For the Fathers: the Important Summer Gift Guide

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” - Umberto Eco

As Father's Day approaches, we consider our dads, unique in their predilections and passions. And as fathers are notoriously hard to shop for, we've gathered a selection of items from our four concurrent auctions, culminating with the Important Summer Auction. We chose gifts for dads whose interests run the gamut from hunting to art to all things related to the sea. Every dad is different, and we have something for each of them.

The Aesthete

These selections are for the father who appreciates the finer points, for whom leisure is synonymous with luxury. The aesthete father has surely imparted to his offspring the proper way to cut a cigar, and probably has command of at least one extra language. He is at home at an auction, and will appreciate the gift of a fine find.

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Gent's 18KT Gold "Calatrava" Watch, Patek Philippe

1966 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 Mark III
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A Set of Twelve Art Deco Sterling Silver Tumblers

An Elizabeth II Silver Wine Cooler
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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Pair of Barcelona Chairs and Ottomans

Leonardo Nierman (Mexican, b. 1932), Ruins
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Pair of 14KT Gold Cufflinks, L & M

Three Quarter Garment Cover, Louis Vuitton
**The Sportsman**

The child of the sportsman was reared on early mornings in the duck blind, her father over her shoulder, her dog at her knee. The sportsman loves all things vigorously physical, and when he can't be engaged in a good contest of strength and will, he wants things around him to remind him of the vitality of the fray.

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A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), Canada Goose Decoy

Pair of Large Painted and Cast Iron Hounds
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Likely Catawba Valley North Carolina Percussion Full Stock Rifle

Two Sterling Silver Objects by William Spratling
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A Vintage Golfing Tournament Sterling Silver Cigarette Box

Gent's "Navitimer 1884 Limited Edition" Watch, Breitling
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        	    <a href="https://www.lelandlittle.com/l/three-hand-painted-greek-tiles/auction/707/lot/2469/">

Three Hand-Painted Greek Tiles

after John James Audubon, Dycoteles Torquatus (Collared Peccary)

The Hipster

Auctions are the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind items that can't be bought anywhere else, a quality that is near and dear to the hipster father. The hipster dad loves an iconoclast, and has a knack for making the old new again. From a portrait of one of the first African American Pulitzer-Prize winning actors to a rare Scottish ceremonial dagger, the hipster dad will surely love these items' individuality.

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Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946), S.O.S.

1967 Martin O-18 Flat Top Guitar
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Rare Broadside Promoting an Exhibition of Siamese Twin Wax Figures

Scottish Presentation Dirk Made by Peter Henderson of Glasgow
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Doris Ulmann (NY/NC, 1882–1934), Richard Berry Harrison

Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991), Three Poems by Octavio Paz
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        	    <a href="https://www.lelandlittle.com/l/rare-1930-ford-model-a-sport-coupe/auction/665/lot/99/">

Rare 1930 Ford Model A Sport Coupe

William Katavolos (American, b.1924), T Chair

The Mariner

The wind, the foam, the feel of rolling waves underfoot - the mariner father would always rather be at sea. If he must be on terra firma, an island is his preferred land mass. If your father is a mariner the boat was the whole vacation and not just the mode of transportation. These items will connect your mariner dad to his seafaring brethren throughout history, from Cypriot fishermen and Dutch cartographers to English sailors.

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        	    <a href="https://www.lelandlittle.com/l/a-very-fine-antique-sailors-woolwork-or-woolie/auction/665/lot/425/">

A Very Fine Antique Sailor's Woolwork (or Woolie)

Ancient Cypriot Stone Anchor
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Ortelius, Abraham. Cypri Insulae Nova Descipt.

English Hatton and Harris Two-Day Marine Chronometer
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        	    <a href="https://www.lelandlittle.com/l/claude-howell-nc-1915-1997-ifishermans-pieri/auction/665/lot/184/">

Claude Howell (NC, 1915-1997), Fisherman's Pier

John Bowers (English, 20th century), Three Ship Portraits

The Naturalist

If you have a naturalist for a father you got microscopes and butterfly nets for birthday presents and your ear was trained to the calls of the birds in your back yard. These items speak to a love of nature in all its forms, from flora and fauna to the mysteries of space and the minerals of the earth.

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        	    <a href="https://www.lelandlittle.com/l/william-goodall-english-1757-1844-suite-of-four-avian-waterc/auction/665/lot/294/">

William Goodall (English, 1757-1844), Suite of Four Avian Watercolors

Victorian Taxidermy Bird Diorama
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Otto Pippel (German, 1878-1960), Der Tolensee mit Grimsel

Victorian English Orrery by George Philip & Son
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        	    <a href="https://www.lelandlittle.com/l/a-boxed-collection-of-cypriot-mineral-specimens/auction/707/lot/2517/">

A Boxed Collection of Cypriot Mineral Specimens

A Victorian Silver Handled Magnifying Glass

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