LUNENBURG – The private collection of Murray and the late Hazel Detweiler of Oxford Mills went up on the auction block this past weekend and it attracted more than a few keen collectors.
Rare Canadian sport scene pottery, port-neuf pottery, early Canadian furnishings, tools, toys and sports equipment were just some of the items that delighted a huge crowd Sat. Jan 20 at the Peter Ross Auction House.
Local collector Frank Buwalda was impressed both by the size of the collection and the crowd.
“We’ve never seen this many people here. Very rarely do you find pieces that are 100 per cent original,” he said.
The final sale price on some of the items certainly backs up the sentiment. A tea pot and a pitcher from the port-neuf pottery collection fetched $950 and $550 respectively. A collection of Canadian sport scene pottery also created a buzz amongst collectors and enthusiasts. A plate from the collection went for $2,700. A coloured soap dish with a lid sold at $2,900. Even a bowl and pitcher, although slightly damaged, managed to fetch $3,400.
Auction house co-owner Helen Ross said she was impressed, but not overly surprised at the high prices these rare pieces demanded.
“You might see collections that have six pieces, tops. They had 26… You just don’t see this and he [Detweiler] took years buying these, piece by piece,” said Ross.
People showed up as early as 8 am and came from as far away as Quebec City, Niagara Falls and Barrie. Ross knew early on the collection would spark a lot of interest.
“I knew it was good. Two weeks before this sale I had calls from everywhere and I was sending pictures back and forth.”
The highlight of the sale was rare early 1800’s Canadian furnishings. A flat-to-the-wall raised panel cupboard in blue over paint brought in the highest bid of the day at $4,400.
Ross laid the credit for the size of the crowd and level of interest squarely at the feet of the Detweilers.
“They were good, honest collectors, you could see that with the people that showed up,” said Ross.
For those that walked away disappointed and empty handed, another auction from the same collection is scheduled for Sat., Feb 24. Items up for bid will be similar with glass-ware, collectables, Canadian crocks and early Canadian furnishings.