Japanese Moriage Cloisonne Vase Fetches $92,000 at Cordier Antiques' Two Day Spring Auction On May 31 and June 1, Cordier Antiques & Fine Art held their Two Day Spring Antique & Fine Art Auction in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, across the Susquehanna River from Harrisburg. While Saturday’s offe
was in Very Fine condition with a low mintage of only 18,992. Bidding immediately took off with a floor bidder finally acquiring the piece for $8,000. Another Liberty Head $5 gold piece, this one an 1851-D also in Very Fine condition, hammered down above estimate at $1,800 to the Internet.
Books overall saw depressed results especially among several early date leather bounds at $20 to $300 each. Among documents, an Abraham Lincoln signed military appointment reached its high estimate of $6,000. Dated June 17, 1862, the document appointed Robert C. Wood to Assistant Surgeon General and was also signed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Robert Wood was the son-in-law of President Zachary Taylor and led a distinguished military career as a surgeon. This section also included an 1836 Mahantongo Valley Artist fraktur ($750) and a Buffalo Bill Cody handwritten letter ($850).
Military and firearms saw several key items come on the block. The first was a grouping of 65 Civil War soldier letters from Sidney Marlin, Signal Corps, to his wife Sallie in Willet, Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Dated between February 11, 1864 and July 16, 1866, the letters were written from various locations and included a hand drawn map and battle description of Camp Cedar Creek as well as two earlier courtship letters prior to the Marlins’ marriage. Consigned by a direct descendent, the letters hammered down to the room at $4,000.
Another key lot was a Philadelphia coin silver Revolutionary War presentation cup. Made by Conrad Bard (Philadelphia, circa 1825-1854) the cup was presented by Dr. James Martin, Surgeon in the 3d Regiment of the South Carolina infantry during the Revolutionary War, to his daughter Mary Martin Douglas. Decorated with a palmetto and inscribed in part “Relick of the Revolution” (referring to Dr. Martin himself), the cup had been featured on the January 8, 2007 episode of the Antiques Roadshow in Philadelphia. After spirited bidding, the cup sold above estimate to the Internet at $4,250.
While online bidders could not participate in the sale of firearms, floor, absentee and phone bidders more than made up for it. Among several strong lots was a Colt Model 1862 Police/Pocket Navy pistol with the interesting marking of “FC D CR” to the butt. Estimated at $1,000 to $3,000, a determined dealer on the phone edged the bidding past the high estimate to $4,750.
A Drake’s 1860 Plantation Bitters figural bottle was the leader in collectibles. In a desirable yellow color and in excellent condition the bottle well exceeded its $400 to $600 estimate to close at $1,800. Not bad for a bottle found under the floor boards of the local consignor’s porch! Toys featured a Lionel prewar No. 269W freight train outfit in the original box ($1,300) and a prewar No. 165 Magnetic Crane also in the original box ($550) as well as a Buddy L pressed steel flivver coupe ($550) and a circa 1940’s Ito battery operated King Cabin cruiser ($450).
Asian and decorative arts opened with much anticipation,