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COVID-19 and Upcoming Auctions at Pook & Pook, Inc. – FAQ
With the rise in numbers of the spread of coronavirus, we’ve had questions from bidders and consignors about our upcoming auctions. Please reach out to us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (610-269-4040) if you have questions not answered below and also check back from time-to-time as changing situations may alter our response(s). Below are some of frequently asked questions and answers:
Will Pook & Pook still conduct gallery exhibitions and auctions?
Our March auctions are online only sales and we intend to conduct the exhibition and auctions as scheduled unless we’re instructed otherwise by our local health department. We will continue to monitor the situation for the April auctions. Before coming to our office, it is a good idea to call ahead or check our website for updated information. If anyone is using an older pc, be sure to clear the cache (ctrl F5) in order to see the latest information.
How have you changed to adapt to concerns of COVID-19?
We’re stocking up on extra supplies for our staff, previewers, and auction-goers, including extra soap, paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizers, latex gloves, etc. We’re taking preventative measures with early spring cleaning by wiping down frequently touched surfaces in public areas with cleaners and disinfectants, paying special attention to elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, faucets, etc. We do not have masks on hand, as the CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear them.
We’re also putting together a preparedness plan to adapt to recommendations and requirements of our local and/or regional health department.
I’m worried about contracting COVID-19 and have decided not to come to preview or auction, how can still I participate?
We’ve hired additional staff to assist with answering condition and additional photo requests so that informed decisions can still be made about purchase(es). Customers should email email@example.com with additional questions on any item in the upcoming auctions. We also have additional staff on hand to help answer questions about online registration and bidding. For the March auctions, we are using the online bidding platforms Bidsquare and Invaluable, both of which offer fantastic customer service and can offer additional help in this effort.
We request that anyone feeling unwell please refrain from visiting our gallery until you are symptom free. We thank everyone in advance for their cooperation and hope that they get well soon!
Payment and Pick-Up Policy
We’d like to remind customers that they can mail payments or pay over the phone, as well as work with outside shippers to complete their sale if they wish to avoid coming to our gallery.
Facebook Antique Identification Parody
by: Jamie Shearer
How many of you spend more time on Facebook than you would ever care to admit? I sheepishly raise my hand from the back of the room as I try to avoid the pointing fingers and snickers from the crowd. Many of you like antiques, buy antiques, sell antiques, trade antiques or just hoard them, it is in your blood. I am sure that many of you spend some of your time looking and reading the Facebook posts on one of the many sites dedicated to antiques. I am a lurking member of several of the antique related Facebook groups, but very rarely do I ever post anything in response to questions or even comment on someone’s picture. I may have great insight or knowledge of a particular item that is posted however I just don’t need the aggravation and frustration of the comments. I like to throw some of the Boy Scout popcorn in the microwave, put my feet up and just chuckle as the opinions and comments scroll on by. Thankfully the last time one of the Webelo’s rang my door bell I bought a case of it (I never have been able to say no). I have enough popcorn to keep my occupied while I read posts for the next 10 years. So, I can image what the comment section would look like should I post the fantastic Lehmann toy that we sold at Pook and Pook in 2017 for $10,370. Here is what I think it would look like:
Hey guys I just found this toy in my grandma’s attic. Anyone know anything about it?
(betty321): Wow what a great toy! I think my neighbor has one.
(Johnboywalton36): How much is it? Is it for sale? PM me
(sonofsanford): PM me
(Joesneighbor13): I think it’s a Hubley
(Krueger): Sometimes these things are marked on the bottom of the foot. That might tell you who made it.
(betty321): call the pickers! I bet they would buy it.
(Bob): PM me.
(Bobsbrother): Cool toy, do you think that is the original box? I heard on the Roadshow that boxes can be worth a lot of money!
(Johnboywalton36): I PM’d you.
(sonofsanford): I PM’d you.
(betty321): it almost looks like there is writing on the side of it. This is so neat! I am sure someone on here will know for sure what it is and who made it.
(Stellathedog): This is a Lehmann Mandarin wind-up toy from Germany. Great toy with a great box! What a good find!
(Joesneighbor13): I think it’s Hubley. Look how it’s made. That is a dead giveaway.
(basementguy39): Looks like it is from the Civil War.
(basementguy39): It could have even been brought here on the Mayflower.
(Bob): I would be interested – how much?
(Marlinthemagician): PM me
(Willamina2forU): I would love to have this! Can you just give it to me? It would look so neat with my collection of Beanie Babies.
