Turner Auctions + Appraisals Offers Fine & Decorative Arts, Furniture & More at Live and Online Auctions on October 1, 2 & 15SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 26, 2022 – Turner Auctions + Appraisals is very pleased to present two auctions from the estate of noted California artist, Ira Yeager (1938-2022). Offered at both live and online auctions in October 2022, the sales feature Yeager’s artworks, plus fine art, decorative arts, furniture, and more from his vast collection and estate, which encompasses multiple residences. Between these two auctions, around 700 lots from Yeager’s personal collection of found objects amassed over many years – what he called “objects trouvés” – go up for bid.Artist: Ira Yeager (1938-2022). Title/Subject: “1762”, Masked gentleman and others with leopards. Size: 66” x 66”. Year Created: 20th/21st century. Signature: Signed lower right (and with alternate signature, “Von Yager”, in scroll). Medium/Ground: Oil and Acrylic on canvas. Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000.Turner Auctions + Appraisals will hold the live auction in Napa Valley, California, on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, 2022, at YÄGER GALERIE, 1312 Lincoln, Calistoga, California, from 10 am PDT; the auction is available for preview on Friday, September 30, from 10am-6pm. Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 10:30 am PDT; sale items are available for preview and bidding now. The online auction will be featured live on multiple platforms: LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, Bidsquare, iCollector, and Turner Auctions + Appraisals’ free mobile app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Apps (“Turner Auctions”). All are easily accessed through ‘Upcoming Auctions’ at the company’s website: www.turnerauctionsonline.com/upcoming-auctions, where details on both auctions are available.World-renowned for diverse works of art created over six decades, Ira Yeager is acclaimed for his Native American portraits, history-themed paintings, and abstract landscapes.
Featured: After Rembrandt Peale portrait of George Washington, Met-exhibited 17th C. boy’s suit of armor (ex Selden, Bashford Dean), 17th C. royal guard’s spear, six Purple HeartsDENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s July 12-14 Collectible Firearms & Militaria Auction serves as a grand showcase for 1,471 lots of expertly vetted antique and vintage weapons and relics, many with noteworthy provenance. The top-notch selection follows a four-century timeline, starting with 17th-century weaponry and traversing history through European wars, the American colonial and Revolutionary War period, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the modern era. In addition, there are numerous specialty categories, including sporting arms and ammunition; (55) swords, (25) cannons, Nuremberg lockboxes, Native American weapons and art; and the Doug Everhart collection of Derringers. The militaria section is distinguished by six very special lots containing war heroes’ Purple Hearts. Archive of World War II hero pilot USMC Captain Grafton S. Stidger of ‘The Fighting Corsairs.’ Includes Purple Heart Medal with ribbon bar, WWII Victory Medal, photos, signed letter from US Navy Admiral W.F. Halsey and other ephemera, plus Stidger’s logbook with closing notation that he was killed in action on January 14, 1944. One of six servicemen’s Purple Hearts entered in the auction. Estimate $3,000-$5,000From days of old when knights were bold – and sometimes very young – comes an exceptional circa-1620 German hand-forged three-quarters suit of armor of appropriate scale for a page (boy). Lined with canvas and brocade, the brass-studded metal suit has a brow visor, hinged cheek pieces and fingered gauntlets, and displays an attractive blackened patina. Its provenance is impeccable, having previously been part of both the Selden collection and the Bashford Dean collection. In 1931, while owned by Mr Dean, the suit was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was auctioned in 1943 at
Featured: 1776 Revolutionary War officer’s musket, early 19th C. US flag from family of Stephen Decatur Jr, pre-1873 Colt ‘pinch-frame’ revolver, Teddy Roosevelt 1905 presentation drillingDENVER, Pa. – Antique and collectible firearms of superior quality and great historical importance await bidders at Morphy’s mid-May auction event, with two distinct sessions that, together, offer significant firearms and militaria from the 18th century through contemporary times. For the May 17 session, Morphy’s has prepared a 213-lot curated selection of early arms and militaria, followed on May 18 by a 405-lot offering of fine rifles, shotguns, 19th-century Colts and other handguns; military and NFA weapons; and much more.Extremely rare silver gorget (throat cover) from British 5th Regiment, which fought at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. One of few known surviving examples created in the rare double-lobe pattern. Book example. Ex Tom Grinslade collection. Estimate $10,000-$30,000Each and every auction item has been examined and cataloged by the appropriate specialist from Morphy’s respected team of firearms experts, whose catalog descriptions are second to none. All forms of bidding will be available, including live online through Morphy Live.Categories featured