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James D. Julia's August 3-Day Fine Art, Antiques, and Asian Auction Sizzles With $5+ Million In Sales!
James D. Julia’s annual August sale truly was unquestionably the “Maine” auction event of the summer. Bidders were presented with almost 1,900 lots of world-class fine and decorative arts, antiques, folk art, Asian articles and historical buying opportunities. After the hammer fell for the last time, 68 lots realized $10,000 or above. In addition, 25 lots realized $25,000 or more, and three lots broke the six-figure mark.
Top lots included: Edward Willis Redfield’s River Decorations which realized $148,125; a pair of porcelain plaques by Wang Dafan which realized $118,500 (more than six times their low estimate); and Fitz Henry Lane’s painting of New Bedford Harbor, which realized $296,250. This unsigned oil on canvas, housed in a fabulous Eli Wilner & Co. frame, will be included in the Fitz Henry Lane catalog raisonne published by the Cape Ann Museum.
Fitz Henry Lane’s New Bedford Harbor
was the top seller at $296,250
Day one of this sales event hit the ground running with 600+ lots of outstanding paintings and fine art selections, many featuring Maine artists and themes. Two works by Andrew Wyeth really caught the attention of buyers in this sale. His River Greys realized $66,953, and By The Lower Dam went for $79,988, nearly four times its low estimate. Abbott Fuller Graves’ A Hot Shoe was another standout, standing tall at $41,475.
Julia's is well known for its leadership with Rockport School paintings, and this sale was no different. Three Emile Albert Gruppe works were the stars in this category. They included: Gloucester Sunlit Cove-Rocky Neck which sold for $22,515; Mending the Nets which realized $20,145; and Morning Gloucester which made $20,738.
This sale featured a spirited selection of paintings from the Pennsylvania New Hope as well as the Hudson River Valley schools. These included Kenneth Nunamaker’s Plum Blossoms which gaveled at $23,700 and William Trost Richards’ Crashing Waves realized $24,885. Other works celebrating the great outdoors included Howard A. Terpning’s Spring Came Early at $94,800 and Frederic Remington’s Trail Riders rode off for $23,108.
Bronze selections in this sale were also heavy favorites. Abastenia St. Legar Eberle’s joyful Girl With Roller Skate yielded $20,145, more than twice its low estimate.
Works with an international twist rounded out sale highlights from the first day of this event. These included: Swedish/American John F. Carlson’s Morning In The Barnyard, $24,885; American/Canadian Jack Lorimer Gray’s Chockle Cap, Lunenburg Co, Nova Scotia, $29,033; and Frenchman Edouard Leon Cortes’ Paris En Hiver, $26,663.
The second day of this fine auction featured 600 lots of outstanding American and European antiques, furniture, historical items and nautical paintings. Works featuring seafaring vessels of all types were a splashing success. Aptly named, Robert Salmon’s Outward Bound, Long Island Head, Boston Harbor was a headliner here, realizing $82,950, over four times its low estimate.
Three of James Buttersworth’s works really made waves with bidders. These included, A Three Decker Off Dover Castle With Shakespeare Cliff In The Distance, Dover Passage, and Yachting In New York Harbor. They realized $37,920, $47,400, and $41,475, respectively. Five paintings by Thomas M. Hoyne also hit the high-water mark. Each was originally estimated at $15,000-$25,000 but significantly surpassed this range. His Parting The Crest Helen G. Wells At Gloucester, Taking A Bath On Georges, and The Loner-The Governor Russell, 1983, each realized $41,475. His Five To Port-1983 and Dropping The Tow-1979 each brought $53,325.
Wooden decorative and functional items hammered their way to the top of this event as well. A fine Federal inlaid mahogany tall case clock by Aaron Willard realized $29,625. An exceptional, fine, and important tobacconist figure of an Indian maiden attributed to Samuel Robb more than doubled its low estimate to reach $94,800, while 16 silhouette, carved wood and painted shorebird decoys splintered their $1,000-$1,500 auction estimate to realize $90,060.
Folk art and weathervanes were other important categories represented on the second day of this sale. It was off to the races with a large and rare cast iron Rochester horse weathervane gaveled at $20,145. A folk art portrait of a young boy attributed to the mid-19th c. Prior/Hamblin School went to the head of the class at $21,330, over four times its low estimate.
