Helmholz Balfour Mayo Auction 2012

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9:00 A.M., SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2012



Preview: 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, and from 8:00 a.m. on auction day.


Note: This multi-party auction could be the most historically-important auction yet in this Mayo Clinic community, offering many personal articles from the families of Dr. William J. Mayo (1861-1939), his son-in-law Dr. Donald C. Balfour (1882-1963) and grandson-in-law Dr. H.F. "Fred" Helmholz (1911-2012), including works of art, furniture, silver and books (incl. 2 volumes w/ bookplates from the Mayo paddlewheeler S.S. Oronoco); also offered are original works of art by Dr. Hugh Butt (1910-2008), the last surviving physician to have worked with the Mayo brothers, as well as pieces of contemporary art from his personal collection, items from the lifetime collection of Mr. & Mrs. Ken Doty of West Concord, MN., & the estate of Roy Watson of Rochester.We will sell from two rings for much of the day. (See portraits).

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Works of Art: 16x20 oil on canvas entitled Winter Cheer by Oscar E. Berninghaus (American, 1874-1952); 20x30 oil on canvas entitled The Blue Hill & a 20x24 landscape oil on canvas entitled The Valley by Maurice Braun (American, 1877-1941); 14x16 oil on canvas entitled Beside the Acequia near San Ildefonso 1925 by Gerald Ira Diamond Cassidy (American, 1879-1934); oil on canvas of house in winter by Charles Craig (American, 1846-1931); 19.75x26 nautical watercolor by John Whorf (American, 1903-1959); 7x8.5 petit point of American flag & eagle made by Mrs. William J. (Hattie Damon) Mayo in 1889; 3 human figure bronzes (9" to 14" in height) by Charles Eugene Gagnon (Rochester, MN., 1934-2012); 8.75" bronze totem sculpture by Domenico Calabrone (Brazilian/Italian, 1928-2000); selection of reproduction Frederic Remington bronzes (see inventory); several Victorian oils in ornate frames; selection of contemporary watercolors, prints & art posters.

Furniture: 2-door Gustav Stickley bookcase (w/ red stamp label), 56x43x12; pr. of c. 1906 Greene and Greene chairs w/ leather seats, each measuring 38.25x20x16.75 (see reference); Biedermeier drop front desk w/ marble top, 57x34x15.5; c. 1900 gilt Louis XV style vitrine w/ gilt decorations & scenic details; stunning c. 1870 hardwood American bedroom set in what appears to be original condition, possibly by Mitchell & Rammelsberg, incl. bed w/ exceptional detail measuring 92"l x 63.5w x 95"h (plus 18.5" w/ attached bust), vanity, 102"h x 65.75"w x 27"d & oval table, 27.75x32.75x20, the set originally belonged to U.S. federal Judge Rensselaer Nelson (1826-1904), who settled in Minnesota Territory in the 1850's; 1920's Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk which belonged to Lt. Colonel George Wood Beeler (1910-1951), West Point graduate & Assistant to Chief of Transportation on ports development in France & rail operations in northern Europe during the Allied thrust toward Berlin; automobile trunk, 32x17x20.75; fine cheval mirror; 19th cent. tilt-top table, 23.5x24, 30.75 height; Norwegian spinning wheel dated 1866; numerous formal mahogany furniture pcs.; white leather love seat; Ames style leather chair; selection of occasional chairs, tables & stands.

