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Cordier Auctions Sells Rare 1860 Photo Album of China for $410,000

April 19, 2014

Cordier Auctions sold a rare 1860 photo album of China in its Spring Antique & Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on May 17 & 18. The photo album contains 56 images of China during the Second Opium War in 1860, which are considered some of the earliest photos of that country. Felice Beato, an Italian/British photographer, was also one of the first war photographers. The photo album consists of 56 albumen prints including 10 multiple part panoramas, each titled and dated in English and German. Beato accompanied the British Army into China in 1860.

His photographs captured not only strategic military positions and the aftermath of battle but also buildings such as the Summer Palace before its destruction by the British. The album was consigned to Cordier Auctions during one of its open appraisal days held every Wednesday at their auction house in Harrisburg, PA . The buyer was Stephan Loewentheil of the 19th Century Rare Book and Photograph Shop, a rare book, manuscript, and photograph dealer with shops in Stevenson, Maryland and Brooklyn, New York.

Gate of Pekin after the surrender October 21, 1860
Gate of Pekin after the
surrender October 21, 1860
Portraits of Prince Kung, Lt. Gen. Sir Hope Grant & Lord Elgin, signers of the treaty of 1860 which ended The Second Opium War
Portraits of Prince Kung, Lt.
Gen. Sir Hope Grant & Lord Elgin
signers of the treaty of 1860 which
ended The Second Opium War
Gate of Pekin after the surrender October 21, 1860
Pagoda in the Summer Palace
October 18, 1860
Pehtang Fort August 1, 1860
Pehtang Fort August 1, 1860



Cordier Auctions & Appraisals Announces New Auctioneer

April 17, 2014

Cordier Auctions & Appraisals is happy to announce that Erika Cordier was granted her Pennsylvania auctioneer’s license in March.
A graduate of HACC – Central Pennsylvania’s Community College’s Fall 2013 Auctioneering program, Erika joins her father David Cordier as well as Ed Rowe and Ellen Miller as staff auctioneers at Cordier Auctions. Ms. Cordier joined the company full time in 2010 and is the Director of Administration.

Native American Artifacts and Firearms Draw a Crowd at Cordier's February 1 Auction

February 28, 2014

The crowd was standing room only at Cordier’s recent auction featuring a collection from the Estate of Ernest P. Hoppes of Tamaqua, PA. Over 200 bidders were in the room and 1,200 were online at the 990 lot auction. Highlights include a Native American Steatite Effigy Pipe at $4,000 and a Model 1819 Hall US Breech-Loading Flintlock Rifle at $2,200. The sale included Native American artifacts and collectibles, antique and modern firearms, military collectibles, sporting collectibles, and aviation collectibles. The auction was held in Cordier Auctions’ salesroom in Harrisburg.

Bidders were drawn from across the country to Harrisburg, including buyers for the Arrowhead Museum in Perry, Missouri as well as buyers from Sevierville, Tennessee, Taylor, Michigan, and Lagrange, Georgia. Prices quoted are hammer prices. The Saturday sale began with Native American artifacts and collectibles. Over 30 lots of framed arrowheads were sold including a frame of 109 Arrowheads that sold for $2,700 to the room. Other stone tools featured a lot of 10 that included two banner stones which hammered down at $2,500. Among more than 50 pieces of Native American Pottery was a Large Santo Domingo Pueblo Pottery Olla that was won by a phone bidder for $2,100. One attention-getting item was a steatite effigy pipe in the form of a human face; after heavy competition with a phone bidder, a floor bidder won the pipe for $4,000. Other items of note were a Northwest Coast Carved Bone Spoon ($900), a Pima Figural Coil Basket ($600), and a pair of 19th Century Sioux Beaded Moccasins ($600). Firearms saw strong results. A Winchester Model 70 Pre-64 Rifle sold to an internet bidder for $1,800. An absentee bidder won a Model 1819 Hall US Breech-Loading Flintlock Rifle for $2,200. The highest priced hand gun was a Colt SA Army Revolver which hammered down to the internet for $1,300. Enthusiasm continued for Military collectibles; a Civil War Cavalry Sword with Scabbard and belt saw heavy bidding before selling to the internet for $900. A number of WWII daggers were offered; a WWII German Luftwaffe First Model Dagger hammered down for $750. Other collectibles showed strong results: A number of Kriss Pines Trout Paradise Wood Signs were offered to enthusiastic buyers; the largest sold to the room for $850.

