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Cordier Auctions to Sell Exceptional Single Owner Collection of GI Joe Action Figures

April 10, 2017
Since the 1960’s GI Joe soldiers have been on the front lines of thousands of missions, as Marines, nurses, Mounties, air pilots, snow troopers, and underwater demolition experts, to name a few. On April 23, Cordier Auctions will present these incarnations and many more as it sells a massive single-owner collection of GI Joe figures, uniforms, equipment sets, and vehicles.

The collection features a number of rare 1960’s figures in the original boxes, including a GI Nurse, expected to bring between $3,000 and $5,000. A 1960’s black Action Soldier #7900 (est $1,000 - $2,000) and a Sears black Fantastic Freefall #7905 (est $1,000 - $2,000) are also expected to be among the top lots of the sale. Altogether, over 50 boxed figures will be offered.


In addition, the collection encompasses over 50 equipment and uniform sets in the original boxes, including an Action Pilot Air Cadet #7822 ($500 - $700), an Action Soldier Landing Signal Officer #7621 ($300 - $500), an Action Sailor Annapolis Cadet #7624 ($400 - $800), and a White Tiger Hunt #7436 ($200 - $400).


In total, over 400 lots of 1960’s,1970’s, and later action figures and accessories will be sold, as well as commemorative, anniversary, and limited edition items.


Hasbro introduced the GI Joe line in 1964. As it was then considered socially unacceptable for boys to play with dolls, the company used the term “action figure” in their marketing, a phrase that has since become ubiquitous. So iconic did these toys become that GI Joe was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, NY, in 2003.


The auction will be held at the company’s auction house at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, however bidders will also be participating live online. A complete catalog of the collection will be available at on April 7. Live previews for the sale will be held on Friday, April 21, from 12-4 PM; Saturday, April 22 from 9 AM to 3 PM; and the day of the auction from 9 AM through the sale.

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Cordier's March 26 Sale to Feature Rare WWII Flight Jacket

March 10, 2017
Three German crosses decorate the front of the leather flight jacket, each a marker of an enemy aircraft downed by the garment’s former owner, Tech Sargent gunner James F. Byrd of the 305th bomb group “Can Do”.

The jacket, together with a bomber shearling cap, associated photos, and B-29 gunner’s manual, is estimated to bring between $2,000 to $3,000. The rare WWII artifact is just one of the top lots at Cordier’s March 26 Firearms and Militaria Auction, to be held at the company’s auction house in Harrisburg, PA.

The auction will feature antique and modern handguns, including an Enfield 1884 Mark II revolver ($1,200 - $1,500) and an E. Whitney 2nd Model 4th Type revolver ($600 - $800). In modern handguns, Colts are expected to draw heavy bidding, with a Colt Python revolver ($2,000 - $2,500), a Colt SA Army revolver ($900 - $1,200), and a Colt Model 1908 hammerless pistol ($1,000 - $1,200) leading the pack.

Fine antique long guns, including a Sharps .50-70 conversion rifle ($1,500 - $2,000) and a Winchester 1886 rifle in .33 WCF caliber ($1,000 - $1,500) are also sure to draw attention from bidders.

Military long guns are highlighted by several semiautomatic rifles including a TNW Model 1919 in .30 caliber ($2,500 - $3,500) and a TNW Model RG34 ($3,000 - $4,000), as well as a BREN MK II ($3,000 - $4,000). In military handguns, features include a Remington Rand 1911A1 pistol ($1,000 - $1,400) and a Mauser Banner P.08 Luger dated 1940 ($1,500 - $2,000).

In addition to the WWII A-2 flight jacket, military collectors will find a superb WWI 29th Division uniform grouping ID’d to Corporal Raymond E. Platts, originally of York, PA ($800 - $1,000), and items from the Civil War, Vietnam, and both World Wars. Edged weapons will include a Japanese WWII era Samurai sword with a signed tang ($600 - $1,000).

