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Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy

March 27, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

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Exterior All Maple SUCH A RARE AIR RIFLE Auction Ends April 6, 2015 9:32PM EST http://yqz.me/Chicago_AirRifle

Talking about rarities!! Up in this auction is a piece of history. The Markham Chicago wooden BB gun Sire to Daisy! This is the early model with the stock stamped: “Chicago Air Rifle – Markham’s Patent” on two lines, which many folks put as the very earliest model. It has an exterior that is all maple wood with rosewood stain, double cocking rods pass through the stock. Everything works. There are rubs, scratches and one chip to the wood at the connection near the hinge, all in line with its age. Missing its cleaning rod. It measures approx. 32″ overall length and has a 9.8″ brass barrel liner in the front section. WHAT A RARE PIECE!!

We found an article posted on the Airgun Academy Daily Blog by B.B. Pelletier (Great Blog and Article!!) Which we are quoting excerpts of here.

Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham's Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy yqz Exterior All Maple SUCH A RARE AIR RIFLE

Antique 1886 Chicago Air Rifle-Markham’s Patent FIRST BB GUN Sire to Daisy yqz
Exterior All Maple SUCH A RARE AIR RIFLE

The Markham Chicago wooden BB gun Sire to Daisy!

Originally posted on November 9, 2007
by B.B. Pelletier

The Markham company, the inventor of the modern BB gun (not Daisy, as I will explain in a moment), started in 1886 with the Chicago model. Captain Markham, whose life story is quite interesting, began production of a spring-piston airgun made mostly of wood in Plymouth, Michigan. His plant was situated very near the Plymouth Iron Windmill Company that would soon start making an all-metal BB gun of their own, but Markham’s was first by two years.

The Blue Book of Airguns puts the start of the Markham presence in BB guns in 1887, but as you will learn, Daisy had a vested interest in the date this company began. And back in the early 20th century, they put the date at 1886.

The gun is made from hard rock maple with metal parts attached where needed, not that much different than modern polymer-framed handguns such as the Glock. It broke in the center, and a stiff wire pushed the piston and mainspring back until another bent and flattened wire formed into a trigger blade and sear caught it. The gun is unique in that there is no end to the compression chamber. The breech of the barrel serves that purpose! The metal piston rides inside an open-ended iron liner that serves as the compression chamber.

It feels light and toy-like and is proportioned for a child. There is no trigger guard or safety, because this is the most rudimentary gun possible, yet it’s constructed well enough to have lasted more than a century.

To make the gun ready to shoot, the action is unlatched, then the barrel is broken down the same as with any breakbarrel. Once the sear catches the piston connecting rod, a BB is loaded into the breech. The barrel is closed and latched, making the gun ready to fire.

The sights are extremely fundamental and fixed. Any corrections are made by aim-off, also known as Kentucky windage.

This is for sale and shipment to only the U.S. States.

We comply with all shipping restrictions.

Buyer must be at least 18 years old to purchase. ID proof of age is required.

Museum Quality Rarity Showed Up On Our Doorstep!

March 21, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

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We were amazed to have this museum quality rarity show up on our doorstep. It is a book with all the pages being made of vellum and a huge wax seal

PATENT OF NOBILITY  Patents of nobility were issued when a person was granted a title, and usually include a coat of arms to go with the title. This one was issued to  Philipp Heinrich Schaller

PATENT OF NOBILITY
Patents of nobility were issued when a person was granted a title, and usually include a coat of arms to go with the title. This one was issued to Philipp Heinrich Schaller

in a brass disc attached to the book with a golden cord, with all the pages being written in OLD German and Latin. In the center is a hand painted coat of arms. All of that sealed in a tin container made to hold everything safely. When we started to research this we found that it is what is called a

PATENT OF NOBILITY

Patents of nobility were issued when a person was granted a title, and usually include a coat of arms to go with the title. This one was issued to

Philipp Heinrich Schaller

and his son Ferdinand Joseph Schaller upon the occasion of Philipp Schaller being knighted on March 17th, 1792 for 25 years of service as a captain auditor, and due to the notable merits of him and his family. He was knighted by

Antique 1792 Patent of Nobility Knight/Knighthood Paperwork Schaller Family yqz w/Great Seal Francis II Austria King Holy Roman Emperor

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w/Great Seal Francis II Austria King Holy Roman Emperor

Francis the Second, by the grace of God Holy Roman Emperor (King of Austria); King of Hungary, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia, Lodomeria and Jerusalem; Archduke of Austria; Duke of Lorraine, Salzburg, Würzburg, Franconia, Styria, Carinthia and Carniola; Grand Duke of Cracow; Grand Prince of Transylvania; Margrave of Moravia; Duke of Sandomir, Masovia, Lublin, Upper and Lower Silesia, Auschwitz and Zator, Teschen and Friuli; Prince of Berchtesgaden and Mergentheim; Princely Count of Habsburg, Gorizia and Gradisca and of the Tirol; and Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia and in Istria. And it is his 6″ wax seal in the brass disc. The cord tying the book to the seal (and running through the middle of the seal) is made with threads of 14K gold braided into the cord.