The final day of Julia's annual summer auction presented a stellar selection of contemporary decorative arts and unusual offerings, including more than 250 lots of breathtaking art from Japan and China. Julia’s is known for its expertise in Asian arts, and the furniture, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, cloisonné, jades and porcelain on offer were once again world-class.
Aesthetically lovely Asian treasures were one of the focal points of day three of this sales event, with bids coming in from across the globe. Particularly eye-catching highlights included: two bronzes, a sculpture by Li Chen, $38,513, and a statue of a seated figure, $15,998, and a pair of watercolor landscapes, $115,405 on their $800-$1,200 estimate. A Ming Dynasty Era cloisonné basin, estimated at $6,000-$8,000, realized $26,663, while an exquisite Qing Dynasty Era green jade bowl, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, realized $31,995.
Another mouthwatering highlight in this sale was an impressive, 19th c. Chinese export Rose Mandarin dinner service in the “bird in the lantern” pattern. This lot included traditional tableware plus matching platters, serving dishes, nesting bowls, tureens and other service items. It realized $17,775.
Collectors felt right at home with this sale’s great offering of Asian furniture. A rare Chinese Zitan carved canopy bed yielded $33,180, and a Zitan recessed trestle-leg altar table sold for $10,665. Finally, a set of nine rosewood mother-of-pearl inset chairs and tables proved itself a real jewel in in this sale, realizing $16,590.
James D. Julia, Inc., one of the top ten antique auction antique houses in North America as measured by annual sales, is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine. The company also has an office in Boston, Massachusetts. In business for over 45 years, the company conducts high-end antique, collectible and fine art auctions throughout the year. Julia's has routinely established new world records through its sales events. The company consists of three key divisions, including: Rare Firearms; Fine Art, Asian, and Antiques; and Rare Lamps, Glass, and Fine Jewelry. Each division is regarded for its excellence and is staffed with world-class specialists to guarantee fair and professional authentication, identification and valuation services. For more information on James D. Julia, Inc., visit www.jamesdjulia.com.
Scott Antique Market Debuts Fall Season with Sept. 8-11 Show
By Tom O’Hara
Don Scott was excited to discuss the coming Sept. 8-11 Scott Antique Market at his two huge pavilions, at the intersection of I-285 and Jonesboro Road. With local schools in sessions for a few weeks, he said the decorators, homeowners and collectors will all be ready to turn their attention to home décor, and so dealers will fill his show places to capacity with their collections.
“This will be our 34th year in Atlanta, and we feel each year September begins a new season.”
September marks the return of many Northern and Mid-western exhibiters that are unable to attend during the summer months but arrive with fresh stock for the shoppers who are decorators, designers and homeowners looking for new ideas in antiques, art and décor. Many of the shoppers will be buying for resale, and just as many are there getting the bargains for themselves. Many exhibitors from the Southeast have been shopping out of the region during the summer months, finding more period furniture and art for their inventories.
Mid-Century furniture has become increasingly more
popular and available at Scott Antique Market.
“Some shop England and Europe, others throughout the States, but in any case, they arrive at our Fall Markets with fresh collections for our shoppers,” Scott said.
Scott Antiques Market in Atlanta is the second Saturday weekend of every month, starting Thursday, closing Sunday with show hours Thursday opening at 10:45 a.m. Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. The show closes at 6 p.m. each day, except Sunday when it closes at 4 p.m. For more information, call 740-569-2800 or visit www.scottantiquemarket.com. The Scott Columbus (Ohio) Antique Market begins its season Nov. 25-27 and continues through the winter months. Scott began a new summer show this year at the Fairgrounds at Washington Court House, Ohio, about 35 miles south of Columbus with one more this season on August 26-28.
Cole’s Antique Show in Warrenton, Texas
- One of the Finest and Most Popular Shows
One of the best show venues during Antique Week in Warrenton, Texas, on Sept. 22-Oct. 1, Cole’s Antiques and Collectibles Show offers 63,000 square feet of air conditioned shopping heaven, stuffed to the bursting point with top-notch antiques, fine art and collectibles for visitors. All antique and vintage, no reproductions, nothing new. Owned and operated by Diane and E.J. Cole, this hard-working couple is known for excellence when it comes to putting on an antiques show.
