Published: March 19, 2002
YORK, PENN. – The large crowd at York Town’s two-day February auction drew almost 600 registered bidders, and there was serious competition for many lots. Prices reflect a 12.5 percent buyer’s premium.
The Friday session included thousands of toys in 600 lots. The auction room was filled to capacity for classic toys, Hopalong Cassidy and Davy Crockett rdf_Descriptions, a wide array of promo cars, trucks and wreckers and dolls.
A cast-iron Battleship Maine exploding device sold for $6,750. A small Marx wrecker brought $365, a Buddy ‘L’ aerial ladder truck realized $1,687, a Keystone Packard wrecking truck reached $1,237 and a Franklin Mint Airstream Trailer, mint-in-box, sold for $365.
The last 120-plus lots on Friday were dolls and related accessories. A Portrait Jumeau doll, with a closed mouth, bisque socket head marked 7, with blue almond eyes and a jointed body, 143/4 inches long, sold for $7,312.
A 17-inch Kestner, closed-mouth bisque-head doll, #192, with a jointed composition body and a vintage costume, sold for $2,812. A sampling of other doll prices includes a pair of labeled Skookum for $450, a 10-inch closed-mouth bisque-head doll, with socket head and a jointed composition-on-wood body, sold for $1,012. A Kammer and Reinhardt 122 boy character doll with a Simon and Halbig bisque head, with a toddler body and 20 inches tall, sold for $675; a Georgene Novelty Holland girl with its original tag sold for just over $590.
The Saturday crowd was even larger and chairs were added early on to accommodate the overflow. The top lot of the day was a painting by Stephen Etnier dated 1941. It was titled “Union Station,” Portland, Maine; estimated at $6/8,000, it sold for $20,250. All of York Town’s phones were booked and there were many bids from the floor. The second highest price for a painting was $5,625, for a large Nineteenth Century still life signed “St Rudolf.”
Other categories included a No 5A Standard National cash register that sold for more than three times the top estimate at just over $1,400. A vintage molded sheet metal donkey head sold at the top estimate for just over $870.
In a small group of guns and military rdf_Descriptions, the favored pieces included a carved Pennsylvania long rifle attributed to Frederick Sell that realized $4,725. A Confederate sword sailed passed the top estimate of $1,500, selling for just over $3,800.
In the folk art category, the first surprise was a large Victorian Martin house in original red, white and blue paint. More than three feet tall, the elaborate structure sold to a dealer for just over $4,000, more than three times the top estimate.
A rare Pfaltzgraff stoneware crock, less than four inches high, was sponged with cobalt and had stenciled stars and the letters C.S.A. Probably made for the Confederate States Relief Fund, it sold for $3,375, topping the high estimate of $1,800. Right after that, a molded redware spaniel stamped “Speese & Son, Gettysburg, Penn.,” sold within estimate for just over $1,900.
This sale offered two Fraktur and a group of watercolors by one hand that had been found in Lancaster County. A bright red, green and blue Fraktur by Adam Wuertz of York County was in a five-heart motif with two pairs of birds. Estimated at $6/8,000, it sold quickly for almost $11,000. A Franklin County Fraktur signed by John Mouls had a corner missing and was estimated at $1,500/1,800. Despite its damage, a collector paid $3,600.
The group of eight watercolors were at top estimate or higher, with just two exceptions. The largest piece in the group showed a man in a red frockcoat riding on a large yellow rooster and was dated 1779. Estimated at $500/700, it sold for a final bid of just over $3,000. A double calligraphy drawing depicting an exotic bird and a buck sold for just over $1,500 against a top estimate of $700.
Highlights from the furniture category include a Pennsylvania cherry ball and ring candle stand at $14,000, and a brass dial clock by John Fisher of York, Penn., that sold for more than $9,700, against a top estimate of $8,000. A figured maple tall-case clock sold for $7,312. A Baltimore square piano labeled Hisky sold to a dealer for a little over $5,000, and an inlaid Federal slant-top desk from Lancaster, Penn., sold for almost $6,000.
There was also a lot of interest in a small Pennsylvania highboy. A phone bidder battled a floor bidder to a final bid of $10,600, more than $2,000 above the top estimate.
Highlights of Saturday’s sale included a Baltimore stick barometer by G.E. Morrill that sold to a floor bidder for $2,587.
A small antique Kashan carpet sold for $4,725. A large Black Forest shelf clock sold for $2,475, well over the top estimate of $1,500. A pair of Black Forest carved plaques ended at midrange of $450, and most of the other Black Forest rdf_Descriptions remained within or over estimate.
A pair of Tiffany toast tongs in the Chrysanthemum pattern were estimated at $200/300. They sold to a phone bidder for $1,350. A circa 1830 R.W. Wilson silver coffeepot, Philadelphia, sold for $2,025, and a George III reticulated basket, London, 1786, sold for $2,137, well over the top estimate.
The highlight of the Doulton collection was a rare faience clock and garniture set. The clock, 151/4 inches tall, with baluster-form vases, reached $2,362.50.
The dates for York Town’s spring sale are May 9-11. The first two days will feature clocks; the antique and art sale will be on Saturday, May 11.
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