Multi-estate auction slated for Oct. 21 in Wayne, Penn. Around 200 lots of fine art, period American furniture, decorative accessories and more will be sold at a two-session auction slated for Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Wayne, Penn., by Gordon S. Converse & Co
one of them a rare, three-tiered example made in the early 20th century. Also sold will be a 6-foot-tall, Chippendale-style mirror with all carved gilt wood, in gold.
Of the decorative accessories, one piece that stands out for its rarity is a silk 18th century “marriage” pillow, decorated with tulips and hearts and made by the bride-to-be (as was custom) in 1772, The pillow, decorated with pins and with tassels at each corner, is small – just 6 ½ inches by 4 ½ inches. It has the initials of the couple (“EH” and “HJ”) and is rare because silk rarely survives this long. “This item is so rare an unusual,” Mr. Converse said, “I have no idea what estimated value to assign it.”
Other lots expected to get paddles wagging include a vintage 19th century Uncle Sam cast-iron mechanical bank, recent but high-quality and stylish lamps, grandfather clocks, some household goods and other items. Items may be previewed on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 10-7, and on the day of sale, Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 10-3. All lots sold will be subject to a standard buyer’s premium of 15%.
Gordon S. Converse & Co.’s next big sale will be an important clock auction slated for later this year, possibly in mid-December (time and date still to be announced). About 200 lots have already been secured, mostly from the collection of the James Grundy of Maryland. Featured will be shelf clocks, mantle clocks, barometers and grandfather clocks – all American, with most examples circa 1800-1850.
Gordon S. Converse & Co. is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them directly, at (610) 722-9004, or, you can inquire by e-mail at Gordon@ConverseClocks.com. To learn more about the company, you may log on to www.AuctionsatConverse.com or www.ConverseClocks.com. Both websites are highly informative.
Anyone interested in finding out what an item might be worth can find out by sending a photo of the item, along with a check for $40, to Gordon S. Converse & Co., Attn: Gordon Converse, 758 Mancill Rd., Strafford, PA 19087.