The coat of arms in the center was issued to the Schaller family in 1792 and became their family’s coat of arms from that point forward.

These ARE VERY RARE AND ARE NORMALLY ONLY FOUND IN MUSEUMS ANY MORE!!

Francis II (German: Franz II., Erwählter Römischer Kaiser) (12 February 1768 – 2 March 1835) was the last Holy Roman Emperor, ruling from 1792 until 6 August 1806, when he dissolved the Holy Roman Empire after the disastrous defeat of the Third Coalition by Napoleon at the Battle of Austerlitz.

In the tin container this measures approx. 15 1/2″ x 13″ x 2 1/2″.

WOW GOOD LUCK ON THIS RARITY!!

1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model yqz WOW! Truly Spectacular!

January 25, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

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We have an antique, circa 1899, folk art wooden model of the renowned French architecture, Notre Dame Cathedral. Each wooden trim and pillar is

1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model

1899 Antique Folk Art Notre Dame Cathedral Gothic Hand Carved Wood Model

nicely hand-carved and fitted, all made from scratch, with no indicators of a ready made kit! It’s not hard to see the time, effort, and love that went into making this detailed masterpiece. Even the rose windows are ornately applied, made from what appears to be a shiny, sheet like material, adorned with paint to mimic the ornate design of cathedral windows. Each molding and frame creating the two towers, pinnacles, arcades, and gables are original wood. In addition, the beautiful and famous west facade of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris has several miniature clay figurines attached to the plinth- there’s a priest, and several Frenchmen in period attire.

The cathedral is on a wooden plinth, measuring at approx. 11.75 x 18.25 x 9.75,” and the cathedral itself measures at approx. 12″ h x 10″ w; weighing a sturdy 5.8 pounds! There are places of wood glue formation or solidification, the tips of the pinnacles are chipped off, wear of the wood is apparent, and its apparent that some of the clay figures have detached, with one chipped off. Otherwise, a truly amazing folk art piece. You won’t be disappointed with this Notre Dame miniature scale wooden model! Happy Bidding!

RARE 1699 Antique Doctor Franciscus Piens Portrait Mezzotint Engraving Gole

January 25, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

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In this auction, we have an antique engraving titled, “Prudentia Vigilantia” by Jacob Gole with the original painting executed by Du Molin. Gole,

RARE 1699 Antique Doctor Franciscus Piens Portrait Mezzotint Engraving Gole

RARE 1699 Antique Doctor Franciscus Piens Portrait Mezzotint Engraving Gole

was a known Dutch (mezzotint) engraver from 1675-1724. We are dating this piece late 17th to early 18th century, circa 1699. We are calling this rare, because the only other engravings we found are currently in the archives of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division, and Rijks Museum Collection. The mezzotint depicts a portrait of Franciscus Hadrianides Piens, an author and medicinal doctor in right pose, holding skull. There is a coat-of-arms underneath the portrait with a knight mask adorned with a lion. Piens was a pioneer in the medicinal world in the late 1600’s, as he and his colleages published a book titled, “Tractatus de febribus” in 1689, published by Apud Samuelem de Tournes.The paper is cut close by a previous owner, and then laid on a matte board paper and displayed in an antique frame with wavy glass (with bubbles!) and black wooden frame rimmed with gesso. It measures at approx. 19 x 14″ with a sight size of 10 x 15.” There is wear on the frame, and some chipping of the gesso rim. Understandable toning and foxing on the engraving and matting. A true collector’s item, sure to be a conversation starter. Happy Bidding!