(Samnottheman): I googled Hubley, Civil War, Mayflower toys. I didn’t find anything. It must be rare.
(Joesneighbor13): maybe it’s not Hubley, I was sure that it was. Maybe it’s a Buddy L.
(Stellathedog): It’s a Lehmann toy.
(Johnboywalton36): I would pay good money for this – PM me.
(Bob): PM me
(Hannahbanana): Did you call the Smithsonian?
(Hannahnanana): or those Pawn Guys.
(basementguy39): I bet it would sell on Ebay.
(Johnboywalton36): PM me
(Joesneighbor13): not Buddy L, couldn’t find it on google anywhere. I wish we knew who made it.
(Stellathedog): It was made by Lehmann and it is called the Mandarin.
(Johnboywalton36): I would easily pay $200 – PM me.
(betty321): WOW $200 – I would definitely take the money.
(betty321): I haven’t been this intrigued since the Bingo Hall incident of 1973.
(Erinlovesoscar): I was at that – I remember it well. What a hoot!
(Bob): PM me
(Samnottheman): I found one on Ebay – it was $89,999.99. Cha-ching. Wow this is exciting.
(betty321): I knew it!
(Bob): PM me
(Johnboywalton36): that’s not a real price – this is only worth $300, I have had many of them.
(basementguy39) I told you Ebay was the place to sell it! I knew it.
(Cathyisold): call one of those people who do the tag sales. There is a lady in the neighborhood who gets crazy money for stuff.
(johnboywalton36): I will up my offer to $225, I am telling you these are only worth about $300, I buy them all the time for cheaper.
(Samnottheman): my bad! The toy on EBay really didn’t sell for that much. Apparently, it was his asking price. Some guy with a great toy collection in Africa, he has others for sale but has high prices and wants paid in some kind of phone cards or something. It might be shady. Be careful out there.
(Bethyislooking): My cousin’s, aunt’s sister in law who is now my neighbor’s best friend has one of these except is doesn’t have the blue part or the two men, and there is no box.
(cathyisold): I Pm’d the tag sale lady, she knows a guy who would buy it, I think his name was Bob.
(Erinlovesoscar): My dog would love to play with this! Just got a new puppy and he would love it, my old dog not so much!
(Bob): PM me.
(betty321): LOL still thinking about the Bingo hall incident. 🙂
(Bob): PM sent
(basementguy39): If it were mine, I would clean it with steel wool and sandpaper and make it really shine.
(betty321): OMG NO. You should never clean them!
(betty321): I had a friend of my cousins who cleaned a painting with a wire brush – she ruined it by taking all of the paint off of the canvas. I would never do that.
(Luke2000): Ths gr8 pay u $$ Ho mch 4 ths
(Bob): PM sent!
So, here is an example of the great entertainment provided by some of these online antique sites. Any use of exact or similar Facebook user names are purely coincidence as they are not based on any individuals.
Our upcoming January 17th and 18th Americana and International Auction has provided many great things to choose from for our pick of the week. I focused on day one which begins on Friday January 17th at 6:00 PM EST in our Downingtown, Pennsylvania gallery. The showcases are filled to the edges of the shelves, the walls chock full of art and the main gallery floor has pieces of furniture for every room of the house. There are several outstanding China Trade paintings, a terrific collection of historical blue Staffordshire with several very rare pieces, a group of Liverpool pitchers, some very fine, fine art and to end Friday night a group of items from William E. and Anne H. Lewis of Columbus, Ohio. This choice for me was simple as I went with what I like best. This means something country and something with old paint on it. While it also usually means something from Pennsylvania, I strayed a little bit and went with a painted country New England piece. Lot 33 is a terrific painted pine and chestnut sawbuck table. The two-board scrubbed top has just the right wear and patina, the base with the original blue/green painted surface. A very simple form that captures life in the early 19th century. At 54” wide there is enough room for the main course, the side dishes as well as the maple walnut ice cream for dessert! The chestnut wood is one that isn’t seen too often anymore. It brings me back to my childhood with a chestnut tree in the backyard. I learned the hard way not to run through there in bare feet! Those of you who have had chestnut trees no exactly what I am talking about. I used the tweezers many times to pick those spines from my feet. In the late fall, the chestnuts would pay me as I would put a few cups of chestnuts in a brown paper lunch bag and sell them to my teachers at school. If I remember correctly it was 25 cents a bag. Almost all of those quarters financed my trips to the Menges Mills Flea market to buy a coin, baseball card or some other trinket I thought was the best ever! It is interesting to look back and see how my life has evolved and created this big circle. I get to do something as an adult that still makes me feel like it did when I was a kid. I don’t ever want to grow up!
