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Julia’s Finishes Record-Setting Season With $1.5 Million Glass & Lamp Auction

Coming up on five decades in the business, James D. Julia, Inc. finished another banner year as one of the top ten auctioneers in North America. The team brought their 2014 season to a close with a $1.5 million glass and lamp auction that contributed to the firm’s highest grossing year to date at approximately $54 million. This tidy sum, of course, represents considerable trust of the hundreds of consignors they served this year who provided the thousands of quality objects that made their way across Julia’s auction block.

This sale was a stellar array that ranged from marvelous Tiffany leaded glass lamps to exceptional art glass, and Victorian extravagance to finely detailed contemporary paperweights and more. One such rarity, and the top seller among the over 80 leaded and non-leaded lamps in the sale was a wonderful Tiffany Studios dragonfly table lamp. With a conical shade of mottled blue panels completed by a chain of seven leaded mottled glass dragonflies, it rested on a bronze trumpet base with onion decoration on the foot. One of the finest examples available, it overshot its $120,000-140,000 estimate to land at $142,200. Other Tiffany leaded table lamps included an example with an amber geometric background highlighted by a Greek Key band in nicely contrasting purple, lavender, and aqua. It sold midway through its $20,000-25,000 estimate for $22,575. A scarce Tiffany green Linenfold table lamp in which the glass panels are formed to look like fabric neared estimate to sell for $16,590. Also, a Tiffany slag panel lamp with bronze acid etched pine needle overlay sold post-auction for $22,515 within an estimate of $20,000-25,000.

The top seller among the over 80 leaded and non-leaded lamps was this wonderful Tiffany Studios dragonfly table lamp. With a conical shade of mottled blue panels completed by a chain of seven leaded mottled glass dragonflies, it rested on a bronze trumpet base with onion decoration on the foot. It overshot its $120,000-$140,000 estimate to land at $142,200.

Tiffany lighting came in a variety of forms and styles. A Tiffany Studios chandelier with an openwork bronze top, a curtain of prisms descending from the cap and a hooked feather bulbous stalactite shade was extravagance and artistry at its finest. It sold just inside its $45,000-55,000 estimate for $45,622. A Tiffany Studios art nouveau chandelier with three intertwining bronze arms that terminated in favrile glass bullet shades exhibited more simplistic elegance. It found a buyer at $10,497 against a $10,000-15,000 estimate.

If floor lamps are more to your liking, then a lovely Tiffany example in a gold dore finish consisting of three lion paw feet supporting a ribbed stem, topped with a cast Aladdin lamp and finished with a gold iridescent King Tut shade should be noted. This lamp sold for $10,665, exceeding a $7,500-9,500 estimate. An exceptional Tiffany Studios senior floor lamp base with onion decorated platform leading up the stem to a six socket cluster was a hot ticket, selling for $31,402, surpassing presale expectations of $15,000-25,000.

The diversity of lighting was not limited to Tiffany. Of particular note was a rare Quezal gas and electric chandelier with six bronze arms terminating in stylized women’s faces surrounding a central inverted shade. Each of these supported matching Quezal shades with the same fishnet design. It went out at $16,945 within a $15,000-25,000 estimate.

Even some contemporary artists got into the mix with such creations as a marvelous Somers monumental leaded table lamp. With a highly detailed shade with an allover design of yellow irises against a light blue background, it shows us that classical craftsmanship is most certainly alive. It went out at $10,368, exceeding a presale estimate of $8,000-10,000.

This was joined by a selection of Pairpoint Puffy lamps including a rose bouquet table lamp with pink and red blossoms covering the shade. Most realistic, this rarity resting on a silver urn base sold for $9,480 against a $6,000-9,000 estimate. A gorgeous Pairpoint Puffy tulip boudoir lamp with rich flowers highlighted by gilt stripe outlines likewise sold for $9,480, surpassing its estimate of $5,000-7,000.

Bidders were also treated to several exquisite reverse painted lamps such as a duo of Handel Bird of Paradise table lamps with brightly colored exotic birds. Each sold for $9,480, bringing at or above their respective estimates. A stellar Handel reverse painted nautical-themed table lamp with sailing ships navigating the nighttime waters beneath the full moon sold within an estimate of $6,000-8,000 for $7,702.

The auction continued with a generous selection of French Cameo glass by such makers as Galle, Daum, and other desirables. Many of the special offerings in this category came fresh from a private New England collector with an eye for quality. For instance, a Daum cameo glass and enameled rain scene lamp with a pointed dome shade decorated with windswept trees and pelting rain, and resting on its matching base sold for $36,735 against an estimate of $20,000-30,000. From the same collection, an exceptional and rare cylindrical Daum prairie vase with delicate cameo and enameled flowers on the exterior and an interior painted background, was also very appealing. It went out at $18,367, more than doubling the low end of its $8,000-12,000 estimate. Further still, a robust Daum crocus vase with gray cameo glass leading to a padded and wheel carved floral decorated body against a lavender background sold within an $8,000-12,000 estimate for $8,295. A brilliant Daum Fire & Ice vase decorated with a cameo winter scene of barren snow covered trees beneath a fiery red mottled sky sold for $7,410 within expectations of $7,000-10,000.

