by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod
$1,426.45 (25 bids, 10 bidders): Solid Silver Shooting Butt Marker, London 1899.
A beautiful condition, rare, late Victorian solid silver game shooting butt marker, which was made by London silversmith John Milward Banks and is fully hallmarked with full London assay office silver stamps that date it to 1899, the reign of Queen Victoria. The butt marker is engraved to the side of its excellent condition solid silver case with the following: “The Sportsman’s pathfinder, Albert Barker London W. Pat. No. 22108.” It is in excellent working order, opening and closing correctly. Once open, fanning out to reveal its original 8 numbered solid silver pegs within a fully gilded interior. It is 50 mm by 29 mm when closed.
(Photo: eBay seller Tommytom952013)
$1168.01 (16 bids, 5 bidder): Fireman’s Fund Insurance Shreve Sterling Silver Match Safe, Agent’s Gift.
This is a wonderful antique Fireman’s Fund Insurance Shreve sterling silver match safe agent’s gift. Measures about 2 3/8 by 1 inches and weighs 0.7 ounces. No breaks or splits to seams; hinge is tight and undamaged; lid snaps shut and fits properly. The only thing we can see is a pinpoint ding to the lid.
(Photo: eBay seller doveplace.)
$1,035.10 (27 bids, 12 bidders): 1/6th Plate Daguerreotype Photo in Case, Soldier Uniform, ID’ed Otis W. Willis.
Up for sale is a vintage 1/6th plate daguerreotype photo in case (a mirror-like image printed on a silver-plated copper plate). The image is not sealed. It has some wear, discoloration and corrosion. There is a note pinned to the inside front cover marked, “Otis Winchester Willis About 25 Year Old.” The case has a split hinge, has some warping, and has rough, torn, missing covering. The case is about 3 1/8 by 3 5/8 inches.
(Photo: eBay seller patrik_ca)
$1,230 (33 bids, 17 bidders): 19th C. Antique Victorian Zinner & Sohn Circus Clown & Horses Wagon Pull Toy.
Found at a small New Hampshire flea market, this rare 19th century Victorian pull toy depicts a clown on a wagon pulled by two papier-mache horses. After searching on the Internet, we were able to find several similar examples with the same clown and horses, but we couldn’t find this exact toy. After comparing the clown and horses, we are sure of guaranteeing that this 16-inch long x 5.5-inch wide by 13-inch tall Victorian German pull toy is by Zinner and Sohn. The clown measures 8.5 inches tall; it has some separation to the silk and one break at the ankle. There are three small white sticks missing from the side of the wagon, and part of one wheel is missing a piece. Both horses once had something attached to the front, and the holes on the side of the papier-mache bodies have enlarged slightly. There also is a restoration to one of the legs. When you pulled this Victorian toy, the horses would ride up and down.
(Photo: eBay seller wwolst12)
Deborah Abernethy is a certified appraiser with the International Association of Appraisers. She can be contacted at 404-262-2131 or Deborah@expert-appraisers.com. Her website is www.expert-appraisers.com.