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Most Important Historic Maine Estate Auction

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Nov 19
12pm to 4pm

Gerald W Bell, Jr Antiques

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Cash, local check, credit cards accepted. No out of state checks unless known to auctioneer – credit cards only – no exceptions. Our live customer appreciation rate of 12% Buyer's Premium for those who attend the auction and pay with cash or good check, 15% Buyer's Premium on credit card payments. Telephone and absentee bidding either written or electronic are subject to an 18% Buyer’s Premium. All items are sold as is with no guarantees or warranties oral or written. No out of state checks accepted unless known to the auctioneer. All dealers must provide a copy of a recent resale certificate for Maine or sales tax of 5.5% will apply. Absentee and phone bids are accepted on $250 or more. No Internet bidding at this sale. We reserve the right to hold all merchandise until checks have cleared.
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Gerald W Bell

Announces A Most Important Historic Maine Estate Auction

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 12 PM

Season’s Event and Conference Center

Ramada Inn Plaza

155 Riverside St.

Portland, Maine

(Off Exit 48 of the Maine Turnpike Ramada Inn next to Berlin City Toyota)

Can't wait to see you at our sale. Setup was 329.

Preview 9 AM to Start of Sale

(Preview of Paintings and notable items upon request prior to sale.  Preview of remaining estate items, day of sale or by special appointment.) 

Auctioneer’s Note:  We are privileged to offer at public auction the multi generational collection of the Colcord family of Searsport and Yarmouth Maine.  This historic sea faring family of Searsport was sea captains and adventurers throughout the 19th century.  In addition to being sea captains, they were artists and writers.  Lincoln and Joanna wrote numerous books about sea faring and their voyages around the world.  Many of the objects gathered throughout their world adventures will be offered for sale.  Among the items include two important Hong Kong School port paintings, a large ship’s broadside by famous marine artist, Clement Drew, family oils and watercolors done by their personal friend Maine’s iconic artist Waldo Pierce.  Also discovered, was a watercolor of a Tahitian man painted and signed by Lincoln Colcord.   This is a brief sketch of the hundreds of items offered for sale.  We have photographed almost every lot in this sale and can be viewed on our website or, auctioneer #5556 or Gerald Bell

Furniture to include Diminutive Queen Anne Cherry Highboy 36” case 64” tall; Antique Pine Alter; Pennsylvania Inlaid Walnut Four Drawer Writing Bureau; Expensive Mahogany Ship's Wheel Glass Top Coffee Table; Rare Walnut Double Gate Turned Post Drop Leaf Table (Pilgrim Century 1680-1700 era); Choice Vintage 1940s Era Demi Lune Commode; Country Sheraton Four Drawer Chest; Federal Mahogany Gaming Table; Mahogany Sheraton Swell Front Four Drawer Bureau; Sheraton Mahogany Secretary Desk; Carved Mahogany Federal Settee Cornucopia Décor; Sea Captain's Davenport Victorian Walnut Writing Desk; Good Queen Anne Mahogany Round Tilt Top Breakfast Table; China Trade Camphor Wood Seaman's Multi Drawer Chest; 62" Seaman's Pine Six Board Chest; Dedicated Seaman's Canted Six Board Chest; Early Six Board Seaman's Chest; China Trade Camphor Wood Mariner's Chest; Choice Victorian Walnut Marble Top Four Drawer Chest; Early Seaman's Map Chest; English Mahogany Three Tier Bed Steps; Diminutive Edwardian Mahogany Love Seat; Early Pine Six Board Chest Old Red Finish With Green Trim; Early Ladder Back Chairs; Early Sheraton Turned Leg Two Drawer Work Table; Custom Colonial Mahogany Block Front Four Drawer Bureau; Victorian Renaissance One Drawer Console Table; Globe Wernicke D 8 1/2 Oak Three Section Barrister Bookcase; Nest of Three Oriental Scenic Black Lacquer Occasional Tables; Choice State of Maine Flame Birch Four Drawer Chest With Decked Top and Shaped Backsplash; Pair of Globe Wernicke Mahogany 8 1/2 Grade Leaded Glass Three Section Bookcases; Early Seaman's Map Chest; Oriental Carved Chess Ensemble  Hung Mu Style Game board With Hand Carved Wooden Oriental Chess Figures; Mahogany Victorian Sewing Table; Early New England Four Drawer Hard Wood Chest With Bracket Base; Walnut Queen Anne Style Metamorphic Coffee Table; Globe Wernicke Oak One Drawer File; Choice Victorian Walnut Cut Out Four Tier Hanging What Not; Vintage Mahogany Martha Washington Sewing Stand; Early Sheraton Turned Post Country Drop Leaf Table.

