Cataloged auction to be held Dec. 3-4 by Leland Little Nearly 650 mostly fresh-to-the-market lots in a dizzying array of categories will be offered at a two-session weekend sale slated for Dec. 3-4 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd.
and a very fine diamond ring set with a gorgeous emerald cut diamond weighing about 1.68 carats.
Other jewelry by makers of note will include a set of gold and diamond earclips by Danken, a fine diamond line bracelet by J.B. Star, a diamond dome ring by Kurt Wayne, a gold motion ring by N. Teufel, a “Happy Diamonds” ring and a sapphire and diamond ring by Chopard, a Pave diamond ring and a pair of Infinity earclips by David Yurman, and three offerings from Henry Dunay: a pair of hammered gold earclips, a beautifully hammered gold ring and a gold and diamond bracelet.
Continental sterling silver will also glimmer and shine throughout the day. Anticipated top earners include a pair of George III entrée dishes and covers bearing the sponsor’s mark for Paul Storr (London, 1799), a George III sterling silver waiter with the sponsor’s mark for Thomas Hannom and John Crouch (London, 1798), a George IV sterling silver tray with armorial crest (London, 1814), a five-piece George IV sterling silver tea and coffee service (London, 1820s), and a Danish silver tea urn in the Regency style, dated 1908 and marked Michelsen, Copenhagen. American silver pieces and sets will be sold by manufacturers such as Towle, Gorham, Tiffany, Alvin, Reed & Barton and Durgin.
From the china and porcelains group, two pieces stand out. One is a Meissen porcelain figural group with a large pagoda figure shown seated on a floral strewn base, with a parrot perched on a stump by his knee. It’s unusual because it combines Meissen with Asian, two elements desired by collectors. The other piece is a 20th century porcelain amphora bust of a lady. The Teplitz Austrian Art Nouveau, in overall remarkable condition for such a delicate piece, is marked “Rstk Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel.”
Historical items will feature a signed photograph of Grover Cleveland, the 22nd president of the United States (1885-89) in overall very good condition, a one-page document signed by John Hay, the Secretary of State, dated Jan. 5, 1905, a Republican Party campaign circular for Ulysses S. Grant titled “The Party of Freedom and Its Candidates – The Duty of the Colored Voter,” and a rare set of North Carolina election tickets for 1868, providing Republican and Democratic Party listings of all state and local candidates for the time.
Militaria items will include a North Carolina Confederate’s archive with images and another one with Manassas (Va.) letters, a pair of Arkansas-to-North Carolina Civil War letters, one lot of three North Carolina Confederate documents, a North Carolina Confederate officer tintype with 1864 letter, and two lengthy North Carolina Confederate soldiers’ letters, as one lot.
Fans of Southern pottery will not be disappointed, beginning with the monumental Dave the Slave 8-gallon jar (Edgefield, S.C., 1857), ovoid form with applied wide ear handles and with a direct line of descent to the original owner. Other pottery pieces of note will include a salt glazed stoneware storage jar by Nicholas Fox (Chatham Cty., N.C.,