A Daum cameo glass and enameled rain scene lamp with a pointed dome shade decorated with windswept trees and pelting rain sold for $36,735 against an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

The cavalcade of cameo glass continued with selections from other collections including a rare Burgun & Schverer classical style urn vase. Decorated with an image of a Roman soldier embracing a female figure as he heads off to battle, it sold at the upper end of its $9,000-12,000 estimate for $11,850. An unusual and rather uncommon Tiffany favrile cameo vase with smoky amber glass decorated with maroon and yellow flowers and leaves saw much action, selling for $13,035 versus an $8,000-12,000 estimate. Galle included a lovely mold blown vase with brightly colored apple blossoms against a frosted cream colored background. It sold for $10,902 against an estimate of $8,000-12,000. Also, a Galle mold blown vase depicting berries and leaves against a brown and frosted background went out above a $6,000-8,000 estimate for $10,665.

Art glass was another area to make a strong showing. The auction featured a fabulous collection of over 25 pieces of R. Lalique art glass with intricately decorated patterns, many of which come from a prominent Georgia collection. Pieces marked “R. Lalique” (as opposed to pieces lacking the “R”) signify the earlier and more sought after the company created. Highlights included a sensual R. Lalique vase with its sides impressed with nude sirens and topped with a nude female figural stopper. It sold for $17,775, beating out a $10,000-15,000 estimate. A bulbous Lalique Courges pattern vase done in rich blue glass with deeply impressed pears encircling the piece surpassed its $8,000-12,000 estimate to sell for $15,405. In addition, an R. Lalique luminaire depicting a nude woman draped with a shawl with her arms outstretched is a tribute to the beauty of the female form. This lovely piece went out at $10,665 against an estimate of $5,000-8,000. The selection of art glass also included a generous selection of Loetz. Of the many highlights, a Loetz Phanomen overlay vase stood out among the rest. Its bright blue iridescent decoration with violet highlights against a green iridescent background was been further decorated with sterling silver overlay in a motif of swirling vines and leaves. It sold for $13,035, exceeding an estimate of $8,000-12,000. A Loetz Titania overlay vase with silvery blue dragged loop design against a yellow background with sterling silver garlands circling the body sold just above its $6,000-8,000 estimate for $8,295. A Loetz tricolor vase with a bulbous body, pinched neck, and rolled and ruffled rim was a splendid example, selling for $7,998 against expectations of $5,500-6,500.

Steuben included a wonderful millefiori vase. The unusual gold aurene flower form with iridescent heart and vine decoration finished up at $5,925 versus a $3,000-5,000 estimate. Coming in with the same estimate and leaving with the same sale price was a Steuben green aurene vase with pulled feather design extending from the foot. Steuben art glass shades were highlighted by a lot of five brown aurene decorated shades with heart and vine decoration and a lot of two rare red aurene examples with gold iridescent decoration. Each lot sold for $7,110 against estimates of $2,000-3,000 per lot. And a single Quezal decorated shade with a dazzling green and gold iridescent pulled design went out at more than nine times its $600-900 estimate at $5,628.

Steuben crystal included an unusual jagged rock sculpture with a gilt metal thistle bush emerging from it. The contrast of smooth and rough textures made for a winning aesthetic and sold for $4,740 against expectations of $900-1,200. The captivating creativity continued with a Steuben crystal sculpture of a pear, upon which was mounted a gilt metal partridge in a pear tree. With an unmistakable nod to the celebrated Christmas carol, it finished up at more than the cost of five golden rings to sell for $5,332, surpassing its $1,500-2,500 estimate.

From a somewhat earlier era came an assortment of Victorian glass such as a rare Mt. Washington lava glass pink toothpick with multicolored glass shards embedded in the body. This vibrant vessel sold above its estimate of $4,000-6,000 for $11,850. A whimsical intaglio carved cranberry to clear vase decorated with a scene of cats dressed as humans doing human activities sold for $3,555, midway through its $3,000-4,000 estimate.

Other items of note included a select grouping of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre, a line of English ceramics from the early 20th century that served as a window into the moonstruck mind of its creator Daisy Makeig-Jones. The auction contained such pieces as a covered vase in the Candlemas pattern in which the vase’s three panels feature a tall lavender candle with an ethereal woman’s head serving as the flame. It sold for $6,517 against expectations of $4,000-5,000. A rare Fairyland Lustre bowl with the “Flight of Birds” pattern encircling the bottom and an interior decorated with a band of multicolored bubbles went out at $4,740 within an estimate of $4,000-5,000. And a rare Fairyland Lustre commemorative plaque in the Enchanted Palace pattern depicted playful imps guarding a long white stairway leading to a distant onion dome castle. Estimated for $2,000-3,000, it finished up at $5,332.

The diversity of the sale continued with a substantial offering of paperweights, including a variety of antique and contemporary examples. Standouts included an antique St. Louis example with rows of concentric mushroom canes amid a latticino and star cut base. It went out at $3,851 against a $2,000-3,000 estimate. An antique St. Louis French diamond pattern millefiori paperweight with micro flower blooms in a deep blue background sold at the upper end of its $1,500-2,500 estimate for $2,370. In addition, a contemporary St. Louis Fiornelli paperweight perfume bottle consisting of a millefiori base supporting a clear florally etched glass body that is inset with scattered millefiori canes and topped with a matching stopper exceeded a $1,200-1,400 estimate to sell for $2,725.

The sale was rounded out by a selection of Moser glass, sterling silver accessories, leaded glass windows, and other miscellaneous items including jewelry. One such highlight was a wonderful 18k gold aquamarine and diamond pendant. The mammoth 29.69 ct., emerald cut-stone was topped with three single cut diamonds and suspended from a lovely 18k gold open link chain. It sold for $3,555 against a $3,000-4,000 estimate while a matching lady’s aquamarine ring with a 15.97ct emerald cut stone in a 14k gold setting sold within its $4,000-6,000 estimate for $4,147.

