Impressive lifetime collections hit the block, June 27

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – About 300 fresh-to-the-market lots from a pair of prominent local estates will be sold on June 27, in a live and Internet auction to be held by Specialists of the South Inc. ( Offered will be fine period furniture, rare and vintage postage stamps, collectible china and art glass pieces, a wide array of decorative accessories, and more.

The consignments comprise the lifetime collections of the late William and Elizabeth Hearn and the living estate of Don and Bev Miller.

All of the period furniture pieces (most of them 19th century treasures) are from the Hearns’ estate. Expected top lots include a butler’s desk, an inlaid corner cabinet, a linen press, a Victorian settee, hand-caned chairs, and a red rocking chair. Also from the Hearn estate: Fostoria American glass, old pressed glass, and a set of 10 older oval framed prints of birds, flowers and fruit.

The Rev. Hearn and his mother were both stamp collectors. Highlights from their dual lifetime collections will include franked envelopes, Wells Fargo postcards, plate blocks, Farleys, famous authors, airmails, Zeppelins, 3-cent sheets, postage due, revenue, pre-cancelled, documentary, and Cinderellas (Christmas seals, etc.).

Collectible glass pieces will be drawn from both the Hearn and Miller estates, and include milk glass, American Fostoria, and Johnson Brothers Friendly Village. The Millers specialized in older ceramics (including pitchers), but their collections are wide and varied. Offered will be a set of Grosvenor English bone china in the Craigavon pattern; pierced-edge Bavarian fruit plates; a set of 12 Copeland Spode Bermuda Flowers plates, each one different (Oleander, Hibiscus, Morning Glory, etc.); a Bing & Grondahl blue and white platter; a set of Lunt William & Mary sterling flatware; a green opaque vase on an Oriental-style stand; decanters; Lefton; and Hummel.

Also slated to cross the block will be an Atterbury 06 Chicken; mantel clocks (to include Seth Thomas and Chauncey Jerome); a brass maritime repeater marked the U.S.S. WASP (from the Naval Shipyard in New York); blue kerosene lamps; demitasse cups and saucers; and many crystal pieces.

The live auction will be conducted at Specialists of the South’s gallery facility, at 544 East 6th St., Panama City, Fla., beginning at 9 a.m. (Central Standard Time). There will be an on-site viewing the day before (June 26), the day of sale (from 8-9 a.m.) or by appointment. The auction will charge a 10 percent buyer’s premium. Online bidding will start June 19. Bidders may register on the Specialists of the South Web site (, where they may also view detailed listings and lot photographs.