection was estimated at $38,000-$45,000, but was the result of tremendous interest with various live, in-house bidders and 12 phones, all operating simultaneously. After the smoke cleared, the hats sold for far above high estimate at $103,350. A small select group of Nazi uniforms including an important large lot of uniforms and ephemera belonging to General Dr. Karl Mauss of the 7th Panzer Division. A renowned German general who was highly esteemed not only for his success but by his men for being an “in the trenches” commander. Mauss was one of only 27 German officers to be honored with the coveted recognition of the Knight’s Cross, oak leaves, swords & diamonds. This grouping included a replica of this most important German decoration. The entire collection was estimated at $35,000-$55,000 and sold for a final bid price of $$37,125. Another area which Julia’s has excelled in over the past few years is high-grade shotguns. This sale included another extraordinary offering of shotguns such as the fabulous cased pair of Holland & Holland royal ejector, double barrel 20-gauges that sold for $60,950. A Boss, best quality 12-gauge sold for $31,600. A cased Holland & Holland Badminton pigeon gun, double barrel shotgun #2 Model 12-gauge was estimated at $10,000-$15,000 and sold for $16,675. A cased pair of Stephen Grant & Sons 12-gauge shotguns estimated at $12,500-$17,500 brought almost high estimate at $17,250. A beautiful Francotte deluxe, double-barrel 20 gauge estimated at $15,000-$20,000 sold above high estimate for $21,850. A scarce Parker AAHE 20 gauge brought $34,500 and a scarce Parker CHE, estimated at $12,500-$17,500 brought nearly double high estimate at $29,900. A Parker DHE sold right at mid estimate at $17,250 and a fine engraved Winchester Model 21 28 gauge sold at $20,700. A scarce Westley Richards OVUNDO Model drop lock O/U 12 gauge shotgun, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 sold at $22,425. A Parker CHE 10 gauge realized $19,550, far above the high estimate of $15,000. A beautiful and rare Fox DE special grade double barrel 12 gauge shotgun brought $24,725. A Parker DH grade double barrel shotgun, upgraded by the famed Angelo Bee replete with exquisite engraving and gold inlays had a presale estimate of $8,000-$12,500 which the bidders paid no attention to when they paid $18,400. A cased Perazzi custom engraved four-barrel skeet set, 12, 20, 28 gauge & 410 carried a presale estimate of $12,500-$17,500 but blew far past the high estimate to $29,500 and a cased R. B. Rodda double rifle, 16 bore brought a presale estimate of $5,000-$8,000 also did well at $14,375, nearly double the high estimate.
This sale, together with Julia’s spring sale, brings their total yearly gross of high-quality firearms sales to and amazing $17.3 million; grossing far more than any two firearms auctions ever conducted by any auction firm in the world. More details of this outstanding auction can be viewed on Julia’s website at www.juliaauctions.com. Upcoming auctions at Julia’s includes an outstanding toy & doll auction on Saturday, November 11th and an important glass & lamp auction including an extraordinary collection of miniature lamps, tiffany lamps and high quality art glass to be held December 1st & 2nd. For more details or to consign, contact James D. Julia Auctioneers, PO Box 830, Fairfield, ME 04937 or call at (207) 453-7125.
JULIA’S BRINGS IN THE SUMMER HEAT WITH STELLAR LAMP & GLASS AUCTION
Fairfield, Maine, June 16 & 17, 2006. Once again the firm of James D. Julia, Inc. proved that quality merchandise combined with quality marketing and promotion equals quality results. “Remove one piece of that equation,” stated Sales Coordinator Dudley Browne, “and you have just another auction.” Julia’s recent fine lamp & glass auction was not just another auction. Outstanding collections and fresh discoveries coupled with a world class marketing program enticed and attracted a plethora of buyers from across the country and around the globe. Julia’s blew the doors off with outstanding results, including some new World Auction Records. Offered was a wide variety of exceptional art glass and lighting including Tiffany, Mt. Washington, Steuben, as well as a fine array of French cameo glass and rare pottery. Consisting of over 1,100 lots gathered from various collections and estates from across North America, the two-day gross topped $2.3 Million.
Most impressive was a dazzling and delicate Quezal Jack in the Pulpit vase with wonderful green pulled feather design extending to its rich gold iridescent stretched flower. Backed with a swirling border of green and white with hints of silver, blue, and pink throughout, it finished up amid applause reaching a record $36,800, considerably above its $3,000/5,000 estimate.
Other highlights included a Tiffany Studios poppy table lamp with heavily mottled and striated greens, oranges, and yellows that brought $66,125, within a pre-auction estimate of $60,000/80,000. A gorgeous leaded Tiffany daffodil table lamp depicting a field of flowers among a soft blue and opalescent sky background sold for $48,875 against a $30,000/50,000 estimate. An interesting Tiffany table lamp with a bell-shaped lotus flower shade constructed of hundreds of geometric panels gently fading from rich green to creamy white sold for $37,375, exceeding expectations of $30,000/35,000. A spectacular Tiffany dogwood lamp with wonderful confetti glass serving as a background to the gorgeous pink and white dogwood flowers brought $37,950 against a $30,000/40,000 estimate. Other examples included a rare and unusual Tiffany dragonfly lamp with a simple butterscotch striated glass background accented by seven downward facing dragonflies. This impressive lamp flew to $43,700 versus a presale estimate of $35,000/55,000. One of the few bargains of the day was a Tiffany swirling leaf and vine hanger with rich green geometric panels above and below. Fresh to the market, having been in the same family since 1929, it was a steal at $23,000, just shy of its $25,000/35,000 estimate.
Other Tiffany lamps in the unleaded variety included a wonderful turtleback desk lamp. Supported by a bronze jeweled foot, impressed with a stylized leaf design, the twin turtleback shade that included the original (and almost never present) mottled white interior reflector panels sold for $20,700, above its $12,000/15,000 estimate. A three-light tulip lamp with Tiffany Favrile diamond-quilted, gold iridescent shades with red highlights sold for $15,525 exceeding its presale estimate. One local bidder in attendance was happy to have bought the one piece he came for, a Tiffany counterbalance desk lamp. It featured a beautiful Favrile King Tut shade with platinum iridescence, supported by a lovely richly brown patinated base. Intent on not leaving without it, the bidding reached $13,800 within its $12,000/15,000 estimate.
Not holding the monopoly on fine lamps, the fine offering of Tiffany lamps was complemented by examples by other renowned makers. An extremely scarce Pairpoint puffy begonia table lamp consisting of four large begonias in full bloom with luminous tones of rose, russet, orange, and yellow came to the block from the collection of Ed & Sheila Malakoff with an estimate of $45,000/55,000. Thrilling collectors with this rare opportunity, bids mounted to a final price of $51,750.
Other lighting included a multihued Galle cameo table lamp with foliage design in various reds over an amber background. It exceeded expectations of $6,000/9,000 to sell for $10,925. A Daum Nancy chandelier with colorful grape and leaf pattern brought $7,475, more than tripling its $2,000/3,000 estimate.
An important museum quality Galle vase with detailed cameo polar bears in an arctic setting on a clear aquamarine background caught the eye of many a bidder, ultimately selling for $34,500 within an estimate of $30,000/40,000. Other Galle included a fabulous marquetry vase with inlaid wheel-carved flowers of red and cream. Set against an amber background with pulled lines for a stem and grass effect, it sold for $26,450 against an estimate of $25,000/30,000.
Though Galle is more renowned for their cameo glass than their furniture, an outstanding set of four Galle nesting tables with beautifully inlaid marquetry tops depicting scenes of the four seasons saw active bidding. It went to a bidder looking to complete his Galle collection. Ignoring the $3,000/5,000 estimate, the set sold for $25,875.
English cameo glass included a rare signed Webb window vase, acid etched white over gray on a green background with transparent window decoration on three sides. It sold above its presale estimate of $10,000/15,000 to a solid $28,750.
Likewise receiving much attention was a marvelous selection of Daum. A museum quality padded and wheel-carved crocus flower vase in purple, burnt red, and yellow with polished deep olive acid etched brought $28,750, exceeding a presale estimate of $18,000/22,000. A highly detailed, acid etched and enameled Daum Nancy frosted vase fading to green featured a flock of cranes flying above a swamp. Expected to draw $12,000/15,000 it soared to $24,725. Another of the many surprises of the day was a monumental 22” Daum vase with purple enameled irises shown at various stages of growth. Highlighted by cameo and gold enamel grasshoppers among the art nouveau foliage design, it sold for a show stopping $34,500 versus an estimate of $9,000/12,000. An exquisite tri-fold Daum Nancy Prairie vase with landscape design of a soft pink sky and swaying green grass that was enameled with flowers and strawberries sold for $20,125, surpassing its presale estimate of $17,000/20,000. A favorite of Browne’s was a Daum Nancy acid etched and enameled springtime scenic vase in soft yellows and greens that sold for $13,225 against a $7,000/10,000 estimate.
