Hingham history goes on the block again when Willis Henry holds the third auction of the collections of the late John P. Richardson, an environmentalist, historian, and owner of the Hingham Book House in the 1970s and ’80s.
Richardson, who had a longtime passion for collecting “everything Hingham,” particularly objects that told the story of how people lived and worked in the years leading up to the 1900s, died in February 2011 at 76.
The things he collected had belonged to Hingham’s first families, the Lincoln, Wilder, Cushing, Loring, Sprague, Hersey, and other families, some of whom had been coopers in England and continued to make buckets, boxes, and other woodenware with Hingham becoming known as Bucket Town by 1815.
The Americana and Estates auction next Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Rockland offers a large selection of this early woodenware, including a bucket in its original blue finish and marked on the bottom “AH 1824.” Abijah Hersey Jr. (1769-1841) was a cooper at 99 Fort Hill St.
Many of the objects being auctioned descended in the Lincoln family, whose forbear Samuel Lincoln emigrated from England in 1637 and died in Hingham in 1690, and was the great-great-great-great-grandfather of Abraham Lincoln.
Among the Lincoln objects are an 18th-century stand-up chair stenciled “Revere” on the bottom dating to Mary Revere Lincoln, Paul Revere’s daughter, who married Jedediah Lincoln, a carpenter, in 1788; a rare paper lantern decorated with 36-star American flags used in the celebration of President Lincoln’s second inaugural in 1865; and the hand-carved canoe paddle and tool box found in the workshop of Joseph Lincoln, one of the country’s best known 20th-century decoy carvers.
Also being offered is the dome top paint box that the Hingham artist Isaac Sprague (1811-95) may have taken with him when he accompanied John James Audubon on his trip to the Missouri River in 1843.
A large selection of books from the library of naturalist writer Henry Beston (1888-1968), author “The Outermost House” (1928), who lived for a short time in Hingham with his wife, the poet and novelist Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893-1986), before they moved to Maine, is being auctioned along with items from his personal collection. The items are as varied as his Kodak camera, cigarette lighter, ink pot, oil lamp, paperweight, and his early-2oth-century bamboo ski poles.
The 250-lot Americana and estates auction also features property from other estates and consignors, including 11 lots of Grueby vases, jardinières, and bowls from the Marshfield home of the late Frederick Atwood Hagar, grandson of Eugene Atwood. In 1890, Eugene Atwood and William Grueby founded Atwood & Grueby, the Boston art pottery that in 1894 became known as Grueby Art Pottery.
Six early Louis Vuitton trunks, with the provenance of the Boston family members who used them in their travels to Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries, include one initialled “E.C.M.” for Edward Caldwell Moore, who studied in Germany in the 1880s and served from 1901-15 as Parkman professor of theology at Harvard.
Furniture in the sale ranges from an 18th-century Berks County Pennsylvania German decorated blanket chest to an 18th-century Queen Anne tip-top table to a 19th-century Sheraton bowfront bureau.
The auction features a large selection of fine art including seascapes, landscapes, primitive paintings, and early portraits.
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Grogan & Co. is launching its 2013 schedule with a Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets Auction next Sunday at noon at its Dedham gallery featuring over 300 rugs from collectors in the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, and the United States. Among the highlights are a rare 19th-century Chinese RKO rug from a London collector with a $10,000-
$20,000 estimate, and a mid-19th-century Chinese Peking rug from the collection of Aram Jerrehian of the Philadelphia family of rug importers.
Sixty rugs from the James Opie collection include an early-20th-century 15-foot-5-inch by 7-foot-9-inch Persian Khamseh carpet depicting thousands of birds on a midnight blue field. It is expected to bring $20,000-$30,000. Opie, a Portland, Ore., rug scholar, collector, and dealer, is the author of “Tribal Rugs: A Complete Guide to Nomadic and Village Rugs” (Bulfinch, 1998) and “Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia” (J. Opie Oriental Rugs, 1981).
The auction also includes 30 Turkmen weavings from the collection of Erik Risman of Zionsville, Ind.
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A rare 30-volume set of books by Charles Dickens, with a Boston connection, sold last month at a Waverly Rare Books auction in Falls Church, Va., for $70,800 or more than 17 times the high of its $2,500-$4,000 estimate.
The 1861-63 Library Edition of “Works of Charles Dickens,” containing such classics as “Oliver Twist,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” and “A Christmas Carol,” was inscribed by Dickens (1812-70) on the title page of Volume One: “To Jas. Blair . . . RN / This set of my books / Charles Dickens / The New Year 1863.”
The leather-bound set was sold with a Sept. 30, 1898, letter of provenance typed on the letterhead of the Charles E. Lauriat Co., the Boston publisher and book seller at 301 Washington St., and written by Lauriat. In the letter he explained to Mrs. Charles Pfaff of Manchester, who had purchased the set, that he had acquired it that summer during his annual trip to “the old Book Shops of London and Paris.”
Relating the history of the set, he wrote it “was selected by Mr. Charles Dickens as the best edition, bound to order, and presented to his friend some 25 years ago. You may feel free you have the only ‘presentation set’ of the works of Charles Dickens with his autograph in any library in the country.”