Cordier's Summer Antique and Fine Art Auction Rolls Out with Studebaker AvantiAugust 1, 2017
Several high end automobiles will highlight Cordier’s Summer Antique and Fine Art Auction, to be held at the company’s Harrisburg, PA auction house on Sunday, August 13. The sale will also feature antique furniture, jewelry, and fine art.
A 1963 Studebaker Avanti is among the top lots of the sale, expected to bring between $6,000 and $8,000 at auction. The Avanti was a stylish but short-lived design from Studebaker, debuting in 1962 and ending production in 1963. Following the closure of the Studebaker plant, the Avanti name and design were sold to various entrepreneurs, who continued to produce replicas and new designs under the Avanti name until 2006. Original Avantis are hard to find, as only a few thousand were produced.
A 1987 Maserati BiTurbo SI Coupe ($3,000 to $4,000) and a 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT ($2,000 to $4,000) will also be turning heads at the sale.
Gear heads won’t be the only bidders drawn to this sale. Fine art to be offered will include a painting attributed to British artist Gainsborough Dupont ($1,000 to $2,000), as well as works by Ira Deen, Leroy Neiman, and others. A KPM plaque depicting Queen Louise signed “Wagner” is expected to sell for $3,000 to $5,000.
A tall case clock by Samuel Hill (1765-1809) will also be among the stand out pieces. Hill was a Harrisburg, PA clock maker active in the area from 1786 to 1807; the clock is expected to sell for $8,000 to $10,000.
Fine collectibles will include a large Seth Thomas Office Regulator #2 ($1,000 to $1,500), as well as a Regina 15 inch disc player ($2,000 to $3,000).
In furniture, stand out lots will include a library table from the Margaret Bennet Mansion on Franklin Street in Baltimore ($800 to $1,000), as well as a striking floating arm sofa set designed by Ed Wormley for Dunbar ($8,000 to $10,000). Wormley (American, 1907-1997) was a longstanding designer for Dunbar and had work featured in the Good Design Exhibitions staged by the Museum of Modern Art between 1950 and 1955.
Another featured lot, a hok-hok mask by master carver Dwayne Simeon, is expected to sell for $2,000 to $4,000. In bright red and yellow against black, the mask’s bold geometric design is typical of the Kwakiutl tribe of the northwest coast.
A 1.02 ct emerald and diamond ring and a 2.58 ctw diamond brooch are among the highlighted jewelry lots, with an expected sale price of $2,000 to $3,000 each. Beautiful antique sterling will also cross the block, including a Stieff Rose repousse goblet set expected to sell for $5,000 to $6,000.
The sale is to be the third of four Antique and Fine Art Auctions to be held by Cordier in 2017. The quarterly sales attract bidders both live and online, with a full online catalog available at www.CordierAuction.com. Live previews will be held on August 11th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and August 13th from 8 AM throughout the auction.
History Meets Modern Day at Cordier's Summer Firearms and Militaria AuctionJuly 21, 2017
Centuries ago, the elaborately decorated bronze cannon would have sailed the seas aboard a Spanish ship, mounted to the rail to salute other vessels or warn against danger. Now, with an expected sale price of $2,000 to $2,500, the rare artifact is one of the top lots at Cordier’s July 30 Firearms and Militaria Auction, to be held at the company’s auction house in Harrisburg, PA.
The auction will feature antique and modern handguns, including an FNH Model Five-Seven-IOM Pistol ($900-$1,100) and a Sig Sauer model P226 ($500-$700).
A large selection of WWI and WWII military rifles will also be offered, featuring firearms from most of the countries involved in the conflict. Other standout military rifles include numerous examples of the Model 1903 Rifle from US Springfield, Remington, and Rock Island Arsenal, all estimated at $400-$600.
Modern long guns are highlighted by a Browning Superposed Grade I Superlight ($1,500-$2,500) and a US Springfield M1A Rifle ($900-$1,200). Winchester firearms also make up many of the long guns expected to bring top prices, including a pre-1964 Model 70 ($800-$1,000), and a Model 88 Carbine in .308 caliber ($800-$1,000).
The sale is expected to pique the interest of military history enthusiasts, offering a large number of WWI and WWII bayonets, a WII Japanese Katana ($500-$700), and two Burmese Thai Dah swords ($300-$400 ea). German WWI and WWII artifacts will include medals, a WWII German Army and Luftwaffe daggers ($300-$500), and more.
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Massive Radio Collection Sells for Over $98,000 at Cordier AuctionsMay 22, 2017
A single-owner radio collection brought over $98,000 at Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, PA. The sale was held May 6th and 7th, with bidders participating live on day one and both live and online on day two.
