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Kathryn Black & John White
Featuring an important Nanking Cargo lot (Batavian ware 1750) with provenance & Christie’s Amsterdam catalog 1986, portrait of Empress Elizabeth (Empress of Austria & Queen of Hungary) from the estate of Hungarian Ambassador (President Reagan) Nicholas Salgo, fine selection of paintings (including E.C. Leavitt, Seymour Guy, C. Myron Clark), Am. Art Pottery, 19th c Chinese & American ivory & whaling pieces, lightning rods, antique furniture, clocks, lighting, sterling silver, coins, early Chinese porcelains & pottery, Occupational shaving mugs, Nippon, fountain pens, dolls, autographs (Jackie Kennedy, James Dean), horse drawn carriage, African trophy mounts (Cape Buffalo), sports memorabilia, Oriental rugs, military, pens, Chinese snuff bottles & more.
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White's Auction Gallery is located in downtown Middleborough, down a short street from the Middleborough Publice Library, Police station, Fire station and next to two wonderful Middleborough historical museums--The Middleborough Historical Museum (featurung Memorabilia of Lavinia and Tom Thumb and local Middleborough history and famous persons) and The Robbins Museum of Archealogy, established and overseen by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society (featuring Native American cultural history in Massachusetts).
NANKING CARGO TEA BOWLS & SAUCERS: Ca 1750. Chinese Batavian "Bamboo & Peony" pattern blue and white porcelain, Chien Lung period (1736-1795). Salvaged by Captain Mchael Hatcher in 1986 from the shipwreck Geldermalen that sank on January 3, 1752. The Geldermalsen was a caro ship belonging to the Dutch East India Company that struck a reef on its way back from Canton China and sank off the coast of Indonesia. The recovered porelain was sold at the famous 1986 sale at Chiristie's "Nanking Cargo" auction. From the estate of Hungarian Ambassador to Hungary under President Ronald Reagan, Nicholas Salgo. Lot includes Christie's auction catalog, original Christie's lot label and original invoice.
PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH (1837-1898), EMPRESS OF AUSTRIA & QUEEN OF HUNGRY: Painted "after" Georg Raab (Austria 1821-1885). Ornate gilt frame with crown finial. Elizabeth (also known as "Sissi") was knownn for her beauty, intellect and free spirited attitude. She was an Austrian icon during the Victorian era and had a great role incfluencing Austro-Hungrian politics. She was assassinated in Geneva on September 10, 1898 by an Italian anarchist bent on killing somebody of royal blood, no matter who. From the estate of Hungarian Ambassador to Hungary under President Ronald Reagan, Nicholas Salgo.
19TH C CHINESE CARVED IVORY "DOCTOR'S LADY": Reclining female figure on fitted rosewood stand. Raised head resting on her arm with a loose bangle bracelet. Her hair pulled back with a carved bow. These were used by traditional Chinese male physicians to allow a female patient to indicate the location of discomfort in a modest fashio. Unusually large size measuring 24".
ANTIQUE LIGHTNING ROD: Deep amythyst ball, twisted iron shaft, iron and glass forged arrow.
SEYMOUR GUY OIL PAINTING: Oil on board. American listed artist (New York/England 1824-1910), known for genre, portrait and child figure painting. Portrait of a pensive young woman. Signed lower let with co-joined monogram style signature. Image 8 1/2" x 6 1/2". Frame size overall 17" x 14". Repainted gilt frame.
WWII SENSENICH BROS. WOODEN AIRPLANE PROPELER: Model 98 AA 64. Serial number F8830. Laminated layers of wood. Signed Sensenich. Steel mount, nose caps, tips painted red on one side. Measures 98 ½” long. The serial number dates this propeller manufactured between March 1945 and September 1945. Sensenich Bros Propeller company was founded in 1932, located in Ltitz, PA. Good condition.
WALTHAM CARVED TALL CLOCK: Ca 1900. Heavily carved mahogany case. Broken pediment bonnet with carved scrolls and acanthuse leaf motif, double columns and carved wood finials. Fancy brass and silvered face signed Waltham.Globe and castle dial. Door with oval beveled glass, brass weights, paw feet. Measures 98" tall. Not sure if working, minor loss. One of 3 tall clocks.