Antique Hallmarked Dutch Sterling Silver Heart Locket Pendant Cherub Crown

January 8, 2015 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Hallmarked Dutch Sterling Silver Heart Locket Pendant~Cherub~Crown

Hallmarked Dutch Sterling Silver Heart Locket Pendant~Cherub~Crown

Antique Hallmarked Dutch Sterling Silver Heart Locket Pendant~Cherub~Crown
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An absolutely gorgeous, nineteenth century solid silver hallmarked (we believe to be Dutch or possibly French) large, ornate hinged heart pendant or pill box with beautifully embossed repousse work on both the front & back, to include – a winged angel face, an un-monogrammed cartouche and a crown pediment composed of reticulated & embossed leaves. It measures an impressive 3-5/16” high overall (to the top of the ring) x 2-3/8” wide x 7/8” deep and weighs 42.8 grams. The heart is hinged on the back and opens to reveal a compartment which could be used as a pill box. There is a touchmark/hallmark on the front rim (worn from age & use) which appears to be a stylized leaf (?) and a sideways letter G (see close-up). The condition is excellent with no dings, bends, breaks, touch-ups or repairs, only light surface wear to the patina from gentle use. Very fine quality and beautifully made with lovely detail work. A fabulous antique silver box that’s a pendant which can be worn around the neck. It’s fresh from a home on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.

EXTREMELY RARE! Desk Roller Barrel Organ 1 of 2 Ever Made!

July 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

RARE 1899 Dieffenbacher Roller Barrel Organ Upright Hotel Drop Down Desk NR yqz
WORKS By Cabinet/Organ Maker From Hershey Museum OOAK Ending Jul 24, 2014 18:32:01 PDT http://yqz.me/desk-organ

This is what we love about this business. Coming across a piece of history like this. We were recently at an estate auction in Pennsylvania and this piece came up. We could not resist it. It is a barrel organ (also called a roller organ) built into an upright desk, with two drawers on the bottom, a drop down leaf and a series of cubby holes at the top. Signed by P.L. Dieffenbacher of Turbotville, Pennsylvania. To us it looks like a hotel lobby type desk.

When we bought it we thought we would go home and do some quick research on it and that would be that. BUT NO… we could not find another like it anywhere. So… doing some research on where to look lead us to an amazing organization, full of even more remarkable people. AMICA The Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors’ Association. We contacted the president of the chapter for our area and he graciously agreed to look at photos of it. Next thing we knew we had folks calling, emailing, and sharing information about this remarkable piece. Here are the facts as we were able to determine them:

This was made by P.L. Dieffenbacher of Turbotville, PA

He was a cabinet maker and organ maker.

Including this one only three of his instruments are known of. Two organs and one musical contraption for doing bird calls.

RARE 1899 Dieffenbacher Roller Barrel Organ Upright Hotel Drop Down Desk

RARE 1899 Dieffenbacher Roller Barrel Organ Upright Hotel Drop Down Desk

All three of those instruments were at one time donated to the Hershey Museum by Dieffenbacher’s granddaughter.

The above facts are noted in Ray Brunner’s fantastic book, That Ingenious Business: Pennsylvania-German Organ Builders (The Pennsylvania-German Society, 1990)

In that book, Mr. Brunner pictures both the other organ and this organ that we are selling. (Mr. Brunner currently owns that other organ.)

All of those instruments were sold when the Hershey Museum deaccessioned their antique collection. (15 to 20 years ago.)

This organ was restored by James McFarland somewhere around 1976.

Due to its size and weight we are putting down pick up only, right here in our metropolis of Seaford, Delaware, but we can make arrangements to ship it anywhere in the world. eMail us for a quote to your doorstep.

Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 149 lbs in a 56 x 36 x 30 box.

What Type of Collector Are You?

July 11, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

What Type of Collector Are You?

What Type of Collector Are You?

What Type of Collector Are You?

Teapot Made From A Wheat Penny

May 28, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique Copper Miniature Teapot Made from Old Coin Penny One Cent Charm COOL yqz

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Made From A Wheat Penny!!! Ending (Jun 06, 2014 18:54:01 PDT) http://yqz.me/antique-copper-charm

We have something really special in this auction, it is a miniature antique teapot made from an old wheat penny. The handle swings back and forth and you can still read “CENT” on the bottom of the teapot from the original penny. What a cool item to stumble upon. It measures approx. 3/4″ tall with the handle up and 5/8″ from the tip of the spout to the back of the pot. This can be used as a charm or just a collectors piece, either way, it is a tiny treasure.
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Mid Cent Mod Charles Axt HUGE Nude African American Mahogany Wood Sculpture

May 12, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Mid Cent Mod Charles Axt HUGE Nude African American Mahogany Wood Sculpture
Mother & Child 84″ Tall Created In 1967 LISTED! Ending May 16, 2014 9:20 EST

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Up in this auction is an original Charles Axt (b. 1935-) sculpture. Created by a listed African American artist, this piece depicts a nude black woman with her child clinging to her legs. A mid century modern piece done in 1967. It is a solid piece of mahogany wood, massive being 84″ tall with a base that is 26″ x 15″. We spoke with Mr. Axt, now currently living in St. Petersburg, Florida, what a kind and gentle man. More than happy to share about his artwork. He let us know that this was done in 1967 when he was in St. Thomas out of a solid mahogany log. We found him listed in AskArt and found a great article about him from just a few days ago, (We are posting that article just below). For those who would like to see more of his works, he is having an exhibit on May 10th and 11th at the Gallerie 909 in St. Petersburg, in conjunction with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum of St. Petersburg.

