Gem-studded jewel casket set to dazzle at Leland Little's estate auction

Leland Little will present more than 700 lots of fine art, decorative arts and fine wine at their two-day Fall Catalogue Auction to be conducted Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17.

The sale will feature property deaccessioned from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the North Carolina Museum of History, the New Bern Historical Society, as well as other select estates and collections.

The first session on Friday will offer 107 lots of fine wine and will be led by a magnum bottle of La Tache, vintage 2005 (est. $6,000-$8,000). This sale will also feature vintage 1996 Petrus, one bottle (est. $1,200 -$1,500), vintage 1959 Chateau d'Yquem, one bottle (est. $1,000-$1,500), as well as vintage 1985 Chateau Margaux, four bottles (est. $800-$1,100).

Starting at on Saturday morning, Leland will offer over 600 lots of fine and decorative arts. This session will start with an outstanding Confederate and militaria collection. A rare Mendenhall, Jones & Gardner Confederate rifle, made in Guilford County, N.C., (est. $12,000-$16,000) should generate excitement.

Important French Parcel Gilt Gem Set Jewel Casket
The extraordinary French Parcel Gilt gem-set Jewel Casket

Other lots of note include a McElroy Confederate foot officer's sword (est. $9,000-$12,000), a Confederate North Carolina contract forage cap, circa 1860-62 ($4,000-$6,000), and an identified Rhode Island Civil War Gillmore Medal (est. $3,500-$4,500), which was awarded "For Gallant and Meritorious Conduct" at Fort Sumter.

Fine silver will be strong, as usual, led by an important French parcel gilt and gem set jewel casket with the mark for Paul Rigaux and Pierre Leblanc (est. $20,000-$40,000).

Other top lots include a Tiffany & Co. Japanese-style sterling bowl (est. $1,000-$2,000) and a Swedish silver tea urn by Gustaf Mollenborg (est. $4,000-$6,000).

The sale takes place in Hillsborough, North Carolina.


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