MT CRAWFORD, VA. — Variety auctions at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates offer diverse material, as the auction title implies. The February 22 sale’s top lot was a group of five US silver half dollar coins featuring the bust of Liberty with flowing hair and a draped bust. The coins in the group dated to 1795, 1801, 1802, 1803 (with the large 3) and 1804. Formerly in the collection of Wayne Anderson of Winchester, Va., and sold from the coin collection of the late John Palmer, Purcellville, Va., the coins realized $4,313 against an estimate of $800–$1,200.
Other coins did almost as well in the auction. A complete set of 24 silver Peace dollar coins, dated from 1921 to 1935, housed in a Littleton custom album, sold for $2,990, and a lot of six US silver half-dollar coins with the draped bust and dated 1803 (large and small 3), 1805 and 1807 sold for $2,300. A lot of assorted ancient coins sold for $2,300.
The auction also included an interesting array of medals. A bronze medal issued at the 1932 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, the first Olympics conducted in the United States, sold for $4,313. The medal was stamped Robbins Co./ Attleboro. Eighteen bronze medals issued by the Society of Medalists sold for $1,840, far in excess of the $200/400 estimate.
A group of Chinese ceramics, including a Yongzheng period oxblood red dish, circa 1723–35, sold for $4,313, and a Japanese woodblock print by Kiyosho Saito (1907–1997), “Autumn in Saga, Kyoto,” brought $805.
A rare “Hootch Owl” figural cast brass combination corkscrew / bottle opener / nutcracker, stamped Pat. D-98968 for Robert Smythe’s design, patented March 7, 1936, sold for $1,725.
Of local interest, four maps of Rockingham County, Va., circa 1885, taken from Lake’s Atlas of Rockingham, Co., sold for $1,495. The maps were used in Steven Spielberg’s 2012 production Lincoln, a provenance that clearly influenced their selling price.
Overall, the 805-lot auction realized $192,343, with 2,426 registered bidders from 34 countries.
A special cataloged auction will be March 29, featuring the toothpick holder collections of Betty and Jim Maguire and Lyle and Doris Davis. On the same day, Jeffrey S. Evans will be conducting the National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society March mini convention.
Prices reported include the buyer’s premium. For information, 540-434-3939 or www.jeffreysevans.com.