Another surprise was a beautiful Le Verre Francais vase with stylized swan decoration over a strong yellow and orange mottled background that was completed by two applied lavender handles. It sold for $9,487, over five times its estimate of $1,800/2,200.
There was exceptional vases and art glass throughout the two-day event, showcasing a grand diversity of different styles and forms. Also included were a number of rare and important Steuben glass pieces. Certainly a star of the show was a rare red Aurene example with gold iridescent leaf and vine decoration. Very difficult to find in this color, it went beyond its $20,000/30,000 estimate to bring $33,350. Other Steuben Aurene pieces included a powder blue example with gold iridescent pulled and hooked feather decoration that sold for $14,375 (est. $2,000/3,000) and a classic Egyptian form gold Aurene vase with platinum and green peacock feather decoration that brought $8,050 (est. $5,000/7,000). A fabulous Steuben Moss Agate vase with rolled rim and outrageous mottled earthen hues was also well-received, bringing $13,800 against an estimate of $6,000/8,000.
One of the standards among glass collectors but in no way ordinary is Lalique. And among these, the more desirable are the earlier incarnations signed by the founder R. Lalique. Julia’s auction offered numerous examples including an extremely rare and outstanding deep ruby red Perruches vase with allover pattern of parakeets perched on limbs. With provenance to Louis H. Chalif, a Russian ballet master who came to the United States in 1904 and founded the Chalif Normal School of Dance in Manhattan, the exquisite piece was a popular choice with phone bidders and soared past its $10,000/15,000 estimate to $25,875. An opalescent Ceylan vase with eight detailed parakeets perched around the perimeter sold for $9,200 against an estimate of $4,000/6,000 and a classic R. Lalique clear glass vase encircled with nude male archers taking aim at larger than life birds above hit its mark, selling for $8,050 versus a $4,500/5,500 estimate.
The diversity of the auction continued to impress, and included a rare Quezal basket decorated with green and white pulled feather design with a gold iridescent chain circling its pinched lip. It sold beyond its $2,000/3,000 estimate for $7,187.
The strength of Tiffany in the marketplace was also evident with a 15” Tiffany Studios large flower form vase featuring green pulled feather design extending the entire length of the stem, expanding out to broad leaves that enveloped the delicate bowl. This outstanding example sold for $13,800 against an estimate of $7,000/10,000. A Tiffany Studios Cypriot vase with a blocky pulled design against a bright gold iridescent background brought $11,500, surpassing its $6,000/8,000 estimate.
In addition to the fine glass was a fantastic collection of rare Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre pottery. This magnificent and vibrant variety that wasn’t a huge commercial success in the 1920s when it was produced, believed now to be ahead of its time. The pottery with its superb artistry with such depth is so rare; the only pieces that survived were the select few that actually found buyers before much of it was destroyed. It is said that the artist Daisy Makeig-Jones, was known to be somewhat eccentric. With the Great Depression and decline in prosperity also came a change in fashions and personnel at Wedgwood. Their new director was not particularly fond of Makeig-Jones’ Lustre work and asked her to retire. She chose to ignore his request and continued working as though nothing had happened. Eventually a heated argument ensued and the artist ordered that every Fairyland Lustre in her studio be destroyed. Today its exceptional rarity along with its most intricate patterns and brilliant glazes make them highly sought after. Despite this pottery’s considerable rarity, Julia’s has attracted a number of these pieces for auction in recent years, some of which Julia’s has sold for World Record Prices. Among the selection was a Fairyland Lustre vase in the Candlemas pattern. It featured four decorated panels showing tall white candles with a crowned queen’s head in the place of the flame, separated by blue lustre bands decorated with a series of fairies. It exceeded expectations of $11,000/15,000 to sell for $20,125. A brilliant multihued Fairyland Lustre footed vase picturing playful imps on a bridge, being watched by two fiendish goblins exceeded its $12,000/15,000 estimate, bringing $16,675. A large footed punchbowl in the Woodland Bridge pattern, decorated inside and out and depicting an enchanting forest scene of poplars, anachronistic architecture and secreted woodland elves finished up at $14,375 against expectations of $12,000/15,000.
Part of a rare and important collection of fine Mt. Washington Victorian art glass, a Royal Flemish two-handled vase with Egyptian travelers passing the Great Pyramids stood out. Carrying a presale estimate of $20,000/25,000, it sold for $28,175. Also quite striking was a soft pink Burmese two-handled covered jar delicately fading to yellow and decorated with trailing leaves and vines. Emphasized by a delightful verse by Charles Dickens, it sold for $8,912 against a $6,500/7,500 estimate. An elegant enameled Mt. Washington Peach Blow vase decorated in the Queen’s pattern of daisies both in full bloom and maturing buds brought $9,775, surpassing its $6,000/7,500 pre-auction estimate while a Burmese Queen’s pattern ovoid vase sold for $7,187.
For a more contemporary flavor was a quality selection of modern art glass, highlighted by an unusual studio art glass bowl by Toots Zynsky. Constructed of hundreds, if not thousands of hair like glass threads of rich blue, orange, and black, it brought $7,475 versus a pre-auction estimate of $5,000/7,000. A duo of Persian groups by American artist Dale Chihuly consisting of imaginative freeform plates, bowls, and vases each with their own artistic flair brought within their respective estimates to sell for $4,887 apiece.
Helping to round out the sale and worthy of mention were numerous contemporary jewelry pieces including a 14kt white gold necklace with two rows of diamonds circling the neck and 29 vertical bars of diamonds in the center. With nearly 400 baguettes, this stunning piece brought $10,925, within its $10,000/12,000 estimate. A Georg Jensen silver and mother of pearl necklace with suspended bellflower was a must have, bringing $8,912 against an estimate of $1,000/1,500.
Julia's next lamp & glass auction will take place in November. Other upcoming Julia auctions include their annual antiques and fine arts auction extravaganza at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine, taking place August 22-24, a rare antique firearms & military memorabilia auction in October, as well as an antique toy & doll auction also in November. 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.
JULIA'S TOY AUCTION ANOTHER BLOWOUT: QUALITY & RARITY A KEY FACTOR
Fairfield, Maine-May 20, 2006. Jim Julia has instilled his various division heads with the philosophy quality goods plus quality effort plus quality promotion equals quality results and indeed this formula has continued to prove extremely successful for both the Julia auction firm and its consignors. Last year the company did $28 Million in sales, far ahead of their original anticipations. This year all of the sales to date have done in excess of their expectations. In fact, no firearms auction company in the world has ever conducted a $9 Million auction. In March Julia’s completed their third firearms auction in the $9 Million range. The toy & doll division at Julia’s has also come to the forefront recently. Last year they handled the Bob & Jackie Stewart Collection of rare cast iron toys which nearly doubled the presale estimate at $1.6 million. The auction itself grossed $2.5 million dollars and included over 36 world auction records. This year’s spring toy & doll sale included a highly select grouping of quality toys with rarity and condition being key factors. Included were a number of items fresh from estates and old time collections. The total low estimate of items sold was $779,567 and the final selling price (including the 15% buyer’s premium) was $1,033,551, or approximately 33% above low estimate. A number of fine items came from the collection of Carter Reese of Pennsylvania. Mr. Reese, an incurable collector with an insatiable appetite for quality items whether they be toys, Americana, folk art, etc., filled multiple buildings with his collections and recently thought that he would sell a few things to simply make room for more. Many of the select items from his massive collection did very well. A clockwork Hubley amusement park ride was estimated at $25,000/45,000. This indeed was a rare item and the most recent example sold at public auction for about $13,000 only three years ago. This example, however, sold for $31,625.
A wonderful “Tally Ho” by Carpenter depicting a team of four horses, pulling a lively group of revelers atop a large open carriage is considered by many to be the greatest cast iron horse drawn toy. This example, exhibiting some minor paint restoration brought $31,625 versus a presale estimate of $20,000/40,000.
Other highlights from the collection included a procession of rare Hubley Brakes. Offering the two-, three-, and four-seat varieties, these open-air horse drawn carriages with individually cast riders received much attention. The rare four-seat Brake brought $11,500 while a two-seat version sold for $7,590. Each brought within their respective estimates while an extended three-seat version was a bargain at $5,060.