on May 17 include antique flintlock, percussion and military rifles and pistols; six antique flintlock shotguns, nearly 40 swords – including pre-Revolutionary War through Civil War models – powder horns, medals, maps, flags, uniforms, field gear and historical ephemera. An absolute treasure of early American gunsmithing, Lot 1168 is a fine relief-carved flintlock Kentucky rifle attributed to master gunsmith Leonard Reedy (1776-1837), who learned and practiced his trade in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. Described as being in “near workbench condition,” this Golden Age longarm displays figured tiger maple stock of classic Berks County form with a “Roman nose” buttstock and classic Reedy-style carving behind the cheekpiece and around the patchbox and barrel tang. “Its hand-forged lock was probably made
Rare WWII Singer ‘educational’ pistol, fine 1865 Civil Martial Henry rifle topped prices realizedWILLOUGHBY, Ohio – On March 12-13, 2022, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland held its first-ever two-day Premier Collectible Firearms sale, a well-received outgrowth of its single-day firearms events, which have proved consistently popular. The March sale featured a curated selection of antique, vintage and modern-era weapons. The opening session, which was geared toward higher-end firearms, produced the majority of the top 10 prices realized, while day two was well received for its diverse array of military, civilian and sporting arms with estimates to please most collectors. The sale cashed out at $2.5 million, inclusive of buyer’s premium.Circa-1860 gold-inlaid, bone-handled ‘knuckle duster,’ 1 7/8in caliber 7mm pinfire, six-shot barrel cluster, folding trigger and double-action operation. Housed in French fitted pipe case. Sold for $9,900 against an estimate of $2,500-$3,500“Collecting vintage firearms is one of America’s most popular hobbies. It attracts a wide cross-section of buyers whose common bond is that they love the history and ingenuity of firearms design,” said Miles King, co-owner of Milestone Auctions. “Along with the top-tier guns in our March auction, which we knew would bring high prices, we made sure to include a plentiful selection of firearms that we felt any collector – including those at the novice or intermediate level – would be proud to own and be able to afford.” Leading the antique firearms at Milestone’s March event was a fine 1865 2nd Model Martial Henry rifle manufactured in .44 rimfire caliber – the model many scholars consider to be the most advanced US-issue shoulder arm of the Civil War. With a large two-line barrel address and the serial number “9718,” Milestone’s example is the same type of gun listed in the Springfield Research database with a notation that it went to
Featured: Confederate Congress gavel with connection to Lincoln, WWII German militaria, sporting & military arms, many high-quality Colt, Winchester, S&W and Winslow modelsDENVER, Pa. – Nearly 1,200 lots of rare and high-quality firearms and militaria, including edged weapons and World War II/Third Reich relics, will cross the auction block at Morphy’s, March 15-17. The expertly curated three-day event offers extraordinary variety and buying options, with a huge list of highlights that incorporates flintlock, drilling/combination and percussion revolvers and rifles; plus bolt-, lever- and slide-action rifles. Other spotlight categories are: semiautomatic pistols and rifles; over-under and side-by-side shotguns; prop guns, modern handguns, Civil War swords, cannons, armor; and hard-to-find ammunition, some still packaged in the original factory boxes.Authentic WWII German Luftwaffe M35 tri-color spray ‘chicken wire’ camouflage helmet known to collectors as a ‘Normandy’ style. Marked ‘ET68’ for the maker Eisenhuttenwerk/Herz. Luftwaffe eagle and national colors decals visible beneath camo paint. Vetted by Willi Zahn. Estimate $6,000-$8,000The auction is steeped in American history, with one lot, in particular, deserving the description “unique and iconic.” It is the gavel that was used in the Richmond, Virginia, chambers of the Congress of the Confederate States of America and later retrieved by Senator Charles Sumner, leader of the anti-slavery “Radical Republicans” in Massachusetts. The gavel was symbolic and important to President Lincoln. Before departing for Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, the night of his assassination, Lincoln discussed the gavel and how it was acquired with two White House visitors: Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax and Massachusetts Congressman George Ashmun. “Mr. Sumner has the gavel … to hand to the Secretary of War, but I insisted then that he give it to you … tell him for me to hand it over,” Lincoln instructed Colfax. The quote subsequently appeared in the April 17, 1865
