Southern key basket brings $10,175 at Hutcheson sale A rare Southern fancy leather key basket, in excellent condition and made around 1850, sold for $10,175 at a New Year's Day Sale held January 1st by Hutcheson Auction Company in Boydton, Virginia.
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - RARE SOUTHERN KEY BASKET IN EXCELLENT CONDITION (CIRCA 1850) SELLS FOR $10,175 AT HUTCHESON AUCTION'S NEW YEAR'S DAY SALE IN BOYDTON, VIRGINIA
(Boydton, Va.) - A rare Southern fancy leather key basket, in excellent condition and made around 1850, sold for $10,175 at a New Years Day sale held by Hutcheson Auction Company. “The price was driven up by the fact that you don't often see these baskets, and hardly ever in this condition,” said March Hutcheson of Hutcheson Auction Company. Prices quoted include a 10% buyer's premium.
“The sale was very strong from top to bottom,” Hutcheson remarked. “Chests, especially, did very well. We had some wonderful consignments, from various homes and estates in Virginia, North Carolina and the New England area. The merchandise was in a broad range of categories, from furniture to artwork to clocks to accessories. Everyone was pleased, buyers and sellers both.”
The auction was held at the Hutcheson Auction Barn, located at 14713 Highway 58, halfway between Clarksville and Boydton, Va. The facility is about 70 miles north of Raleigh, N.C., and 100 miles southwest of Richmond, Va. Hutcheson said about 300 buyer numbers were issued for the sale. There was no Internet bidding component, but he had “a slew” of phone and absentee bidders.
In other highlights:
An 18th-century chinoiserie decorated grandfather clock, with brass dial and signed Thomas Martin of London, chimed on time at $5,500. In the same category, a beautiful double dial, rare fashion clock rang out at $1,320; a fine collection of four carriage clocks found new owners for prices ranging from $150-$275; and a three-piece bronze and marble figural French clock set hit $770.
A laminated rosewood Belter sofa, with lollipop design, was a steal at $935. Other excellent buys included a walnut Victorian marble-top sideboard with fruit carving and cameo panel doors ($1,760); a claw-foot oak china cabinet with a hooded bevel-edge mirror gallery ($1,100); an Eastlake walnut sideboard ($880); and a plank-bottom Dickens bench ($410).
Other furniture pieces included a beautiful and large mahogany double-door Empire wardroble with carved top ($3,410); a nice-sized high-back double cameo panel walnut Victorian bed ($2,750); a Victorian rosewood etagere ($2,420); a handsome walnut table with two leaves ($880); an oak roll-top desk, 60” wide ($2,420); and about seven walnut lamp tables, selling for $300-$450 each.
Other categories did well, too. A top lot in the artwork group was a Civil War-era oil on canvas of a soldier, with an indisputable history and provenance. The man in the painting was Robin H. Hough of Spotsylvania Company; he was wounded May 12, 1864, and died the next month, on June 21st. The portrait sold for $1,210. Also, a pair of tintypes of Civil War soldiers commanded $350 each.
An E. Remington 1858 .44-caliber revolver hit the mark at $1,045; a 74-piece set of S. Kirk & Son sterling flatware, in the Primrose design (circa late 1800s), went for $1,320; a nice three-piece early fancy French fireplace set warmed up the crowd for