Julia's upcoming auctions include their winter antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction in February while a phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in March. Also scheduled for March will be a special, single owner auction of fine Asian antiquities from the personal collection of Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt (formerly the Museum of Asia, Sarasota, Florida). Julia’s next rare lamp & glass auction as well as their toy & doll auction will follow in June. Julia’s is currently accepting consignments for these and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion in these exciting sales. For more information or to place offers on unsold items, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: 

Julia’s Surpasses All Expectations With Their Latest Fall Toy & Doll Auction

As one West coast phone bidder put it, referring to Department Head Andrew Truman’s satisfaction with the auction thus far, “You can see that ear-to-ear grin all the way from California.” To almost punctuate that point, a previewer in attendance testing an antique cash register at that exact moment filled the hall with that emblematic (and apropos) “cha-ching.” When the final hammer fell, Julia’s tallied over $1.4 million, nearly a half million dollars over the total presale estimate of approximately $935,000.

The auction had all the makings for a blockbuster right from the start. Drawn fresh from three major collections, combined with select pieces from individuals from all over the United States, it was a nonstop parade of quality, condition, rarity, and diversity. With estimates that were realistic and conservative, bidders were treated to one spectacular piece after another.

Starting the show was the collection of the late Carol & Jerry Soling of Pound Ridge, New York. The Solings spent the better part of 40 years amassing an astounding collection of windup toys, still banks, advertising, and coin-op whose condition suggested the pieces hardly saw the light of day or hardly had a hand touch them. The family was represented by their daughter and her husband who watched the proceedings with great joy as they watched their parents’ objects find new homes. Highlights included a rare painted version Palace still bank with exceptional modeling and paint. It quickly surpassed its $4,500-6,500 estimate to land at a final price of $18,367. The collection continued with numerous house and building banks, such as a rare painted Crown bank by J & E Stevens. This diminutive version of the footed bank with cupola and red trim was the object of much competition, selling for $5,806 against an estimate of $1,750-2,750. A Town Hall bank by Kyser & Rex painted in bright primary colors rather than the traditional japanned finish went out at $4,977 versus a $1,000-2,000 estimate. A large painted City Bank with more muted pastels was another stunner, hitting $4,740, tripling the low end of its $1,500-2,500 estimate. A rare “Hold the Fort” still bank paid homage to a religious hymn of the same name with inserts picturing Moody & Sanky, two revivalists of the late 1800s. It filled the collection plates beyond its $2,500-3,500 estimate to $5,925.

This Lehmann tin windup, “Walking Down Broadway,” of a well heeled gentleman accompanied by his female counterpart walking their dog, sold for $25,515, a new world auction record.

From the same collection came a marvelous array of Lehmann tin windups, many of which retained their original boxes. Here too, condition was a strong concern of the Solings. Included were various rarities, the most significant of which was a “Walking Down Broadway” depicting a well heeled gentleman accompanied by his female counterpart walking their dog. Finding one at all is quite difficult, but finding one complete with its original box is almost unheard of. One determined bidder in attendance had decided before even making the trip to Julia’s that he was not going to leave without it, and he didn’t. Bids easily escalated past the $5,500-7,500 estimate, quickly leaving four digits behind. It finished up well into five, landing at $25,515 and setting a new World Auction Record in the process.

The auction continued with a great number of tin windup automotive vehicles and motorcycles. A most unusual clockwork limousine from the 1920s with its original box was a great find. Entitled, “The Polite Chauffeur,” when activated it would roll along the floor, stop, and the chauffeur would emerge from the vehicle to assist the female passenger in the rear of the limo. German engineering at its finest, it sold for $3,555 against an estimate of $1,000-1,500. An exceptional KiCo motorcycle with lithographed side panels and rider was more finely detailed than its contemporaries. It went to a bidder in attendance for $5,332, ignoring a $1,000-1,500 estimate. A rare Distler motorcycle and sidecar with rider and two female passengers was another hot ticket. With such unusual features as having the sidecar on the left side as opposed to the traditional right side and a windup mechanism in the rear, it hit a final price of $7,110 against an estimate of $1,500-2,500. Also, a lot of two desirable Indian motorcycle toys, including a hand operated sparkler, went out at $4,147, more than 20 times its $200-300 estimate.

Toys from other collections included a variety of pressed steel including several Buddy L pieces. Of particular note was a grouping of unusual vehicles similar to their flivver series. A couple different versions of their dump truck and a Huckster delivery van with that trademark front end construction and same black color saw strong action. The Huckster went out at $3,850 against expectations of $1,500-2,500. These were joined by other mainstays like a Buddy L stake body baggage truck that sold just above its estimate for $1,896.

A group of cast iron airplanes, modeled after the real thing of the 1930s, boasted great detail and surprisingly good condition given the vigorous use by boys of the period. Included was a scarce Hubley Lindy Lockheed Sirius with two riders in the dual open cockpits that sold above expectations of $1,750-2,750 for $3,555. Also bringing $3,555 was a vibrant yellow “Friendship” seaplane that brought within its $3,000-4,000 estimate. A strong example of a large Hubley DO-X with six nickel-plated engines atop its red ribbed wing landed at $3,851 against a $1,500-2,500 estimate.