Bidders will be able to compete on a full range of modern long guns, which will feature a Winchester Model 23 XTR Pigeon Grade SXS shotgun ($1,000 - $1,500) and a Winchester pre-64 Model 70 rifle ($1,000 - $1,500). A Browning Auto-5 Sweet Sixteen shotgun in 16 gauge ($800 - $1,200) will also cross the block.

Also of interest are hunting and collector’s items, including numerous duck decoys from crafters including John Bede, Clay Bunting, Roe “Duc-Man” Terry, and others, with estimates up to $400. A reproduction suit of Medieval style armor made by Armadura ($500 - $700) is a stand-out in the collectible category.

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Fire Trucks and Ambulances at Cordier's Winter Sale

March 3, 2017
Despite a brief interruption for a medical emergency, Cordier’s Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction attracted top prices for items in a variety of categories on February 11, 2017.

A bidder collapsed mid-way through the sale, but the quick thinking of a fellow attendant halted the auction so that EMT’s could be called. After they wheeled the then-conscious man out, to relieved applause from the room, the auction continued unabated. The stricken bidder continued to participate in the sale remotely.


A 19th century tinplate and wood toy fire pumper exceeded expectations to become the top lot of the auction, finally selling to a buyer on the floor for $33,000 after extensive competition between live, phone, and absentee bidders.


Also garnering great attention was a cast bronze signed by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (French, 1827-1901) and bearing the Hippolyte Peyrol foundry mark. The finely chased casting was expected to become one of the forerunners of the sale, and finally achieved $23,000 to an enthusiastic phone bidder. Another featured lot, a life size portrait of 18th century royal Marie Leszczynska, was won by a bidder online for $10,000.


A massive Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company (London) 204 troy ounce sterling silver tray was among the top performing lots in the silver and jewelry category, hammering down at $7,500. A platinum and 2.2 carat diamond solitaire ring also performed well in that category, selling for $6,500.  A Leica Black M6 camera with accessories was the top selling lot in collectibles, bringing $4,700.


In artwork, a charcoal sketch on paper by Violet Oakley (American, 1874-1961), which had been passed down to the consignor by a grandmother who had been friends with the artist, sold for $5,000. Known for her mural and illustration work, Oakley completed one of her most significant commissions in 1902, "The Creation and Preservation of the Union" which consisted of a series of large murals for the walls of the Governor's Reception Room in the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


A copy of Cocteau Picasso de 1916 – 1961 Editions du Rocher brought $4,200, while a large canvas piece measuring 85-1/2" x 92" by Phillip Wofford (American, B. 1935) titled “The Tattooed Man” sold for $3,600.


Furniture and rugs also performed well, with a Jacob and Bernard Hendel Carlisle tall case clock selling for $4,000 and a beautiful Persian room size rug bringing $4,100. A French revival Louis XV style inlaid table and chairs brought $3,000.


The sale was the first of four quarterly Antique and Fine Art catalog auctions to be held by Cordier Auctions and Appraisals in 2017. The highly anticipated sales attract bidders both across the country and internationally. Cordier Auction has already begun curating their next Antique and Fine Art Auction, to be held in May of 2017.

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Fenton Glass Collection Brings Over $22K at Cordier

February 28, 2017
From large table lamps to tiny figurines, over 600 pieces of Fenton glass were sold at Cordier’s February 26 auction in Harrisburg, PA, attracting bidders both in-person and online.

The collection brought in a total of over $22,600. Stand-out lots included a Fenton Panda carved cameo vase, numbered 5 of 350, which sold for $440. A Fenton Burmese Epergne, one of many beautiful centerpieces to be featured in the sale, brought $350.

Also attracting competition were 11 Fenton Glass Logo Plaques ($320) and a Burmese Roses gone with the wind lamp in the original box ($290). A hand-painted custard scenic lamp numbered 354 of 950 sold for $260.


Old World Meets New School at Cordier’s Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction

February 10, 2017
John Cocteau’s “Picasso de 1916 a 1961” will be among the top lots at Cordier’s Winter Antique and Fine Art Auction. The sale will be held on February 11 at 1500 Paxton Street in Harrisburg,

Pennsylvania and will also include American and Continental furniture, sterling, fine clocks, and more. Previews for the sale will be held on Friday, February 10 from 10 AM until 4 PM, and Saturday from 8 AM through the auction.


