Three-day monster sales planned for Sept. and Oct. by Philip Weiss Auctions Most auction houses can brag about having maybe one three-day sale per year, if that, but Philip Weiss Auctions has two such events planned for back-to-back months -- on Sept. 23-25 and Oct. 21-23.
begin on Friday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in the afternoon, with a session loaded with transportation, aviation, maritime, militaria and posters. Featured will be over 100 World War I and II helmets and goggles, a unique Mexican/Civil War trunk belonging to Maj. William Schoonover (176th PA Infantry), identified daguerreotypes, books and photos.
The hit of the session, though, promises to be an important family archive of Titanic memorabilia, directly from a family member of John & Nelle Pillsbury Snyder, who were rescued when the Titanic sank. Archive includes a letter on Titanic stationary dated April 10, 1912, photos of the Snyders, another letter dated April 18th that tells of the confusion from news sources and the White Star Line at the time of the sinking, a group of original photos taken from the Carpathia, newspaper clippings, family mementos, collectibles and more.
Also offered will be a rare World War II German SS Totenkopf H. Himmler honor ring, engraved and dated (Sept. 11, 1941), with a certificate of authenticity; very important percussion pistols and shotguns (including a pair of Dickson pistols from the Charles Gordon collection); maritime and nautical material from the Bushnell estate; and World War I/World War II posters.
Sandwich day – Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 10 a.m. – will feature sports items, stamps and coins, rare books, autographs and maps. Highlights will include a trove of 1930s and ‘40s baseball and non-sports cards, jockey Willie Shoemaker’s first signed contract as an apprentice, a Pittsburgh Pirates signed team baseball (with a nice Roberto Clemente signature), a baseball signed in 1934 by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, a contemporary Yankee Stadium painting by William Feldman, a 1948 Olympic torch and more.
Stamps will include Part 5 of the Great Lakes Collection, plus many additions from other prominent estates. Coins will feature a single-owner estate collection of ancient gold and silver coins. Books will include a rare copy of Treasure Island, with original drawing by N.C. Wyeth.
The final day of the auction –Sunday, Oct. 23, also with a 10 a.m. start time – will have toys, toy trains, toy soldiers and pressed steel. Offered will be Part 2 of a single-owner Courtenay and Greenhill collection, Britains, pressed steel trucks, toy trains and other desirable collectibles.
Online bidding for all sales will be facilitated by Proxibid.com. Previews will be held during the week leading up to the three-day auctions (or by appointment), as well as the morning of the date of sale for all auction dates. Images for some of the items to be sold may be seen on the Philip Weiss Auctions website, at www.WeissAuctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.
Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and the firm’s calendar of events, to include the three upcoming auctions, please log on to www.WeissAuctions.com.