South Carolina stoneware spotted in Virginia antiques auction

IVOR, Va. – Hundreds of select, handpicked antiques and collectibles from three prominent Virginia estates – in Franklin, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, plus other consignments – will be sold at auction Saturday, Feb. 4, by Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals, at the former Ivor High School building in Ivor, located at 8430 Bell Avenue, off Route 460. The action will begin promptly at 10 a.m. (EST). Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

At press time, more than 600 lots of merchandise have been counted, but items were still being inventoried and the final tally could easily top the 700 mark. Offered will be items in a wide range of categories: antique furniture, stoneware and pottery, duck decoys, stamps and coins, glassware, hand-made baskets, fountain pens, ephemera, decorative accessories and collectibles.

19th century blanket chest  Dove-tailed, 19th century painted blanket chest.

“We’ve pulled choice items out of these outstanding estates and will offer them for sale to the highest bidder,” said Tom Perry of Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals, based in Suffolk, Va. There will be no Internet bidding for this auction.

Headlining the antique furniture category will be an early blue-painted dovetailed blanket chest, probably made in Pennsylvania in the early-to-mid 1800s; a burled mahogany eight-drawer highboy (circa 1780-1800) with ball-and-claw feet and arched shell carved into the center of the base; and a mid-1700s mahogany bachelor’s chest with bracket feet and four graduated drawers.

Other antique furniture pieces will include a diminutive and unusual eastern North Carolina cupboard, not much larger that a child’s piece and made circa mid-1800s; a period drop-leaf Pembroke dining table (possibly European); a huge Victorian-era wardrobe; and Empire pieces.

  Herman Grieb diorama 1927. Photo courtesy Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals

One lot certain to pique bidder interest is a 1927 diorama with squirrels, executed by   American taxidermy artist Herman Grieb (Buffalo, N.Y., 1869-1928), about 48 inches wide and signed by the artist. Grieb’s production was both prodigious and endearing. His natural creations are still actively sought out by collectors more than 80 years after his death.

Another lot sure to get paddles wagging is a 19th century Carlsbad fish set, comprising a scalloped oval platter and 12 plates, all hand-painted and in perfect condition. All pieces carry the Carlsbad mark, ensuring their authenticity. Carlsbad is the Austrian-based china firm renowned for its hand-painted fish platter and plate sets.

Northwood carnival glass epergne  Northwood carnival glass epergne

Decorative accessories will feature a green Northwood Carnival glass epergne (marked Northwood), around 20 pieces of stoneware (some of it beautifully decorated and highly sought after pieces from South Carolina, plus examples from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey), Roseville pottery, oil lamps, doorstops, sterling silver and a nice group of picture frames.

Also to be sold is a circa 1880 six-tune music box, probably Swiss, with damper and brass cylinder that plays six songs, a hand-illustrated cloth book of the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (circa 1880-1920), original paperwork from a washing machine made in 1900 (that cost just $10 new!), and a Virginia slave document transferring a slave from father to son.

The duck decoys are mostly unsigned, except for one signed “A. Wood,” and the group of hand-made baskets includes a desirable miniature example. Stamps and coins will also cross the block (although none of the coins are gold). Other lots will include a Gem Roller organ that plays 16-inch cylinder rolls (cylinders included) and a rare sportsman’s yearbook from 1940.

Decorated six-gallon New York stoneware crock.  Decorated six-gallon New York stoneware crock.

Previews will be held on Friday, Feb. 3, from 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 4, the date of sale, from 8 a.m. until the start of the auction at 10 a.m. Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. A 10 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases. Terms will be cash and good checks only. No credit card purchases will be allowed. Refreshments will be served.

A photo gallery of the antiques and collectibles slated for auction can be viewed at (ID #1328).

Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals is one of the premier auction firms in the Mid-Atlantic States. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call them at 757-539-2498 or 757-617-9647, or e-mail Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals.

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