700 lots selling without reserves Sept. 30-Oct. 1

RIPLEY, Miss. – A massive, two-day on-site auction of a home and its museum-quality contents –

Cut glass loving cup

Brilliant cut glass loving cup with a sterling rim, signed Tiffany & Company, in mint condition.

700 lots — including an extensive cut glass collection will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 1, at 331 Highway 4 West in Ripley, in north central Mississippi.

“We’re calling this an absolute world class antique collection estate auction because that’s exactly what it is,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company, the Aberdeen-based firm conducting the sale. “This is the court-ordered sale of the estate of Gene Ward, a man whose home and its contents stand as a monument to his love of beauty and desire for gracious living. Bidding begins at 9 am. both days. LiveAuctioneers is facilitating internet bidding.

Lifelong Passion for Collecting

A lifelong dedicated collector and prominent businessman, Charles “Gene” Ward passed away in October of 2015, at the age of 85. He began collecting cut glass, his first love, in the early 1960s. Interests of this collector expanded over the years to include Objets d’art, antique furniture, porcelain and silver. He traveled the world in search of his treasures, criss-crossing the U.S. and making frequent trips to Europe and Canada.

A few lots expected to generate bidding battles include a 75-piece sterling silver gold gilded flatware set in the pierced Vine pattern by Garrard & Company; a German porcelain and bronze pillow clock signed Gustav Becker, Fredisch Braunaviv, made of hand-painted Sevres porcelain, 30 inches tall; and a fine Limoges game set, made for Victori Freisinger, hand-painted with pheasants and gold paint, and signed “Mulville.”

Anticipated star lots of the cut glass category include a brilliant cut glass loving cup with a sterling rim, signed Tiffany & Company, in mint condition; two brilliant cut glass punch bowls on stands, one two-piece and pinwheel cut, 16 inches tall; and a zipper cut glass pitcher with sterling rim, 10 inches tall.

The entire estate – around 700 lots – will come up for bid over the two days. The sale will be absolute, meaning there are no minimums and no reserves. The real estate portion of the sale will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 1.

Stevens Auction Company will host an estate auction and real estate sale on Oct. 8, in Savannah, Tenn.

For more information, visit www.stevensauction.com, email stevensauction@bellsouth.net, or call 662-369-2200.

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