Other toy highlights included a scarce Lutz/Marklin three-tiered tin fort that made for a wonderful display piece for one’s lead soldiers. Despite some condition issues, this rarity still saw active bidding, besting its $2,500-4,500 estimate to sell for $5,036. A lot of six O-gauge passenger cars made for Bassett Lowke had no such condition issues and sold well above its $1,000-1,500 estimate to sell for $2,488.

A selection of German Steiff fared well. A precious Apricot bear with charming facial features and retaining its original ear button sold for $2,607 against a $1,000-2,000 estimate. A 5-ways jointed white Steiff bear from 1907 in very good condition sold at the upper end of its $1,500-3,000 estimate for $2,844. Also bringing $2,844, beating out his $1,000-2,000 estimate, was a handsome and very desirable Steiff “Bully” dog with his original bell, collar, and metal-rimmed chest tag. A duo of Steiff felt dolls, a charming uniformed soldier with black shoe button eyes and a rare and lovely girl doll with her original box, “Jrmgard” chest tag, and ID bracelet sold for $1,422 and $1,185, respectively, each selling within estimate.

The auction also featured a varied grouping of quality antique advertising items that performed admirably, including numerous pieces that seldom (if ever) hit the marketplace from the Richard J. Miller collection. Featured were large-scale early movie posters and lithographed paper signs for soda, tobacco, early medicinal products, etc.

Of the many highlights, interest ran high on his exceptional grouping of Buffalo Bill and 101 Ranch posters. Posters promoting this master showman with their highly detailed images and eye-catching illustrations are exceedingly rare and highly sought after. One such example was the imposing three-sheet poster showing Buffalo Bill sitting calmly on the sidelines of his great spectacle, awaiting his cue to enter and save the day. Dripping with arrogance and charisma, this life-size image of Cody was irresistible. The poster sold for $13,035, more than quadrupling its $3,000-6,000 estimate.

An example picturing a young Chief Red Cloud scouting a prairie landscape below illustrative copy for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World show, too, was an impressive piece in every way. It finished up at $10,665, topping its $5,000-10,000 estimate. An action packed example detailing a dramatic scene of Buffalo Bill storming an Indian encampment with his band of Rough Riders in the nick of time to save two settlers sold for $7,110 against a $3,000-6,000 estimate. A marvelous poster showing a violent train robbery of a Wells Fargo payroll car, complete with exploding dynamite, hauled in $5,214, besting a $2,500-4,500 estimate.

Imagery relating to the Wild West, Indians, and that era was an apparent theme within Miller’s collection and is highly desirable by today’s collectors. One hanger advertising Warner’s Safe Yeast remedy, illustrating a young brave and his squaw navigating a raging river in their birch bark canoe finished up at $5,925 (est. $2,000-3,000). A vibrantly stone lithographed paper poster for Kickapoo Indian Remedies that featured a native princess amid eye-catching ad copy was among the collector’s final purchases, having acquired it from a Julia auction just over two years ago. It found a buyer at $12,442, just above its $8,000-12,000 presale estimate.

It was his carved cigar store Indian that topped them all, though. This tobacconist figure from the late 1800s and attributed to master carver Samuel Robb was in exceptional condition with superb paint and patina. One of the finest examples to hit the market in recent years, it found a buyer at $29,625 against a conservative estimate of $6,000-8,000.

Another strong area in the Miller collection that saw much activity was in the beer category. Two curved glass corner beer signs, one advertising Illinois’ Bluff City Brewery and the other, Wisconsin’s Walter Beer, sold for $6,517 and $2,962, respectively, each surpassing a $1,200-1,600 estimate. A rare paper litho factory scene for Lemp Brewery sold for $10,072 (est. $800-1,200).

The collection continued with a selection of rare movie and theater posters. Highlights included an exceedingly rare and bold poster for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tale, “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” Among the most highly sought after of film posters, it found a buyer within its $10,000-20,000 for $18,960. A marvelous example advertising “The Blue Dahlia” went out at $2,962 against a $3,000-5,000 estimate. A heart stopping and rare poster for “Moon Over Miami” featuring a sultry Vargas image of Betty Grable and her famous legs sold for $2,488.

Miller had been a man about town in New York City early on, often associating with actor types, and theater posters and the like seemed a logical extension. Some of the splendid examples he acquired during his lifetime included a large-scale poster entitled, “On the Bowery,” picturing Steve Brodie leaping from the Brooklyn Bridge. Estimated for $1,000-1,500, it sold for a solid $10,072. A lot of two rare posters for magician Kellar the Great consorting with and taking counsel from the devil found a buyer at $8,295 against expectations of $2,000-3,000.

Defying category were two unusual lighting items. A bronze based office lamp with a triangular shade inset with glass panels, each reading “Postal Telegraph” looked straight out of a noir film. It caught the eye of several bidders but went to the one willing to go to $3,555, paying no attention to the $500-700 estimate. The following lot was a marvelous hanging cubical shade hand painted “Tourist Rooms” on four sides separated by a geometric pattern. It sold for $1,540 against a $300-600 estimate.

From other collections came a variety of other advertising including a selection of large-scale, hand-painted tin signs by Ithaca Sign Works. One such example pictured a group of folks out for a Sunday drive in their open-air Ford vehicle. Advertising Bierkamp’s sales and service garage in Durant, Iowa, this rare sign sold for $16,590, surpassing an estimate of $9,000-12,000.