10 Native American Stone Tools ($2,500)
Native American Stone Tools
109 Framed Arrowheads ($2,700)
109 Framed Arrowheads
Civil War Cavalry Sword with Scabbard and  Belt ($900)
Civil War Cavalry Sword
Colt SA Army Revolver ($1,300)
Colt SA Army Revolver
Kriss Pines Trout Paradise Wooden Sign ($850)
Kriss Pines Trout Sign
Model 1819 Hall US Breech-Loading Flintlock Rifle ($2,200)
Model 1819 Hall US Rifle
Native American Steatite Effigy Pipe ($4,000)
Native American Effigy Pipe
Northwest Coast Carved Spoon ($900)
Northwest Coast Spoon
Pair of 19th Century Sioux Beaded Moccasins ($600)
19th C Sioux Moccasins
Pima Figural Coil Basket ($600)
Pima Figural Coil Basket
Winchester Model 70 Pre-64 Rifle ($1,800)
Winchester Mod 70 Pre-64 Rifle
WWII German Luftwaffe First Model Dagger ($750)WWII Luftwaffe Dagger



Cordier Auctions to Sell Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Artifacts at Public Auction February 15

February 15, 2014

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is inviting the public to an auction of items removed from its collection. The auction will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 and is being conducted by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals, 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg under contract with the Commonwealth's Department of General Services. The preview will be held Friday, February 14 from 2-6 p.m.

The auction will feature a variety of items from across the commonwealth including books, furnishings, agriculture tools and equipment, prints, engravings, and an assortment of 19th and 20th century household and merchandising objects. Featured lots will include a Conestoga Wagon from the Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster; an English Slant Top Desk circa 1750-1780 from the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; a Hand Drawn Fire Fighting Water Tank/Chemical Cart circa 1900-1925 from the Somerset Historical Center, Somerset; Eight Metal Oil Creek Petroleum Motor Oils Signs from the Drake Well Museum, Titusville; and a Corner Cupboard circa 1870-1880 from the Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro. The items were formerly held at the Anthracite Heritage Museum, Brandywine Battlefield, Bushy Run Battlefield, Conrad Weiser Homestead, Daniel Boone Homestead, Drake Well Museum, Ephrata Cloister, Eckley Miners' Village, Fort Pitt Museum, Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Pennsbury Manor, Joseph Priestley House, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Somerset Historical Center, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. 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.

Conestoga Wagon, Landis Valley Museum, Lancaster
Conestoga Wagon
Landis Valley Museum
Detail of Corner Cupboard c 1870-1880 Daniel Boone Homestead, Birdsboro
Detail of Cupboard c 1870-1880
Daniel Boone Homestead
English Slant Top Desk c 1750-1780, State Museum of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Slant Top Desk c 1750-1780,
State Museum of Harrisburg

Hand Drawn Firefighting Water Tank Chemical Cart c 1900-1925, Somerset Historical Center, Somerset

Firefighting Tank c 1900-1925
Somerset Historical Center



Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Awards “Best in Show” to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at Annual Pennsylvania Auctioneers Associationn Advertising Contest

January 10, 2014

Cordier Auctions and Appraisals was awarded “Best in Show” for their brochure and was awarded first place in the photography category for their entry at the 2014 Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association (PAA) Conference held January 8-10 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey. The annual contest is judged by independent marketing professionals and accepts entries in twenty advertising and promotional categories. Cordier’s entry in the Auction Firm Promotional category, which was awarded Best in Show, was a collaboration of Cordier’s staff, Joanne Cassaro Design, and Vince Cassaro Photography.

The entry in the Photography category was taken by Vince Cossaro of Vince Cassaro Photography at an auction at a Mechanicsburg, PA location last summer. The PAA is the only professional trade organization for auctioneers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PAA’s focus is education, consumer and member benefits, legislative issues, and new ideas in the auction industry. Information about the PAA can be found at