FIREARMS & MEDICAL ANTIQUES HEADLINE GARTH’S ANNUAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND AMERICANA AUCTION With 150+ lots of firearms, bladed weapons and related material, 150+ lots of antique medical equipment, fine art and accessories, and 600+ lots of fine Americana including formal and painted furnitur
and gilt decoration for “Leeches” and “Honey” on cream glazed bodies should fetch $7,000-8,000. A beautiful, 31” high cut glass, pear-shaped apothecary jar on pedestal base is adorned with cut panels and stars (estimate $900-1,200).
An American, mid 19th century, surgeon’s kit in a fitted rosewood case marked "G. Tiemann & Co...NY" includes items such as a bullet forceps, sponge holder, bullet probe with porcelain tip, Knotts vaginal speculum, intra-uterine irrigation syringe, horn handled trephine, nasal speculum and finger saw (estimate $2,500-4,500). A Civil War-era surgeon’s kit with a saw and knife blades marked "Young, Edinr." appears relatively complete in the curly maple fitted and velvet lined case. A note held within states "Army Surgical Instrument Case made for American, War, Col. H.T. Bates". The case kit is expected to sell for $2,000-3,000. Other cased optician, surgical and dentist kits will also be sold. A French cased set of bleeding cups includes five glass cups with brass bleeder, suction pump, and hose within a fitted walnut case marked “Mon. Charriere Collin, Paris” (estimate $1,500-3,000).
Hundreds of framed individual and grouped medical tools will also be sold including blown glass syringes, scalpel lancets, bone saws, obstetric instruments, and more. A selection of fine microscopes, specimen cupboards, medical books, and phrenology heads represent the somewhat expected items, while an item billed as a “Quack medical device” represents the slightly more bizarre. The “Davis & Kidder’s Electric Machine from W.H.Burnap, New York, produced an electrical current to cure nervous diseases (estimate $225-450). Fine portraits of doctors and medical scenes will round out the session.
Featuring items from the 50 year collection of the Late Virginia Bare of Hillsboro, Ohio, the Americana to sell during the Saturday session is colorful and fun. Whether your collecting habits find you favoring gameboards, theorems, stone fruit, and prison art or painted blanket chests, samplers, paintings or formal furniture, there will be something of interest in the 600+ lots.
A New England “butterfly” table is among the smaller pieces of furniture to be sold. The 18th century maple, oval-top example has an old finish that shows traces of red paint. The small size, turned splay legs and shaped supports for the dropleaves will propel it to a $1,500-2,500 sale price. For a larger space, choose one of the 16 corner, hanging, or step-back cupboards in the sale. A fine Ohio Valley walnut and poplar example is a one-piece of diminutive size at only 73 1/2” high. With two, four-panel doors each with string inlay flanked by stiles with meandering vines terminating in tripartite leaves, it only requires a 28' corner and a hammer bid expected to be in the $1,000-2,000 range. A decorated poplar wall cupboard will command attention thanks to the fine, original faux mahogany grain paint. With a molded cornice, a high pie shelf and nice cutout feet, the cupboard is estimated at $2,500-3,500.
A decorated blanket chest signed Martha Cahoon (1905-1999) is a mid 20th century piece of unusual form but great whimsy. With