Again, frontier and cowboy imagery proved to be a strong category. A scarce advertisement of a lovely cowgirl on horseback distancing herself from the pack in an informal race was a sleeper, selling for $5,036 against a $400-600 estimate. A selection of firearms posters and calendars included a 1909 poster for Winchester of two flushed grouse in a woodland setting that sold for $5,036 (est. $2,000-4,000) and a winter scene poster picturing Teddy Roosevelt riding horseback on a snow capped mountain trail that sold for $4,147 (est. $3,000-5,000).

Salesman samples, always a popular advertising collectible that Julia’s specializes in, included farming implements, household objects, furniture, machines, etc. Highlights included an exceptional Clinton hay rake with its original carrying case. Exceptional craftsmanship down to the smallest detail, its wood and brass construction is evidence of a quality, full-sized product. Well cared for due in part to being kept in its original wooden carrying case, it sold for $20,145, well exceeding its $2,500-3,500 estimate. It was joined by two salesman sample sickle bar mowers, one of which retained its original carrying case. It brought $7,702 against a $2,500-4,500 estimate. A salesman sample farm scale with exceptional detail went out at $4,147, outweighing its $1,000-1,500 estimate.

From a longtime customer and consignor of Julia’s who has begun the process of downsizing came a marvelous collection of salesman sample or scale model furniture. Several created by Sacks of Boston in the early 20th century, these store displays were truly breathtaking. Included was a beautiful federal mahogany bowfront sideboard with burl panel doors and drawers all on slender tapered inlaid legs. True to scale in every way, this gorgeous piece went out at $5,925 against pre-auction expectations of $2,500-3,500. An exquisite salesman sample triple-pedestal dining room table with an inlaid satinwood border likewise sold for $5,925, surpassing a $2,000-3,000 estimate. An inlaid burl veneer step back two-part butler’s secretary with geometric panel windows sold for $4,147 against an estimate of $2,000-2,500.

The sale continued with a variety of coin-op and music machines. Chief toy, doll & coin-op consultant Jay Lowe put it best when he said, “Once again, it is obvious to see that also in the field of toys, dolls, and coin-op machines over the past decade the pendulum has swung. Collectors consider condition to be king, and they are willing to pay record prices for choice condition pieces.”

Case in point, from the Soling collection came a variety of penny gum machines including an Ad-Lee E-Z vendor in perhaps the best known original condition. Complete with its original marquee and bracket, its original box and an original box of gumballs, it exceeded an estimate of $1,250-1,750 to sell for $4,147. Compare this with a lot of two restored examples that went out at $1,777.

A rare Goo Goo penny gum vendor with a decorated front iron casting over a wooden case and its original side panel decals of Brownie-type characters. One of the most highly sought after machines, it went for $42,660 (estimated at $15,000-$20,000.)

Perhaps the big surprise in the coin-op section was the outstanding and rare Goo Goo penny gum vendor. This machine with a decorated front iron casting over a wooden case featured its original side panel decals of Brownie-type characters. It is considered by many to be one of the most highly sought after machines around. The phones were quite active, and in the end, it came down to a bidding war between a phone bidder and Jay Lowe, who was bidding on behalf of a client. Jay’s client was ultimately beat out, going to the phone bidder who brought the final price to $42,660, well beyond its $15,000-20,000 estimate.

From the Miller collection came a top casting of Uncle Sam from the popular strength tester machines. Although reproduced over the years by several entities, this was an original version, missing a few mechanism pieces and its wooden base but retaining "park paint." It was a strong performer at $13,035, well surpassing expectations of $600-1,200. Other highlights included a scarce Adams Pepsin Tutti Frutti gum vendor with wonderful porcelain panels and a nickel and glass Honey Breath mint dispenser. In very fine original condition, both neared their mid-estimates to sell for $5,925 apiece.

Music machine highlights included a massive Regina upright 2-inch disc playing music box. Housed in a regal oak case, it brought $13,035 against a $9,000-11,000 estimate. A Capital cuff playing music box in beautiful cherry wood sold for $2,370 against a $600-800 estimate. A duo of Edison opera phonographs likewise helped keep an upbeat tempo. One example coming from the family of the original purchasers retained its original wooden horn, rested on its original cabinet, and came with over 200 cylinders. It went out at $6,517 against a $3,000-4,000 estimate. An Edison Model A, SM opera phonograph estimated for $1,200-1,800 sold for $3,555.

Julia’s also presented a vast selection of more than 200 dolls. Running the gamut of genres and materials, bidders were treated to numerous fine bisque French and German examples that haven’t seen the marketplace for quite some time. True artists with a flare for the elaborate created some of the most captivating expressions one could hope to find. Featured in the sale were handpicked selections from the Madelyn Trotter Collection of Pacific Grove, California. This renowned and exacting dealer/collector focused on better quality dolls for over 40 years. Highlights included some exceptional French bebes and German character dolls. Perhaps central to the collection was an exceedingly rare 21-inch Kammer & Reinhardt 107 boy doll known as Karl. His painted blue eyes, generously proportioned ears, and full pouting lips gave him the most engrossing woeful expression. He changed hands at $23,700, within an estimate of $20,000-30,000.

French dolls included a charming Depose Jumeau E. 9 J. with brown paperweight eyes and nice modeling. Quality and beauty throughout, she sold for $3,910 against a $3,500-5,500 estimate. A slightly smaller Depose Jumeau E. 7 J. with an equally charming expression went out at $4,740, just above its $3,500-4,500 estimate. An early Jumeau 6 (over) E.J. with her original skin wig sold for $5,332. A lovely Bru Brevete bebe with blue threaded paperweight eyes and delicate facial features changed hands at $8,887.

