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Exotic Taxidermy Draws Attention at July 31 Auction

August 29, 2016
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Bidders Go Wild for Exotic Taxidermy, Vintage Tools in Cordier's July 31 Sale

August 26, 2016

A white rhino shoulder mount charged past its estimate to sell for $9,000 at Cordier’s July 31 Firearms and Militaria Auction, which featured the exotic taxidermy collection of Jim and Barb McCarthy.  Other highlights at the Harrisburg auction house included Colt revolvers, military hand and long guns, and a vintage tool collection. Prices quoted are hammer prices.

 

A white rhino shoulder mount charged past its estimate to sell for $9,000 at Cordier’s July 31 Firearms and Militaria Auction, which featured the exotic taxidermy collection of Jim and Barb McCarthy.  Other highlights at the Harrisburg auction house included Colt revolvers, military hand and long guns, and a vintage tool collection. Prices quoted are hammer prices.

 

The exotic taxidermy collection, the result of local couple Jim and Barb McCarthy’s decades of professional adventuring, also included two full body leopards mounted together ($4,500) and a full body lion with an impala mounted under its front paw which sold for $2,300. Another impressive full body lion hammered down at $2,800. Other notable pieces included a European brown bear ($1,300) and a beautiful ceiling mount of a mountain lion on a tree limb which brought $1,400. A musk ox on a base sold for $1,600.

 

Antique firearms featured an 1851 Colt Navy Revolver inscribed to John G.B. Adams. Adams was a Prisoner of War and a Medal of Honor recipient during the Civil War. The revolver brought $8,500, one of the leading results among the firearms. A W.L Evans 1826 Navy Pistol dated 1831 hammered down at $1,000. In the Military Handguns category, German Lugers remained popular with a Mauser Code 42 1940 dated Luger selling for $1,200.

 

Modern Handguns also performed well, highlighted by a Colt 6” blued Python ($2,750), and a Browning Hi-Power GP Competition Pistol ($1,200).

 

In Long Guns, a Vietnam War commemorative Thompson model 1927A1 shot past its high estimate of $1,200 to sell for $1,900, while a brand new Springfield Armory M1A rifle in 7.62 NATO caliber hammered down at $1,700.

 

Military Collectibles drew heavy interest at this auction, with the Home Service Helmet of British Colonel Hugh Fortescue Coleridge of the 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment ultimately selling for $1,300 after spirited bidding. Edged weapons also did well, notably an early Prussian staff officer’s sword which sold for $450 and a Civil War era D-Guard bowie knife which brought $550.

 

Rounding out the day was the vintage tool collection from the estate of William Snyder, Carlisle, which featured numerous Stanley Planes in original boxes. Over half a dozen of Stanley’s popular #55 plane were sold, ranging in price from $250 to $475 each. Other standout lots include a Stanley #444 dovetail tongue and groove plane in the original box ($600), a Stanley #85 Plane ($375), and a Miller’s Patent Stanley #141 combination plane ($450).

Colt 6 Inch BluedJohn GB Adams 1851 NavyLeopardsStanley 444Hugh F Coleridge

Cordier’s Summer Antique and Fine Art Auction Sales Surpass a Quarter of a Million Dollars

August 19, 2016
Cordier’s Summer Antique and Fine Art Auction attracted bidders’ attention with a wide-ranging sale that spanned from two pre-ban ivory collections to original pottery pieces by the mad potter himself, George Ohr. The August 13th and 14th sale was held in Harrisburg, PA. Results quoted are hammer prices.

Day one opened with coins, featuring a single-owner collection of gold coins which realized a combined price of $22,975. A 70 piece Bicentennial first edition sterling ingot proof set hammered down at $1,900, while in the jewelry category a beautiful Victorian 14K gold watch chain with an engraved slide fetched $2,100.

 

Other categories sold on the first day included pottery and porcelain, highlighted by a pair of pieces by George Ohr, who christened himself the mad pottery of Biloxi. The two pieces together sold for $2,900. The collectibles category also drew heavy interest, with a Mills Bell 5 cent slot machine bringing $1,200 and a 19th Century Spanish Santos ivory head and hand achieving $1,100. A small collection of Russian icons inspired spirited bidding, with the top lot being a pair of portrait oklad icons including Lady Kazan and Pantokrator, which sold to an enthusiastic collector for $4,600.

