Sheridan & Associates’ March 23 auction was the setting for the sale of a piece of local history. The eclectic antique and collectibles auction featured a Civil War-era tin type photograph portraying three bearded brothers in full Union Army uniforms and rifles with bayonets fixed. The item was one of several items consigned by a local consignor and sold to an out-of-state purchaser for $2,750 (no buyer’s premium).
According to the consignor, he purchased the piece from a Clark County (Ohio) family and they shared that the photo’s subjects were three Springfield-area brothers. Auction coordinator Bryan Bogan remarked that it is not often that one finds this type of pose. “Individual portraits are numerous, and it is not rare to find two soldiers posing. But to find a photo of three soldiers in full uniform with rifles is very rare occurrence.” Pre-auction research suggested that few such examples have sold recently. The photo drew interest from several non-local bidders, with the winning bidder declaring that she had intended to place an absentee bid, but then decided to make the several hour trip just to make sure she didn’t lose the bid.
With Auctioneer Bart Sheridan calling the bids, bidding began at $400 and quickly reached the final $2,750 tally. Only two bidders placed bids on the item.
Other big sellers during the day were ammunition, firearms, and militaria with purchasers continuing to pay above-market prices. “Concerns over what the federal government might do in the near future to curb the public’s ability to purchase firearms and ammunition is going to continue to propel the private sale of firearms for the foreseeable future,” Sheridan offered. The top firearm was a US Army World War II 30 M1 carbine ($1,000) with the corresponding bayonet ($210).
Additional items of note included a late 19th century tapestry featuring the likenesses of Washington, Lafayette, and Steuben ($250), miniature mannequin with cast iron feet ($450), folk art carved and painted raised fist ($380), and a rare Gold & Silver Shirts & Collars etched mirror ($200).
Sheridan notes that prices continue to be strong for good, new to the market items, with a heavy demand for firearms, advertising, primitives, and quality unusual folk art items.
Sheridan & Associates is a regional auction and real estate marketing company, specializing in antique and estate sales. Contact Sheridan & Associates at www.SheridanTeam.com or call 937.767.2021.