More than 200 vendors will display their wares in the large building and in outdoor tents. Browse top-of-the-line antiques, collectibles, American primitives, linens, Flow Blue, china, collectibles, pottery, jewelry, Victorian and American furniture, fine art, glassware, clocks, lamps, silver, paper goods, postcards, toys and more. Expert glass repair and grinding on premises will be available.
Don’t miss the free wine tasting on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 5 pm to 7:30 pm.
Located at the corner of Hwy. 237 and Willow Spring Road (FM 954). The show is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm through Friday, Sept. 30, and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 1. Dealer spaces available: 281-961-5092. For information, visit www.colesantiqueshow.net
or call 281-961-5092.
It Just Keeps Getting Better: The 59th
Fishersville/Shenandoah Antiques Expo
To paraphrase the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service: neither rain, wind nor thunderstorms keep shoppers away from the Shenandoah Antiques Expo! In spite of some rather threatening stormy weather, the spring show was another great success for vendors and shoppers alike. The weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands of antiques aficionados and treasurer hunters who attended. The exhibitors provided everything from 18th and 19th century English and American antiques, country Americana pieces, and many other quality antiques as well as an expansive range of intriguing, interesting and often hard-to-find collectibles. Dealers and shoppers alike went away with smiles that reflected success in their efforts, whether selling or treasure seeking.
Now, as the summer heat diminishes and the fall approaches, Heritage Promotions is preparing for the 59th Shenandoah Antiques Expo to be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-16 at the Augusta Expo (I-64, Exit 91) in Fishersville. This semi-annual event attracts more than 300 dealers and thousands of shoppers who often spend the weekend searching the exhibition halls, four barns, tents and open exhibits for that special treasure. Locals and seasoned vendors and collectors recognize the show as one of the premier fall (and spring) events in the Shenandoah Valley. Many dealers consider the Expo a “don’t miss event” and return twice each year, traveling from Maine, Florida and all points in between.
The Shenandoah Antiques Expo has a long history and well established reputation for quality vendors who offer a vast array of merchandise; fine 18th- and 19th-century American and English period antiques, eclectic collectibles, architectural and restoration pieces, as well as estate jewelry, glassware and other fun memorabilia, all at fair prices. The extravaganza attracts antiques aficionados from all along the eastern seaboard and mid-Atlantic regions.
First-time attendees often ask themselves, “How did I not find this show sooner?” One first-time attendee from New York even said, “I have shopped antiques shows up and down the Atlantic Coast for years. You [Heritage Promotions] are too modest in describing your show as the best shopping in the Mid-Atlantic. It should be described as the best shopping on the Atlantic Coast.”
Heritage Promotions continually strives to keep the show fresh and spends the down time between shows recruiting, always on the lookout for not just new vendors of traditional quality merchandise but those that will bring new ideas, interesting niche products and/or catering to new interests. Ray Stokes, one of the show promoters, says he looks for dealers who can excite buyers and will take time to share their curatorial expertise with anybody who has a question.
For a three-day $10 pass with free parking, you can search for an investment piece, one that jumps out at you and seems to call your name or something that just matches your décor.
Heritage Promotions has organized and staged the Shenandoah Antiques Expo in Fishersville, Va., every May and October since 1986. They built the show’s reputation by working with top national dealers to offer quality pieces at reasonable prices. Show hours are: Oct. 14 and 15, 9-5 and Oct. 16, 11-4. The show is located at the Augusta Expo, 277 Expo Road, Fishersville, VA 22939 (for directions during event: 540-337-2552). Admission: Oct. 14, $10; Oct. 15-16, $5.
