New Hampshire Furniture Leads Action At Hap Moore Auction

The Portsmouth Federal mahogany card table attributed to Judkins and Senter sold at $7,015.

YORK, MAINE — When Hap Moore has an auction in this seaside community, it is standing room only. Dealers and a few collectors rely on Moore for fresh estate merchandise — no dealer consignments — and they are well rewarded. Moore’s auctions generally provide buyers with a wide variety of interesting area material and the pace is swift. His April 13 sale was no exception.

New Hampshire furniture led the action as a Portsmouth Federal mahogany card table with an intricately shaped top and with flame satinwood veneer and banded inlay that was attributed to Judkins and Senter sold to the trade for $7,015. The table had been on view for the last half century at the Old York Historical Society. A Portsmouth wing chair on turned post legs was attributed to Samuel Dockum and descended in the family of Samuel Lancton Treat of Portsmouth. It brought $3,738 from one of several phone bidders who chased it. A Concord, N.H., area Federal flame birch card table on fluted and reeded legs brought $3,450.

A Portsmouth area banister back armchair with a double arch crest rail sold on the phone for $3,680, while a Seventeenth Century spindle back side chair in birch or maple in the original surface sold for $1,093. A New Hampshire or Maine seacoast banister back chair with a fish tail crest rail was $403 to the local trade.

The large (77 inches) mahogany sideboard with reeding and leaf carving went for $1,955, and a Duncan Phyfe-style dining table with 13 leaves of 13½ inches each sold for $1,380. An Eighteenth Century oval tea table with a pine top and turned birch legs and button feet came from the Leavitt-Meserve Inn in Limerick, Maine, and descended in the family. It was a good buy at $546.

A tiger maple card table on a lyre base sold to an absentee bidder for $1,150, and a nice tiger maple and figured maple drop leaf table with robust rope turned legs went for $863. A curly maple mirror brought $748. A 39-inch bowfront mahogany chest on French feet sold for $690, as did a 36-inch Chippendale birch four-drawer chest on a bracket base, while a mahogany chest with four graduated drawers elicited $892.

A finely shaped mahogany shelf went for $604, and a one-drawer grain painted stand came from a Durham house and brought $690. A standing oak file with 45 drawers and miscellaneous slots sold for $1,150, an Eighteenth Century English oak stepback cupboard with a seat was $690, and a Continental one drawer stand realized $460. A lot of two Hingham baskets sold for $113, and an Ethan Allen running horse weathervane sold for $1,610.

Folky signs attracted interest. One issued a severe warning to swimmers at nearby York Beach that “Straps On Bathing Suits Must Be Kept In Place, Tops To Bathing Suits Required On This Beach.” Bidding opened at $400 and only ended when it sold for $1,955 to a Boston collector as a surprise — or a warning — to his spouse, a Boston dealer. A curved brass sign from the C.L. Jenness Hardware store in Dover, N.H., realized $748, and a wooden sign “WELIKEIT” from a Durham, N.H., house was $259.

A display case from Whetstone’s store sold for $219.

Reuben Winslow, who painted scenes of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Bermuda and Europe, never sold a painting in his lifetime. Descended from the Massachusetts colonial governor Edward Winslow, he lived and worked in nearby Lebanon, Maine. When he died in 1951 at the Danvers (Massachusetts) Insane Asylum, as it was known then, he left 50 paintings to two heirs, 25 each. One group of 20 came to market at Moore’s sale and brought interesting results. The work is extremely well painted and desirable. A watercolor of Gloucester fishing boats realized $575, and a small watercolor of a harborside house in Gloucester was $374, while an oil on canvas Gloucester street scene brought $345. A watercolor of Italian maidens and a bird went for $374.

Asian art of interest included a Chinese watercolor on silk with foo dogs amid trees and bamboos bearing calligraphy and a single stamp that sold for $805. A boxed pair of Japanese scrolls, one with cranes and a full sun and the other of a tree and bamboo leaves, both bore stamps and signatures and sold for $633. A group of triptychs by Meiji artist Chikanobu sold for $489.

Midcentury and earlier photographic equipment that had belonged to Portland, Maine, photographer Ruth Dearborn, who produced covers for major magazines and fine art photography, represented treasure to knowledgeable bidders. A Hasselblad 500C camera with two lenses and two backs drew $748 and a rare 1938 Super Kodak 620 camera sold for $863. Dearborn’s high-quality images of a World’s Fair, the Cuban embassy and other highlights sold for $777, and a group of Civil War cartes de visite that included three Brady images was $633. A lot of stereo views and viewers was $460.

Variety is a reliable factor in Moore’s sales and his musical offerings rounded out the event: A Chautauqua roller organ and rolls went for $489, and an alto clarinet fetched $345.

Military items included a CSA naval sword that was $2,530 and Isaac Varney’s rifle made in Vermont by L.G.&Y in 1863 that sold for $1,438.

The unusual ran to a large lot of early eyeglasses that sold for $351 and a lot of corkscrews that went for $374. An enameled tobacco box with an image of Isaac Hull, a commander of the USS Constitution, realized $489.

Toys proved to be another draw: A group of Britains Royal Artillery and Anti-Aircraft lead soldiers sold for $587. Two groups of Britains lead soldiers representing US military groups were offered. One brought $518 while the other went for $230. A lot of Britains Historical Series lead soldiers brought $432. A Marx Merrymakers windup toy realized $575, and a toy tin stove brought $242. A Nineteenth Century dappled rocking horse fetched $978, and a beautifully formed child’s push sled sold for $403.

Ceramics was yet another area of interest. An early pair of 7-inch famille rose covered vases sold for $2,990, and a Nineteenth Century famille rose vase fetched $1,352. A 7-inch marbleized mocha ware pitcher had some chips but was unusual, and it sold for $1,955. A large Spode china service in Trade Winds Blue realized $1,380, and a soft paste tea service with peacock decoration was $547.

Silver stars were an S. Kirk sterling flatware service that brought $2,846, a 26-inch sterling serving tray that brought $2,358 and a lot of sterling pitchers that was $1,552. A group of silver spoons and other flatware garnered $1,265.

An Oscar B. Bach figural lamp went to a phone bidder for $2,415. A pewter coffee pot by Israel Trask, the Beverly, Mass., maker of Britannia Ware, fetched $805, and a large lot of brass bells intrigued bidders, who pushed the lot to $288.

A New Hampshire stick barometer by Charles Wilder of Peterborough realized $690.

Well-executed models of the lightships Vineyard, the Brenton and the Boston were found on the South Shore of Boston and brought $604.

Finally, a Chinese robe with embroidered medallions of floral elements and creatures sold for $2,760, and a Chinese woman’s embroidered jacket realized $978.

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A Portsmouth wing chair was attributed to Samuel Dockum and descended in the family of Samuel Lancton Treat of Portsmouth. It brought $3,738.

The Portsmouth area banister back armchair sold on the phone for $3,680.

The Chinese silk embroidered robe sold for $2,760; the Jerez sherry wine cask with a spigot sold for $58.

The Seventeenth Century spindle back side fetched $1,093.

A nice mahogany bowfront chest was a good buy at $690.

Models of the lightships Vineyard, the Brenton and the Boston brought $604.


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