Ships, Shakers, and Guns, Oh My! Garth's March Americana Sale is Ship Shape. If you are looking to get away from the misery of the last days of winter by spending some time near sailing ships, vibrant hued home decorations, and friendly people, look no farther than the March 2
News-Antique.com - Mar 10,2010 - If you are looking to get away from the misery of the last days of winter by spending some time near sailing ships, vibrant hued home decorations, and friendly people, look no farther than the March 26-27, 2010 Americana auction to be held at Garth’s Auctions, Inc. in Delaware, Ohio. With over 800 lots offered in two sessions, one consisting of historic firearms, edged weapons and accessories and the other comprised of American formal and painted furniture, folk art, fine art, decorative accessories and more, Garth’s looks to presents it customary array of quality antiques and art.
Visions of sweet days on the water with the wind in your hair are not out of your reach if you bid on one of the items included among the great group of marine art and antiques. Take the chance to gaze at two ship portraits by William Pierce Stubbs which are likely to be the highlight of the category. A jaunty portrait of the three-masted James T. Morse flying the American flag measures 24"h. 36"w. and carries an estimate of $5,000 - $9,000, while an oil on canvas portrait of the Clara E. Roges, signed lower left, "W.P. Stubbs." is expected to bring a bit less at $4,000 - $6,000. A ship portrait by Massachusetts artist, Frank Vinning Smith depicts a three-masted ship flying an American flag and the location “Waukegan” after the signature. The 15"h. x 20"w. canvas is estimated at $3,500 - $4,000. Another ship portrait attributed to William Hare is equally appealing and should bring $2,000 - $3,000 and other unsigned ship portraits, both oil and pastel, can be found in a range of estimates from $100 - $600. A scrimshaw and mahogany sewing box dating to the 19th century out of coastal New England is one of the eye-catching items with applied mother-of-pearl medallions and scrimshaw ivory panels featuring whales, garlands and a compass star (Estimate $1,500 - $2,500). A brass helmet binnacle (Estimate $250 - $450) and a lot of six brass and wood 19th century telescopes (Estimate $150 - $350) will also tempt your inner sailor. Two highly collectable, 20th century Nantucket basketry purses will be sold as well with one example labeled on the interior "Whalers Crafts, 1964" and attributed to the nephew of Cora Stevens, Orange Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts. The wooden lid is adorned with an ivory seagull finial (Estimate $1,500 - $2,000).
A fabulous group of Shaker “smalls”, almost all from one private southern collection, are sure tap the sensibilities of your inner interior designer. The colors and forms are alluring and include over a dozen pantry boxes with many in original finish and one in original chrome yellow. The chrome yellow example is 5 1/2"h. 13 1/2"l., formerly from the collection of Ed Clerk (Connecticut), and carries an estimate of $5/8,000. Another pantry box with copper tacks, good patina, a printed paper label "Arnica Flowers" on one end, and a faint inked label "seed" on the other end also measures 5 1/2'h.