The auction contained an astounding number of radios and accessories, all from the collection of one dedicated enthusiast. A Scott Philharmonic Version 1 in a Warrington 84 Cabinet was the top lot of the collection, bringing $2,360 after some heavy competition. The floor model radio dates to the 1930’s.
Other floor consoles also drew bidders, with a 1940 Zenith bringing $1,888 and a beautifully decorated 1929 Zenith console selling for $1,298.
A remake of Lancaster, PA network WGAL’s 1923 broadcasting station stood out among the equipment offered. Created by Lloyd Jury using period parts, the station was modeled after the original by Jacob Mathiot and included paperwork as well as related photos and information. It sold to a Pennsylvania bidder for $1,888.
Table top radios were the subject of fierce competition on both days, with top lots including a 1938 Zenith Waltons Tombstone radio ($2,242) and an Emerson Catalin Tombstone radio ($1,652). A grouping of five table top radios including a Cadet sold for $1,416 on the first day of the sale.
Radio tubes from various manufacturers (many in the original boxes) were offered, including dozens of rare examples. Of note was a 1909 DeForest Audion tube in a display case, which brought $944. A 1939 Western Electric Pentode tube in the original box sold for $649.
Prices quoted above include a 15% buyer’s premium.
American History Highlighted at Cordier's Spring Antique and Fine Art AuctionMay 15, 2017
From a 1950’s Chevy to distinctly American artworks, Cordier’s Spring Antique and Fine Art Auction will take bidders on a historical tour of iconic Americana, with international additions.
The auction, to be held at the company’s Harrisburg, PA auction house, will feature a number of fine artworks as well as antique and mid-century furniture, jewelry, and collectibles. A 1957 restored Chevrolet Bel Air is among the larger items to be offered. Expected to sell for between $15,000 to $20,000, the garage kept car was shown for years at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, PA, among others.
An oil on board depicting a pair of palm trees (est. $1,000 - $1,200) stands as a cultural touchstone in the May 20th sale. The painting was created by Harold Newton, a founding member of the Florida Highwaymen. The famous collective made a living selling their art during a time when racial segregation severely limited the opportunities available to African American artists.
Other standout pieces of art include an oil on canvas by Jere Hardy Allen (est. $1,000 - $1,500), one of several pieces by that artist to be offered, as well as a portrait attributed to British artist Thomas Parkinson, 1744 - 1789. The portrait (est. $1,000 - $2,000) depicts astronomer and mathematician Joseph Dymond, who assisted in a 1768 expedition to Hudson Bay, Canada, to observe the Transit of Venus.
A striking 19th century mahogany Regina style 50 double comb music player and cabinet will also be offered, and is expected to bring $2,000 to $4,000 at auction. The player was patented in the early years of Regina’s company history, within the decade after the company moved to America from Leipzig, Germany.
Another featured lot, the 1924 Steinway ebony-case Model B grand piano (est. $5,000 - $7,000) brings to mind Gatsby’s America. The Steinway company was founded in New York City in the late 1800’s, and is still considered the world’s preeminent piano maker.
A 14K Victorian slide chain bracelet from the 19th century is among the highlighted jewelry lots, with an expected sale price of $800 - $1,200. 35 lots of sterling will also cross the block, including a Wallace Grand Baroque dinner service, estimated at $1,500 to $2,000.
A collection of over 150 DuraNotes are expected to draw bidders’ attention. The DuraNote was a synthetic bank note created in the 1990’s by Mobil Chemical and AGRA Vadeko of Canada. The notes offered advanced counterfeit protection and were reported to last four times longer than conventional rag paper notes. Test notes were printed for 21 countries, but trials were not successful and the program was discontinued.
The sale is to be the second of four Antique and Fine Art Auctions to be held by Cordier in 2017. The quarterly sales attract bidders both live and online, with a full online catalog available at www.CordierAuction.com. Live previews will be held on May 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and May 20th from 8 AM throughout the auction.
Rare 1960's Figures Stand Out in Cordier's GI Joe AuctionMay 12, 2017
With her head turned to the right, as though surveying the medical equipment displayed alongside her in the window box, the nurse in crisp medical whites does not look like the typical combat-ready soldiers normally conjured by the name “GI Joe.” Nonetheless, she was the focus of a battle as bidders competed to win her at Cordier’s April 23 GI Joe Auction.
The auction featured hundreds of GI Joe action figures, many of them, like the nurse, in the original boxes. All came from the same single-owner collection. The 1967 nurse was the highlight of the auction, hammering down to a bidder online for $4,200. A second nurse without the original box sold for $1,300.
