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Colts and Winchesters Fire Up Bidders at Cordier’s December 6 Firearms and Militaria Auction

January 20, 2016

Cordier’s December 6, 2015 Firearms and Militaria Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania featured an exciting array of high quality handguns and long guns as well as edged weapons.  Colts and Winchesters continue to deliver, including a Colt Combat Cobra revolver in .357 magnum ($3,400) and a Winchester model 1895 rifle .35 W.C.F. ($3,100). Prices quoted are hammer prices.

 

Cordier’s December 6, 2015 Firearms and Militaria Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania featured an exciting array of high quality handguns and long guns as well as edged weapons.  Colts and Winchesters continue to deliver, including a Colt Combat Cobra revolver in .357 magnum ($3,400) and a Winchester model 1895 rifle .35 W.C.F. ($3,100). Prices quoted are hammer prices.

 

Antique handguns featured a Elliot's ring trigger Derringer .32 Rimfire ($475).  Military handguns were highlighted by a Mauser S42 (1939) Luger pistol in 9mm Cal. ($900).  In modern handguns, models by Colt and Smith & Wesson drove active bidding both from the room and online.  A Colt engraved 3rd generation SA Army .44-40 - sold for $2,900, while a Colt Combat Cobra revolver .357 magnum brought $3,400 in spirited bidding.  Among the Smith & Wessons, a handsomely outfitted model 657-5 limited hunting edition revolver in .41 magnum sold for $1,100 while a 125th anniversary model 25-3 in .45 long Colt hammered down at $1,100.

 

Antique long guns featured buffalo guns and muskets, including a J. Harder Spencer buffalo rifle ($2,100) and a Harper's Ferry model 1816 musket .69 caliber ($1,300).  In modern long guns, a number of high quality offerings from collectors including the Estate of William Britcher of Newport  delivered solid results.  A Weatherby mark V rifle in .416 Weatherby magnum hammered down at $1,500 while a Parker Brothers VH side by side shotgun 20 gauge sold for $2,600.  A Winchester model 1895 rifle .35 W.C.F. sold for $3,100 after heavy bidding.

 

More than 50 lots of edged weapons were highlighted by a WWII Era Japanese Sword which sold for $1,900 and an Ames Manufacturing M1840 Cavalry Sword & Scabbard, which brought $600.

 

Colt Combat Cobra Revolver - .357 Magnum ($3,400)
Colt Combat Cobra Rev
Sold $3,400
Colt Engraved 3rd Generation SA  Army  - .44-40 ($2,900)
Colt Eng 3rd Gen SA  Army
Sold $2,900
Parker Brothers VH SxS Shotgun - 20 Ga ($2,600)

Parker Bros VH SxS Shotgun
Sold $2,600
Smith & Wesson Model 657-5 Limited hunting Edition Revolver - .41 Magnum ($1,100)
S & W Mod 657-5 Hunting Rev
Sold $1,100
Winchester Model 1895 Rifle - .35 W.C.F. ($3,100)
Winchester Model 1895 Rifle
Sold $3,100
WWII Era Japanese Sword ($1,900)
WWII Era Japanese Sword
Sold $1,900

CORDIER AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS ANNOUNCES NEW AUCTIONEER

January 1, 2016

Cordier Auctions and Appraisals, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania announces the addition of Jeff Sensenig to its licensed auctioneer staff.

A graduate of Alvernia University, Jeff has worked in both the public and private security sectors.  He also owned and operated an antiques shop in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Mr. Sensenig notes: “After being in the antique and collectibles profession for many years, I decided to return to school to become an auctioneer and graduated from the HACC School of Auctioneering in 2014.  I have observed Cordier Auctions’ dedication to serve their clients with the highest standards and I am proud to be a part of this organization.”

Cordier Auctions and Appraisals is a full service auction company located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania holding consignment, estate, personal property, and real estate auctions as well as offering complete appraisal services. 

Books and Photography Excite Bidders at Cordier’s November Auction

December 28, 2015

Cordier’s November 29 Book and Photography Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania featured more than 500 lots, the highlights of which were a book of watercolors of India ($6,500), a group of 18 Major League Secrets cards ($4,300), and a George Washington inaugural centennial medallion by Augustus Saint Gaudens (French, 1848-1907) ($2,500).

In Books, a 19th century Album of 60 Watercolors of India drew heavy interest and sold for $6,500.  A first edition of The Outsider & Others by H.P. Lovecraft brought $1,800 after spirited bidding, and a 1953 first issue of Playboy hammered down at $700.   A first edition of Vidi Vidii Florentini de Anatome Corporis Humani Libri VII by Guidi Guido (Florence 1509-Pise 1569) published in Venice in 1611, sold for $2,100.

