Collections

Over the years, Rafael Osona Auctions has offered exceptional private collections of Americana, maritime arts, decorative and fine arts.  Often a resource for fresh-to-the-market material, each and every collector’s preoccupation brings to our buyers a depth of insight, viewed through a unique lens.

Some exceptional estates:

 

  • 1968 Red Convertible Jeepster Commando

    1968 Red Convertible Jeepster Commando

    Sold for $8,625.00

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  • The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln (24 Volumes)

    The Complete Works of Abraham Lincoln
    (24 Volumes), eds. John G. Nicolay & John Hay, copyright 1894. New York: Francis D. Tandy Company, New and Enlarged Gettysburg Edition, copyright 1905. The last volume contains autographs and letters of Abraham Lincoln and prominent men of his time, with numerous rare portraits and other illustrations. Volume 14 contains signed copy of Emancipation Proclamation. Very minor foxing at beginning and end pages in some volumes. Overall great condition. Contains original green cover. Rebound with leather cover and spine and gilt tooling in art nouveau designs of lilies and flowers with similar design on spine.

    Sold for $19,040.00

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  • 34 Volumes: American Statesman, 1899, Limited Edition #198/500

    American Statesman, (34 Vols.), ed. John T. Morse, Boston & New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1899, large paper edition, limited edition 198/500. Each volume contains one or more signed reference documents of the attributed statesman. Original cover and spine with gilt tooling on spine and cover. Overall great condition with very minor foxing on top of end pages in some volumes.

    Sold for $9,520.00

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  • Two Susan Chase Ottison Bell Shaped Nantucket Baskets

    SOLD FOR $8,050.00 Two Susan Chase Ottison Round Bell Shaped Nantucket Baskets, signed upon the base.
    Height 6 in. Diameter 12 in.

    Provenance: Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Nest of 7 Susan Chase Ottison Nantucket Baskets

    SOLD FOR $16,100.00 Nest of 7 Susan Chase Ottison Nantucket Round Swing Handle Baskets, signed upon the base.
    Largest: Height 6 in. Diameter 13 in.
    Smallest Height 3 in. Diameter 3 ½ in.

    Provenance: Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Pair of Paul Willer Nantucket Baskets

    SOLD FOR $920.00 Pair of Paul Willer Nantucket Tall Narrow Swing Handle Baskets, signed upon the base Willer.
    Height 8 in.

    Provenance:> Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Nest of 7 Karol Lindquist Nantucket Baskets

    SOLD FOR $8050.00 Nest of 7 Karol Lindquist Round Swing Handle Baskets, signed upon the bases
    Largest: Height 9 in. Diameter 13 ½ in.
    Smallest: Height 4 ½ in. Diameter 4 ½ in.

    Provenance:
    Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $2588.00 A 19th century double sailor’s valentine, in original mahogany box, the right hand panel with “Forget Me Not” in seed shells within central panel. The outside band with alternating sections of different shells. The left hand panel with central heart below flower head.
    Diameter 9 in.

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  • Pair of Victorian Shell-Work Bouquets

    SOLD FOR $4,600.00 A pair of Victorian Shell-work Bouquets in Woven Baskets, colored shells comprise various flowers
    each under glass dome.
    Approx. Height 7 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Pair of Victorian Miniature Shell Towers Under Glass Domes

    Pair of Victorian miniature shell towers under glass domes.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Pair of Victorian Shell Trees with Ships, circa 1870

    SOLD FOR $5,750.00 A pair of Victorian Shell Trees with Ships, circa 1870, the oval-form shell trees within glass domes on oval wood base raised on four feet, each tree with ships on a blue sea on base under glass domes.
    Height 17 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife; Earle D. Vandekar, 1999

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  • Antique Specimen Table

    SOLD FOR $2,300.000 An antique specimen table with nine shell panels on top.
    Height 28 in. Width 16 in. Length 16 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Contemporary Sandy Moran Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $6,325.00 A contemporary sailor’s valentine by Sandy Moran of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, decorated with various shells with central painting of two golden labs, inscribed on back “Sailor’s Valentine Created by Sandy Moran. A present for you”, within a large gilt case.
    Diameter 23 ¼ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Contemporary Sandy Moran Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $4,025.00 A contemporary sailor’s valentine by Sandy Moran of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, decorated with various shells, the center painted with penguins, signed J.W. Maddocks, in gilt case, the valentine signed on back.
    Diameter 14 ¾ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $4,312.00 A 19th century sailor’s valentine, a large gilt framed octagonal valentine, the center with a pink flower head upon a starfish in seed shells, surrounded by beads of seed shells within a swaggered red berry shell band, the shells in green, pink and white.
    Diameter 13 ¾ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Victorian Shell House Diorama, circa 1880

