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Single-owner lifetime collection of Native American artifacts to be sold by Woody Auction
Prehistoric smooth stone ceremonial ax (found in Hale Cty., Ala., 1936), 11 inches by 7 inches.

WICHITA, KAN.- The single-owner lifetime collection of Richard and Linda Popp of Hutchinson, Kansas – serious collectors of Native American artifacts and antiques in many other categories – will be sold on Saturday, Sept. 7, by Woody Auction in the 4H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Center in Wichita, starting at 9:30 a.m. (CST). Over 500 lots will be offered.

“The Popps have collected a wide variety of antiques over the years and have decided to now offer their entire collection at public auction without reserve,” said Woody Auction, based in Douglass, Kan. “Everything will sell, regardless of price. Since the 1960s, Richard has personally gone out on numerous outings and found many of the items featured in this auction.”

In addition to the numerous Native American artifacts, there will also be an outstanding selection of quality lamps, art glass, smoking memorabilia, furniture items and more. A preview will be held on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4-6 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, Internet bidding will be provided by Absentee bids will also be accepted.

“This auction includes the largest Native American collection we have sold in over 25 years,” Mr. Woody remarked. “There are nearly 50 prehistoric effigy pipes (pipes made in the likeness of an animal), as well as ceremonial axes, beaded boots and moccasins, baskets, blankets and more. There is also a lamp collection, smoking memorabilia and advertising items.”

The prehistoric stone effigy platform pipes – enormously popular with collectors – are certain to attract keen bidder interest. Examples include one of a bear figure, made from highly polished white stone (Scioto Cty., Ohio); another bear, crafted from polished green and brown stone (origin unknown); and a frog and fish from highly polished red stone (origin unknown).

Additional effigy pipes will include one of an owl clutching a kill in its talons, made from highly polished gray stone (origin unknown); one of a bird figure made from highly polished red stone (origin unknown); one of a crouching human figure, made from polished red stone (origin unknown); and one of a turtle (Sullivan Cty., Tenn.). All the pipes are 2 ½ -4 ½ inches in length.

Other Native American artifacts will feature a prehistoric Elko Corner notched black obsidian arrow head (with certificate of authenticity from Tom Davis); an authentic 20 ½ inch North American Indian octopus bag with finely detailed beaded design (circa 1890s); and a prehistoric Mimbres Indian pottery bowl with original fish design and probe hole on the bottom.

Also offered will be a prehistoric corner tang stone knife of gray stone in fine condition,5 ½ inches in length (Texas Cty., Okla.); a 3 ½ inch prehistoric clovis stone point (Scotts Bluff), white with orange mottling and showing a flute on the reverse side, a nice example; and a 2 ½ inch prehistoric stone point made from brown stone with heavy oxidation (no location indicated).

Items not related to Native American artifacts will be plentiful as well. A lot to watch is an original five-piece Copeland “Spodes Tower” lazy susan featuring four 14-inch sectional covered casserole dishes, which together make up the circular form around a 9 ½ inch covered two-handled tureen. The set, in red and white tones, is on a 20-inch-diameter wooden turntable.

Lamps worth noting are a Ripley pattern glass double kerosene wedding lamp with milk glass base, having a clear pattern glass font with center match holder that still has the original glass lid; and a figural metal Art Deco lamp with two unmarked Czechoslovakian orange mottled water basket shades set over lights, showing a nude woman wearing a yoke and carrying baskets.

The Sedgwick County Extension Center is located at 7001 West 21st Street in Wichita, on the corner of 21st Street and Ridge Road. For lodging, the Hawthorne Suites are about a half-mile north, on Ridge Road. For reservations, call (316) 729-5700. Absentee bids must be received by 12 noon on Sept. 5th. Bids may be fax’d (316-746-2145) or e-mailed (

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (316) 747-2694. Or, you can e-mail them at To learn more about Woody Auction and the upcoming calendar of events, to include the upcoming Sept. 7th auction, please log on to

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