Several prominent local estates – including one with collections that span multiple generations – will be sold at auction on Saturday, Sept. 12, by Jay & Wilma’s Local Estates, based in nearby Wakefield. The sale will be held at the Ivor Municipal Building, located at 8420 Bell Avenue. Ivor is located in the southeastern part of Virginia, between Norfolk and Petersburg, along Route 460.
It is the first sale to be held exclusively by the fledgling auction firm, although Jay Bradshaw, co-owner of Jay & Wilma’s Local Estates (Wilma is his wife) has been associated for nearly 20 years with Tom Perry of Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals, based in Suffolk. In fact, information for the Sept. 12 sale may be seen at the Tom’s Auction website (www.tomsauction.com, then click Auctionzip #1328).
Around 500 lots will cross the block, starting promptly at 10 a.m. Mr. Bradshaw said he expects a healthy turnout of between 200 and 300 people. “There is nothing low-end about this auction,” he remarked. “We’re packed with fine furniture, quality antiques and wonderful collectibles. And with the economy the way it is, now is a great time to get deals on fine merchandise at an estate sale like this.”
The centerpiece of the upcoming auction will most certainly be the lifetime collections (and beyond) of a couple from Boykins, Va., who have decided to downside and relocate, making their vast inventory of items from both the husband and wife’s families available to the public for the first time. Featured will be furniture from the Victorian era through the 1920s, cut glass, glassware and other items.
Over 120 of the sale’s total lots will be from the one estate. Select furniture pieces include a flip-top game table with claw feet (circa 1890); a hand-made cradle from the Old Coston House in Pocomoke City, Md. (circa 1850); an oak spool cabinet desk (a country store advertising piece); Pennsylvania House cherry dining room furniture (circa 1950s-’60s); and several Victorian upholstered parlor chairs.
Another furniture piece slated to come under the gavel is a nice walnut gate-leg drop-leaf table.
Collectibles and glassware from the estate will include old bottles (one of them a fairly rare Zancari Bitters bottle from the 1860s); a Planter’s Mister Peanut walking doll from the 1950s; a large collection of Blue Willow; some advertising pieces; a great selection of gold and silver jewelry; and other pieces.
Also in the sale will be several hundred better items from upscale local homes. Mr. Bradshaw has been gathering these over the course of the last two years, with an eye on this event. Furniture pieces will include a beautiful Craftique mahogany corner cupboard (circa 1950s-‘60s); an early bow-front mahogany chest (circa 1800-1820); and a primitive kitchen cupboard made sometime around 1860-70.
Also from the period furniture category: an antique oak spinning wheel (circa 1800); several Victorian marble-top tables (circa 1860s-‘70s); a three-piece oak buffet or sideboard (circa 1900); and an East Lake walnut parlor suite (circa 1870s). Collectibles will include local Indian arrowheads; old coins and jewelry; and a Fox Sterlingworth double-barrel shotgun (circa 1920s), plus other shotguns.
Also from these ancillary estates: old bottles; a large selection of Depression glass; glassware and porcelain items; old hand tools, many made by blacksmiths (circa 1850-1900); letterheads (bills from local businesses, to include an 1869 invoice from John Ducey, the renowned crock maker from Petersburg, Va., signed by him); plus about ten Oriental-style rugs made anywhere from 1880-1950.
All sales will be subject to a 10 percent buyer’s premium. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Jay & Wilma’s Local Estates is still accepting quality consignments for this sale. To consign an item, estate or collection for this auction, you may call them at (757) 899-2293 or (757) 620-9528; or e-mail them at [email protected]. For more info on the Sept. 12 sale, go to www.tomsauction.com.
Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals will soon make an addition to its regular services of estate, consignment and real estate auctions, to go with its appraisals service. “In the very near future, we intend to add traditional listings to the list of services offered,” said Tom Perry (VA.A.R. 1045, MPPA, GPPA, GPPA-M, C.A.G.A., AARE). For details, call Tom Perry at (757) 539-2498 or (757) 617-9647.