From other fine doll collections came such beautiful offerings as a diminutive cabinet-size Bru Jne bebe with deep blue paperweight eyes and terrific presence. She beat out a $10,000-12,000 estimate to sell for $13,035. A Circle Dot Bru Bebe with amber paperweight eyes and mauve shadowing found a buyer at $7,702. A rare French fashion doll attributed to Barrois depicting a woman of color, which was not a common subject in the period. This rare and superb doll was dressed in a royal blue silk gown with long silk train. Approaching the upper end of her $5,000-8,000 estimate, she finished up at $7,110. A beautiful towering 28-inch Jumeau fashion with piercing blue paperweight eyes and sublime expression neared the upper end of her $4,000-6,000 estimate to bring $5,925, while a pale bisque Jumeau fashion sold for $4,443 against expectations of $2,200-2,800.

Julia's upcoming auctions include their winter antiques, fine art, and Chinese artifacts auction in February, and a phenomenal firearms and military memorabilia auction will be held in March. Julia’s next toy & doll auction as well as their rare lamp & glass auction will follow in June. Julia’s is currently accepting consignments for these and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion in these exciting sales. For more information or to place offers on unsold items, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: 

Sanlando Depression Glass Show and Sale, Jan. 24

The 2015 Sanlando Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held Jan. 24th (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and 25th (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) at the Sanford Civic Center (401 E. Seminole Blvd., Sanford, FL). Twenty-six experienced dealers from across the United States will be displaying and selling their best glass. Guest authors Barbara and Jim Mauzy will be conducting a daily seminar to harmonize with their special display of Cobalt Blue Glass.

This year, there will be hourly $25 gift certificate drawings for all attendees, plus a special drawing for youth 17 and under.

As an introduction for the new promoters, free gifts for the first 25 attendees each day will be given out.

Admission is $4.50 ($4 with the show card). Visit for discount coupons. Parking is free, and a snack bar will be provided. For info: Larry or Brooke Newton at 850-673-9607 or Glen or Carolyn Robinson at 803-684-5685. 

Julia’s October Firearms Auction: Another World Record at Nearly $19.2 Million

Julia’s once again raised the bar for the highest grossing firearms auction in history at an incredible $19.2 million. They have said many times that they do not sell the greatest number of guns in a given year, but they do sell the greatest number of high-end, expensive guns. This was once again affirmed by the great success of this recent auction. Approximately 550 lots realized $10,000 or above (nearly 37% of the sale). In addition, over 60 items realized $50,000 or more. This is a greater number of high end lots than most all other firearms auction houses in North America combined for the year.

Spectacular Unique Winchester Model 21 “Grand Royal” with extra barrels and case. Presale estimate $60,000-$90,000; sold for $115,000.

To illustrate the results even more, one has to take into consideration that the Poulin Auction Company (run by Julia’s sister and brother-in-law) conducted an auction immediately preceding the Julia Auction where they sold $5.5 million. The end result of the gun sales for the week in Fairfield, Maine, was approximately $25 million!

Another recurring theme at the Julia Auctions is the number of high-end iconic collections being offered. In this recent auction, the Julia included no fewer than nine major and iconic collections together with excerpts from numerous other collections. This in itself is a greater representation of important collections than all of the other North American auction houses combined. Most important of all is of course the results, and this was truly a successful sale for all concerned, whether one is selling high-end shotguns, rare cannons, 17th century weapons, Class III machine guns, etc.

The first day began with Class III weapons. Most notable was the Evergreen Ventures Collection which had formerly been on display at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. The collection formed by Delford Smith and his son Michael King Smith represented one of the largest and finest offerings of Class III to ever come to auction. The top lot, an extremely rare and desirable Vickers Maxim Model 1904 formerly used by the Fox Movie Studios, brought $74,750. The very next lot, an exceedingly rare, lightweight, experimental Maxim Watercool gun made for the 1906 Troop Trials bearing SN #1 realized $69,000. An exceedingly rare and unusual Villa Perosa 1915 Twin 9mm Machinegun originally made as anti-aircraft weapon was in outstanding, nearly new condition and carried a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. It saw heavy bidding and went out at $57,500.

Almost more exciting than the machinegun itself was the next lot, an incredibly scarce Villa Perosa gunner chest (only a couple are known to exist) with ten magazines. It carried a presale estimate of $5,000-10,000 and realized $34,500. Also in the sale was the personal collection of Brigadier General Theo C. Mataxis. General Mataxis was a veteran of WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam and an advisor in Afghanistan. During his lifetime of service to his country, he also collected war trophies in many key encounters, which chronicled the history of his service. Most notable was the Chinese copy of a Soviet RPD belt-fed machinegun that was captured November 1965 in Vietnam. It carried a presale estimate of $20,000-25,000 and finished out at $100,625. A Russian PPSH 41 submachine gun DeWat Negant Revolver that was captured at one of the most famous of Korean engagements in April of 1953 fought at Pork Chop Hill realized $13,800. A German MP 44 Assault Rifle DeWat captured from the 6th SS Mountain Division together with a Nazi flag carried a presale estimate of $12,000-18,000. It realized $27,600.

Chinese Copy of Soviet RPD Belt Fed Machine Gun Dewat captured November 1965 in Vietnam. Presale estimate: $20,000-$25,000. Sold: $100,625.