This piece is amazing, with fantastic lines and a wonderful mid century look.

Due to its impressive size, we recognize that shipping will be outrageous. So… to help out we will ship this anywhere in the Continental United States for $100.00. (Of course we would prefer pick up right here in our metropolis of Seaford, Delaware.) We can make arrangements to ship this anywhere in the world, email us for a quote outside the Continental U.S.

Here is that article we found, this is from the May 1st, 2014 posting of The Weekly Challenger Newspaper of St. Petersburg in Arts & Entertainment, written BY FRANK DROUZAS, Staff Writer (Great Article and Site!!)

T. PETERSBURG — As far back as grade school, Charles Axt was called upon to utilize his natural talent for art. His teachers would have him sketch pictures on the chalkboard of American historical figures such as George Washington. He continued to develop his talent at DeWitt Clinton High in the Bronx, N.Y., where a teacher encouraged him to pursue his art at Alfred University.

“So I wound up at Alfred in the ceramic program,” Axt recalled. “In those days it was called the college of ceramics, where you learned the trade—mold making, pottery, how to make glazes and all of that. And there was also the design program so I got into that, and that’s when I really got into design and painting and sculpture.”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Design in 1957, this Harlem native secured a substitute-teaching job. The temporary nature of the position suited him because he knew he’d soon have to do his two-year hitch for Uncle Sam.

“In those days you got drafted into the army,” the 78 year old explained, “so I got a job teaching ceramics in New York. I worked a year then went into the army.”

When he wasn’t aiming a rifle at a target, he was stroking a canvas with a paintbrush.

“In two years I was in Oklahoma and did some watercolors, just to keep my hand in it,” he remembered.

Once out of the service and back east in New York, Axt found a job teaching ceramics at P.S. 55. It was around this time that he became a part of an art groups in the Village in New York, and turned his interest to his paintings, which began to appear in galleries. After a shakeup in the school system, where junior high officially became middle school, Axt found himself out of a job.

“I was teaching ninth grade and you had to go to a high school to teach ninth grade,” he explained, “so in the middle of all that, I was displaced.”

In 1965, a solution presented itself in the form of a phone call from a distant locale. A friend of Axt’s who lived in St. Thomas in the Caribbean informed him that they needed teachers down there, and would he consider relocating to the sunny, subtropical island?

“I had a house in Mt. Vernon, sold it, picked up from New York and moved there,” he said.

Axt started a ceramic program at the high school down there where he also learned the mahogany trade. He explained that he did “a whole lot of carving” of the semi-precious wood. When the school wanted him to become an administrator he returned to the States to get his master’s, but wound up staying in Newark, N.J. for another eight years. It turned out to be a productive time for the artist due to the many connections he made in the art world.

“I met a lot of people like Romare Bearden,” Axt said. “His paintings were going for about $40,000.” Bearden, a hugely influential African-American artist, worked with several techniques including cut-and-paste art, oils and even cartoons.

It was during this time that Axt was able to exhibit more of his work such as ceramics and wood at such locations as the Trenton State Museum and the Koltnow Gallery in New York. Yet even with these exhibits, it was tough to break into the mainstream for African Americans.

“We were having a hard time as black artists getting into different shows, but we had a black gallery called the Cinque Gallery,” Axt said. “It was famous and run by New York State to help young black artists.”

His works gained enough attention to even garner him a listing in a 1970’s directory of who’s who of African-American artists, which Axt admitted was pretty big at the time.

He stayed and taught at Montgomery Street School in Newark, a special education school, when paradise beckoned once again and Axt received another call from St. Thomas. They wanted him back, so back he went in 1978, where he stayed and did more carvings and paintings. Many of his sculptures have a heavy African and Caribbean influence. In 1984, he moved to St. Pete and once taught at Gibbs High School for a few years.

But molding and sculpting eventually took its toll as Axt developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Doctors wanted to operate, but Axt refused. And he was hardly the type to merely sit around doing nothing about it.

“I couldn’t work with clay so I went back into painting,” he said. “I painted all these pictures, a total of almost 20 paintings. Two dimension and three dimension are two different things. Sometimes physically I can’t do what I used to do because I’m getting kind of old. I’ve been in this game a long time!”