Other horse drawn toys worthy of mention, though not of the Reese collection was a tremendous all-original large Hubley bandwagon that descended from the original owner. Drawn by four white plumed horses, the colorful coach with driver and eight musicians seated behind him paraded past its presale estimate of $12,000/16,000 to $20,700.
Despite a languishing cast iron automotive market a rare Hubley Packard from the Reese collection still managed to reach a strong price. With sweeping lines and classic styling, this outstanding (albeit restored) vehicle from the golden age of automobiles brought $12,075, far surpassing an estimate of $8,000/10,000.
A small horse drawn Wilkins trolley marked “Consolidated Street R.R. #372” saw active bidding, selling above its $1,400/1,800 estimate for $3,105. And a rare Kenton horse drawn cement wagon from the Reese collection showing strong paint brought $2,415 against expectations of $500/700.
One of the toys some considered to be a bargain of the day was an impressive, extremely rare German windup racing motorcycle by Fischer. It depicted a delightful mustachioed rider who appears to be riding so fast, he’s almost falling off the back. Fresh from a European estate, it was accompanied by the only original box known to exist. It sold to a most ecstatic Kirk White of Florida, who participated via telephone in Saturday’s auction. Bringing $21,275 against expectations of $20,000/30,000, White was quoted afterward as saying, “I feel I got a bargain at that price. I have the catalog photo taped to my fridge in anticipation of its arrival. I saw this toy years ago, but this is the only one I’ve seen with its original box. I’m thrilled!”
Included along with Reese’s collection and other toys was a small but very select grouping of mechanical banks that, according to Julia’s, was the finest condition grouping of mechanical banks they had ever had. The collection was actually that of one of Julia’s chief toy & doll consultants Jay & Connie Lowe. Over the years the Lowe’s had set aside the finest mechanical banks that they had the opportunity to buy. Recently Jay stated that a friend had offered him $180,000 and then later offered him $190,000 for the grouping of 12 banks, which was a significant profit over what they had originally bought the banks for. However, after thinking about it, Jay decided that he had better go to auction instead. First of all, a number of friends had coveted the banks and there was no way to sell one or all of the banks to any one person without offending other people, so by offering them at auction it afforded everyone a chance to compete. Secondly, in the past few years it was obvious that exceptional quality items have brought very strong prices at Julia’s and he just thought that he might do a little better at auction. The end results were far more than what he and Connie had anticipated. At $265,070, or $75,000 above what he was considering selling them for, both he and his wife were elated. Connie and Jay had originally justified selling the banks for the new addition they were putting on their house, but they had done so much better than what they had anticipated that a significant portion of their profit will be donated to an orphanage in Kazakhstan where they have recently adopted three lovely Kazakhstan children.
Brimming with seldom-offered examples, the collection included an incredible Professor Pug Frog mechanical bank, formerly of the Norman Perry Collection. This much sought after bank included its original clockwork mechanism and all original paint. It whizzed past its $25,000/45,000 pre-auction estimate to a record $51,750. Formerly of the Lloyd Ralston Collection, an absolutely outstanding Chief Big Moon Bank with the desirable red base featured a squaw sitting outside a teepee holding a fish as a large frog emerges from the nearby pond. One would be hard pressed to find one in better condition. Consequently, it brought a new World Auction record of $33,350, also exceeding its $15,000/25,000 pre-auction estimate.
A one-time resident of the Norman Perry Collection was a rare Calamity bank featuring early football players sacking the advancing quarterback. This much sought after bank with sophisticated action brought $40,250 against a pre-auction estimate of 30,000/50,000. An outstanding Stevens Dentist bank depicting a somewhat gruesome tooth extraction combined lively action, comical characters, and exceptional original paint. Julia’s sold it for $25,875 above its $20,000/25,000 presale estimate. And a rare Bread Winners bank brought $33,350 (est. 30,000/45,000).
Other highlights in the collection included a sensational Magician Bank, formerly of the Lloyd Ralston Collection. It retained wonderful paint and considerable flocking on the steps, which is typically almost entirely worn off. This example conjured $18,400, just above its $14,000/18,000 presale estimate. And an outstanding Clown on Globe bank, despite some fading, was still one of the strongest examples of paint retention on this bank known to exist. It sold for $11,500 versus an estimate of $10,000/20,000.
Other mechanical banks in addition to this collection included a scarce Circus bank from the Reese collection. Despite some condition issues, it found a buyer at $5,750, exceeding its $3,500/4,500 estimate. A Darktown Battery bank fresh from a Massachusetts attic was in better than average condition and brought $5,865, more than doubling its estimate of $2,000/3,000.
Julia’s auction continued the grand diversity of their auction with other quality pieces including a variety of tin windups and comic characters, many including their original boxes. Fine German toys led the pack. Recently discovered in a North Carolina home, an extremely rare large size 16" tin Marklin Limo with all the bells and whistles was a great find. In “as-found” condition, with some very old paint restoration, it featured a forward/reverse lever, flip-top roof, glass windowed doors, and brass cowl lamps. It beat out its $15,000-25,000 presale estimate to sell for an amazing $35,650. This was joined by a rare large 12” Gunthermann Gordon Bennet racer. In November, Julia’s set yet another World Auction Record selling an excellent example of this toy with its original figures for $48,300. Modeled after a renowned French racecar from the 1930s this fabulous early German-made tin lithographed windup racer is considered the best known but most elusive of all Gunthermann cars. This most recent example, in very good condition, but missing the original figures, brought $26,450 against a $20,000/30,000 presale estimate. A Lehmann Autobus in superb condition with its original box sold for $3,335 exceeding expectations of $2,000/3,000 while a brightly lithographed Gunthermann tin windup motorcycle with uniformed police officer more than quadrupled expectations of $500/800 to bring $2,185.
American tin windups also fared well. A rare Spic and Span black dancer windup with its original box carried a pre-auction estimate of $1,400/1,800 and finally took a bow at $2,645. This was joined by a Nifty Mickey Mouse Jazz Drummer in superb condition and its box that brought $4,600 against a $3,500/5,500 estimate.
Other tin included a remarkable Weeden “Water Witch” steam driven paddle wheeler with its original wooden box. Also retaining the original paper directions, this rarity finished up at $6,095 within its presale estimate of $5,000/10,000.
This was joined by a selection of rare Ives clockwork toys. Mixing early American tin, horse drawn toys, and black memorabilia was an Ives "Hook Behind" clockwork toy. It featured a hollow tin brown trotting horse pulling a wooden wagon, being driven by a rustic country woman as a little black boy hangs from the back trying to keep up. A truly outstanding toy, it brought $20,125 against a pre-auction estimate of $20,000/30,000. A rare all original Ives perambulator with tin horse head, and featuring a wealthy impish child working the levers of his ride, the toy sold for $20,125 versus expectations of $14,000/18,000. A scarce Ives “Suffragette” toy that depicted a Victorian black woman dominating her podium with bulging eyes and enthusiastic expression, dominated the auction podium, selling for $6,900, above its $3,000/5,000 estimate. And though not clockwork, a wonderful cast iron Ives walking horse with articulated legs on a wheeled base with great patina exceeded its pre-auction estimate of $2,000/3,000 to sell for $3,450.
Other horse related pieces included a superb Eichner German carriage with its original wooden box. Including two dappled gray and white ponies pulling an elegant closed coach, it sold for $10,925 against a $10,000/12,000 presale estimate. A charming circus figure set by Rock & Graner featuring a stately all-bisque ringmaster overseeing the performing beauty atop her clockwork wheeled pony will make for a great display. The set finished up at $6,900 against an estimate of $6,500/8,500.
Other highlights included a large papier-mâché rooster skittles set that featured glass eyes, a rainbow of bright original paint, and ninepins in the form of clown chicks nestled in their original excelsior. These delicate sets typically exhibit considerable damage. However, this one was extraordinary, and sold for $17,250 against a $15,000/20,000 estimate. Normally known for their military toys, German firm Elastolin created a marvelous dioramic scene of a gingerbread house and composition figures to play out the Hansel & Gretel story. Expertly crafted with brilliant colors, the set exceeded its $900/1,600 estimate to sell for $2,760.
Pressed steel made a strong showing at Julia’s auction. From a Portland, Maine home, having been in the family for decades, an exceptional all-original Buddy L baggage truck was one of the surprises of the day. Ignoring its $1,200/1,500 estimate, it delivered the goods, finishing up at $10,350. An eleventh hour addition of several very sought after pressed steel trucks also met with eager bidding. An outstanding Buddy L bus, although having experienced a zealous cleaning, was in excellent all original condition and sold for $9,200 versus an $8,000/12,000 estimate. A rare Sturditoy cream-colored ambulance in near excellent condition sold for $8,050 and a Kingsbury motor driven stake truck complete with original decals and working hand crank motor sold for 6,612.