by: Jamie Shearer
After an unexcused absence from my pick of the week duties, I am back for this week with a piece from the firearms and militaria auction to be held here at Pook and Pook Auction in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The sale will be on November 16th, 2019 and begins at 9:00 AM, EST. There are many guns that I like however my pick was for an accessory item. Lot 204 is a terrific leather cigar case. What makes it a great cigar case and why would it be in a firearms sale? This gem has a highly detailed gilt impression of a German Schuetzen target rifle. When you slide the case open you reveal a simulated target with a faux bullet hole. I wonder if this was an award for a competition or was a Christmas gift for that special someone. It is dated 2 June 1879, so I am guessing it was for a shooting competition. To make it even more desirable is it was made by renown leather maker and bronze worker August Klein. August had many high-profile clients including the Prince of Wales, members of the Imperial Court of Austria and France, among other aristocracy. Who is on your Christmas list this year that would love to have this piece of history?
by: Jamie Shearer
This week I surprisingly chose a piece with a great painted surface in an unusual form. There are 850 lots in our September 12th, 2019 online only auction comprising thousands of items. There are so many choices in just about every category imaginable. I love painted country items so this week my eye was drawn to a great green surface. So, what you might wonder caught my eye. Lot 1536 is a terrific small shoe shine stand. The diminutive round stool mounted to a shaped pine base with a cast iron foot rest built upon an oval platform. It has a nice all over wear to that green paint which makes for a charming piece. So, log in to Bidsquare.com and look up the Pook and Pook Auction on September 12th and see what strikes your eye. Maybe you can buy the shoe shine stand and start up a little side business, I know my shoes could use it!
by: Jamie Shearer
Pook and Pook’s gallery is bursting at the seams and we need to find new homes for a whole heck of a lot of material this fall! On September 12th, 2019 we are going to start the process with an Online Only Decorative Arts Auction of 850 lots. The online auction will be conducted using the online bid platform Bidsquare, beginning at 9:00 AM EST and selling approximately 140-150 lots per hour. The sale, like all Pook and Pook auctions is very diverse with items covering a multitude of collecting fields, from silver and fine art to stoneware, furniture and folk art. My first pick of the week for this sale is a contemporary carved and painted shorebird decoy. Lot 1453 is a curlew decoy by Ian McNair. Those of you who follow decoys may well recognize the McNair name, as Ian’s father is the legendary carver Mark McNair. This decoy has great lines and a great surface. One of the more charming features is the iron beak made from a pitchfork. So who needs a new centerpiece on their mantle?
by: Jamie Shearer
My pick of the week comes from our June 26th Online Only Decorative Arts Auction, which begins at 9:00 AM next Wednesday. Our online sales never disappoint and always have little gems interspersed throughout the sale. In fact, I found a large group of really interesting things that I like. Lot 279 the apple tray has a really nice painted surface. Lot 357 is a pair of Dutch landscapes, which are really intriguing, I cannot make out the artist’s name despite a good bit of time trying to decipher it. I love make-do items and the Historical Blue pitcher in lot 399 would have a great story to tell. My Pennsylvania itch was soothed over by lot 698, a really nice early patchwork sewing pocket. So now that I got a “free” plug for several of the lots that I really like in the auction, I am actually going to give my pick for this week. For those of you that know me, you know I love the outdoors, from camping and hiking to quaint backwoods towns where nothing is better than spending time outside. My pick brings the outside to the inside. Lot 798 is one of the best Adirondack style twig rockers that I have seen. The rustic feel, the flowing lines, and a great surface. Imagine how many times someone had to slide in and out of the seat to get this great wear. I can picture grandpappy in it with corncob pipe clenched in his teeth, sitting on the porch of his log cabin nestled deep in the mountains of New York. A small stream meandering between the hills, smoke trailing from the stone chimney as birds sing in the background. A feeling of peace and tranquility as your eyes peer back into the woods. Hey what is that tucked into the heavy fern undergrowth? Is that a moonshine still? Well I am done for today…
by: Jamie Shearer
The duck, nature’s greatest and most unique creation! Masters of the water, air, and land, the duck propagates itself throughout the world bringing joy and splendor to all! Forgive my hyperbole, but my eyes were immediately drawn to this beautifully painted duck decoy, located within Lot 845 in our upcoming June 26 online sale. Lot 845 consists of three bird decoys, all of which were painted by Peter Ompir. However, not all decoys are made equal, and the decoys within this particular lot are of an exceptional quality. Painted by the hands of a master painter, the colors look distinct and yet blend together perfectly to create the illusion of feathers. These decoys are only three out of the many beautiful items we have in our upcoming June online sale, and if these decoys are not of paramount importance for one to have in their collection, I will be disappointed.
