Briggs Auction Holiday Gift Guide

No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, Briggs Auction has you covered!
Curl up with the November 22nd Fine Estates Catalog and bid on unique pieces for the loved ones in your life. 

 

For the Entertainer:
Lot 5 – Marquetry Inlaid Mahogany Oval Service Tray
Lot 38 – R. Lalique William Cocktail Glasses
Lot 129 – Wedgwood China Service
Lot 350 – Gilt Decorated Venetian Stemware
Lot 393 – Modern Extension Dining Table

For the Design Lover:
Lot 53 – Italian Giltwood Mirrors
Lot 59 – French Bagues-style Rock Crystal Sconces
Lot 71 – Edward Wormley for Dunbar Janus Coffee Table
Lot 112 – Chippendale Four Drawer Chest 
Lot 271 – Porcelain Exotic Bird Figures

For the Glitz & Glam:
Lot 219 – Cartier Necklace
Lot 234 – Diamond Engagement Ring
Lot 241 – Silver & Turquoise Necklace
Lot 293 – Hermès Scarf 

For the Art Collector:
Lot 130 – Edith Parsons Bronze Fountain Sculpture, Turtle Baby
Lot 257 – James Walsham Baldock Oil on Canvas, Equestrian Landscape
Lot 275 – H. Clay Dahlberg Bronze Sculpture, A Mother’s Wrath
Lot 332 – John O’Neill Watercolor with Acrylic, View From A Window
Lot 533 – Miles G. Batt Oil on Canvas, Often Shiny Offy

 

Don’t forget to download the Briggs Auction app on your Smartphone device!
Bidding on the go means you never have to leave the comfort of your home.
We can even refer you to our preferred shippers so that it can be delivered straight to your door! 

Happy Holidays, from all of us at Briggs Auction. X

Halloween Candy for Troops, First Responders, and Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Operation Gratitude Halloween Give-Back Campaign Underway
Candy for a Cause: Donations Distributed to Deployed Troops and Local Heroes

Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. 10/14/19 
Teaching children the value of giving back by donating Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists.

This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude at local collection site: Briggs Auction’s Garnet Valley Showroom. The sweet treats will be included along with handwritten thank you letters in Care Packages sent to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, and hand delivered to Veterans and First Responders serving in their local communities.

Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2018, more than 440,000 pounds of candy was donated to Operation Gratitude and distributed to America’s heroes in signature Operation Gratitude Care Packages and local deliveries around the country.

“Operation Gratitude’s mission is to thank all who serve, forging strong bonds between grateful Americans and the Heroes who serve and protect them,” according to Kevin Schmiegel, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and CEO of Operation Gratitude. “The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service, sacrifice and generosity.”

Candy and handwritten thank you letters for deployed Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders will be collected at Briggs Auction, 1347 Naamans Creek Road, Garnet Valley PA until November 5th from 9am-5pm. Visit www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy to learn more.

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About Operation Gratitude

Demonstrating that actions speak louder than words, Operation Gratitude is a national nonprofit organization that provides tangible ways to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide. Through its customized Care Package programs, Operation Gratitude has provided opportunities for millions of Americans to say “Thank You” to more than 2.3 million of our nation’s Heroes since 2003. In 2019, Operation Gratitude launched its Make Every Minute Count Campaign with the goal of delivering 525,600 Care Packages – one every minute of the year – to Service Members, their families at home, Veterans, and First Responders. Awarded a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and a Platinum rating from Guidestar, 94 percent of Operation Gratitude’s expenditures go directly to programs that support our nation’s men and women in uniform at home and abroad. To learn more, visit www.operationgratitude.com.

 

Local Media Contact: Stephanie Germana, stephanie@briggsauction.com| 610-566-313
Gratitude Media Contact: Communications@operationgratitude.com

Modern Design Sale Featuring The Adelman Collection

Briggs Auction Inc. is excited to announce a Modern Design Auction featuring the Adelman collection of Hockessin, Del., on Friday, Sept. 13. The residence was entirely furnished with quality studio and Danish furniture, decorative and fine arts, and more. Most pieces retain the original receipts and are in excellent condition. 

Shirley Adelman, a native Philadelphian, was a 1949 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She developed a keen sense of modern design and aesthetic in school and later worked for one of the first design studios in Philadelphia. She eventually obtained her interior decorating license and had lifelong love of contemporary design. 
Among the featured items of the Adelman collection to be sold will be a selection of George Nakashima studio furniture, such as a Claro walnut Odakyu end table, a double pedestal desk, and two special room divider cabinets.