Antiques/Fine Furnishings: 19th cent. shelf clock w/ gilt eagle by Jerome & Darrow, Bristol, CT.; Daum Nancy vase; stunning ceramic table lamp Life’s Way is the Wind by Burley & Co.; 19th cent. Haviland china game set, incl. 19.5" platter, 10 matching 9.5" plates & two 7.5" oval bowls, each piece picturing wild fowl & signed Norys; French Second Empire dore candelabrum on pedestal; set of 11 Wedgewood plates picturing Wellesley College buildings; black & red Royal Crown Derby china service for 12 w/ many extra pieces (150+ pcs. in all); 2 partial sets of Royal Crown Derby china; variety of sterling holloware, incl. 6 ornate tall candlesticks, large 1904 silver Helmholz anniversary platter; Imperial-era Russian silver salt throne; 1941 plaster cast of Dr. Donald C. Balfour’s left hand; 19th cent. lap desk; jewelry, incl. several 14K pcs. w/ precious stones & many costume pcs.; Victor crank table top phonograph; pr. of kerosene buggy lamps; selection of unique bookends; mantle & wall clocks; stereo viewer & cards; E. Jolly Post Boys Inn tooled leather bellows, entitled The Last Halt by Tom Hardwick, trademark Argosy.

Books: 100’s of volumes from the personal libraries of Dr. William J. Mayo, Dr. Donald C. Balfour & Dr. H.F. Helmholz, many w/ their personal bookplates & stamps; author-signed volumes, incl. Helen Keller’s Journal & Teacher personally inscribed to Dr. & Mrs. Balfour, John McCutcheon’s John McCutcheon’s Book (1948), Mabel Dodge Luhan’s Taos and Its Artists (1947), Donald C. Balfour’s The Stomach and the Duodendum (1936) personally inscribed to Dr. H.F. Helmholz, Karl Menninger’s Man Against Himself (1938), Harry J. Harwick’s Forty-Four Years with the Mayo Clinic 1908-1952 (1957), O.T. Clagett’s General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic 1900-1970 (1980); many first editions, incl. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s There Are No Islands Anymore (1940), Capt. Marryat’s Masterman Ready (1928), Joseph Conrad’s Victory (1915), The Arrow of Gold (1919) & The Rover (1923), John Galsworthy’s The Freelands (1915), The Silver Spoon (1926), Swan Song (1928) & Maid in Waiting (1931); books illustrated by N.C. Wyeth: Jane Porter’s The Scottish Chiefs (1921), Charles Kingsley’s Westward Ho! (1920), Jules Verne’s The Mysterious Island (1940), Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Black Arrow (1920), Sydney Lanier’s The Boy’s King Arthur (1919); books illustrated by Maxfield Parrish: Eugene Field’s The Poems of Childhood (1914), Nathaniel Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales (1910), Kenneth Grahame’s Dream Days (1902); from the library of Dr. Donald C. Balfour (see Balfour Mayo family tree): Rossiter Johnson’s The Great Events by Famous Historians (1905) 13 vols., The Works of Sir Walter Scott (1901) 25 vols., The Works of Robert Browning (1898) 12 vols., The Works of Guy de Maupassant (1909) 10 vols., The Works of Robert Burns (1909) 2 vols., Elbert Hubbard’s White Hyacinths (n.d.), The Roycroft Dictionary (1914); from the library of Dr. William J. Mayo: Bulwer Lytton’s Works (n.d.) 13 vols., Grove, Helmholz et al’s The Correlation and Conservation of Forces (1865) w/ Dr. William Worrall Mayo’s signature, Frederic Remington’s Crooked Trails (1898), W.G. Brownlow’s Sketches of the Rise, Progress and Decline of Secession (1862), many volumes by Zane Grey, William Macleod Raine & other Old West authors; from the library of Dr. H.F. Helmholz (see Helmholz family tree): Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1913), Charles M. Russell’s Trails Plowed (1927), Dr. Carl Toldt’s Anatomischer Atlas (1900) 5 vols.; Oxford Campanion to English Literature w/ letter of inscription from Daisy (Mrs. Henry) Plummer; many, many other books & book sets too numerous to list.