Featured: 60 Winchesters, 80+ sought-after Colts, 16 Brownings, 30+ Smith & Wesson pistols and revolvers; exceptional array of militaria, and coveted 1865 Martial Henry rifleWILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Over the weekend of March 12-13, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland will conduct its first-ever two-day Premier Collectible Firearms sale. The expanded format answers the call from an ever-growing contingent of collectors who enjoy the historical and design aspects of antique, vintage and modern-era weapons. Day one focuses on higher-end firearms, while day two features a diverse selection of arms that are affordable to most.Engraved pre-WWII .38 Special ‘Detective’ with accompanying factory letter stating the arm was sent to the famous Fort Worth, Texas dealership Wolf & Klar on August 7, 1936. Highest-quality decoration includes genuine ruby eyes embedded into the steer head that features prominently on the pearl grips. Estimate $5,500-$8,500“It’s our goal to allow collectors at all levels to participate in our sales by including all genres and price points,” said Milestone Auctions’ co-owner Miles King. “We try to keep it interesting for everybody, whether they’re advanced collectors of elite guns or beginners who are just starting a collection and want to do it the right way. They can learn a lot just by reading our catalog descriptions, which are second to none, and by getting to know our team. We’re always happy to share our knowledge with newcomers and make them feel welcome in the hobby.”In preparation for their first two-day Premier Firearms sale, additional custom gun racks are being installed in the gallery’s public display area. A survey of the 1,374-lot Premier Firearms lineup reveals the best selection of Winchesters (60) ever to cross the auction block at Milestone, including carbines, rifles and shotguns; 80+ sought-after Colts (some engraved), 16 Brownings, 30+ Smith & Wesson pistols and revolvers; an
Highlights: Colt Buntline single-action Army Revolver with 16in barrel, $288K; 4 French & Indian War powder horns, $216K; Shoot the Chute mechanical bank, $156K; Keith Haring vase, $84KDENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions is pleased to report a year of unprecedented new-buyer interest and stellar results across all categories in 2021, with gross sales surpassing $50 million. Group of four cased, engraved French and Indian War map powder horns, three belonging to Lt. Col. Archibald Montgomerie (1726-1796) and acquired at historic 1925 auction at Eglinton Castle, Scotland. Two horns bear the Royal Arms; one bears the Arms of the Earls of Eglinton. Sold above the midpoint of its pre-sale estimate for $216,000 at Morphy’s May 18, 2021 Early Arms & Militaria Auction.“Throughout the year, we witnessed unwavering enthusiasm and willingness on the part of collectors to invest in high-quality antiques and historically important objects,” said Morphy’s founder and president Dan Morphy. “The market for exceptional pieces with great provenance was very strong, even in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic. Against all odds, the auction trade held fast and continued to evolve into a powerful microeconomy of its own.” Morphy’s year of estimate-topping prices began with the February 27 sale of Bob and Judy Brady’s prized mechanical banks. The 40-year collection featured some of the most elusive, high-condition banks known to exist. In total, the 184 banks realized $2 million and were led by a J & E Stevens “Shoot the Chute” depicting early comic strip characters Buster Brown and his dog Tige. In superior condition and with provenance from the late Donal Markey, the bank also appears in Dan Morphy’s landmark 2007 reference book The Official Price Guide to Mechanical Banks. It swept past its $80,000-$120,000 estimate to close at $156,000. The gallery was abuzz during Morphy’s May 11-15 marathon
Featured: Lifebuoy recovered from USS Arizona, 1860 saber of Battle of Little Bighorn survivor, presentation-grade Collins Bowie knife, Lincoln’s flask, 1862 silver Lincoln Indian Peace MedalDENVER, Pa. – Morphy’s has gone above and beyond all expectations in preparing an incomparable selection of firearms, militaria and highly important American historical objects for its December 14-17 auction. Morphy’s team will be welcoming guests to the company’s spacious central Pennsylvania gallery for each of the sessions, and all forms of remote bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live.Morphys Dec. 14-17 auction presents premier collectible firearms and militaria including stellar collection of presentation & Civil War swords, Lincoln Indian Peace Medal and personal flaskSpanning more than 2,400 lots, the auction features a spectacular array of museum-quality Civil War swords and militaria, early advertising and historical memorabilia, Native American artworks, exceptional sporting arms, and military arms that include World War I and World War II issues. Also of note are more than a dozen lots of coveted Vietnam War bring-backs. The sale starts with items from America’s Revolutionary War era and post-colonial days, with beautifully provenanced pieces that will delight collectors. There are muskets, bayonets, pistols and powder horns, including an example from French and Indian War period that was professionally engraved with the image of a map of New York. Its detail shows many important forts, churches, and other buildings of its time and comes with a letter of provenance stating it once hung on the wall of Unity Lodge in Lebanon Valley, New York, home of Major Elisha Gilbert. The horn was likely acquired by Gilbert’s father from a British soldier in New York during the French and Indian War. It subsequently passed by descent through the Gilbert family. Auction estimate: $7,000-$10,000Moving into the mid-19th century, the auction’s opening