Although primarily concentrated on toys this time out, the auction also offered a nice selection of rare dolls. A gorgeous 15” French Schmitt Bebe with almond cut brown paperweight eyes and an antique white cotton gauze and lace dress was a popular choice, bringing $17,250 against a $13,000/15,000 estimate. One of the earliest Jumeau “EJ’s”, signified by the size number incised over the “EJ” whereas later examples placed the number between the two letters finished up at $11,500 against a $10,000/12,000 estimate. This lovely 24” example featured brown paperweight eyes, mauve shading, and eight ball joints. A fine 15 ½” E6D with stunning blue paperweight eyes and her original shoes sold for $3,795, just above expectations of $2,500/3,500. Bidders saw beyond the dirt and tattered kid body of a beautiful Bru fashion doll with a Mona Lisa smile to take her to $4,140 against an estimate of $2,500/3,500. A desirable Simon & Halbig 719 character doll with straight wrists and blue paperweight eyes wearing her antique red cotton dress also stood out, bringing $3,450.
American dollmakers also got into the mix with the classic folk art look of an all-original Izannah Walker doll. Painted cloth with fine facial features, this doll came with a pedigree a mile long, being passed down through the family before coming to Julia’s auction block. Surpassing her $6,000/8,000 pre-auction estimate, she sold for $8,625. A rare Kamkins painted cloth boy doll in excellent condition with his original wool suit brought $1,380 versus a presale estimate of $800/1,200.
In addition to the fine toys and dolls was a select grouping of antique advertising and country store items. An icon in advertising and product recognition is Planter’s Peanuts whose “spokesperson” Mr. Peanut, celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Items bearing his image have long been a collectable entity. Julia’s offered a figural Hamilton scale bearing a large cast iron standing figure of Mr. Peanut, ready to register your weight in his trademark top hat. This scarce piece brought $10,350 against an estimate of $9,000/12,000.
Early on, salesman samples helped show company’s large scale products in exact miniature without filling a large space, making it possible to sell to distant clients when an illustration in a catalog would just not suffice. The meticulous craftsmanship of these early models made them particularly valuable and sought after. A marvelous salesman sample of an Adam’s windmill featuring an advanced and elaborate arrangement of weighted wooden blades blew past its $6,000/8,000 estimate to sell for $8,625. An extraordinary archive of material relating to the famous Burleigh Rock Drill included a salesman sample of the drill that made the Hoosac Tunnel in Massachusetts possible at a savings of millions of dollars and man-hours to the State of Massachusetts. Ironically Burleigh had to sue the State to even get paid for his services. The historical lot also legal documents pertaining to the suit as well as numerous stock certificates and original photographs. The lot sold for $4,025 versus a $3,000/6,000 estimate.
Country store items included a fantastic wooden figural Gilbert clock in the form of a cigarette for Nebo tobacco. It featured a hand painted face of a smiling gentleman with a cutout mouth. The pendulum would swing behind his smile, giving the illusion of movement. In untouched condition, this piece retained much of its original paper label and sold for $8,050 against a pre-auction estimate of $5,000/10,000.
Early examples in Coca-Cola advertising prove to be a challenge as they rarely surface at public auction in any condition. A professionally restored rare 1899 embossed tin sign featuring opera star Hilda Clark is one such instance, was a good purchase at $6,095. Other highlights included a Red Seal Paint die cut string holder, which bore the famous Dutch Boy image. A classic piece in fresh uncleaned condition, bringing $4,312 against a $1,500/2,500 estimate.
Julia's next toy & doll auction will take place in November. Other upcoming Julia auctions include their lamp and glass auction taking place June 16 & 17, 2006 and their annual antiques and fine arts auction extravaganza at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine, taking place August 23-25. And a rare antique firearms & military memorabilia auction in October. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMERICAN ART MAKES STRONG SHOWING AT JULIA'S SPRING AUCTION
Fairfield, Maine-May 13, 2006. The firm of James D. Julia recently held their annual pre-summer auction featuring fine art, American furniture, and other quality antiques & accessories, offering some surprises and solid prices throughout. While Julia’s auction at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine (the most anticipated summer art auction in Maine every year) is still a few months off, sales coordinator Bill Gage assembled an outstanding sale with a solid core of quality goods to assuage the eager buyers until then. Keeping the clip lively, auctioneer Jim Julia sold lot after lot of the 700-lot sale to an enthusiastic cadre of bidders from around the globe. Julia grabbed their attention early and didn’t let up. An interesting suite of rare Dunbar furnishings designed by Edward Wormley that featured inlaid glass Tiffany tiles certainly helped set the tone. A long walnut coffee table with shaped rectangular top supported by four tapering legs sold for $13,225 against expectations of $4,000/6,000 while a similar style end table brought $7,475 versus an estimate of $2,500/4,500. These items were originally purchased together directly from the company along with an outstanding Dunbar table lamp that completed the suite. Consisting of 128 individual iridescent Tiffany tiles, accented by a stepped walnut base, this unusual piece sold for $15,525, more than six times its presale estimate.
This functional art served as an introduction to the over 300 paintings offered in the sale. Enjoying a thriving seller’s market, Julia’s Americana division has offered a steady increase in the amount of artwork in recent years with splendid results. Expanding this niche has perhaps helped in the rediscovery of accomplished American artists, their works attaining the strongest prices in years, and opening up the market to a new faction of collectors. Gathered from various fine estates and collections, highlights from this segment included Paul Bernard King’s large oil on canvas winter scene showing an ice cutting operation with two work horses preparing to haul the packed sled. Fresh from a Maine home, this outstanding work sold for $29,900 over an estimate of $8,000/12,000.
Landscapes included a masterful Swiss Alpine valley scene by Frederick Waugh showing a rock-strewn stream flowing from the towering snowcapped mountains in the distance. Consigned from a prominent Philadelphia collection, it sold for $28,750 against a $25,000/35,000 estimate. From the same collection, Theodore Wendel’s impressionistic European scene of a small boat moored along a canal’s edge too brought $28,750.
For quintessentially New England scenery, Aldro Hibbard’s “Spring in Vermont” caught the eye of many a bidder. With his broad palate of color, the apple blossoms and leafy maples, blue mountains and rolling hills almost come to life. The piece sold for $10,350, surpassing its $3,000/5,000 estimate. Frederick Mulhaupt’s harbor scene entitled “Guineyboats Gloucester, Mass” showing several blue hulled sailboats sitting dockside sold for $17,825 against a pre-auction estimate of $8,000/12,000. William Lester Stevens’ oil on board harbor scene, likely an early Gloucester setting brought $5,175 versus a $2,000/3,000 estimate.
Further inland, Herrmann Herzog’s oil on canvas mountain landscape centered on two stags atop a bluff, selling for $7,187, more than doubling its $3,000/5,000 estimate. A luminous landscape scene of a river running through mountain cliffs at sunset after Albert Bierstadt sold for $5,175 against expectations of $1,500/2,000
The diversity of the American countryside was also shown via two large gold tone photographs on glass by Edward Sheriff Curtis. A rather involved process combining powdered gold pigment and banana oil gave these photographs a remarkably luminous quality. Renowned for his photographs of American Indians, these two images depicted imposing canyons dwarfing the passing Indians on horseback. Curtis’ “Canyon Del Muerto” brought $21,850 while his “ Canyon De Chelly” finished up at $18,975, each exceeding their estimates of $10,000/15,000.
Other painting highlights included a somewhat unusual subject matter for Anthony Thieme whose works are usually more of a New England flavor. An unsigned attribution of a tranquil Caribbean cove showing several islanders tending to a sail at the front of a boat sold for $13,800 versus a $5,000/10,000 presale estimate.
One of the surprises of the day was an unsigned, unframed, European oil on canvas scene in need of significant restoration that depicted a street performer with his performing monkey taking in some wine. Despite its poor condition, the quality of the painting and its humorous subject matter made bidders sit up and take notice, finishing up at $13,800 and paying no attention to its $100/300 estimate.
The mass of fine art included a variety of three-dimensional pieces as well. A coastal Maine collection of plaster Rogers Groups brought out the collectors. Receiving strong bidding from those in attendance and a healthy bank of phone bidders, none fared as well as a rare figural group depicting a street magician behind his makeshift stand, lifting a number of objects from a top hat including (of course) a rabbit. Despite some restoration it brought $3,565 against an estimate of $500/1,000. A dramatic Rogers Group entitled “The Council of War” showing Lincoln, Grant, and Stanton in meditative discussion also exceeded expectations, selling above its $1,500/2,000 estimate to sell for $2,645. And a good period bronze by fellow French artist Antoine Louis Barye depicting a standing lioness exceeded its presale estimate of $1,000/1,500 to bring $6,612.