Guns/Fishing/Tools/Photographic: (All federal & state gun laws apply. All guns will be registered at buyer's expense on-site. A $15.00 gun fee will apply.) Remington M-241 & M-121; Winchester M-70; Winchester M-52 (1936); Newton double set 30/06; Mauser M-98; Percussion D. & Co. 31 cal.; Phillip Klein 36 cal. double set; Springfield 58 cal. repro; Mirko o/u 20 gauge; Ithaca M-37; Fox Sterling 12 gauge double; Champion 20 gauge single; Ward’s Westerfield 12 gauge; Ithaca 20 gauge slug; Colt woodsman flateside, match target, 22 cal.; Colt woodsman 43/4 barrel standard round, 22 cal.; Colt officers model, 6 in, 38 special; Uberti percussion revolver, 4 in barrel, 31 cal.; Colt huntsman, 6 in barrel, 22 cal.; Colt woodsman, 6-1/2 in barrel; Colt single action 45 cal., made 1896; Franz stock, semi auto, 7.65 cal.; Mauser 32 cal. semi auto w/ early holster; note that all of these weapons are in very good to excellent condition, incl. blueing, mechanical & bore; reloading presses, scales, brass, bullets, primers, approx. 20 dies for large & small arms; related leather; 50 pocket & folding knives of various makers & styles, incl. single & 2 & 3 blade examples; multi-purpose Swiss knives; many old & newer hand tools & wood planes; oak & steel file & storage cabinets; fishing equipment; fly & casting rods, reels, tackle; hunting/fishing/firearms related books; photo equipment, incl. Nikons, lenses, stereo camera, early Licas, enlarger.

Lifetime collection of sleeved 78 rpm records: 500+ jazz & blues records lovingly collected & cared for by Dr. Helmholz for 75 years with the following labels: Perfect, Comet, Decca, Brunswick, Signature, Art-Floral-Record Shop (Northfield, MN), Victor, Blue Note, Hot Jazz Club of MN, Colombia, Asch, Mercury, Okeh, Vocalion, RCA, Capital, Blue Bird & many others too numerous to mention. These records will be auctioned by labels & sold each times the number of pieces; then all lots will be added together, and if a 10% increase is made, the collection will be sold as one entire collection only.

Collection of approx. 30 timepieces from the estate of an East Coast collector: two c. 1780 fine French pocket watches w/ gold & painted enamel details of classical designs, fusee movements attributed to Romilly of Paris, conditions excellent; c. 1890 Baume moon phase in metal blue case - excellent; approx. 8 gold cases w/ movements; makers incl. Tobias, American Waltham, Elgin, Arnold & Adams - London, Rockfor, IL., Standard, Rossel, Swiss & other; chains w/ fobs (see full inventory.)

1950's score board w/ control panel, clock, horn & panels – all appear to be working – from a Goodhue County country school. Great for a sports bar!

c. 1880 American cast iron fountain in Gothic Revival style

Model railroad collection: to include approx. 2000 pcs , all appearing new in boxes; approx. 895 Athearn units; 202 other brands; 5 brass steam engines, 185 passenger & circus cars, many still in orig. cellophane wrap; 365 freight cars, most assembled, some in kit form unassembled; many additional items, incl. engine bells, car bodies & volumes of detail parts; 0 and 027 gauge trains, both pre- and post-war: LL Eng 225 & 6 freight cars, LL Commodore Vanderbilt passenger set, engine, tender & 3 passenger cars; LL 1688 plus 4 freight cars; LL 2020 steam engine; LL GP 9 Milw; LL 623 switch engine; LL 685 steam engine; LL 50 gang car; LL 247 engine & tender; LL 14 freight cars; LL ZW, RW, 1033 & 1044; 2 Weaver RS engines & 2 freight cars; various accessories & track items.

Auction arranged & conducted by John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Co., 22 - 3rd St. SW, Rochester, MN. 55902. Phone (507) 289-8049 or fax (507) 289-8602. Auctioneers: John Kruesel, Mike Anderson, Lowell Gilbertson, John Schultz and Matt Schultz. Descriptions are subject to error. Not responsible for accidents. Statements made day of sale take precedence over printed material. Terms: Cash, Visa or Mastercard; no checks unless you are personally known to auction company -- checks must be accompanied with photo ID and current bank letter of reference stating purchasing limit (which becomes the property of the auction company). 10% buyer’s premium on all purchases. ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED DAY OF AUCTION. Lunch provided by Bilotti’s Italian Village.