Paintings by renowned Canadian artists will be in Miller & Miller’s online auction on October 9


Oil on panel landscape painting by Group of Seven artist Alfred Joseph Casson (Canadian, 1898-1992), titled Outside Algonquin Park, artist signed (estimate: CA$30,000-40,000).
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NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – Original and vibrant paintings by Canadian artists Alfred Joseph Casson (1898-1992), Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974), Anna Weber (1814-1888), Joseph Swift (1832-1889) and Homer Ransford Watson (1855-1936) will all be in a gun, sporting and Canadiana auction scheduled for Saturday, October 9 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

The online-only auction begins at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, with online bidding available on the Miller & Miller website (, plus

There will be two headliners: the Don and Joyce Blyth gun collection, and Marty Osler’s lure and fishing collections. Marty’s fishing collection includes a selection of quality reels and rods, many by Hardy Brothers of England. The lure collection is primarily Canadian and includes many fine examples from Carl O. Rankin, Frank Dolsen, Billy Ellis and Ken Anger.

The Blyth Collection includes firearms from Ontario, including many unique examples, as well as collectible firearms from Colt, Remington, Stevens and others. Also included are works of art by the aforementioned Canadian artists and others. The sale is completed by a selection of magnificent Canadian and American furniture as well as works of art and decorative art.

“Don and Joyce Blyth began their collection in the 1950s, before antiques were a thing,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Don found the treasure map of his gun collection shortly after World War II. It was in the form of a wartime mandated gun registry. He used it to track down his rarest weapons, and that set the stage for Gooding’s book.

Two paintings by Joseph Swift (1832-1889) are on offer, both on the subject of horseback riding and both estimated at presale between CA$12,000 and 15,000. Included is this one titled Royal Exchange.
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Miller added: “Whether it’s Group of Seven artwork, a homing pigeon or a Colt Dragoon, Don has collected it. Now others will have the chance to own what he and his wife Joyce have cherished all their lives. There will be no in-person auctions to attend, but bidders can tune into the live webcast on the Miller & Miller Auctions website on October 9 to watch lots close in real time.

Group of Seven artist Alfred Joseph Casson’s 1940 oil-on-panel landscape painting is a candidate for the first batch of the auction, with a strong estimate of $30,000 to $40,000 (all prices listed are in Canadian dollars). The book, titled Outside Algonquin Park, depicts a bucolic scene near the village of Whitney. Casson focused much of his work on rural villages and towns in Canada.

Group of Seven founding member Alexander Young Jackson’s 1966 oil-on-panel countryside landscape painting is similar in style to Casson’s work except there are no buildings in Jackson’s painting, as there are in Casson’s. The piece, estimated between $20,000 and $30,000, is signed lower left, titled and dated “Harrington Oat Field, QuebecSeptember 1966, AY Jackson.

A large (18 inches by 14 inches) watercolor and ink fraktur painting by Anna Weber is signed in fraktur script and dated 1870. The drawing, executed in blue, red, yellow and brown, is consists of eleven pairs of birds, each pair of a different type (estimate: $12,000-$18,000). Weber was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but died in Waterloo County, Ontario, a Canadian.

Two paintings by Joseph Swift are on offer, both with a horse-riding theme and both presale estimated between $12,000 and $15,000. One is of a horse named ManfredThe other Royal Exchange. Smith devoted much of his artistic time to meeting a growing need to record award-winning animals, often shown at the Toronto exhibit for proud owners in the latter part of the 19th century.

Large (18 inches by 14 inches) fraktur type folk art watercolor and ink painting by Anna Weber (Canadian, 1814-1888), signed in fraktur script, dated 1870 (estimate: $12,000 CA – CA$18,000).
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Homer Ransford Watson will also be represented twice in the sale, once with a monumental (34 inches by 44 inches) unframed oil on board of a pioneer (or farmer) traveling along a path in a horse-drawn carriage, titled The rack (estimate: $8,000-$12,000; the other a lovely outdoor scene of a boy closing the door to his flock of sheep, signed (estimate: $4,000-$6,000).

Good things will happen yet another third time with a pair of oil-on-panel paintings by John Joseph Kenyon, the photographer-painter. Like the Swift paintings, these are also equestrian in nature. Kenyon painted silver portraits of winning horses at racetracks in New York and Kentucky. These two, titled Petrocleus (1904) and Lexingtonshould each make between $4,000 and $6,000.

Moving on to firearms, where a Colt 3rd Model Dragoon pistol, made circa 1851-1861, with walnut grips stamped with a cartouche of an army inspector’s initials on both sides, should hit the mark for 8 $000 to $10,000; and a rare Colt Model 1851 Navy pistol, made in America but donated to the Canadian Upper Canada (Ontario) Volunteer Militia in 1855, is expected to fetch $6,000 to $8,000.

A Winchester Model 1873 deluxe shotgun, made in America in 1893, in .44-.40 caliber and with an octagonal barrel and special-order deluxe checkered grip and forestock, carries an estimate of $7,000 to 9 $000. Also, a boxed Samuel Green Canadian rifle, ca.

An American Jacob Spangle flintlock Kentucky rifle (Susquehanna, Pennsylvania), with a .45 caliber 34 ¼ inch barrel, a tiger maple stock in exceptional condition and brass furniture, is estimated at between 5,000 $ and $7,000; while an American-made Stevens Walnut Hill rifle, of the type made between 1896 and 1930, with a nicely engraved frame and Swiss buttplate, should cost between $5,000 and $7,000.

In the furniture category, a painted pine laundry press, made circa 1940 and found north of Oakville in Halton County, Ontario, the case of a two-door one-piece construction, is estimated at $5,000 and $7,000. Also, a late 18th or early 19th century Pennsylvania pine corner cabinet with a swan and neck pediment, reed pilasters, and Gothic glazing, is expected to fetch $4,000 at 6 $000.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has two other online-only auctions scheduled for the remainder of 2021: a watch and jewelry auction on Saturday, November 20; and a Petroliana, Breweriana & Advertising auction on Saturday, December 4. Like those before it, both will be internet-only.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high value collections and always accepts quality shipments. The company specializes in watches and jewelry, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell.

To consign a unique piece, an estate or a collection, you can call them at (519) 573-3710; or, you can email them to [email protected] Learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the company’s calendar of upcoming events, visit

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