Other highlights included two rare and important Camille Faure Limoges art deco vases including a monochrome example with a dizzying pattern of sharp geometric shapes in a stylistic leaf design. Not available to the public in nearly twenty years, it sold for $10,350, above its presale estimate of $7,000/10,000. The other, a large egg formed vase with pink enameled interior and outside decoration of bright color swirls cracked its $3,000/5,000 estimate to sell for $7,475.
Combining beauty and functionality was a stunning Venetian blue glass stemware set with applied swan stems that brought $2,574 against expectations of $500/1,000. More historical than functional was a coin silver tablespoon by Paul Revere from a Maine home that sold for $9,200 versus a $1,000/5,000 estimate. There must have been something quite spectacular in a three-piece Oriental lot that included a carved jadeite snuff bottle with turquoise top, a Netsuke of a seated man, and a small metal crab. It came to the block with an estimate of $150/250 but ultimately went to a bidder on the phone for $2,530.
In addition to the fine selection of art and accessories, Julia’s presented a selection of early American, Victorian, and Continental furniture. The list was headed by an outstanding inlaid mahogany grandfather clock. Accented by brass spindles, inlaid birdseye maple panels, and its door marked with a complete history of service running from 1856 through 1985. From a Brunswick, Maine estate, it went to a collector for $9,200 against a $2,500/4,000 estimate.
Julia's next Americana auction will be their annual antiques and fine arts auction extravaganza at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine, taking place August 22-24. Other upcoming Julia auctions include their lamp and glass auction taking place June 16 & 17, rare antique firearms & military memorabilia auction in October, and a toy, doll, and advertising auction in November. 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.
JULIA'S IMPRESSIVE SPRING AUCTION HIGHLIGHTED BY REESE'S PIECES
Fairfield, Maine-May 20, 2006. Over a span of nearly forty years, James D. Julia Auctioneers has offered important collections in all four of their specialty divisions, consistently attaining record prices for top shelf antiques. Selling over $30 Million last year alone, they've shown a strong beginning to 2006 with a winter Americana & fine arts auction that grossed nearly $2 Million and a massive spring firearms auction that brought in just over $9 Million! No other auction firm in the world has ever conducted a $9 Million gun auction. However, this was Julia's third such auction in the $9 Million range that the firm has conducted in the past two years. Last year, Julia's presented the outstanding collection of Bob & Jackie Stewart that nearly doubled a presale estimate of $850,000 to gross $1.6 Million, setting 36 World Auction Records along the way. The collection was considered one of the finest condition collections of cast iron toys to hit the auction market in many years. Julia's forthcoming toy, doll, and advertising auction is expected to be another attention grabber that will include a splendid selection of rare toys from the renowned collection of Carter Reese of Pennsylvania.
Those familiar with Mr. Reese know of his most expansive mass of American and European toys, literally stacked floor to ceiling. His seemingly unending cache of toys has been compared to that of the famed "old time" collectors Covert Hegarty, Louis Hertz, F.W. Griffith, and Tony Koveleski. These men's compulsion to amass fine objects, and the eventual sale of the items resulted in virtual feeding frenzies in the collecting fraternity.
A comedian once quipped, "You can't have everything; where would you put it?" This appeared to be the challenge Mr. Reese was facing. His unquenchable desire has been compared to early 1900s elite packrats the Collier Brothers of New York. His collection is likewise similar to that of the famed Squire Henry whose massive quantities of rare toys, banks, paintings, Civil War memorabilia, and other fine antiques were legendary. Mr. Reese has no intention of leaving the world of toys; he simply needed the space to put any additional purchases. He chose the Julia firm in partnership with Julia's toy & doll consultant Jay Lowe to help pare down the collection to make room for more. This offering represents a fabulous assortment of fine toys, absolutely fresh to the market after having been packed away for many years.
Also very exciting will be the delightful juxtaposition of old and new. The auction of these fine antiques will be held in Julia's newly renovated and expanded facilities, which completed construction in October, and celebrated with a lavish open house reception in November. In developing the new state of the art facilities, company president James Julia had taken into consideration the various amenities that were lacking in most all rental facilities. "We strove to provide ample space, extremely well lit presentation areas, special display presentation racks, and numerous lighted glass cabinets that made for an ideal presentation. The auction facility itself boasts an ample, comfortable seating area in well-lit, airy, and attractive surroundings."
Included in this important auction are rare examples in cast iron, tin, and pressed steel. One of only 2 or 3 known to exist is an amazing Hubley clockwork amusement park ride. This early and elaborate toy consists of two intricately cast iron pierced discs, between them supporting a series of six offset rods, on which rest diminutive gondolas. Powered by a clockwork motor, the discs rotate, and gravity allows the peopled gondolas to glide from end to end. This impressive piece carries a presale estimate of $25,000/35,000.
Reese's collection also includes even larger toys such as a wonderful "Tally Ho" by Carpenter. Depicting a team of four horses, pulling a lively group of revelers atop a large open carriage, the toy is considered by many to be the greatest cast iron horse drawn toy. Last year Julia's sold an extraordinary example of this toy for a record $92,000 against expectations of $35,000/45,000. This example carries a presale estimate of $15,000/25,000.
Other highlights from the collection include a procession of rare Hubley Brakes. Offering the two-, three-, and four-seat varieties, these open-air horse drawn carriages with individually cast riders are sure to receive much attention. They carry presale estimates of $6,000 to $15,000. There will be numerous other horse drawn pieces as well including a large Wilkins water tower that spans a mammoth 40". The largest cast iron toy ever made, this piece would be the king of the mantle. It is expected to sell for $4,000/6,000.
In addition, numerous automotive pieces will hit the block such as a rare Hubley Packard in blue. With sweeping lines and classic styling, this highly sought after vehicle from the golden era of automotive design from Reese's collection is expected to sell for $8,000/12,000. Other cast iron vehicles include a nice Hubley Crash Car motorcycle with the seldom-found complete set of accessories. It is expected to bring $2,000/3,000. Reese's collection will be complemented by key pieces from collections and estates from across the United States and across the globe. Recently discovered in a North Carolina attic, an extremely rare large size 16" tin Marklin Limo with all the bells and whistles is a great find. Featuring a forward/reverse lever, flip-top roof, glass windowed doors, and brass cowl lamps, this outstanding vehicle carries a $15,000-25,000 presale estimate. Even more impressive is an extremely rare comical German racing motorcycle with its perhaps never before seen original box. Direct from European estate, it depicts a delightful mustachioed rider in his brown racing uniform. He must be traveling at such an incredible rate of speed, he appears to be falling off the back. This exceptional toy carries a presale estimate of $20,000/30,000. This is joined by a rare large 12" Gunthermann Gordon Bennet racer. In November, Julia's set yet another World Auction Record selling an excellent example of this toy for $48,300. Due to Julia's success with this example, the owners of the current example became aware of the value of theirs and immediately consigned it after being in their family for many years. Modeled after a renowned French racecar from the 1930s this fabulous early German-made tin lithographed windup racer is considered the best known but most elusive of all Gunthermann cars. The forthcoming example, in very good condition should sell for $20,000/30,000.
Worthy of mention is a tremendous and large Hubley bandwagon. Received directly from the descendents of the original owner, the toy came out of Williamsport, Pennsylvania in fabulous, all-original condition. Drawn by four white plumed horses, the driver parades down the street in his colorful coach with eight musicians seated behind him. This item carries a presale estimate of $12,000/15,000. Other horse drawn pieces include a superb Eichner German carriage with its original wooden box. Two dappled gray and white ponies pull an elegant closed coach. Together with its wooden crate, which retains the lion's share of its paper label, the piece carries a $10,000/12,000 presale estimate.
This is joined by a selection of rare Ives clockwork toys. Mixing early American tin, horse drawn toys, and black memorabilia is an Ives "Hook Behind" clockwork toy. Featuring a hollow tin brown trotting horse pulling a wooden wagon, it is driven by a rustic country woman as a little black boy hangs from the back trying to keep up. A truly outstanding toy, it carries a pre-auction estimate of $20,000/30,000. A rare all original Ives perambulator with tin horse head features a wealthy impish child brimming with attitude, working the levers of his ride. In outstanding original condition, this toy is expected to sell for $14,000/18,000. Though not clockwork, a wonderful cast iron Ives walking horse with articulated legs on a wheeled base with great patina should bring $2,000/4,000.
