Published: January 7, 2003
PLAINVILLE, CONN. – A bidding war broke out at Winter Associates’ December 16 sale, and to the victors went a select group of military clothing, with a high concentration of Civil War-era rdf_Descriptions deaccessioned by the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn.
The top lot of the group was a Civil War-period bugler’s jacket, which soared past the $2/4,000 estimate to sell to an absentee bidder for $6,600. A circa 1860 Civil War frock coat and vest surpassed its presale estimate, selling for $4,950 to a floor bidder. Another frock coat, circa 1866 and owned by Captain Mathias Euen, brought $3,300. An 1850 military frock coat brought $4,290. A nearly complete uniform dating from 1902 with a G. Hauss label garnered a bid of $1,760.
Uniform accessories also performed well. An 1820s-1830s sash achieved $495 and a group of three sashes from the 1860s reached $742.
The sale also featured a selection of Eighteenth to Twentieth Century men’s, ladies’ and children’s clothing. Bidders from as far away as Texas and California vied for the opportunity to secure a piece of a bygone era. Among the lots attracting the most interest was a nearly intact Edwardian lace dress, circa 1904, which brought $1,265, and a wedding dress from the 1880s, which, sold for $907.
A three-diamond ring with a center stone weighing more than one carat and two others weighing just shy of a carat each attracted phone, absentee and live bidders. It sold to a bidder in the audience for $7,620, well exceeding the presale $3,750/4,250 estimate.
Other rdf_Descriptions of note included a pair of Eighteenth Century Windsor chairs, which brought $2,145, and an early Nineteenth Century Federal chest that sold for $1,595.
Paintings by Connecticut artist Margaret Cooper attracted high prices as well. The five paintings by Cooper offered at the sale were de-accessioned from the New Britain Museum of American Art. Two of Hamburg Cove sold for $1,375 and $1,045, respectively, while an oil of water lilies brought $1,210.
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