Horst Auctioneers To Hold Part One Of Clarke Hess Estate Sale On April 26 And 27

Sulpher-Inlaid Furniture, Fraktur, Textiles, Iron Among Highlights Of First Session

March 15, 2019

Horst Auctioneers of Ephrata, Pa., will hold the first of three sales on behalf of the Clarke Hess estate on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27.
Hess, of Lititz, Pa., passed away at 64 following a six-year battle with ALS. The Horst family are distant cousins of Hess.
The Pennsylvania German community not only lost one of its kindest, but one of its most knowledgeable historians with the passing of Hess.
He served as vice president and a principal owner of Hess Home Builders of Neffsville. His father and older brothers began the business in 1964. In 1985, Hess purchased his ancestral Hess Homestead in Warwick Township, just outside of Lititz, and properly restored the property, which has been featured in several articles and television programs. He often opened the home to various historical groups and local garden clubs.
Among Hess’s passion was the study of Mennonite genealogy and decorative arts. His 2002 book “Mennonite Arts” remains as relevant as ever and is a trove of information on the subject. He also curated museum exhibits on Mennonite decorative arts.
An active member of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, he joined the board of directors in 1981. He was a member of the board of directors of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County and the Landis Valley Museum.
Hess donated many items to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, such as a wide variety of books, archival manuscripts, fraktur, decorated towels, grain/seed/laundry bags, privy bags, quilts, samplers, kerchiefs, clothing, household items, various other textiles and linens. Most of these artifacts contain initials, names, or notes identifying the maker, artist, or owner. He recorded meticilous information on every item he acquired.
The two-day auction at Horst will include exceptional items of this regional Lancaster County collection, such as Weber folk art, a Brubacher horse, Nolt family fraktur, a sulpher-inlaid shrank, excellent wrought iron, numerous textiles, just to name a few things. A second session will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, and a third session consisting of books has yet to be scheduled. Horst will also be selling the Hess Homestead real estate on Thursday, May 23, and there will be a second real estate parcel on the other side of the rail trail that will be sold on Thursday, June 20.
Horst Auctioneers is located at 50 Durlach Road, Ephrata, Pa.
To learn more, such as how to order a catalog, call 717-738-3080.


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