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<i>Wagner Auto</i> Advertising Coaster Wagon
Lot # 171 - Wagner Auto Advertising Coaster Wagon
American, early 20th century. A wooden wagon with stenciled advertising for Wagner Auto and eight spoke metal wheels, stenciled on back for Wagner Mfg. Co. / Cedar Falls, Iowa / Patented June 11, 1907 / Other Patents Pending; lg. (excluding handle) 36, ht. 17, dp. 17 in.
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Federal Wire Fireplace Fender and Cast Andirons
Lot # 60 - Federal Wire Fireplace Fender and Cast Andirons
American, early 19th century. A wire fender and two pairs of cast andirons; fender ht. 23.5 x 47.25 in.
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Currier Stereoview of Indian Trader & Interpreter Julius Meyer with Sioux Chiefs, Spotted Tail, Sitting Bull, and Pawnee Killer
Lot # 317 - Currier Stereoview of Indian Trader & Interpreter Julius Meyer with Sioux Chiefs, Spotted Tail, Sitting Bull, and Pawnee Killer
Stereoview of Julius Meyer posed with three Sioux Chiefs in a studio setting, ink identified on mount recto and verso as Spotted Tail, Sitting Bull (not the Sitting Bull associated with Custer's Last Stand), and Pawnee Killer. The yellow mount bears Frank F. Currier's Omaha, NE, imprint. Ca 1875.

Meyer was born in Bromberg, Prussia, March 30, 1839, and emigrated to Nebraska in 1867. It is said he was captured by the Sioux during a buffalo hunt and lived with them for several years. Speaking six Indian languages, Meyer was known by the Indians as “Curley-Headed White Chief with One Tongue” because of his honesty; he served as an Indian interpreter to Congress and as an Indian agent. In addition, Meyer operated a curio shop on Farnam Street in Omaha known as The Indian Wigwam, where he advertised himself as Julius Meyer, "Box-ka-re-she-hash-ta-ka," Indian Trader, Indian Interpreter and Dealer in Indian Curiosities.
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Important Collection of Prescription Books from San Francisco, CA, Apothecaries and Family Druggists, T.P. Bevans & Co., 1850-1886
Lot # 356 - Important Collection of Prescription Books from San Francisco, CA, Apothecaries and Family Druggists, T.P. Bevans & Co., 1850-1886
Lot of 9 volumes. All in various sized ledger books with marbled paper covers and leather spines (mostly gone). About half with paper label of T.P. Bevans & Co., Apothecaries and Family Druggists, SE corner of Broadway & Stockton Street, San Francisco. One with label of John Bevans, Apothecary and Family Druggist, still at Broadway and Stockton, but the first part (with the corner information) rubbed off. Two are missing the front board with their labels.

Book 1, 8 x 12 in. May 30, 1850 - Sept. 20, Rx numbers 301-387; on page 9, there are no numbers, dated Sept. 23 - Oct. 1. Then after page 12, the numbering begins with 1 as do the page numbers; dated Aug. 25, 1851 to Oct. 9, 1852; prescription numbers 1 - 1566 (including another 301-387).

Book 2, 8.25 x 13.75 in.; label with "Prescriptions / Liber [book] B / 29 Oct. 1850 to 25 Aug. 1851." Rx numbers 2005 - 2993.

Book 3, 11 x 17 in., ca. Sept. 1, 1856 (numbers damaged, p. 2 starts with 3 Sept.) to 16 May 1859; Rx numbers 5015 - 10999. Hand-numbered pages to 232, last 1/4 or so not numbered.

Book 4, 8.5 x 13 in., front label with manuscript "Prescriptions / Liber [book] E / Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 1854." Rx numbers 127-142, 156-2280; appears that two pages in back torn out, last entry Sept. 26.

Book 5, 11 x 13.5 in., front label indicates book F, Oct. 1, 1854 - Aug. 31, 1856. Starts over with Rx number 1. Missing pp. 239-293, Rx numbers 4020 to 4932. Last page numbered 297, last Rx # 5015.

Book 6, 11 x 17 in., Nov. 21, 1863 - 14 Apr. 1866; Rx numbers 22000-29728. 406pp (preprinted numbers). This one with John Bevans' label.

Book 7, 11 x 16 in., July 16, 1869 - Jan 4, 1874; Rx numbers 36011 - 44043.

Book 8, 10.5 x 16 in., no front cover. Jan 5, 1874 - Feb. 1, 1879; Rx numbers 44044 - 54800.

Book 9, 11 x 16 in., no front cover. Mar. 29, 1886 - Nov. 20, 1893. Rx numbers 80081 - 85026.

These entries are medical recipes and instructions for use. A few have last name of customer, but most do not. Most of these volumes also have notes written on blank endpapers and pastedowns, including a few customers' names. A couple have recipes affixed to front pastedown.

The medical recipes use plant extracts and chemicals. We think we recognize ingredients such as quinine and possibly morphine, but abbreviations are universal. Consignor indicates that some of these formulas include cannabis. There is plenty of research material in here for interested parties. Very few indicate the condition for which these are being prescribed, but there are certainly some indicators (is it taken by mouth, or a salve, for example).

