IMPORTANT SINGLE-OWNER COLLECTION OF CIVIL WAR ITEMS AND OTHER AMERICAN HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS TO HEADLINE GALLERY 63’s FEB. 10 SALE

(Atlanta, Ga.) – An important single-owner collection of Civil War items and other rare American historical artifacts will cross the block Sunday, February 10, at Gallery 63, the Atlanta-based auction house that has become synonymous recently with Civil War and civil rights consignments. The firm has conducted several news-making sales since its move last year that have featured such items.

The collector who consigned many of the items to be sold in February is a resident of Cullman, Ala., north of Birmingham. He has spent the better part of his life accumulating antique firearms, swords, documents and militaria. All of it will be sold, but the auction will also feature other major consignments, to include fine art, estate jewelry, a rare Tiffany lamp and a nice cane collection.

“Valentine’s Day is coming up, and this promises to be one sweetheart of a sale,” said Paul Brown of Gallery 63. “In fact, many of the jewelry pieces we’ll be offering – to include several Rolex watches and diamond rings – would make ideal Valentine’s Day gifts. But I expect most of the bidders will be focused on the Alabama collection. It’s museum-quality, and I know it will find a good home.”

confederate-flag.jpgVintage firearms and swords dominate the collection, although there is also a wonderful silk Confederate battle flag – framed and over 130 years old – that is certain to excite the crowd. The crossed-bars and 13 stars flag (the one most commonly associated with the Confederacy) is in a fine state of preservation. Of the few that have survived the ravages of time, most now reside in museums.

Firearms include a rare and original Frank Wesson rifle, made before Wesson teamed up with Smith to form the legendary Smith & Wesson firm; an original period Winchester rifle, Model 1894; a Confederate Cavalry musket, all original and extremely rare; and an 1807 Harper’s Ferry flintlock pistol, one of only 50 known to exist and considered the rarest U.S.-issued pistol ever made.

flintlock-pistols1.jpgOther firearms include a rare cased Petingil revolver (the Confederacy imported them from England during the Civil War); a pair of cased Colt Alamo Model revolvers; a War of 1812 large bore officer’s pistol; a Civil War Smith & Wesson percussion pistol, Model 1860; a Colt percussion Navy pistol, Model 1851; and a handsome 1830 hand-engraved French dueling pistol with Damascus barrel.

Swords include a P.O. Luneschloss officer’s sword; a U.S. Army officer’s sword, Model 1902; an original Civil War Major’s sword with etched blade and scabbard; and a War of 1812 staff officer’s sword with mother of pearl grips, an etched blade, an engraved brass scabbard and an Indian princess pommel. Also from the collection is a fascinating group of historical etchings and engravings.

From the fine art category, three works are expected to command great attention. They are:

“White Mountain Stream” by William Louis Sonntag (American, 1822-1900; oil-on-canvas, signed). Sonntag was one of the most important figures of the Hudson River School. His work romanticizing and idealizing the American wilderness is highly collectible, and his paintings can be found in many of the fine collections of American art, including the Corcoran and the Metropolitan.

• “Western Farm Landscape” by Grant Wood (American, 1891-1942; pencil sketch, signed). Grant Wood is a major figure in American art, the artist who produced the iconic “American Gothic” in 1930. Born in Iowa, he studied at the Academie Julian in France, but returned to the American Midwest for the rest of his career. “American Gothic” is one of world’s most famous paintings.

• “Reclining Nude” by Earl Steffa Moran (American, 1893-1984; oil-on-canvas, signed). Moran is widely considered one of the most important pinup artists of the 20th century. He studied at the Art Institute in Chicago and the Art Student’s League in New York before joining Brown & Bigelow as an illustrator in 1932. He painted the young Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe) numerous times.

Speaking of Marilyn Monroe, this auction will also feature a Marilyn item that would be coveted by any collector: the famous nude centerfold photo from the very first issue of Playboy magazine in 1954, signed by the late legend. The rare photo was originally given to Monroe as a gift by the photographer who took it. She later inscribed it to Roy Figenbaum, a handyman at MGM, as a gift.

rolex-watch.jpgThe centerpiece item in the estate jewelry group is an original factory Rolex Masterpiece 18k white gold ladies’ watch, brand new in the box with papers, with factory diamond bracelet, factory diamond bezel and factory mother of pearl and diamond dial. It is the finest ladies’ watch Rolex makes. Very few are produced, and anyone lucky enough to find one would probably pay around $100,000.

Other jewelry pieces include a rare and stunning heart-cut diamond solitaire ring; a ladies’ ring in platinum, with a 4.50 carat natural cushion cut sapphire flanked by .50 ct. total weight baguettes; a 3.60 ct. Assher cut ring in platinum with trapezoid cut side stones; and a 2.90 ct. princess cut ring in fancy canary yellow with half moon side stones. In all, 50-75 jewelry pieces will be sold.

Vintage canes are a genre of collectible that has been gaining traction in recent years, and this auction will feature several, including a breech load gun cane (don’t bring this to the airport, folks); an R.M. Foster alligator cane; a pencil gadget cane in bamboo with 18k gold mounts; and a carved ivory “rape cane” made for women in the 1880s and complete with built-in emergency whistle.

tiffany-lamp.jpgQuite possibly the rarest lamp to come on the auction market this year will be offered: a Tiffany Studios Black-Eyed Susan table lamp, with original patina ribbed library base. The glass used to create this lamp is exceptional, including cat’s eye centers. It also boasts very rare “paperweight” glass on the bottom three rows. At 22” tall x 16” in diameter, it is expected to fetch $40,000-$60,000.

An original, vintage stained glass layered glass window, beautifully crafted with Oriental depictions and titled “Japanese Lanterns,” was installed at the historic Kimball House in Atlanta for years and has been consigned for this sale. The Kimball House was a venerable hotel built in the 19th century. It stood for years before its demolition in the 1960s. It was Atlanta’s grand downtown hotel.

The auction will be held from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Gallery 63’s spacious showroom facility, at 4577 Roswell Road, in the fashionable Buckhead section of Atlanta. Gallery 63 is currently accepting consignments for its March 16 multi-estate sale To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call (404) 252-2555, or e-mail them at [email protected] The web address is www.gallery63.net.

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