April 4, 2009

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING WHAT TO GET US FOR AN OPENING DAY GIFT:

Auctions: Railroad books and memorabilia; American pewter (By David Iams, 4/04/09, The Inquirer)


The first of this weekend's sales takes place tonight at Briggs Auction in Garnet Valley, which, as part of its regular Friday night event, will be offering a single-owner collection of more than 2,000 books related to railroads, as well as railroad memorabilia. The books and memorabilia, including a locomotive bell, come from the estate of Charles Smith of Wayne, a longtime railroad executive who was president of the New York Central System Historical Society, according to Briggs president John Turner.

The auction, as usual, begins at 5 p.m. at the gallery, at 1347 Naamans Creek Rd., and the Smith collection will be sold probably around 8 p.m., Turner said this week. The books, which will be broken down into about 400 lots, cover all aspects of U.S. and international railroads, and many are illustrated.

Turner expects them to sell for between $10 to a couple of hundred dollars per lot. He expects the bell to bring as much as $1,000.

Other memorabilia include lanterns, prints, and a live model steam engine new in the box.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2009 6:22 AM
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