Lots of auctions take us into November

This week’s Collectors Journal is packed with very useful information about a variety of vintage items and antiques. Harry Rinker’s column is particularly interesting as it talks about the historical context of antiques compared with the “backstory” of the item.

And we also have a Halloween-themed column from Terry and Kim Kovel, giving us some background information on how Halloween got started as a popular, but unofficial holiday. Anne Gilbert offers up some advice and information about cigar supplies collecting and the Ad World brings us info on Ken-L-Ration dog and pet food. It’s always interesting for me to edit the stories for each issue and learn about something new!

And, of course, there are plenty of interesting auctions and sales coming up in the next few weeks. Here’s a list of upcoming auctions I received via e-mail: Please note that a couple of these auctions begin today, Oct. 30, our publication date for this week: Morphy Auctions strives to make each of its sales a special occasion. That would be the case with Morphy’s Oct. 30-Nov. 2 Premier Firearms, Militaria & Sporting Auction, which has been on the minds of antique and vintage gun enthusiasts since the dates were first announced. The big four-day event spans 350 years of firearms production, starting with a 1675 Dutch flintlock pistol and progressing through our nation’s history at war. Of special note are two well-documented guns of the Old West whose importance cannot be overstated: an 1890s Colt single-action Army revolver that belonged to Dodge City’s fabled sheriff Wyatt Earp, and an 1873 Winchester rifle used by the legendary Chief Rain-In-The-Face. The Earp gun, which has extensive family provenance and documentation, is expected to make $75,000-$100,000; while the rifle belonging to the feared Lakota-Sioux Chief who claimed responsibility for killing General George Custer at Little Big Horn is estimated at $200,000-$250,000. The auction will open with one of the largest offerings of fully automatic weapons ever to come to public auction. “This category is the hottest part of the gun market at the moment,” said Morphy’s Class III firearms expert John Keene. The Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2018 Premier Firearms Auction will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time at Morphy’s gallery in Denver, Pa. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. Questions: call 877-968-8880, email dan.morphy@morphyauctions.com Online: www.morphyauctions.com.

A 491-lot Estate Treasures Auction is slated for Tuesday, October 30th, by Nye & Company Auctioneers, online and at the firm's gallery in Bloomfield, N.J. Fine and decorative arts in a wide range of categories will cross the auction block, mostly pulled from prominent estates and collections. Offered will be English and American furniture, art glass, sculptures, jewelry, fine art, Americana, Flora Danica porcelain and more. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Nye at (973) 984-6900; or, you can e-mail him at john@nyeandcompany.com.

A fine art auction is planned for Thursday, November 1st, by Woodshed Art Auctions, online and at 500 Gallery in Franklin, Mass. It's a tidy sale, with just 58 lots, but it's packed with some of the biggest names in all of art history: Monet, Warhol, Basquiat, Lam, Pollock, Garcia, Derain and the sale's headliner: Thomas Gainsborough. A study attributed to the renowned English painter is expected to sell for $75,000-$100,000. People can register and bid now, at www.woodshedartauctions.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Bruce Wood at (508) 533-6277; or, you can e-mail him at bruce@woodshedartauctions.com.

A massive, two-day, 670-lot auction takes place November 9th and 10th by Woody Auction, online and at the firm's auction hall in Douglass, Kansas. Offered will be an incredible selection of sterling silver, music boxes and phonographs, dolls, original artwork by Birger Sandzen, 1st edition proof sets, Mt. Washington and Burmese, art glass, an historic Matthew Brady traveling photograph set, Native American jewelry and more. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jason Woody at (316) 747-2694; or, you can e-mail him at info@woodyauction.com.

Have a wonderful week, and again, Happy Halloween! Please contact us with Auction Action news; Mystery items (and solves); club and convention news and other antique-related matters. Reach us at editor@collectorsjournal.com; meego929@aol.com or at (319) 472-4763.