 

The excitement began early in day two when a rare eight day tall case clock by Eli Bentley out of Taneytown, MD in fair condition, sold for $1,600.  A little later in the day, an ethereal 29 inch tall white Carrara marble sculpture of a young woman signed Donatello was won for $2,100.

 

In Asian Arts, two single-owner pre-ban ivory collections drew energetic bidding from the floor, phones, and internet.  Top lots of the collection included a carved mother turtle with 18 of her children ($1,900), an ivory Shibayama tusk with a mother of pearl floral design ($3,200), and a Japanese Okimono of a performer with monkeys ($2,800).  The top lot of the auction, a carved ivory wedding dragon boat from the Meiji period, brought competition between multiple internet bidders and the floor, finally hammering for $6,500. 

 

Cordier’s Summer Auction to Feature Ivory Collection, Rare Persian Painting, and Beatles Recording

August 4, 2016
A young lady sprints toward the stage, dodging police barricades as the crowd screams in an August 29, 1964 recording of The Beatles performing live at

Forrest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. The reel-to-reel recording, which was won by the consignor as a radio contest giveaway, will be among the featured lots in Cordier’s August 13 and 14 Antique and Fine Art Auction to be held at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The sale will also be highlighted by a single-owner gold coin collection and almost 200 lots of Asian and Ethnographic Art.

 

The Beatles recording (est $2,000 - $4,000) will be sold on day one of the two day sale, along with Coins, Jewelry, Silver, and a small grouping of 19th century Russian icons. Among the icons is a beautiful golden 19thcentury Palkh icon of St. George slaying the dragon (est $1,000 - $1,500). Coins will include over 50 lots of gold coins from a single-owner collection, while jewelry offerings include a modernist 14k gemstone brooch (est $1,000 - $1,500).  

 

Day one will also feature six sterling flatware sets including a Gorham Etruscan set (est $1,000 - $1,200) and a set of Stieff Rose (est $1,500 – $2,000), as well as Tiffany and S. Kirk and Son pieces.

 

Almost 200 lots of Asian and Ethnographic arts will cross the block on day two, including over 100 lots of ivory. Highlights of those pieces, which mostly hail from the collections of two estates, include a large carved ivory wedding boat (est $5,000 - $8,000), and an animated carved ivory tusk depicting elephants and big cats (est $400 - $600). 

 

Art will be headlined by a large and beautiful painting by the Iranian artist Nasser Ovissi (est $40,000 - $50,000) as well as three lots of experimental pottery by Richard DeVore, a former master of ceramics at the Cranbook Academy of Art. The pottery pieces, given by DeVore to the consignor, include Two Trees and Secret House (est $500 - $1,000 each).   An intimate watercolor scene by Umberto Cacciarelli (est $2,000 - $3,000) is also among the highlights in the art category. A rare eight day Eli Bentley, Taneytown MD, tall case clock (est $4,000 - $6,000) is to be among the clocks offered.

Umberto CacciarelliBeatles RecordingChinese Wedding BoatNasser Ovissi

MUSEUM ARTIFACTS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS AT CORDIER’S JULY 9 DEACCESSION AUCTION

July 21, 2016
A circa 1849 Midwestern Stagecoach hammered down at $16,500 at the July 9 Deaccession Auction, far exceeding its $2,000 - $4,000 estimate. The auction was held for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission at Cordier’s auction house located at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg. A 1909 Zimmerman Touring Car and a New England Mail Sleigh were among the other top performing lots.


Active online, floor, and absentee bidding pushed many lots of the auction to realize significant prices, raising a total of almost $65,000 for the museum commission. Among the highest performing lots was a 1909 Zimmerman Touring Car, which was one of only 12 extant Zimmermans known and the only known Touring Car. Interested bidders volleyed over the historic car before it finally hammered down at $26,000. At a hammer price of $2,300, a 19th Century New England Mail Sleigh was also a standout.

Other exciting pieces included an 18th Century edition of Martyr’s Mirror ($900) deaccessioned from the Ephrata Cloister, an early poster of Rome ($600), antique Charcoal Buggies ($475 each), and a painting attributed to DeWitt C. Boutelle, a 19th century Pennsylvania artist, which brought $750.

