Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26

Las Vegas Auction To Present Over 330 Lots Of Western-Related Antiques Across A Spectrum Of Categories

January 12, 2018

Morphy Auctions is pleased to announce its Gold Rush, Western, and Native American Auction to be held on Friday, Jan. 26, starting at noon EST. January is a fantastic time to visit Las Vegas, and this sale is perfectly timed to fit into a mid-winter getaway to this popular travel destination. All items in this sale are on display in Mophy’s Las Vegas gallery and are available for preview.
Native American cultural materials and armaments are two highlight categories in this comprehensive sale. These extraordinary treasures and artifacts, made by hand with the finest attention to detail and craftsmanship, demonstrate the perfect intersection of elegant form and function. Lot #17, a hide Prairie tobacco bag, is estimated at $10,000-20,000. This circa 1860 example is detailed with beaded contour floral motifs and tab drops with cutouts and retains traces of its early and original paint. And lot #6, a Santee Sioux hide scout shirt, is estimated at $10,000-15,000. This rarity dating from the 1880s features fringe and quill work in floral patterns on both the front and back panels.
It’s time to get a handle on this sale’s selection of museum quality hand weapons. Lot #5, a circa 1860 Eastern Plains or Western Great Lakes gun stock club, is estimated at $30,000-50,000. This decorated example has a pierced triangular base, recessed grip, and an exaggerated steel blade set into the crook. The blade is pierced twice and inlaid with the words "Little Hill" in brass. Lot #12, a Cheyenne pipe tomahawk with a beaded drop, is estimated at $30,000-50,000. Its shaft is accented with brass tacks and a heavily beaded leather drop with fringe. The reverse side of the drop is lined with red calico fabric. And lot #16, a late 19th-century Southern Plains pictorial pipe tomahawk, is estimated at $20,000-35,000. This artifact, with provenance to the Marvin L. Lince collection, has a beautiful file branded hardwood haft with brass tack decorations and a carved mouth-piece. The blade is engraved with a morning star, a southern flames element, and a battle scene depicting two warriors in combat, possibly a Pawnee and Cheyenne brave.
Antique advertising materials relating to America’s western expansion and all things gold-rush related are well represented in this sale. Finely curated selections of “Go West” themed materials are on offer, including signs, posters, paintings, and other ephemeral categories. A 14-carat opportunity here is lot #66, a circa 1870 Everts, Wilson & Co. double sided wooden painted sign offering “gold dust bought.” Estimated at $50,000-100,000, this piece of history and folk art is pictured in Jann Garvis’ “Roar of the Monitors.” And lot #55, a small Wells Fargo & Co. wooden strong box with its original leather handles, is estimated at $10,000-$20,000. This petite example, circa 1880, retains its original green paint and off-white lettering. Its interior is stamped "Manufactured by J.Y. Ayer 3740 Seventeenth St. S.F. Cal." 
Collectors are certain to appreciate the rock star selections of antique gold quartz jewelry and accessories offered. A gem in its own right is lot #162, a women’s solid gold and gold quartz pin, estimated at $2,000-4,000. The circa 1860s showstopper features stippled gold detailing, a center oval inlaid with equal parts black and grey gold quartz, and ends highlighted with period black enamel designs.
Three presentation canes are also walk-off favorites in the gold quartz category. The first is lot #237, a gold quartz example dated 1866. It is decorated with a 14-carat knob inlaid with beautiful oval quartz panels and a top quartz panel and estimated at $20,000-30,000. The second is a gold quartz presentation cane dated 1869. This rarity, decorated with an engraved 14-carat knob topped with a beautiful quartz panel, is estimated at $10,000-15,000. And the third is lot #160, an ebony walking stick with a 14-carat gold and gold quartz handle, estimated at $5,000-10,000. This circa 1860 treasure is engraved "To Captain W. Baker Ship Swallow F.H. Allen" and features alternating floral panels on its handle.
Now would be a perfect time to consider the 50 lots of fine antique pocket watches available through this sale. Lot #325, a circa 1899 Waltham 18-carat gold quartz hunting case pocket watch decorated with eight inlaid alternating panels of gold quartz and agate surrounding eight different California mineral specimens, is estimated at $40,000-60,000. It is detailed with a white enamel single sunk dial with roman numerals and blued steel hands and includes a 15-inch-long buckle-link pocket watch chain with five double sided inlays of gold quartz. Lot #322, a rare, circa 1890s 18-carat rose gold California gold quartz Waltham hunting case pocket watch, is estimated at $15,000-30,000. Its cover is beautifully decorated with eight inlaid panels of gold quartz with alternating shades of pink and white surrounding a hand engraved relief of a California bear in yellow gold. Its reverse simply glows with a wonderful but subtle hand engraved border. And lot #205, a 14-carat Elgin National Watch Co. hunting case pocket watch decorated with multi-color gold flowers, leaves, and a realistic depiction of a California mountain lion, is estimated at $6,000-10,000. The circa 1889 item features a stunning fancy porcelain-enamel dial in incredible condition and gold filigree hands and includes an eye-catching 15-inch-long, six linked gold quartz chain in rose gold.
This sale rounds out with a refreshing blend of outstanding antique back bar bottles, taxidermy, gold nuggets, silver, and other mostly 19th-century themed western finds. A sterling example here is lot #141, an 1889 Silverton railroad pass issued by Otto Mears. It depicts a vignette of the Colorado countryside as a small train runs through it. This hot ticket is estimated at $7,000-10,000. The Silverton Railroads served the Silverton mining communities in Colorado around the turn of the 19th century. These passes were issued by Otto Mears to only a select few patrons of his railroad, and it allowed them to ride the rails compliments of Otto himself. And lot #67, an extremely rare pair of forged iron Republica Mexicana round rowel spurs from circa 1850, are estimated at $6,000-9,000. Getting right to the point, these spurs feature a rattlesnake shank with 2.75-inch diameter early clock gear filigreed flower pattern rowels and small swinging buttons and rollers.
"We are excited to welcome both new and repeat customers to our January 2018 Gold Rush, Western, and Native American sales event in Las Vegas. The selections of gold quartz accessories, watches, and jewelry in this sale are the finest I can ever recall. These items are simply spectacular, and photos alone cannot do them justice or capture the magical way the light plays off the stones and gold ore. For example, the Waltham 18-carat gold and gold quartz hunting case pocket watch is just extraordinary in person. We welcome you to visit our gallery in Las Vegas to view these rarities in person, or, of course, check them out online anytime at www.morphyauctions.com,” said Dan Morphy.
Antiques & Auction News Article: Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26
Antiques & Auction News Article: Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26
Antiques & Auction News Article: Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26
Antiques & Auction News Article: Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26
Antiques & Auction News Article: Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26
Antiques & Auction News Article: Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26
Antiques & Auction News Article: Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26
Antiques & Auction News Article: Morphy Auctions' Gold Rush, Western, And Native American Sale Set For Jan. 26

 

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