Published: November 13, 2007
On September 29, Tradewinds Antiques celebrated 15 years of presenting all-cane auctions with its 31st all-cane live auction at the Salem Waterfront Hotel.
The auction grossed $430,415, the second highest amount in the company’s history.
The auction was preceded by a private preview the night before with an illustrated lecture by Larry Mattson, a businessman and collector from California. He is a noted authority on canes with porcelain handles and his topic was “The World of Ceramic Canes.”
The leader of the sale was an all-whalebone cane with silver mounts that fetched $35,750. A rare English circa 1700 ebony and silver pique cane achieved $33,000, while an Eiffel Tower pepperbox curio brought $16,500. Other standouts included an American Folk Art cane attributed to General George McClellan that hammered down at $14,300. A Seventeenth century English pique pomander made $11,200, as did a circa 1750 French ivory and gold pique.
An English ivory pique dated 1687 brought $9,350 and a rare stethoscope and medicine cane knocked down at $8,400. A scarce Remington dog head percussion curio achieved $8,250, while a Tiffany silver watch cane brought $7,840.
All prices reported include buyer’s premium.
Tradewinds’ next event will be its holiday online auction beginning December 12. The next live event will be April 26 in Salem.
For more information, www.tradewindsantiques.com or 978-526-4085.
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