Day 1 also included Session III of the extraordinary Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess (of Zurich, Switzerland) collection of auto-loading weapons. This session offered an extraordinary Walther Armee Pistol with long barrel and matching magazine having an alloy frame and original stock bearing SN #10. In superb condition, it carried a presale estimate of $75,000-100,000 and realized $155,250. A Walther Volkspistole all sheet metal SA prototype 9mm parabellum bearing SN #6 was estimated at $65,000-95,000 and topped out at $143,750.

A number of fine Lugers were offered. The most highly competed for was an important Baby Luger SN #4. This was a unique hand-produced gun believed to have been made around 1925 by DWM after George Luger’s death in an attempt to enter the low-priced pocket pistol market that was then burgeoning in Germany. This is the only known genuine original example and carried a presale estimate of $50,000-100,000; it topped out at $69,000.

Another exceedingly rare lot of particular interest to firearm aficionados from the State of Maine was the super rare Model 1897 Silverman-Maxim prototype pistol in 7.63mm. It carried a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000 and sold for $47,125. One of the inventors of this exceedingly rare pistol, Sir Hiram Maxim, was also the innovator of the machinegun sometime in the late 19th century. Maxim grew up in the small rural village of Sangerville, Maine, approximately 1.5 hours north of Julia’s auction facilities. Maxim was later knighted by the Queen of England for his invention and eventually decided to try his hand at producing semi-automatic pistols, of which this example was one of the few known.

The day ended with the extraordinary Springfield Arsenal LLC artillery collection formed by John Morris. John has become one of the foremost authorities on antique artillery in the world today. His long-admired collection of artillery was much anticipated by collectors from all over North America and throughout the world. The anticipation was well deserved. It is believed there has never been an offering equaling the Morris Collection. The top lot was the Spanish Siege Mortar dated 1750 and captured by DuPont at Fernadina, Florida, in 1862. It sold for $97,750.

Another highly desirable lot was the Dahlgren Heavy 12 pounder bolt howitzer on original carriage. This superb specimen slipped past the upper end of its $60,000-90,000 presale estimate to sell for $92,000. A spectacular 1681 Dutch Falconette on carriage made for Count D.W. von Innhausen und Knyphausen was estimated for $75,000-125,000. A true work of art with exquisite embellishments on the barrel, the gun attained a final selling price of $80,000. Another highly sought after item was the Model 1906 Krupp 15mm Mountain cannon. It carried a presale estimate of $35,000-45,000, selling for $69,000. Part of the extraordinary price and interest may have had something to do with Mr. Morris announcing he had about a dozen rounds of genuine ammunition that could be purchased separately to be used with this gun.

The second day included some firearms ornamented with ivory. In some cases, it was a mere tiny speck of ivory used for a sighting bead. In other cases, it may have been carved ivory grips. Since the new Executive Order in February of 2014, legislature has been battling how the new law will read. Julia’s, through their legal counsel and participation in various ivory organizations, has tried to keep up with the current interpretation of the ruling that has evolved since March and changed on various occasions.

Julia relayed to the crowd that many people dealing in antique or semi-antique ivory have taken the position that since the law has not been finalized they will simply continue to sell the material. However, Julia explained that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife website makes it very clear that once the regulation is worked out in legislature and becomes law, they reserve the right to pursue the matter retroactively all the way back to February 2014.

Firearms collectors were upset with regulations that impacted on ivory harvested and used 50, 100, or 150 years ago. Julia asked how many of those in attendance had written letters to the editors of their newspapers, congressman or the President. He went on to say that in a short period of time, whatever happens is going to become law and then it will be too late, and if those who complain now but do nothing about it can expect it will not play out in their favor.

Julia maintains that there are easily $1 to $2 billion worth of legitimate, old (pre-ban) ivory ornamented collectable goods currently in this country that have been legitimately acquired by the owners. If this law is passed, it will likely prohibit the sale of these items, and it will transform approximately $2 billion of value to a net value of $0. The bottom-line is, if strictly enforced, making antique and semi-antique ivory illegal would not save today’s elephant. Only severe laws that punish poachers and dealers of modern ivory will have any beneficial impact.

Day II included the Leyton and Lewis Yearout collection from Montana. A rare iron framed Henry went out at just under $55,000. An exceptional Colt Cavalry SA bearing a Clark inspection estimated at $20,000-30,000 flew out at $51,750.

The auction continued with an exceptionally rare and mint Boss 410 O/U single trigger shotgun estimated at $100,000-200,000 that sold for $138,000. A Boss side by side 410 in equally extraordinary condition went out at $120,750. An exquisite pair of 28 ga. Holland & Holland Royal Deluxe single trigger game guns with Sinclair engraved scenes estimated at $75,000-125,000 sold for $80,500.

One of the earliest lots was a Colt factory presentation Model 1855 side hammer shotgun presented to a retiring Colt employee in 1868. Estimated at $35,000-50,000, it topped out at $57,500. Of the three Colt Pattersons in the sale, an extraordinarily rare cased #1 Baby with all accessories and in extremely fine condition realized $172,500. A matched pair of SA Army revolvers with mother of pearl grips were estimated at $60,000-80,000 and sold for $66,125.

Rare cased Colt #1 Baby Patterson with 4-inch bbl. and complete accessories (recently discovered). Presale estimate: $75,000-$125,000. Sold: $172,500.

A rare Confederate first national flag captured at the Battle of Fort Donaldson and descending through the family of Brigadier General Hiram Devol, 36th Ohio Infantry, was offered with a $15,000-20,000 estimate. After a prolonged bidding battle, it went out at $51,750.