Also included are three rarities that are seldom seen at public auction. Likewise of the popular black memorabilia genre is a scarce Ives "Suffragette". This toy features a Victorian black woman with bulging eyes, dominating the podium, clearly zealous for her cause. This wonderful piece carries a $4,000/6,000 estimate. Following is an Ives preacher that retains a portion of its original paper label. Putting us on the path to righteousness, the toy is expected to bring $3,000/5,000. Perhaps the rares of all Ives clockwork toys (only two others are known), an Ives woodchopper on a wooden base faces the daunting task of splitting the log at his feet. It is expected to sell for $5,000/8,000.
Another important centerpiece of this auction is a highly select grouping of choice and rare mechanical banks in spectacular condition, most of which are from one fastidious collector. Sales coordinator for the division, Andrew Truman stated, "This is perhaps the finest grouping of mechanical banks we have offered thus far. It's really exciting to see such a fresh offering of excellent examples in their untouched, un-cleaned, original condition." Brimming with seldom-offered examples, the collection includes an incredible Professor Pug Frog mechanical bank, formerly of the Norman Perry Collection. The condition of this should project it to $27,500/32,500. Formerly of the Lloyd Ralston Collection, an absolutely outstanding Chief Big Moon Bank with the rare red base features the Chief sitting outside his teepee holding a fish as a large frog emerges from the nearby pond. One would be hard pressed to find one in better condition and consequently it carries a $14,000/16,000 pre-auction estimate. Perhaps one of the finest examples in existence, a rare Boy Scout Camp bank (ex-Norman Perry Collection) with the lads raising the troop flag is expected to bring 20,000/22,000. Also a one-time resident of the Norman Perry Collection is a rare Calamity bank featuring early football players sacking the advancing quarterback. This much sought after bank with sophisticated action carries a pre-auction estimate of 30,000/40,000. Also included is a sensational Magician Bank, formerly of the Lloyd Ralston Collection. Retaining wonderful paint and considerable flocking on the steps, which is typically almost entirely worn off, this example is expected to sell for $14,000/16,000. Other banks from this private collection include a rare Bread Winners bank in untouched condition (est. 30,000/40,000), an outstanding Clown on Globe bank (est. 13,000/16,000), and a comical Stevens Dentist bank depicting a somewhat gruesome tooth extraction. This bank that combines lively action, characters bearing exaggerated facial features, and exceptional original paint, it carries a presale estimate of $20,000/23,000.
Julia's auction continues the grand diversity of their auction with other quality pieces including a variety of tin windups and comic characters, many including their original boxes. A Lehmann Autobus with its original box is in superb condition, retaining nearly all of its gold railing trim is expected to bring $3,000/6,000. A rare Spic and Span black dancer windup with its original box carries a pre-auction estimate of $1,000/2,000. This is joined by a Nifty Mickey Mouse Jazz Drummer in superb condition and its box and a Howdy Doody band with its original box that carry estimates of 3,000/6,000 and $1,200/1,800 respectively.
Other toys include a collection of rare penny toys. "Penny Toys" is a bit of a misnomer nowadays as they carry presale estimates in the range of $600/1,200. Regardless, these pieces are sure to delight collectors with such examples as a rare charming pair of rabbits sawing an Easter egg in half. A black man riding an ostrich driven chariot is an impressive piece while a rabbit riding in a wagon is quite charming. Others include a jockey on a prancing horse and a boy trumpeter on a rocking horse.
The selection of toys runs from the very small to the quite large. Case in point is a rare large Marklin St. Louis clockwork riverboat. Spanning nearly 27 inches, this gem from the Carter Reese collection with two smokestacks, various decks, and delicate finish work is expected to draw $15,000/20,000. Another scarce seafaring toy is a remarkable Weeden "Water Witch" steam driven paddle wheeler with its original wooden box. Also retaining the original paper directions, this rarity carries a presale estimate of $5,000/7,000.
The ample selection of toys continues with other highlights including a spectacular and scarce Marklin steam plant. Serving as a power source for your quality steam toys, this original example in fine condition carries an estimate of $2,250/2,750. A charming circus figure set by Rock & Graner features a stately all-bisque ringmaster overseeing the performing beauty atop her clockwork wheeled pony. Making for a great display, the set is expected to ring in $6,000/10,000. Also on deck is a set of two tin provincial grape picker figures by Gottfried Striebel. These two hand painted full-bodied figures in excellent detail are ready to hit the countryside, carrying large baskets on their backs and a presale estimate of $2,000/3,000. A finely detailed early wooden horse drawn wagon advertising lead and glass delivery in outstanding original condition likewise carries a $2,000/3,000 pre-auction estimate. A desirable Mandeville hand-crank toy features articulated bisque-headed representations of Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty below a trellis of patriotic banners and flowers. The piece carries a presale estimate of $2,500/3,500.
In addition to the fine toys will be a select grouping of antique advertising and country store items. An icon in advertising and product recognition is Planter's Peanuts. Mr. Peanut, celebrating his 100th birthday this year, has long been a collectable entity. The most significant in the vast number of objects bearing his image has to be the Hamilton scale, where even the reproductions are sought after. However, Julia's is pleased to offer an original example in wonderful condition. It is comprised of a large cast iron standing figure of Mr. Peanut, ready to register your weight in his trademark top hat. Because of the relative complexity and expense, production of these scales was very limited, making them rather scarce. This example weighs in with an estimate of $10,000/20,000. Another elaborate scale is an outstanding Caille George Washington scale. Highlighted by ornate nickeled castings and patriotic lithographed decoration on the dial face, it is expected to bring $7,000/9,000. Often entertainment for early shoppers were large nickelodeons. Of particular note in Julia's auction will be an outstanding Seeburg KT with numerous instruments playing snappy tunes. This piece carries a presale estimate of $9,000/12,000.
Other advertising includes a fantastic hand painted figural Gilbert clock. This early piece for Nebo tobacco in the form of a cigarette features a hand painted face of a smiling gentleman with a cutout mouth. Behind his smile swings the pendulum, giving the illusion of him talking. In untouched condition, this piece retains much of its original paper label. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $5,000/10,000. Even more significant, a complete Lucky Strike die cut cardboard display featuring baseball greats Mickey Cochrane and Jim Bottomley. Found under a stairwell in a church building in southern Virginia, the sale of this phenomenal find is to benefit the church's charity "New Beginnings", which strives to assist families in need. Occasionally, the individual central characters become available for sale. However, it is as common as hen's teeth to see the central field with a larger than life pack of Lucky's hovering over a baseball diamond. This complete and extremely rare set carries a presale estimate of $12,000/18,000. A fresh attic find, a Sidney advertising clock showed how to maximize advertising space efficiently, allowing for multiple advertisers on a single clock. With reverse on glass advertisements for F.B.R. Cigars, Kelly's Eagle Lager, and Grand Central Clothiers, this piece is expected to fetch $5,000/7,000.
The undisputed king of advertising collectibles has to be Coca-Cola. Early examples prove to be a challenge as they rarely surface at public auction. A professionally restored rare 1899 embossed tin sign featuring opera star Hilda Clark is one such instance. Unusual to find in any condition, this piece offers an opportunity to own one of the earliest of all Coke signs. It carries a pre-auction estimate of $10,000/20,000. A rare 1901 octagonal Ingraham oak schoolhouse clock with its original insert is expected to bring $6,000/8,000.
Early on, salesman samples helped show company's large scale products in exact miniature without filling a sprawling area, making it possible to sell to distant clients when a photo would just not suffice. The meticulous craftsmanship of these early models make them particularly valuable and sought after. A marvelous salesman sample of an Adam's windmill features an advanced and elaborate arrangement of weighted wooden blades that turned inward when the wind got too strong, preventing structural damage during heavy storms. Fresh from a private collection, this item brings with it a presale estimate of $6,000/8,000. Joining this model is a salesman sample nuts & bolts cabinet in walnut with great patina that carries a $1,500/2,000 presale estimate.
Akin to salesman samples, with a collector base all their own, are United States patent models. Initially, the U.S. Patent Office required a working miniature model of an invention when applying for a patent. Once considered throwaways, these early pieces of American ingenuity have become very collectable, particularly if they retain their original patent tags, which help to confirm the models' legitimacy. Julia's past auctions have included numerous collections of these historical items with tremendous success. This time around from a New York collector are approximately 100 examples covering the genres of agricultural, nautical, medical, household goods, swimming related, and more, most of which retain their original tags. Highlights include an outstanding clothes wringer by N.B. Phelps, patented in 1876 in an attempt to better the lives of 19th Century Americans. With its original patent tag, this early technology piece carries a pre-auction estimate of $3,000/5,000. Others include an early sauna known then as a vapor bath patented in 1872. It carries a $1,000/2,000 presale estimate. The inventor of a wheeled milking stool thought to make the milking process less cumbersome. This model is expected to draw $1,000/1,500. Also included will be a variety of prostheses, beer coolers, furnaces, shoes, farm implements, etc. These models are to be sold individually and in lots with estimate ranges from the low hundreds to the multiple thousands.