Come To The La Bahia Antique Show Sept. 23-Oct. 1
Don’t miss the 24th Annual La Bahia Antique Show at the La Bahia Hall, Sept. 23-Oct. 1 in Burton, Texas, near Round Top. Country cooking all day, and an ATM will be on the premises. Drive the old La Bahia Indian Trail through the country and find antique treasures under the beautiful trees of an historic 1879 building. It is the perfect setting for the La Bahia Antique Show. Dealers come from Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado, Texas and other states to attend this event, bringing Flow Blue, Victorian, primitives, elegant glass, silver, English furniture, vintage and European linens, estate jewelry, coins, toys and vintage lamps. Outside dealers will be offering merchandise such as garden architecture, shabby chic, quilts, vintage goods, re-purpose and collectibles. There will be porcelain restoration at the show.
The La Bahia Antique Show has been making positive impressions on visitors since it started in 1992. The Round Top Register’s Antiques and Craft Show Guide states that among the “…shows that have shown consistent quality over the years is the La Bahia Antique Show at 237 and Hwy. 290….” Admission and parking are free.
for info, or stop by Hwy. 237 (290 W), Burton, Texas. Hours for the show will be Sept. 23 (First Friday Frenzy) 8 am-7 pm (late shopping); Sept. 24-30, 8 am-6 pm; and Oct. 1, 8 am-4 pm. The spring show will be March 24-April 1, 2017.
Morphy Auctions' June 2016 Premier Antique Toy, Doll, Marble, and Figural Cast Iron Sales Event Plays With Almost $1.5 Million In Sales
It was a race to the finish at Morphy’s recent Premier Antique Toy, Doll, Marble, and Figural Cast Iron sale! This three-day event, held on June 24th-26th, featured world-class selections of dolls, Steiff animals, marbles, lunch boxes, banks, games, and toys—many from fine collections from across the United States. However, ships, cars, airplanes, trains, omnibuses, and other wheeled playthings from Antique Toy World contributor Jack Herbert’s collection truly got enthusiasts’ engines revving! Until quite recently, this breathtaking assembly was showcased in his tiny Greenwich Village, N.Y., home—itself a carefully curated museum. Here are some fifth-gear highlights from the Herbert collection sale. All prices reported include Morphy's 22% buyer’s premium.
Early American Tin Clockwork Sidewheeler, $14,030.
Boats and other floating vehicles really made a splash at this auction. Let’s launch with lot #241, a Marklin 1st series battleship Connecticut. This well-made, lifelike, and detailed early 20th century clockwork battleship realized $18,300.
Lot #270, a circa 1895 paper-on-wood, lithographed,
City of New York ocean liner by Bliss in extraordinary original condition ruled the waves at $6,100. Front and center were two outstanding sidewheelers—an early, all-original American tin clockwork,
Golden Gate example and a Francis, Field & Francis version from the 1850-1860s era in remarkable, all original condition. They paddled their way to $14,030 and $37,820 respectively.
Vintage land vehicles were the wheel-deal here. A very rare English biscuit steam-driven tin lorry advertising “J. Lyons Chocolates & Toffee” and featuring its original lithographed driver earned its just desserts at $5,490. A rare 1929 English tin litho double decker wind-up bus advertising, “Huntley & Palmer Breakfast Biscuits,” started the day off right to realize $4,880. A Francis, Field & Francis omnibus decorated with amazing painting and stencilwork, and detailed with ornate coachman’s seat supports, rear stair entry supports and roof cresting, was the
grand marshal in this parade of Herbert highlights. It more than quadrupled its low estimate to realize $68,320!
Francis, Field & Francis Omnibus, $68,320.
It’s off to the races with this sale’s fine selection of cars and automobiles from the Herbert collection. A rare blue tin Japanese 1962 Chrysler Imperial was a royal crowd favorite and realized $5,795. An unusually large c. 1900 fly wheel French Open Landau Automobile with its original tufted red satin seats, head and side lamps, and fly-wheel, propelled itself to $18,300. An impressively sized, early French race car in wonderful condition featuring its original papier mache goggled driver sitting upon its leather seats, generated the need for speed among bidders. This absolute rarity more than doubled its high estimate to realize $30,500.
Several fine planes and trains—including one from Spain—rounded out this review of highlights from the Jack Herbert sale at Morphy’s. A c. 1930 Spanish tin litho Rico wind-up amphibian aircraft with four propellers
took flight at $5,490. A scarce pre-war Japanese Masudaya tin military wind up airplane with nice camouflage colors really stood out at $11, 590—nearly eight times its low estimate! For those in “training,” an exceptional early late 1800s hand-painted French clockwork train and an extraordinary, large, colorful,
Althof Bergmann tin freight train without issues should keep things on track. These railroad rarities realized $18,300 and $9,150 respectively.
