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Lot 404: .38 Colt Model 1902 Pistol, Bonnie & Clyde .38 Colt Model 1902 Pistol, Bonnie & Clyde Lot 404: .38 Colt Model 1902 Pistol, Bonnie & Clyde

Model 1902 Colt, serial number 7362, found enfolded into the outlaw Bonnie Parker’s skirt at the Conger Funeral Home embalming room of Arcadia, LA in 1934. Letter of authentication dated 5/15/1972, signed by James Lavelle Wade (Sept. 28, 1886 – Dec. 17th, 1972), coroner in charge of the “Bonnie & Clyde” death investigation and signer of death certificates, and by Mrs. Alwyn (Vern) Hightower, employee of Conger Funeral Home. Affidavit witness signatures include Mrs. Ed Conger, wife of the Conger Funeral Home director, and retired Judge P. E. Brown, Second Judicial District Court of Louisiana, serving 1954-1969. Letter of Authentication is notarized by Violet L. Turner. On May 23, 1934, law enforcement officers ambushed outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow as they drove through Biennville Parish, Louisiana. The Conger Furniture Store/Funeral Home received the bodies after the shootout. The affidavit states the weapon was “enfolded in the skirt of Bonnie Parker and discovered in the Embalming room of Conger’s Funeral Home in Arcadia, Louisiana, by the late Mr. Charles Francis Bailey, who was employed at the time by Mr. Ed Conger as an embalmer.” The following day (5/24/34), Bailey gave the weapon as a souvenir to Mrs. Alwyn Hightower’s son, Dr. Robert Dawson Hightower, M.D. (b.1921-d.1973). Dr. Hightower served as a Naval Aviator in WWII, earning the Navy Air Medal with 2 Gold Stars and later as an Associate Professor of Orthopedics, LSU Medical School, Shreveport, LA, and passed this weapon down to his only child, the present consignor. This lot also includes six bullets found in the pistol and a photo archive of pictures taken by King Murphy, Mr. Bailey’s assistant and amateur photographer. Additionally, a Colt Manufacturing Company letter accompanies this lot stating the Model 1902 Colt was shipped to Simmons Hardware Company in St. Louis, Missouri on August 22, 1904 with a total shipment of 15 guns of this type. Additional items in the archive includes a 1973 offer letter for the gun and various newspapers referencing the 50th anniversary of the death of Bonnie & Clyde. The dated August 1973 letter from Peter Simon of Jean, Nevada offers to “purchase the gun, the book of actual pictures, and any other memorabilia….” Dr. Robert Hightower died October 27th, 1973. The letter also has handwritten notes from Dr. Hightower’s wife, “Before Dad died he had me write… Bob, this fellow wanted to buy the Clyde & Bonnie gun etc. I called him but I never did call and give him a price for I didn’t know what to charge– If you ever decided to do so you might call + give him a price if he is still there — The value may go up with time but it could go down for new people don’t even remember them— Thought I’d pass this on — It’s yours now to do as you wish — I love you Mother”. The gift of this weapon from the embalmer, Charles Bailey, to the young Dr. Hightower in 1934 was significant when one considers the rarity and expense of the Sporting Model 1902 pistol even at the time the gift was bestowed. It is especially significant when one considers the average pay of an embalmer working in rural Louisiana during the Great Depression. Specifications on the Colt Model 1902 (Sporting) Automatic Pistol: Caliber- 38 rimless, smokeless, 7 shot magazine, 6? barrel, magazine marked PAt’D SEPT. 9, 1884, hard rubber grips with molded checkering, the rampant colt design, and the name COLT at the top of the grips. Produced in 1904 with a total production of approximately 7500. Standard weight 2 pounds, 3 ounces. Condition: Colt pistol has aftermarket nickel finish but appears to retain the original factory grips. Minor oxidation to nickel finish. There are no records indicating the pistol has been disassembled or cleaned since acquisition in 1934, chamber verified as clear. Photograph album with toning to pages; photographs glued down. [See more photos →]

$99,450.00
Lot 566: Signed Meet The Beatles Album, "Thanks for jabs" Signed Meet The Beatles Album, "Thanks for jabs" Lot 566: Signed Meet The Beatles Album, "Thanks for jabs"

The second of two “Meet the Beatles” albums, autographed by all four band members, from the estate of Dr. Jules Gordon and his direct heirs. Update – On 8/16/2011, Frank Caiazzo, world recognized Beatles autograph expert, inspected this album and verified its authenticity. A document of authenticity from Frank Caiazzo is included in the photographs and will be provided to the winning bidder in addition to an affidavit of authentication from the descendant. The first completely autographed “Meet the Beatles” album from the Gordon family sold in our May 22nd, 2011 auction (lot #281). This is the last remaining album from the Gordon family and is personally inscribed to Dr. Gordon by George Harrison. The inscription reads “To “Doc Gordon” thanks for the JABS from George Harrison” along with the signatures of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. Original album and album cover. 12-1/4″ H x 12-1/4″ W. Provenance – The estate of Dr. Jules Gordon. This signed album was given to Dr. Gordon, who treated George Harrison for a sore throat the day before the Beatles American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. Thomas Buckley noted in the New York Times on Feb. 8, 1964: “Mr. Harrison, who is known as the quiet Beatle, awoke yesterday with a sore throat. He was treated by Dr. Jules Gordon, used a vaporizer and rejoined his colleagues at the studio late in the afternoon. ‘I should be perfect for tomorrow,’ he said.” According to George Harrison’s sister, Louise Caldwell, Harrison’s health was more serious than reported. In “The Beatles Off The Record” by Keith Badman, Caldwell recalled: “The doctor said he couldn’t do the Ed Sullivan Show because he had a temperature of 104. But they pumped him with everything. He was thinking about getting a nurse to administer the medicine, every hour on the hour. Then the doctor suddenly realized that I was there and was his sister and he said to me, ‘Would you see to it? It’s probably just as well that you’re here because I don’t think there’s a single female in the city that isn’t crazy about the Beatles! You’re probably the only one who could function around him normally.’” Dr. Jules Gordon of New York City was the house doctor at the Plaza Hotel from 1942 until 1985. This album, given to one of his family members, has been with the family ever since and has never before been offered for sale. Condition: Slight overall toning to cover. Wear to upper spine. Some scratching to the album itself. [See more photos →]

$77,350.00
Lot 615: Andrew Clemens Sand Art Bottle Andrew Clemens Sand Art Bottle Lot 615: Andrew Clemens Sand Art Bottle

Andrew Clemens (American, 1857-1894) patriotic sand art bottle, dated 1889. Glass bottle with round flat-top stopper and a tall cylindrical body filled with multicolored, layered sand in decorative stripe, swag and diamond patterns, one side with vignette of a spread-winged eagle a 36-star American flag, the alternate side with a detailed floral vignette including forget-me-nots, rose and pansy, enclosing a date of 1889. Height 6 5/8″. Provenance: the estate of Stanley Horn, Nashville, Tennessee, by descent in his family to current consignor. Note: Andrew Clemens was born in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1857 and later moved to the town of MacGregor. At the age of five, he contracted an illness (possibly encephalitis) which caused him to become deaf and mute. He attended the Iowa School for the Deaf. As an adult, he began working with sand from the naturally colored sandstone in the Pictured Rocks area of Iowa to form detailed pictures in glass bottles. Clemens created his designs using self-made tools including “brushes” of tiny hickory twigs; no glue was used. The bottles were well received by the public – particularly riverboat travelers to MacGregor, seeking souvenirs – and he was able to earn a livelihood selling sand art bottles until his death in 1894 at the age of 37. While many were sold, few have remained intact over the years. (Source: the Des Moines Register). PRE-APPROVAL IS REQUIRED TO BID ON THIS LOT. PLEASE CONTACT CASE ANTIQUES, INC. AT THE KNOXVILLE GALLERY FOR DETAILS. 865-558-3033 or BID@CASEANTIQUES.COM. CONDITION: Stopper is original with 1/8″ chip and 2 short hairlines to edge (these do not extend through (stable)). [See more photos →]

$66,000.00
Lot 281: “Meet the Beatles” album, signed by all 4 members “Meet the Beatles” album, signed by all 4 members Lot 281: “Meet the Beatles” album, signed by all 4 members