The Picasso portfolio features a colophon signed by both Cocteau and Picasso and is expected to bring between $4,000 and $6,000. Other artwork to be sold includes a finely cast bronze by Isidore-Jules Bonheur (est $5,000 - $7,000). A Violet Oakley sketch entitled “The Spirit of Ministry” (est $2,000 - $3,000) will also cross the block. The study is one of two Christmas images made for Century Magazine in 1903.


Also featured in this sale will be a massive 204 ozt sterling tray from Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of London circa 1904 (est $3,000 - $4,000). Jewelry will include a 2.2 carat old mine cut diamond solitaire ring (est $3,000 - $5,000) as well as an antique citrine bracelet (est $600 - $800). Watches will feature a beautiful 18k and gemstone Bucherer ball watch, and 13 vintage wristwatches including a Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust (est $1,500 - $2,500).


The wide array of collectibles to be offered in this sale will include an antique fire pumper toy (est $3,000 - $5,000) and a Leica camera outfit (est $3,000 - $5,000). A beautiful 1893 Rookwood sterling overlay vase signed by artist John Dibowski will also come before bidders (est $2,000 - $2,500). In ethnographic items, a Sioux child’s beaded vest with American flags (est $3,000 - $5,000) stands out among a fine collection of baskets, beaded moccasins, and pottery.


American and Continental furniture will also be presented in this one day auction, a category which includes a Victorian marble top table (est $800 - $1,000) as well as a beautiful French marquetry sideboard (est $500 - $1,000) and a Victorian dental cabinet. A series of handsome clocks will feature a Jacob and Bernard Hendel tall case clock (est $4,000 - $6,000) from Carlisle PA, which dates back to the early 1800’s. A Seth Thomas parlor calendar shelf clock #9 (est $1,000 - $1,200) and a Royal Vienna porcelain shelf clock (est $1,000 - $2,000) will also be offered.

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HACC Auctioneering Program at Cordier Auctions

January 20, 2017
Click through for a link to a post about Cordier Auction's partnership with the HACC Auctioneering program.

Diamonds and Gold Captivate Bidders at Cordier’s December 3 Jewelry Auction

December 26, 2016
A beautiful white and cognac diamond pendant won top lot at Cordier’s December 3 Fine Jewelry and Sterling Auction, hammering down at $14,000 after enthusiastic bidding. The sale featured over 200 lots of fine and designer jewelry as well as sterling silver flatware and hollowware.

Bidders responded eagerly to the diamond and gold offerings, with a 14k 2.27 carat diamond ring selling for $7,000, and a 14k white gold and 3.48 ctw diamond bracelet bringing $4,000.


A marked 14k Dudley Masonic pocket watch also attracted attention, finally selling for $4,600.


In sterling, a beautiful 64 piece set of Stieff Rose Repousse flatware sold for $1,300 to become the best performing silver lot of the auction.


Prices quoted are hammer prices.

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Susquehannock Artifacts from York County Sell for Over $100,000 at Cordier Auctions

December 9, 2016
A collection of Native American artifacts from the estate of Donald Leibhart, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, sold for over $100,000 at Cordier’s Fall Catalog Auction, held in November of 2016.

The Leibharts are arguably the most famous family in collecting early York County Susquehannock artifacts. Beginning as early as 1929, two brothers—Oscar and Byrd Leibhart—began digging for Native American artifacts at sites in York County, PA.


This tradition continued with Oscar’s son—Donald Leibhart.  Donald, a veteran of World War II, died at the age of 96 in June of 2016.


The items in the collection were excavated in the 1950’s from what is believed to have been a village of approximately 1,200 Susquehannocks living in Wrightsville, York County, PA.


The top lot of the auction was a unique carved banded slate figure or birdstone in the form of a bird with large eyes, which sold for $22,400 to a floor bidder after heavy competition. A Washington Boro incised pot was the second-highest performing lot of the collection, landing at $7,000.