According to Dan Morphy, President of Morphy Auctions, "It was an absolute delight, as well as a pleasure and an honor, to offer selections from Jack Herbert’s world-famous collection of toy transportation vehicles to our customers worldwide. Many of these items were featured in go-to reference books and publications, including Antique Toy World, so customers can be assured they are best-in-class. It was especially meaningful to have members of the Herbert family as special guests at this event. The toys themselves were works of art; the Francis, Field & Francis Omnibus and Sidewheeler had many collectors speechless with their beauty and rarity.”
Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517. Info: 717-335-3435, fax 717-336-7115, firstname.lastname@example.org
Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm.
James D. Julia's June 2016 Rare Lamps, Glass & Fine Jewelry Sales Event--$2.8+ Million In Sales
Julia's recent rare lamps, glass & fine jewelry sale was a bright light indeed, presenting 1,100+ lots of the most desirable and attractive selections to come to auction in years. These fine examples, which included lighting, decorative and functional arts, and jewelry, proved irresistible to collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world.
Tiffany Studios leaded glass lamps stole the spotlight in this sale. Both table lamps and hanging lamps generated high wattage bidding. Pull up a chair and check out these top table lamp highlights. Lot 2016, a stunning Drop-head Dragonfly table lamp buzzed to $130,000, while lot 2005, a Geranium table lamp with rich red flowers blossomed at $94,800. Lot 2100, a green, amber and yellow mottled glass Tyler Scroll table lamp wound its way to $23,107, and lot 2152, a blue Belted Dogwood with rich mottling hit $59,250. It was all systems go with lot 2185, a handsome green favrile bodied Moorish table lamp, which nearly doubled its high estimate to realize $14,220. And not to leave anyone hanging, lot 2081, a large leaded shade Black-Eyed Susan chandelier sold for $35,550.
Tiffany Studios Drophead Dragonfly table lamp, $130,000.
Other fine lighting highlights included lot 2318, a Duffner & Kimberly Wisteria floor lamp that flowered at $47,400 and lot 2553,a purple, periwinkle, green and cream Galle floral themed cameo lamp which came in at just a shade under estimate to realize $47,400. And collectors followed the call of the great outdoors with lot 2340, a Daum Nancy Rain Scene lamp selling for $23,700.
This auction featured a fantastic assortment of gorgeous Galle vases. Three examples of the company’s mold blown treasures left buyers gasping for air. These included lot 2548, a bright pink floral Hyacinth vase, which realized $16,590; lot 2420, a shaded blue and purple Plum vase, which realized $11,850; and lot 2418, a red and yellow Cherry vase, which scored a juicy $11,850.And bird’s the word with another exceptional Galle rarity - lot 2554 - a cameo Penguin vase. This stunning example more than doubled its low estimate, chilling out at $46,689.
Galle Cameo Penguin vase, $46,689.
Daum was another premier glass manufacturer in this sale. Collectors could not seem to get enough of the company’s fantastic cameo glass and wheel-carved examples, among other specialties. Lot 2472, a large glass vase featuring cameo paper white flowers, more than doubled its low estimate to realize $11,850.Lot 2504, a cameo and enameled vase with a clear frosted body and an internal rainbow decoration, was a colorful sensation at $13,035; while lot 2344, a wheel-carved cameo Poppy vase realized an astounding $11,850 - nearly a four times its low estimate! Lot 2469, a gorgeous padded and wheel carved floral themed vase with a green foot and a mottled pink and purple background, was a pretty big deal at $17,775.And lot 2350, a Rain Scene vase - one of the company’s most treasured and collectible patterns - thundered to $11,850.
Other highly collectible lamp and glass manufacturers also had a strong showing at this sales event. Lot 1263, a Webb cameo vase with intricately carved white cameo flowers, stems, and leaves was pretty in pink at $33,180.Lot 1430, a Suess Waterlily floor lamp, hit the ground running with bidders, eventually selling at $13,035.Lot 2461, a G. Argy Rousseau Poppies vase, bloomed at $11,257.And collectors put the pedal to the metal for lot 1453, a Pair point Puffy Rose Bouquet table lamp, which realized $9,480.