“Meet the Beatles! The First Album by England’s Phenomenal Pop Combo” record album autographed by all 4 group members – John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. This signed album was given to the New York physician Dr. Jules Gordon during the period in which he treated George Harrison for a sore throat at the time of the Beatles American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. Thomas Buckley noted in the New York Times on Feb. 8, 1964: “Mr. Harrison, who is known as the quiet Beatle, awoke yesterday with a sore throat. He was treated by Dr. Jules Gordon, used a vaporizer and rejoined his colleagues at the studio late in the afternoon. ‘I should be perfect for tomorrow,’ he said.” (see attached Feb. 8, 1964 New York Times article). According to George Harrison’s sister, Louise Caldwell, Harrison’s health was more serious than reported. In The Beatles Off The Record by Keith Badman, Caldwell recalled: “The doctor said he couldn’t do the Ed Sullivan Show because he had a temperature of 104. But they pumped him with everything. He was thinking about getting a nurse to administer the medicine, every hour on the hour. Then the doctor suddenly realized that I was there and was his sister and he said to me, ‘Would you see to it? It’s probably just as well that you’re here because I don’t think there’s a single female in the city that isn’t crazy about the Beatles! You’re probably the only one who could function around him normally.’” Dr. Gordon was called from his fourth-floor office to the Presidential Suites on the 12th floor where the Beatles were staying. Dr. Jules Gordon was the house doctor at the Plaza Hotel from 1942 until 1985. Original album and album cover. Very good condition, 1 1/4″ split to bottom spine edge. 12-1/4″ H x 12-1/4″ W. Provenance – direct descendant of Dr. Jules Gordon. Dr. Gordon gave this album to the direct descendant in 1964. Winning bidder will be given an affidavit of authentication from the descendant. [See more photos →]

$64,900.00
Lot 81: Rare flag & archive from ship "Red White and Blue" Rare flag & archive from ship "Red White and Blue" Lot 81: Rare flag & archive from ship "Red White and Blue"

Flag and historical archive relating to the 1866 voyage of the miniature ship The Red White and Blue, which in 1866 became the smallest ship ever to cross the Atlantic. Note: A detailed history of this important nautical cache and the ship’s voyage, which captured attention and created controversy on both sides of the Atlantic, is available to interested parties, and includes flag history and description by Greg Biggs. ITEM 1: 13 star Flag, single ply wool bunting with hand appliqued stars. Front hoist inscription “Ship ‘Red White and Blue’-1866 of NY 2 tons 38/100 registered. To London and Paris Exposition = 1867 Capt. John M Hudson and F. E. Fitch.” Reverse hoist inscription reveals flag’s original use as a Civil War boat flag: “USSS Flambeau’s Picket boat 2nd cutter 1864, Acting ensign J.M. Hudson.” Exhibited Cheekwood Museum of Art, “Nashville Collects”, circa 1990. 31-1/4″ H x 45″ W. ITEM 2: The ship’s log, penned by Captain Hudson, including description of boat, newspaper clipping describing the voyage prior to departure, daily entries describing the trip and location, and details of the events at the Crystal Palace, Paris Exhibition and across Europe. Earliest entry date May 9th 1866, through December 27,1867. Log bears label for William H. Ritch, Commission Merchant, Ships Chandler & Grocer, 39 South Street, Corner Old Slip, New York. ITEM 3: Oval silver plated plaque, engraved, “Ingersoll Metallic Life Boat Red White and Blue. Ship rigged Sailed from New York, United States, July 9th 1866. Arrived off Hastings, England August 16th 1886. Navigators, Capt. John M. Hudson, and Mate Frank E. Fitch. Inventor and Builder Oliver Roland Ingersoll. Property of the American Boat & Oar Bazaar. 243 & 245 South and 475 & 447 Water Street New York.” Framed in later gilt frame, not examined out of frame. Exhibited Cheekwood Museum of Art, “Nashville Collects”, circa 1990. Sight: 8 1/4″ H x 10″ W Framed: 12″ H x 14″ W ITEM 4: Two framed prints including Currier and Ives lithograph “The Miniature Ship, Red, White, and Blue.” Print lists information on the size of the boat and a brief description of voyage. In later gilt frame. Sight: 9 3/4″ H x 14 1/4″ W. Framed: 19″ H x 23″ W. Also a print from an unknown publication: “Red, White, and Blue” on display at the Crystal Palace, Paris Exhibition of 1867. In later gilt frame. Sight: 8 7/8″ H x 9″ W. Framed: 14 1/4″ H x 15″ W. ITEM 5: a large collection of letters, photocopies, and publications pertaining to the ship’s crossing and career of Captain John Hudson, including the shoulder straps and gold braid from his Navy uniform. Provenance: Estate of A. Welling LaGrone, Jr., Nashville, Tenn. ABOUT THE FLAG: United States Navy vessels of the 19th Century, and even now, carried several flags based on the Stars and Stripes of the nation. The largest was the ensign, flown from the stern of the warship. The jack was flown from the bow flag staff only while the ship was in port, while the commission pennant was flown from the main mast in the era of sails or a high point in the age of steam. The flags varied in size based on the rating of the warship. These vessels also carried small boats called gigs, and these boats also were equipped with flags. Boat flags came into existence in the early 1850s and carried, at least based on that used by Commodore Matthew Perry on his voyage to Japan, 31 stars. In 1857, the number of stars was reduced to sixteen. Being smaller flags, the lower number of stars made them more visible at a distance. In 1862, the Navy Department further reduced the star count to thirteen. This may have been in homage to the flags of the Continental Navy of the Revolutionary War. From 1862 to 1865, the stars were arranged typically in three rows with four, five and four stars in each from top to bottom of the canton. The boat flag of the U.S.S. Flambeau/Red White & Blue is this star pattern. A boat flag with the same star pattern exists in the Zaricor Collection in California. After the Civil War, boat flags were changed to a three, two, three, two, three arrangement, again from top to bottom. According to noted flag historians Howard Madaus and David Martucci, these boat flags varied from five through ten feet on the fly with the hoist measuring about half of the length. The 1864 U.S. Navy flag regulations (basically revised from the 1854 regulations) listed ship ratings ten through fourteen as boat flags. Flags for the tenth rating measured 5.28 feet on the hoist by 10 feet on the fly. Eleventh rated ships carried boat flags of 4.20 feet on the hoist by 8 feet on the fly while twelfth rated ships carried boat flags of 3.70 by 7 feet. The thirteenth rated boat flags measured 3.20 feet by 6 feet and the fourteenth rates carried flags of 2.50 feet by 5 feet. The U.S.S. Flambeau boat flag measures 31 inches by 42 inches which corresponds to a fourteenth rated boat flag. The flag has been cut down in its fly length by at least 18 inches at some point after the Civil War when it became the flag of the S.S. Red White and Blue. This was probably due to the size of that boat being much smaller (only 2 tons) than the U.S.S. Flambeau. The flag is made from single ply wool bunting with the stripes and appliquéd stars being hand stitched. The cotton canvas hoist edge is marked on the reverse side, “U.S.S. Flambeau Picketboat, 2nd Cutter – 1864. Acting Ensign J. M. Hudson.” The second cutter marking probably indicates that the warship carried two gigs on board. The U.S.S. Flambeau was built in 1861 as a brigantine initially for the trade routes of China. She was acquired by the U.S. Navy in November of that year to augment their blockading fleet. Weighing 791 tons, she was 185 feet long by 30 feet wide. With her crew of 92 men, she carried between two and five guns during the war. Her career as a blockader was successful with four ships captured as prizes. The U.S.S. Flambeau was sold by the Navy in July 1865 after being decommissioned. As a merchant vessel, she was lost off North Carolina in March 1867. Acting Ensign J. M. Hudson left the Navy after the Civil War. He became the skipper of the S.S. Red White and Blue which became famous in nautical circles for the transiting of the Atlantic Ocean by such a small vessel. His old boat flag from the war was altered for the Red White and Blue, being marked on the obverse hoist edge, “Ship “Red White and Blue” of New York – 1866/2 tons – 35/100 Register/ to London and Paris Exposition 1867/ Captain J.M. Hudson.” – Flag catalog entry by Greg Biggs. Condition: ITEM 1: Flag survives in good condition with minor staining, some patches and fraying where flag attaches to hoist. The flag has been professionally conserved with a fine colored mesh attached for stabilization. Also, there are [See more photos →]

$35,960.00
Lot 228: French Gilt Bronze Falling Ball Mantle Clock French Gilt Bronze Falling Ball Mantle Clock Lot 228: French Gilt Bronze Falling Ball Mantle Clock

French bronze and gilt bronze Spherical Weight or “Falling Ball” mantle clock, with barometer and thermometer. Top features a bronze standing lion figure atop a cover that lifts for the deposit of balls, over a decorative frieze and glass-sided rectangular case with bottom drawer for ball storage, atop four toupie feet. Dial with enameled floral decoration and colorless jewels above a wheeled barometer, also adorned with colorless jewels; a thermometer to the left and a rotating wheel mechanism that uses the gravity of falling balls to power the clock movement in the back. 22″ H x 10 3/4″ W x 6 1/8″ D. French, circa 1890. Condition: Overall very good condition, clock works functioning at time of inspection. [See more photos →]

$24,800.00
Lot 168: Restoration Ormolu Clock Style of Choiselat Restoration Ormolu Clock Style of Choiselat Lot 168: Restoration Ormolu Clock Style of Choiselat

