“Fit for a king” were the words used in announcing the sale of a rare gun to be offered at James D. Julia’s firearms auction Monday and Tuesday at 10 a.m. at its Fairfield, Maine, gallery.
The words were rightly chosen as the gold and silver embellished gun was made for King Louis XV of France by Sebastian Hauschka, one of the great masters of 18th-century German gunmaking. The circa 1735 carbine, which was presented to the king by Prince and Duke August Wilhelm von Braunschweig-Wolfenbuttel,
has a $150,000-
Other firearms of historical importance include a Remington model 12F pump-action rifle owned by sharpshooter Annie Oakley ($150,000-
$200,000); a circa 1886 German engraved and gold inlaid rifle that belonged to Emperor Meiji Tenno of Japan ($25,000-$40,000); a Winchester 1895 rifle given in 1901 by W.F. Cody (better known as Buffalo Bill of the Wild West Show) to his lifelong friend Fred Kavanaugh ($20,000-$30,000); and a Springfield trapdoor carbine issued to “Curley,” the 7th Cavalry Indian scout who was Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s personal guide ($15,000-$30,000).
Two special-order lever-action rifles made for auto manufacturing pioneer John F. Dodge and engraved with his monogram “JFD” are a Winchester model 1886 ($175,000-$275,000) and a Savage model 1899 ($125,000-
The expected top seller is an extraordinarily rare Winchester 1876 “1 of 1,000” deluxe lever-action rifle. Only 55 of them were made from 1875 to 1893, and of these only 22 were in caliber 45-60, the caliber of the gun being auctioned with a $250,000-$300,000 estimate.
Swords are highlighted by a Tiffany Civil War presentation sword ($125,000-$150,000) given to Major General Daniel E. Sickles, a Medal of Honor winner, who lost a leg in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Another Civil War offering is the battle flag of the 9th Virginia Cavalry ($60,000-$100,000), which descended in the family of Walter Scott Callis of Bowling Green, Va., the last color bearer of the unit. According to family history all babies born into his family after the war were wrapped in the flag at birth. This was done until about 1900, when to preserve the flag it was put into a shadow box with tobacco leaves.
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A 25-carat diamond brooch, natural pearl necklaces, and an emerald twin-stone ring are among the top offerings at Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Auction Tuesday at 10 a.m. at its Boston gallery, but the most unusual offering is an Edwardian carved agate and enamel pendulette, or small table clock.
The 6¼-inch clock (its estimate is $15,000-$20,000) has a rotating ball
dial with Roman numeral indicators and a rose-cut diamond to indicate the time. The ball sits atop the “Three Wise Monkeys” that embody the proverbial principle of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Two of the monkeys have rose-cut diamond eyes .
Made by Cartier in Paris, the clock was purchased in the early 1900s by Harriet Crocker Alexander, wife of New York lawyer Charles B. Alexander. The Alexander home off Fifth Avenue was one of the most lavish mansions of the Gilded Age with a ballroom that accommodated 500 people, and was the site for the wedding reception of the Alexanders’ niece Eleanor Butler when she married Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the president’s eldest son. The pendulette has been consigned by Mrs. Alexander’s granddaughter,
The 25-carat diamond brooch designed by Cartier of Paris as a swag set with old European-cut diamonds has a $50,000-$60,000 estimate and is expected to be the auction’s top seller. The natural pearl necklace has a $30,000-$40,000 estimate and the twin-stone emerald ring framed with diamonds a $25,000- $35,000 estimate.
Other expected top sellers include a 6-carat diamond solitaire ($45,000-
$55,000) and a 15-inch-long platinum necklace set with marquise-, full-, and baguette-cut diamonds weighing about 27 carats ($30,000-$50,000).
There also is a wide choice of affordable diamond and pearl jewelry, including an Art Deco platinum ring set with transitional- and old European-cut diamonds ($500-$700); a South Sea pearl and diamond pendant ($800-$1,000); a Tiffany platinum pave-set diamond ball with a flexible torque ($800-$1,200); and a platinum and diamond bracelet ($1,000-$1,500).
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AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries opens its sixth annual show March 21 at The Cyclorama with a 5:30-8:30 p.m. Gala Preview, proceeds from which benefit Boston Architectural College, New England’s largest independent accredited college of spatial design. Tickets are $100 and $250.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the Gala to John P. Axelrod of Boston, a longtime supporter of the Museum of Fine Arts, where a gallery bears his name in the Art of the Americas Wing.
The show, which continues through the weekend, features 20th- and 21st-century fine art, photography, studio furniture, jewelry, and decorative arts as well as fine prints and drawings from the 14th annual Boston Print Fair, which is held in conjunction with AD20/21.
Weekend hours are 1-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 11-5 Sunday. Tickets are $15 and include admission to the special programs.
Friday at 1:30 p.m. a panel of design experts will discuss “Art & Design in Today’s Home.” Saturday at 3 p.m. Judith B. Gura, author of “Design After Modernism” (W.W. Norton, 2012), will discuss developments in design over the past four decades. And on Sunday at
2 p.m. Alfred Pommer of New York City Cultural Walking Tours will discuss Art Deco and Modern architecture in Manhattan’s office buildings.
A special exhibition will be presented by alumni furniture makers of North Bennet Street School.Virginia Bohlin can be reached at globe