Results from the 2015 Pre-Christmas Auction
Celebrating 70 Years in business, ROAN Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers of Cogan Station, PA ends the year with their Annual Pre-Christmas Auction held Friday & Saturday, December 18th & 19th 2015 by selling over a quarter-million dollars in merchandise.
This year’s sale was switched up by featuring a specialty collection of approximately 150 lots of Civil War Effects and Artifacts consigned from a prominent Sunbury, PA collector.
A notable collection of over twenty CDV’s signed by the hands of Civil War officers were offered, including a General Ulysses S. Grant that sold for $475, a General Joseph Hooker for $450, a Colonel John Tidball for $425 and an extremely rare and unique non-officer civilian combatant signed ‘John L. Burns, Gettysburg’ that sold for $675.
Period weapons featured a very good US Model 1865 Spencer carbine that brought $3,100, a rare colt presentation revolver ‘Presented to Lieut. J.W. Davis by Members of Co. I-Tent 6 Camp Oliver Dec. 25, 1862’ sold for $1,800, an 1861 Pimlico Tower Enfield musket sold for $300, and a boy’s percussion musket marked ‘ELG’ brought $250.
Swords, including an 1850’s officer’s presentation sword ‘Presented to Adjuntant N.F. Davis, Batter I, 2nd M. Light Artillery’ sold for $1,450, a great light artillery sword and scabbard sold for $1,500, an Ames Naval Cutlass dated 1862 with original black leather scabbard brought $850, a very scarce Ames Early Model 1860 Calvary sword with original metal scabbard in uncleaned condition brought $750, and a model 1850 imported foot officer’s sword brought $775.
Additionally, a large wooden drum with painted eagle and shield décor inscribed ‘Edward E. Baner 1858 Waterville Oneida Co New York’ sold for $700, a pair of 8x12” Currier & Ives colored litho prints entitled ‘The Soldier’s Dream of Home’ and ‘The Soldier’s Home, The Vision’ sold for $800. Also sold, a large highly carved mixed wood eagle figure sold for $650, as well as many other Civil War & Reconstruction Era antiques and artifacts.
The Roan family has a reputation for selling the most ‘Severin Roesen’ paintings at auction. Severn Roesen was a German/American artist who settled in Williamsport, PA during the late 19th century, a master painter who specialized in fruit and floral oil paintings on wood panel and canvas. This year, the tradition continued with the sale of an oval oil-on-wood-panel example featuring a fruit still-life with a wine glass atop a book with brass clasps, sold for $26,000.
Portraits made an impression with an early framed painting of ‘Comtesse de Croissy’ by ‘Tourniers’ sold for $2,200, another painting of a young seated gent brought $1,700, a painting of ‘Countess of Essex Sir Godfrey Kneller’ sold for $850 and a restored portrait of a seated dignitary signed ‘J.F. Francis’ sold for $475, and a British oil painting landscape scene of three cows in a wooded waterside pasture setting signed ‘J. Horace Hooper’ sold for $750.
This year’s collection was centered around the Tedd Skotedis Estate, the late owner of the legendary Tedd’s Landing Restaurant formerly of Shamokin Dam, PA. One special item was a very rare and unique Post Civil War-era carved wooden tobacco advertising sign, in the form of an oversized smoking pipe with the head of a civil war veteran; this unique item, sold for $14,000.
Other advertising items included a ‘Simon Krebs / Fine Old Whiskies and Imported Liquors / Danville, PA’ sign that sold for $1,700, a 10-foot long 19th century wooden advertising sign in original condition marked ‘The Johnston Harvester Co. / Farm Machinery’ in blue ground with white letters that sold for $1,700, a large ‘Enterprise’ iron coffee grinder in old red paint and stenciling brought $575, and a rare ‘Books Diamond Matches One Cent’ steel barrel-form match dispenser brought $1,200.
An eagle and eaglets cast iron mechanical bank in original condition brought $1,500, a small cast iron ‘Hela-Bob’ sled toy marked ‘Germany’ of four composition riders in a bobsled with paperwork sold for $600, two antique Kenton cast iron red bus and cab toys brought $400, and two car toys, a green coup and blue sedan, brought $175.
A large, heavy brass locomotive train bell sold for $1,300, a massive 48” diameter ornate iron clock tower dial sold for $1,000, a 42 ½” tall 23 ½” wide mosaic stained glass window attributed to the ‘Belcher Glass Co NJ’ brought $550, and a ‘Series of 1934-A’ $1,000 bill sold for $1,800.
Two framed colorful PA German Frakturs featuring tulip, vine and figural décors including one for ‘Berks Co. PA’ and one for ‘Centre Co. PA’ sold for $800 and $1,300 respectively.
A collection of bronze figures were sold including a woman skier figure signed ‘Kirchner’ for $1,300, a French soldier signed ‘Auguste Jarvise’ for $1,300 and an old heavy French bronze of WWI Commander Ferdinand Foch on horseback signed ‘G. MaLissard 1927’ for $950.
