Date: FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 7, 2024
February 25 – March 7, 2024 An extensive collection of antique pharmaceutical related items, including scales, apothecary bottles, antique pharmacy school class photos and a fabulous apothecary show globe. A beautiful antique 13 ft. lapstrake rowboat, as well as a vintage ice sailing boat with 18 ft mast and sail, from the iconic DN class. A selection of fine gold and gemstone jewellery, with appraisals, Aynsley cup with butterfly handle, Lorenzen mushroom sculpture, designer handbags, scarves and sunglasses, many with authentication, high end telescopes and accessories, a Record vise, antique furniture and china, large selection of Chinese decorative vintage items including large egg jars, a pair of spectacular elaborately carved stone floor vases, black lacquer Chinoiserie stand and room divider screen, new old stock toys, wool carpets, oil lamps, cast iron, vintage lighting, vintage high end Marantz 2325 receiver, vintage Sony turntable, and more.

Our multi consignor winter sale is an interesting collection from multiple estates. Our selection of apothecary items comes from a family that established one of the first pharmacies in Burlington, Ontario. Ranging from antique class photographs from the Ontario College of Pharmacies, to apothecary bottles and scales, to a multi-drawer antique wooden drugstore cabinet, with drawers filled with corks used to stopper medicine bottles. One of the most impressive pieces from this collection is the apothecary show globe. These globes were filled with coloured liquid and placed in the window of early pharmacies. It has been used as a symbol for pharmacies from 17th century England to early 20th century America, much as the striped pole came to represent a barbershop. The brightly coloured liquid meant the drugstore was easily recognizable by a mostly illiterate population. Some theories even having it date back to Julius Caesar’s invasion of Britain in 53 BC.  Apothecaries were generally located near ship docks, and multiple show globes, back-lit by lanterns would guide sailors home safely.

Two consecutive lots up for offer are very different, but each fine examples of their craft. The Aynsley cup and saucer with a butterfly handle, and the Lorenzen mushroom sculpture. Aynsley and Sons was established as a simple pottery shop on Flint St. in London in 1775.  John Aynsley went on to produce fine bone china for Queen Victoria, and in 1931 designed the “tulip cup”, with a butterfly handle and a registered number, which was said to be inspired by Queen Mary.  Aynsley remains one of the last working bone china factories in all of England.
Our Lorenzen mushroom sculpture is from Ernst Lorenzen and his wife Alma, who began making pottery in Dieppe, NB, in 1947.  On a clay finding expedition they became intrigued with the local mushrooms they came across, and decided to experiment with creating sculptures of them.  By the time they moved to Lantz NS, in the 50’s, they had become known for their mushrooms, which have become extremely collectible over the years. They are prized for their botanical accuracy, and are actually used by some universities for teaching purposes.

We have collected from one estate a selection of designer purses, scarves, gloves, and sunglasses. To complete your ensemble we have accessories by Louis Vuitton, Halston, Versace, Gucci, and others.  Because there are so many fakes on the market we went the extra step and send detailed high res photos of the more expensive pieces to an independent company LegitGrails that deals exclusively with authentication of designer products.  The certificates from LegitGrails are included with the purses and sunglasses that we had authenticated.  

We are thrilled to have the rare opportunity to offer 2 vintage boats:  one an early wooden lapstrake rowboat in original finish and good condition, and the other a DN ice sailing boat, with sail # 1673, likely from the 60’s.
To this day, the speed and portability of the DN has made it the most popular ice boat design, both in Europe and North America, with world competitions still being held for this class. The first boat was built in 1936/37, by master craftsman Archie Arrol, who worked in the hobby shop of the Detroit News – hence the “DN”- in  partnership with 2 ice boat designers, Joe Lodge and Norman Jarrett.  Made of wood and fiberglass, with a Sitka spruce mast and boom, with 60 square feet of canvas, this beauty will power you at 4 times the speed of wind  – if you dare!

As always, please feel free to call us to arrange a viewing time for this sale.  Many of the items are best seen in person, and we strongly encourage previews.

Happy Bidding!