Civil War items lead the charge at Hatch May 1-3 sale A pair of Confederate Civil War buttons brought $8,000, and an image of Georgia Confederate Sgt. Nathaniel Gardner went for $7,000 at a multi-estate sale hald May 1-3 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates.
CIVIL WAR ITEMS LEAD THE CHARGE AT MAY 1-3 ANTIQUES, COINS & ART
AUCTION HELD BY RICHARD D. HATCH & ASSOCIATES IN FLAT ROCK, N.C.
(Flat Rock, N.C.) - A pair of scarce Confederate Civil War buttons soared to $8,000, and an image of Georgia Confederate Sgt. Nathaniel Gardner hammered for $7,000 at a three-day Antiques, Coins and Art Auction held May 1-3 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates. They were the top two lots in a sale that featured over 2,000 items in a wide array of categories. The auction grossed about $500,000.
“This was a sale that truly had something for just about everybody,” remarked Richard D. Hatch. “We had some wonderful consignments, with a very large selection and range of antiques.” Mr. Hatch said about 275 people attended the event, at his spacious showroom in Flat Rock, N.C. Also, 1,600 bidders participated online, via LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids were also active.
Additional highlights from the sale follow. Prices quoted do not include a buyer's premium of 10% (for in-house and absentee bidders) or 15% (for phone and online bidders).
Civil War memorabilia commanded high prices. The buttons had paddles wagging owing to their scarcity, while the image of Sgt. Gardner, a pioneer Atlanta man who owned a tract of land in the city's “Five Points” area and served as Sergeant of Cobb's Legion Cavalry in Georgia, was appreciated for what it was: a piece of Southern history. Mr. Gardner was depicted in uniform and with his sword.
An impressive Confederate Civil War flag, showing the iconic “Stars and Bars” against a bright red backdrop and once hung in the window of an authentic Southern plantation (and measuring about 11-1/2 inches square) rose to $1,600; a genuine Civil War canteen, used by a Confederate soldier in Georgia and made of tin, brought $550; and a group of actual Confederate currency went for $325.
Numismatists had a field day at the first session, held May 1, where nearly 500 lots of rare and collectible coins crossed the block. Hundreds of Morgan silver dollars were sold, some individually and some in groups. A very nice complete set changed hands for $7,000, tying it for the sale's second top lot. Two better singles included an 1899-CC, extra fine ($750); and an 1894-S, uncirculated ($600).
A lifetime collection of complete sets of coins was offered, with a set of Barber quarters (1892-1913) bringing $3,250; and a set of Barber half dollars (1892-1915) achieving $1,700. Gold coins did well, buoyed by the recent surge in commodity prices. U.S. gold coins went for between $750 and $1,300 each. Also, a huge collection of worldwide stamps, in 30 large and full albums, hit $1,600.
The second session, on May 2, started off with fine examples of carnival glass, highlighted by a “Grape & Cable” 7-piece water set that reached $450. A nice Nailsea banquet lamp with matching shade and chimney commanded $3,000; a Tiffany floor