19TH C. MODEL OF A BRIGANTINE COAL CARRIER SHIP: Finely detailed and fully rigged model. Original green and black painted hull. Three masts with painted white highlights and ivory or bone pulleys and anchor. Re-strung 20 to 30 years ago. Measures 30” long x 23” tall. Good condition.
19TH C EXPANDING WHALE BONE SWIFT: Carved shaft with clamp and turn key. Fastenend with brads and strings. Measures overall 11 1/2" tall.
CIVIL WAR ENCASED POSTAGE STAMP/ ONE CENT: JOSEPH L. BATES FANCY GOODS 129 WASHINGTON STREET BOSTON”. Two words. George Washington, blue. Pat. Aug. 1st 1862. Rated as Rarity-4 (31 to 40 known) according to Fred Reed. The stamp is perfectly centered, a nice original deep blue in color and mica intact with few minor surface scratches. One of three encased stamp lots.
ANTIQUE SERAPI ORIENTAL RUG: Ca late 19th century. Measures approximately 10' x 15'. String overall stylized floral and geometric designs in shades of blue, cream,shades of red green, teal amd brpwn. Wear, low spots and hole.
CHINESE POTTERY FUNERY VASES: Song Dynasty (960-1279). Celadon green glaze. Ovoid bodies with rows of standing figures at the shoulder, applied dragon encircling the neck, bird form finial lids. Measure approximately 23" and 27" excluding lids. Some loss.
EARLY CHINESE BRONZE IRON: Ornate molded design on sides. Residue in interior from the heated coals to warm the iron. Measures 8” long overall x 3 ½” tall. No handle.
EDWARD LEAVITT STILL LIFE OIL PAINTING: Edward Chalmes Leavitt (Rhode Island 1842-1904), known for fruit and floral still life and seascape paintings. Very detailed fine painting of strawberries and leaves. Signed lower left in diagonal slant "E.C Leavitt 1901". Image 11" x 19". Original ornte carved gilt frame. Overall 20" x 28". Biographical information from Vose Gallery on on the back. Name of restorer scratched on to back of stretcher.
19TH C SCRIMSHAW TUSK: Very detailed scrimsha with ten different symbolic designs including a whale, anchor, five point star, sun and moon, wheat, etc. Rounded ends, 13" X 1 1/2" . Good condition.
1845 GERMAN PIN FIRE DOUBLE BARREL RIFLE: Made in Germany in 1845. Marked on top of barrel 'Hormann in Munchen". Number 546 on butt plate and Reiges patent 18. One side of stock with fine high relief carving of a hunting dog by a split rail fence. The reverse with a storage compartment. Fancy carved wooden trierrer guard. The rifling in the right barrel has a twist, the left barrel is smooth. Barrels measures 26 1/2" lon Lock plates are engraved as well as the wood stock under and around the cheek rest. Checkering is small and well done. Good condtion.
JACQUELINE KENNEDY AUTOGRAPHED and PRESENTATION PHOTOGRAPH of HER HOUSE ON MARTHA VINEYARD: Ca 1981 presented to Frank Wangler ”This is the house that Frank built”. “For Frank- With a admiration and gratitude from the lucky person that lives in it” “Jackie”. Sign on matt with picture of house. 16” x 19”. Grouping consisting of Business card of Frank Wangler11 photographs of work site with two photo with Jackie. Book title “A WOMAN NAMED JACKIE” Page 600 third paragraph. Also letter from Frank's son Carl Wangler in consignment agreement. Letter to Thank Frank Wangler form David Heymann author of Book.
TOM BRADY AUTOGRAPHED NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS BLUE REPLICA JERSEY: This has been signed by New England Patriots superstar quarterback and five time Super Bowl winning Tom Brady. It has been certified and authenticated by Sport Memory Las Vegas NV.
1897 BUFFALO BILL’S WIDE WEST PROGRAM: Col. W.F. Cody. And Congress of Rough Riders of the World. “Historical Sketches & Programme” Price 10 cents. Twenty two scenes and demonstrations. Sixty four pages of historical and biographical information, photos and period advertising. Some staining and wear.
