Garth's to Offer Amazing Americana during Annual Labor Day Weekend Auction On September 3 & 4, Garth’s Auctions of Delaware, Ohio will host its Annual Labor Day Weekend Americana auction comprised of over 800 lots including collections of great 18th century furniture.
Federal Point, and Wilmington, North Carolina. At 11 3/4"h. 21 3/4"w. it is framed with information about the unit( Estimate $300-500). To compliment that lot, a good group of late 19th-early 20th century photographs of African Americans is to be sold( Estimate $200-400) which includes approximately twenty tintypes and twenty-five various photographs, including portraits, agricultural and domestic scenes, a family group, and a wonderful collection of early sports images from the West Virginia Collegiate Institute.
Garth’s is also proud of the assortment of Shaker material to be sold during the Saturday session of the auction. Pieces from Maine, Connecticut and Ohio will be offered – all from a single old Ohio collection. An important Shaker counter chest from Union Village, Ohio is a highlight of the items. Constructed of butternut and poplar, the eight-drawer chest retains most of the original turned knobs and an old finish with rich color(estimate $4,000-6,000). A dough box( $400-800), several chairs( each estimated in the range of $600), and a Shaker peg rail(estimate $150-300) each carrying the Union Village provenance as well.
Rounding out the sale is a stunning array of material including everything from fine American Indian pottery to historical firearms to 19th century photographs and manuscripts. A billboard-sized circus poster was printed in ten sheets and measures a monumental 8'8"h. 16'4"w., with a 6'3" extension for the banner. Signed "J.S. Homell", the poster was made for the Barnes Brothers Circus which entertained crowds from 1942 until 1949. The featured act was famed lion tamer Terrell Jacobs, who is illustrated on the poster, and the provenance traces directly back to Jacobs(estimate $2,000-4,000). If historical ephemera is a pursuit, but in a more portable size, the collection of 16th century pamphlets, including ones on witches and devils should be of interest.
Folk art is always a highlight of Garth’s auctions and in this case, strong regional collecting habits will bring out the lovers of Ohio Valley artists. Four small limestone and sandstone carvings by Ernest “Popeye” Reed are each estimated in the $100-400 range, while bidders will have to go a bit father to the $400-600 range to win either of the colorful mixed media works by Levent Isik, one depicting three women having a “Girls Night Out” and the other a monkey juggling. Other items of note include an American barber pole found in Vermont retains its weathered white and black paint and traces of red( Estimate $400-800). A mid 19th century American poplar decorated box has a good original painted surface with cornucopias on a mustard ground. The fitted interior is salmon with a painted lid featuring a bird and "M.A. Sawyer" in gilt letters (estimate $2,500-3,500). A selection of finely decorated toleware includes trays, tea caddies, document boxes and other containers, but the finest pieces are an apple tray attributed to Maine with flowers on a red ground( Estimate $600-800) and two coffee pots each with flowers or fruit on a black ground( estimates $800-1,600 and $1,500-,800).