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Lot 6001


Details: This beautifully preserved hand-illumined vellum manuscript leaf depicts Gregorian antiphonal chant from the 14th or 15th century. The initial is intricately detailed in vibrant color. A double-sided monastic musical score, this piece is double-matted and handsomely presented in a brown and gold professional archival frame.

The framed piece measures approximately 20.25” x 26.25”.

Condition / Notes: This framed antique piece shows beautifully, with some indications of age and wear, including fading and staining to the vellum. The frame is in very nice condition, with minimal indications of age/wear.
Lot 6002


Details: This antique Pennsylvania Dutch convertible bench table retains its original vivid yellow background with red and blue hand painted scrolling ornamentation. Dating from the late 18th to early 19th century, this unique piece showcases Pennsylvania Dutch furniture’s most characteristic feature in the use of decorative hand painted motifs. The table top rests on a bench/support and is secured with four pegs.

German settlers and pioneers arrived in Pennsylvania in large numbers from 1683, mostly deeply religious people called Pietists and later ordinary Lutheran and Reformed colonists. (Sometimes they are called Pennsylvania Dutch, Dutch here being a mistranslation of "Deutsch", which is German for "German".)

The Germans, or Dutch, who settled in Pennsylvania tended to maintain their own culture and language for an unusually long period and this included the German style of home decor and furnishings particularly that of the Rhine Valley in Germany.

The furniture handmade in Pennsylvania followed prevailing German furniture traditions and heritage in the home country but developed its own traits and peculiarities. [Courtesy FurnitureStyles.net]

Measurements are approximately 61.25” x 40.25” for the table top; the table height is 28”; the table support/bench measures approximately 45.75” x 13.75”; the bench/seat is 15.5” from the floor.
Condition / Notes: The original vibrant paint shows beautifully with a fine patina. The table top and bench are solidly constructed. The pegs used to attach the table top and bench/bottom are not original and are a bit too snug.
Lot 6003


Details: This lot consists of a print created c1900 from the original negative of an original photograph taken by Alexander Gardner in 1862, who was best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln's assassination. This may be a print created by Frederick Hill Meserve, although that has not been confirmed. The print was previously sold by Swann Galleries and is a flush-mounted, sepia-toned silver print that is a slightly cropped version of original image. The subjects’ names are written in period fountain pen ink on the recto. Depicted are Abraham Lincoln, General McClelland and Allen Pinkerton at Atietam, October 2, 1862.

The printed measures approximately 13” x 10.5”.
Condition / Notes: This print is in excellent condition. The men’s names are written neatly in ink in contemporary hand at the bottom of the image. Information about the image is written on the verso, with initials “F.N.(?)B.” in lower right corner.
Lot 6004


Details: An original, period, pencil-signed print by Jacques Villon comprises this lot. Jacques Villon (31 July 1875 – 9 June 1963), also known as Gaston Duchamp, was a French Cubist and abstract painter and printmaker.

Measurements for this print are approximately 12.75” x 16.25”.
Condition / Notes: This print shows well, with some typical indications of age/wear, including mild age toning and very minor chipping/loss to the edges. There are small indentations to the print in the upper left, mostly in the margin.
Lot 6005


Details: This lot is comprised of a gold-plated and silver-toned Tissot Ballade model watch fresh from an estate. As shown in the corresponding images, this watch features an expansion band, a seconds hand, and a date window.
Condition / Notes: The watch is in excellent condition and needs a new battery.
Lot 6006


Details: This attractive and very rare published photo-album is bound in heavy red lacquered boards embellished with a detailed Asian scene, and ornamented with gilt and bone carvings. Published c1880 with hand-tinted albumen photographs of Japan mounted on heavy card stock pages with tissue guards, these photographs are the work of Adolfo Farsari. Some subjects of the photographs include: Minatogawa Bridge, Kobe, Okano, Tokyo, gardens, temples, Yokohama, Hakones, Onomichi Bingo, Cherry Blossoms, dancing, shoe maker, and much more.

“Adolfo Farsari (11 February 1841 – 7 February 1898) was an Italian photographer based in Yokohama, Japan. His studio, the last notable foreign-owned studio in Japan, was one of the country's largest and most prolific commercial photographic firms. Largely due to Farsari's exacting technical standards and his entrepreneurial abilities it had a significant influence on the development of photography in Japan.

Following a brief military career, including service in the American Civil War, he became a successful entrepreneur and commercial photographer. His photographic work was highly regarded, particularly his hand-coloured portraits and landscapes, which he sold mostly to foreign residents and visitors to the country.