PAINTINGS * PRINTS to include:  O/C of the Sailing Vessel "Bark Fanny Buck" by Clement Drew. Provenance on back and identifies artist 34" x 26"; O/C Ship Mary Goodell Searsport Maine 1854 Hong Kong School 27" x 22"; Hong Kong School Port O/C Depicts Sailing Vessels in Harbor, Naked Natives and Women With Parasols in Foreground  23" x 36; Important 19th Century Italian Port Painting 41" x 25"; Choice Victorian O/C of Harbor Scene With Ship's Carpenters Working On Boat In Dry Dock 10 1/2" x 14" sight; Watercolor of Tahitian Native On Shoreline, Signed Lincoln Colcord 18 1/4" x 15 5/8"; O/C of Brooks and Frances Colcord, Searsport 1932 Signed Front and Verso Waldo Pierce 22 1/2" x 28" Provenance on verso; 19th Century Pastel Bucolic Landscape With Figures and House In Background In The Style of Thomas Chambers 23" x 31"; W/C Brooks Family Beach Scene Dated 1932, Signed Waldo Pierce (WP) 14" x 11"; O/C Sketch of Inez Colcord by Waldo Pierce Signed on verso 20" x 23" sight; O/C of African Violets On Porch.  Signed WP'60 Further signature and dedications on verso 9" x 12"; Important O/C Sailing Vessels Off Rock Bound English Coast Charles Diebold, 19th Century Artist 21" x 24; Early Waldo Pierce O/C.  Unsigned, Family note entitles painting Entry to the City 25" x 22"; Primitive Oil on Paper of Harbor Scene, Figures, Lighthouses 5 1/2" x 9 1/2"; Gordon Grant Lithos 15" x 17"; O/B Unicorn Against Moonlit Sky by Charles Burdick 1924  6 1/4" x 6 ¼”; Choice O/B Ship's Broadside Painting Entitled Flying Cloud by Laroy A. Coombs  29" x 22; O/C Cows At Watering Hole. Signed lower left T O N.  Thomas F O'Neill (1852-1922) 16" x 12”; Choice Victorian O/C Casco Bay Shore Scene With Ornate Lemon Gold and Gesso Frame 20" x 37"; Maine Antique Coastal W/C  Signed Alexander ?? 27" x 21"; O/B Scene of Camden Maine by Charles Brown  16" x 20"; Abstract O/C Blue On White  Signed on Verso Bauer 24" x 30"; Antique Maritime Art Early Pen and Ink Drawing of Comical Maritime Cartoon Dated 1917 on Verso; Early Stone Engraving Entitled "Frigate United States of America"; Early W/C of Rockbound Dory; W/C of Sailing Vessel; 19th Century O/C of Western American Landscape; Lake, unsigned 22" x 13 1/2" sight; Waldo Pierce Prints; O/C Undocumented Waldo Pierce of Colcord Family Member.  26" x 20"; Colcord Family Portrait.  We believe this to be Captain L A Colcord with Joanna Colcord, author. 

