Antiques PR Publicity Announcements News and Information
Antiques PR Publicity Announcements News and Information


Antique and collectible items spanning multiple categories from four prominent local estates, plus additional merchandise from Panama City’s Council on Aging, will all be rolled into one important auction on Saturday, February 17th, by The Specialists of the South, Inc., online and in the firm’s Panama City gallery at 544 East 6th Street, at 8 am Central.

The auction will be a feast for the eyes, packed with sterling and silver, vintage dolls, furniture, art, pottery, glassware and more. Previews will be held the week of auction, from 9 am to 4 pm, and on auction day from 7 am until the start of sale at 8. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be facilitated by the platforms and

The four principal estates break out as follows:

• Furniture (some of it antique), china, more than 120 lots of silver, original artwork, lamps, Asian objects and more, consigned by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, following the death of a longtime volunteer and supporter who bequeathed the items to the Symphony. Money realized from the sale of these items will benefit the Symphony.
• Asian furniture and objects, antique and vintage American furniture, Meerschaum pipes, Majolica, cloisonné, Limoges, 1930s-era china and a spectacular hand-built dollhouse from the living estate of David and Sayre Steere. Mr. Steere was the Commanding Officer of what was then the Coastal Systems Station and Navy Lab in Panama City from 1992 through 1995, as part of a storied 32-year Navy career that began in 1963 at age 17.
• The doll and doll accessory collection of Jean Seaman, all of which was handed down to her by her mother, who began collecting in the 1970s but loved older things in general and was drawn to dolls from the 1940s and earlier. And money was rarely an object. If she saw something she liked, she bought it. All the dolls are dressed in lovely clothing.
• The toy train collection of Leonard “Lucky” Ekman, a former Air Force fighter pilot who got a Lionel train set for Christmas in 1946 and a collection was born. All of the trains and related accessories are either Lionel or Marklin, the latter being the German maker so popular with collectors. Ekman was introduced to Marklin while in Germany in 1949.

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Snider two-panthers TV clock-lamp (est. $60-$90).