|CHADS FORD, Pa. — From fine furniture to Leica cameras, William Bunch Auctions will have bidders covered on March 26.
The star of the Leica cameras will most likely be a circa 1925 IA 35mm example with an Anastigmat 50mm F 3.5 lens. This camera would have been fitted with an Elmax lens when new, but likely was retrofitted with an Anastigmat lens upon a trip to the factory repair shop. According to factory records, this unit was delivered to Prague, Czechoslovakia, on May 18, 1925. It was sent back to the factory for repairs twice, the second time in 1929 with a note, “completely demolished, camera fallen.” It is assumed this is when the Anastigmat lens may have been fitted to the unit. The shipping records support the family history of ownership as the consignor’s grandmother was born in Prague and was sent by her family in the late 1920s to New York to live with an uncle in an effort to escape the Nazis. She was successful, her family perished in the Holocaust. The camera came to New York with the grandmother and descended to the present owners.
Of the more than 100 lots of furniture there are 10 breakfronts and bookcases to choose from. If your home office needs even more storage options the auction will offer an Extra Grade Wooton desk in original finish.
Obviously all of that furniture will need some books. The auction will feature rare Charles Dickens first editions including one with a letter from Dickens to his publisher. To fill the space beside the book the event will also offer numerous smalls including a rare Meissen “Count Bruhl’s Tailor on a Goat.”
An offering of 35 clocks features an exceedingly rare floor regulator by William F Ladd, New York, circa 1850-70, in a Gothic mahogany case with mercury jar pendulum designed for use in stock exchange markets. Other rare American clocks include an all original Howard No. 1 banjo and a Seth Thomas No. 19 wall regulator with mercury jar pendulum.
More than 80 lots of fine art and sculpture are showcased in this Quarterly Catalog Auction. These pieces represent the work of 50-plus artists spanning five centuries including The Card Cheat, an oil on board by Talbot Hughes (British, 1869-1942).
A fantastic collection of animalier bronzes will be led by a 60-inch figural pair of soaring eagles by Chester Fields titled Majestic Courtship. While Fields has this stunning piece priced on his website at $150,000, it is being sold at the auction with no reserve.
The complete catalog can be viewed at www.bunchauctions.com. More information can also be had by calling (610) 558-1800.