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There were 359 checked-in buyers and an all time record of 1069 absentee bids at Copake's 20th Annual New Year's Day auction. This rare 19th century Baltimore album quilt with classic album quilt motifs and signatures of Baltimore residents sold above estimate at $28,250
Another Copake sale was a 19th century cast iron horse weathervane attributed to Rochester New Hampshire Iron Works with provenance from the Hathorn Dawes family. The estimate was $10,000-$15000. The weathervane brought $18,645.

This was top lot at Brunk's Auction held January 2 and 3 in Asheville, North Carolina. It was the first detailed map of the entire state of Georgia published by Daniel Sturges in 1818. It had 50 5 3/4 by 9 inch highly detailed panels. It doubled its estimate of $15,000-$25,000 and sold for $63,250. A relatively unknown but important figure in Georgia history, Daniel Sturges and his family migrated from Virginia to South Carolina, and then into Georgia about 1790. Daniel served as the Deputy Surveyor General of Georgia until 1797, when he was elected Surveyor General. He served as Surveyor General to the State of Georgia from 1797 to 1809, and again from 1817 until his death in 1823. He assisted commissioners and surveyors from Georgia and North Carolina in attempting to determine the boundaries between the two states. In 1799, he submitted a sketch for a contest to alter Georgia?s great seal. His design, which incorporates Masonic symbols, was selected as the winning sketch and, with slight modifications, remains the great seal of the state today. Known for his meticulousness, Sturges?s took over 20 years to complete his map of Georgia. Eleazer Early, Sturges?s brother-in-law, purchased the map from Sturges, who was experiencing financial difficulties. Early copyrighted the map and sent it on to John Melish and Samuel Harrison in Philadelphia for engraving. Published in 1818, Daniel Sturges?s map is known as the first detailed published map of the entire state of Georgia.
The top lot at Pook and Pook auction in Downington Pennsylvania on January 15 was a Philadelphia Chippendale mahogany tea table, ca. 1770 with a rectangular trap top over a frame with applied carving supported by curved cabriole legs termination in ball and claw feet which brought $76,050.
A Southeastern Pennsylvania sgraffito decorated redware charger, ca. 1810 with tulip emanating from an urn, 13" with an estimate of $5000-$10,000 sold for $15,210 at Pook and Pook.
A Conestoga wagon box, ca. 1800 with a wrought iron tulip form hasp and hinges, retaining a blue surface sold for $3840 at Pook and Pook in Downingtown Pennsylvania.
A New York free blown green aqua glass pitcher, ca. 1840 with type II and III lily pad decoration standing 7 3/8 inches high surpassed a modest estimate of $4,000-$6,000 and sold for $32,420 at Pook and Pook.
A double portrait by Ammi Phillips of a young boy and his older sister that passed to auction from the Ludington family of Goshen Connecticut, direct descendants of the sitters attained $782,500 with buyer's premium at Christie's auction of important folk art on Friday, January 22. The oil on canvas painting, "Double Portrait of Theron Simpson Ludington (1850-1922) and His Older Sister Virginia Ludington (1846-1865)," circa 1855, was estimated to bring $300,000-$500,000. It is rare to have a double portrait. According to catalog notes There are less than ten full-length double portraits.
A new auction record for American silver was set on January 22 at Sotheby's when a punch bown by Cornelius Kierstede, made in New York between 1700 and 1710, sold for $5,906,500. With an estimate of $400,000-$800,000, It was owned by Commodore Joshua Loring and his wife Mary Curtis. This bowl was accompanied by two 19th century letters. One letter dated November 29, 1873 stated: "The chased silver bowl, valued at nineteen guineas, left to me as an heirloom by my father in 1852, I hereby give to my brother Adml. Loring C.B. instead of leaving it to him in my will. - Henry N. Loring." The second letter stated: "Silver Bowl, Belonged to Joshua Loring & was buried in a well during the War of American Independence (the Loring family was then living in America) & brought up when it was over."
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