A French restoration period gilt and patinated bronze French mantle clock, depicting the mythological Jason, capturing the Golden Fleece with the head of the slain hydra at his feet. Supporting the fleece is a patinated bronze tree rising from a rocky base. The ormolu clock face has a Roman numeral dial and is decorated with two Grecian figures. The rectangular verde antico-veneered base is supported on gilt bronze paw feet. 25″ H x 15 1/2″ x 7 1/7″ D. Circa 1820. Note: This clock is similar to a model signed by Lesieur now in the MusÈe de Malmaison (MM 40-47-470). There are other closely related models including one in the Spanish Royal Collection (see J. Ramon Colon de Carvajal, Catalogo de Relojes del Patrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 1987, p, 186, no. 166), three models signed by Choiselat, one by FeuchËre, one signed by Ledure and one signed by Lesieur Empire (see Sotheby’s lot 151, December 11, 1981, and lot 28, March 3, 2006). Condition: Clock is missing the original works. Sculptural elements are in very good overall condition. Some chips to the marble base. [See more photos →]

$19,635.00
Lot 853: Penny Slot Golf Machine, circa 1900, Matthewson Penny Slot Golf Machine, circa 1900, Matthewson Lot 853: Penny Slot Golf Machine, circa 1900, Matthewson

Penny in Slot Golf Machine designed by London’s Automatic Sports Company, Matthewson patent. Cast iron marquee letters GOLF over an enamel instruction plate, flanked by painted golfers in relief on both sides. Six golfers wearing red cotton textile jackets and painted pants and socks with six numbered golf holes enclosed in a glass case. Coin operated, with two handles in the front operating the players’ golf swings. 29″H x 20″W x 9″D. 106.7 lbs. Circa 1896-1905. Condition: Missing back panel and lower cast iron stand. Nickel plating over brass slot mechanisms. Repainting appears to be from the second quarter of the 20th century. Some paint enamel loss on the large golf figures in relief on edges of case. Lever mechanisms rotating the clubs appear functional. [See more photos →]

$17,980.00
Lot 84: Andrew Jackson parade lantern Andrew Jackson parade lantern Lot 84: Andrew Jackson parade lantern

Punched Tin Andrew Jackson parade lantern, cylindrical with domed top and handle, the punched design reading “Andrew Jackson Forever” across the body with ” Jan 8th 1832 ” across the top, surmounted by a row of stars. Exhibited Cheekwood Museum of Art, “Nashville Collects”, circa 1990. 13-1/2″ H x 5-1/4″ diameter. Provenance: estate of A. Welling LaGrone Jr., Nashville, Tenn., purchased from Sotheby’s (lot 762, unknown sale number/date). Note: Jan. 8, 1815 was the date associated with General Jackson’s victory in the Battle of New Orleans. This was likely a commemorative piece, possibly made around the time of his re-election. Condition: Lacks top handle, two small holes in base, 1 broken hinge with lost nail. [See more photos →]

$16,820.00
Lot 119: Cigar Store Indian Princess, Painted and Carved Cigar Store Indian Princess, Painted and Carved Lot 119: Cigar Store Indian Princess, Painted and Carved

Cigar Store Native American figure, carved and polychrome painted wooden likeness of an Indian princess or maiden with feathered headdress, her right arm holding a bundle of cigars while her extended left hand grasps a package of tobacco. Resting on a wooden platform with two steel rod supports. 67″ x 24″ x 14 1/2″ height. Early 20th century. Provenance: Gatlinburg, TN collection. Condition: Old losses and separations to Indian maiden figure, two steel rods support base at lower waist, blacklighting does not indicate paint restoration or repair. [See more photos →]

$12,980.00
Lot 423: 1864 Presidential Ballots, 730 Total 1864 Presidential Ballots, 730 Total Lot 423: 1864 Presidential Ballots, 730 Total

Group of 730 ballots from the 1864 Presidential election, from Ohio soldiers voting in the field. The majority are Abraham Lincoln – Andrew Johnson Presidential ballots depicting Lady Liberty wielding a sword with a variety of other ballot designs and counties represented. A small minority (73) are McClellan – Pendleton Presidential ballots. Of the 73 McClellan – Pendleton ballots, there are 26 having portrait vignettes of McClellan. Several paper spacers with writing of locations soldiers stationed in the South are also present along with a few examples of handwritten ballots. Additionally, some of the ballots have the names of the soldiers written on the back with a few having phrases written on them. Examples include “L. S. Holcomb Co. D 97th Ohio”, who wrote: “can’t see peace at any price”. According to the 1886 History of Morgan Co. Ohio by Charles Robertson, Leroy S. Holcomb served in the Mission Ridge, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and Franklin, TN. Holcomb was seriously wounded at the Battle of Franklin later that year, and discharged. He subsequently studied medicine and graduated from the Ohio Medical College. Another soldier-signed ballot “Jas. R. Earich Co. E. 78 OVI” is for Sergeant James R. Earich of the 78th Ohio Company E. The Ohio History site states , “Earich took up the hazardous task of carrying a flag and fortunately survived the Battle of Atlanta. He was awarded a medal for bravery for his conduct on July 22, 1864. When Earich was offered a promotion to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, he declined because he did not wish to give up bearing the colors.” Another ballot with the pencil inscription “H. N. Arnold Co. J 94th Ohio Vol Inf” is for H. Newton Arnold, 1st Lieutenant for the 94th Regiment of Ohio. Additional Lincoln/Johnson ballots include two (2) larger ballots with red, white, and blue and crossed flags, drums, swords, stacked rifles and winged eagle design, 3 ballots with the Union flag only, 13 ballots with no design on yellow paper from Morgan Co., and 10 handwritten Lincoln – Johnson ballots. Lincoln was victorious in winning the state of Ohio in the 1864 Presidential election. Condition: Overall very good condition. The two ballots with red, white, and blue colors have more folds and tears at the margin than others. Almost all ballots have a small hole in the center as a result of the tallying process, minor folds and tears at the margins, some toning. [See more photos →]

$12,870.00
Lot 122: French Porcelain Clock, Cie LeRoy Paris Works French Porcelain Clock, Cie LeRoy Paris Works Lot 122: French Porcelain Clock, Cie LeRoy Paris Works

A large French porcelain clock in the style of Sevres, the horizontal dial spanning the exterior of an urn with hand painted floral decorated vignettes on a marbelized pink background. Mounted with gilt bronze serpent handles and swags around perimeter of base. Fitted with a stepped wooden pedestal base. Works marked ìCie LeRoy Parisî. 19 1/2″ H, not including wooden base. Mid 19th century. Provenance: purchased from J.B. Hudson Co. Antiques, Minneapolis, in the 1950s along with the garniture vases in lot #122. Condition: Clock missing pendulum, not tested for functionality. Crack to porcelain urn to left side of one vignette, approx. 2″. [See more photos →]

$12,495.00
Lot 699: Stanocola Standard Oil Company Enameled Sign w/ Painted Wood Sign Stanocola Standard Oil Company Enameled Sign w/ Painted Wood Sign Lot 699: Stanocola Standard Oil Company Enameled Sign w/ Painted Wood Sign

Stanocola Standard Oil Company enameled advertising sign having a bright yellow center with shield logo and bright red border, manufactured by The Baltimore Enamel & Novelty Company, also known as Balto Enameling Company. Maker’s mark en verso. Sign is mounted to the center of a hand made painted wood and metal rectangular sign with blue background and light blue border and painted white letters reading “Filling Station”. Sign – 30″ dia. Wood Filling Station sign – 19 13/16″ H x 98 1/8″ L. 1920-24. Also included with this lot is a copy of “The “Standard” Dealer” from April 1930 that includes an advertisement, as well as a check for the purchase of gasoline and a bill of lading from Standard Oil Co. of Louisiana from 1924. Provenance: According to a document written and signed by the consignor, the sign was originally displayed at general store in Tusculum, TN that was started by the consignor’s great grandfather in the late 1890’s. It was around that time that the family began a business relationship with Stanocola Standard Oil Company. The sign was taken down by the consignor’s great grandfather in 1924 and stored in the second floor of a building that had been built in 1892 and leased by the family in late 1918-early 1919. When the building was purchased by the family in 1953, the stairs to the second floor were removed during a remodeling project. The sign remained untouched on the second floor until the consignor decided to sell the property in 2010. Photos of the store outside of which the sign was displayed are included with this lot. See related lot #700. CONDITION: Stanocola button sign in excellent condition with a couple of light scratches and minimal oxidation to screw holes on outer black painted perimeter. Filling Station sign has water damage in the corners and some spotting elsewhere, lettering is clear and unmarred. [See more photos →]

$12,160.00
Lot 700: Stanocola Standard Oil Company Enameled Advertising Sign Stanocola Standard Oil Company Enameled Advertising Sign Lot 700: Stanocola Standard Oil Company Enameled Advertising Sign

