Rare Early American Fireman’s Parade Hat Climbs to $18,000 and the Collection of Jonathan Orr Swan of MFA School Boston at Kaminski Auctions May 11, 2017

Important Early American 1754 Painted Parade Hat sold for $18,000

http://www.kaminskiauctions.com Kaminski’s April Fine and Decorative Art Auction on April 30, 2017 saw many of the top lots climb well above estimates with lively bidding coming from determined Internet bidders. Most notable was a rare firemen’s ceremonial parade hat from the 1700s. The hat was purchased at a local yard sale and was from the Franklin Fire Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Made of pressed resin felt with a hand painted picture of Benjamin Franklin, this particular “parade hat” as they were known bears the initials JF on the stovetop.

After 100 plus views on KaminskiLive, this rare piece of American history was finally hammered down for $18,000 to an enthusiastic phone bidder. These special occasion hats or “parade hats” as they became known were worn by the fireman in parades, to county fairs, and in pumping competitions.

A Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, 1691-1765) landscape view of Roman ruins, oil on canvas sold to the floor for $12,000.

The silver category did very well with a pair of Persian silver vases that weighed 224 oz,. sold for $9000 and a two-piece Persian silver compote weighing approximately 182 oz,. sold for $5400. Both from were from a New England estate. Similarly, a 19th century silver English Georgian solid silver tray with handles, hall marked London sold for $4500.

Middle Eastern items featured in the sale did well with a Qajar period enamel liquor set the top lot selling for $5400 and an early Middle Eastern hand-written Quran/Koran selling for $2700.

On Thursday, May 11th starting at 6:00 pm Kaminski Auctions will host an evening auction during Brimfield Week featuring the collection of Jonathan Orr Swan, former Professor, and…

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