S. S. BREMAN SHIP’S DOOR NAUTICAL COFFEE TABLE: Ca 1928. Large, teakwood ship’s door of shiplap construction fitted with a brass porthole. Complete with frame, heavy brass hinges and lever handles. Measures 66” high x 30” wide x 3”. Supported by four legs.
The SS Bremen was a German-built ocean liner constructed for the Norddeutscher-Lloyd line to work the transatlantic sea route. Bremen was notable for her bulbous bow construction, high-speed engines, and low, streamlined profile. At the time of her construction, she and her sister ship Europa were the two most advanced high-speed steam turbine ocean liners of their day. The German pair sparked an international competition in the building of large, fast, luxurious ocean liners that were national symbols and points of prestige during the pre-war years of the 1930s. She held the Blue Riband, and was the fourth ship of NDL to carry the name Bremen. Probably mid to late 20th century. On 26 August 1939, in anticipation of the invasion of Poland, the Kriegsmarine high command ordered all German merchant ships to head to German ports immediately. Bremen was on a westbound crossing and 2 days from New York when she received the order. Bremen’s captain decided to continue to New York to disembark her 1770 passengers. She left New York without passengers on 30 August 1939 and on 1 September, coincident with the start of the Second World War, she was ordered to make for the Russian port of Murmansk. Underway, her crew painted the ship grey for camouflage.
She made use of bad weather and high speed to avoid Royal Navy cruisers, arriving in Murmansk on 6 September 1939. With the outbreak of the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union, on 10 December 1939 Bremen made a dash to Bremerhaven, arriving on 13 December. On the way she was sighted and challenged by the S-class submarine HMS Salmon. While challenging Bremen, an escorting Dornier Do 18 seaplane forced the Salmon to dive for safety. After diving, Salmon's commander decided not to torpedo the liner because he believed she was not a legal target. His decision not to fire on Bremen likely delayed the start of unrestricted submarine warfare.Bremen was used as a barrack ship; there were plans to use her as a transport in Operation Sea Lion, the intended invasion of Great Britain. On 16 March 1941, Bremen was set alight by a crew member while at her dock in Bremerhaven and completely gutted. A lengthy investigation discovered that the arson was the result of a personal grudge against the ship's owners, and was not an act of war. Starting in 1942 she was dismantled to the waterline so the steel could be used for munitions. In 1946 her remains were towed up the River Weser, beached on a sandbar off Nordenham and were destroyed by explosives. Some parts of the double hull remain visible today.
CREEDMORE CAST IRON MECAHNICAL BANK: Ca 1890. J & E Sevens “Creedmore Bank . Soldier shoots coin into tree stump. Original paint with minor wear. Some surface rust. Good original condition.
US LIBERTY HEAD SILVER DOLLARS: Ca 1878-1886. Volume 23 part #1 by “THE COIN and CURRENCY INSTITUTE INC NEW YORK”. Consists of 28 US silver dollars. Volume consists of dates, 1878, 1878, 1878-S, 1878-CC, 1879, 1879-O, 1879, 1879-CC, 1880, 1880-O, 1880-S, 1880-CC, 1881, 1881-O, 1881-S, 1882, 1882-O, 1882-S, 1883, 1884, 1884-O, 1884-S, 1885, 1885-O, 1885-S, 1886, 1886-O. White’s Auctions does not grade coins or currency. Various circulated conditions. One of 25+ coin and crrency lots.
CONTINENTAL CLASSICAL EMPIRE MAHOGANY & MAHOGANY VENEER LADY’S DRESSING TABLE: Ornate ormolu decorations, marble top, single drawer, round swing mirror. Measures 60” tall x 32” wide x 17” deep.
MILLER ART NOUVEAU SLAG GLASS PANEL LAMP: Ca 1900. Eight panel caramel and green slag glass shade with Art Nouveau overlay mount oak leaf design mount. Simple gun metal finish metal base. Base signed M L Co #239. Shade measures 18” in diameter. Lamp 23 ½” tall overall. Good condition. Original wire frayed and needs replacement. One of 6 slag glass panel lamps.
US LARGE SIZE $10 NOTE: Buffalo note 1901. Serial Number E20898125. Some wear.
