Davenport, WA, October 8, 2022 — Part 1 of an incredible single-owner collection of items relating to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (or, simply, the Elks), 438 lots in all, will cross the auction block in a sale slated for Thursday, October 13th, at 9 am Pacific time, by Grant Zahajko Auctions. The auction is being held online and live in the Grant Zahajko gallery located at 510 Morgan Street in Davenport. A preview will be held Oct. 11 from 1-5 pm, or by appointment.
The collection belonged to the late David Wendel, who was active in the Elks and rose to the title of Exalted Ruler. Along the way he accumulated more than 20,000 Elk-related items, a collection so vast it will have to be broken up into several auctions. “Mr. Wendel’s collection is believed to be one of the top three in existence,” said Grant Zahajko of Grant Zahajko Auctions.
Part 1 will be a dream come true for collectors of Elks memorabilia or members of the B.P.O.E., an American fraternal order founded in 1868, originally as a social club in New York City. Included will be a variety of antique elks’ tooth jewelry set in 14k gold, vintage and antique badges, medals, pins and ribbons and a collection of Fenton carnival glass dishes.
Also up for bid will be a stunning collection of porcelain mugs, steins, tankards, china plates and tin trays, a sterling collection of souvenir spoons, antique match safes vesta, card cases and cigar cutters. Desk items include inkwells, match holders and knives. Also, pinback buttons, antique postcards, ephemera, photographs and more will be sold.
Many of the items in Part 1 will be offered in multiple lots, meaning a bidder will be able to score several or many items at once. An example is lot 789, a group of five vintage B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge banners, ranging in size from 18 inches by 18 inches to 100 inches by 44 inches. The banners need a good cleaning and are expected to gavel for $50-$100.
To learn more about Grant Zahajko Auctions and the Part 1 October 13 auction of B.P.O.E. Elks memorabilia, visit www.bid.gzauctions.com.