    SOLD FOR $9775.00 A victorian Shell House Diorama, circa 1880 depicting a three story house, the walls in seed shells with applied larger shells depicting plants growing. Coral to either side of of the front door depicting plants, the house with front door and eight windows.
    Height 13 ¼ in. Width 10 ½ in. Diameter 5 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Massive 19th Century Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $6900.00 A massive 19th century sailor’s valentine with compass rose motif. The massive valentine within a 12 sided wooden box and cover, the center depicting a star within a central roundel surrounded by elliptical panels of different colored shells.
    Diameter 21 ¾ in. Depth 4 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Pair of Victorian Coquille Shell Figures

    SOLD FOR $6,325.00 A pair of Victorian Wood and Shell Encrusted Coquille Figures with wax faces and applied shells depict a sailor and his lady, 19th Century, each within separate glass domes.
    Height 9 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Seashell Picture, circa 1880

    SOLD FOR $1,437.00 A seashell Picture, circa 1880, “Flower Arrangement in a Vase” set within a shadow box frame.
    17 ¼ in. x 12 ½ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • Antique Sailor’s Valentine Shell-Work Picture

    SOLD FOR $12,650.00 A late 19th century shell-work in 8 sided shadowbox frame, the shell-work in radiating panels surrounding a central oval panel, centered with a cowrie shell.
    19 in. x 14 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife; Earle D. Vandekar

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  • 19th Century Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $1,725.00 A 19th century large single sailor’s valentine in wood frame, a flower head of large shells surrounded by star and seed shells within red berry shell circular panel, the central roundel surrounded by a star-form red berry band containing panels of alternating colored shells.
    Diameter 13 ½ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $2,070.00 A 19th century large single sailor’s valentine in wood octagonal frame, the center with flower head surrounded by star, within red berry shell star shaped band.
    Diameter 13 ¾ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $2,300.00 A 19th century single sailor’s valentine within dark wood octagonal frame, the center with heart motif in seed shells surrounded by flower heads surrounded by shaped panel of shells and seed shells.
    Diameter 8 ½ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $4,312.00 A 19th century large double sailor’s valentine box. The large double valentine finely designed within a mahogany box, right hand side with central red flower surrounded by seed shells depicting 4 hearts and 4 daisies surrounded by bands of various colored shells. Left panel central flower surrounded by a star and seashells with red berry star shaped panel.
    Diameter 13 ¾ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $2,530.00 A 19th century single sailor’s valentine in dark wood octagonal frame, a large central heart is surrounded in seed shells surrounded by band of different shaped panels of shells and seed shells.
    Diameter 14 ½ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine “Remember Me”

    SOLD FOR $12,650.00 A 19th century double sailor’s valentine,
    “Remember Me”. The double shell valentine within original mahogany hinged box, the right hand panel with flower head center and star fish in seed shells within a band of white single shells on outer band of alternating panels of different colored shells, mostly within elliptical panels, the left hand panel with a central roundel of flower and heart within a center of red berry shells and motto “Remember Me”, surrounded by circular panels of different colored and shaped shells.
    Diameter 10 ½ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine “With Love”

    SOLD FOR $3,220.00 A 19th century double sailor’s valentine, “With Love”. The double shell valentine within original mahogany hinged box, the right hand panel with heart below flower, the outside band with shells within elliptical panels. The left hand panel “With Love” in seed panels in central roundel surrounded by bands of alternating shells.
    Diameter 9 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine “Think of Me”

    SOLD FOR $2,875.00 A 19th century double sailor’s valentine, within original mahogany box, the right hand panel with “Think of Me” in seed shells within circular band of pink shells all within alternating panels of raised shells of various shapes and colors, the left hand panel similarly decorated center in the form of a heart.
    Diameter 9 ¾ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine “I Think of Thee”

    SOLD FOR $5,175.00 A 19th century double sailor’s valentine in original wood case, the right panel with central heart motif surrounded by sections of different colored shells, the left panel with “I Think of Thee” in seed shells surrounded by sections of colored shells and four flower heads.
    Diameter 9 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $3,450.00 A 19th century double sailor’s valentine in original wood box, the right hand side central flower surrounded by a diamond form seed shells all within red berry shell star form, the left side with circular bands of colored shells.
    Diameter 10 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine, “Home Again”

