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Ship figureheads, canes highlight Heritage Auctions' Gentleman Collector Session
An English Carved and Polychromed Wood Ship's Figurehead, titled Byzantine Woman, from the mid- to late-20th century, drew $8,125. These two figureheads came from a Dallas collector who acquired them in London in the 1980s and 1990s.


DALLAS, TX.- Ship figureheads, an assortment of unusual walking sticks and canes, and a collection from the estate of the antiques collector known as the "King of Hershey" (Pennsylvania) headlined the Gentleman Collector session that accounted for close to $1 million – or nearly half the total sale value – of Heritage Auctions' Fine & Decorative Arts auction Sept. 22-25 in Dallas.

"This was the highest grossing Gentleman Collector session of an estate auction to date, and we hope to do this in the spring and fall going forward," Heritage Auctions Vice President for Special Collections Nick Dawes said. "The items from the estate of Charles Schalebaum fared extremely well, taking in more than $400,000."

The top lot among the Gentleman Collector sale was an English Carved and Polychromed Wood Ship's Figurehead: Admiral Lord Nelson, mid-19th century, which likely rode on the bow of a sloop named after the admiral, realized $11,875.

An English Carved and Polychromed Wood Ship's Figurehead, titled Byzantine Woman, from the mid- to late-20th century, drew $8,125. These two figureheads came from a Dallas collector who acquired them in London in the 1980s and 1990s.

An American Folk Art Carved Pine Eagle in the Manner of Wilhelm Schimmel, 19th century, is among the items coming from the Schalebaum estate and hammered at $8,125.

Another Schalebaum estate prize was this Large Wooden Patriotic Eagle Carving, circa 1915, which sold for $6,875 after giving up its spot hanging behind Schalebaum's desk.

Two Pius Lang Mother-of-Pearl and Stainless Steel Penknives with Associated Pen Knife, circa 1960 – the larger two of which are marked with "P. LANG, GERMANY, STAINLESS – realized $6,250

Other top lots included, but were not limited to:

· An Asprey & Co. 9K Gold and Diamond Lighter by Repute Owned and Used by Vivien Leigh, circa 1940, from London: $5,750

· A French Art Deco Cycling Trophy: Robert Challenge, circa 1930, brought $5,000

· A Half-Scale Motorized MG 1945 TC-Midget Toy Pedal Car with British Motor Corporation MG Overcoat, late 20th century: $4,750

· A Japanese Silver and Bronze Globe Around the World Flight Aviation Trophy, mid-20th century: $4,250





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