A rare set of six Finn Juhl BO 116 teak dining chairs and a Larry and Nancy Buechley studio crafted walnut sofa will also be offered. A Jorgen Hansen and Jens Thuesen for Romweber Futura bar cabinet, and a Zahara Schatz table lamp with decorated plexiglass shade are also in the sale. High-end custom-made post-modern furnishings and decorative arts from other estates round out the auction.

“The Adelmans had an excellent eye for design, and we are honored to sell this collection in its entirety,” said Stephen Turner, Briggs Auction’s business development manager.

A preview will take place Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 12, from noon to 7 p.m.; and Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 9 a.m. The sale will start at 3 p.m.

Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services.

From Thos. Edison to Amelia Earhart…

…by way of Western Union

If you’ve ever seen grainy photos of New York City parades with streams of paper floating everywhere, then you know what “ticker tape” is. But do you know anything about the machines that produce it?

The ticker tape machine was invented in 1867 by an engineer with the American Telegraph Co., Edward A. Calahan. His printing telegraph worked to get stock prices disseminated more quickly, and came to be known as a “stock ticker” due to its rhythmic ticking sound, and was quickly adopted by the New York Stock Exchange.

Within a few years, Thomas Edison, who’d spent his early working years as a telegraph operator was working for Gold and Stock Telegraph, a division of Western Union, and which owned the patents to the stock ticker. Using that knowledge, he began working independently on an improved version of the machine. Among his improvements: he developed the system of printing abbreviated company names as alphabetic symbols followed by the stock transaction information on long, narrow continuous-feed strips of paper.

Between 1871 and 1874 The NY Stock Exchange bought nearly 5,000 of Edison’s “Universal Stock Printer” machines, before buying the rights to the machine in order to manufacture them and sell stock quotation services to brokers. Offices up and down Wall Street kept tickers furiously generating tape when the stock market was open. Office workers quickly saw that throwing those long streams of tape out the windows was loads of fun during city celebrations, hence the term “ticker tape parade”. (1)

Fun Fact: 5,438 tons of paper were thrown during the 1945 celebration of the end of WW II: the most in parade history. (2)

Want to own a piece of history? Take a look at lot 50 in our February 15th Estate Antiques, Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. Up for auction is an antique Thomas Edison Western Union ticker tape machine, Model 35-A, serial #11858. The machine sits on a cast iron base under a glass dome, and would make a most interesting focal point for any home- or traditional office. Pre-auction estimate: $2,000 – 4,000.

Click to view the full auction details and catalog.

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Sources:

1. A History of Wall Street’s Stock Tickers, The Institute (The IEEE News Source), by the IEEE History Center Staff, October 2017.

2. By The Numbers: Ticker Tape Parades, CNN, by Emily Smith, CNN and Evelyn Andrews, Special to CNN, July 2015.

 

 


 

Thank You For Your Support!

 

Thank you for making Operation Warm & our Halloween Candy collection resounding successes!

 

Thanks to our very so very generous customers, we’ve collected a great many items for our Operation Warm clothing and blanket drive for Cityteam Cheser. Our collection table is overflowing, and we’ll be making our first drop-off very soon, so all the donations can be put to good use!

We’re continuing the drive through January, so if you’re looking for a place to “lose” that ugly hat you got from Great Aunt Martha for Christmas, keep us in mind…

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Another Extra-Large Thank You to all who donated to our Halloween candy drive for our Troops and First Responders. Thanks to you (and with some help from the Girl Scouts), we shipped nearly 400 pounds of candy! Maybe we should have sent some toothbrushes, too!

Halloween Candy for Troops, First Responders, and Volunteers


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                      

 

Operation Gratitude Halloween Give-Back Campaign Underway

Candy for a Cause: Donations Distributed to Deployed Troops and Local Heroes

 

GARNET VALLEY/PENNSYLVANIA.  October 4, 2018 – Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching them the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude’s Care Package Programs for U.S. Troops, Veterans and First Responders is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists.

This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude at local collection site: The Briggs Auction Showroom. The sweet treats will be included along with handwritten thank you letters in Care Packages sent to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Veterans, and to First Responders serving in their local communities.

Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2017, more than 400,000 pounds of candy was donated to Operation Gratitude and distributed to America’s Heroes through its care package programs.

“Operation Gratitude’s mission is to thank all who serve, bridging the divide between grateful Americans and the Heroes who serve and protect them,” said Kevin Schmiegel, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and CEO of Operation Gratitude. “The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service, sacrifice and generosity.”

