First selections from prominent Virginia antique collections to be sold in New Year’s Day auction


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This intriguing pig-in is one of scores of stoneware pieces that will cross the block.


IVOR, Va. – A pair of prominent and important local estates will headline the 26th annual New Year’s Day sale planned by Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals of Suffolk, Va. The sale will be held at the Ivor Municipal Building at 8420 Bell Avenue in Ivor, off Route 460, at 10 a.m. A preview will be held Dec. 31, from 2-6 p.m., and on the day of the sale from 9-10 a.m.

Over 600 lots will come up for bid and more than 400 of them will come from the estate of the late Col. Carl Moulton, a former antiques dealer and auctioneer. Mr. Moulton had planned to assist in the sale of his merchandise before his recent death. He owned and operated Carl’s Antiques in Chesapeake, Va., maintained booths in area antique malls, and previously owned a local pawn shop.

“Carl Moulton was a larger-than-life figure and a real friend who was known and liked by everyone in the area,” said Tom Perry of Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals. “Barbara, his wife, also recently passed away, and when he contacted me about handling his estate, it was with the agreement he’d help out. Although he was in poor health, Carl was one of the area’s most talented auctioneers and knew the auction business inside and out, but it wasn’t to be. The sale will proceed as he wished, and most of it will be Carl’s items.”

Mr. Moulton bought and sold antiques over a 40-year period, but he kept some the best of what he acquired for himself. Some of those items will be sold Jan. 1, but he owned so much, Mr. Perry said his estate will be broken up into several sales. The same will be true of the other major estate in the auction, that of the late Anne B. Jennings, formerly of Chesapeake, Va., and wife of the prominent physician Dr. W. Stanley Jennings.

Mrs. Jennings loved primitives; her estate also includes stoneware, baskets, quilts and lots of country collectibles. Mr. Moulton specialized in jewelry, coins, period American furniture, stoneware, collectibles, and guns. “He had a reputation for collecting only primo items, in mint condition,” Mr. Perry said. “Mrs. Jennings was also a very discriminating buyer and she had the means to buy the best.”

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Vintage Pepsi thermometer, just one of many Pepsi and Coca-Cola collectibles that will be sold.

Bidders will have much to peruse on New Year’s Day. Period furniture items will include a yellow pine Virginia corner cupboard from Sussex County (circa 1800-1810); a meat safe from Isle of Wight County, Va., heart of pine with milk green paint (circa 1780-1820); a large oak bow front china cabinet (circa 1880s), with leaded glass, claw feet and nice carvings; and many other desirable pieces.

The sale will also feature a Civil War Union sword made by Ames Mfg. Co. of Chicopee, Mass., in excellent condition, all original and with a scabbard; other Civil War items; sterling silver items, including an early 20th century Tiffany ladle; gold coins, including an 1852 $1 gold coin as part of a necklace with a diamond and a 1909 $5 Eagle gold coin with diamonds mounted on a pendant.

Also offered will be cast-iron and tin toys and banks, model trains and accessories, old candy containers, some antique telephones (including a stick), a nice assortment of antique baskets, Coca-Cola and Pepsi collectibles (to include a Coke tray in excellent condition), and Civil War-era daguerreotypes (to include a portrait photo in a display case of a fireman).

Other items will include an old Dick Tracy key-wind toy car still in the original box plus a Dick Tracy friction toy car, turn-of-the-century Putnam Dyes & Tints, an Adolf Hitler pin cushion, a Lucky Lucy toy bank, a Speaking Dog mechanical bank (circa 1855), Bradley & Hubbard bronze plaques and lamp, and World’s Fair items.

More than 60 pieces of stoneware items will be served up, originating from North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and other states. Sold will be face jugs, a crock attributed to H. Lowndes (Petersburg, Va., circa 1860s), a hard to come by pig-in stoneware piece with lots of blue, early G. Benton and L. Stewart jugs (Hartford, circa 1800-1820), an N. Clark & Co. stoneware jug (Lyons, N.Y.), scarce Norton and Fenton bulbous jugs, and chicken pecking corn crocks.

Collectors of vintage walking canes will be impressed with the assortment that includes a Civil War reunion example dated Aug. 1, 1879. Also slated to come under the gavel will be Cream of Wheat original advertisements, Currier & Ives prints, Disney collectibles, Carnival glass, Fenton pieces, Scotty wind-up toys, dolls, glassware, china, a vintage stereoscopic viewer, vintage school bells and a collection of Royal Doulton figurines.

Also sold will be Black memorabilia (to include a log cabin bank), an Imari bowl, Rose Medallion, rare and vintage books, country store items, old hotel bells, a Lone Ranger and a Mickey Mouse toy bank, a sterling silver mother-of-pearl baby pacifier/whistle with chain, a one-quart glass butter churn, old bottles and bottle boxes, and a cast-iron miniature square egg skillet by Griswold (#129a).

Rounding out the day’s lots will by a selection of door stops, an antique automatic pencil sharpener with hand-crank, showcases from Mr. Moulton’s mall booths, additional furniture items and more. A date has not yet been set for the future auctions of the remainder of Mr. Moulton’s estate.

Mrs. Jennings’ estate auction will be held at the same Ivor venue on Feb. 6, at 10 am. More information about this auction will be forthcoming. Watch www.TomsAuction.com for details.

There will be no online bidding component for the sale, but phone and absentee bids will be accepted. The buyer’s premium is 10 percent, cash and good check only.

Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate, or a collection, you may call them directly, at 757-539-2498 or 757-617-9647, or contact them via e-mail at tombuys@tomsauction.com.

For more information visit www.TomsAuction.com.

Photos courtesy Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals.



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Bradley & Hubbard lamp.
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Yellow pine Virginia corner cupboard from Sussex County (circa 1800-1810).
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Gold coins will be offered, two of which have been used to make necklaces.
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Stoneware crock attributed to H. Lowndes (Petersburg, Va., circa 1860s).
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Turn-of-the-century Putnam Dyes and Tints.
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Sterling silver items will include this early 20th century Tiffany ladle.
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Vintage telephones, like this wall phone model and to include a stick phone, will be sold.

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