A GENTLEMAN’S AUCTION for Gentlemanly Pursuits & Collectors at Garth’s

Is it a longing for the rugged, authentic lifestyle of days gone by or a luxury indulgence of today that tempts collectors? Either way, Garth’s of Delaware, Ohio will offer a taste of it all during A Gentleman’s Auction featuring Sporting Firearms, Rare Wine & Spirits, Advertising, Taxidermy & more on Friday, November 1, 2013. “In sharing our enthusiasm for a handful of consignments that we procured earlier this year (the Westlake Cache, the Clenet Coachworks car, the Louis Vuitton trunk, the 19th century cabin), the staff discussed the possibility of curating an auction inspired by and geared toward gentlemanly pursuits,” explained Jeff Jeffers, CEO of Garth’s. “As we spoke with more and more consignors, enthusiasm for the concept spread – and the result is an interesting and unique assortment of jewelry, furnishings and collectibles that hold broad appeal within a common collecting audience. It will be a perfect opportunity to pick up an item for a man cave, office or even garage!”

1989 Clenet Cabriolet* to be sold November 1 at Garth's Auctions in Delaware, Ohio

1989 Clenet Cabriolet* to be sold November 1 at Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio

One of the highlights of the auction is certain to be a “1989 Clenet Coachworks Cabriolet*.” Harkening to the design aesthetics and curvilinear forms of the 1930s while utilizing modern technology, the Clenet name became the epitome of luxury and style throughout the late 20th century. By all accounts, this magnificent car was hand-assembled for a group of investors (who were interested in reforming Clenet Coachworks) with oversight by the renowned Leonard Rivero, founder of Dragon Coachworks. With only 16046 original miles, this car has won over 300 awards and over 100 best in shows in car expositions throughout North America and, should the buyer desire, its trophy collection comes along for the ride to a new home. As one of the only 1989 Cabriolets built, it is a significant piece of Clenet Coachworks history. Car enthusiasts will be clamoring for all the amenities within including the 302 fuel injected Ford V8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power windows, air conditioning, black diamond mirror finish, cut glass side windows, crystal hood ornament, mahogany running boards, chrome side pipes, leather seats, hand loomed wool carpet, wool upholstered head liner, burl wood high gloss dash, walnut gear shift knob, cut crystal backlit front and rear ash receivers, and a 24k gold plated steering wheel signed Enzo Nardi. The estimate is $75,000-85,000.

Whether embarking on a journey or taking a short trip in your new car, to be truly dapper one should own a legendary Louis Vuitton monogrammed dome-top trunk. A true statement piece, the hinged lid and front panel each open to reveal a fitted interior with tray over two drawers, and the label reading “Louis Vuitton 875538, Av Marcea 78 bis Paris, Nice. 2Ave De Suede”. The estimate is $1,000-2,000, which is also the expected range for the Louis Vuitton Damier canvas Pegase 55 suitcase. It’s the ideal carry-on size.
For the alcohol enthusiast or aficionado in your life, there will be several choice lots available. Take this opportunity to own a crate of Coronet Dry Gin. This American gin crate from the 1st quarter-20th century contains twelve one bottle quarts and was produced by Corning and Company Distillers, Peoria, IL (estimate $2,000-4,500). Four individual quarts of gin will be offered and estimated at $150-250 each. If you prefer a Canadian whiskey, better know as rye whisky, look no further than the one quart of Old Quaker Rye Whiskey. Rye, the prevalent whiskey of the northeastern states largely disappeared after prohibition; which is why this unopened original package of Rye is sure to capture many bidder’s attention (estimate $400-600). The assorted lots of Coronet Gin and Old Quaker Whiskey come from “The Westlake Cache” (as it became known). The cache was saved from certain destruction in the 1970s when the consignor’s father and a few of his friends negotiated for more than 4 cases of pre-Prohibition rye whiskey and gin from the heirs to a prominent Cleveland estate whose family had been instrumental in the establishment of The National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Hoping to avoid an embarrassing public acknowledgement of the extensive cache, the heirs happily struck a quick deal with the men who were determined to “assist with this worthy mission to save the liquor from its current predicament and certain death at the hands of the criminally sober.” Sadly, the father passed away in December, 2012, shortly before he passed, he shared the secrets of the Westlake Cache with his son. Dont’ forget the three lots of each with twenty-four bottles of Chivas Brothers LTD Royal Salute Scotch Whiskey from Scotland (estimate $1,000-2,000) or the individual bottles of Montrachet, Madeira, port, and more to be sold.

The epitome of a “guy’s getaway” can now belong to you 365 days a year. A 19th-century Ohio log cabin, originally constructed in northeast Ohio is of traditional log and chink construction with a typical stone-ended chimney and interior featuring one room with sleeping loft above and walk-out basement below. In 1936, the cabin was purchased and moved to Gallipolis, Ohio. In 1937, it was unfortunately swept into the Ohio River. The current owners personally oversaw its’ reconstruction and used it over the years as sleeping quarters and an entertainment area for guests. In the 1960’s in was used briefly as a bookstore and today it stands on a hill, overlooking the Ohio river, as an historic landmark. Estimated at $4,000-6,000, this piece of history can be your backyard conversation piece.

Furnish your new cabin with all the things you like best. Perhaps a Jost “Des Petits Chevaux” Games Table suits you? When the lid is removed. a felted, circular track with horse and jockey is revealed for gaming fun (estimate $2,000-3,000). Of the 45+ early advertising signs, the Duke’s Tobacco sign and door push (estimate $1,000-2,000 and $400-600) are made from colorful enameled porcelain. A taxidermy zebra shoulder mount or a black bear cub, each atop a wooden pedestal, are likely to be the topic of conversation in any room (estimate $1,000-2,000 and $800-1,200, respectively). Thirty-five lots of sporting firearms are available from reasonable prices of $100-300 for the novice collector or up to $5,000-7,000 for a specialty weapon such as the Franz Sodia Ferlach long gun (featuring extensive landscape engraving with hunting dog and game , pistol grip, sling swivels, built-in trap cartridge door on butt stock, and a German Ajax scope) for the more advanced collector. For those who fancy a bit more bling on themselves (versus in their decor), a wristwatch, set of cufflinks, or ring with gemstones might be the right choice. Over 40 lots of fine and vintage men’s jewelry are to be sold and a Swiss Corum Trapeze 18K rose gold self-winding wristwatch (estimate $3,500-4,500) is just one of a dozen watches to cross the block.

Shane David Hall, specialist for this sale notes, “A year in the making, this auction represents a gentlemanly way of living; from cocktail shakers to jewelry to advertising signs to cars, these are beautiful examples of a well curated lifestyle.” Garth’s A Gentleman’s Auction catalog is online at www.garths.com. Preview hours in the Delaware, Ohio gallery will be available October 25th through November 1st or by special appointment. For further information or to order a catalog, please contact [email protected] or call 740-362-4771.

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