    SOLD FOR $4,600.00 A 19th century double sailor’s valentine, in original wood box, the right hand side with “Home Again” in seed shells below a central heart, the left side with central pink flower surrounded by panels of various colored shells.
    Diameter 9 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $4,600.00 A 19th century single sailor’s valentine, the central roundel in seed shells depicting an anchor, 3 roses and various flowers on a pillow, various colored shells around all within black wood octagonal frame with gilt lip.
    Diameter 13 in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 19th Century Double Sailor’s Valentine “A Present From Barbados”

    SOLD FOR $6900.00 A 19th Century double sailor’s valentine in original wood box, right side with various shell panels and, “Present from Barbados” in shell work, the left side with central heart.
    Diameter 8 ½ in.

    Provenance: The Estate of Richard Mellon Scaife

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  • 1959 Fiat Jolly 600 Series

    SOLD FOR $70,200

    The Fiat Jolly 600 offered here is a fine example of a rare original 1959 Fiat Jolly 600 Series that has benefited from a comprehensive restoration. Ghia manufactured the Jolly on a chassis supplied by Fiat. As a fully functioning vehicle, the Jolly was best suited to leisure duty on golf course greens, yacht decks or at a resort. It was favored with the Jet Set in its day, and continues to be so. With wicker seats, surrey top, it was perfectly suited to warm climates.

    Canopy not pictured but will be included in sale.

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  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, First Edition

    SOLD FOR $ 3,304

    A Tale of Two Cities
    By Charles Dickens
    Publisher: London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition. Lovely true first edition, first issue (213 misnumbered, genuine title page, sig t on last text, pp 253-4, affectionately whiling’s imprint on last pp of ext 254). Strong, sharp impressions of all plates. Wonderful contemporary binding of half calf over marbled boards. Gilt titles to spine. Very good condition throughout. Some minor foxing.
    Suggested Estimate $1000-2000

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  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, First Edition

    SOLD FOR $2,360

    Oliver Twist
    By Charles Dickens
    Publisher: London: Richard Bentley, 1838. Hardback. Three volume set. First edition, first issue – title page of all volumes gives the author as “Boz” and contains the ‘Fireside plate’ in Vol. III which was disliked by Dickens and removed in later editions. Handsomely bound in half brown calf leather with marbled boards. Five raised bands to spine, gilt titling and simple tooled decoration to bands and compartments, date embossed to very bottom of spine. Boards are overall in very good + condition showing only very minor scuffing to corners and to top and tail of spine. With 24 etched illustrations by George Cruikshank – 9 to Vol I (incl. frontis), 7 to Vol. II (incl. frontis), 8 to Vol III (incl. fronits and the ‘Fireside Plate’ which was replaced in later issues by the ‘Church plate’). Contents are lightly browned and foxed throughout, mainly to the margins and to plates. pp 331 + 307 + 315. Overall, a great copy in first edition of this well-loved Dickens’s title.

    Suggested estimate $3000-5000

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  • Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, First Edition

    SOLD FOR $2,950

    Pickwick Papers
    By Charles Dickens
    Publisher: London: Chapman & Hall, 1837. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. First edition and appears to be first state as well. 8vo – Fine copy in a handsome brown morocco binding with wonderful gilt tooling. 1837. Bookplate. Beautiful copy. Original slip indicating this was purchased at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, November 12, 1988.

    Suggested estimate $1500-3000

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  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, First Edition

    SOLD FOR $3,009.

    A Christmas Carol
    By Charles Dickens
    1843. [the first issue, FINE]. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. With Illustrations by John Leech. Publisher: London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. 2 pp undated ads. Original rose-brown cloth decorated in gilt, with yellow end pages which has been ultimately considered to indicate the first state, first edition. Cracking and minor losses to upper spine, and very minor foxing to title page and throughout otherwise a good tight copy. Dickens’s classic ghost story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Dickens wrote this in less than a month, motivated by financial need; he published it himself, with everyone else associated with the book working on a cost-plus basis. Though he wanted to produce a handsome gift volume (with colored plates, colored title page and all edges gilt), the expense of hand-colored plates cut considerably into his profits; as a result, this was his first and last book to include colored plates.

    Suggested Estimate $3000-$5000

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  • Rare Fore-Edge Painted Book

    SOLD FOR $ 2,360

    Rare Fore-Edge Painted Book: Letters of Cicero, Delphin Edition, 1685, with fore-edge “Old City” scene painted on page edges, beautifully rebound in red leather.

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