The PHMC contracted Cordier to auction items that had no special significance to the history of the Commonwealth, or that duplicated what was already in the state’s collection.

Prior to being consigned for sale, the objects were offered to other PHMC properties as well as other historic museums state and nationwide.  Money raised from the auction can only be used to buy or conserve artifacts that enhance the PHMC's mission of preserving the Commonwealth's natural and cultural heritage as steward, teacher and advocate for the people of Pennsylvania.

The items were formerly held at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Cornwall Iron Furnace,  Ephrata Cloister, Fort Pitt Museum, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Washington Crossing Historic Park. 

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CORDIER’S JULY 31 FIREARMS AUCTION TO FEATURE EXOTIC TAXIDERMY AND STANLEY TOOL COLLECTION

July 18, 2016

A pair of reclining Leopards ($4,000 - $6,000) and an African White Rhino shoulder mount ($5,000 – $8,000) will be among the approximately 50 pieces of exotic Taxidermy to be featured in Cordier’s Summer Firearms Auction Sunday, July 31.  Other highlights will include an Engraved Colt 1851 Navy inscribed to Charles L. Robinson, the 1st Governor of Kansas ($8,000 - $10,000), and a Springfield Armory M1A Rifle ($1,000 - $1,500). 

A pair of reclining Leopards ($4,000 - $6,000) and an African White Rhino shoulder mount ($5,000 – $8,000) will be among the approximately 50 pieces of exotic Taxidermy to be featured in Cordier’s Summer Firearms Auction Sunday, July 31.  Other highlights will include an Engraved Colt 1851 Navy inscribed to Charles L. Robinson, the 1st Governor of Kansas ($8,000 - $10,000), and a Springfield Armory M1A Rifle ($1,000 - $1,500). 

Over 100 pieces of Antique Tools from the collection of the late William Snyder, Carlisle, will round out the auction. The offerings include several #55 Stanley Woodworking Planes with boxes. The sale will be held at Cordier’s auction house at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg.

The stunning taxidermy collection is the result of Jim and Barb McCarthy’s lifelong shared passion for hunting and the outdoors. The McCarthys began their hunting career together in 1970, and by 1980 they were booking outdoor adventures for clients all over the world through their company Jim McCarthy Adventures, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Pieces in the collection hail from such diverse regions as Yugoslavia, Kenya, Mongolia, and Zimbabwe. Standout lots include two full-body mount Lions ($2,000-$3,000 each), a pair of Leopards mounted together ($4,000 - $6,000), and a White Rhino shoulder mount with original horns, estimated to bring $5,000 to $8,000.

Among the antique handguns, collectors will find a W.L. Evans 1826 Flintlock Pistol dated 1831 ($600-$900). Additional early 19th century military pistols to be offered include an Asa Waters 1836 Flintlock Pistol dated 1844 ($800 – $1,200). Modern handgun enthusiasts will not be disappointed, as the sale also features a 6” Blued Colt Python ($1,800 – $2,200) and a Smith & Wesson Model 25 1955 Target Model ($1,000 - $1,500).

Fine antique and military rifles will also cross the block, including an antique John Grove (Greene County) PA Long Rifle ($800-$1,200) and a Spencer Repeating Carbine ($1,200 - $1,800). Military rifles will feature a Russian Mosin Nagant Sniper rifle ($400-$500), and a new in box Springfield Armory M1A rifle ($1,000-1,500).

Military collectors will find items from the Civil War, World War I and World War II including Civil War Letters, a Military Shako, and a WWII era German Police Sports Shirt.  In edged weapons, bidders will have the opportunity to win an 1833 Naval Cutlass ($300 - $500), and a 19th Century Prussian Staff Officer’s Sword ($400 and $600), as well as several Sword Canes and a C. Roby 1860 Pattern Cavalry Sword.