Stanocola Standard Oil Company enameled advertising sign having a bright yellow center with shield logo and bright red border, manufactured by The Baltimore Enamel & Novelty Company, also known as Balto Enameling Company. Maker's mark en verso. 30" dia. Note: This sign was part of a large filling station sign from a general store in Tusculum, TN. The matching enameled sign with hand made wood and metal painted sign is also offered in this sale (see lot #699). CONDITION: Stanocola button sign in excellent condition with a couple of light scratches and minimal oxidation to screw holes on outer black painted perimeter. [See more photos →]

$11,400.00
Lot 439: Sheldon Moldoff Moon Girl #7 Cover Art Sheldon Moldoff Moon Girl #7 Cover Art Lot 439: Sheldon Moldoff Moon Girl #7 Cover Art

Sheldon Moldoff (Am. 1920-2012) Moon Girl #7 Cover Original Art, EC 1948, pen, brush and ink on board with notations at lower margin. Signed Shelly lower left for Sheldon (Shelly) Moldoff. Entertainment Comics’ “Moon Girl” represents an early attempt at a superhero comic book title. Sight: 19″H x 13 1/2″W. Frame: 22 3/4″H x 15 3/4″W. Original ink on paper comic art, “Moon Girl Introducing Star No. 7 May-June,” EC Comics, 1948. Despite a lack of formal art training, Sheldon Moldoff became a prolific cover artist for the future DC comics. He co-created characters such as Batman’s Poison Ivy, Bat-Girl, and Mr. Freeze, and was sole creator of the Black Pirate. He began drawing for Moon Girl upon his return from World War II in the mid 1940s. After being let go by DC in 1967, he turned to animation and promotional comics. He received an Inkpot award in 1991. Condition: Very good condition with slight overall toning. CONDITION: Very good condition with slight overall toning. [See more photos →]

$10,912.00
Lot 698: H. R. Poore Winchester Sign with Hunting Dogs H. R. Poore Winchester Sign with Hunting Dogs Lot 698: H. R. Poore Winchester Sign with Hunting Dogs

Henry Rankin Poore (Pennsylvania/Connecticut, 1859-1940) designed Winchester Rifle advertising sign, lithography on board, rectangular form, depicting four “bear-hunting dogs”. Signed “H. R. Poore /Philadelphia” in the stone, lower left. Housed in a Winchester Rifle wooden frame with stenciled advertisement across the top reading WINCHESTER and across the bottom reading RIFLES SHOTGUNS FOR SALE HIRE AND AMMUNITION along with painted or stenciled images of shotgun casings with the Winchester logo in each corner. Image – 25 1/2″ H x 34 3/4″ W. Framed – 32″ H x 41 1/2″ W. American, early 20th century. Provenance: Ex-collection Levi Strauss family. CONDITION: A few areas of minor loss to upper left and lower right quadrants. Some scratching mid-lower margin. Abrasions to frame, mostly to lower corners. [See more photos →]

$10,240.00
Lot 732: Steinway & Sons Model M Grand Piano Steinway & Sons Model M Grand Piano Lot 732: Steinway & Sons Model M Grand Piano

Steinway and Sons, New York, Model M Grand piano, mahogany case over tapered legs terminating into block feet and mounted with castors. Serial #451263 indicating a manufacture date of 1978. 37 3/4" H x 56" W x 74" D. Fitted with a padded bench of similar design. CONDITION: Sun fading to wood along the left side of the piano case and top. Soundboard and keys in good working order. Piano was professionally moved to our gallery and has been professionally tuned. [See more photos →]

$9,600.00
Lot 296: War of 1812 White House Artifact & Custom Box War of 1812 White House Artifact & Custom Box Lot 296: War of 1812 White House Artifact & Custom Box

Remnant of a burned White House timber removed from the White House during the 1950 renovations, from the 1814 White House fire started by the British during the War of 1812. Bears plaque to side reading “Original White House Material/ Removed in 1950″ with the Presidential Seal in the center. Housed in a custom made marquetry box comprised of walnut and oak from White House repairs and cedar from the White House grounds. Construction diagram pasted to the interior of the lid and signed by the maker F. C. Mayes. Wood artifact – 4 1/2″ x 2 1/2”. 2″ H x 6″ W x 3 3/4″ D. Note: From 1949 to 1952, the White House underwent a major renovation. President Harry Truman noticed when he moved in that the White House was quite dilapidated, and pressed Congress for funds to refurbish the mansion. In the House of Representatives, the White House renovation was overseen by the Public Works Committee, on which sat first-term Congressman Gerald Ford. Truman gave Ford and other committee members a personal tour of the White House, pointing out its defects. What Ford remembered most, however, “was when he took us into the Oval Office and I saw that little sign on his desk: ‘The Buck Stops Here’. I thought, Well, that’s a good description of a President’s job”. The three-year project included tearing down all but the exterior walls and rebuilding everything within. In the process, workers found charred lumber from the burning of the White House in 1814. Clearly these structurally unstable pieces could not remain. Instead, they were removed and sold to the public as souvenirs, as directed by the Commission on the Renovation of the Executive Mansion. In March of 1952, a small ceremony marked the end of the renovation and the opening of the refurbished and structurally-sound White House. Provenance: From the estate of Captain Gordon Wells, member of the Secret Service’s Uniformed Division, the White House Police, from 1943 through 1967. During his tenure, Wells received mementos from sitting Presidents and First ladies of 5 administrations, from Franklin Roosevelt through Lyndon B. Johnson. CONDITION: Both artifacts in very good condition. [See more photos →]

$8,960.00
Lot 259: Tiffany 3-piece Garniture Set Tiffany 3-piece Garniture Set Lot 259: Tiffany 3-piece Garniture Set

Three-piece Tiffany Egyptian revival champleve gilt bronze garniture set with mantle clock and pair of urns. The mantle clock of gilt bronze and beveled glass with center urn finial with champleve lid, the case with four fluted columns with champleve finials and half-columns on turned bases and two larger side columns with champleve finials and columns on square bases. Clock face marked Tiffany & Co. with Arabic numerals and champleve center with rhinestone border. Pendulum with hand-painted portrait miniature of woman in 18th century style dress and framed in two rows of rhinestones and champleve border. The clock works by Japy Freres, marked “Made in France 11658411”, “A1 Tiffany & Co”. Retains key. 14 3/4″ H x 9″ W x 5 3/4″ D. Each urn with opposing cupid masks and decorated with bands of champleve and applied champleve plaque and mounted on square base with four turned supports with champleve finials and bands of champleve on three sides, turned feet with impressed numbers “2 or 3″ on base. 9 3/4″ H x 4 3/4″ W x 4 3/4” D each. Late 19th/Early 20th century. CONDITION: Wear to gilding and champleve decoration, possible areas of old regilding. Scratches on interior bronze base of clock. All rhinestones present, some with discoloration. [See more photos →]

$8,680.00
Lot 438: Johnny Craig War Against Crime #3 Cover Art Johnny Craig War Against Crime #3 Cover Art Lot 438: Johnny Craig War Against Crime #3 Cover Art

Johnny Craig (Am. 1926-2001) War Against Crime #3 Cover Original Art, EC 1948, pen, brush and ink on board with notations on all margins. Signed lower right. Entertainment Comics’ The War Against Crime series would later change its title to The Vault of Horror series in 1950. Sight: 19″ H x 13 1/2″ W. Frame: 22 3/4″ H x 15 5/8″ W. John Thomas Alexis Craig, better known as Johnny Craig, became the assistant to Harry Lampert (creator of The Flash) at All American Comics while studying at the Art Students League of New York. After serving in World War II, he began drawing for EC Comics, including Moon Girl and the Prince, Saddle Justice and Crime Patrol. Unlike many comic artists, he was also a writer, and wrote many of the stories for the Vault of Horror (and became its editor in 1954). He worked briefly for Atlas Comics (predecessor of Marvel) and did some work on the Iron Man comics. He retired in the 1980s and was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2005. Condition: Glue residue on rocks and exhaust fumes in image. Horizontal blade cut along middle row of letters in title. CONDITION: Glue residue on rocks and exhaust fumes in image. Horizontal blade cut along middle row of letters in title. [See more photos →]

$7,936.00
Lot 648: Von Braun Jupiter C and Explorer I Models w/ Stand Von Braun Jupiter C and Explorer I Models w/ Stand Lot 648: Von Braun Jupiter C and Explorer I Models w/ Stand

Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) Jupiter C and Explorer I model with stand, Dr. Wernher Von Braun, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) provenance. 1st item: Jupiter C model rocket, comprised of painted metal with black letter stickers reading "ABMA JPL", "JUPITER-C", and "US ARMY" to body. 16 7/8" H. 2nd item: Explorer I model satellite, comprised of gilt metal and secured to a metal stand attached to a wooden base. Base with gilt metal placard reading "Explorer I U.S. ARMY" and metal peg for 1st item. Satellite – 5 1/2" L. Stand – 5 3/4" H x 6 1/8" W x 6 1/4" D. Mid 20th century. Provenance: Private Southeast Tennessee collection. Purchased by the consignor from the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), located in Huntsville, Alabama, during a deaccession sale. Both models with the stand can be seen in a photograph of Dr. Wernher Von Braun in his office at Marshall Space Flight Center, circa 1962 (copy of the photograph included with this lot). Note: Explorer-I, officially known as Satellite 1958 Alpha, was the first United States earth satellite and was sent aloft as part of the United States program for the International Geophysical Year 1957-1958. It was designed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Dr. William H. Pickering. The satellite instrumentation of Explorer-I was designed and built by Dr. James Van Allen of the State University of Iowa. The satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral (now Cape Kennedy) in Florida at 10:48 P.M. EST on 31 January 1958 by the Jupiter-C vehicle–a special modification of the Redstone ballistic missile–that was designed, built, and launched by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) under the direction of Dr. Wernher Von Braun. Jupiter-C, a direct descendant of the German A-4 (V-2) rocket, was originally developed in 1955-1956 as a high-performance rocket for testing purposes. The Jupiter-C has its origins in the United States Army's Project Orbiter in 1954. The project was canceled in 1955, however when the decision was made to proceed with Project Vanguard. (source: https://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/expinfo.html). CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition with 3/4" break to stabilizer fin, wear to paint, displacement of some stickers. 2nd item: Overall good condition with surface grime. Metal stand is loose on base. [See more photos →]

$7,680.00
Lot 229: Large French Bronze Figural Clock, Deniere A Paris Large French Bronze Figural Clock, Deniere A Paris Lot 229: Large French Bronze Figural Clock, Deniere A Paris

Large and elaborate French patinated and gilt bronze figural clock, the top portion with bronze sculpture of two females in Classical style dress, holding hands, one with a musical instrument and the other holding a book (allegorical for art and literature); the base section modeled as a plinth with applied gilt bronze foliate and scroll ornamentation, surrounding an inset enameled dial marked Thomas Agnew & Sons, London. Works marked Deniere A Paris. 26 1/4″ H x 22″ W x 10″ D. 19th century. Condition: Overall very good condition, not tested for functionality. [See more photos →]

$7,192.00
Lot 36: Chinese Cloisonne Garniture Set with clock Chinese Cloisonne Garniture Set with clock Lot 36: Chinese Cloisonne Garniture Set with clock

Chinese cloisonne garniture 3-piece set, all with floral design on black ground and gilt painted metal mounts. The center keywind clock with Asian numerals on enamel and gilt metal clock face, dragon finial, standing foo dogs on base. Clock works numbered 656 with no maker’s mark. 25″ H x 15″ W x 7 1/2″ D. Set also with coordinating pair 5-arm candelabra, 23 1/2″ H x 11 1/2″ D. Chinese, Late 19th/Early 20th century. Provenance: Private Knoxville, TN collection. CONDITION: Regilded. Key to clock not present; clock not tested for functionality. [See more photos →]

$6,944.00
Lot 76: Eugene Barillot Nude Sculpture Eugene Barillot Nude Sculpture Lot 76: Eugene Barillot Nude Sculpture

Eugene Barillot (French, 1841-1900) ivory and gilt bronze nude sculpture titled “Odaliske”, depicting a partially nude female in Turkish style dress, alabaster base. Signed “Barillot, Paris” on the base and mounted on an alabaster base. 12″ H. Late 19th century. Provenance: Crossville, TN collection. Condition: One earring missing, otherwise very good condition. Condition: One earring missing, otherwise very good condition. [See more photos →]

$6,448.00
Lot 354: After John T. Donoghue, Bronze Sophocles After John T. Donoghue, Bronze Sophocles Lot 354: After John T. Donoghue, Bronze Sophocles

Bronze sculpture after John Talbott Donoghue (1853 – 1903) titled “The Young Sophocles Leading the Chorus of Victory after the Battle of Salamis”. Signed on base “J. Donoghue” with inscriptions on the sides of the base in Greek reading Sophocles and Salamis. Back of base marked “Modern Art Foundry, NY”. 44 1/2″ H x 26″ W x 14″ D. 20th century. Condition: Extensive verdigris patination from outdoor exposure. Some scratches on back of mounting. [See more photos →]

$6,396.00
Lot 674: Early Boneshaker Bicycle Early Boneshaker Bicycle Lot 674: Early Boneshaker Bicycle

An early Boneshaker bicycle, maker unknown. Third quarter of the 19th century. Red paint with black painted accents applied to the cast iron body with wooden spoke wheels. Replaced leather seat, original turned wooden handles, wrought-ironpedals. Bicycle in overall good condition. 62″ L x 52-1/2″ H. Front wheel dia – 33-3/4″. Rear wheel dia – 28-1/2″. Design invented in France by Michaux and brought to the US by Lallement. Provenance: East Tennessee collection. [See more photos →]

$5,428.00
Lot 645: 3 World War II TVA  Propaganda Posters 3 World War II TVA Propaganda Posters Lot 645: 3 World War II TVA  Propaganda Posters

Three (3) Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) World War II posters. 1st item: TVA poster titled “Electric Power is a Weapon of War” depicting an electric plant on blue background with man’s black silhouette leaning against red reservoir on top of dam. Unframed. 40″ H x 28.5″ W. 2nd item: TVA poster titled, “Out of water power comes air power” depicting planes flying over a map showing rivers and dams, including the Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers and dams. Unframed. 40″ H x 28″ W. 3rd item: TVA poster depicting a black and white Uncle Sam superimposed over water flowing through a dam reading “I need your money to win the war” and “Where does your department stand in the TVA war bond drive”. Unframed: 20″ H x 16″ W. Provenance: Private Johnson City, Tennessee collection. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition with fold lines, toning and foxing on back, some separations noted along folds. 2nd item: Fair condition. Some losses along edges, largest 2”. Surface loss near corners. Some tape remains on surface. Some separation along fold lines. Foxing, toning on back. 3rd item: Good condition. Fold lines. Foxing, toning on back. Rolling for shipment is not recommended. [See more photos →]

$5,376.00
Lot 64: Cold Painted Bronze Cleopatra Cold Painted Bronze Cleopatra Lot 64: Cold Painted Bronze Cleopatra

Cold painted bronze, depicting a partially nude reclining female, possibly Cleopatra, on a chaise lounge with a child servant waiting on her, holding a tray. Attributed to Franz Xavier Bergmann (1861-1936). Unsigned. 4″ H x 9-1/2″ L x 6-1/8″ W. Early 20th century. Provenance: Private Nashville, Tennessee collection. Condition: Missing figure on front side of sculpture marked by two holes. Light wear to highlights of bronze patina of reclining female. [See more photos →]

$5,166.00
Lot 317: 3 Early Brass Candlesticks, inc. Mid Drip 3 Early Brass Candlesticks, inc. Mid Drip Lot 317: 3 Early Brass Candlesticks, inc. Mid Drip

Three (3) early Continental brass candlesticks. 1st item: 16th century brass candlestick, round deep mid dip pan over a flaring vase, knopped stem and candle cup with vertical extacting holes. 7 1/4″H. 1″ area of pitting to base just under pan, 1/4″ area of pitting to stem. 2nd item: 17th century trumpet form candlestick with tapered and ringed circular base, round mid drip pan, extracting holes to candle socket. 7 1/4″H. Repair and scratching to drip pan where it joins the stem, small loss to foot ring. 3rd item: 17th century trumpet form candlestick with tapered and ringed post, circular mid drip plate and circular foot, 5 1/8″H. 1 1/2″ area of tight cracking and repair to mid drip plate. Provenance: The estate of Dr. Benjamin H. Caldwell, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: All with general wear and small dents, see individual item descriptions. [See more photos →]

$5,120.00
Lot 494: Army of GA Soldiers Wanted Banner, circa 1864 Army of GA Soldiers Wanted Banner, circa 1864 Lot 494: Army of GA Soldiers Wanted Banner, circa 1864

Union Recruiting Banner, “Army of Georgia. Soldiers Wanted.” with Federal Eagle emblem to center of cloth banner. Housed under glass in a wooden frame with gilt wood rabbet edge. Banner – 21 3/4″ H x 40 3/4″ W. Sight – 25″ H x 44 1/4″ W. Framed – 28″ H x 47″ W. Circa 1864. Provenance: Private Ringgold, Georgia collection; among items purchased in the 1960’s from the old location of the A. P. Stewart Chapter of the UDC (United Daughters of the Confederacy), formerly the Nathan Bedford Forrest UCV (United Confederate Veterans) home, St. Elmo, Chattanooga, TN. Note: In November 1864, General Sherman created the Army of Georgia from the remaining XIV and XX Corps of the Army of the Cumberland. This army was commanded under Major General Henry Warner Slocum and served as one of Sherman’s wings in the March to the Sea. CONDITION: Overall good condition with foxing spots, stains, largest 2 1/8″ x 1 1/2″, tears, largest 1/2″, to be expected from age and manner of use. Areas of loss, 2 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ to top left of eagle’s wing and 1 1/2″ x 1 5/8″ area top left corner of banner. Top and left edges appear to be slightly cut down. Printed lettering and emblem in very good condition. [See more photos →]

