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Cordier Auctions December Firearms Auction to Feature Antique Colts

November 21, 2016
Beautiful engraving gleams on the 1851 Colt ($2,000 - $4,000), but unfortunately the history of its owner does not shine as bright.

The firearm belonged to Governor Charles L. Robinson, who rose to become the first governor of Kansas in 1861, but also became the first and only governor in that state’s history to be impeached. The historic handgun is just one among many that will be sold in Cordier’s Winter Firearms Auction on Sunday, December 4 in Harrisburg, PA.

Among the other antique handguns, collectors will find another engraved Colt, this a First Generation SA Revolver in .45 Long Colt with a factory letter as to its authenticity ($4,000 - $5,000). Military handguns will also cross the block, including a striking Walther “Z” marked Kampfpistole grenade launcher ($1,000 - $1,200), as well as a Remington Rand 1911A1 pistol in .45 auto ($1,000 - $1,500).

Fine antique and military long guns, including an antique English Blunderbuss ($600-$900), a Spencer repeating rifle in .52 caliber ($1,200 - $1,800), and a Sharps M1859 Military Rifle in .52 caliber ($1,500 - $2,000), are also sure to draw attention from bidders. Military long guns will feature a Springfield Armory M-1 Garand ($800 - $1,000) and a Winchester M-1 Carbine ($800 - $1,000).

Military collectors will find items from the 18th Century and the Civil War, as well as American, German, and Japanese items. Highlights will include the Home Service helmet of British Colonel Hugh Fortescue Coleridge, 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment ($800 - $1,200). Edged weapons will also be offered, among which a Japanese WWII era Samurai sword with a signed tang is a stand out lot ($800 - $1,000).

Bidders will also be able to compete on a full range of modern hand and long guns, which will feature a Colt Anaconda revolver in .44 Magnum ($1,200 - $1,800) and a Winchester Model 71 Deluxe rifle ($1,000 - $1,500). A beautifully engraved Francotte Belgian Classic Double SxS shotgun ($800 - $1,200) will also cross the block.

Deaccession items from the Pennsylvania State Police Museum in Hershey, PA, will also be featured in this auction and include seized roulette wheels and slot machines, uniforms, and a four foot tall educational Trooper Robot.

Mid-Century Collection of the Late Pauline Rallis, State College, To Be Sold in Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction

November 5, 2016
The estate collection of Pauline Rallis of State College, Pennsylvania, will be offered for sale on November 12 and 13

in Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


The striking mid-century modern furniture decorated the late Pauline Rallis’ home on Fairwood Lane in State College. Anthony S. Pierce, a New Jersey-based architect and then-recent graduate of Penn State University, advised her as she built her collection throughout the early 1970’s.


In bright colors and bold modern designs, Mid-Century Modern furniture has recently surged in popularity among collectors. Items from Rallis’ estate include highly sought-after Bertoia diamond chairs, Saarinen tulip chairs and tables, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and Bill Stephens bentwood chairs.


Rallis was a Pennsylvania native who moved to State College in 1954, where she met her husband, Christos Rallis. The two ran the restaurant “Christies” together until it closed in the late 1950’s, after which time she began a long career in real estate. She retired from the Sidney Friedman Real Estate Group in 2009, after 44 years in the industry.


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

Eames ChairSaarinen

Local Cybis Porcelain Sculptor’s Personal Collection Go to Auction at Cordier

November 4, 2016
From 1964 to 1990, Pennsylvania artist Lynn Klockner Brown sculpted masterpieces for Cybis Porcelain

which were given as gifts of State and exhibited in museums around the world. Now, the artist’s personal creations from her private collection are scheduled to cross the auction block in Cordier Auction’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction, to be held on November 12 and 13 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Brown, born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, credits the animals that surrounded her in childhood as a source of early inspiration. Later in life, she became a licensed thoroughbred trainer, and spent years raising horses as well as foxes. Her love of nature continued to show itself in her artwork, which also included mythological and historic themes.


The pieces to be offered were all sculpted by the artist at the Cybis company’s Trenton, New Jersey Studio, and include an artist proof of “Satin,” a decorated horsehead on a wooden base, which is expected to bring between $500 and $800.


Other highlights include “Lady Godiva” from Cybis’ Portraits in Porcelain Series (est $400 - $500) and the sculpted unicorn entitled “Prince Brocade” (est $500 - $600).  


Lady GodivaLynn K BrownPrince Brocade


November 3, 2016
The current HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, auctioneering class, instructed by Charlene Caple,

will hold their Student Auction November 20 at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals in Harrisburg, PA.  Students from all over the state and one from New York City are currently enrolled in HACC’s Auctioneering program. 


The student auction is the climax of the semester, providing students with experience in all facets of auction operation.  Students had their first experience on the auction block selling apple pies at the National Apple Harvest Festival in Arendtsville, PA in October. 


On November 20th the class will be selling a variety of items collected by students for the occasion. Lots include a signed print depicting West Nickel Mines Amish School entitled “Happier Days” by Elsie Beiler, the proceeds of which will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, as well as proof prints of the Patriot News, coins, cast iron, minerals and jewelry, and much more. David Cordier, founder/owner of Cordier Auctions and Appraisals, is an alumnus of the HACC Auctioneering program.


The auction, which is open to the public, will be held at Cordier Auctions & Appraisals, 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104.  The preview begins at 10 am and the auction begins at 11 AM. 

Cordier Auctions to Sell Rare Collection of York County Susquehannock Artifacts

November 1, 2016
Cordier Auctions of Harrisburg, PA, is pleased to announce the sale on Sunday, November 13 of the Donald Leibhart Collection of Susquehannock Artifacts.