ORIENTAL CARPETS to include Antique Caucasian Scatter Carpet 4'0" x 4'8"; Semi Antique Persian Heriz Area Carpet 7'10" x 10'2"; Antique Star Kazak  45" x 51"; Chinese Oriental Area Carpet * Nichol's of China  11"0" x 8'8"; Vintage Semi Antique Pakistani Long Rug  8'3" x 3'5; Antique Caucasian Scatter Rug 65" x 42"; Antique Caucasian Prayer Rug 37" x 56"; Choice Antique Chinese Art Deco Area Carpet 8'6" x 6'4; Antique Kazak 7'3" x 5'2"; Antique Hammadan Scatter Rug 53" x 77"; Antique Persian Sarouk Oriental Scatter Carpet 2'x 3'; 20th Century Indo Pakistani Bokhara Scatter Rug 44" x 34"; Indo Pakistani Ardevill Scatter Carpet  52" x 61”; Antique  Persian Oriental Scatter Carpet 3' x 5'

ORIENTALIA to include: Early Japanese Carved Bamboo Brush Pots; Oriental Lacquerware; Pair of Chinese Hand Painted Emperor and Empress Portraits Rendered On Paper; Chinese Carved Hardwood Marble Top Tabaret Stand; Rare Chinese Polychrome Garment Barrel; Japanese Lacquer Rectangular Fan Box Two Hand decorated fans, Elaborate Decorated Black and Gold Lacquer Fan; Oriental Metal Wares; Chinese Hardwood Dragon Throne Chair; 19th Century Japanese Samurai Warrior's Short Knife; Pair of Japanese Monochromatic Panels of Storks in Wooded and Long Grass Surrounds, Artist Signed; Quartz Carved Chinese Elder Figure; Cinnabar Boxes; Soapstone Carving of Elder on Horse; Selection of Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné; Ten Japanese Kutani Dragon Ware Plates; Japanese Woodblock Print Entitled Kamagawa In Kyoto Signed Hiroshige; Antique and Vintage Oriental Japanese Woodblocks; Oriental Porcelain to include: 19th Century Satsuma Ware; Pair of Oriental Lacquerware Hanging Folding Shelves With Dragon, Bird and Carp Décor.  22" long x 10" wide; Rose Mandarin Table Wares; Rose Mandarin Floor Vase; 19th Century Japanese Imari Floor Vase 12 1/2" tall; Chinese Hexagonal Porcelain Qing Dynasty Temple Vase 23" tall x 7" diameter; Rose Medallion Bottle Form Table Lamp  23" tall With Shade; Pair of Outrageous Glazed Ceramic Chinese Temple Garden Foo Dogs and Plateaus 18" x 12" x 30"; Asian Table Wares; Cabbage Rose Tea Pot; Ginger Jars, Kutani Lidded Pot, Canton Helmet Creamer; Japanese Imari 18" Paneled Charger; Japanese Satsuma Table Lamp 35" overall height; Chinese Cylindrical  Tall Vase 12" tall; Rare 15" Rose Medallion "Mandarin" Pattern Paneled Charger; Rose Medallion 10" Cut Corner Salad Bowl; Pair of Rose Mandarin Paneled Vases 10"; Outstanding Japanese Arita Ware Dragon Motif Umbrella Stand 22" tall; Japanese Imari 16 1/2" Paneled Porcelain Charger; Choice 15 1/2" Japanese Imari Paneled Center Bowl; Two Japanese Tea Services; Choice Chinese Cloisonné Charger 12" diameter. 

PORCELAIN, POTTERY & GLASS to include Rare Cold Painted Red Clay Figure of Matador With Original Label Signed Jose Cuber Esqultor Malaga; Ovoid Green Marblehead Pottery Open Pot; Wedgwood Marine Ship's Broadside Plates and Matching Platter; Early Ovoid Stoneware Jug Impressed Orcutt & Crafts Portland Maine 16" tall; Important Large Sunderland Seaman's Poems Lusterware Jug; Cobalt & Gilt Decorated Luncheon Plates; Roland Marsellus Historical Pottery Pitcher; Royal Worcester Pitcher and Bud Vase; Bavarian RW Tea Service; Villeroy and Boch Mettlach Tumblers Entitled Music and Spiel; Blue and White  Oriental Porcelain; Bohemian and Victorian Glass Table Wares; Blue Staffordshire; Royal Copenhagen Trays, Vases, Bowl, Plate and Figure; Unusual Aquamarine Stiegel Hand Blown With Engraved Ships On Front; Earthen Ware Ball Shaped Pitcher With Pinched Spout. 