If nothing else, an artist has to look after his hands, and Axt did just that—but on his own terms.

“I went to therapy and went to yoga and I got my hands back,” he stated. “I’m not saying I’m not going to go back into clay, I’m just playing it by ear.”

As if his impressive arsenal of work isn’t enough, these days he is trying his hand at yet another medium: collages.

“You might say the word was ‘capricious,’” he said, explaining his mindset to go down another artistic path. “This is just experimenting.”

He is currently at work on a series of collage portraits, many depicting faces with some sort of mask. Axt admitted that the work of Bearden, who also did collages, is an influence. Other favorite artists he lists are Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and the renowned British sculptor Henry Moore.

Though proficient in working with ceramics and paint, Axt explains that painting offers the artist more control whereas ceramics involve not only skill but a little luck and sometimes supplication to a higher power.

“I like the idea that you have a final say when you’re painting a painting,” he said. “You can manipulate it. If you’re not sure of your end, you can go back and change it then you’ll have it the way you really want it,” he said.

He explained that ceramics are a different story. An artist goes through the arduous process of sculpturing it without breaking it, firing it without breaking it, glazing it without breaking it and someone’s work who’s sitting next to theirs in the oven could blow up from the heat and ruin the lot of them.

“A lot of times you’re not in charge. It’s the fire gods, as they say. So when you’re firing ceramics you’re praying all the time!” he laughed.

His advice for young artists starting out is to be mindful of the business end of the art world.

“The main thing with art is you have to have someone who is going to push the money side of things if you want to sell your work. A lot of artists don’t want to sell their work because they do it for their own pleasure. I do it for my own pleasure but I don’t mind selling them,” Axt laughingly remarked.

Antique Original 1916 Cream Of Wheat Advertising

April 16, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

 

 

Antique Original 1916 Cream Of Wheat Advertising Otto Schneider Rastus 

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An Icon Of Black Americana!

We ended up with a lot of 4 antique advertisements from the Cream of Wheat company. These were not only wonderful works of advertising art, but they also featured one of the most wildly and widely known icons of Black Americana “Rastus” the African-American Chef. If you like what you see, please stop by and check out the rest of our offerings. This is 3 of 4. Good Luck and Happy Bidding!

In this auction we have a great piece of Advertising Memorabilia and Black Americana all rolled into one. This is an advertising menu from the folks over at Cream of Wheat from 1919. The original artist for this is a wonderfully listed artist by the name of Otto Schneider. This one features Rastus and a little girl. She is eating her breakfast over a sign that reads, “Raised on Cream of Wheat.” This piece is in ok shape with some wrinkles and crinkles collected over time. You can see the edge of the piece under the frame lip and where it was removed from a magazing. The piece is framed and glazed to approx. 12″ x 15″, and the original art measures approx. 10 1/4″ x 13 3/4″. Good Luck! Here is bit of a bio about Otto Schneider:

Painter, illustrator, and printmaker, Otto Schneider studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Students League in New York, and Academie Julian in Paris.

Selected exhibitions include the Louisiana Purchase Expo, St. Louis World’s Fair, 1904; Panama Pacific Exhibition, 1915; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Here is a bit of history about Cream of Wheat:

Cream of Wheat is a brand of farina: a porridge-type breakfast food made from wheat semolina. It looks similar to grits, but is much smoother since it is made with ground wheat kernels instead of ground corn, so it does not have that gritty texture. It was first manufactured in the United States in 1893 by wheat millers in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The product made its debut at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Until January 2007, it was a Nabisco brand made by Kraft Foods. The brand and rights to market the cereal was acquired by B&G Foods.

In addition to its wheat-based products, the rice-based Cream of Rice is also produced as part of the product line, and is often a recommended early food for infants and toddlers and for people who can’t have wheat or gluten.

The original boxes of Cream of Wheat were handmade and lettered, and emblazoned with the image of an African-American chef produced by Emery Mapes. The character was named Rastus, and was developed by artist Edward V. Brewer. Rastus was included on all boxes and advertisements and continues to be used today with only very slight changes. A stereotypical African-American icon was fairly common for U.S. commercial brands at the time of the cereal’s creation; for other examples, see Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben. It has long been thought that a chef named Frank L. White was the model for the chef shown on the Cream of Wheat box. White, who died in 1938 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Leslie, Michigan, had claimed to be the model for the Cream of Wheat box. In June 2007, a headstone was erected for Mr. White. The headstone contains his name and an etching taken from the man depicted on the Cream of Wheat box.

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