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Fine Art, Clocks and Oddities to Cross Block in Multi-Estate Auction

by Special to WorthPoint (02/05/13).

This genuine 19th century vampire-killing kit, with cross, rosary, Bible, gun powder and wood stakes, is one of nearly 800 lots to be sold in the multi-estate auction.

ABERDEEN, Miss. — The collections of at least two major estates will head to auction this month, including a set of pieces culled from the historic “Daybreak” mansion of Montclair, N.J.

The auction, set for Feb. 15 and 16 and hosted by Stevens Auction Company, will feature of a wide range of collectables and artwork, antique clocks, furniture, porcelains, vases, urns and smalls.

In addition to the “Daybreak” pieces, also headlining the event will be the lifetime collection of antique clocks from Mr. and Mrs. Steve Johnson. The first day of the auction will be almost entirely devoted to the Johnson collection.

Mr. Johnson collected, repaired and restored clocks, and he owned examples by many of the world’s most prominent makers, such as Eli Terry, Seth Thomas and Ansonia. In all, about 90 clocks will change hands. Porcelains and smalls, also from the Johnsons, will be sold.

“This promises to be the highest concentration of quality items we have sold in years,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction.

A number of pieces by 19th-century American furniture makers will also cross the block. These will include a scarce rosewood recamier by John H. Belter in the Fountain Elms pattern (circa 1850) and a rosewood marble-top dresser with pierced carved mirror frame and crown signed Thomas Brooks (circa 1870).

Other highlights include a rosewood rococo marble center table with detailed carved fruit basket attributed to Alexander Roux (circa 1855), which is one of several Roux lots in the sale. Also offered will be a rare set of six heavily carved walnut Victorian dining chairs and a rococo banquet dining table with claw feet that will stretch to 14 feet 6 inches.

One of the more curious items available for bid is a late 19th- and early 20th-century vampire-killing kit, which includes a cross, wood mallet, candles, mirror, rosary, black gun powder, Bible and wood stakes.

A two-day open house will be held on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. The sale will begin on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. Internet bidding will be hosted by LiveAuctioneers.com.

For more information, visit Stevens Auction Company’s website.

 

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