A chance to own a true piece of American history, at Addison & Sarova, August 26th

A chance to own a true piece This book is from the library of Francis Dana (1743-1811), an important figure of the Revolutionary War. It’s expected to fetch $2,000-$4,000. (photo courtesy Addison & Sarova)

A book from the library of Francis Dana (1743-1811), one of the most important figures of the American Revolution and a signer of the Articles of Confederation, is lot #8 in Addison & Sarova’s Rare Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera Auction slated for Saturday, August 26th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Macon, Georgia. The volume, titled The Parliamentary Register…Proceedings and Debates…First Session of the Fourteenth Parliament (London: Almon, 1775) contains marginal notes written in Dana’s own hand. It’s a true piece of American history, with a modest pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$4,000.

Dana was sent by Congress to England in 1774, in the hope of resolving the differences that eventually led to the Revolutionary War. He returned to Boston, almost certainly with the book being auctioned at his side, with the sad news that a peaceful settlement was impossible. Also up for bid will be a 1/9th plate original ambrotype photo of the outlaw Jesse James (est. $8,000-$12,000); Aristotle’s scientific classification of animals, published in 1513 with text in Latin and Greek, translated (est. $4,000-$6,000); and a mid-19th century folding manuscript honoring the iconic Buddhist Phra Malai (est. $1,200-$1,800).

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Never before seen or sold bottle collection will be offered Aug. 3rd by John W. Coker

Never before seen or sold This rare light green flask with a double eagle on both sides is one of nine double eagle bottles in the sale. It has an estimate of $10,000-$20,000. (photo courtesy John W. Coker)

Talk about fresh to the market. An eastern Tennessee family’s three-generation collection of antique American glass bottles and flasks has never been displayed publicly, let alone sold, and few visitors have even been invited to the family’s home to see the collection. Now, all 100+ bottles will finally see the light of day when they come up for bid Thursday, August 3rd, at 2 pm Eastern time, at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield, Mass. The auction will be conducted by John W. Coker (based in New Market, Tenn.), concurrent but not affiliated with the Federation of Bottle Collectors’ annual convention.

The collection was consigned by the family of the late Frank M. Hodges, Jr., a respected bottle collector, clock expert and antiques dealer, who inherited a portion of it from his father, Frank M. Hodges, Sr., who got into the hobby 90 years ago. Offered will be a bottle collector’s dream: New England and Southern bottles and flasks, medicines and advertising bottles, all from the 18th-20th century. The crown jewels are the nine double eagle hand-blown whiskey flasks in pint, half-pint and quart sizes. The example shown here is a light green flask with a double eagle on both sides, 6 ¾ inches in height (est. $10,000-$20,000).

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High-quality, well-provenanced antiquities at Ancient Resource LLC’s Aug. 6 auction

High quality, well provenanced This stunning Roman marble head of an emperor shown here. The late 3rd century AD head, 8 ¼ inches tall, has a starting bid of $12,000. (photo courtesy Ancient Resource, LLC)

Ancient Resource LLC’s Fine Ancient Antiquities Auction slated for Sunday, August 6th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Montrose, California will feature a nice selection of top-quality and well-provenanced ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, near Eastern, Holy Land, Byzantine, Asian and pre-Columbian antiques, including a small group of items deaccessioned from the California Museum of Ancient Art. Extended payment plans are available for interested buyers. An expected top lot is the Roman marble head of an emperor shown here. The late 3rd century AD head, 8 ¼ inches tall, has a starting bid of $12,000.

Other lots to watch will include a beautiful Late Period carved wood figure of a Ba-Bird, circa 664-30 BC, standing on a rectangular base and featuring a human head with handsome features and wearing a striated headdress and triple-row broad collar, 9 ½ inches tall, very well preserved and with a dark brown glossy patina;  and a gorgeous Roman marble bust of a satyr, crafted in the first or second century AD, depicting a heavily muscled nude body bent at the waist and a handsomely modeled face with long beard, wild hair and characteristic pointed ears. Both of these lots have identical starting bids of $6,000.

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Rare flame-stitched wallet just a taste of what’s in Skinner’s Americana auctions

Rare flame-stitched wallet This rare, flame-stitched wallet depicting African American figures, was probably made in Massachusetts, mid-18th century (est. $10,000-$15,000). (photo courtesy Skinner, Inc.)

Skinner, Inc.’s August Americana auctions planned for Sunday, August 13th (live, in the firm’s Marlborough, Mass. gallery) and online (Aug. 4-14), will feature a varied and interesting array of early American furniture, paintings, needle works, objects of historical significance and maritime pieces – over 1,300 lots in all, ranging from an 18th century New York Windsor highchair with fine blue-green paint (est. $20,000-$25,000) to a late 19th century toy cap gun with a humorous message (est. $800-$1,200). Collections will include the mocha and related dipped wares collection of Jonathan Rickard, plus others.

One item that caught our eye was lot #400, pictured here: a rare, flame-stitched wallet depicting African American figures, probably made in Massachusetts in the mid-18th century. The wallet features zigzag Irish stitch patterns in shades of green yellow and red, an inside lined with plum-colored glazed twill woven cloth, edges with pink ribbon binding, a laid stitch figure of an African American wearing a long red coat holding a tray with a wineglass on one side, and an African American woman in a long blue gown holding a brass hot water pot in one hand and a brass teapot in the other. The estimate is $10,000-$15,000.

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Bidders will go crazy for the crazy quilt in Freeman’s Collector’s Sale, Aug. 9th

Bidders will go crazy This late 19th century pictorial crazy quilt, comprising diverse textile patterns and embroidered figures, carries a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000. (photo courtesy Freeman’s)

An expected top lot in Freeman’s Collector’s Sale on Wednesday, August 9th, online and in the Philadelphia showroom, is the item pictured here: a late 19th century pictorial crazy quilt, comprising diverse textile patterns and embroidered figures, birds, plants, flowers and Japanese motifs, all surrounding a central panel with an owl resting on a moon. The quilt, framed behind Plexiglas, measures a stout 66 inches by 66 ¾ inches and is expected to sell for $3,000-$5,000. A crazy quilt is a patchwork quilt of a type traditionally made in North America, with patches of randomly varying sizes, shapes, colors and fabrics.

Crazy quilts became popular in the late 1800s, likely due to the English embroidery and Japanese art that was displayed at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876. Amercans were drawn to the satin stitches used in English embroidery, which created a painterly surface seen in many crazy quilts. Displays at the Japanese pavilion of silk-screened work and Japanese pottery also inspired American audiences. An article in Harper’s Bazaar from 1884 said a single full-size crazy quilt can take 1,500 hours to complete.

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