In Ephemera, 18 1930’s Schutter-Johnson Major League Secrets Cards drew excitement, selling for $4,300 after spirited bidding.  An 1889 silver George Washington inaugural centennial medallion designed by Augustus Saint Gaudens (French, 1848-1907) and modeled by Philip Martiny (American, 1858-1927) sold for $2,500 amidst heavy interest.  One outstanding lot was a template used to prepare two top hats for President Kennedy’s inauguration along with two JFK signatures and related newspaper articles; the grouping brought $1,700 from an earnest collector.

 

1889 G. Washington Inaugural Centennial Medallion ($2,500)
1889 G. Washington Inaugural
Centennial Medallion
($2,500)
First Edition of The Outsiders and Others by H.P. Lovecraft ($1,800)
1st Ed ofThe Outsiders and Others
by H.P. Lovecraft
($1,800)
From 19th C Album of Watercolors of India ($6,500)
From 19th C Album of
Watercolors of India
($6,500)
JFK Top Hat Template ($1,700)
JFK Top Hat Template
($1,700)

General Gagarin Leads the Charge at Cordier’s Fall Auction

December 18, 2015

Cordier Auctions Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction was held November 14 and 15 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Highlights of the sale included a painting by David Burliuk (Russian-American 1882-1967) ($24,000), a portrait of Grigory Gagarin (1810-1893) ($14,000), a 8.24 ctw diamond pendant ($7,500), and a Chinese Qing Rock Crystal Covered Urn ($4,500).  Prices quoted are hammer prices.

Day one of the auction featured fine jewelry including a 8.24 ctw diamond pendant having a 2.72 carat emerald cut center stone ($7,500) and a 5.9 ctw diamond and pearl pendant in the form of a flower ($4,700); both sold to bidders in the room.  A Mario Buccellati 18k and pink sapphire dress set sold after heavy bidding for $2,500, and an Illinois Bunn Special pocket watch sold to an online bidder for $3,000.

Other highlights on the first day included an 1894 Morgan silver dollar graded PCGS PR64 ($4,500), a Russian silver-gilt cloisonné basket by Petr Fariseev ($2,300), and a set of 15 antique electric star-shaped Christmas lights ($1,200). 

Day two began with furniture, which featured a 1780 Pennsylvania Chippendale fall front desk which drew heaving bidding from the floor, internet, and phones before hammering to a phone bidder for $4,000.   A Gothic Revival tall case clock retailed by J.E. Caldwell hammered down for $4,100. In Asian arts, a Chinese Qing rock crystal covered urn sold for $4,500, and a trio of Chinese famille rose plaques also brought $4,500.

Multiple fine art pieces found heavy interest.  Three paintings by Russian-American artist David Burliuk (1882-1967) were offered including The Wizard ($3,400), Couple in Sled ($1,500) and the top lot of the auction, Winter’s Tales ($24,000) which is purported to be the last painting ever completed by Burliuk before his death in 1967 and drew international attention.  Also garnering international attention was a Continental School portrait of a young Grigory Grigorievich Gagarin (1810-1893), Russian painter, Major General, and administrator, in his uniform ($14,000).  Femme au Jardin by Loius Valtat (French, 1869-1952) brought $6,500 after spirited bidding.

Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Plaques ($4,500)
Chinese Famille Rose Plaques
($4,500)
5.9 CTW Diamond & Pearl Flower Pendant ($4,700)
5.9 CTW Diamond & Pearl Pendant
($4,700)
8.24 ctw Diamond Pendant ($7,500)
8.24 ctw Diamond Pendant
($7,500)
1894 Morgan Silver Dollar PCGS PR64 ($4,500)
1894 Morgan Silver Dollar PR64
($4,500)
Chinese Qing Rock Crystal Covered Urn ($4,500)
Chinese Qing Rock Crystal Urn
($4,500)
David Burliuk (1882-1967) Winter's Tale ($24,000)
David Burliuk (1882-1967) 
($24,000)
Gothic Tall Case Clock ($4,100)
Gothic Tall Case Clock
($4,100)
Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) Femme au Jardin ($6,500)
Louis Valtat (French, 1869-1952) 
($6,500)
 Pennsylvania Chippendale Fall Front Desk ($4,000)
PA Chippendale Fall Front Desk
($4,000)
Portrait of General Grigory G. Gagarin ($14,000)
Portrait of General Gagarin
($14,000)
 

ABC27 Visits Cordier Auctions

November 29, 2015

Chris Davis from ABC 27 Daybreak visited the preview of Cordier's Book and Photography Auction on November 27. Director of Catalog and Specialty Auctions Ellen Miller appeared live on the morning show for two segments to discuss upcoming items at the auction. Jump to minute 6:45 in the video to see the first segment of Ellen chatting with Chris.  Click HERE for a link to the video.