Also included in the sale will be a select group of exquisite dolls including a fresh-to-the-market 17" Izannah Walker doll with provenance that carries a pre-auction estimate of $6,000/10,000. She is joined by a delightful blue eyed 15" Jumeau E6D an outstanding Bru with her original wooden packing crate, fashion dolls, googlies, and more.
Part of Julia's endeavor to provide special touches for their customers has included a tantalizing complimentary buffet to those in attendance. A tasty spread of meats, cheeses, vegetables, beverages, and other hors d'oeuvres will await you. Attendees of Julia's recent auctions would agree that the smorgasbord should not be missed. And who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?
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: Friday, May 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Julia's auction facility in Fairfield, Maine on Rt. 201, Exit 133 off I-95. Auction commences at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Experts and cataloguers, Jay Lowe and Mike Caffarella will available on Thursday, & Friday the week of the sale 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 FIREARMS AUCTION ANOTHER BLOWOUT AND ANOTHER $9 MILLION
March 22, 2006, FAIRFIELD, MAINE. James D. Julia auctioneers christened their new auction facilities with its first firearms auction on March 13-14, 2006. Once again a Julia auction grossed $9 million. No other auction firm in history has conducted a firearms auction in the range of $9 million; however, the Julia firm in the last two years has conducted three firearms auctions in the $9 million range!
For years, Julia's has conducted their firearms auctions in the general Portsmouth, New Hampshire area. This is the first major firearms auction they've conducted from their Fairfield facilities. President James D. Julia stated that it had become more and more problematic for them to find appropriate facilities to both adequately display the vast number of quality firearms and accommodate their large base of clientele.
The newly renovated and expanded Julia facilities are one of the most spacious used by the firm for a firearms auction in their history. In developing the new facilities, Julia had taken into consideration the various amenities that were lacking in most all of their rental facilities. Ample space, extremely well-lit presentation areas, special display presentation racks for artistic firearms, and numerous well-lit glass cabinets made for an ideal presentation. The auction facility itself an ample, comfortable seating area in a well-lit, airy, and attractive surroundings. An outlay of appetizers, food and drink were available during preview, and each morning of the sale began with a light breakfast buffet, and lunch featured a fabulous sandwich buffet with homemade bread with rounds of fresh roast beef, ham, turkey, etc.
Before making the move Julia had sent questionnaires out to most of his regular customers soliciting their input on timing, preview, and many other aspects. Much of what was done reflected the opinions of a majority of those questionnaires.
The fact that New Hampshire is a tax-free state, as opposed to Maine's sales tax was a concern for some, but Julia allayed that by investigating the Maine state tax laws and sharing the details of the law with his clients. His investigation of the tax law revealed that any out-of-state client who purchased with a valid tax number in that state was not subject to tax in the state of Maine. For those individuals from out-of-state who did not have a tax number, he discovered that they were not subject to tax if they purchased the goods and had the goods shipped or delivered to them. Julia's spring auction coincided with the famous Baltimore Gun Show, so he put together a delivery service for Friday in Baltimore and billed it as the "Baltimore Express". With this service, all out-of-state buyers who had their items delivered to Baltimore were not subject to sales tax.
The fact that Julia was using his own facilities allowed for extended preview time, which was not available with rented facilities. The preview began on Friday prior to the auction and ran Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Julia's sister and her husband, who are also auctioneers handling smaller estate auctions, have a facility almost next door. He turned them on to a nice, moderately priced gun collection. They subsequently had a special catalog gun auction on the Sunday preceding the Julia auction. The combination of the moderately priced guns together with the high quality guns Julia's offered on Monday and Tuesday essentially created a great diversity of collectible firearms in all prices, structures, and categories so as to make the three-day event appealing to everyone.
In the past, Julia had conducted a small gun show in conjunction with his auction because of a technical aspect of the laws regarding modern firearms release. Now that the auctions were held in his own facility, there was no longer that need; however, he continued it because he thought it simply created another attraction for his clients. In addition, there were other benefits Julia made available to auction-goers who made the special trip to Fairfield, Maine, to bid in person.
In addition to everything else, the catalogues, many said, were the very best ever, and there is good reason for that. Julia's General Manager Fred Olsen was for a long time manager of the well-known Thorndike Press. In addition, the new supervisor of staff Mike Fredericks spent 12 years at McCarthy Printing Co., one of the leading print firms in New England.
What was most important, however, was the extraordinary offering of goods. Julia stated that gun-for-gun, this was one of the finest presentations of firearms anyone had presented at auction in recent years. His fall auction had included over 2,000 firearms, which grossed approximately $9.3 million; this auction, however, featured only 1,000 firearms, yet it netted a tad over $9 million.
The crowd consisted of a veritable "Who's Who" of the gun world, and there were at least five private jets parked at nearby airports while their owners competed for some of the rarities offered on Monday and Tuesday.
The first day featured a number of outstanding lots. The most significant collection was that of a private southern collector who had recently decided to dispose of much of his collection so that he might begin anew. Item after item brought strong and sometimes record prices. A rare and exceptionally fine Colt Walker percussion revolver, "B Company Number 8", in outstanding condition carried a presale estimate of $250,000-350,000 but blew by that to $431,250. An extremely rare cased Colt No. 5 Model Texas Paterson revolver, considered to be one of the finest of its type in existence, also carried a pre-sale estimate of $250,000-350,000 and brought $316,250.
Rarities were almost common at this auction. A cased Model C Pocket No. 1 Baby Paterson revolver carried a presale estimate of $100,000-150,000 and brought $103,500. A rare Model 2 Paterson cased belt revolver estimated at $125,000-175,000 sold for $120,750. Other rare Colt offerings included an exceptionally rare Samuel Colt presentation cased three-gun set. Colt three-gun sets were extraordinarily rare, but this set was engraved to and had been presented to Lt. Silas Bent, a personal friend of Colonel Colt. Lt. Bent was instrumental in assisting Colt in getting examples of his firearms brought to Japan on Admiral Perry's historic visit in the 1850's. The three-gun set carried a $50,000-100,000 estimate and sold for $51,750. An extremely choice cased, martially marked 2nd Model Colt Dragoon was estimated at $60,000-100,000 and sold for $83,375. Another great antique Colt was a very rare Model 1839 Paterson carbine in outstanding condition which had at one time been an exhibition gun. It carried a presale estimate of $50,000-80,000 and sold for $69,000.
Other high-end sellers on Day 1 were Smith & Wessons. An exquisite, one-of-a-kind, elaborately engraved Smith & Wesson No. 3 Second Model American revolver with lavish gold work was estimated at $125,000-175,000 and sold for $172,500. The same collector also won the second Smith & Wesson engraved and gold inlaid No. 3 Second Model American, which had been estimated at $150,000-200,000 and sold for $195,000. Another extraordinary Smith & Wesson lot, which Julia described as "an exceedingly rare and stupendous pair of No. 1 Second Issue Spur Trigger Gold Inlaid revolvers" which sold this time for $207,000, again to the same collector. The pair had previously been sold by Julia's in the fall of 2004 for $184,000.
Day One also included an outstanding collection of Volcanic firearms. A fine Volcanic No. 2 Navy repeating pistol in outstanding condition was estimated at $30,000-50,000 and sold for $51,750. A great New Haven Volcanic carbine was estimated at $25,000-40,000 and sold for $43,000. An extremely rare cased Volcanic pistol estimated at $30,000-40,000 sold for $46,000.
Day One also included a private collection of LeMat firearms from a private collection from the Netherlands. LeMat firearms were invented by a Frenchman who provided firearms for the Confederacy. These lethal pistols and carbines included not only a large many-shot multi-cylinder, but also a second barrel that fired a shotgun shell loaded with buckshot-exceedingly lethal at close range. A First Model LeMat percussion revolver, possibly Confederate-used, carried a $9,000-14,000 estimate and sold for $25,300. In the mid-1990's, Julia's had sold the Serpette collection of LeMat revolvers-one of the foremost collections at that time put together by the author of a definitive book on LeMat firearms. This was the most significant offerings of LeMat's weapons since that historic auction.