A number of interesting pipes also attracted attention, with a bear form stone and pewter pipe bringing $7,000. A Serpentine pipe stem, expected to bring up to $200, eventually sold for $5,900. Pipes were highly prized among the Susquehannock and were used in trading both with other tribes and Europeans.  


The collection also included many examples of trade beads produced in Europe for export to the colonies and used to trade with Native Americans. A selection of rare examples sold for $4,300, while a grouping of four strands of trade beads brought $2,300.


The collection was offered as part of Cordier’s two-day Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction. The highly anticipated sale attracted bidders from across the country, including numerous museums and private collectors. Prices quoted are rounded down and include a buyer’s premium.

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Cordier Auctions December Firearms Auction to Feature Antique Colts

November 21, 2016
Beautiful engraving gleams on the 1851 Colt ($2,000 - $4,000), but unfortunately the history of its owner does not shine as bright.

The firearm belonged to Governor Charles L. Robinson, who rose to become the first governor of Kansas in 1861, but also became the first and only governor in that state’s history to be impeached. The historic handgun is just one among many that will be sold in Cordier’s Winter Firearms Auction on Sunday, December 4 in Harrisburg, PA.

Among the other antique handguns, collectors will find another engraved Colt, this a First Generation SA Revolver in .45 Long Colt with a factory letter as to its authenticity ($4,000 - $5,000). Military handguns will also cross the block, including a striking Walther “Z” marked Kampfpistole grenade launcher ($1,000 - $1,200), as well as a Remington Rand 1911A1 pistol in .45 auto ($1,000 - $1,500).

Fine antique and military long guns, including an antique English Blunderbuss ($600-$900), a Spencer repeating rifle in .52 caliber ($1,200 - $1,800), and a Sharps M1859 Military Rifle in .52 caliber ($1,500 - $2,000), are also sure to draw attention from bidders. Military long guns will feature a Springfield Armory M-1 Garand ($800 - $1,000) and a Winchester M-1 Carbine ($800 - $1,000).

Military collectors will find items from the 18th Century and the Civil War, as well as American, German, and Japanese items. Highlights will include the Home Service helmet of British Colonel Hugh Fortescue Coleridge, 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regiment ($800 - $1,200). Edged weapons will also be offered, among which a Japanese WWII era Samurai sword with a signed tang is a stand out lot ($800 - $1,000).

Bidders will also be able to compete on a full range of modern hand and long guns, which will feature a Colt Anaconda revolver in .44 Magnum ($1,200 - $1,800) and a Winchester Model 71 Deluxe rifle ($1,000 - $1,500). A beautifully engraved Francotte Belgian Classic Double SxS shotgun ($800 - $1,200) will also cross the block.

Deaccession items from the Pennsylvania State Police Museum in Hershey, PA, will also be featured in this auction and include seized roulette wheels and slot machines, uniforms, and a four foot tall educational Trooper Robot.

Mid-Century Collection of the Late Pauline Rallis, State College, To Be Sold in Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction

November 5, 2016
The estate collection of Pauline Rallis of State College, Pennsylvania, will be offered for sale on November 12 and 13

in Cordier’s Fall Antique and Fine Art Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


The striking mid-century modern furniture decorated the late Pauline Rallis’ home on Fairwood Lane in State College. Anthony S. Pierce, a New Jersey-based architect and then-recent graduate of Penn State University, advised her as she built her collection throughout the early 1970’s.


In bright colors and bold modern designs, Mid-Century Modern furniture has recently surged in popularity among collectors. Items from Rallis’ estate include highly sought-after Bertoia diamond chairs, Saarinen tulip chairs and tables, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and Bill Stephens bentwood chairs.


Rallis was a Pennsylvania native who moved to State College in 1954, where she met her husband, Christos Rallis. The two ran the restaurant “Christies” together until it closed in the late 1950’s, after which time she began a long career in real estate. She retired from the Sidney Friedman Real Estate Group in 2009, after 44 years in the industry.


A full online catalogue of the two day auction is available by visiting  Questions can be directed to Cordier Auctions & Appraisals at or by calling 717-731-8662.

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