According to a history of San Francisco Friends (Quakers), John and Thomas Bevan immigrated to San Francisco from England about 1850 (possibly drawn, as so many others, by Gold Rush opportunities). An ad in the Daily Alta California, May 9, 1851, advertised that the store had leeches, carbonate ammonia, tartaric acid, and a "general assortment of drugs and medicines." They were already at Broadway and Stockton. In 1862, John went into business with William Pickering, but that partnership dissolved in 1865. Both brothers appear in Directory listings for at least the next decade. (see http://sfquakers.org/about-us/our-history/our-history-150-years/ )

The Bevan family in California appears to have been Quakers, since other immigrants known to have been Quakers stayed with them upon arrival. Silvanus Bevan (1691-1765) was a well known Quaker apothecary in London, and, although he had no surviving children, his brother, Timothy, did. Timothy's son, Silvanus had seven sons - the immigrants may have been descendants of one branch of this family or another, although we did not locate the entire family tree.
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Black Clambroth Marble, 7/8 in.
Lot # 393 - Black Clambroth Marble, 7/8 in.
A black clambroth marble with thin swirled lines in blue and white; dia. 7/8 in.
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Late Classical Chest of Drawers in Tiger Maple and Cherry
Lot # 306 - Late Classical Chest of Drawers in Tiger Maple and Cherry
American, 19th century. A late Classical chest of drawers in tiger maple and cherry, having a rectangular top above paneled sides and one dovetailed drawer outset over three graduated, dovetailed drawers flanked by scrolled stiles, the drawer fronts fitted with mushroom knobs and inset with brass key surrounds, all rising on cylindrical legs with ring-turned cuffs and ball feet; ht. 46.75, wd. 40.75, dp. 21.75 in.
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Cast Iron Native American Figures
Lot # 67 - Cast Iron Native American Figures
American, late 19th-early 20th century. A pair of cast iron flat-backed Native American braves, likely former doorstops or andirons, each in an active pose and wielding a tomahawk. Original and old paint present; ht. 10.5 in.
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Colored Handcut Agate Marbles
Lot # 423 - Colored Handcut Agate Marbles
A large lot of handcut agate marbles in various colors, including some bullseye marbles; largest approximate dia. 1 in.
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Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011; USA)
Lot # 40 - Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011; USA)
Tea Bowl
ca 1990
Porcelain; ht. 2.75, dia. 5.25 in.
Artist signature incised on base. 

Takaezu was born to Japanese immigrant parents in Pepeekeo, Hawaii and studied at the Honolulu Museum of Art and the University of Hawaii from 1948-51. From 1951 to 1954, she continued her studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where she where she befriended Finnish ceramist Maija Grotell who became her mentor. In 1955, Takaezu traveled to Japan where she studied Buddhism and the techniques of traditional Japanese Pottery which continued to influence her work. She taught for 10 years at the Cleveland Institute of Art and then from 1967 to 1992, she taught at Princeton University where she was awarded an honorary doctorate. She retired in 1992 to become a studio artist. In addition to her studio in New Jersey, she made many of her larger sculptures at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and then lived in Hawaii for 10 years and died March 9, 2011 in Honolulu.
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Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Large Circular Blue Platter
Lot # 5 - Albert Green (1914-1994; USA) Large Circular Blue Platter
Circular Platter in Blue 
ca 1970-80
Glazed Stoneware; ht. 3, dia. 19.5 in. 
Signed Green on base.

Green was born in 1914 into a working class family. Driven by a fierce work ethic he was able to enter the University of Pennsylvania at the age of 16 on a full scholarship for both his academic and athletic achievements. He was a champion middle distance runner throughout college.

He studied painting at the Art Students League in New York City. But in 1946 a chance encounter, a rare one at that time, saw a display of contemporary Japanese pottery by the Mingei master Shoji Hamada that changed his life. On the spot he decided to switch from painter to potter. 

Green did not go to any ceramic schools such as Alfred University but learned pottery techniques through the rather daunting, method of ceramic engineering manuals and his knowledge of college chemistry taught himself glaze technology.

Then he merged this with his painting skills and produced a translation of Japanese style pottery decoration that was thoroughly Western and unique within this widespread  Japonisme treatment in America. This use of color was striking and bold and felt connected to mid-century modernism just as it was breaking through into American culture, with geometric panels of bright color and powerful slip drawing.

Whereas the Mingei style presented reticence, Green delivered bravado. Now that mid-century is so significant, collected as style artifacts and design trophies, and also influencing the new, Green’s pottery is finding a new life and appreciation for its zest, adventurous color and complex compositions all anchored in sturdy, handsome vessel forms.

Green had numerous awards for his art from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and National Museum of Design in New York and was made a Fellow of the American Craft Council. He is in the collection of the Chicago Art Institute; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

 

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<i>Silas Hoadley</i> Shelf Clock
Lot # 281 - Silas Hoadley Shelf Clock
American (Plymouth, CT), 19th century. A Silas Hoadley Franklin shelf clock, having a mahogany case with stenciled eagle splat flanked by tiger maple capitals with ball finials, stenciled half columns flanking a painted wooden dial with Arabic numerals over a reverse-painted seascape tablet and a smaller reverse-painted floral tablet, retains original paper label; ht. 35.75, wd. 17.25, dp. 4.75 in.
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