Auctions: Lots of gold, toys and more

A Freeman's Friday sale Aug. 8 will offer opportunities to bid on fine jewelry, trophies, and a Frank Rizzo party favor.

Based on presale estimates, a gold trophy is the top item in the 315-lot sale, which will begin at 11 a.m. at the gallery, 1808 Chestnut St. Weighing in at 662.29 dwt (pennyweight), with the cup tested as 14 karat and the base as 12 karat, it is expected to sell for $15,000 to $20,000.

To Freeman's jewelry specialist Kate Waterhouse, that estimate has its sad side - it represents the trophy's scrap value, that is, what its weight in gold is worth.

It came to Freeman's, along with a number of other pieces, from a family Waterhouse describes as the Ohio equivalent of Bailey, Banks & Biddle. The trophy has no engraving, just its original postage tag.

"Someone had ordered it, and the family got stuck with it," Waterhouse surmises. Its only possible reprieve was to "get a yacht club to buy it."

A happier fate probably awaits the Frank Rizzo party favor, a yellow-gold pocket watch with a Roman numeral dial and a gold-fill face that depicts the former mayor. It has a presale estimate of $300 to $500, according to the catalog at www.freemansauction.com.

The watch was brought in by a local woman, who no longer had any use for it, Waterhouse says.

All but a half-dozen of the items being offered are expected to sell in the three-figure range or less, beginning with a yellow-gold "crest" ring expected to sell for $20 to $40. Among the few exceptions is a diamond and 14-karat yellow-gold S-curve bracelet expected to sell for $2,200 to $3,200.

Previews are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7. For information, call 215-563-9275.

Suburban sales. Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow in Chadds Ford, William H. Bunch Auctions and Appraisals will resume its liquidation of the Yellow Brick Road Toy and Doll Museum in Mullica Hill by offering 400 more lots from the collection. Most dolls are expected to sell for two- or low-three-figure prices, according to the catalog at www.williambunchauctions. com. One exception is a vintage Mattel Barbie Mix 'n' Match set in its original box with all the accessories; presale estimate: $1,000 to $1,500.

An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile pedal car is expected to sell for $50 to $150.

A World War II-era composition Army doll, 18½ inches high with a tag saying "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," is expected to bring $75 to $150. And a pair of Skeezix and Uncle Walt cloth dolls based on the Gasoline Alley comic strip has an estimate of $50 to $75.

Previews are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to sale time tomorrow at the gallery, 1 Hillman Dr., just south of Routes 1 and 202. Information: 610-558-1800.

Beginning at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Horsham VFW, 324 Sawmill Lane, Andi Charkow, who has assisted Bunch Auctions with its sales of vintage clothing, will conduct her own sale of more than 400 lots of vintage garments, textiles and decorative arts.

A complete catalog, plus pictures, can be seen at www.auctionzip.com. Preview is 8:30 a.m. to sale time at the sale site. Information: 215- 773-9176.

Antique books and ephemera will be featured by Alderfer Auction Co. beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday in Hatfield. The 850 lots include leather-bound and other fine bindings and first and limited editions, notably a first edition, first issue of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

The sale also features toys and trains, antiques and vehicles, notably a 2000 Jaguar XJ8 with 87,000 miles.

Preview is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. to sale time at 501 Fairgrounds Rd. For information, call 215-393- 3023.


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