G. Argy Rousseau Poppies vase, $11,257.
Exquisitely manufactured and decorated pottery was another important category in this fine sale. The selection of Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre on offer was truly a dream come true for collectors. Lot 1225, a Malfrey pot decorated in the Sycamore Tree pattern climbed to $14,220, while lot 1216, miniature a Malfrey pot decorated in the Elves and Bell Branch pattern defied its petite proportions to realize $10,665.And lot 1226, an absolutely delightful Fairyland Lustre vase decorated in the Candlemas pattern with candles, heads and elves, caught fire to sell at $9,480.
Bidders also took a shine to this auction's outstanding selections of silver and jewelry. A heavy metal highlight in these categories would have to be lot 1193, a Reed & Barton Francis I Sterling Service, which took its rightful place at the head of the table in realizing $11,257.Other crown jewels here included lot 1111, a platinum Cape Diamond ring which doubled its low estimate to bling in $20,145; lot 1038, a Jaeger Le coultre Master Control Grande Memovox watch which marked time at $10,665; and lot 1083, a gorgeous18k Cartier jade and enamel compact, which expanded to $11,850.
According to Mike Fredericks, James D. Julia’s Department Head, "The results of this sale again confirm James D. Julia as the premier auction house for the finest rare glass, lamps and fine jewelry in the market. I am so pleased with the outcome of this sales event as well as the energy and renewed interest it has generated. The sale represented the best available merchandise from the most collectible manufacturers, and collectors and enthusiasts truly responded in the best possible ways to these outstanding selections. Our next auction will be held in November, 2016, and our department is already accepting consignments for this much anticipated sales event."
About James D. Julia, Inc.:
James D. Julia, Inc., one of the top ten antique auction antique houses in North America, is headquartered in Fairfield, Maine. The company also has an office in Boston, Massachusetts. In business for over 45 years, the company conducts high-end antique, collectible and decorative arts auctions throughout the year. Julia's routinely establishes new world records through its sales events. The company consists of three divisions, including rare firearms and militaria; fine and Asian art and antiques; and rare glass, lamps and fine jewelry. Each division is regarded for its excellence and is staffed with world-class specialists to ensure fair and professional authentication, identification, and valuation services. For more information on James D. Julia, Inc., please visit www.jamesdjulia.com.
Morphy Auctions' April Fine Firearms Event Shoots Past $1.8 Million In Sales!
Collectors clearly set their sites on Morphy Auctions' fine firearms sale held on Saturday, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th, 2016. This event
featured: rarities from the most sought-after manufacturers;
a full range of guns, knives, and swords;
historical items; and other highly collectible
militaria, including uniforms and accessories.
When the smoke cleared, this sale had 19 lots realizing $5,000-$9,999; 11 at $10,000-$19,999; and one topping $20,000. All prices reported include Morphy's 22% buyer’s premium.
This auction’s outstanding selections of rifles aimed to please. Enthusiasts targeted both domestic and international models as favorites. Made in the USA highlights included examples from Winchester, Remington, Colt, and Weatherby.
The gold inlaid, engraved Weatherby, $15,250.
Homegrown rifle highlights included lot #315, a Winchester model 1873 LA. This exceptional firearm, retaining 93%-95% of the most lustrous, rich, velvety blue imaginable, realized $10,980. Lot #602, a Winchester U.S. M1 Garand rifle, made from May 1943 through October 1943, realized $3,965. Lot #584, a near mint,
boxed Remington Model 1903-A3 US rifle realized $1,830.Lot #1042, two
“as new” boxed Remington nylon rifles, proved twice as nice to realize $2,440. Lot #306, a Colt Model 1855 half stock deluxe presentation
sporting rifle in all original factory nickel ponied up to realize $8,540. And lot #599, a deluxe gold inlaid and engraved Weatherby rifle—described by Morphy’s catalogers as “…one of, if not the most, ornate Weatherby rifle ever produced”—was one of the auction’s crown jewels, realizing $15,250.