The important collection dates from approximately 1660 to 1675 and includes Native American made and European trade goods.


The Leibharts are arguably the most famous family in collecting early York County Susquehannock artifacts. Beginning as early as 1929, two brothers—Oscar and Byrd Leibhart—began digging for artifacts at sites in York County, PA.


This tradition continued with Oscar’s son—Donald Leibhart—whose collection Cordier Auctions is now offering for the first time for sale to the public.  Donald, a veteran of World War II, died at the age of 96 in June of 2016.


The family’s finds have been documented in such books as Barry Kent’s Susquehanna’s Indians1, which details one burial pit Donald Leibhart excavated that yielded numerous complete pieces. Kent writes “This unusual burial, together with the rather abundant interior-exterior cord-marked pottery scattered over the site is ample evidence of the significant Early Woodland occupation there.”

The items in the collection were excavated in the 1950’s from what is believed to have been a village of approximately 1200 Susquehannock living near Long Level in York County. Items of particular interest include more than a dozen examples of extremely rare cooking pots.  While fragments of these pots survive in abundance, finding complete or nearly complete examples is extremely uncommon.


Also of note is a possibly unique carved banded slate figure or birdstone in the form of a bird with large eyes, as well as numerous pottery and stone smoking pipes. Pipes were among the most highly prized items among the Susquehannock.


The collection also includes many examples of raretrade beads produced in Europe for export to the colonies and used to trade with Native Americans.


“This is one of the most significant collections of Susquehannock artifacts to come on the market in decades,” says David Cordier, of Cordier Auctions. “The pieces in this collection have been known to historians, archaeologists and collectors for decades but this is the first time that they will be offered at an un-reserved sale.”


The Susquehannock are first thought to have arrived in the Susquehanna River Valley sometime in the 1500s.  Although their settlements were spread out over much of the region, their villages were highly concentrated in both York and Lancaster Counties. Captain John Smith, the English explorer, first encountered the tribe near the mouth of the Susquehanna River at Have de Grace (Maryland) where he is thought to have named them after the river.  The Susquehannock flourished in the region until the 1670s when they were defeated in battle and ultimately absorbed into other tribes.


The collection will be offered as part of Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction, to be held over the course of two days on November 12 and 13 in their auction house at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg. The Leibhart Collection will start the second day of the sale, with bidding opening at 10 AM on November 13. Bidders are invited to preview the collection at Cordier’s auction house on Friday, November 11, from 2 PM to 6 PM, and beginning at 8 AM on Saturday and Sunday.




1Susquehanna’s Indians, Anthropological Series Number 6; Barry Kent; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission 2001.

Gold and Bold Offerings at Cordier's Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction

October 27, 2016
Virtually untouched since it was minted over 120 years ago, an 1888 $3 Princess Head Gold Coin graded by the PCGS at MS66

and estimated at $15,000 to $20,000 will be among the top lots of Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction. The sale will be held at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and will also include Royal Bayreuth and Cybis collections as well as stunning examples of Mid-Century Modern Furniture.


The 1888 coin is one of 18 PCGS and NGC graded gold coins, which will also include an 1855 PCGS MS64 $1 Princess Head Type 2 (est $5,000 - $10,000). Jewelry is highlighted by a 14K diamond encrusted bracelet watch (est $1,000 - $1,500) and an 18K diamond and sapphire necklace and bracelet set (est $3,000 - $6,000).  


Day one will also feature over five sterling flatware sets including Stieff Forget Me Not and Rose, Wallace Grand Baroque, Gorham Buttercup, and Oneida Heiress, as well as an impressive 111 piece Mappin and Webb silverplate set in an oak chest (est $800 - $1,200). Fitting with the glamour and sparkle of the day, over 100 pieces of a single-owner Swarovski collection will also cross the block. A 1998 limited edition peacock (est $1,000 - $2,000) is one of the highlights.


Day Two of the auction will start with the Donald Leibhart estate collection of Suquehannock Indian artifacts, including pipes, pots, and beads that were found on his farm near Wrightsville, PA, in the 1950’s. Of note are an Ohio pop eye birdstone (est $500 - $1,000), as well as Susquehannock snake and animal effigy pipes (est $250 - $500 each).


The two day sale also features a number of porcelain and pottery pieces, featuring a Royal Bayreuth collection which includes a leopard creamer (est $1,000 - $2,000) and a mouse water pitcher (est $500 - $800). Porcelain will also include Cybis figurines from the private collection of a former Cybis sculpture artist; each whimsical offering is expected to sell for between $200 and $300. A puzzle mug by George Ohr, the self-titled Mad Potter of Biloxi considered by many to be the godfather of American pottery, is expected to bring $500 to $1,000.


In bright colors and bold modern designs, Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories will strike an impressive figure on the auction block during the second day of the sale. Furniture features Bertoia diamond chairs, Saarinen tulip chairs and tables, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, Bill Stevens bentwood chairs, and more. The majority of the pieces come from the Estate of Pauline Rallis of State College, PA.

Lighting will include an Anders Pehrson Bumling hanging lamp (est $500 - $700) and a Sonneman table lamp. A Moe Bridges scenic reverse painted lamp will also light up the bidding on day two, estimated to bring between $1,000 to $2,000.


Art will be headlined by a large and beautiful painting by the Iranian artist Nasser Ovissi (est $10,000 - $20,000) as well as four paintings by iconic Pennsylvania Dutch folk artist David Ellinger, including “Down Oley Way” (est $1,500 - $2,500). Other paintings include works by Edmund Darch Lewis, William Preston Phelps, Antonio Gargiullo, and a Barbizon School scene by French artist Aimee Perret.

1888 PCGS Gold Coin 




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