Farsari's images were widely distributed, presented or mentioned in books and periodicals, and sometimes recreated by artists in other media; they shaped foreign perceptions of the people and places of Japan and to some degree affected how Japanese saw themselves and their country.” [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Condition / Notes: This beautiful album shows well, with some age/wear indications appropriate to its age, please review the provided images. The boards exhibit some areas of minor loss to high points and the finish is scratched in places. The boards are loose and the spine is lacking. The photographs show beautifully, with some marginal age toning/soiling. The tissue-guards are age toned.
Lot 6007


Details: This lot consists of two authenticated, signed footballs from the East West Shrine Classic Football Games of 1983 and 1984, an annually held East-West college football game. Own a piece of football history with these balls, one of which was signed by the legendary John Elway at the start of his professional career. Signatures include:

1983 football: (40+) total with Bob Ataris, Mike Bortz, Bill Brasher, James Britt, Reggie Camp, Chris Castor, Darryl Clark, Jackie Cline, mark Cooper, Chris doley, Mark Duda, John Elway, Jim Jeffcoat, Tim Joiner, Babe Laufenberg, Gary Lewis, Allama Matthews, Sam Merriman, Mike Miller, Steve Mott, Bart Oates, Rob Ryan, Harvey Salem, Jim Wabelen, Mike Walter, Paul Wetzel, Eric Williams, Oliver Williams, Mark Zavagnin.

1984 football: (40+) total with Tim Agee, Brad Anderson, Jay Brophy, Keith Browner, Steve Camody, Joe Conwell, Dave A’Addio, Glenn Dennison, Jerry Diorio, Bo Eason, Phil Ebinger, james Farr, Tom Flynn, Greg Gattuso, Turner Gill, Stanford Jennings, Buford Jordan, Clarence Kay, Joe Levelis, Bill Maas, Kevin Nelson, Sean Pavlich, Wayne Peace, Mike Reuther, Carlton Rose, Bob Slater, Bob Stowe, Mike Tolliver, Tom Tunnicliffe, Mike Weingrad.

John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and president of football operations of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

Elway played college football at Stanford and his entire 16-year professional career with the Denver Broncos. At the time of his retirement in early 1999, Elway had recorded the most victories by a starting quarterback and statistically was the second most prolific passer in NFL history. He was also a prolific rusher of the ball, being one of only two players ever to score a rushing touchdown in four different Super Bowls (the other being Thurman Thomas) and the only quarterback to do so.

Elway set several career records for passing attempts and completions while at Stanford and also received All-American honors. He was the first selection in the 1983 NFL Draft, famously known as the quarterback class of 1983, where he was taken by the Baltimore Colts before being traded to the Denver Broncos. In January 1987, Elway embarked on one of the most notable performances in sports and in NFL history, helping engineer a 98-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the AFC Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns. The moment is known in National Football League lore as "The Drive." Following that game in Cleveland, Elway and the Broncos lost in Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Condition / Notes: These footballs show well, with 80+ signatures. The balls do not inflate and show heavy wear on most of the panels.
Lot 6008


Details: This lot consists of an early to mid-19th century antique oak shelf with elaborate hand-wrought iron brackets featuring a striking dog/wolf/lion head in the center. The ironwork may be earlier. Reportedly, this piece is from a church in Belgium.

Measurements are approximately 29.5” x 8.75” x 24”.
Condition / Notes: This piece shows well with some age/wear indications, please review the provided images. The shelf is mostly detached from the iron bracket, as it is lacking some of the screws/fasteners. There are some gouged areas on the bracket and areas of rust.
Lot 6009


Details: This lot consists of the group of Native American artifacts and stone fragments excavated principally or entirely from various archeological digs in Connecticut in the mid-to-late 1960’s, as shown in the corresponding images. Several quartz arrowheads or spear points and stone are included, along with flint and stone fragments. Some groupings of these artifacts are labeled with details of the excavation locations and/or dates, and include Heritage Village Bridge, Woodbury, and Rye Hill. A note is included with one of the groupings of artifacts which reads "From Fred Strong's field near the Nonneway, 4/19/69, south edge of new road".

Some possible tribe names associated with these artifacts are: Quassapaug, Weraumaug, Bantam, Kissewaug, Pootatuck, Pomperaug, Shepaug, Orenaug, Nonnewaug.

There are approximately 290 pieces in this collection.
Condition / Notes: This collection shows well and has been carefully stored in plastic bags, some with labels.
Lot 6010


Details: This lot consists of three promissory notes with signatures dating from 1856 and 1857, for the rental, for one year, of various slaves. Documents include: 27 December 1856, Susannah Carter, D. Graham, M.B. Tate, for Peter, Martin and Henry; 1 January 1857, James [Dozen], D. Graham, M. B. Tate, for Clifford; 1 January 1857, James [Dozen], D. Graham, M. B. Tate, for Jacob.
Condition / Notes: These notes are well-preserved in plastic sleeves and show some typical indications of age and wear, including age toning, fading and creasing. The document for Peter, Martin and Henry shows minor loss to one side.
Lot 6011


Details: This lot consists of approximately 27 pieces of collectible vintage and antique estate ephemera, as shown in the corresponding images. This eclectic collection features art, pop culture, sports, NYS, car racing, and NYC, and more. Some items include: issues of Glen Racing News (Watkins Glen Formula One Car Racing); South Street Reporter (with image of World Trade Center on cover); issues of American Ski Annual; a disbound volume with engravings from c1870; The Mural Paintings of the Library of Congress; Italy’s Life; sheet music for “In the Navy”; Christmas Annual; signed picture/postcard of Brooke Shields; pamphlets from the American Institute of Graphic Arts; and more.
Condition / Notes: This collection shows well with some typical indications of age/wear, including shelfwear and rubbing, with some chipping to wrappers. There may be age toning/foxing to pages/paper.
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