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19th Century Folk Art Sugar Chest Sells for Quarter Million at Cordier's Winter Sale

February 13, 2018
After an intense and extended battle between phone bidders, a 19th century folk art painted sugar chest hammered down for $263,250 (including a 17% buyer’s premium) at Cordier’s Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction, held at the company’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania auction house on February 11.

19TH Century Sugar Chest

    “Obviously I’m super happy,” the winning bidder, Kelly Kinzle, said following the auction. “Just blown away, honestly. I knew it was going to be tough to get.” Kinzle is the founder and owner of Kelly Kinzle Antiques in New Oxford, PA, and says that he purchased the 36-inch high chest for re-sale. He declined to say whether he had any buyers in mind.

    If Kinzle was enthusiastic about his  purchase, the consignors were ecstatic. They would prefer to remain anonymous, but attended the sale and were reportedly visibly moved by the end of bidding. “We’re just very, very happy. Very excited, I’d say.”

    The consignor says he is working with Kinzle on uncovering more about the history of the chest, including trying to put together a family tree to shed more light on its origin. Despite family provenance placing it in the south, possibly Kentucky, the consignor reports that Kinzle suspects it may ultimately trace back to Pennsylvania.

    The piece was an exceptionally unusual find, and sparked interest from institutions as well as area collectors. Appraisers at Cordier Auctions, based in Harrisburg, PA, ultimately classified it as a southern sugar chest, however the consignor said that their grandmother had used it as a toy chest as a child. Following the grandmother’s passing, the chest had gone into storage at an area funeral home before eventually going back into the family’s possession.

Antique and Military Firearms Spark Bidders' Interest at Cordier's Winter Militaria Auction

December 10, 2017
Vintage and military firearms were highlighted at Cordier’s December 10th Firearms and Militaria Auction, which also included edged weapons, modern guns, and taxidermy.

The top lot of the sale was a Winchester model 1866 action rifle manufactured in 1870, with provenance connecting it to Civil War officer Robert Bruce Ricketts, for whom state park Ricketts Glenn is named. Despite no physical records existing to formally connect the firearm to the famed Union soldier and Pennsylvania businessman, the consignor’s familial connection and provenance was enough to drive the price up to $7,000.

WWII items were among the other high performing lots, including a 1942 Enfield No. 4 MKI .303 sniper rifle, which hammered down for $2,800. A WWII leather bomber jacket with authentic patches for the 90th bomb group The Jolly Rogers inspired fierce competition, finally selling to an online bidder for $1,500.

A factory engraved special order Marlin Model 1889 brought $3,400, helped no doubt by the Marlin factory letter documenting that the firearm was ordered with the engraving, which was included in the sale. Other unusual vintage firearms included a Mauser broomhandle pistol with wood stock, manufactured between 1911 and 1915 ($1,800), a US Underwood M1 Carbine ($1,500), and an Ithaca Model M 1911 AI US Army semi-automatic pistol ($1,300).

It was the first auction for Cordier’s new director of firearms and militaria, Matthew Chilton, who said he was pleased with the prices achieved. “This really was a wonderful auction to start with, and collectors really seemed to respond to both the antique and modern items.”

Colts also continued to be popular among bidders, with one Colt Python .357 magnum selling to an internet bidder for $2,100, while a second brought $1,900. A Python hunter double action revolver with scope in fair condition sold for $1,500, as did a Diamondback.

Other modern firearms also brought strong results, including a Remington Game Master model 760 which sold for several times its pre-sale estimate, finally hammering down at $2,100. Chilton reported the sale price was a pleasant surprise for Cordier, adding “Sometimes two bidders will just get locked in a battle over a lot, and neither one wants to let go. We think that’s what happened here.”

A Grulla engraved shotgun in 12 gauge with a checkered walnut stock sold for $2,600, also several increments above its estimated sale price.  

In edged weapons, the stand out lot was a circa 17th century Japanese Katana sword with a tang signed “Kanesada”. The sword, housed in a WWII formal parade type scabbard with ray skin and wire covered grip, sold for $2,100 after lengthy competition between internet and floor bidders.

The sale was the final of three Firearms and Militaria Auctions Cordier held in 2017. The popular sales draw bidders both locally and internationally, with participation both live and online.

 Broomhandle MauserJolly Rogers Bomber Jacket1866 Winchester

PHMC Auction Showcases Local and State History

November 19, 2017

Cordier Fall Catalog Auction to Feature International and American Antiques and Art

November 10, 2017
Antiques from the estate of Edward W. McPherson (1830 – 1895) will be among the featured lots of Cordier’s November 11 and 12 Antique and Fine Art Auction.

ElizabethThe auction will also include items from a Boston, MA, estate as well as artwork, jewelry, and mid-century modern furniture.


McPherson was a Pennsylvania newspaper editor and two term US representative who served as director of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association following the United States Civil War. Over 75 lots from his estate will be crossing the block, including an Empire Revival dining table ($800 to $1,200), an Adams mirror, and a classical sofa ($600 to $800). A portrait of George Douglas Dods has special significance as it has been passed down through the family since Dods’ brother Robert brought it over from London in the 19th century.