More details about this historic auction can be had by visiting Julia’s website at Julia’s next firearms auction is scheduled for March 2015 and already includes various important collections and should prove to be another exciting event. Julia’s is currently accepting consignments for this and other upcoming auctions. Call immediately for inclusion. For more information or to place offers on unsold items, contact their offices at 207-453-7125. James D. Julia, Inc., P.O. Box 830, Dept. PR, Fairfield, ME 04937. E-mail: 

Chamblee’s Antique Row’s Annual Holiday Open House

Chamblee’s Antique Row will host its annual Christmas Open House on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, with free refreshments and special sale prices. Chamblee’s Antique District is the largest and most distinctive antiquing community in Georgia, with over 250 dealers and more than 300,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles. Chamblee was named the “Antique Capital of Georgia” by the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

“Providing shoppers with holiday treats as a token of customer appreciation has been a tradition of Antique Row for over 35 years,” said Syl Turner, President of the Chamblee Antique Dealers Association. Shoppers enjoy holiday refreshments as they journey back to a simpler time, browsing from shop to shop in this unique antiquing neighborhood.

The variety of merchandise is astounding: American and European furniture, Black Americana, advertising, Art Deco, ‘50s and ‘60s Modern, industrial, primitives, art pottery, rare and used books, radios and phonographs, china and glassware, toys and dolls, paintings and prints, watches and clocks, estate and vintage costume jewelry, medical and scientific instruments, vintage cameras and photographs, post cards and ephemera, old sporting collectibles, coin-operated machines, early telephones, Coca-Cola collectibles, antique hardware, folk art, lighting, sterling silver, linens, vintage clothing and more.

This year, the Chamblee merchants will give away $200 in gift certificates to a few lucky shoppers. Entry forms are available at these shops on Antique Row: Antique Factory, Atlanta Furniture Restoration, Atlanta Vintage Books, Attic Treasures, Broad Street Antique Mall, Chamblee Antiques & Collectibles, Chamblee Antiques & Interiors, Consignment Furniture Depot, Estate Gallery Consignments, Rust & Dust Antiques, Simple Finds Interiors & Antiques and The Treasure Mart. The more stores visited, the greater the chance of winning. The drawing will be held on Dec. 16th; no need to be present to win.

To reach Antique Row, take I-285 on the northeast side of Atlanta to exit 31A, (Peachtree Industrial Blvd.), go 1.5 miles south to Broad Street. Turn left on Broad Street and proceed to Antique Row. Open House hours: Sat. 11-5 and Sun. noon-5. Info: 770 458-6316 or

Works from the Gibson Collection Headline Freeman's Asian Arts Auction: Sale Achieves $5.8 Million

Freeman's Asian Arts auction in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 15th attracted an international crowd with collectors from China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan filling the first floor gallery. The 702-lot sale boasted four private collections, including: the Collection of Dr. Morris Shelanski; Property from Glendower Estate, Charlottesville, Va.; Paintings from the Mi Chou Gallery Collection, Part II; and Property from the Collection of Henry C. Gibson & Family. Achieving a total of $5.8 million, $2.6 million was generated from the Gibson & Family's 25-lot section of the auction.

In the weeks leading up to the sale, the Henry C. Gibson collection generated much interest from the Far East.

“Mr. Gibson's acquisitions in China occurred at a time when that nation and its ruling dynasty were in decline and cultural treasures were available for purchase by Western collectors and enthusiasts. After many years of careful stewardship by the Gibson Family, many of these works were repatriated to their home nation whose thriving economy and renewed passion for traditional arts is driving today's strong Asian arts market,” said Asian Arts Department Head Richard Cervantes.

This large and very rare Imperial Ge-type moon flask with Yongzheng mark in underglaze blue and of the period sold for $903,750.
(Gibson & Family Collection)

The top three lots from the Gibson collection were also the highest prices achieved at Saturday's auction. All were sold to collectors in Asia. The centerpiece was a large and very rare Imperial Ge-type moon flask from the Yongzheng Period. This monumental piece, which embodies the fine ceramic craftsmanship of Qing imperial potters under the supervision of Tang Ying during the early 18th century, surpassed its initial estimate of $200,000-$400,000. The competition for the flask was fierce and was finally won by a phone bidder for $903,750.

A finely-carved Chinese white jade circular table screen from the Qianlong Period also sparked a heated bidding war within the room before finally selling for $783,750. Rounding out the top three lots was an 18th century Chinese huanghuali compound cabinet, which sold to a collector in the room for $363,750. Proceeds from the Gibson portion of the auction will benefit the Henry Foundation for Botanical Research founded by Mary K. Gibson Henry.

Paintings from the Mi Chou Gallery Collection also fared very well. Founded in 1954, Mi Chou is believed to be the first American gallery to exhibit and sell classical and contemporary Chinese paintings. Works by Chinese artist Chen Qikuan were the most popular. "Moonlight at Jade Tower" dated 1961 ($99,750), "School of Shrimps" dated 1964 ($75,000), "Moonlight Through Bamboo" dated 1962 ($68,750), and "Remnant Lake" (Lake Towanda, Japan) dated 1960 ($68,750) soared past their initial estimates of $7,000-$10,000 to achieve impressive results. The total collection brought more than $350,000.

Freeman's Asian Arts department is now accepting consignments for the March 2015 auction. Please contact Richard Cervantes at or 267.414.1219 for details.  




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