The second part of this sale will feature an Antique Tool Collection which includes an impressive group of Stanley Wood Working Planes and other early hand tools from the estate of William Snyder of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Highlights of the over 100 pieces to be offered include a number of examples of Stanley’s popular #55 Combination Plane in the original boxes ($300 – $500 each). The Stanley No. 55, which has been called the “Swiss Army Knife of hand planes” and touted as being “a planning mill within itself,” has long been a favorite among collectors and woodworkers alike. Also to be sold are a #444 Plane also in its original box ($300-$500) and a complete #52 Chute Board ($300 – $500).

Auburn Built 1909 Auto to Be Auctioned Saturday

July 8, 2016

CORDIER AUCTIONS TO SELL RARE ARTIFACTS FROM PA HISTORICAL & MUSEUM COMMISSION

July 5, 2016

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is inviting the public to an auction of items removed from its collection including a 1909 Zimmerman touring car and a stage coach.  The auction is being conducted by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals, 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg on July 9 at 10 am. 

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is inviting the public to an auction of items removed from its collection including a 1909 Zimmerman touring car and a stage coach.  The auction is being conducted by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals, 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg on July 9 at 10 am. 

The auction will feature a variety of items from across the commonwealth including books, furnishings, agriculture and industrial tools and equipment, prints, engravings, and an assortment of 19th and 20th century household and merchandising objects.  Of note are a 1909 Model I Surrey High Wheeler Touring Car by Zimmerman Manufacturing Co, an 1850 enclosed sleigh used to deliver mail in New England, and a restored 1849 stage coach.

The items were formerly held at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Cornwall Iron Furnace,  Ephrata Cloister, Fort Pitt Museum, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Washington Crossing Historic Park. 

The pieces being sold have no special significance to the history of the Commonwealth or duplicate what is already in the state’s collection.

Prior to being consigned for sale, the objects were offered to other PHMC properties as well as other historic museums state and nationwide.  Money raised from the auction can only be used to buy or conserve artifacts that enhance the PHMC's mission of preserving the Commonwealth's natural and cultural heritage as steward, teacher and advocate for the people of Pennsylvania.

Select lots will also be available for online bidding.  Details are available by visiting www.CordierAuction.com. Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at mhartman@cordierauction.com or by calling 717-731-8662.  The media contact for the PHMC is Howard Pollman who can be reached at 717-705-8639.

1849 Stage CoachMail Sleigh
Zimmerman High Wheel Touring Car 

Cordier’s Spring Auction to Feature Ivory Collection, Sterling Silver, and Designer Jewelry

May 2, 2016

Cordier’s Spring 2016 Antique and Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania will feature a single-owner pre-ban ivory collection, an array of sterling silver and a stunning selection of jewelry including cufflinks. The auction will be held at Cordier’s auction house in Harrisburg on May 21 and 22.

 

Cordier’s Spring 2016 Antique and Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania will feature a single-owner pre-ban ivory collection, an array of sterling silver and a stunning selection of jewelry including cufflinks. The auction will be held at Cordier’s auction house in Harrisburg on May 21 and 22.

 

The two-day auction will begin with jewelry, coins and silver.  More than 200 lots of jewelry will include over fifty pairs of cufflinks including precious and semi-precious stones and figural designs which are certain to please buyers.  Other jewelry offerings will be an 8.91 CTW diamond duette ($8,000-12,000) and a coral and emerald pin representing Buddha.  In pocket watches, an 18 karat Vacheron Constantine and two 18 karat Patek Philippes ($1,500-2,000 each) will be offered.  A gleaming array of silver includes more than a dozen flatware sets from Reed & Barton, Wallace, Towle, Roger & Bro., Alvin, and Gorham.  Also across the block will be numerous lots of Tiffany, Whiting, Kirk, and Steiff.

 

More than 100 lots of a single-owner, pre-ban ivory collection includes figures, tusks, snuffs, netsukes, and a 24 inch tall carved ivory figure of a phoenix in foliage ($2,000-3,000).  A single-owner Waterford collection that was featured in an issue of Waterford Reflections will feature more than 30 lots including a 19 inch covered urn vase.  Glass will also feature a Royal Flemish lidded vase ($2,000-3,000).  In other collectibles will be two fully restored vehicles: a 1984 Monte Carlo and a 1986 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck.

