February multi-estate sale will offer desirable stoneware, antiques, jewelry


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


IVOR, Va. – Over 400 lots of antiques and collectibles in a wide array of categories – important stoneware pieces, furniture items, jewelry, good used guns, decorative accessories and more – will be sold at a multi-estate sale planned for Feb. 6 by Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals of Suffolk, Va. The sale will be held at the former Ivor High School building in Ivor.

Headlining the event will be Part 2 of the estates of the late Col. Carl Moulton and the late Anne B. Jennings, both former residents of Virginia. Part 1 of their estates was held Jan. 1, New Year’s Day, also in Ivor. The pair were dedicated collectors who amassed such large and diverse collections, their estates had to be split up into multiple sales; as many as four sales may be held to settle the estates.

Mr. 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. He specialized in jewelry, coins, period American furniture, stoneware pieces, collectibles and vintage weaponry.

Mrs. Jennings (the former wife of the late 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,” said Tom Perry of Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals.

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.

The stoneware category will also feature some highly collectible examples from the Catawba Valley (N.C.) region, a hotbed of activity 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 Mr. Moulton’s collection are mostly Colts – a name synonymous with vintage firearms 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.

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 18 karat gold and diamond watch; a .54-carat Marquise diamond ring; and a Tiffany 14 karat gold ring with a .49-carat diamond.

Rounding out a partial list of some of the day’s expected top lots: a 3-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.

The sale will begin promptly at 10 a.m. A preview is scheduled for Feb. 5 from 2-6 p.m. To learn more about Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals, or to learn more about the Feb 5 sale, visit www.TomsAuction.com.

Photos courtesy Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals.



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Colt .45 frontier pistol (circa 1875-1890), all engraved and with two handles (one sterling silver).
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The 130+ pieces of stoneware will include this 3-gallon crock by E.B. Taylor (Richmond, Va.).
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Southampton County (Va.) primitive cupboard (circa 1800-1810), with original paint and nails.
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Washington County (Va.) incised jar, 8 inches tall, made around the 1820s, inscribed.
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The Washington County (Va.) incised jar is inscribed with a woman's name (shown).
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Dazzling lady's Tiffany 18 karat gold and diamond watch.

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