Internet bidding is being hosted by LiveAuctioneers.com. Live previews will be held on Thursday and Friday, Mar. 21-22, from 10-4, or by appointment, in a showroom located at 1128 Greenhill Road in West Chester, Pa., 19380. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. Gordon S. Converse & Co. is based in Wayne, not far away, in eastern Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.
“This is an ambitious auction, for sure,” said Todd Converse of Gordon S. Converse & Co. “At nearly 1,000 lots, it’s way bigger than most of our previous sales. But we’re excited about it because there is so much great merchandise in so many categories. There really is something for everyone. Also, shipping will be available on all but about 100 larger items.”
The lots are eclectic and freewheeling, ranging from a box of about twelve sailing-related tools, engraved scrimshawed hangings and a damaged octant (est. $60-$120) to original Little Archie comic book art (est. $100-$200). An expected star of the vintage clocks category is a gold-toned and glass-cased LeCoultre Atmos clock dating to the early 1960s (est. $400-$700).
Fine art will feature an oil on canvas painting by Earnest Townsend (N.Y., 1893-1944), titled Bermuda Waters, 27 inches by 31 inches, housed in a later gilt wood frame and signed lower right (est. $2,000-$3,000);
Asian (mostly Chinese) antiques, objects and furniture will be plentiful. Star lots will include a finely carved Chinese 19th century wood-carved immortal, about 15 inches tall (est. $10,000-$15,000);
Also offered will be a Chinese huanghuali altar table, about 32 inches tall by 67 inches wide (est. $5,000-$10,000);
More items from Asia include a Chinese zitan stand, 31 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000);
Estate jewelry items will feature a platinum Swiss ladies’ dress wristwatch made by the Glycine Watch Company, including a special clasp and set with sapphires and diamonds (est. $2,500-$5,000);
Sterling silver will include an assembled five-piece tea set (Philadelphia)
African objects will include a carved wooden statue, 10 ½ inches tall (est. $100-$200).
Gordon S. Converse & Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (610) 722-9004; or, you can send an email to either Todd@ConverseClocks.com or Gordon@ConverseClocks.com.
Anyone interested in finding out what an antique item might be worth may do so by sending a photo of the item, along with a check for $50, to Gordon S. Converse & Co., Attn: Gordon S. Converse, 758 Mancill Rd., Wayne, PA 19087. To learn more about Gordon S. Converse & Co., and the March 23 auction, please log on to www.AuctionsAtConverse.com.