In total, over 400 lots were sold, including a 1969 GI Joe Aquanaut in the original box, which brought $1,400, and a 1966 GI Joe Action Soldier Green Beret, which sold for $1,200. Overall, the highest performing items were all from GI Joe’s early days.
Hasbro introduced the GI Joe line in 1964. In response to the then commonly held belief that boys should not play with dolls, the company used the term “action figure” in its marketing. The turn of phrase, and the toys themselves, grew to be so iconic that GI Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY, in 2003.
Other high points of the sale included a 1964 GI Joe Black Action Soldier, one of the first toys of its kind to be marketed specifically to African American children. Mint in the original box, it hammered down for $850.
The sale was held at the company’s Harrisburg, PA, auction house, with bidders participating both live and online. Prices quoted above are all hammer prices.
Cordier's Spring Firearms Sale Defies National TrendsMay 1, 2017
Despite reported decreases in national firearms sales following November’s election, Cordier’s Spring Firearms and Miltiaria Auction saw high turnout and competitive prices across all categories of antique and modern guns.
The auction was held on March 26 at the company’s Harrisburg, PA auction house, with bidders competing from all over the world through the live online catalog.
The top performers of the auction were all semi-automatic machine guns, consigned by a private collector, including a TNW Model MG-34 ($4,400) and a BREN MK II ($3,900). Also included in that category were a Keeter Creek DPM-28 semi-auto ($2,800) and a TNW M1919 A4/A6 ($2,300).
In military collectibles, a rare, soldier-identified WWII A-2 flight jacket and bomber shearling cap sparked heated competition, finally selling to an internet bidder for $2,300. The jacket belonged to Tech Sergeant Gunner James F Byrd of the 305th bomb group “Can Do.” It was decorated across the front with a patch for the 422nd Bomb Squadron, as well as with three German crosses, each designating downed enemy aircraft.
Military firearms were highlighted by a Winchester M-1 Carbine ($1,100) and a Rockola M-1 Carbine ($950). A Springfield M1A rifle in 7.62 NATO brought $1,100, while a two US Springfield M-1 Garands sold for $1,200 and $1,100, respectively. A Romanian PSL Marksman Rifle led the way in foreign military long arms, selling for $1,100.
Colts continued to produce strong sales results, with a Colt Python Revolver bringing $1,800 and a Colt Model 1908 hammerless pistol selling for $1,300. Also sold were a Colt SA Army 3rd Generation Revolver ($1,200), a Colt 1849 Pocket Revolver ($1,100), and a reproduction Colt Texas Patterson Revolver in a display case ($1,000).
Winchesters also did well, represented by Winchester model 70 rifles in .250-3000, .257 Roberts, and .375 H&H Magnum that sold for $1,600, $1,400, and $1,100 respectively. A vintage model 1886 in .33 W.C.F. hammered down at $1,300, while a model 94 Chief Crazy Horse Commemorative sold for $700.
The auction was the first of three Firearms and Militaria Auctions Cordier has scheduled in 2017.
Atwater to Zenith: Massive Antique Radio Auction to Cross the Block at CordierApril 28, 2017
A Zenith Walton Tombstone radio dating to 1938 (est. $1,000 - $1,500) will be among the top lots in a two day auction of antique radios, parts, and accessories presented by Cordier Auctions. The auction will be held at that company’s Harrisburg, PA auction house on May 6 and 7, with bidders also participating online during the second day of the sale.
The auction contains an astounding number of radios and accessories, all from the collection of one dedicated enthusiast. Along with the Zenith, an Emerson Catalin (est. $600 - $800) is expected to lead the tabletop radio lots.
A large number of accessories and equipment will also be sold, including some from the very early days of radio and telecommunications. Four Atwater Kent breadboards (est. $500 - $1,000 each) in particular are expected to draw heavy interest. A Federal Type 59 receiver (est. $500 - $700) and a Grebe CR8 Synchrophase receiver (est. $500 - $700) each date to the early 1920’s.
A remake of Lancaster, PA network WGAL’s 1923 broadcasting station stands out among the equipment to be offered. Created by Lloyd Jury using period parts, the station is modeled after the original by Jacob Mathiot and includes paperwork as well as related photos and information.
Over 13,000 radio tubes from various manufacturers (many in the original boxes) will be offered, including dozens of rare examples. Of note are four Western Electric 274A full wave rectifiers (est. $600 - $900 each) and 20+ Western Electric globe and dome tubes.
Ephemera and advertising from the halcyon days of radio will be offered, including Radiotron and General Electric advertising dolls, collections of vintage magazine advertisements, Nipper figures, and more.
