Crescent City Auction Gallery hosts historical Mardi Gras memorabilia Feb. 15-16

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

NEW ORLEANS – The Crescent City Auction Gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Ave. will hold the final of three auctions making available hundreds of Mardi Gras Memorabilia items collected by the late John Scheffler on Feb. 15-16 at 11 a.m.

These items are from the carnival organizations of Rex, Proteus, Comus and Momus and include old-line bulletins, invitations and dance cards, some dating back to the 1880s.

Scheffler was an acclaimed costume designer and collector of old-line Mardi Gras memorabilia. He began his career in design as a teenager creating Mardi Gras costumes for Blaine Kern Studios.

Not only did Scheffler leave behind hundreds of Mardi Gras items, he had a couple thousand costume sketches, as well. Prior to his death, Scheffler donated some sketches to the Louisiana State Museum, but after his death, his estate donated another 1800 costume sketches.

Wayne Phillips, Curator of Costumes and Textiles for the museum, says the Scheffler donation is one of the largest collections of items the museum has ever received from one source. He is currently going through all the sketches picking out several that will be displayed in a new Carnival exhibit scheduled to open in the Presbytere in 2015.