$4,800.00
Lot 675: Early Boneshaker Bicycle, A. Dubois Early Boneshaker Bicycle, A. Dubois Lot 675: Early Boneshaker Bicycle, A. Dubois

Early boneshaker bicycle, by A. Dubois, St. Denis, France, with brass label. White painted cast iron body and wheels with pink and green painted turned wooden handles, pink painted original metal seat. Overall good condition with nut securinghandle bars missing. Contemporary re-paint. 64″ L x 51-1/2″ H. Front wheel 35″ dia. Rear wheel 31-3/4″ dia. Circa 1870. Provenance: East Tennessee collection. [See more photos →]

$4,720.00
Lot 72: Geo. III Tregent Clock, ex-Clarence Mack, Palm Beach Geo. III Tregent Clock, ex-Clarence Mack, Palm Beach Lot 72: Geo. III Tregent Clock, ex-Clarence Mack, Palm Beach

James Tregent (British, Active 1770-1806) George III Bracket Clock from the estate of noted architect Clarence Mack (with accompanying photo). Clock with brass eight-day movement and bell chime, ebonized mahogany case with arched and paneled top, each mahogany panel raised on a brass plinth; the center one with brass bail handle. Tombstone-arch glass doors to front and back and arched windows to sides, all with brass rabbet edges, the back glass revealing ornate engraved decoration to movement back; all on brass base raised on brass ogee feet. Metal dial engraved “James Tregent / Leicest’r Square / London”, engraved chapter ring with Roman numerals and Arabic minutes numerals and date aperture, surmounted by chime/silent selector dial. Pendulum present. Keys included along with a 20th century list of dates the clock was cleaned, ranging from 1785-1985. 13″ H x 9″ W x 6 3/4″ D. Circa 1780. Provenance: the estate of Martha Dodge, Hendersonville, TN; the estate of Marvin Dodge (brother to Mrs. Dodge’s late husband, Robert), Palm Beach, Florida; the estate of Clarence Mack, Palm Beach, Florida. Marvin Dodge was the caretaker/companion of noted American architect Clarence Mack, and inherited several antiques (now in this auction) from him. A 1960s era photograph of the clock sitting on the mantel of Mr. Mack’s home in Palm Beach accompanies this lot. Biography: Clarence Mack, known for designing Georgian Revival homes in Ohio’s prestigious Shaker Heights and Lakewood areas, and later in Palm Beach, was born in 1888 and grew up on Cleveland’s west side and in Lakewood. Mack’s houses were all apparently built for speculation; he is said to have bought the property, designed each house and acted as contractor, furnished the houses with antiques purchased from his European travels, and lived in many of them before selling them. His business slowed with the advent of the Stock Market crash of 1929. He spent 5 years traveling around the world before settling in Palm Beach, Florida in 1935. He continued to design and build there until his retirement in 1962, his name becoming synonymous with the “Palm Beach Regency Style.” Never married, Mack died in Palm Beach in 1982. (sources: The Lakewood Historical Society and the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, Case Western Reserve University.) CONDITION: One piece of side molding reglued. Possible early conversion to anchor escapement. Functionality has not been checked and is not guaranteed; the clock is offered “as is.” [See more photos →]

$4,608.00
Lot 642: J. W. Fiske Fountain w/ Zinc Virtue Figure, Iron B J. W. Fiske Fountain w/ Zinc Virtue Figure, Iron B Lot 642: J. W. Fiske Fountain w/ Zinc Virtue Figure, Iron B

Fiske garden or drinking fountain with a painted zinc figure of Virtue, standing atop a painted cast iron columnar base. The zinc sculpture of the woman, likely the Green deity of virtue known as Arete, holding a bird, is possibly after a design by George Fisher & Bro. (1867-1901). The base of the zinc figure reads: J. W. FISKE 26.28 PARK PLACE NEW YORK. Octagonal iron base with raised foliate designs and circular iron basins on opposite sides. 67″H x 23 1/2″W x 14″D overall, zinc figure 37″H. American, late 19th century. Note: a very similar Fiske fountain was installed in 1904 by the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in Harrisonburg, Virginia; recently vandalized, it is now being restored. Provenance – Lexington, Kentucky area collection. Condition: Old exfoliation of paint, some light abrasions, newer fountain spouts have been added. . CONDITION: Old exfoliation of paint, some light abrasions, newer fountain spouts have been added. . [See more photos →]

$4,464.00
Lot 300: 16 Assorted Egyptian and Pre-Columbian Relics 16 Assorted Egyptian and Pre-Columbian Relics Lot 300: 16 Assorted Egyptian and Pre-Columbian Relics

Ten (10) New and Old World items, including Ancient Egyptian. 1st item: Egyptian blue faience ushabti with crossed arms, black painted detailing to face with five columns of hieroglyphics to front and back of legs. Previously attached to black wooden base. Ushabti – 5 3/4" H x 2 1/8" W x 1 1/8" D. Base – 1 1/4" H x 2 5/8" W x 2" D. Circa 500 B.C. 2nd item: Egyptian light blue faience ushabti standing against a plinth incised with a column of hieroglyphics. 3 1/4" H x 7/8" W x 7/8" D. 3rd item: Small Neolithic Minoan red ware jar with dot pattern to upper portion of body, traces of possibly later black slip to majority of body. Attribution inscribed in black ink, underside of flat base. 1 1/4" H x 1 5/8" dia. 4th item: Small Egyptian or Middle Eastern buff ware with white faience jar with black painted band of hieroglyphic like symbols to rounded body. 1" H x 1 1/2" dia. 5th item: One (1) biconical spindle whorl carved from dark grey stone with incised circular deigns to each side with pierced hole through center. 1 7/8" dia. 6th-7th items: Two (2) Aztec round buff ware spindle whorls or ear decorations, each with hole to center. Ranging in size from 1 5/8" dia. to 1 3/4" dia. 8th-10th items: Three (3) Aztec Lake Chapala, Mexico round buff ware beads, each with pierced hole through center. Approximately 1 1/2" dia. Provenance: Estate of Celia (Cece) Webb, Nashville, TN, purchased in the 1970s. CONDITION: Overall good condition with wear, areas of loss, to be expected from age. 1st item: Overall good condition with some dirt encrustation to crevices. Areas of loss to base of ushabti where it was previously attached to base. 2nd item: Old repair to break at ankles. 4th item: Overall good condition with firing flaws to body. [See more photos →]

$4,352.00
Lot 199: W. Hunt Diederich Silhouette, 2 Hounds w/ Bugler W. Hunt Diederich Silhouette, 2 Hounds w/ Bugler Lot 199: W. Hunt Diederich Silhouette, 2 Hounds w/ Bugler

Wilhelm Hunt Diederich (New York/Europe, 1884 – 1953) cut paper silhouette on paper of two greyhounds with bugler, pencil signed lower right, “Hunt Diederich”. Housed in a simple black painted frame. Sight – 9 1/8″ H x 13 3/4″ W. Framed – 10″ H x 14 3/4″ W. Circa 1920’s. Provenance: Originally from the collection of John “Jack” Alexander Rogers and his wife Mildred Bond from NYC at turn of the 20th century. See related Lots #516 and #762 in this sale. Condition: Abrasions/wear to paint of frame. Overall toning to paper. [See more photos →]

$4,216.00
Lot 230: 18th c. Fusee Clock, Chinoiserie Case 18th c. Fusee Clock, Chinoiserie Case Lot 230: 18th c. Fusee Clock, Chinoiserie Case

18th Century English bracket or table clock in Japanned case, with gilt chinoiserie style decoration; bombe style top with brass handle and gilt pineapple form finials, over a case with arched original silvered and engraved brass dial signed William Jourdain, London, and applied pierced gilt spandrels, all on a molded base with bracket feet. Brass fusee works with bell strike, crown escapement. 20″H x 11 1/2″W x 7″D. Circa 1725-1750. Condition: Works show wear and minor expected refurbishments. Significant wear to face, scattered abrasions/wear to case. Front glass panel and 1 circular side glass panel are replaced. No lock, missing key. Rear back right foot missing. [See more photos →]

$4,216.00
Lot 654: Early 1900s Alabama Indestructible Black Doll Early 1900s Alabama Indestructible Black Doll Lot 654: Early 1900s Alabama Indestructible Black Doll

Alabama Indestructible doll, black version, made by the Ella G. Smith Doll Company (operating 1899-1925). Molded and painted head and ears, molded mitten style hands and blue stocking shoes. Ella Smith was the first doll maker in the South to manufacture black dolls. Made after 1919. 13 1/2″ H. Condition: Overall good condition with wear and paint lost to head, primarily to top. Losses to nose. General wear to limbs and overall grime. [See more photos →]

