NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – Original and vibrant paintings by Canadian artists Alfred Joseph Casson (1898-1992), Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974), Anna Weber (1814-1888), Joseph Swift (1832-1889) and Homer Ransford Watson (1855-1936) will all participate in a gun, sport and Canadiana auction scheduled for Saturday October 9 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
The online-only auction has a start time of 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with Internet auctions available on the Miller & Miller website (www.MillerandMillerAuctions.com), plus LiveAuctioneers.com.
There will be two headliners: the Don and Joyce Blyth Gun Collection and the Marty Osler Lure and Fishing Collections. Marty’s Fishing Collection features a select offering of quality reels and rods, many from Hardy Brothers of England. The lure collection is predominantly Canadian and includes many fine examples from Carl O. Rankin, Frank Dolsen, Billy Ellis and Ken Anger.
The Blyth Collection includes firearms from Ontario, many of which are unique, as well as collectible firearms from Colt, Remington, Stevens and others. Works of art by the aforementioned Canadian artists and others are also included. The sale is complemented by a selected offering of wonderful Canadian and American furniture and fine and decorative art.
“Don and Joyce Blyth started their collection in the 1950s, before antiques were a thing,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Don found the treasure map of his gun collection shortly after WWII. It was in the form of a wartime gun registry. He used it to recovering his rarest weapons, and that set the stage for Gooding’s book.
Miller added, “Whether it’s artwork from the Group of Seven, a carrier pigeon or a Colt Dragoon, Don has collected it. Now others will have the chance to own what he and his wife Joyce have treasured their entire lives. There will be no in-person auction, but bidders can tune into the live webcast on the Miller & Miller Auctions website on October 9 to see lots close in real time.
The 1940 oil-on-panel landscape painting by Group of Seven artist Alfred Joseph Casson is a candidate for the first lot of the auction, with a high estimate of $ 30,000 to $ 40,000 (all prices shown are in Canadian dollars). The work, entitled Outside Algonquin Park, represents a bucolic scene near the village of Whitney. Casson focused much of his work on the villages and rural towns of Canada.
The oil painting on panel of countryside landscape by Alexander Young Jackson, a founding member of the Group of Seven, made in 1966, is similar in style to Casson’s work, except that there is no buildings in Jackson’s painting, as there are in Casson’s. The piece, with an estimate of $ 20,000 to $ 30,000, is signed lower left, titled and dated, “Harrington oat field, Quebec, September 1966, AY Jackson.
A large Fraktur-type watercolor and ink painting (18 inches by 14 inches) by Anna Weber is signed in Fraktur script and dated 1870. The drawing, executed in blue, red, yellow and brown, is made up of eleven pairs of birds, each pair is of a different type (estimate: $ 12,000- $ 18,000). Weber was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but died in Waterloo County, Ontario, a Canadian.
There are two Joseph Swift paintings on offer, both on the equestrian theme and both with pre-sale estimates of $ 12,000 to $ 15,000. One is from a horse named Manfred, The other Royal Exchange. Smith spent much of his artistic time fulfilling a growing need for registration of award-winning animals, often shown at the Toronto Exhibition for Proud Owners in the latter part of the 19th century.
Homer Ransford Watson will also be pictured twice in the sale, once with a monumental (34 inches by 44 inches) unframed oil on board, that of a pioneer (or farmer) traveling along a horse-drawn carriage trail, titled The rack (estimate: $ 8,000 – $ 12,000; the other a lovely outdoor scene of a boy closing the door to his flock of sheep, signed (estimate: $ 4,000 – $ 6,000).
Good things will happen a third time again with a pair of oil on panel paintings by John Joseph Kenyon, the photographer and painter. Like the Swift paintings, these are also equestrian in nature. Kenyon painted silver portraits of winning horses at racetracks in New York and Kentucky. These two, titled Petrocle (1904) and Lexington, are expected to make between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000 each.
Moving on to firearms, where a Colt 3rd Model Dragoon pistol, manufactured circa 1851-1861, having walnut grips stamped with a cartridge of the initials of an army inspector on both sides is expected to hit the 8,000 mark. $ to $ 10,000; and a rare Colt Model 1851 Navy pistol, made in America but handed over to the Canadian Volunteer Militia in Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1855, is expected to fetch $ 6,000 to $ 8,000.
A Winchester Model 1873 deluxe rifle, manufactured in the USA in 1893, caliber .44-.40 and with an octagonal barrel and deluxe special-order checkerboard grip and stock is estimated between $ 7,000 and 9 $ 000. In addition, a Canadian Samuel Green rifle, circa 1843-1861, wrapped and retailed by Rigby (Ireland), the .45 caliber barrel marked “Green Toronto”, is expected to cost $ 6,000 to $ 9,000.
An American Jacob Spangle (Susquehanna, Pa.) Kentucky flintlock rifle, having a 34 ¼ inch barrel, .45 caliber, a tiger maple stock in exceptional condition and brass furnishings has an estimate of $ 5,000 to 7,000 $; while an American-made Stevens Walnut Hill rifle, of the type made in 1896-1930, with a beautifully engraved frame and Swiss buttplate, would cost between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000.
In the furniture category, a painted pine clothes press, made around 1940 and found north of Oakville in Halton County, Ontario, the case of a two-door one-piece construction, is estimated at $ 5,000. and $ 7,000. Also, a late 18th or early 19th century Pennsylvania pine corner cabinet with a swan and neck pediment, fluted pilasters, and Gothic glazing is expected to fetch $ 4,000 to $ 6,000.
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has two other online auctions only scheduled for the remainder of 2021: a watch and jewelry auction on Saturday, November 20; and a Petroliana, Breweriana & Advertising auction on Saturday December 4th. Like those that came before it, both will be internet only.
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is the trusted seller of high value collections in Canada and always accepts quality shipments. The company specializes in high value watches and jewelry, art, antiques and collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.
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