CHINESE PEKING GLASS SNOWFLAKE DOUBLE OVERLAY SNUFF BOTTLE: Ca 1850. Double overlay blue and white. Dragon on one side, Phoenix on reverse. Turquoise blue Peking Glass top, brass collar and spoon. Good condition. One of 20+ antique Chinese snuff bottles.
CAPE BUFFALO AFRICIAN TAXIDERY SKULL: South Africa, Ca 1970’s. Complete upper skull and horns. The Cape buffalo is the largest of the African buffalo family and most sought after by big game hunters. One of the big five of Africa's large and dangerous animals, the Cape buffalo can be extremely aggressive when wounded. This trophy bull has a horn spread of 46 inches with good curls, horn base measure 11inches across on each horn. The skull has been cleaned. From the estate of Hungarian Ambassador (under President Reagan) Nichols Salgo, New York.
SCRIMSHAW & RELIEF CARVED WALRUS TUSK: One side with detailed scrimshaw ship "Belle Poule 1834". Reverse with deeply carved mermaid holding a fish. Etched signature "Le Buse". The Belle Poule (one of 4 French ships with the name was a 60 gun frigate in the French Navy, launched in 1834 91828-1888). This ship was famous for bringing back the remains of Napoleon from Saint Helena to France in 1840. It was painted black for the mission. Her design was inspired by the "USS Constitution". Measures 9 1/4" tall, mounted on wood stand.
EARLY CHINESE PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A BLACK DRAGON TURTLE: Black and orange glaze over white clay. Measures 5 ½” long x 3 ¾” tall. Depicts a tortoise body with a dragon head. A dragon turtle is a legendary Chinese creature that combines two of the four celestial animals of Chinese mythology: the body of a turtle with a dragon is promoted as a positive ornament in Feng Shui, symbolizing courage, determination, fertility, longevity, power, success, and support.
CHINESE CELADON BOWL: Ca Song Dynasty. Shallow bowl with incised "cloud" design in shades of pale greens and peach. Measures 7" in diameterx 1 1/2" tall.
CHINESE CELADON BOWL: Ca Song Dynasty. Conical bowl with meandering swirl interior. Measures 7" in diameter x 3 1/2" tall.
OCCUPATIONAL SHAVING MUG. Hand painted machinist at a lathe. Inscribed "Joseph Schenkel”. T & V France maker. Some wear.
C. MYRON CLARK TALL SHIP OIL PAINTING: Oil on canvas of the USS Constitution in full sail. C. Myron Clark (Massachusetts/Canada 1858-1925) was know for marine and landscapes. Signed lower right C. Myron Clark. Imge 18" x 24". Original gilt frame, 27" x 32". Typed letter/information from Vose Gallery, 1952, on back of canvas. Good condition.
19TH C SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH: Detailed whaling tall ship in full sail, anchor and small whale with signature M F Gainey. Measures 6". Good condition.
VINTAGE ART DECO PAINTED METAL MESH PURSES: Ca 1920's. Enamel painted in brightly colored geometric and floral designs. Various colors, sizes and makers. Good condition.
EARLY BRONZE MORTAR & PESTLE: European probably mid to late 16h century. Repeating profile of a man in 15th century European clothing. Good condition.
ANSONIA RENAISSANCE REVIVAL MANTLE COLCK: Black iron case with applied gilded brass ormolu decorations with Goddess faces, storks and Greek "egg and dart" banding. Scalloped stepped top. Porcelain and brass open excapement face.Working condition.
NIPPON HAND PAINTED SCENIC VASE: Ca 1900. Detailed pond scene with birds and bright sun. Double handles, footed. Moriage geometric decoration on rim, handles and foot, signed. Measures 12 1/2" tall. Good condition.
ERTE BRONZE FEMALE ART DECO SCULPTURE: Ca 1989. Erte (Romain De Tirtoff New York/, Russian Federation//French 1892-1990). Painted bronze female sculpture in green, silver, brown and gold. Gold butterflies highlight dress and base. Stamped signature by the artist on base. Impressed on base 1989 Chalk & Vermilion and Sevenarts 282/385 (Limited Edition). Measures 19 3/4” tall to tip on fingers. Missing garland overhead. Few tiny nicks.
MONT BLANC BOHEME FOUNTAIN PEN: Ca 20th century, 18kt gold retractable nib. In Waterman box. Pen in new condition.