$4,046.00
Lot 795: Motlow Lynchburg TN Whiskey Jug Motlow Lynchburg TN Whiskey Jug Lot 795: Motlow Lynchburg TN Whiskey Jug

Scarce Lem Motlow, nephew and successor of Jack Daniels, advertising stoneware whiskey jug. White slip glaze with blue stenciled lettering that reads : All Goods Worth Price Charged/ Lem Motlow/Lynchburg, Tenn. 8 1/8" H. Circa 1910. Note: Lem Motlow (1869-1947) was said to have had a head for numbers, and originally worked as a bookkeeper for his uncle's company. In 1907, faced with failing health, Jack Daniels gave the distillery to Motlow and another nephew. Motlow soon bought out the other nephew, but his whiskey production in Lynchburg was short lived. In 1910, Tennessee passed a statewide prohibition law, forcing the company to shift its distilling operations to Birmingham and St. Louis. Motlow challenged the law in a test case that ended up before the Tennessee Supreme Court, and he eventually became a Tennessee state senator. He continued to operated the distillery for 40 years. While some glass Motlow bottles survive, stoneware jugs bearing his imprint from the pre-Prohibition era are scarce. Provenance: the collection of Benjamin Dysart, Brentwood, Tennessee. CONDITION: Some light chipping and glaze loss to spout, scattered firing flaws to body, missing the original wire and wood handle. [See more photos →]

$3,840.00
Lot 646: 2 World War II TVA Propaganda Posters 2 World War II TVA Propaganda Posters Lot 646: 2 World War II TVA Propaganda Posters

Two (2) World War II Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) propaganda posters. 1st item: Poster titled, "Out of water power comes air power", depicting planes flying over a map showing rivers and dams, including the Tennessee, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers and dams. Unframed. 40" H x 28" W. 2nd item: Poster depicting a plane flying over a dam with water flowing through, black background. Orange text across the center reads, "Out of Water Power. Comes Air Power" and in white text across the bottom, "This is a TVA War Job". Unframed. 40" H x 28.5" W. Provenance: Private Johnson City, Tennessee collection. CONDITION: 1st item: Good condition, separation noted along fold lines, largest 1". Foxing, toning on back. 2nd item: Very good condition. Some separation noted along fold lines, largest 1". Foxing, toning on back. Rolling for shipment is not recommended. [See more photos →]

$3,840.00
Lot 375: Russian Walzendrehorgel – Street Organ Russian Walzendrehorgel – Street Organ Lot 375: Russian Walzendrehorgel – Street Organ

Bacigalupo style Russian Street or Barrel Organ, marquetry inlaid rectangular case on bracket feet with brass mounts, the front screen painted with musical instruments and floral garlands flanked by two dancers. Manufacturers name inlaid in Cyrillic across front: Ivan Viktorovich Nechada, Balkovskaya Street 191, Odessa with metal medallions at each end. Interior has tune sheet listing 8 melodies and 25 notes, hand crank to exterior. 19" H x 20 3/4" W x 11 1/2" D (case, 17 3/4" including crank). Circa 1920. CONDITION: Veneer warping and small losses to rear exterior and rear right side, some scattered shrinkage, cracks and abrasions. Functionality not guaranteed or tested. [See more photos →]

$3,600.00
Lot 421: Estate Collection of Early Comic Books Estate Collection of Early Comic Books Lot 421: Estate Collection of Early Comic Books

Collection of seventy-eight (78) early comic books, 1940s-1960s, mostly DC, including Green Lantern #3 plus later editions of other superhero comics including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Others represented include Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, House of Mystery, Strange Adventures, Tales of the Unexpected, etc. Approximately 65 DC comics plus a dozen assorted others and 1 Special 1776 Issue of Time Magazine. Most are wrapped. An old printed list accompanies the group but is not confirmed to be complete. Provenance: a Clarksville, Tennessee living estate. CONDITION: Most in G to FN condition, wrapped. Refer to photographs. [See more photos →]

$2,816.00
Lot 405: Mark Twain Advertising Chromolithograph, Santaella frame Mark Twain Advertising Chromolithograph, Santaella frame Lot 405: Mark Twain Advertising Chromolithograph, Santaella frame

Early 1900s advertising poster featuring a portrait of Mark Twain, lithographed by Russell-Morgan Print, Cincinnati, OH, after the painting by Ignace Spiridon (Italy, fl. 1869-1900). Printed inscription identifying Twain with artist's signature, top left. Black painted frame with gilt rabbet edge and A. SANTAELLA & CO TAMPA FLA. in gilt lettering, bottom of frame. Housed under glass. Poster – 23 1/4" H x 18 1/4" W. Framed – 28 1/2" H x 23 1/2" W. Provenance: The collection of internationally known ragtime pianist and historian Johnny Maddox, Gallatin, TN. Note: Posters were made of the original portrait and used as promotional items in a revival play of Twain's PUDD'NHEAD WILSON performed in 1901. (source: http://www.twainquotes.com/Spiridon.html). Note: Cigar company A. Santaella & Co., makers of Flor Mia, Optimo, El Capitan General, Alluro, Centropolis and Best of the Best, was established in 1886 in Key West by Antonio Santaella (1863-1984), a Spanish immigrant from Seville, Spain who became a cigar maker in Cuba during the 1870s, and Sol Hamburger (b. 1857) a German immigrant from Ashaffenburg, Bavaria. Optimo was a very well known brand. Its customers included Sir Winston Churchill and Babe Ruth. In 1905 a large 100 foot extension was added to the rear of the building making the factory the largest of its kind in the Tampa area. A. Santaella & Co. operated there until it was sold to the Universal Cigar Co. in 1955. (source: http://jaimemontilla.com/a-santaella). CONDITION: Image has been cut down and mounted to card stock. Areas of poster have melted and adhered to the glass, largest 1 1/4" x 3/4" W, to edges of poster. Areas of mold, largest 1/4", surface of poster. [See more photos →]

$2,688.00
Lot 797: Barber Straight Razor Display or Advertising Sign Barber Straight Razor Display or Advertising Sign Lot 797: Barber Straight Razor Display or Advertising Sign

Large barber straight razor display or advertising sign, comprised of wood cover/sheath with mother of pearl overlay and a hinged iron blade with engraved scrolling foliate pattern, all mounted onto a black wooden base. Unsigned. 11" H x 44" L x 7 1/8" D. 42.6 lbs. Probably American, late 19th/early 20th century. Provenance: Estate of Martha Lyman, Dayton, TN. Note: Oral history states that this item came from the collection of Colonel John Parker of the "Old Smokey Knife Works" in Louisville, KY and that it was made for the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, IL in 1893. CONDITION: Losses to mother of pearl overlay, especially to rounded end edge. Oxidation and rust to iron blade. [See more photos →]

$2,688.00
Lot 570: Chattanooga Imperial Pilsner Advertising Chattanooga Imperial Pilsner Advertising Lot 570: Chattanooga Imperial Pilsner Advertising

Scarce Chattanooga Brewery framed advertisement on canvas board titled at the bottom margin, ìHave a Chatt With Me Itís Pure Liquid Foodî. Depicting a young female in a sailor outfit holding an Imperial Pilsener Chattanooga Brewing Co. bottle and wearing a hat with a red ìChattanoogaî band. Faultless Lager Beer logo on the sleeve beneath the anchor. A body of water with sailboats are depicted in the background. Sight – 22 3/8″ H x 16 3/4″ W. Framed – 28 1/4″ H x 22 1/2″ W. Love estate, Chattanooga, TN. Note: The Chattanooga Brewing Company operated in Chattanooga, Tennessee from about 1890 to around 1915, closing during Prohibition. Provenance: George Love Estate, Chattanooga, TN. Condition: Overall good condition with water stains to lower left corner, one water spot to right side of neck. [See more photos →]

$2,640.00
Lot 633: Large NASA Related Archive inc. Photographs, Log Book Large NASA Related Archive inc. Photographs, Log Book Lot 633: Large NASA Related Archive inc. Photographs, Log Book

