The Many Collections Belonging to the Late Mildred Yates Farrior to Sell Dec.3

This Victorian grouping of a Renaissance Revival platform rocking chair with vintage ladies’ hat in seat, and walnut side table with period items shows some of the many and varied collections belonging to the late Mildred Yates Farriorm that will be sold at auction on Saturday, Dec. 3, by The Specialists of the South

CHIPLEY, Fla. – The many and varied collections belonging to the late Mildred Yates Farrior—a long-time resident of Chipley who, along with her late husband Daniel, amassed a number of collections in a rainbow of categories—will be sold at auction on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The auction, to be held at the Farriors’ former residence, located at 755 4th Street in Chipley (zip code: 32428), beginning at 9 a.m. (CST), will be conducted by The Specialists of the South, Inc. Chipley is located about 40 miles north of Panama City, in the Florida panhandle. For the most part, the auction will be absolute (everything sells, regardless of price), with just a few items carrying reserves (minimums). Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers .

“Mildred Farrior was a beloved member of the community who taught second grade for more than 40 years,” said Logan Adams of The Specialists of the South, Inc. “Her late husband, Daniel, was the former owner of Dan’s Trading Post in Chipley. Many of their collections sprang from his business, but Mildred was very active in selecting items and knowing their value.”

Mr. Farrior passed away in the 1990s; Mrs. Farrior in August 2010. The couple had no children and would spend their spare time scouring the flea markets and yard sales of Panama City and Washington County, looking for that next big find. In addition to their collections, the couple also accumulated some wonderful furniture items for their home. These will be sold, too.

The furniture will include Heywood Wakefield bedroom chests, 20th century mahogany bedroom pieces, a cedar chest, a sandalwood carved chest, china cabinets, a chaise longue (reclining sofa), an occasional table, side tables, Brentwood side chairs, a mahogany Federal dining room table with three-turned standards and reproduction Victorian side chairs made by the Liberty Chair Company.

The collections, amounting to between 400-500 lots, are astounding in their variety and depth. They include Carnival Glass, Milk Glass (to include Open Lace), Depression Glass, Haviland China (to include a large service in the mostly Berkeley pattern but with some Oxford as well, white, with gold edge and pen line), Nippon pieces, Fenton Glass, more than 30 ladies’ hats, some nice artwork, tons of costume jewelry (some of it to be sold in multiple lots), hand-painted china, ceramic milk bowls, quilts and more.

Individual items of note will feature a gorgeous stoneware pitcher, a wonderful Seth Thomas mantel clock and a steeple mantel clock, a Gone With the Wind-style Milk Glass floor lamp with painted globe plus a variety of other table and vanity Milk Glass lamps, a Weller vase, an Eastlake platform rocker, a wrought-iron bench, a hand-painted Nippon chocolate set, a vintage daguerreotype and more.

Rosepoint crystal pieces, second quarter 20th century, to include a large pitcher with ice lip, double-handed compote and various size platters.

Heavily decorated, hand-painted and gold-encrusted Nippon china pieces.

Single- and double-handled nappies, including examples in the Vintage Leaf, Stippled Rays sand Leaf Rays Patterns.

Also sold will be a World War II-era parachute and uniform (no insignias), Coca-Cola collectibles (mostly recent), vintage children’s books, over 40 collectible teapots (many of them antique), primitives (to include crocks, Mason jars, about a half-dozen insulators, an egg scale an old washboard and vintage tools, to include hand-saws and planes), Goofus glassware, a huge collection of Rosepoint glassware, Herringbone and Iris glassware (marigold and clear), other glassware in many desirable patterns (Floragold, Cabbage Rose, Cherry Blossom, Mayfair Open Rose, Sandwich, Manhattan), fur coats (including two mink stoles, a full-length mink coat and a cashmere coat), sterling silver (to include a large flatware service, Alvin Chateau Rose), rugs (not Persian antique), beautiful handbags (including evening bags), and vintage camera and movie equipment.

The Carnival Glass will include highly collectible single- and double-handled nappies. Also sold will be wall pockets (Hull Art and Japanese Castle), Goebels (angels and Madonna), sad irons (molded cast-iron triangular irons, about 6 inches on each side), cast-iron skillets and other cast-ironware, punch bowls and cups, and vintage linens.

Hand-painted and beautifully accented Nippon chocolate pot with six cups and saucers.

Hand-painted, 6-piece lemonade set in paneled glass.

Lovely Milk Glass lamps, including two rose-decorated Gone With the Wind-style lamps and a nice floor lamp.

Returning to furniture, other lots will include a mahogany dumbwaiter and drum table, a diminutive oak entry table with two drawers and backsplash on an overshelf, rocking chairs, a medium-sized mahogany fall-front secretary, a sturdy 20th century Windsor chair, several nice Renaissance Revival chairs, and an upholstered Victorian sofa with coffee table and end tables.

Daniel and Mildred Chipley were both lifelong residents of Chipley, Fla. Mildred was active in organizations such as the Garden Club, the Women’s Club, Friends of the Library and the Daughters of the Confederacy. She was also a staunch, lifelong Democrat. Declining health forced her to spend the years 2005-10 in a long-term care home, leading up to her passing.

Daniel came from a long line of professionals in the area—doctors, lawyers and judges—and his father was sheriff of Washington County. Daniel broke the mold by becoming a retail store merchant, but the business thrived and without it he and Mildred might not have been the dedicated collectors they became. Mr. Farrior succumbed after a long battle with lung cancer.

In addition to the online bidding component, phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews will be held the week prior to the auction, by appointment, and on the morning of sale, Dec. 3, from 8-9 a.m.

For more information about this auction, call 850.785.2577, e-mail to or visit The Specialists of the South website.


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