BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The online auction of the Charles S. Shultz Collection by Nye & Company Auctioneers on Wednesday, November 17 is sure to delight collectors, dealers, science and literature enthusiasts. The Estate Treasures auction, which begins at 10 a.m. EST, features the travel and science library of Charles S. Shultz, the famous 19th-century financier and former president of the American Microscopical Society and the New York Microscopical Society. Also included are scientific instruments, minerals, Geissler tubes and ephemera from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The highly organized auction of objects and books is withdrawn from the Charles Shultz House to benefit the Montclair History Center Collections Fund in Montclair, New Jersey.
The Shultz House, also known as Evergreens, was built by Charles Shultz in 1896. The grand stately home has been occupied by three generations of the Shultz family. From Charles to his granddaughter Molly, the house was owned by this one family for 100 years. They were curious with multiple interests: they were scientists, inventors, tinkerers, carpenters, craftsmen, outdoor sports enthusiasts, gardeners, naturalists, travelers and readers. “Time capsule” best describes the house, whose content is endlessly intriguing in its breadth and variety.
The property was bequeathed to the non-profit Montclair History Center (MHC) in 1996 and was open as a house museum until 2019. Despite a deep love and respect for the house, and due to costs of Substantial maintenance, the MHC removes the ownership property, including the contents of the main house and the shed. Some items have been preserved by the MHC to tell the story of the Shultz family and the story of Montclair; others were passed on to members of the Shultz family.
Nye & Company will offer the full content of Charles Shultz’s Complete Late Victorian Science Library, as well as an interesting and unusual array of science experiments and equipment.
Highlights include three mid to late 19th century microscopes, including a Bausch & Lomb “Continental” microscope, a Spencer microscope and a Charles Collins binocular microscope, as well as a large selection of lenses including a rare HR Spencer ½ “100 degree lens. Charles Shultz’s area of particular interest was microscopic diatoms; this is one of the largest collections of slides and books on this subject to come to the market in recent years.
One of the highlights of the collection is a wide array of minerals, rocks and gems, many of which were cataloged by Shultz himself in the early part of the 20th century. These samples include a group of impressive specimens of azurite and malachite, fluorescent minerals from the Franklin and Sterling mines, etc.
In addition, the collection also includes a fascinating group of turn-of-the-century electrical experiments, including spark generators, Geissler tubes, and other unusual objects. There is a large and important collection of mid to late 19th century microscopic slides prepared by some of the greatest microscopists of the time.
A unique selection of 19th century books, photographs and ephemera relating to microscopy, astronomy, natural history and other sciences is also offered. The library also contains a large number of volumes relating to travel, history and literature. Many of these works have been sealed in airtight libraries for over 125 years and are in an unusual state of preservation.
Shultz, a man who traveled a lot, also acquired decorative items from all over the world. A few of these items are also included in the sale, such as several early Chinese jade seals, a Chinese rock crystal seal, Japanese lacquers, a rare piece of English pottery on display at the Saint-Louis exhibition in 1904, Austrian cold-painted bronzes by Franz Bergman and other objects.
Another splendid piece offered is an oil on canvas painting of a mother and her children, including one on horseback, by Hamilton Hamilton (1847-1928). The artist captures the quintessential atmospheric summer day at dusk. Her use of color and soft brushstrokes transport the viewer back in time to a perfect summer day.
The sale will include real-time online and mail order auctions, which will be available at www.nyeandcompany.com, www.liveauctioneers.com, www.bidsquare.com and
www.invaluable.com. Telephone auctions are available on a limited basis.
An online preview will take place until November 16. The sale is also available to view on the previously mentioned online platforms. Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports, or item information is welcome to visit the Nye & Company website or email [email protected]
The public is also invited to view the collection in person at the Nye & Company Galleries located at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, until November 16. COVID protocols will be strictly enforced.
John Nye had a long and successful career at Sotheby’s before he and his wife, Kathleen, bought Dawson’s in 2003 and founded Dawson & Nye. With the move to Bloomfield seven years later, they renamed the business to Nye & Company (Auctioneers, Appraisers, Antiques). The company has a nationwide presence, but much of the business comes from trusts and estates in the tri-state area.
For more information on Nye & Company Auctioneers and the Charles S. Shultz Collection sale on Wednesday, November 17, visit www.nyeandcompany.com.
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