Large NASA-Space Race era archive of material related to Colonel Michael J. Vaccaro, director of administration of the Marshall Space Flight Center of Huntsville, Alabama, an important figure in the pioneering of human space exploration, circa 1951 through 1971. In 1966, Vaccaro, then an aerospace design engineer, became in his words a "Human Guinea Pig" for the Lunex II program, designed to simulate a 14-21 day scientific mission to explore the surface of the Moon. The mission simulation laid essential groundwork for the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar landing and the later Space Shuttle program, testing (among other things) the effects of space travel on astronauts. This archive includes a rare and extremely detailed glimpse of NASA's design, testing, and simulation procedures of the 1960s. Included are Vaccaro's Lunex II Log Book, files of documents, and an extensive photographic archive comprised of 4 rolls of film and 1 VHS tape in case labeled "Lunex II Movies Videotape"; more than 75 original glass negatives and approximately 400 8 x 10 black and white and color photographs, plus some and additional candid snapshots of astronauts involved in various simulations and trainings, along with photos of various rocket launches. Many of the 8 x 10 photographs are stamped en verso with NASA captions and/or handwritten captions and dates ranging from 1951-1971; some are press photographs but others have never been publicly released or were taken by Vaccaro personally. Sites and subjects include the Lunex II project, the Saturn V project, NASA's Human Factors Systems research program, the 1966 Lunar Roving Vehicle Scientific Mission Simulation notes, Moon Room, Bendix Moon Buggy, training at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Branch of Astrogeology in Flagstaff, AZ, color photos of several rocket/missile launches dated from 1951 through October 1958 and the launch of Apollo 8 and Saturn V ; the MOLAB and Lunar Rover vehicles, and the Grumman Molab. Individuals pictured include Vaccaro and his Lunex II partner Haydon Y. Grubbs, Dr. Wernher Von Braun, Eugene Shoemaker, Raymond Loewy, astronauts Joe Curren and Gerry Carr, Story Musgrave (autographed photo), and Jack Lousma (autographed photo and letter). Provenance: the estate of Col. Michael J. Vaccaro, Huntsville, Alabama. CONDITION: All items in as-is condition with paper items exhibited expected minor toning, a few with possible scattered tears, creases or marks. No guarantees are made as to the viability of film items. [See more photos →]

$2,560.00
Lot 417: Manner of Sundblom O/C, Coca Cola Illustration Manner of Sundblom O/C, Coca Cola Illustration Lot 417: Manner of Sundblom O/C, Coca Cola Illustration

Manner of Haddon Sundblom (American, 1899-1976) contemporary oil on canvas Coca Cola illustration painting after the 1949 advertisement depicting the Sprite Boy and a red counter dispensing machine, reading "Thirst Knows No Season, Refreshment…..Real Refreshment…..Awaits, 5 cents". Housed in a contemporary carved gilt wood frame with painted wood liner. Sight – 22 1/2" H x 18 1/2" W. Framed – 27 1/2" H x 23 1/2" W. Provenance: Current owner received from former head of collectibles at Coke. CONDITION: Overall very good condition. [See more photos →]

$2,304.00
Lot 731: J. F. Browne & Company Pedal Harp J. F. Browne & Company Pedal Harp Lot 731: J. F. Browne & Company Pedal Harp

19th century American double action pedal harp made by J. F. Browne & Company, New York, 709 Broadway (engraved on brass peg plate). Grand N Model No. 3088 47 String, 7 Pedal Harp, comprised of bird's eye tiger maple and bronze and gilt wood highlights throughout. Gothic motif decoration including raised figures to the capital, shaped column, applied gilt gothic decoration to the lower column all above scrolled foliate, gilt carved and painted base and feet. 68" x 38" x 15". Circa 1860. Provenance: The Estate of Jane Dudley, Nashville, TN and Palm Beach, FL. Social icon Jane Dudley was the founder of one of the SouthÕs most prestigious charity events – the Swan Ball, benefiting Cheekwood. She traveled the world as the wife of U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Guilford Dudley, with whom she shared a landmark Nashville estate, Northumberland. A graduate of NashvilleÕs Parmer School, Ward Belmont and Vanderbilt University, she worked briefly for the Tennessean newspaper and later for Tiffany & Co., where she managed corporate accounts for more than twenty years and later served on the board of directors. Mrs. Dudley was also a member of the International Best Dressed List. In 1963 she was the founding chairman of The Swan Ball, now the nationÕs longest running charity ball. She also chaired the Tiffany Feather Ball in New York from 1981-1991, the ball benefiting the Palm Beach Cancer Society in the 1970s (featuring entertainer Bob Hope), and in England, a ball at Blenheim Palace to raise funds for the historic castleÕs roof. CONDITION: Some age cracks to maple case. Losses to gilt throughout including to figures and gothic trim on the capital and to gothic trim on column base. Losses to paint on soundboard and base. Some strings loose. Pedals or strings not tested for funtionality. [See more photos →]

$2,160.00
Lot 166: Group of 4 19th Cent. French/American Bronze Medals Group of 4 19th Cent. French/American Bronze Medals Lot 166: Group of 4 19th Cent. French/American Bronze Medals

Four (4) Bronze Medals, including Washington Before Boston, Alaska Artic Exploration, Louis Philippe I, Louis XVII. 1st item: Washington Before Boston Medal, likely third Paris restrike, plain edge. The bust of George Washington, obverse, Washington and three other riders viewing the battle, reverse. 2-5/8" diameter. Post 1830. 2nd item: Alaska Artic Exploration medal after the original gold Tiffany & Co. medal awarded to Dr. Elisha Kent Kane for his Artic expeditions and for searching for the lost Franklin expedition. Two men, representing Morton and Hans, with dogs, on coast of Alaska exploring the Open Polar Sea, obverse, Eagle above shield between seated History and standing Liberty, reverse. No maker's marks. Includes fitted box. 3-1/8" dia. 1857. 3rd item: Louis Philippe I medal designed by Jean Pierre Montagny (French, 1789-1862). The bust of Louis Philippe I, Roi de Francais, obverse, Arc de L'Etoile, reverse. 52.2 mm, 2" dia. 1806. 4th item: Louis XVII, 2nd reign medal. The head of Louis XVII with "COLLECTIS EX-AEGYPTO GRAECIAQ MONUMENTIS", obverse, The Venus de Milo in front of the Denderah zodiac supported by two Egyptian figures, reverse. 2" dia. 1815-1824. Provenance: The Estates of Olen Bryant and the late Vanderbilt University art professor Thomas Brumbaugh, Clarksville, Tennessee. CONDITION: All medals have been circulated. 2nd item: Hinge damaged and wear to box. 3rd item: Wear to gilt. [See more photos →]

$1,920.00
Lot 733: Scottish Inlaid Pianoforte on Stand & German Violin Scottish Inlaid Pianoforte on Stand & German Violin Lot 733: Scottish Inlaid Pianoforte on Stand & German Violin

Two (2) musical instruments, Scottish pianoforte with stand & 19th century German violin. 1st item: Mahagony square pianoforte on stand by John & Archibald Watson, Edinburgh, Scotland. Comprised of a mahagony case with inlay banding, 54 keys with ivory natural and ebony sharps, boxwood moldings on fronts, bi-strung throughout. Action is single with overdampers. No handstops or pedals. Raised on a stand with square legs and strecher. 1887 restoration inscription on the underside of original case board included. 30 3/8" H x 44" W x 18" D/ stand. Circa 1765-1780. 2nd item: 19th century German violin with faux Stradivarius paper label. Back of neck marked "Ladies Violin CAK". Together with an unmarked nickel mounted bow and black hardcase. Violin – 23 1/4" L x 8 1/4" W. Case – 30 3/4" L x 9 1/2" W. Provenance: a Middle Tennessee estate, by descent from Thomas G.B. Wheelock. Note: Thomas G.B. Wheelock was known as an astute collector of African Art and co-author of the book "Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso". He also inherited a sizeable collection of Asian, British, and military related antiques from his grandparents, Wall Street tycoon George Briggs Buchanan of New York, and William and Margaret Wheelock, who owned a Scottish manor home known as Bunker Hill. (Margaret Carmichael Wheelock was also a founding partner of the fashion firm Farquharson & Wheelock in New York). See other related lots in this auction. CONDITION: 1st item: Major cabinet and keyboard restoration due to flood damage and age. Photos and description of work included. Key strings present but not taut and need to be tightened before piano is playable. 2nd item: Case with overall wear. Violin with extensive wear, seam seperations. Bow with old restorations, cannot be restrung due to wear. [See more photos →]

$1,680.00
Lot 403: American Federal Piano Forte, Loud Brothers American Federal Piano Forte, Loud Brothers Lot 403: American Federal Piano Forte, Loud Brothers

American Federal Piano-Forte, manufactured by Loud Brothers of Philadelphia. Rosewood and mahogany case with contrasting dark line inlay, pierced panels on front top sides, cast gilt brass fittings, medallion and trim, gold gilt anthemion and signature tablet stenciling above a keyboard containing 43 keys, two dovetailed drawers to lower left and right corners of case with brass pulls, and carved cornucopia elements to lower edge corners, all resting on six ring and spiral turned legs ending in brass casters, and center spiral twist central leg with pedal. Partially legible inscription to top right of sound board reads "May 23rd, 1830". Case – 15 3/8" H x 68" W x 26 3/4" D. Overall – 37" H. Circa 1830. CONDITION: Repair to left rear side of case. Scattered losses to veneer. Top right side pierced panel damaged, pieces retained. Loss to gilt trim left side. Sound board intact. Most keys do not play. [See more photos →]

$1,664.00