Rare Double Stamped John Bell Turks Head Mold Highlighted in Gateway Gallery’s Winter Americana Esta Chambersburg, PA – Gateway Gallery’s Winter Americana Estate Auction, February 19, 2011 will feature a wonderful collection of period furniture, textiles, sterling, early medical tools, prints, potter
News-Antique.com - Feb 09,2011 - Gateway Gallery’s Winter Americana Estate Auction, February 19, 2011 will feature a wonderful collection of period furniture, textiles, sterling, early medical tools, prints, pottery and ceramics, and ephemera. The 400-plus lot auction will be held at Gateway Gallery’s auction facility in Chambersburg. Of special interest is a rare double stamped John Bell Turks Head Mold. This earthenware mold is typical of Bell’s pottery during 1840-1880; made unique by it’s’ double stamp “John Bell Waynesboro.” Known for his exceptional use of glazes, Bell is a stand-out potter among his nineteenth century Cumberland and Shenandoah Valley peers.
Period furniture has a strong presence in the auction, including a cherry two drawer work table with a three board top in fine condition; a Middleburg, VA buffet; a Chippendale desk; a set of (9) Baltimore-style chairs; and an exceptional apothecary cabinet with the original labels.
A set of early 1800s cast iron American Indian andirons is another highlight of the auction; with one andiron depicting a male native in head-dress and cloak and the other a female in full dress.
A beautifully sewn Sampler dated and signed Sarah Perry 1827 is among the many fine textiles included in the auction. Additionally, there are quilts, needlework pieces, vintage clothing and a dated 1849 Chambersburg coverlet.
Also of interest is a German Simon & Halbig doll. The doll measures 25 inches, has a bisque head with a leather body, sleepy eyes and an open mouth with teeth.
Other highlights include numerous German copper molds; two early American Indian baskets; and a unique primitive mouse trap marked “W. Smith.”
This fine collection of primitives, antiques and collectibles hails from a multi-generational estate out of Fort Loudon, Franklin Co. PA. In addition to the cataloged items, there are hundreds of non-lotted discovery items.
More information is available online at gatewayauction.com. Live, absentee, and phone bidding will be available for this auction. Gateway Gallery Auction is located at 643 Kriner Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Preview for this auction will be held Friday, February 18 from 3 PM – 6 PM.