Acoma Olla Sells for $17,000 at Cordier Antiques' Two Day Fall Auction Cordier Antiques' Two Day Fall Antique & Fine Art Auction was held November 8 and 9 in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with good results, led by the sales' top lot, a large Acoma olla that sold for $17,000.
with alligator finish soared past its $200 to $400 estimate to close to a floor bidder at $1,100. Furniture opened with a bang as a Cumberland County Empire tiger maple miniature chest of drawers crossed the block. Estimated at $1,000 to $2,000 the chest opened at $2,500 from the Internet. The Internet soon dropped out and several floor and phone bidders vied for the exceptional piece. The lucky winner in the room took home the chest for $7,750. This lot was followed shortly after by a John Murphy (Northampton, Pennsylvania) 8-day tall case clock which sold just a hair under low estimate at $7,900. Among several Chinese furniture pieces was an elaborate and highly carved rosewood fern stand with rose marble inset top. The piece soared past its estimate of $800 to $1,200 after a flurry of online only bidding to close at $4,750.
The day finished up with a large selection of Asian arts including porcelain, cloisonné and a 50 plus piece woodblock print collection. Results overall were within estimate including a pair of signed Imari bowls at $425 and a pair of 19th century cloisonné dragons at $750. A Chinese finely carved ivory tusk was the top lot of Asian arts. Estimated at $500 to $1,000, the 29” long tusk featured an elaborately carved landscape of buildings, terraces and figures among trees. A collector in the room was the successful bidder of the piece at $4,750. A smaller Asian carved presentation tusk dated 1907 also did well at $750 (estimate $400 to $600).
Sunday’s session featured 151 lots of collectibles, coins and currency, toys and dolls as well as an additional 300 plus uncataloged doll lots. Two highly collectible radios were offered early into the day’s sale. The first was an Emerson butterscotch Catalin tombstone radio that sold within estimate to the room at $1,000. The second was an original Sparton Bluebird mirror radio. Designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, the rare piece sold to a collector in Australia for $2,250 via the Internet. This category also offered two collectible guitars. The first, a 1989 Fender 1962 vintage reissue Stratocaster, failed to meet its reserve while a 1981 Gibson Flying V electric guitar climbed past its estimate of $2,400 to $2,800 to close at $3,000 to a collector in the room.
Coins also saw results within estimate overall with a few notable exceptions. Standing Liberty quarters did quite well with a lot of two (a 1918 and a 1919 in About Uncirculated condition) reaching $600 while a second lot (a 1920 and a 1923 also in About Uncirculated condition) realized $650 (both lots estimated at $150 to $200). Gold coins closed at strong prices including a 1901 Liberty Head $10 (AU-Unc) and an 1893 Liberty Head $10 (MS60) both at $475 as well as an 1898-S Liberty Head $20 (EF-AU) at $850.
Several popular antique tin and cast iron toys were offered during Sunday’s sale, prompting strong bidding from the phones in addition to the floor and online. Floor