Monday, March 30, 2015

Cross Artifacts, Jeffersonville, Ohio

Saturday we drove out to Jeffersonville, Ohio, to an auction held by Cross Artifacts. It was just a little outside of the town, at a large metal building surrounded by farms. It was very easy to find, and there was plenty of parking for the crowd that arrived. The spacious interior had lots of seating, and it was fairly easy to get through the tables to inspect the goods. There was a second ring for coins and furniture, but they were able to control the speaker systems to make it easy for everyone. We were surprised to find that the crowd of around 70 people were happy to pay retail prices for many of the items for sale, but of course as resellers we were looking for the undervalued items. We came away with a few nice Cowan pieces, a little McCoy and Van Briggle, and even a Moorcroft piece. There were several dozen pieces of vintage Weller pottery, but for a variety of reasons we did not end up with any of it. 

Weller stork umbrella stand at Cross Auctions

One neat piece of Weller pottery was a large umbrella stand with a stork on each side. Most of the professionals were in agreement that it had been extensively restored, but it still went for around $300. A very interesting piece with great eye appeal.

Various Weller pieces at Cross Auctions

The Eocean piece was unrestored with a minuscule fleabite to the lip, and the glaze had over a dozen distracting pops all of the way around it. Nonetheless, it still commanded nearly $200 which seemed a bit excessive for the condition. The Hudson piece with daffodils was well-signed and in nice shape, but the bidding got moving pretty quickly. We missed a bid on it and it went for $275 which left our competition with a bit of a bargain.  The silvertone wall pocket came in at $150, and by then most of the really nice stuff was gone.

We did not come away with a large amount of stuff, and missed a few deals, but we still feel we did well and that it was well worth the trip.

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