The extensive two day auction will showcase items from American history as well as the world, with Americana selling on November 11, featuring an early Pennsylvania dower chest with original paint decoration. Continental furniture, along with silver, jewelry, and porcelain, is scheduled to be offered November 12.


Among the lots of jewelry and coins to be sold are several gold coins, a large Chinese 14k gemstone dragon brooch ($8,000 to $10,000), Victorian pieces, and 18k gemstone jewelry with a 33 carat aquamarine ring of note. The auction boasts almost seventy-five lots of fine jewelry including diamond rings ranging from a 4.92 carat (5.6 CTW) diamond engagement ring to a 1.25 carat diamond solitaire ring as well as a 1.78 carat (2.37 CTW) Scott Kay diamond and platinum engagement ring, a 1.86 carat diamond ring ($3,000 to $5,000) and a 21k 1.35 carat vivid yellow radiant cut diamond ring.


Not to be outdone by the numerous stately antiques to be offered, mid-century modern furniture will also be making a strong showing at the cataloged sale. A particularly eye-catching piece is the Ib Arberg parrot chair ($500 to $1,000), along with a pair of rare Danish modern Elizabeth chairs with ottomans by Ib Koefod Larsen, pieces by Adrian Pearsall, and others.


The antique collection of a private Boston, MA estate will be sold across both days, including an E. Howard No. 10 figure eight clock ($1,000 to $1,500) and a painting by Melbourne Hardwick (American, 1857 – 1916), estimated to bring $1,000 to $2,000. An unusual 19th century rocking ship tall case clock has a pre-sale estimate of $1,500 to $3,000.


Art will also be sold across both days, including a four color lithograph of Reine de Joie by renowned bohemian artist Toulouse Lautrec ($20,000 to $25,000).


The sale is to be the final of four Antique and Fine Art Auctions held by Cordier in 2017. The quarterly sales have attracted bidders both live and online over the course of the past year, with sales results routinely exceeding expectations. Live previews will be held on November 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and November 11 and 12th from 8 AM throughout the auction.

Single Owner Collection of Motorcycles Roars Across the Block

August 21, 2017
Almost 100 lots of motorcycles, scooters, dune buggies, and more motorized toys will cross the block on August 27 at Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, PA. The vehicles come from a single-owner collection and range all the way from miniature pocket bikes to elaborate custom choppers.


The choppers are perhaps the most eye-catching lots of the sale, featuring designs from Carolina Creations and artists like Bob Thrash. A chopper is a style of motorcycle which first emerged in mid-1950’s California and was popularized by the 1969 film Easy Rider.

One of the bikes to be offered, a 2002 Carolina Creations custom chopper in bright orange with purple and green accents, epitomizes the stylish body design that made choppers such a cultural touchstone. According to the consignor, it was displayed at a Harley Davidson dealership in Ohio for 10 years, and with an estimate of $8,000 to $10,000, is expected to be one of the top lots of the sale.

Another customized motorcycle in the collection, the 1998 Bob Thrash Harley Davidson (est $6,000 - $8,000), was designed to emulate car customization company Rad Rides’ sleek 1954 “Sniper” build. The sniper bike’s flowing lines and night-dark color scheme bring to mind action and subterfuge straight out of a comic book.

Though small, the three Johnny Pag customized mini-choppers hold their own against their larger brothers. Each of the bikes is expected to bring $500 to $1,000.

The auction extends far beyond motorcycles. A 1988 Don Bender personal hovercraft (est $1,000 - $2,000) is one of the standout lots among the other motorized vehicles. The craft was rebuilt in 2000 by Don Bender. Bender has been awarded numerous awards by the Hoverclub of America for craftsmanship and level to detail. Other motorized vehicles to be offered include dirt bikes, a 2002 Polaris Sportsman 90 ATV, and pocket bikes.

For those less inclined toward daring, the collection also includes numerous scooters, including a 2013 Huzhou Daixi 3 wheel scooter (est $1,000 - $1,500) with only 18 miles. A classic 1979 Vespa, a Daelim Delfino, and a 2005 CF Moto will also be among the scooters crossing the block.

The auction will include live and online bidding, with a complete catalog available at Preview times will be held on Friday, August 25 from 12-4 PM and Sunday from 8 AM through the auction.


2002 Carolina Customs1988 Bob ThrashDon Bender Hovercraft2013 Huzhou Daixi 3 Wheel Scooter



2002 Carolina Creations Custom Chopper, $8,000 - $10,000

1998 Bob Thrash Harley Davidson Sniper Bike, $6,000 - $8,000

1988 Don Bender 16’ Hovercraft, $1,000 - $2,000

2013 Huzhou Daixi 3 Wheel Scooter, $1,000 - $1,500

Cordier's Summer Antique and Fine Art Auction Rolls Out with Studebaker Avanti

August 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  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 Auction

July 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.

Antique Radio Classified Coverage of Cordier's May 6 and 7 Radio Auction

June 7, 2017
Click through to read an article about our May 6 and 7 Radio Auction that was featured in the Antique Radio Classified newsletter

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Massive Radio Collection Sells for Over $98,000 at Cordier Auctions

May 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 Auction

May 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  Live previews will be held on May 19th from 10 AM to 4 PM, and May 20th from 8 AM throughout the auction.

1957 Chevy
Harold Newton
Victorian 14K Cameo
Wallace Grand Baroque