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Living Estate, Victorian Home of True Southern Lady to Cross the Block

by WorthPoint Staff (04/12/12).

This marvelous four-piece rosewood laminated parlor suite by J. & J.W. Meeks, in the Stanton Hall pattern, will be among the many items available in a living estate auction to be held on Saturday, April 21, in an auction to be facilitated by Stevens Auction Company.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – The living estate of a true Southern lady—including an impressive J. & J.W. Meeks parlor set—will be sold at her magnificent 1878 Victorian home on Saturday, April 21, in an auction to be facilitated by Stevens Auction Company.

Ms. Nell Howell—a longtime resident of Aberdeen who accumulated many antique treasures over the course of her rich and interesting life—will not only be selling the contents of her home, but the house, too. The auction will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company, while the sale of the house—known as “Silk Stocking Row”— is being managed by Southern Realty & Management Co.

“Ms. Howell’s house contains some very beautiful Victorian, Empire and Federal furniture pieces,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company, “as well as china, sterling silver, old clocks, original works of art, handmade Persian rugs and hundreds of rare collectibles. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to bid on and own some investment-grade antiques.”

Certain to wow the crowd are a four-piece rosewood laminated parlor suite in the Stanton Hall pattern by J. & J.W. Meeks (a sofa, arm chair and two side chairs, all circa 1850); a Meeks rosewood rococo Stanton Hall marble-top center parlor table, 40 inches by 30 inches; and a seven-piece rosewood parlor suite by J. H. Belter in the Rosalie without Grapes pattern (circa 1850).

Clocks will feature a heavily carved nine-tube grandfather clock by R. J. Horner, 8 feet, 10 inches tall (circa 1890); an Ansonia mantel clock with three lady figural, dated 1887; and a marble French portico clock with bronze mounts and pendulum, 19 inches tall (circa 1850). Also sold will be an H. & C. Bavaria hand-painted punch bowl set (circa 1880), with 6-inch-tall bowl.

This mahogany Empire table with black marble top, bronze inlay and dolphin head in the base, is just one of several beautiful Victorian, Empire and Federal furniture pieces in the auction.

Beds and wardrobes will include a mahogany half tester queen-size plantation bed with pierce-carved crown, attributed to William McCracken (circa 1850); a walnut Victorian heavily carved wardrobe attributed to Mitchells & Rammelsberg with a tall pierce-carved crown, 9 feet, 9 inches tall; and a walnut Victorian high-back bed attributed to Thomas Brooks (83 inches long).

Lamps and lighting will feature a panel stain glass lamp, attributed to T. Miller (circa 1910); a French bronze and crystal chandelier (circa 1900); a bronze Victorian hanging light fixture with figures (circa 1880); a pair of bronze argand lamps with etched shade and marble base (circa 1870); and a nice antique leaded six-arm chandelier with cut glass gasolier shades.

Decorative accessories will include a Sevres capped urn with bronze mounts, 38 inches tall, with hand-painted courting scene (circa 1860); a 173-piece set of porcelain Old Paris peach-colored dinnerware with gold trim (circa 1850); a pair of blue Old Paris vases, 19 inches tall (circa 1880); and a pair of large stone garden urns on stands with caps, 7 feet tall, 2 feet wide.

Returning to furniture, tables will feature a rosewood rococo inset marble center parlor table in original finish (circa 1850); a walnut Victorian turtle-top table in the rococo style with ladies’ heads and carved stretcher with white marble (circa 1850); and a mahogany Empire console table with black marble top, bronze inlay and a dolphin head in the base (circa 1840).

Additional tables will include a rare mahogany console table with deep carving, original finish and unusual two-inch-thick colored marble, 5 feet 2 inches long; an American Empire mahogany pier table with marble top and large gold claw feet (circa 1830); and a mahogany rococo courting bench in a very unusual shape, attributed to Charles Boudoir (circa 1845).

A 173-piece porcelain set of Old Paris dinnerware, peach with gold trim (circa 1850), will find a new home on April 21.

This 179-piece Gorham sterling silver flatware set in the Strasbourg pattern, total weight 262.9 ounces, will also be sold.

Also sold will be a 179-piece Gorham sterling silver flatware set in the Strasbourg pattern with a total weight of 262.9 ounces; a laminated document with a list of property and slaves; a part of a torn page, handwritten, discussing a lot of slaves and money owed (or paid) by identified individuals, showing legal amounts; and many other historic slave-related papers.

An open house preview will be held on Friday, April 20, from 10-7, and on April 21 (the date of sale) at 8 a.m. until the first gavel comes down at 10 a.m. Many photos of the lots being sold may be viewed on the Stevens Auction Company website.

Phone bids will be accepted (with advance arrangement). Terms of sale are cash, major credit cards, pre-approved with proper ID, or wire transfer. A 15-percent buyer’s premium will be charged on the total purchase price, with a 2-percent processing fee for credit cards. A 7-percent sales tax will be charged on all purchases (except for buyers with a valid in-state resale number).

For more information about this auction, call 662.369.2200 or e-mail to


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