 

 

 

Chris Davis from ABC 27 Daybreak visited the preview of Cordier's Book and Photography Auction on November 27. Director of Catalog and Specialty Auctions Ellen Miller appeared live on the morning show for two segments to discuss upcoming items at the auction. Jump to minute 6:45 in the video to see the first segment of Ellen chatting with Chris.  Click HERE for a link to the video.

 

 

 

John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Top Hat Template to be Sold at Cordier Auctions November 29

November 18, 2015

Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will offer the template used to fit the hat that John F. Kennedy wore to his inauguration in its annual Book and Photography Auction on November 29.  The template, consigned by Isabel Ann Heath of Mechanicsburg, was created by her father, John Austin Garside.

Mr. Garside, Chief Designer and Chief Fitter for Cavanagh’s Hat Co., New York City, visited then President-elect Kennedy at his suite at the Hotel Carlyle in New York for the fitting. Two silk top hats were chosen by the President-elect, according to news articles from the time.  Mr. Garside had a photo of Isabel Ann as well as his son with him, and Kennedy signed both.  The lot includes the two autographed photos as well as related newspaper articles.

Other items include an 1889 silver George Washington centennial inauguration medal along with books, photographs, sports ephemera, newspapers, and autographs.

John F. Kennedy at Inaugural Activities January 20, 1961
JFK at Inaugural Activities Jan 20, 1961
Isabel Ann Heath's Photo Autographed by JFK (2)
Isabel Ann Heath's Photo Autographed by JFK
JFK Inaugural Hat Template
JFK Inaugural Hat Template

Cordier’s Fall Firearms Auction Features Antique and Collectible Guns

November 3, 2015

The Fall Firearms & Militaria Auction at Cordier Auctions slated for December 6 includes the collections of Ken Kenowski of Scranton and the late William Britcher of Newport. Antique and modern firearms will be offered, as well as Revolutionary and Civil War collectibles.  The sale will be held at Cordier’s auction house at 1500 Paxton Street, Harrisburg.

The sale will offer antique, military, and modern handguns and long guns, edged weapons, military collectibles, and related art.  Antique handguns feature S. North and H. Aston percussion pistols.  An array of antique long guns feature 19th century buffalo rifles including one by J. Harder of Lockhaven on the Spencer receiver platform with a 34” octagonal barrel ($2,500-3,500) and Model 1816 Flintlock muskets.  A rare U.S. Springfield Model 1868 rifle in .50 centerfire caliber ($800-1,200) will also be offered.

Handguns include Colt, Smith and Wesson, and Ruger.  Highly collectible Colts include a Diamondback ($1,000-1,500), a Python ($1,800-2,200) and a Combat Cobra with 2 ½” barrel ($1,200-1,800).  Two engraved 3rd generation Colt single action Army revolvers are also featured ($2,000-3,000 each). All major manufacturers are represented in the long gun category. Highlights include a Parker Brothers VH grade SxS shotgun ($1,000-2,000) and a Winchester Model 1895 in .35 W.C.F. caliber ($1,500-2000).

In edged weapons, collectors will find a WWII Japanese sword with blade dating to the Nanbokucho era of the 14th century ($1,500-2,000) and multiple cavalry swords.

Military collectibles include items from the collection of Ken Kenowski of Scranton.  Revolutionary War era collectibles include artillery accessories, ordnance, powder horns, and personal items.  Civil War era collectibles will feature medical items, cavalry accessories, bullets, buttons, and GAR items. 

 

Colt Combat Cobra Revolver - .357 Magnum - ($1,200-$1,800)
Colt Combat Cobra .357 Magnum -
$1,200-$1,800
Colt Diamondback Revolver - .22 Caliber ($1,000-$1,500)
Colt Diamondback .22 Cal
$1,000-$1,500
Colt Python Revolver - .357 Magnum ($1,800-$2,200)
Colt Python .357 Magnum
$1,800-$2,200
Engraved Colt 3rd Generation SA Army Revolver - ($2,000-$3,000)
Colt 3rd Gen SA Army
$2,000-$3,000
Factory Engraved Colt 3rd Generation SA Army Revolver - ($2,000-$3,000)
Factory Engraved Colt SA Army
$2,000-$3,000
US Springfield Model 1868 - .50 Centerfire ($800-$1,200)
US Springfield Mod 1868 .50 Centerfire
$800-$1,200
  

 

 

Cordier’s Fall Auction to offer Fine Jewelry, Outstanding Art, and Mid-Century Modern Furnishings

November 2, 2015

Cordier’s November 14 and 15 auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania will feature more than 1000 lots including fine jewelry, Mid-Century Modern furnishings, and an excellent selection of fine art.  Auction highlights include an 8.24 ctw diamond pendant, Heywood-Wakefield, and the reported last painting by Russian-American Artist David Burliuk.