The auction will be spread across two days. Saturday, the first day of the sale, will consist of over 500 uncataloged lots of radios, parts, accessories, and ephemera, including many large lots and radio groupings.
Cordier Auctions to Sell Exceptional Single Owner Collection of GI Joe Action FiguresApril 10, 2017
Since the 1960’s GI Joe soldiers have been on the front lines of thousands of missions, as Marines, nurses, Mounties, air pilots, snow troopers, and underwater demolition experts, to name a few. On April 23, Cordier Auctions will present these incarnations and many more as it sells a massive single-owner collection of GI Joe figures, uniforms, equipment sets, and vehicles.
The collection features a number of rare 1960’s figures in the original boxes, including a GI Nurse, expected to bring between $3,000 and $5,000. A 1960’s black Action Soldier #7900 (est $1,000 - $2,000) and a Sears black Fantastic Freefall #7905 (est $1,000 - $2,000) are also expected to be among the top lots of the sale. Altogether, over 50 boxed figures will be offered.
In addition, the collection encompasses over 50 equipment and uniform sets in the original boxes, including an Action Pilot Air Cadet #7822 ($500 - $700), an Action Soldier Landing Signal Officer #7621 ($300 - $500), an Action Sailor Annapolis Cadet #7624 ($400 - $800), and a White Tiger Hunt #7436 ($200 - $400).
In total, over 400 lots of 1960’s,1970’s, and later action figures and accessories will be sold, as well as commemorative, anniversary, and limited edition items.
Hasbro introduced the GI Joe line in 1964. As it was then considered socially unacceptable for boys to play with dolls, the company used the term “action figure” in their marketing, a phrase that has since become ubiquitous. So iconic did these toys become that GI Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY, in 2003.
The auction will be held at the company’s auction house at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, however bidders will also be participating live online. A complete catalog of the collection will be available at www.CordierAuction.com on April 7. Live previews for the sale will be held on Friday, April 21, from 12-4 PM; Saturday, April 22 from 9 AM to 3 PM; and the day of the auction from 9 AM through the sale.
Cordier's March 26 Sale to Feature Rare WWII Flight JacketMarch 10, 2017
Three German crosses decorate the front of the leather flight jacket, each a marker of an enemy aircraft downed by the garment’s former owner, Tech Sargent gunner James F. Byrd of the 305th bomb group “Can Do”.
The jacket, together with a bomber shearling cap, associated photos, and B-29 gunner’s manual, is estimated to bring between $2,000 to $3,000. The rare WWII artifact is just one of the top lots at Cordier’s March 26 Firearms and Militaria Auction, to be held at the company’s auction house in Harrisburg, PA.
The auction will feature antique and modern handguns, including an Enfield 1884 Mark II revolver ($1,200 - $1,500) and an E. Whitney 2nd Model 4th Type revolver ($600 - $800). In modern handguns, Colts are expected to draw heavy bidding, with a Colt Python revolver ($2,000 - $2,500), a Colt SA Army revolver ($900 - $1,200), and a Colt Model 1908 hammerless pistol ($1,000 - $1,200) leading the pack.
Fine antique long guns, including a Sharps .50-70 conversion rifle ($1,500 - $2,000) and a Winchester 1886 rifle in .33 WCF caliber ($1,000 - $1,500) are also sure to draw attention from bidders.
Military long guns are highlighted by several semiautomatic rifles including a TNW Model 1919 in .30 caliber ($2,500 - $3,500) and a TNW Model RG34 ($3,000 - $4,000), as well as a BREN MK II ($3,000 - $4,000). In military handguns, features include a Remington Rand 1911A1 pistol ($1,000 - $1,400) and a Mauser Banner P.08 Luger dated 1940 ($1,500 - $2,000).
In addition to the WWII A-2 flight jacket, military collectors will find a superb WWI 29th Division uniform grouping ID’d to Corporal Raymond E. Platts, originally of York, PA ($800 - $1,000), and items from the Civil War, Vietnam, and both World Wars. Edged weapons will include a Japanese WWII era Samurai sword with a signed tang ($600 - $1,000).
Bidders will be able to compete on a full range of modern long guns, which will feature a Winchester Model 23 XTR Pigeon Grade SXS shotgun ($1,000 - $1,500) and a Winchester pre-64 Model 70 rifle ($1,000 - $1,500). A Browning Auto-5 Sweet Sixteen shotgun in 16 gauge ($800 - $1,200) will also cross the block.
Also of interest are hunting and collector’s items, including numerous duck decoys from crafters including John Bede, Clay Bunting, Roe “Duc-Man” Terry, and others, with estimates up to $400. A reproduction suit of Medieval style armor made by Armadura ($500 - $700) is a stand-out in the collectible category.