Two suburban sales this weekend will offer decorative objects suitable for holiday gifts - along with a couple of larger pieces.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Gordon S. Converse, based in Strafford, will offer 284 lots of holiday gifts, mostly clocks, but also jewelry, antiques, and decorative items at an all-online auction. Most have modest three-figure presale estimates, according to the online auction catalog, where bids are already being submitted.

The clocks, a Converse specialty, range from a Seth Thomas "arch-top" design, expected to bring $250 to $400, to a Herschede tubular-chime hall clock, with a presale estimate of $7,000 to $15,000. The clocks include a key-wound, bank-vault timer with porcelain dials, to set for opening a bank vault ($40 to $120).

Presale estimates on the jewelry range from $20 to $60 for a pair of Nordic-style cufflinks to $3,000 to $6,000 for a 14-inch necklace of diamonds and 14-karat gold. A padlock ankle or wrist bracelet is attracting early online bidding ($60 to $150).

Miscellaneous items range from a paperweight in the form of a swimming dolphin ($40 to $100) to a carved display cabinet of olive or burl-walnut veneer ($3,000 to $6,000) to a large music Swiss orchestra music box ($2,000 to $4,000).

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Folk and primitives at Conestoga. Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Conestoga Auctions will conduct a winter antiques auction at its gallery at 768 Graystone Rd. in Manheim that also will be carried online at LiveAuctions. While billed as an antiques sale, the auction emphasizes folk and primitive art that will appeal to holiday shoppers for convenience in handling, decorativeness, and affordability, with almost none of the 875 lots expected to exceed three figures.

The sale opens with three dozen lots of redware pottery by such makers as L. Breininger and C.N. Foltz, including a 101/2-inch 1981 Breininger "Christmas Cookies" plate with a presale estimate of $40 to $100. It moves on to miscellaneous works by well-known area artists, including a 1975 Hattie Brunner watercolor of a winter scene with a train ($500 to $800) and an oil-on-velvet theorem by David Y. Ellinger, depicting a Canton bowl of flowers, with a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000 (one of the few four-figure items).

Typical of the primitive and folk quality of many of the auction's pieces are two works in metal: a hanging tin corner shelf with bird-in-branch cutouts on its sides ($40 to $80), and a 20th-century animal-face sculpture made of scrap parts, including a rake head and plow disk ($100 to $300). A tin rooster-silhouette weathervane attributed to Ellinger has a presale estimate of $200 to $400.

Of course, there are 18 decoys and bird carvings, but they are complemented by a cast-iron canvasback duck decoy ($100 to $300) and such less-familiar collectibles as molded earthenware "still" banks, most in the shape of apples, with presale estimates of $50 to $150.

Other wood carvings include a Strawser miniature tree with 12 painted birds on its twigs ($100 to $300); a June and Walter Gottshall carousel, with four polychrome painted steeds ($400 to $600); and a Gottshall pull-toy of a bird riding on the back of a pig, signed and dated 1984 ($40 to $80).

Predictably, the sale will feature two dozen lots of stoneware, notably a signed John Horting one-gallon jug with a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000. There are a dozen clocks, notably a mid-19th-century Vincenti & Cie French bronze-and-marble figural mantel clock, expected to bring $2,500 to $4,500, but there also are two dozen pocket watches with presale estimates in the low hundreds.

The sale also features lighting, notably a signed and numbered Handel boudoir lamp with frosted glass shade that has a presale estimate of $600 to $1,200, as well as a large number of flat-bottom "skater's lanterns," intended to illuminate the ice at night, including a brass "baby" lantern with a presale estimate of $300 to $500.

Furniture and wood work. The auction then turns to larger items, including an early-20th-century American carousel horse, with a $2,000-to-$3,000 presale estimate; an 18th-century Jacob Mollinger Lancaster County Queen Anne walnut tall-case clock, with a presale estimate of $8,000 to $15,000, the auction's highest; and other 18th- and 19th-century rustic and fine furniture, including a number of quartersawn oak pieces.

Smaller cabinetry works include turned wooden bowls and candle boxes and an unusual burled-wood footstool whose four protruding legs are roots - suggesting it was once a tree stump ($60 to $150).

The auction continues with advertising signs, including a rare Studebaker Erskin Service sign dating to the late 1920s ($2,000 to $4,000); tribal items, including a carved wooden face mask ($60 to $150); architectural items, including a 16-inch sandstone garden sphere ($100 to $300); a quantity of good pottery; kitchen items, including a graduated set of three cast-iron cauldrons with swing handles; 30 lots of export china; 40 lots of blown glass bottles; and artwork.

The artwork includes a C.H. Shearer 1887 moonlight landscape ($500 to $1,000) and a framed and matted picture of Lincoln, embellished with strands of Lincoln's hair and a certificate of authenticity. It has a presale estimate of $200 to $400.

Previews are from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to sale time Saturday. For further information, call 717-898-7284.