We’re heading into the thick of summer, but that doesn’t mean missing an opportunity to add to your collection. Slip your laptop into your canvas tote bag with your summer vacation reading. That way you can Web surf antiques and collectibles sites from poolside or the porch.
Saturday, July 12: Silver and Photography
Kaminski Auctions, Under the Tent
Kaminski Auctions is a leading auction house on Boston’s North Shore that frequently offers antiques, art and collectibles from the collections of Beverly Farms, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport and other historic communities. Kaminski sometimes holds sales under a tent. Is that fun or what?
If you are into silver, Lot #2054 is a find—an English or American, 18th-century, 12½-inch sterling-silver salver. (My vote’s for English.) It is resplendent with an engraving including a coat of arms with the motto “Credentibus Nil Difficile.” Translation: Nothing is difficult to believe. There is no hallmark, which is unusual. Estimate: $2,000 to $3,000.
Lot #2041 is an unusual English, Aesthetics Movement 19th-century engraved sterling-serving spoon. The hallmarks are worth the price of admission. Estimate: $150-$200.
Lot #2060 shows a 19th-century English Sheffield inkwell stand with the maker’s mark HW and CO, Henry Wilkinson, date mark, 1877-1879. It’s a fantasy of crystal and silver. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.
Lot #2204 is a pair of hand-chased English covered solid silver cups with handles, hallmarked “JBC” (John Bodman Carrington), marked Carrington London, 130 Regent Street. Hallmarked in lids. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.
If you collect art photography, take a look at the collective Lot #2066, 1-41, black-and-white photos by A. J. Watt. The collection, circa 1934, includes scenic and individual photo portraits both poignant and dramatic. No estimate.
A side note: Kaminski’s has a beautifully designed Web site. Each item for sale has a clear image, and all the information you need is there with a sweep of the cursor.
Friday, July 11: Historic Americana
If you are an ardent collector of Americana specializing in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War memorabilia, Cowan’s online sale is well represented with hundreds of items in all categories.
The sale weighs in with Civil War photographs and handwritten accounts. See Lot #22, which is a very interesting, firsthand account written during the Civil War by an unknown young Southern sympathizer in what is now West Virginia, including an eyewitness account of the Battle of Scarey Creek. Estimate: $350.
The Revolutionary War is well represented with handwritten accounts and other manuscripts. Lot #55 is a clothing receipt estimated at $200-$300. Lot #49 is a framed miniature of Maj. Gen. Richard Montgomery dated 1778. Estimate $200-$300.
Friday, July 18 Modern Design
July 19: Gallery Auction
This two-day sale at Harlowe-Powell of Charlottesville, Va., will cover a wide range of retro and contemporary styles on July 18. Featured lots include a Philippe Starck Louis ghost armchair, Venini glass and Lalique glass figures and vases.
The auction shifts emphasis dramatically on Saturday, July 19, with period furniture, antiques and fine art from Mathews County, Va., which was settled in the 1600s.
The complete catalog will be available online on July 11. Also, when on the site, check out Past Action Highlights and look at the early 19th-century miniature walnut chest of drawers from the Albemarle County, Va., estate of Eudora Bolling. It was listed with a $4,000-$8,000 estimate and went home during a March 31 sale with a hammer price of $134,400!
July 11: Cowan’s Auctions —Historic Americana
July 11: Freeman’s —Freeman’s Fridays: Furniture & Decorative Arts
July 12: Kaminski —Antiques & Collectibles Auction
July 12-13: Neal Auction —Summer Estates Auction
July 14-18: Coach’s Corner —Monthly Sale
July 18: Harlowe-Powell — Modern Design Auction
July 19: Cowan’s Auctions —Cowan’s Discovery Auction,
July 19: Harlowe-Powell — Gallery Auction
July 19: Ivey-Selkirk —July Jackson Rooms Auction
July 31-Aug. 2: Mebane Auction
By Christopher Kent
Director of Evaluations, WorthPoint
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