COINS * JEWELRY * SILVER to includeCoins:  Important 1800 US Liberty Half Cent; American Silver and Copper Coins Including Three Columbian Exhibition Half Dollars and Several Assorted Large Copper Pennies; Silver Foreign Coins; Group of Four Silver Foreign Coins; Two Peruvian 1865, Republic of Chili 1895, English dollar 1907; Rare Confederate States of America $500 War Bond Certificate Dated 1863.  Jewelry: Victorian Gold and Gold Filled; Lady's Sterling Jewelry and Vanity Accessories; Lady's Semi Precious Bead; Lady's Jules Jergensen Diamond and Sapphire Watch; Gent's Silver Illinois Key Wind 18 Size Pocket Watch

Silver:  Coin Silver Flat Wares Spoons, Serving Pieces, Sugar Shovel, Butter Spreader, Salt Spoons; Oval tray by Haddock, Lincoln and Foss; Coin silver Teaspoons by J&B Jones; Coin Silver Forks and Eleven Coin Spoons; Twelve Coin Forks and Eleven Coin Spoons by D. Cutler Boston; Sterling Table Wares  Bottle opener, Silver Overlay Coasters, Tea Strainer, Nut Dishes, Card Case and Sterling and Crystal Salt and Pepper Shakers; Three Sterling Silver Children's Family Inscribed Mugs; Sterling Candlesticks; Sterling Napkin Rings; Sterling Carving and Serving Utensils; Victorian Sterling Silver Teaspoons; Victorian Sterling Serving Utensils; Sterling Souvenir Spoons; Large Selection of Silver Plated Table Wares including Trays, Pitchers, etc.; Superb Plated Silver Tea and Coffee Service.

BOOKS to include Two Volumes of Naval Gazetteer or Seaman's Complete Guide by Rev. John Malham; Four Waldo Pierce Volumes; Genealogical and Family Historical Lot; Three Volume Illustrated Flora of the Northern States and Canada by Britton and Brown, Trade Lots of Antique and Vintage Leather Bound Volumes. 

CLOCKS to include Willard's Patent Banjo Clock Mahogany 30" Case Weight Driven Movement; Brass Circular Chelsea Ship's Clock; French Carriage Clock With Case; French Brass Carriage; US Maritime Commission Chelsea Clock; Ansonia Oak Long Drop (School House) Wall Clock; Brass French Nautical Theme Replica Multi Purpose Clock.

LAMPS and LIGHTING to include: Choice Art Deco Reverse Painted Parlor Lamp; 19th Century Brass Onion Design Ship's Hanging Lantern; Early Brass Saucer Base Fluid Peg Lamp With Cut Crystal Font and Early Brass and Daisy and Button Pattern Glass Fluid Lamp.  Sold 1 x 2

MARITIME to include:  Two Volumes of Naval Gazetteer or Seaman's Complete Guide by Rev. John Malham Dated 1797; 17th Century Stern Board? Intricately relief carved depicting floral, leaf and spandrels; 19th Century Ebony and Brass Mariner's Sextant By Bassnett of Liverpool; Important Mariner's Sea Chart "Blatchford's New Improved Chart" The Coast of Brazil Guyana.  New Edition with 1846; Important Sailor's Sweetheart Jewel Box Star and Checkerboard Inlays and Whale Bone Corner Trim; 1800's Era Bull Whale Teeth These will not be sold to anyone in states where the possession of whale's teeth are illegal; Mariner's Half Hull; Mariner's Binoculars; Good Vintage Copper Starboard Ship's Running Light; Selection of a Dozen Plus Maine Coastal Sea Charts

TEXTILES to include:  Elaborate Chinese Silk Banquet Cloth with elaborate fishnet border and fringe. Ivory on ivory elaborate floral embroidery.  1880's era; Vintage Pieced and Applique "Bear Claw" Pattern Quilt. 74" x 89”; Vintage "Log Cabin" Pieced and Applique Quilt 78" x 78; Indian Paisley Banquet; Crewel Embroidered Table Cover; Choice Victorian Era Embroidered Crazy Quilt 81" x 84"; Vintage Pieced and Pattern 1930’s Quilt. 86" x 74" 

