|By Susan Emerson Nutter
MT. CRAWFORD, Va. — When the estate of a well-known antique dealer and collector comes up for sale, buyers take note. Such an event was presented by Green Valley Auctions and Moving, Inc. on Feb. 22. Some of the items for sale belonged to such a collector; Charlie Lohr, who was known for his keen eye and great taste.
A bid of $9,350 was needed to win an 11 piece dining room set attributed to Horner. Made of oak and decorated with carved dolphins, the set was ornate and solid. Included in the grouping was a round-front china press, a sideboard with a mirrored back, a 60 inch round table with a pedestal base decorated with four carved dolphins and eight chairs.
Prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.
A Sheraton-style chest of drawers with four small drawers over four full drawers, possibly made of cherry, brought $2,145. The chest’s highlights included high turned legs, turned half-columns on the front, and recessed panels on each side.
Dental cabinets continue to be popular with collectors desiring a utilitarian look. An oak example with 31 drawers, raised panel sides, half columns flanking the front and a mirrored back was taken to $4,675. Another dental piece, a small, unmarked Ransom & Randolph cabinet with swing-out drawers sold at $3,410.
Other cabinets that found favor with buyers included a cylindrical spool cabinet marked “Merrick’s Six Cord Soft Finish Spool Cotton,” which brought $2,145. A Corticelli spool and silk cabinet came in at $1,925.
Unique pieces sold, too, included a Studebaker buckboard wagon in its original found condition complete with old blue paint and wearing stenciling that read, “Sold by G.W. Brown, Staunton.” It realized $2,420. Even a barber pole was up for grabs with the winning bidder offering $1,320 to claim ownership.
Also for sale at this February event were firearms from the estate of Hunter Powell, formerly of Goshen, Va. Of the guns offered for sale the top lots included a Winchester Model 52, .22 caliber rifle with a clip at $3,410; a Winchester Model 42, 410-gauge shotgun, $2,640; a Browning 20-gauge Over/Under with its box, $2,420 and a Winchester Model 70 Hornet, .22 caliber rifle which made $1,870.
More than 700 bidders registered to participate, and the absentee bids left surpassed the 500 mark.
Green Valley was founded in 1967 and is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. With more than 45 years in the auction industry, Green Valley hosts sales every other Friday with three auctioneers selling more than 2,000 lots of antiques, collectibles, and fresh estate merchandise.
Green Valley will host a Spring Antique Auction on March 15 featuring 200-plus lots to be sold both on-site at their 25,000 square foot multi-gallery complex and online at LiveAuctioneers.com beginning at 6 p.m.
More than 1,000 lots will be sold in an uncataloged session at the gallery beginning at 11 a.m. Items included are from the private collection of a prominent Virginia collector, from the James Patterson home in Harrisonburg, Va. and various other consignors.
Contact: (540) 434-4260