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Local Folk Carving to Cross the Auction Block

September 1, 2020

Chambersburg, PA: Gateway Gallery Auction announced a rare Wilhelm Schimmel carved spread wing eagle will be the centerpiece of their annual Labor Day auction. Originating from the Jeane R. Eschenmann Estate, the carving comes with extensive correspondence and provenance. W. Schimmel roamed throughout Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania often carving items for the families in exchange for room and board. Several carvings have been sold in recent years drawing attention to the traveling folk artist and his work.


“Our Labor Day auction is always one of our biggest auctions of the year and this year will be no exception”, Heather Kohler, auctioneer and President of Gateway said “Folk and outsider art has been drawing a lot of attention in recent years”, Heather continued, “it is so closely tied to the region and the specific artist which has been stoking the excitement”.


To allow for all interested parties to bid, Gateway has multiple ways to bid in the auction including live bidding, online bidding and absentee and telephone bidding. “We want to make sure everyone is comfortable participating in the auction” Kohler continued, “we worked hard to expand our online and remote bidding options.”


Gateway Gallery Auction’s annual Labor Day auction will be available for preview on Sunday, September 6th from 1- 3 PM. The live auction will begin Monday, September 7th promptly at 9 AM. The Schimmel eagle will be sold at 4 PM. For more information and a complete auction listing and photos, visit


About Gateway Gallery Auction: Gateway Gallery Auction was founded in 1991and recently celebrated 50 years of auctioneering.





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