Keystone Auctions LLC

Keystone Auctions LLC specializes in auctioning of:

Real Estate (Houses and Entire Households), Antiques, Fine Art, Fine and Quality Costume Jewelry, Gold, Sterling Silver, US Coins, Currency, Americana, Folk Art-Trade Signs, Collections, Estates, Furniture, Period Furniture, Military Items (Antique Firearms, Swords, Bayonets, Civil War, WWI & WWII Memorabilia), Fine Porcelain, Toys, Cast Iron, Political Items, Model Trains, Pressed Tin Toys & Much Much More!


October 27, 2018

Fine Arts, Antiques, Furniture and Civil War/Gen. Francis P. Blair Estate Items

 Fine Art, Antiques & Furniture, Civil War&More

  • Auction Saturday, October 27, 2018. 9 a.m. (In house and online)
  • Preview Friday, October 26, 2018.  1-5 p.m.

Location: 218 East Market Street, York Pa 17403. Q & A 717-755-8954.

A collection of fine bronzes including a Valkyrie by Villanis and a Muse by Albert Carrier-Belleuse, a 1770 George III silver tankard, a signed Tiffany lamp, a 1929 Gibson L-4 guitar, antique rifles, pistols, and revolvers, Civil War and other items related to Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair and family, antique African masks, and furniture including a 44-drawer apothecary from the Morris Drug Store of York, PA., Chippendale, Windsor, and decorated plank chairs, over a dozen antique desks and cupboards, and a life-size “Cycle Americains” French framed poster. Also offered are estate, Native American, Victorian and designer jewelry plus vintage designer handbags including Pucci and Louis Vuitton.

Included in this auction are Civil War currency, military letters and ephemera including a photograph of Maj. Gen. Blair and his officers, plus furniture, a “Blair” door knocker, political pins, gold medals, awards, and Colonial currency from a descendant’s collection of the Blair, Henrotin, and Price families. The most notable members of the Blair family are Francis Preston Blair Jr. (1821-1875) and his son Francis Preston Blair II (1856-1914). The elder Blair influenced U.S. politics as a jurist, U.S. Senator and Congressman, and a soldier (Civil War General). His son graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point in 1877 and after short service in the artillery branch of the U.S. Army, obtained his law and medical degrees from the University of Missouri. Francis II had a legal career and was involved in the mining business in the western states. The Henrotin family was connected to the Blair family through marriage and items include those from Charles Henrotin (1843-1914) who was born in Belgium and moved to the U.S. in 1861. Henrotin amassed money and political power in the stock market and banking and is considered the principle founder of the Chicago Stock Exchange. He served as consuls of Belgium and Turkey as well as being a director of the Chicago Colombian Exposition. His wife, Ellen M. Henrotin (1847-1922) served in international based women’s organizations related to arts and culture which gave her the ability to purchase some of the items in the auction. Also represented are items from the Price family; most notably Colonel R. B. Price who was an influential banker in Missouri in the mid-19th century.  Some specific items include:
  • 12-page Civil War letter dated August 11, 1864 regarding Battle of Atlanta;
  • Political Pins for 1868 US Presidential Election;
  • Society of the American Revolution items (Blair Family);
  • United States Military Academy items (Francis Blair III);
  • Miniature Portrait of King Charles I attributed to Miniaturist John Hoskins;
  • US Senate Publication about Fur Trade-1824;
  • 17th Century English Indenture;
  • Pair of 18th Century American Deeds (one from 1789 between Samuel Morris and John Mifflin);
  • Queen Elizabeth I Large Wax Seal;
  • Early Aviation Related Postal Covers;
  • Colombian Exposition Medals and Pins – Director Henrotin;
  • Ulysses S. Grant Autograph-Henrotin Consul Appointment and Related Documents;
  • Rutherford B. Hayes Autograph-Henrotin Consul Appointment and Related Gold Medal
  • and much more including family trees, photo albums, their books from the 1800s! For more on the family, start hereFrancis P. Blair

This catalog is uploaded and available for bidding: CLICK HERE  (Check back after October 10 for a few interesting additions.)


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We Can Consign and Promote Your Estate Items!

Keystone Auctions LLC is York Pennsylvania’s leading-edge auction company (Auction House). We use the latest technology to bring together thousands of bidders on auction day. If you are selling a significant collection or just a few valuable items, Garrett Klinger will construct an auction designed to maximize the exposure of your items. Gary, York Pennsylvania’s Auctioneer, has an extensive background in Antiques & Art. With Gary’s Marketing background, you will be sure to get a plan designed to maximize your return. Gary is a second generation antique dealer and is knowledgeable in all aspects of the auction industry as well as retail and wholesale trade. He knows the antique market and has the knowledge, background, and resources to market your antiques and valuables to their fullest potential.

Keystone Auctions LLC has sold millions of dollars worth of products for deaccessioning museums, historical societies, estate lawyers, business collectors, antique dealers and your everyday homeowner.  Keystone Auctions LLC services the York, Lancaster, Reading, Gettysburg, Philadelphia, Devon, Media, Chester Springs, Downingtown areas in Pennsylvania as well as Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. metro areas.

Keystone Auctions LLC is a full-service auction company, offering professional pickups and moving, whether you’re selling one item, need an entire house cleanout or want an onsite auction.

