Garth's Announces Firearms & Americana January 6-7 Auction to start 2012 With 465 lots of firearms, bladed weapons & related material to be sold in the same weekend with 600+ lots of fine Americana including formal and painted furniture, folk art, ceramics, fine art and mo
say (taking some poetic license) that “necessity is the mother of collection”! In the case of Carl & Joyce Mueller, this became true when they purchased the brick Federal style Abraham and Abigail Hine home (circa 1830) in Tallmadge, Ohio shortly after their marriage in 1962. Collecting habits quickly changed from (somewhat less practical) Edwardian era antique automobiles and music boxes, automatons, etc. to the practical necessities needed to properly furnish their (new) old house – furniture and decorative arts. Now, after forty years of collecting and championing historic preservation, the Muellers felt it was time to sell and see their things bring others the same enjoyment that they felt fortunate to experience.
A fine grouping of Ohio stoneware & redware including pieces by Purdy, Mead & Rhoads is certain to be a highlight. A 19th century Ohio redware grease lamp by Samuel Routson of Wayne County is decorated with an Albany slip glaze and measures just 5 1/2"h. Owing to its maker, form and superb provenance listing Ex Rhea Mansfield Knittle (Ohio), ex Collection of John Ramsey (Ohio), (see The Magazine Antiques, August, 1934) and ex Ross Trump (Ohio), it is estimated at $1,500-$2,500. Also well represented in Bob Treichler’s new book A History of Northeast Ohio Stoneware, are two crocks. The first is a six-gallon example with lug handles from Middlebury, Portage/Summit County. Cobalt script on the front reads "6" and "Chapman Upson and Wright Middlebury, O." At 13 1/2"h., it is expected to sell for $800-1,200 while another smaller four-gallon crock inscribed "Calvin Hall & Cowan, Tallmadge, Ohio, "4" should still make $200-400 despite some damage. One of two in the sale, a Magadore, Ohio yellow clay pottery lion will sell for $1,000-$2,000.
Early blown glass also adorned the rooms of the Mueller home. A Zanesville, Ohio amber salt with pedestal base and twenty-four delicately swirled ribs in bowl leads is particularly nice (estimate $1,000-1,500) and a pale puce miniature glass pan with sixteen faintly swirled ribs and folded rim measuring 4"d. should reach $600-900. The metalware was also exquisite. A nice selection of brass 18th century candlesticks features a pair of English brass petal base candlesticks (estimate $900-$1,600). However, the brass and wrought iron pieces by Berks County, Pennsylvania maker Peter Derr are even more sought after. Each stamped P.D 1836", the dough scraper is predicted to reach $700-$900, while the betty lamp should make $2,000-3,000. A punched tin coffee pot by Willoughby Shade of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania bears the maker’s trademark peacocks in a delicate design with tulips (estimate $,2500-4,500).
Ohio furniture – both decorated and more formal – will tempt lovers of Americana. A New Bremen, Auglaize County, Ohio walnut stepback cupboard was purchased by David Good from the Ida Heinfield Estate in 1978. The two-piece cupboard retinas the original aqua glass in the upper doors, its original finish and hardware (estimate $4,000-8,000). A related hanging cupboard (estimate $800-1,200) with classic Ohio-German and Ohio-Swiss features such as pintle hinges and a recessed upper shelf,