Day one of the two day auction will feature over 100 lots of jewelry including an 8.24 ctw diamond pendant with center 2.72 carat VS1 emerald cut center diamond ($10,000-$15,000), and rings including a 4.78 carat ruby & diamond ($10,000-15,000) and a 5.53 carat emerald and diamond ($10,000-20,000).  Also offered will be several lots men’s cufflink sets featuring a Buccaletti dress set. 

In silver, bidders will find a four piece S. Kirk & Son repousse tea set ($2,000-3,000).  A LaPaglia Mid-Century sterling pedestal bowl ($800-1,200) and Russian silver-gilt and cloisonné basket by Petr Petrovich Fariseev ($1,000-1,500) are certain to attract bidders.

Collectors will not want to miss the more than 60 lots of Hummel figurines as well as a large collection of salts.  Other highlights are a Scott & Co. silk plush top hat ($300-500) and a prohibition-era smuggler's briefcase ($200-400). Coins will feature an 1894 Morgan silver dollar PR64 ($3,000-6,000) and an 1881 Morgan silver dollar PR64 ($2,000-3,000).

Day two will open with furniture, featuring Mid-Century Modern pieces such as a Heywood-Wakefield Sculptura bedroom set ($800-1,200) and a set of four Koefeds Eva dining room chairs ($500-1,000).  More traditional furnishing will also be sold, including an inlaid 18th century walnut bureau bookcase on stand ($3,000-5,000). 

In decorative arts, over 20 lots of pewter will be offered; porcelain will feature an unusual 19th C Mettlach/Villeroy & Boch Ceramic Punch Set ($2,000-4,000).  Highlights in Ethnographic and Asian arts include more than 50 lots of African figures and masks as well as a Chinese Qing rock crystal covered urn ($2,000-4,000).

In the fine art category, three paintings by David Burliuk (Russian-American 1882-1967) will be presented including Winter’s Tale 1966, reportedly the last painting he completed before his death in 1967, purchased from ACA Gallery in 1967 ($30,000-$50,000).  Other fine art offerings include six etchings from the early- to mid-1900s by John French Sloan (American, 1871-1951) consigned as collection as purchased by consignor’s parents ($4,000-6,000).  A landscape by Johann Bernard Klombeck (German, 1815-1893) is also slated to cross the block ($4,000-6,000).

Clocks and lighting will conclude the auction.  Among the lighting will be a massive Italian Mid-Century Venini chandelier ($2,000-4,000).  Among the clocks will be a Herschede nine tube tall case clock ($1,000-2,000) and  a J.E. Caldwell retailed Gothic tall case clock ($3,000-5,000).

4.78 Carat Ruby & Diamond Ring ($10,000-15,000)

4.78 Carat Ruby Ring
($10,000-15,000)

5.53 Carat Emerald & Diamond Ring ($10,000-20,000)

5.53 Carat Emerald Ring
($10,000-20,000)
8.24 ctw Diamond Pendant ($10,000-15,000)
8.24 ctw Diamond Pendant
($10,000-15,000)
18th Century Walnut Bureau Bookcase on Stand ($3,000-5,000)
18th C Walnut Bookcase on Stand
($3,000-5,000)
David Burliuk (1882-1967) Winter's Tale ($30,000-50,000)
David Burliuk (1882-1967)
($30,000-50,000)

Gothic Tall Case Clock ($3,000-5,000)

Gothic Tall Case Clock
($3,000-5,000)

Johann Bernard Klombeck (1815-1893) ($4,000-6,000)

Johann Bernard Klombeck
(1815-1893) ($4,000-6,000)

Koefoeds Eva chairs ($500-1,000)

Koefoeds Eva chairs
($500-1,000)

LaPaglia Mid-Century Sterling Pedestal Bowl ($800-1,200)

LaPagliaSterling Bowl
($800-1,200)

Mettlach Punch Bowl Set ($2,000-4,000) (1)

