Fall online estates auction offers 17 marble-top tables

BRISTOL, Conn. – An online-only auction totaling more than 500 lots in a wide array of categories will be held in the annual Fall Extravaganza Estates Auction on Sunday, Nov. 17 beginning at 12 noon EST, by Tim’s, Inc. Auctions. Many auction items may be viewed online, at www.timsauctions.com; Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and Auctionzip.com (now with Artfact.com). Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Horner sideboard

Beautifully and heavily carved oak marble-top sideboard attributed to R.J. Horner, with griffins. Photo courtesy Tim’s.

“This auction will appeal to a lot of people for a lot of reasons, that’s how diverse the merchandise mix is,” said Tim Chapulis of Tim’s Inc., Auctions.

Offered will be pieces of Victorian carved and marble-top furniture (to include 17 marble-top tables), hundreds of silver and gold coins (some to be sold in multiple lots), a single-owner collection of sporting items dubbed the “Rustic Collection,” fine estate jewelry, fine art (with ornate gold gilt frames), 25 antique estate carpets, antique clocks and more.

Lots expected to draw special attention will include a one-owner 1990 IROC-Z Chevrolet Camaro with 9,315 original miles on the odometer; a Bvlgari 18kt gold and diamond bracelet with ancient coin; two Japanese World War II swords from the lifetime collection of Daniel Pagano, one long and one short; and a monumental Victorian breakfront attributed to John Jelliff.

The blue 1990 IROC-Z Chevrolet Camaro was pampered from the day the owner bought it new until his recent passing. The many upgrades include alloy aluminum rims that cost $1,000 each, B.F. Goodrich 20-inch tires, an Alpine sound system and numerous improvements to the 5.7-litre V-8 engine, to include Edelbrock headers and an after-market power chip upgrade.

The Bvlgari gold and diamond bracelet with ancient coin at the center (Sicily Syracuse, circa 310-304 B.C.) was appraised in 2005 at $11,500. The certificate from that appraisal will be included with the lot. This bracelet is no longer being made by Bvlgari, a name synonymous with fine jewelry pieces worldwide.

The long and short Japanese swords from World War II are expected to draw interest from serious collectors of militaria. The long sword should generate more excitement because it has a signature on the handle, by the maker, in Japanese. Both swords come from Pagano’s “Rustic Collection” of mostly sporting items. Pagano, 67, is a sporting enthusiast from Katonah, N.Y. His collection also features vintage and antique watches, to include one by Bueche Girod.

The centerpiece of the “Rustic Collection” might very well be a fishing pole reported to have been made for baseball great Babe Ruth, with a brass tag that reads “B. Ruth.” So the story goes, the legendary Bambino took ill and couldn’t accept the pole and it eventually found its way into Pagano’s collection.

Babe Ruth fishing pole

Auctioneer Tim Chapulis (left) and collector Daniel Pagano hold a fishing rod believed made for Babe Ruth.

The “Rustic Collection” also features antique flintlock pistols, hunting knives, some fabulous mounts, duck decoys, prize trophies, a crossbow, a Western saddle, a bearskin rug, a bear-mounted head and carved bear-themed benches.

The furniture piece attributed to the master New York wood craftsman John Jelliff is a triple three-door burl walnut Victorian breakfront (or collector’s cabinet or bookcase) with a bust of Jenny Lind at the top, in 10 pieces. The piece is impressive, measuring 107 inches tall to the crest. The piece is all original, with original keys, adjustable shelves, finials, wood and glass.

The furniture selection will also feature an extraordinary marble-top parlor table attributed to Thomas Brooks in walnut, with 20-inch-tall carved griffins adorning a base ending in huge claw feet; many other marble-top tables; two Hitchcock dining room sets; and a huge marble-top hall tree, 9 1/2 feet tall by 56 inches wide, that came from a prominent railroad station.

Another exceptional piece of furniture is a heavily and beautifully carved oak marble-top sideboard attributed to R.J. Horner, purchased by the family some years ago for $7,000. The marble top is fully an inch thick and the piece has a crest flanked by two winged griffins and a large mirror in the middle (also with griffins on each side).


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The hundreds of gold and silver coins set to cross the block will include a pair of U.S. gold $20 Liberty gold coins (one from 1898, one from 1899 and one from 1903); more than 100 U.S. silver dollars; more than 300 U.S. silver dimes (to be sold as a single lot); and as many as 300 or more Mexican silver pesos from a single collection that will be sold as one numismatic lot.

antique viola de gamba

Auctioneer Tim Chapulis holds an antique viola de gamba, a musical instrument larger than a violin but smaller than a cello.

The fine selection of antique clocks and timepieces will include a rare Silas Hoadley pillar and splat clock (similar to a pillar and scroll clock only with a wood splat top), all original, with original woodworks, made circa 1810-1830; and a stunning Willard weight-driven banjo clock with a horse on the lower glass and beautiful finial on the top, in excellent condition.

There is also an antique musical instrument in the auction: a viola da gamba, which is larger that a violin but smaller than a cello. The instrument, believed to be quite rare and valuable, is fully labeled on the inside by its German manufacturer and is made of wood, possibly maple. At the top is a fully carved lion’s head.

Winning bidders will be asked to make a suggested $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Tim’s late father (although anyone can donate). “The outpouring of support for this effort has been tremendous,” Tim said. “Many people have given more than we asked. To date we’ve raised $56,885 for this very worthwhile charity.”

For more information about Tim’s, Inc. Auctions and the upcoming Nov. 17 Fall Extravaganza Estates Auction, visit www.timsauctions.com, or contact Tim Chapulis at (860) 459-0964 or tims.inc@snet.net.

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