Important Stoneware Pieces, Vintage Guns, Highlight Continuation of Va. Estate Sales

The 130-plus pieces of stoneware will include this 3-gallon crock by E.B. Taylor (Richmond, Va.).

The 130-plus pieces of stoneware will include this 3-gallon crock by E.B. Taylor (Richmond, Va.).

IVOR, Va. – More than 400 lots of antiques and collectibles in a wide array of categories, including important stoneware pieces, furniture, jewelry, good used guns, decorative accessories and more, will be sold at a multi-estate sale scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the former Ivor High School building in Ivor.

Headlining the event will be second part of the estates of the late Col. Carl Moulton and the late Anne B. Jennings, both former residents of Virginia. Part one of their estates was held New Year’s Day, also in Ivor. The two were dedicated collectors who amassed such large and diverse collections, their estates had to be split up into multiple sales. Up to four are planned.

Moulton was an antiques dealer and auctioneer. He owned and operated Carl’s Antiques in Chesapeake, Va., maintained booths in area malls and even owned a local pawn shop. He was a larger than life figure who was known and liked by everyone, according to Tom Perry of Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals, which is facilitating the sales. Moulton specialized in jewelry, coins, period American furniture, stoneware pieces, collectibles and vintage weaponry.

Jennings (the former wife of the late renowned physician Dr. W. Stanley Jennings, known as “The Father of Chesapeake General Hospital”) loved primitives, but her estate also included stoneware, baskets, quilts and country collectibles. “Mrs. Jennings was a discriminating buyer and she had the means to buy the best,” Perry said.

More than 130 pieces of stoneware will cross the block. Certain to pique bidder interest is a Washington County (Va.) incised jar, 8 inches tall, made around the 1820s and inscribed with a woman’s name. Also sold will be pieces by E.B. Taylor (Richmond, Va.), J.F. Taylor (New Bern, N.C.), Paul Dryzmalla (Philadelphia), A.P. Donaho (Parkersburg, W. Va.), John Bell and artists Herman and Rinehardt (1935). Pieces from Charlestown and Edgefield will also be sold.

A Washington County (Va.) incised jar, 8 inches tall, made around the 1820s, inscribed.

A Washington County (Va.) incised jar, 8 inches tall, made around the 1820s, inscribed.

A close-up of the inscription.

A close-up of the inscription.

The stoneware category will also feature some highly collectible examples from the Catawba Valley (N.C.) region, a fertile breeding ground for some of the best Southern potters who ever turned a wheel. Sold will be a probst jug, a molasses jug and a ring jug. Also sold will be an Eastern Valley crock with blue decorations and a 2-gallon crock with blue decorations.

The guns from Moulton’s collection are mostly Colts—a name synonymous with vintage weaponry collecting. One piece in particular that will generate crowd buzz is a Colt .45 frontier pistol (circa 1875-1890), all engraved and with two handles—one mother of pearl steer head handle, plus the original sterling silver engraved handle. The gun is housed in a beautiful hand-carved, artist-signed box, highly decorated and a wonderful complement to a fine pistol.

A Colt .45 frontier pistol (circa 1875-1890), all engraved and with two handles (one sterling silver).

A Colt .45 frontier pistol (circa 1875-1890), all engraved and with two handles (one sterling silver).

Other lots from the militaria category include a clean set of “saloon girl” spurs, an Ames Navy Cutlet Civil War-era sword, and a framed photographic print showing Civil War soldiers.

Furniture pieces will include a marvelous Southampton County (Va.) primitive cupboard (circa 1800-1810), with original paint and nails; an antique wooden bed with red milk paint; a gorgeous primitive cupboard made in Smithfield, Va., with the original paint; a primitive stepback cupboard; an antique pie cupboard; and a vintage wood barrel with the original label. Also sold will be an old doll cradle, an antique apple butter stirrer and a North Carolina milk pan.

The jewelry category will feature a dazzling lady’s Tiffany 18kt gold and diamond watch; a 0.54-carat Marquise diamond ring; and a 14kt gold Tiffany gold ring with a 0.49-carat diamond stone.

A Southampton County (Va.) blanket chest, with original finish.

A Southampton County (Va.) blanket chest, with original finish.

Rounding out a partial list of some of the day’s expected top lots: a three-section printer’s tray; a faceless black doll; a rare and unusual umbrella inscribed on the handle with the name of the original owner (Chester Dorman Hubbard, a prominent Civil War-era Virginia legislator); an early cheese press; an original advertising print for Cream of Wheat cereal; a genuine oak wall telephone; an early wood candle box; a Dobbs hat box; an early document box; a Harness Soap Dressing tin; an old goat cart; a lard paddle; a corn bread pan; and an antique wood block puzzle.

To learn more about this auction, and for directions to the venue, call 757.539.2498 or 757.617.9647, e-mails to tombuys@tomsauction.com, or visit the Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals Web site.

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