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Auction Watch: Diverse items include coins, ceramics

| Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, 8:50 p.m.
Grizzly encounter: This pewter sculpture of a cowboy encountering a bear is aptly called “How Legends are Made.” Estimate: $300-$500.
Time passages: This antique mahogany pillar and scroll shelf clock has whiled away the hours for many years. Estimate: $400-$600.
Local light: This reverse-painted lamp, decorated with a warm landscape, was produced in Pittsburgh. Estimate: $400-$600 Three Rivers Auction Co.

Auction Watch

Three Rivers will offer an early 19th-century quilt that may have belonged to the father of legendary industrialist Henry Clay Frick. Meanwhile, Constantine & Pletcher starts off December with a cornucopia of goods from various consignors.

Constantine & Pletcher

December opens with another two-part sale at Constantine & Pletcher. The uncataloged morning session delivers holiday shoppers a selection of toys, glassware, pottery and furniture from a Westmoreland County consignor. After the opener wraps up, the main event hopes to cash in with a sizable collection of coins and currency. With enough coins to keep everyone's pockets jingling throughout the holidays, the “easy” money up for grabs includes mint and proof sets and even some stamps.

Picture this, if you will. A collection of daguerreotypes will hit the target of anyone who favors ladies with big guns, as these early photos capture sharpshooting women with various types of firearms. Everyone loves a photo of Marilyn Monroe or Clark Gable, but so many others in Hollywood struggled and suffered in vain for celluloid hero status. A stash of old “glossies” and autographs from a nearly forgettable cast of B-list actors who never really struck gold on the silver screen points out how fleeting or hard to capture fame can be.

Almost everything that glitters at the company's Cheswick showroom is gold. Among the more-sparkling items are 26 14-karate gold pins, many 10- and 14-karat gold items, Native American silver jewelry and 10 gold pocket watches.

A large collection of etchings, engravings, paintings and recast Remington bronze sculptures are the standouts in the art grouping. In glass and ceramic, the usual suspects include Limoges and Royal Doulton, with a strong emphasis on “sporting” themes. Among the miscellany, bidders will find a leather saddle, antique Persian rugs and railroad lanterns.

The sale preview is from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and 8 to 9 a.m. Dec. 1. Bidding starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 1 for the uncataloged sale, with the cataloged auctions starting at noon. Previews and sales are at the Constantine & Pletcher showroom, 1306 Pittsburgh St., Cheswick.

Details: 723-275-7190

Three Rivers Auction Co.

Following up on its successful Nov. 3 event, which included a pair of Chinese vases that fetched more than $28,000, Three Rivers Auction Co. returns with a sale Tuesday brimming with vintage and antique furniture, country collectibles, artwork and jewelry, to mention a few categories.

On an historical note, a relatively plain quilt from the early 1800s covers up a rich background. Made by one Mary Newcomer, the quilt provided plenty of warmth on the John Frick farm near Mt. Pleasant. And, yes, that farm was the birthplace of one Henry Clay Frick, who grew up to become one of the richest men in the world. Although no proof exists that the quilt ever provided a bit of warmth for the younger Frick, a well-worn Civil War era bible, also in the sale, states that Thaddeus C. Long inherited at some point. Whether it's the quilt or the bible, bidders can lay claim to a small portion of the Frick legacy.

A diverse sale, the bill of goods includes Oriental rugs, a Stickley country-style ladderback chair, a Heywood Wakefield dining-room set, a Henkel-Harris Chippendale-style mahogany tall chest, a nice made-in-Pittsburgh reverse painted lamp, an 18th-century Lowestoft china cream jug and cup, a perfect-for-the holidays Transferware turkey platter, crocks from Hamilton & Jones and other notable makers and plenty of glassware, silver and art.

Prospective bidders can preview the goods from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the sale, at 382 W. Chestnut St., Washington, Pa. Details: 724-222-8020

John Altdorfer is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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