 

Art will include a Peter Lik (Nevada / Australia, B. 1959) photograph print entitled “Santorini Terrace” ($2,000-4000) and a screen print entitled “Campbells Soup Can on Shopping Bag” by Andy Warhol (New York/Pennsylvania, 1928-1987) estimated at $700-1,000.  Furnishings include a beautifully inlaid J.C. Jennens tall case clock ($3,000-5,000) and a Masterworks by Stickley bombé chest-on-chest, part of the Williamsburg Reserve collection numbered 64 of a limited production run of 90.

 

A full online catalogue of the two day auction is available by clicking HERE.  Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at mhartman@cordierauction.com or by calling 717-731-8662.

24 inch Carved Ivory Figure of Phoenix in Foliage ($2,000-3,000)

24" Ivory Figure of Phoenix 
($2,000-3,000)
Andy Warhol (New YorkPennsylvania, 1928-1987) ($700-1,000)
Andy Warhol 
($700-1,000)
Coral and Emerald Pin
Coral and Emerald Pin
($800-1,200)
Cufflink Collection
Cufflink Collection
Diamond Duette ($8,000-12,000)
Diamond Duette
($8,000-12,000)
Fully Restored 1984 Monte Carlo
Fully Restored
1984 Monte Carlo
J.C. Jennens Inlaid Tall Case Clock ($3,000-5,000)
J.C. Jennens Clock
($3,000-5,000)
Masterworks by Stickley Bombé Chest-on Chest
Stickley Chest-on Chest
($4,000-6,000)
Royal Flemish Lidded Vase ($2,000-3,000)
Royal Flemish Vase
($2,000-3,000)

 

 

 

Collectible Firearms Bring Home the Bidders at Cordier’s March 20 Auction

April 8, 2016

Cordier’s March 20 Firearms and Militaria Auction featured a fine assortment of Pennsylvania long rifles including one from Perry County that sold for $1,200.  Other highlights at the Harrisburg auction house included Colt revolvers, sporting rifles, and militaria. Prices quoted are hammer prices.

Bidding started with an array of antique handguns, notably a Colt 1860 Army revolver, built in 1862, which brought $1,600.  In modern handguns, the highlights included a Colt Python revolver in .357 magnum, which sold for $2,100.

Cordier’s March 20 Firearms and Militaria Auction featured a fine assortment of Pennsylvania long rifles including one from Perry County that sold for $1,200.  Other highlights at the Harrisburg auction house included Colt revolvers, sporting rifles, and militaria. Prices quoted are hammer prices.

Bidding started with an array of antique handguns, notably a Colt 1860 Army revolver, built in 1862, which brought $1,600.  In modern handguns, the highlights included a Colt Python revolver in .357 magnum, which sold for $2,100.

Antique long guns featured a dozen Pennsylvania long rifles which spurred heavy competition among bidders; high points were a rifle signed by William Sweger of Perry County and a York/Maryland area rifle, both of which sold for $1,200.  A Winchester model 1886 rifle in .38-56 caliber brought $2,400, and an unusual Whitney Kennedy Sporting rifle in .38-.40 caliber drew $1,600.  In modern long guns, an A.H. Fox 12 gauge shotgun hammered down at $1,600.

Collectibles drew heavy interest at this auction, with a US Navy high altitude helmet selling for $2,800 after spirited bidding.  A World War II era US A-2 decorated flight jacket hammered down at $2,200 while a grouping of service medals and police badges brought $3,200.  A Civil War personal case identified to Willard E. Clarke sold for $1,600 after enthusiastic competition.

 

A. H. Fox SxS Shotgun- Sold $1,600
A. H. Fox SxS Shotgun
Sold $1,600
Colt 1860 Army Revolver - Sold $1,600
Colt 1860 Army Revolver
Sold $1,600
Colt Stainless Python Revolver - Sold $2,100
Colt Stainless Python Revolver
Sold $2,100
ID'd Civil War Personal Writing Case - Sold $1,600
ID'd Civil War Personal Case
Sold $1,600
US Navy High Altitude Helmet - Sold $2,800
US Navy High Altitude Helmet
Sold $2,800
William Sweger PA Long Rifle - Sold - $1,200
William Sweger PA Long Rifle
Sold - $1,200
 WWII Era US A-2 Flight Jacket - Sold $2,200
WWII Era US A-2 Flight Jacket
Sold $2,200
 

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