Important sale planned for July 26 by MV Auctions

The weather will be hot, but so will the offerings at a sale planned for Thursday, July 26, by MV Auctions/Auctions of Cape Cod and the Islands, of Hyannis, Mass. Around 300 lots will cross the block, including a single-owner lifetime collection of canes; antique scrimshaw; fine period furniture; original paintings by listed artists; a Babe Ruth signed baseball; and much more.

The auction starts at 6 pm and will be held under the tent at the Antiques Center of Yarmouth, 325 Route 28 in West Yarmouth, Mass., on Cape Cod. A preview will be held from 2 pm to the start of sale on auction day, and from 4 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday, July 25. Internet bidding will be available through eBay Live. Absentee and phone bids will also be accepted.

Nautical and marine items, a specialty at most MV Auctions sales, will be in abundance. Expected headliners include an important lifetime collection of over 60 canes, housed in an oak case crafted by Oscar Onken; and an antique 9” bull whale’s tooth. The single-owner collection of 18th- and 19th-century scrimshawed teeth is described by MV Auctions’ Ed Tessier as “the best we’ve ever had.”

Other nautical items include a ship model of the Carolina; a POW ship miniature; domino set; an old whale tooth shelf with eagle; a 19th-century ship’s figurehead; a documented whaling sea chest; an impressive 60” ten-spoke ship’s wheel; an authentic 24” Bellamy eagle; half hulls; a rare Titanic shadowbox; a Pilot House eagle dated 1916; 19th-century marine charts and tools; and a nice selection of nautical themed artwork.

Important works of art will also be sold, by renowned listed artists, including the following:

Thomas Luny (British, 1759-1837) – The artist received training under the noted painter Francis Holman. He had his first exhibition at age 16, at the Society of Artists. From 1780-1793, Mr. Luny exhibited annually at the Royal Academy. He joined the Royal Navy in 1793, at the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars. He retired in 1710 due to rhematoid arthritis, but continued to paint, mostly maritime subjects. The painting to be sold is a large marine work by the artist.

Montague Dawson (British, 1890-1973) – One of the most famous of the British-born sea painters, Mr. Dawson was the grandson of Henry Dawson and nephew of Henry Alfred Dawson, both landscape and maritime artists of note. He began drawing as a child and completed his first painting – a watercolor of a sunset – just after his fifth birthday. Mr. Dawson was known almost exclusively for his maritime paintings and depictions of sailing ships. The work to be sold is an oil of sailboats.

Unsigned work by Willem van de Velde, the Younger (Dutch, 1633-1707) – One of the best-known, most influential Dutch marine painters, Mr. Van de Velde was born into a family of artists. His father of the same name was also a marine painter. The two often collaborated, with the father responsible for overall composition, the son for execution in oils. Willem the Younger often painted Dutch ships in calm conditions. He was a master at rendering weather conditions. The work to be sold depicts a frigate.

Theodore Victor Carl Valenkamph (Swedish-born American artist, 1868-1924) – A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Mr. Valenkamph became an East Coast marine painter after emigrating to the United States in 1899. He settled in Gloucester, Mass., but in 1903 set up a studio in Boston, on Tremont Street in the Studio Building. In 1909, he moved to East Gloucester, where he had a studio on Rocky Neck Avenue. The painting to be sold, appropriately enough, is of Gloucester Harbor.

Additional artists whose work will come under the gavel include Brian Coole (“The Gam”); Conger Metcalfe; Boris Solataroff (five oils, including Shelter Island); Richard Noble; Johan Georg VanHemmel; Frank O. Small; C. D. Cahoon; F. M. Reid; J. J. Enright; L. Vermilye; Sylva Fernandes; Selena Backeland; W. Paddock; Natalie Davis; and China Trade sea captain and ships’ portraits.

The fine furniture category will feature a 19th-century camphor wood campaign chest; an 18th-century Italian cupboard; a pair of 18th-century tapestry armchairs; an 18th-century Venetian sewing table; period cupboards; a roll-top campaign desk; a Rhode Island French foot period inlaid chest; a set of eight Renaissance-style dining chairs; a period Sheraton couch; and a tall case clock (circa 1820).

Other furniture offerings will include a Paul McComb unit; an unsigned Boomerang coffee table; a chrome chair and ottoman; a custom mahogany candle stand by Nathan Margolis; a large Arts & Crafts table; a custom yacht desk; a cross stretcher farm table; and two Victorian oak showcases.

From the smalls and decorative offerings, the following will be sold: a Louis Vuitton trunk; a pair of dolphin andirons; a Lalique bowl; Baccarat; Chinese export; Rose Medallion and Imari; several Mary Gregory and art glass vases; a pair of 6′ tall ebonized and marble inset Obelisks; several sterling silver tea sets; and a rare carved 19th-century monkey card holder.

An early 19th century monkey military jacket; stained glass windows; a large early 20th century iron bicycle sign from the Yankee Traveler Motel of Plymouth, Mass.; and a Waldron platinum chronograph wristwatch are just a few more items to be sold.

The Babe Ruth signed baseball is an authenticated 1930 World Series ball, mounted on an antique ink blotter. It comes with a letter from the family, explaining that it was originally used by Ruth on his desk and gifted to the consignor’s grandfather.

For more information about the July 26 sale (including directions and a link for MapQuest directions), you may log on to The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly at (508) 771-1722. The e-mail address is [email protected]