News-Antique.com - Apr 22,2011 - Spring was in the air at Pook and Pook during their two day auction on April 15th and 16th with the total items sold hitting $2,124,918. On Friday the Collection of Eugene and Dorothy Elgin was being offered up at auction while their son Todd was sitting in the audience. He was one of the lucky ones because there was standing room only by the time the auction started.
With 228 items from the Elgin's collection being offered, the auction realized 100 percent of the items sold with a total of $799,778. Obviously Gene and Dottie knew that only the best pieces in the best condition were the best antiques to collect. Most of the items came from private homes and country auctions located in Cumberland, Adams, and York county.
They called East Berlin their home where Gene was the town's Postmaster before he passed away in 2010. Gene loved furniture, redware, and decorated tole. Dottie moved into a small apartment after the death of her husband. Her eyes loved the straw baskets, chalkware, cookie cutters, and hooked rugs. When they were in their eighties, their love of collecting was never diminished.
Gene certainly knew how to collect the right toleware. One of the pieces offered was an early nineteenth century tin toleware tray which had an octagonal crystallized center panel bordered by vibrant red, blue, and yellow floral decoration with green foliate accents. It far surpassed the estimate of $5,000-10,000 and realized the top lot sale at $42,660 which includes the premium.
See article for full story, details of sales and many photos.