Foreign rifle highlights included lot #581, a Japanese type 2 paratrooper rifle with its original bayonet with metal scabbard. This firearm, in excellent condition, nearly tripled its high estimate to realize $3,660. Lot #872, a Russian model 1940 Tokarev semi-automatic rifle, caused a red alert among bidders. This example, manufactured in 1940 and 1941 only, realized $5,490. Also, lot #498, a rare scoped German Mauser M98 sniper rifle used to train snipers during World War II, realized precisely $3,355. According to Morphy’s experts, this Mauser “…is the first example in this caliber we have seen.”
It’s time to hurry up and review some shotgun highlights from this sale. Lot #496, a one-of-a-kind, mint-in-box Browning superposed 20 Ga. O/U shotgun, was truly in a class by itself. This exquisite, engraver-signed firearm realized $23,180.Many enthusiasts battled overlot #490, a Winchester model 1897 WWI trench gun. This outstanding example was described by Morphy’s specialists as, “…one of the finest WWI trench guns that we have seen in quite a while.”
Handguns were another major category in this auction worthy of a high five. Both revolver and pistol selections were of the highest caliber. Lot #397, a Colt lightning-etched panel revolver bolted to $5,185. This six-shot, double-action revolver—referred to as the “Sheriff’s Model” as it was manufactured without an ejector—was in near new, unfired condition. Lot #469, a
boxed Colt pre-war Fitz snub-nosed revolver modified for concealed carry, had a hard time hiding from the spotlight. Arguably one of the rarest Colt revolvers of the 20th century, this pretty pony realized $14,030. Lot #466, a Colt nickel python target gun slithered its way to $5,490. This gun, which showed no signs of having been fired, except for its factory test, came in its original box with its hang tag and instructions.
Enthusiasts also hit the mark with this event’s fantastic pistol offerings. Lot #471, a presentation Nazi Walther PP pistol, most likely given to a very important member of the Nazi party,
made quite the impression when it realized $19,520. Lot #924, a 1960’s-eraFrench Manurhin Walther PP pistol realized $2,318.00. Truly the whole package, this fine firearm came complete with its original box, extra magazine, cleaning tool, and proper label. Many bidders went back to the future with lot #964, an early Auto Mag model 180 .357 AMP prototype pistol, which realized $5,795. This
futuristic looking, semi-automatic pistol—designed with a vent rib, adjustable rear sight, and black polymer grips—appeared to be a tool room model.
Lot #468, a rare model 1902 American Eagle Luger, soared to $10,370.
Nazi Coast Artillery/Army Tropical Caps, $3,050.
Knives, swords, bayonets, uniforms, and other militaria, including some outstanding decorative items, rounded out this
auction event. Lot #745, a Japanese NCO Samurai sword with a sharkskin handle and brown enameled wrap truly had bidders on the edge. This exquisite example with a 27-3/4-inch long blade realized $1,586. It was a hat trick, literally, for lot #686: three Nazi coast artillery/army tropical caps. This grouping nearly tripled its low estimate to realize $3,050. Lot #715, a Nazi German M44 field blouse showing little use buttoned up $2,318. Lot #1171, two cast aluminum Nazi ceremonial flag or pole toppers,
waved their way to $3,660.
Nazi German M44 field blouse, $2,318.
According to Dave Bushing, Morphy's Firearms Division Expert, "This sale was Morphy’s largest offering of firearms and related items to date. It featured a carefully curated militaria collection from a single owner. This collection put Morphy’s on the map with some once-in-a-lifetime militaria offerings. This sale also featured some great early American and European swords, a fine selection of Revolutionary war era items, and quite a few surprises in the prices realized area. And building on this momentum, our July Firearms auction, scheduled for July 30–31, 2016, is already shaping up to be a real dazzler. We’ve timed it to follow the Gettysburg Civil War show and during the peak tourist season here in Lancaster. As a result,
we expect lots of interest and great results!”
Morphy Auctions is located at 2000 North Reading Road, Denver, PA 17517 and can be reached by phone at 717-335-3435, by fax at 717-336-7115, and by email at email@example.com. Morphy Auctions is open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. For more information on Morphy's, visit www.MorphyAuctions.com.