By: John Toler
So here is an actual toy for my pick of the week for Pook and Pook’s toy sale with Noel Barret which begins at 10:00 AM EST, in Downingtown, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 15th, 2019. I like to look at items for my picks that take me back in time. I have always thought I would have been better suited for 1819 rather than 2019. This pick doesn’t go back that far but it certainly takes me back. This toy allowed children at the turn of the century to explore. The iron horse could take them to places that they only heard rumor of. As they pushed this American tin toy train across the wooden plank flooring they certainly would have made the train sounds. They could envision the puff of white smoke trailing the stack as the heat from the coal warmed the air around them. The American bison racing beside each side of the engine for as far as the eye can see. New lands being conquered as a young boy yelled “all aboard”, and pushed off towards the front porch. Imagine this “Flash” steadily churning along with the “empire” passenger cars playing follow the leader. Lot 244 is indeed a great toy that I would have loved to get on my birthday! So get on and see where this train takes us – what in the world will we be astonished by next?
The June 15th toy sale here at Pook and Pook Auction in association with Noel Barrett Auctions has too many neat things to just pick one! My first pick was a salesman sample so I didn’t use up my toy pick of the week. My second pick for this week is lot 419 the European butcher shop diorama. This particular lot I don’t consider a toy either – it’s a diorama. The definition of a diorama is: a noun – a scene often in miniature, reproduced in three dimensions by placing objects, figures, etc. in front of a painted background. (Thanks dictionary.com). I see no mention of the word toy in the definition so this one doesn’t count as a toy pick either! This particular replica I can envision on any street at the turn of the century. This could just as easily be Haupstrasse in Munich as it could be Main street in Philadelphia. Imagine the banter between these two butchers each with a heavy German accent. I can picture a husband and wife going to get dinner and picking the exact cut of meat for a special evening. The gentleman wanting a cut with extra fat and the wife searching for that perfect lean example. I am sure they were greeted with a smile and hello and a question about the job or the family. That personal contact is something that is missing in today’s society. This particular piece brings back a time when things were simpler. So, keep on bidding or you will get nothing for supper!
by: Jamie Shearer
Ok, I have been behind schedule for my pick of the week. Too many eggs and too many baskets. So now I am going to make my picks of the week, as in more than one. I couldn’t decide on just one and all of my choices are not technically toys. My first choice is lot 187 which is a salesman sample horse drawn sickle mower. See, this isn’t a toy so it should not count as a pick of the week for the June 15th toy auction. This little guy is fantastic, with great care taken in every painstaking detail. The brass seat, the walnut beam, and the cast-iron wheels are just like the one that grandpa used when he was a young child. Every little specification matching in every way just like the real one. I keep searching for that miniature horse to hook up and go out front in the lawn and make some hay! This one is numbered 104 on a plaque on a cross beam. I wonder where the other 103 are? We could hook them all up and have the front lawn mowed in no time! What great condition and great surface. Don’t miss out on lot #187 in Pook and Pook Auction toy sale held in Downingtown, Pennsylvania on June 15th beginning at 10:00 AM Est. This also happens to be my birthday and this would make a great gift for me!! Hint Hint!
by: Jamie Shearer
This week I chose something that meets some of my must have criteria for me to consider it to be a great antique. Some of those benchmarks for me include scarcity, size, color, surface and eye appeal. It’s a forgone conclusion that everything that makes something a pick of the week has eye appeal. If it is hard to look at, no one would pick it. Anyone of us who has dealt with antiques for more than a day has the stories of something that was really ugly. That giant moose of a desk, the painting that makes you gasp, the piece that totally falls apart from just a mere glance of your eye. So, for me the eye appeal comes first, then it has to meet a second point. My pick this week checks off two more of the must have boxes, color and surface. Lot 246 in the May 4th, Americana sale has great color with a fantastic old dry surface. This Sheraton mirror retains the original green and gilt painted surface that just screams Americana. At 10” high and 7 ¾” wide it is very cute as a mirror but the frame begs to have a fantastic Pennsylvania pen and ink fraktur hanging inside. So, mirror, mirror on the wall, who will buy you as one of the fairest of all.
by: Jamie Shearer