A rare LeMat percussion carbine, estimated at $12,500-22,500, sold for $16,100, and a rare Confederate LeMat carbine, featured on the front cover of Douglas Adams' new definitive book entitled The Confederate LeMat revolver, was estimated at $40,000-50,000, and sold for $46,000.
Julia's has for the last few years been one of the foremost auctioneers of Civil War artifacts and each of his auctions tend to include significant Civil War collectibles. This auction was no exception. Included was an important, historic Confederate battle flag of the Mississippi variance, possibly used at the Battle of Shiloh. The flag, with an in-depth description provided by the world's foremost authority on American flags, Mr. Howard Madaus, carried a presale estimate of $75,000-105,000. It sold for $66,125. Other Civil War items included the Civil War headquarters flag of Col. Charles Everett, Commander of the First Brigade, Department of the Gulf, 1864. It carried a presale estimate of $12,000-14,000 and sold for $23,000. As usual, a number of Confederate items were also available, including a Confederate 1864 Fayetteville rifle. Carrying a presale estimate of $20,000-25,000, it sold for $24,150. A rare Confederate, North Carolina Type III H. C. Lamb rifle, estimated at $15,000-25,000, sold for $23,000. A spectacular presentation sword of Maj. Charles P. Chandler of the First Massachusetts Infantry (killed in action) accompanied by his three-volume inscribed infantry tactics was estimated to bring $12,000-15,000 but went out at $23,000. A high-grade, lavish, Civil War-era officer's sword, uninscribed, but lavishly bejeweled, carried a presale estimate of $20,000-25,000, and sold for $25,875.
A small but select grouping of Winchester rifles included a rare Model 1860 Iron Frame Henry estimated at $60,000-100,000, which sold for $86,250. An outstanding Model 1866 saddle ring carbine estimated at $30,000-50,000 sold for $46,000, and a choice Model 1876 Winchester caliber 40/60 estimated at $25,000-40,000 went out for $42,550.
A grouping of Colonial era items were included, most notably a scrimshaw Revolutionary War-era powder horn of Timothy Bugbee, dated 1774. Bugbee was from a Connecticut regiment and carried the horn at the famed Battle of Bunker Hill. The horn, estimated at $25,000-50,000 sold for $40,250. Kentucky rifles included a beautiful, raised carved stock by M. Sheetz, estimated at $50,000-85,000, went out at $40,250.
Remingtons were also well-represented. An extremely rare, one-of-a-kind cased, engraved Remington family presentation New Model pistol, estimated at $15,000-25,000, sold to a private museum for $28,750. The pistol was presented to A. T. Welch by S. Remington. Rare Remington presentations also included an extraordinary and important Remington cane gun which carried a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000. This cane gun had been presented to Joseph Rider (a most important figure in the development of Remington Arms) by Samuel Remington, in October 1865. The final selling price was $20,125.
This sale included two rare Winchester cartridge boards, including the very rare Model 1879 cartridge board, which carried a presale estimate of $22,500-28,500 and finally sold for $29,900. Also included was a Winchester Model 1890 Single "W" cartridge board estimated at $22,500-32,500, which brought $28,750.
Julia's firearms sales regularly include Native American artifacts, and included in this sale was a Northwest coast Chilkat Indian blanket-one of the most collectible fabrics from the Northwest coast. This blanket was in poor condition, having been discovered in an old Maine attic; nonetheless, It was estimated at $3,000-4,000 and saw tremendous bidding competition, and finally sold for $18,400.
The sale also included the wonderful collection of antique leather, particularly cowboy leather. Numerous antique holster rigs included an early Wal-ric cartridge belt with knife sheath and Cannon & Keller Slim Jim holster. The rig carried a presale estimate of $1,500-2,500, but after a heated bidding battle, it finally topped out at $11,500.
A group of fine antique target rifles included a very rare important heavy barrel Sharps Model 1874 sporting rifle which carried a presale estimate of $45,000-65,000 and sold for $40,250.
Fine quality Merwin & Hulberts were also present in this sale, and one particularly fine example may have been a record. The rare, factory-engraved open top First Model single action revolver carried a presale estimate of $27,500-37,500, but sold for $41,400.
The success of the first day was nearly equaled by the success of the second day. A superb collection of shotguns from the collection from the late Dave Dennis, together with fine consignments from various other estates and collections, resulted in one of the most extraordinary offerings of high-grade shotguns probably ever offered in North America-certainly for the number and quality.
One of the high sellers was an extremely rare, cased Parker small bore A1 Special Grade two-barrel set. It was estimated at $75,000-150,000, and sold for $97,500.
This auction included a number of rare Winchester Grand American Model 21's. A spectacular, rare two-barrel set made expressly for John M. Olin, one of the lead figures in the Winchester firm for many years. It carried a presale estimate of $35,000-50,000. It finally sold for $80,500.
A rare Parker A1 Special 20 gauge, estimated at $30,000-50,000, went for $51,000, and a very rare Parker A1 Special or AHE grade double barrel, estimated at $25,000-40,000, saw a great deal of interest and went out at $54,625. A spectacular and ultra-rare cased Winchester Model 21 three-barrel set in 20, 28, and 410 gauge, was estimated at $40,000-60,000, and went out at $63,250.
An exceptional cased pair of John Dickson & Son muzzle loading double rifles, believed to have never been fired, still in their original case and in extraordinary condition, carried a presale estimate of $45,000-65,000, and sold for $51,750.
One of the finest producers of high-grade shotguns in the world today is located in Connecticut. Owned by Anthony Galazon, the Connecticut Shotgun Company produces extraordinary shotguns and side-by-side rifles. A number of Galazon's creations were collected by Mr. Dennis and sold as part of his collection here. One of the most intriguing and appealing offerings was a limited production, diminutive Fox miniature side-by-side, engaved and gold-inlaid .22 caliber rifle. This extraordinary creation carried a presale estimate of $25,000-40,000, and sold for $37,375.
Also included in the second day of the sale was a rare and important collection of US Springfield '03 rifles. One of the most important offerings was an extremely rare US Springfield with Pederson device, carrying a presale estimate of $30,000-60,000; it went out at $51,750. Another great rarity in this single-owner private collection was a 1903 Springfield Rod Bayonet. Very few of these exist, and this one was a fine example estimated at $24,000-30,000. It finally sold for $43,125. Another rare Springfield rifle was the "Winder Tube" Model carrying a presale estimate of $7,500-12,000, which sold for $16,675.
A large grouping of modern handguns was also included in the second day, which in general brought very strong prices, including a portion of the collection of Dolph McCleish of Monroe, Louisiana; much of the McCleish collection was featured in the Day Two Julia auction as well as the Poulin auction which took place on Sunday. Mr. McCleish, a lifelong passionate collector of firearms with particular interest in Remington, offered a very special item-a historic Remington Model 8 rifle which had been used by Sheriff's Deputy Prentiss Oakley in the renowned ambush of the notorious gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Oakley, a superb marksman, used this rifle to shoot Clyde Barrow, and it is believed he also shot Bonnie Parker. The gun, carrying a presale estimate of $50,000-150,000, sold for $69,000. When consigning the gun, Dolph had related that an old and great personal friend of his had passed away many years ago and in his will left the gun to Dolph, knowing that Dolph had admired it so much. The widow in presenting the gun had explained to Dolph that the gun was "haunted" and would shoot by itself. Dolph is an ardent shooter, and shortly after getting the gun, one day decided to take it out and shoot. After loading it, the gun automatically fired by itself and scared him enough so that he put it in his gun room and vowed never to shoot it again. Within a week or so, a relative of his recently departed friend showed up at the door demanding that the rifle should have been given to him, and Dolph, not wishing hard feelings, simply gave the gun up, but two weeks later the relative came back and decided that Dolph should have the gun. Dolph always suspected that the relative had experienced the same mysterious automatic firing of the gun that Dolph had. Nonetheless, Dolph went back to the widow and paid what he felt was a fair price for the gun to avoid any further complications. The gun was one of Dolph's earlier acquisitions, and it had always been a great source of pride for him and the subject of numerous magazine articles.
Julia's next firearms auction is scheduled for early October and will again be held at their Fairfield facility. Julia Auction Company is a multi-division auction company. The next scheduled auction will feature antiques and fine art and is scheduled for May 13, 2006. The following weekend will feature advertising, toys, and dolls. June 17 will feature an outstanding auction of rare antique lamps and glass.
More details on any of the above sales can be had by contacting James D. Julia Auctioneers, PO Box 830, Fairfield, ME 04937. Telephone: (207) 453-7125, or by checking out their website at www.juliaauctions.com.
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.