MT. CRAWFORD, VA, June 8, 2021 —- Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates is pleased to announce its 40th Semi-Annual Premier Americana Auction to be held July 2-3, 2021. The two-day event features historic property from estates and collections in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, New Jersey, Texas, and California, plus museum deaccessions. With over 1,100 lots of high-quality material, the sale is sure to generate excitement in the collecting community, providing a gauge for the current market across multiple categories.


Day One, beginning at 9:00 am EST on Friday, July 2, 2021, will kick the weekend off with the single-owner collection of the late Theodore (Ted) and Alvina Breckel, comprising the entire contents of their 18th century Oley, Pennsylvania stone farmhouse. The diverse offerings will include 18th & 19th century Pennsylvania, Midwestern, and New England furniture, most in original paint or finish; folk art portraiture, including miniatures; fraktur and other works on paper; other folk art, including weathervanes, trade signs, and carvings; earthenware and stoneware; wrought-iron hearth articles, including many signed examples; Gaudy Dutch ceramics; and antique oriental carpets. A small selection of additional American folk pottery from other consignors will immediately follow the Breckel Collection at the conclusion of the day. Highlights include a Ben Austrian (Pennsylvania, 1870-1921) oil on canvas farmyard scene of hen and chicks (Lot 29); a Jonas Weber (Pennsylvania, 1810-1876) paint-decorated trinket box (Lot 53); a 19th-century molded-copper full-body rooster weathervane in original surface (Lot 1); an Anna Pottery stoneware figural pig flask (Lot 411); a folk art watercolor portrait of a man (Lot 37), attributed to the Reading Artist (Pennsylvania, active 1828-1845); and an early Bucks Co. fraktur bookplate (Lot 38), dated 1781, attributed to Johannes Mayer (active 1769-1812).


Day Two, beginning at 9:00 am EST on Saturday, July 3, 2021 will feature a fine selection of rare Virginia & other Southern material; 18th & 19th century formal and country furniture; American folk, fine, & decorative arts; folk pottery; textiles, including outstanding quilts; Native American material; Civil War material, including a group of items owned by Jedediah “Jed” Hotchkiss; antique firearms; an excellent selection of mochaware, including many rare forms and patterns; 18th & 19th c. English figures and other ceramic articles, including Liverpool and creamware; and 18th century glass. Highlights for Day Two include an important Stirewalt Family, Shenandoah Co., Virginia paint-decorated yellow pine diminutive blanket chest (Lot 1087); a fine Native American Navajo Third Phase Chief’s blanket (Lot 1002); a rare Valley of Virginia inlaid cherry tall-case clock attributed to Peter Rife and David Whipple of Montgomery (now Pulaski) Co. (Lot 1223); an outstanding 19th century carved and gilt spread-wing eagle wall plaque (Lot 1125), and a wooden canteen used by famed Civil War Confederate cartographer, Jedediah “Jed” Hotchkiss (Lot 1039).


Company president, Jeffrey S. Evans, commented, “We are very excited to bring such an outstanding group of fresh material to the market for this auction. We are especially proud to offer the single-owner Americana collection of the late Ted and Alvina Breckel of Oley, Pennsylvania on day one of the sale. The Breckels were dear friends and great collectors, so, while it will be a bittersweet event, we anticipate that the sale will generate significant bidder interest. Overall, our varied offerings of American folk art, Southern objects, and historical material are especially strong and provide numerous unique buying opportunities for collectors of all levels.”

The catalogue will be posted around June 11, and the sale is on public preview June 30-July 1, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and July 2-3, 8:00 am until end of auction on each day. For further information, please visit, email, or call 540.434.3939.


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Photo 1: Ben Austrian (Pennsylvania, 1870-1921) farmyard scene with hen and chicks, Lot 29

Photo 2: Jonas Weber (Pennsylvania, 1810-1876) folk art paint-decorated trinket box, Lot 53