Jewelry featured over 50 lots from a private western PA collection and others; paramount being a ladies 14kt yellow gold prong set 2ct diamond ring (4.8 dwt) that sold for $12,000. Also, a ladies 14kt white gold aquamarine and diamond ring (2.3 dwt) brought $3,100, a ladies 14kt yellow gold three-carat three-diamond ring (2.6 dwt) brought $2,750, a large heavy 18kt yellow gold jeweled mythical dragon brooch (46.6 dwt) sold for $1,800, an 18kt gold and platinum jeweled butterfly brooch brought $1,000, a 1922 US Twenty Dollar gold coin pendant set necklace brought $950, and three Rolex watches, a ‘Datejust’, an ‘Air King’ and an altered ‘Presidential’ sold for $1,450, $1,700 and $2,100 respectively.
An ‘Oscar Bach’ bronze electric table lamp with an improper and damaged 10” diameter gold iridescent art glass shade sold for $550. A pair of cast metal bronze tone floor lamps with colorful leaded stained glass dome shades brought $325 each, a very nice assortment of floral “Gone With The Wind” and banquet lamps ranged from $60 to $180 a piece.
Earthenwares, featuring a large collection of mostly ‘Greg Shooner’ reproduction redware included pieces sold between $20 and $250 for a lot of two to six pieces each. Blue decorated stoneware pieces ranged from $100 to $400 a lot, including a three-gallon Cowden & Wilcox Harrisburg’ jug with large cobalt drooping tulip with leaves décor that sold for $400, a tall grey six-gallon churn with repair stamped ‘Hamilton & Co Greensboro PA’ for $400, and an unmarked three-gallon crock stamped ‘3’ with very good cobalt floral décor all around shoulder that brought $425. Yellow ware pieces include a ‘John Bell’ jar that brought $190, and a yellow ware rolling pin with maple handles brought $185.
Roseville and Weller art pottery jardinières on pedestals ranged from $140 to $270 each and vases ranged from $40 to $95 a piece, and a large round hanging Art Nouveau charger stamped ‘G. Mettlach’ sold for $350.
Glass wares included a signed ‘Tiffany’ art glass vase marked that sold for $1,500, a set of nine Mary Gregory pieces that brought $110, and many reproduction colored glass epergnes that ranged from $90 to $230 a lot.
China wares include a service for twelve of ‘Spode England’ in Queen’s Bird pattern sold for $650, a set of four Limoges game bird plates sold for $70, a Dresden china desk set brought $60, and a collection of ten Dresden, Meissen and other ballerina figures sold for $300.
A partial service for eight of ‘S. Kirk & Son’ sterling repousse flatware brought $750 and two pieces of German silver marked ‘Schmedding’ and ‘Carl Reith’ brought $350.
Nautical related items include a French wooden sail ship model in a case that sold for $850, a circa 1900 cased wooden sail ship diorama that sold for $225, a period wooden ship’s steering wheel that sold for $500, and a pair of good large brass ship lanterns brought $170.
An assortment of oriental rugs included a large 17’9” x 10’1” Sarouk room rug that sold for $1,500, an 11’5” x 8’ Chinese floral rug that sold for $1,300 and a variety of other room, area and throws ranging from $30 to $350 each.
Furniture as an entity in general is still down, yet some exceptional examples still carry a high value within the buyer’s market. An outstanding massive walnut Eastlake Victorian two piece bedroom suite featuring highly carved & burl panels high-back bed and dresser with tall mirror and marble-top in bird and floral motif, and attributed to the style of Benjamin Pittman sold for $4,000, a heavy ornate salmon marble-top Victorian lamp table with a carved urn on a stretcher base that sold for $1,100, and a five-section Globe-Wernicke Stack barrister bookcase brought $325.
A clean and original softwood ‘Soap Hollow’ blanket chest, in the traditional design of dark maroon with black molding and bright stencil décor, sold for $4,500. Also, a softwood primitive farm table with tapered legs and five-piece breadboard top in a natural finish sold for $3,500.
Cupboards included a softwood two-piece single 12-pane glass door corner cupboard in old natural finish brought $775, a sleek Shaker-style softwood two-door jelly cupboard in old red wash sold for $625, a period cherry dovetail case with double blind doors and scalloped valence top sold for $525, a primitive one-door softwood single-door plank cupboard with gallery top in old red paint sold for $350, and a wood grain paint decorated softwood two-piece sink cupboard with double blind door top sold for $425.
Overall, the auction did well serving the 260+ registered bidders as well as the many absentee and phone bids. Prices reported do not include buyer’s premium.
The New Year 2016 will feature many unique sales including a great collection of Native American Indian artifacts from an important mass collection, along with the Ted Skotedis local collection and others. An important collection of Vintage Photography Cameras & Accessories, Firearms, Annual Memorial Day Weekend, our bi-weekly winter/spring auctions, as well as many great in-house consignment auctions and on-site estate auctions to be held throughout the year. Information can be found online at roaninc.com.