SJ Auctioneers’ online-only auction on December 11 features items that make perfect Christmas gifts

Large 15-armed amethyst gem tree on clear quartz with an artificial trunk, from the Amethysts of Uruguay, 75 millimeters tall (estimate $250-500).
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BROOKLYN, NY – SJ Auctioneers bids farewell to 2022 with an online-only auction packed with 271 lots of rare jewelry, paperweights, art glass vases, rare collectible toys and tin trains, stunning silver, beautiful natural gemstone trees, designer scarves and more – many the items that make ideal Christmas gifts – on Sunday, December 11, starting at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The list of artists, designers and silversmiths reads like a who’s who of the world’s famous brands: Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Dominick & Haff, Jose Hess, Emile Delaire, Gorham Movito, Reed & Barton, Watson, Wallace, WM B .Kerr, Sackermann Hessenberg & Co., the Italian Vetreria Murano, Lesney, Steuben, Baccarat, Edward Hald and Arte.

Online bidding is done through and A link to the catalog on LiveAuctioneers can be found here: You can find a link to the catalog on Bidsquare here:

Some of the expected top lots at the auction are in the silverware category, such as the Reed & Barton 72 piece sterling silver Francis I pattern cutlery set in excellent used condition with box (estimate $3,500-$8,000) ; and the ca. 1850-1890 sterling silver and copper mixed metal Garham vase with applied 3-D strawberry plant and spider, 3 1/2 inches tall, marked with the 1882 datestamp (estimate $2,500-$5,000).

Fine pair of Spanish silver pheasants circa 1950/1960 with dark ruby ​​red glass eyes (estimate $1,000-$2,500).
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Also offered is a lovely pair of Spanish silver pheasants circa 1950/1960 with dark ruby ​​red glass eyes (estimate $1,000-$2,500); and a 19th-century sterling silver vase by George W. Shiebler & Company (NY), featuring a hand-painted enameled floral design on the front of the body, measuring just under 5 ½ inches tall and weighing 5.015 ounces. Troy (estimate $1,500-$2,000). The vase is marked ‘Sterling EJ Jaccard J.Co.’ (the dealer).

Rare Trains will include an American Flyer 20535 S Pony Express Passenger Set, S Gauge, C-6 Rating, circa 1959-1960, including one powered diesel, one non-powered diesel and four passenger cars, each car illuminated, as well as metal truck, metal wheels and knuckle couplers (estimated $2,000–$6,000); and a pre-WWII wind-up freight train set #815, Karl Bub-Zinn-Litho-O-Gauge (estimated $300–$5,000). Many other rare trains are also on offer.

Beautiful Chanel silk scarf, made in Italy, one of a group of Italian made designer name silk scarves offered as individual lots (estimate $350-$500).
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Rare tin toys to collect include several lots with estimates ranging from $500 to $1,000. These are led by a 1950s Disney 2nd National Duck mechanical pewter bench featuring Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pinocchio, Figaro, Huey, Dewey and Louie. The bench is in fair condition and is mechanically sound. It would make a lovely addition to any Disney collection.

Other tin toys with estimates ranging from $500 to $1,000 include the following:

  • A rare old Georg Fischer penny toy (Gf 161) made in Germany, 3½ inches tall.
  • A fire truck scale / ladder 34 cm clockwork tin toy with four firefighters in the cab, attributed to Tippco but with no certainty.
  • A German made 1920 Lehmann 771 tin toy garage in used condition with light scratches on the paintwork, rated 7.5 out of 10 for condition.

A toy with a slightly lower presale price is the original Marx Linemar Ford Friction Tin Vehicle and driver in a reproduction box, made in Japan (1907), 4 1/2 inches long, with a working friction motor with sound and a New Hampshire license plate (estimate $250 -$500).

There is a nice group of designer scarves, each sold as a single lot, each with an estimate of $350-$500. These include a Chanel silk scarf, a teal silk scarf from Cartier and a teal silk scarf from Patek Philippe, all made in Italy.

Handcrafted and visually appealing, the rare natural gemstone trees include a large 15 branch amethyst gemstone tree on clear quartz with an artificial trunk made from the amethysts of Uruguay, 75 millimeters high and 115 millimeters wide (estimated $250-$500). ); and a tree of life with clear quartz branches on a rose quartz-based gemstone tree (estimated $250-$500). Both would bring out the color and energy on any mantel.

Coming briefly to silverware, lots that are sure to pique the interest of bidders include a beautiful 1948 French Towle sandwich plate in sterling silver and teal-blue enamel, approximately 9½ inches in diameter (estimate $500-$1,000); and a rare vintage Cartier Perrier bottle opener and cork, 925 sterling silver, with box (estimated $250-500). You can find more silver items in the catalogue.

Telephone bids will not be accepted, but online bidding is now available. Pre-bidding is also possible, ie those who cannot take part in the online auction can still place their bids now.

SJ Auctioneers is always looking for quality items for future auctions. To inquire about the delivery of an item, estate, or collection, you may call 646-450-7553; or you can email to [email protected] To find out more about SJ Auctioneers and the online only auction on Sunday 11th December please visit

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