MISCELLANEOUS to include:  Rare 19th Century Oceanic Dug Out Boat; Rare Oceanic Island Wood Bow or Primitive String Instrument; Choice Adams Style Drape Design Long Mirror; Circa 1900 Heavy Bronze Garden Armillary With Sundial Band; Two Sea Captain's Walking Sticks include Unusual Shark Vertebrae with Baleen Pommel and Drag Tip Walking Stick and Ivory Pommel Top Dated 1831; Rare Plains Indian Catlinite Tomahawk Peace Pipe; Circa 1890 Choice 44 Star American; Early Mahogany Chippendale Mirror With Provenance; Pair of 19th Century Lemon Gold Framed Mirrors; Rare China Trade Ivory Doll; Three London Hard Leather Suitcases; Lady's Jewel Boxes; Early French Percussion Highwayman's Riding Pistol Signed by French Maker; Chinese Trade Wares  Lady's fan Hand Painted Mandarin décor; Ship Carpenter's Tool Chest With Carved Beckets and Frontis Plate; Choice Reed & Barton Mahogany Silver; Antique Silver, Bone and Ivory Parasol Handles; Early 19th Century Italian Polychrome Carving of Mary, Joseph and Christ Child; Antique Wooden Objects to include Oval Shaker Sewing Carrier, Oriental Abacus, Inlaid Stamp Box, Oval Asian Box, Lion Carving, Early Wooden Mortar; Early 19th Century Italian Profusely Carved Donkey Cart Side Panels; Collection of Hand Hammered Copper Cookware and Utensil; Desk Accessories including Letter Openers, Carved Black Forest Bear Ink Blotter, Unusual Gothic Iron Ink Stand and Candle Holder; Large Early Firkins; Early 19th Century Wire and Brass Sparks Screen; Early Maine Apple Baskets; Rare Indian Made Sifter Box With Horse Hair Screen; Child's Trunk With Early Colcord Correspondence and Early Children's Books; Gigantic South Sea Clam Shell  20" wide; Pair of Ebony and Ivory Elephant Bookends; Early Snow Shoes; Bronze and Metal Statuary including Brass Clipper Ship bookends; Art Deco of Young Boy and Bronze of Indonesian god; 1860's Civil War Era Iron Canon Ball; Victorian Mirrors; Trunks and Traveling Boxes; Pair of Bronzed Roaring Elephant Bookends On Polished Onyx Bases; Carved Black Forest Lap Desk; Assyrian Bone and Ebony Mosaic Inlaid Glove Box; Silver and Gold Filled Writing Instruments and Ivory Carpenter's Rule; Barometer; Sun Dial; Mariner's Parallels Holistic barometer by William Center of Portland; Adco Barometer Germany, Virginia Metalcrafter's Sundial; Ebony and Brass parallels; Museum Reproduction Rodan's Lovers  Armor bronze; Early Lap and Writing Boxes; Photographic Portrait of Captain Lincoln Alden Colcord  With Family History; Rare Black Forest Carved Walnut Comical Man; Antique Linens; Old Fire Signs From Portland High School; Early 1850s Era Cast Iron Horse Head Hitching Post Topper Possibly by Fiske; English Pentagon Brass Relief Wood Box; Neo Classical Wall Mirror with Gilt Greek Key Frame.

Terms & Conditions:  Cash, personal checks and credit cards accepted.  Our live customer appreciation rate of 12% Buyer's Premium for those who attend the auction and pay with cash or good check, 15% Buyer's Premium on credit card payments.  Telephone and absentee bidding either written or electronic are subject to an 18% Buyer’s Premium. All items are sold as is with no guarantees or warranties oral or written.  No out of state checks accepted unless known to the auctioneer.  We reserve the right to hold all merchandise until check has cleared, no exceptions.  All dealers must provide a copy of a recent resale certificate for Maine or sales tax of 5.5% will apply.   Absentee and phone bids are accepted on $250 or more.  No Internet bidding at this sale.  Your attendance is requested.   Ample hotel accommodations at the Conference Center and surrounding area.  Complimentary snacks and beverages available.  For inquiries call or email us at 207-797-9386 or  This promises to be one of the best sales we have conducted in the last 20 years.

Gerald W Bell                      124 Gray Rd                                     Falmouth, Me  04105

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