Candy and handwritten thank you letters for deployed Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders will be collected at the Briggs Auction Showroom: 1347 Naamans Creek Road, Garnet Valley, PA 19060 until Friday, November 9th. Check the Briggs Auction website (www.briggsauction.com) for hours of operation. Operation Gratitude is also accepting donations of dental floss and travel sized toothpaste, as well as pens and mechanical pencils for deployed troops writing letters home during the holidays. Visit www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/halloween-candy to learn more.

 

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About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude, a 501(c)(3), volunteer-based organization, annually sends 250,000+ care packages to Veterans, New Recruit Graduates, First Responders, Wounded Heroes, Caregivers, and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $50 and $100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 2.1 Million Care Packages.

 

Local Media Contact: Stephanie Germana, Briggs Auction Consignment Manager, stephanie@briggsauction.com| 610-566-3138

Operation Gratitude Media Contact: Samantha O’Neil, samantha@operationgratitude.com

Pablo Picasso Wood Owl Vase to be Sold at Briggs Auction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased to announce its Friday, September 14th auction featuring a curated collection of fine furnishings and decorative arts, including a Pablo Picasso Madoura “Wood Owl” vase, circa 1968.

The vase is made of glazed earthenware clay with a wood owl decoration on a light black patina ground. It is numbered 57/500 and marked “Edition Picasso 57/500 R-146 Madoura”, “Edition Picasso”, and “Madoura Plein Feu”.

Picasso’s association with Suzanne and Georges Ramié would span over 25 years but first began with a trip to the Madoura pottery workshop in 1946. Located in Vallauris, France, the Ramiés allowed Picasso full use of the studio where he used the opportunity to work with clay as a break from painting. The Ramiés went on to produce Picasso’s ceramic works for years to come.

“The entire catalog is strong and well-comprised, but it’s been an absolute pleasure to catalog the wood owl,” says Stephen Turner, Director of Business Development.

Purchased during a trip to Europe, the wood owl vase comes from a private Philadelphia collection. It is estimated to bring $10,000 – $15,000 USD.

Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services. They are based in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. They hold frequent, public estate variety auctions on Fridays and feature a wide array of antique, modern decorator, and quality reproduction furnishings; fine and decorative arts; country antiques and primitives; fine and vintage costume jewelry; silver; fine porcelains, china, glassware, and pottery; collectibles; coins; toys; books; electronics; and discovery lots.The upcoming September 14th auction will begin at 1 p.m. Bidding is available online through Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. Live bidding will also be available in the showroom. For extensive photos, details, and exhibition times, please visit www.BriggsAuction.com.

Meet the Staff: Lori Zytkowicz

If you’ve attended one of our auctions before, chances are you already know Lori. She does it all – calls bids, runs items, clerks – all while being friendly and attentive to both veteran and novice auction-goers alike. Not only does she work for Briggs Auction both as an auctioneer and the Director of Real Estate, but she’s also the Owner and Innkeeper of Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast in West Chester, PA. Enjoy the following conversation with Lori about auction trends, her background, and finding a tooth.

Let’s start at the beginning – how did you end up in the auction business?

I started as a kid in the auction business with a family friend’s auction company. They conducted mostly on-site auctions at the seller’s property but they also had their own auction site. I was about ten years old and “running” paper clerking sheets and then eventually clerking. Clearly I caught the auction bug early, so in 2006 my dad and his friend convinced me to obtain my auctioneer’s license. I started working for Briggs Auction, Inc. in 2008 because I wanted a real hands-on position in the auction industry.

What does your current position entail?

As the Director of Real Estate Sales for Briggs Auction, I am responsible for all aspects of the real estate auction portion of the business which includes the marketing and promotional efforts for these auctions, staffing real estate open houses, conducting the real estate auction, and interacting with many buyers and sellers. I also work all of our Friday night auctions and can call bids, clerk, run items, and manage the online bidding platforms during our bi-weekly auctions and catalog sales.

What is your favorite part about the job?

My favorite part of my job is interacting with the clients – I love to hear the history of their estates, and from where and how their possessions came to be their possessions!

What are some of the trends you’ve noticed in your time at Briggs Auction?

The biggest trend in the auction business is the major shift to online auctions. Many auction houses have done away with live auctions completely. I think in some cases, an online auction makes sense for large collections or large items that may not move as easily, but I would miss the buzz and energy of the live auctions if everything was online. I think a lot of buyers feel the same way.

What do you think the next big trend in the auction business will be?

The market has definitely changed since I’ve been in the business. Although our younger clientele seems less interested in collections or antiques, there is a lot of re-purposing happening as people are more in tune with the environment and recycling efforts. Some of the items that have fallen flat in sales in past years like antique furniture are now more desirable as our buyers will refinish and re-use these pieces. the eco-friendly aspect of our business will keep people coming to the auctions. On the real estate side, many sellers are seeing the benefit of a quicker, as-is sale. Auction is definitely becoming a trendier way to sell property.