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717 755 8954 or 717 850 2513

Items We Auction

Advertising & General Store Items

Tobacco & cigar advertising, Coca-Cola, soda pop advertising, Country store displays,  oil and gas station signs, advertising calanders, pin-ups, candy counter jars, and more

Art – Fine, Folk, & Pop Art

Fine Art – Impressionism, Abstract & Modernism in various mediums including watercolors, oil paintings, prints, bronze & marble sculptures, drawings, lithographs, silver, copper, and photography.

Folk Art – Redware’s Graffito, blue decorated stoneware, chalkware, spatterware, wood carvings, whimseys, treenware, decoys, Frakturs, scrimshaw, watercolors, paint decorated, quilts, rugs, weathervanes, iron, trade signs, walking sticks or cane collections and many other oddities.

Pop Art – Movies, cultural objects, comic book art, comic strip art, advertising, and design art, science fiction, technology, architectural and movie posters.

Oriental Works of Art

Oriental Ceramics & Jewelry – Antique Blue ceramics, Blue White, Famille Verte, Famille Rose, Japanese Imari, Canton, Satsuma, snuff bottles, jade jewelry, figures, chops, and forms.

Oriental Metal-ware & Military Items & Weapons – Cloisonne, bronze or brass, figure vases and bowls, Samurai swords, knives, and helmets.

Textiles & Art – kimonos, robes, Chinese, Persian & Oriental carpets, rugs & mats, gouache on paper, rice paper watercolors, fans, woodcuts, woodblocks, room dividers & screens.


All types of furniture including chests of drawers, bookcases, highboys, chairs, blanket chests, dower’s chests, marble tops, sideboards, dressers, tables, bookcases, buffets, corner cupboards, dining room sets, bedroom sets and China cabinets.

Period Furniture – American, English & Continental, including William and Mary, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency, Windsor, Chippendale, Sheraton, Federal, Empire and Victorian.

Modern Furniture (Mid-Century) – Interested in unique forms and designs by known makers such as George Nakashima, Vladimir Kagan, Molly Gregory, Paul McCobb, Herman Miller as well as unknown makers.

Designer Furniture – Good clean reproduction and style furniture by various makers including but not limited to Pennsylvania House, Ashley, Ethan Allen, Copeland Furniture Manufacturing Company, Baker Furniture Company, Herman Miller, Lane Furniture Company Durham, Drexel Heritage, Stickley, Alfresco Lifestyles and many others.

Military Items & Sporting Items

Military Items – Uniforms, swords, helmets, bayonets, knives, photographs, insignia, medals, buttons, bullets, artillery rounds, trench art, military related books, armor, maps, souvenirs, Nazi items, Revolutionary War items, Civil War items, letters, log books, Spanish American War items, Korea, Vietnam and contemporary military items.

Sporting Items – Duck & Fish decoys, early fishing licenses, fly rods, fishing reels, fishing lure and tackle boxes.

Pottery & Porcelain

British, French, German & American –  Meissen, Spode, Staffordshire, Minton, Lowsestoff, Delft, Liverpool, Derby, Chelsea, Belleek, Worchester, Flight & Barr, Wedgewood, Sevres, Berlin Porcelain, KPM Porcelain, Vienna, Liverpool, Tucker, creamware, Mason, yellowware, pearlware, salt-glazed, mochaware, stoneware, faience, Majolica, Pfaltzgraff and more.

Jewelry, Silver, Watches, Pocket Watches, & Clocks

Jewelry – Estate Jewelry & Silver.  Keystone Auctions LLC takes the time to sort jewelry items and has large stones inspected by certified gemologists to correctly identify the items and allow competitive bidding to sell for more than a jeweler would. We sell jewelry, 10K, 14K, 18k gold, crystal, sterling silver flatware, costume jewelry, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, opals, garnets, emeralds, and pearls. Selling in all forms including rings, necklaces, pins, bracelets, lockets and enamel boxes.

Costume Jewelry – Don’t discount your costume jewelry! Keystone Auctions LLC has buyers for costume jewelry such as rhinestone, crystal, earrings, necklace by named brand makers and others. Highlights include Tiffany, Gorham, Schreiner, Miriam Haskell, Joan Crawford and much more.

Watches, Pocket Watches & Clocks – In this day of cell phones believe it or not Keystone Auctions LLC has a market for watches, pocket watches and clocks ranging from RR Pocket Watches, Rolex, Gucci, wrist watches to Grandfather Clocks.  We can market these items to the world’s highest bidders.

Toys, Trains, & Pop Culture Items

Toys – Mechanical Banks, Banks, wind-up toys, Star Wars, tin litho toys, pressed steel cars and trucks, Hot Wheels, juke boxes, marbles, coin operated machines, Matchbox cars, vending machines, robots, gum ball machines, dolls and more.

Trains – Lionel, American Flyer, MTB-model trains, Bachman, LGB-model trains, USA trains, Marx, Brass, live steamers and more.

Pop Culture Items – Comic books, premiums, pins, character items, move items.

Sports Memorabilia – Baseball cards, baseball bats, early football, signed items, posters, letters, and photographs.

Coins & Currency

US currency in all denominations including Morgan silver dollars, proof sets, gold & silver coins, silver certificates, large cents, mercury dimes, and coins as well as foreign coins.

Other items we auction are medical items and bags, firefighters helmets, police memorabilia, nautical, boating and sailing items, scientific and automotive collectibles, early Christmas. Plus instruments including guitars, violins, string instruments, trumpets, horns, flutes and wind instruments.

Automobiles and Real Estate, leather bound books, maps, books, postcards, ephemera, buttons, and much much more.

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