Mettlach Punch Bowl Set
($2,000-4,000)
Russian Cloisonne Basket ($1,000-1,5000)
Russian Cloisonne Basket
($1,000-1,5000)

S. Kirk & Son Repousse Tea Set ($2,000-3,000)

S. Kirk & Son Repousse Tea Set
($2,000-3,000)

 

 

Cordier’s Summer Auction Delighted Lovers of Autos, Jewelry, and Art

September 11, 2015

Cordier Auctions held their Summer Antique and Fine Art Auction August 15 and 16 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Highlights of the sale included a 1932 Ford Hot Rod Kit Car ($13,500), a Paul Jouvé bronze of “Le Cynocéphale” ($9,500), and a George Washington bust after William Rush from the collection of Dr. Irwin Richman ($16,000).

 Day one of the auction featured fine jewelry including a 14 karat chalcedony and gemstone bib necklace which sold to a bidder in the room for $8,500 and a 14 karat diamond and pearl Mickey Mouse ring that went to a phone bidder for $3,400.  A Tiffany & Co. Patek Philippe pocket watch brought $2,500.

 Other highlights on the first day included a 1932 Ford Roadster convertible hot rod kit car bought by a local collector in the room for $13,500.   A rare Dugan carnival “Farmyard” bowl brought $3,300 after active bidding. In Asian arts, a Korean ink-painted scroll of a mountain scene sold to a phone bidder for $12,000, and a grouping of three miniature carved hardstone figures including a reclining man with a dog brought $16,000.

 In fine art, a bronze sculpture by Paul Jouvé (French, 1878-1973) entitled “Le Cynocéphale”, or “Monkey Contemplating an Ancient Egyptian Idol” was sold to one of the artist’s heirs in France for $9,500 after spirited bidding.  A painting by Ablade Glover (Ghana/UK, 1934-) consigned by the original owner who purchased the piece in 1988 from the Art Council of Ghana in Africa sold for $4,500.

 Day two was made up of the eclectic collection of Dr. Irwin Richman, Penn State University American Studies professor emeritus.  The highlight of the day was a George Washington bust after William Rush which sold to a phone bidder for $16,000 after heavily contested bidding.  A similar example to this bust is housed at the New York Historical Society, and a  black painted version is shown on page 88, figure 80, of the book "William Rush, American Sculptor" published by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1982.  

 Among Dr. Richman’s diverse art holdings were an American School painting depicting a landscape of mossy trees ($1,600), an oil on canvas by David de la Mar (Dutch, 1832-1898) ($1,400), and a Latin American School (17th/18th Century) oil on canvas depicting Santiago Matamoros on horseback defeating two Moors ($1,200).  Dr. Richman’s collection also featured a large amount of majolica and cement garden statuary.  A 17th century majolica sconce of a soldier holding a candle brought $1,000.  A pair of cement sculptures of a man and woman in colonial dress standing 45" tall went to a bidder in the room for $1,100.

 Dr. Richman, an ardent life-long collector, is the past chair of the graduate program in American Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg.  In addition to authoring or co-authoring more than 20 books, he has served as an architectural history consultant for various institutions and is a frequent presenter and freelance museum curator. 

1932 Ford Coupe Kit Car ($13,500)

1932 Ford Coupe Kit Car
($13,500)

Ablade Glover (Ghana-UK, B. 1934) ($4,500)

A Glover (Ghana-UK, B. 1934)
($4,500)

Chalcedony & Gemstone Necklace ($8,500)

Chalcedony & Gem Necklace
($8,500)

Korean Ink Painted Scroll ($12,000)

Korean Ink Painted Scroll
($12,000)

Paul Jouve (French, 1878-1973) ($9,500)

Paul Jouve (French, 1878-1973)
($9,500)

After William Rush (Pennsylvania, 1756-1833) ($16,000)

After W Rush (PA, 1756-1833)
($16,000)

Dugan Farmyard Bowl ($3,300)

Dugan Farmyard Bowl
($3,300)
 

Cordier Auctions Accepts Harrisburg Magazine's Simply the Best Award

August 27, 2015
Cordier Auctions and Appraisals is the proud recipient of the Harrisburg Magazine's2015 Simply the Best award in the Auctioneer category. The award was accepted at the Simply the Best Gala at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg on August 27. Harrisburg Magazine's annual Simply the Best contest polls readers to determine the area's favorite businesses in dozens of categories. This is the second year in a row that Cordier Auctions and Appraisals was named Simply the Best Auctioneer. Pictured below at the gala are David Cordier, Melanie Hartman, Erika Kelly, and Brian Buehrle.

 

Simply the Best

 

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