What are some of the auction pieces and styles that you’ve incorporated into your own home?

As I own an 1860s home, almost everything I own has come from auction! I think the only thing I ever bought brand new was my own bed. My best auction purchase ever is my 12-foot teak wood dining set and ten chairs – it looks amazing. I have bought a ton of serving pieces, china and kitchen items as well. Lots of fun pieces that you’d never find anywhere else.

What pieces do you love to see come through the auction?

I love unique items like a carousel horse, or an antique tricycle. Weird stuff that makes for a great conversation piece.

What are your suggestions to someone who’s never been to an auction? Why would you encourage someone to attend?

An auction can be intimidating to a potential buyer if they’ve never been. Many people have a fear of attending an auction and think that if they blink or turn the wrong way, we will take their bid and they will buy something unintentionally. A good auctioneer would not let this happen! You will find quality merchandise and unique items that you can’t find anywhere else. I always tell people to just come check it out – it doesn’t cost anything to browse, and they may just find something they can’t live without.

In your opinion, what is the most unusual piece that Briggs Auction has sold?

A gold tooth – I couldn’t believe it ended up here!

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Stop in and say ‘hello’ to Lori on a Friday night and be sure to follow Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast on Facebook for news and events: https://www.facebook.com/Faunbrook/

Show Us How You ‘Briggs Auction’!

by Stephanie Germana

One of the best parts about working in the auction business is getting to know our many customers and their unique auction style. Certain items speak to certain people, and we’re always so curious to find out what an item’s fate is!

In this edition of SOLD!, we take a glimpse at how some of our customers have given their auction finds new life by integrating them into their homes, shops, and ultimately, their lifestyle.

 

Purchased in our June 2018 Fine Estates Auction, this G.W. Sweigart sign has found a home in a Chester County farmhouse.
Purchased in our June 2018 Fine Estate Auction, this G.W. Sweigart sign has found a home in a Chester County farmhouse.
Sold in a more recent auction, this swan-handled cutting board serves as simple and subtle statement piece for a bare kitchen wall.
We love before-and-after photos, especially when they feature a stunning transformation like this Morris chair.
Sold in the June 2018 Fine Estate Auction, this Michelle Holzapfel Bread and Cheese Board found its place at the table, making for a great conversation piece.
A local shop owner uses this bronze horse sculpture to stylize his offerings.
This primitive rooster weathervane has a room with a view – and matches both the interior and exterior style of this local farmhouse.
Household items aren’t the only thing that customers swoon over! One bidder told us that he had been looking for this exact model Jeep Grand Cherokee – and found it right here at Briggs Auction.
Combining styles is this bidder’s favorite thing to do – the pie safe, cherub, and ship’s wheels blend perfectly in our opinion!

 

Thank you to all of our contributors! If you have a photo that you’d like to share, send us an email at info@briggsauction.com 

Paul Shaub: Artistic Sensibility & Modern Design

Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased and proud to offer at auction items from the impressive collection of furnishings, fine and decorative arts, and more amassed by Paul Shaub and his wife, artist Josephine Shaub over their lifetime. The Shaubs collected high end modern design furnishings and decorative arts in the 1960s and settled in historic New Castle, Delaware.

Shaub’s life is a rich tapestry of prestigious endeavors. He won multiple prizes in the 1950s from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Art Alliance and more. He has art represented in many museums including the Smithsonian Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and The Library of Congress. Shaub co-authored the children’s book Squeaky the Mechanical Whale with Josephine. He was the co-proprietor the The Packet Press and was a member of the American Color Print Society, The Society of American Graphic Artists and the Philadelphia Art Alliance, where he served as chairman of the Print Committee. Shaub was also a designer of exhibits and graphics at the Hagley Museum, a Professor and Director of Professional Studies at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, proprietor the Studio 52 in historic New Castle and a free-lance designer.

Known for his wood block prints, the Collection will include original art by by both Paul and Josephine Shaub. Paul focused on seascapes and nautical themed paintings, while Josephine painted horses, birds, and the occasional still life. Other collections cultivated by the Shaubs include a large collection of corkscrews, Native American and African art, vintage tin toys, and more.

A fine collection of original Shaub woodblock prints and Josephine Shaub’s original paintings will be sold Friday, September 22nd. The Shaub Collection also featured prominently in our recent September 15th Modern Design & Decorative Arts Auction.