Sales during the next few days will offer pottery, vintage weapons, horse-drawn carriages, and taxidermy, as well as family heirlooms to benefit a Victorian house museum.
The heirlooms are from the estate of Margaret Grant Hawley, a longtime volunteer at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion at 200 W. Tulpehocken St. in Germantown and one of its earliest supporters when it was saved from destruction in the 1970s.
The auction will be conducted at Hawley's residence, 40 W. Tulpehocken St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Included are antique china porcelain, crystal, paintings, and the contents of a graphic-arts studio including gelatin photographs made by Claire Kofsky.
For more information, call 215-438-1861.
Art pottery sale. The pottery will be offered beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 S. Oxford Valley Rd., Falls Township, in conjunction with the American Art Pottery Association's convention there Saturday and Sunday. The 335 pieces, to be offered by Belhorn Auction Services of Columbus, Ohio, also are being sold online at www.auctionzip.com
Among the top items are a 61/2-inch Weller Glendale vase (presale estimate $275 to $350), a 1913 Rookwood vellum glaze vase ($400 to $500), a Roseville Persian creamware floral wall vase ($325 to $350), and a unique Paul J. Katrich luster vessel titled "Catch a Falling Star" ($1,400 to $1,700). Among the bargains: a 51/2-inch art tile depicting Don Quixote and Sancho Panza ($30 to $50).
For further information, call association president Arnie Small at 609-407-9997 or go to www.aapa.info
Lancaster County carriage sale. In Lancaster County, Martin Auctioneers will conduct its 40th anniversary carriage auction at the Lebanon Fairgrounds, 80 Rocherty Rd.
The first session, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, is a catalog sale devoted to more than 150 lots of coaches, carriages, and sleighs. Among the more unusual vehicles are a three-seat surrey; a Saylor wagon, known as a coal-box buggy because of its large receptacle for transporting the fuel; a Brewster-made skeleton-boot Victoria; a horse-drawn "limousine" capable of seating at least six passengers; and a two-thirds-scale model of a Concord stagecoach.
The session also will include marathon and competition vehicles, many made by Kuhnle, and harnesses, lamps, and other appointments. At 4 p.m., the session will continue Martin's liquidation of the estate of Gilbert V.H. Sheck with a sale of about 75 lots of pictures, books, and tweed sport jackets.
The second session, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, will be devoted to trucks and horse-and-carriage trailers, saddles, and some antiques. For further information, call 717-354-6671.
Weapons at Wilson's. The weapons will be featured by Wilson's Auction beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the gallery in Chester Heights. The 40 to be offered include World War II and Civil War pieces, among them one with ties to the Philadelphia area. The World War II pieces include nine disabled machine guns (all with presale estimates of $200 to $1,000, according to auction officials), such as a German Mauser MG34, a British Bren MK1, and a Soviet APSH Model 1941.
The Civil War pieces include five carbines, notably a Spencer breech-loading repeating carbine with a seven-shot magazine ($1,300 to $1,800) and a Burnside breech-loading single-shot carbine made around 1864 ($2,000 to $2,500).
The weapon with local ties is a six-shot single-action .32-caliber rimfire pistol with a grooved 6¾-inch barrel that belonged to Col. Amos W. Bachman. A native of Lancaster County, he moved to Philadelphia, where, except during his military service, he was a lifelong teacher.
The pistol was made by D.D. Cone of Washington, which patented and made experimental guns between 1860 and 1867. It has a presale estimate of $1,500 to $2,500.
The auction also will feature a World War II samurai sword ($800 to $1,200), a 1.51-carat diamond solitaire ring ($2,000 to $3,000), and several works of art, notably an abstract by Doris Staffel dating to the first Philadelphia Art Festival in 1937 ($500 to $700).
The preview will be from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the gallery, 344 Valleybrook Rd. For further information, call 610-358-9515 or go to www.wbauction.com
Taxidermy at Alderfer. The taxidermy will be offered by Alderfer Auction & Appraisals beginning at noon Tuesday at the gallery, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield. Online bidding is also available through Artfact Live.
The auction will open with nine lots of deer and caribou heads expected to sell for $100 to $200, followed by a full-body-mount Alberta grizzly bear with a presale estimate of $1,000 to $1,500. Other figures include a mountain goat ($500 to $700), a mouflon sheep ($300 to $500), a coyote ($300 to $400), and a pair of ringneck pheasants ($100 to $200).
The sale also features a grizzly-bear rug and capes, plaques, and other mounts, including a Texas longhorn-steer shoulder mount ($500 to $700).
The preview will be from 8 a.m. to sale time Tuesday. For more information, call 1-800-577-8846, Ext. 3023.