Single-Owner Lifetime Collection of Native American Artifacts to Cross the Block

This large steatite effigy pipe in the form of a rabbit, 9¼-inches long by 3¾-inches high, is just one of some 50 such pipes from the single-owner lifetime collection Richard and Linda Popp of Hutchinson, Kan. This auction, which will include scores of Native American artifacts, as well as antiques in many other categories, will be sold on Saturday, Sept. 7, by Woody Auction.

WICHITA, Kan. – The single-owner lifetime collection of Native American artifacts, including dozens of prehistoric stone effigy platform pipes, as well as antiques in many other categories—put together by serious collectors Richard and Linda Popp of Hutchinson, Kan.––will be sold on Saturday, Sept. 7, by Woody Auction. More than 500 lots will be offered overall.

“This auction includes the largest Native American collection we have sold in over 25 years,” said Jason Woody of Wood Auction, which is based in Douglass, Kan. “There are nearly 50 prehistoric effigy pipes (pipes made in the likeness of an animal), as well as ceremonial axes, beaded boots and moccasins, baskets, blankets and more. There is also a lamp collection, smoking memorabilia and advertising items.

This pair of 12-inch-tall Indian beaded leather boots, in overall nice condition but with some bead damage, will be among the 500-some lots auctioned that day.

“The Popps have collected a wide variety of antiques over the years and have decided to now offer their entire collection at public auction without reserve,” said Woody added. “Everything will sell, regardless of price. Since the 1960s, Richard has personally gone out on numerous outings and found many of the items featured in this auction.”

The prehistoric stone effigy platform pipes—enormously popular with collectors—are certain to attract keen bidder interest. Examples include one of a bear figure, made from highly polished white stone; another bear, crafted from polished green and brown stone, and a frog and fish from highly polished red stone.

Additional effigy pipes will include one of an owl clutching a kill in its talons, made from highly polished gray stone, one of a bird figure made from highly polished red stone, one of a crouching human figure, made from polished red stone, and one of a turtle. All the pipes are 2½ to 4½ inches in length.

Other Native American artifacts will feature a prehistoric Elko Corner notched black obsidian arrow head (with certificate of authenticity from Tom Davis), an authentic 20½-inch North American Indian octopus bag with finely detailed beaded design (circa 1890s), and a prehistoric Mimbres Indian pottery bowl with original fish design and probe hole on the bottom.

This prehistoric Mimbres Indian pottery bowl with probe hole on the bottom and original fish design will find a new home Sept. 7.

Also offered will be a prehistoric corner tang stone knife of gray stone in fine condition,5½ inches in length, a 3½-inch prehistoric clovis stone point, white with orange mottling and showing a flute on the reverse side, a nice example, and a 2½-inch prehistoric stone point made from brown stone with heavy oxidation.

In addition to the numerous Native American artifacts, there will also be an outstanding selection of quality lamps, art glass, smoking memorabilia, furniture items and more.

One lot to watch is an original, five-piece Copeland “Spodes Tower” lazy-susan featuring four 14-inch sectional covered casserole dishes, which together make up the circular form around a covered, 9½-inch two-handled tureen. The set, in red and white tones, is on a 20-inch-diameter wooden turntable.

Lamps worth noting are a Ripley pattern glass double kerosene wedding lamp with milk glass base, having a clear pattern glass font with center match holder that still has the original glass lid; and a figural metal Art Deco lamp with two unmarked Czechoslovakian orange mottled water basket shades set over lights, showing a nude woman wearing a yoke and carrying baskets.

The auction will be held in the 4-H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Center in Wichita, starting at 9:30 a.m. (CST) on Sept. 7. A preview will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4-6 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers. Absentee bids will also be accepted. Absentee bids must be received by noon on Sept. 5th. Bids may be faxed to 316.746.2145 or e-mailed to

The Sedgwick County Extension Center is located at 7001 West 21st Street in Wichita.

For more information about this auction, call 316.747.2694, e-mail or visit the Woody Auction website.

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