Herter, Belter and Meissen: Three generations comprise 101-year-old Mississippi estate

QUITMAN, Miss. –  When Flossie Stallworth, 101, was born, William Howard Taft was the President and the average life expectancy of a woman was just over 50 years. Flossie beat that expectation by nearly double. She was a proud and determined woman, widely respected for her grace, consideration and love of life and family. She also loved antiques, buying only the very best.

When Mrs. Stallworth’s mother and sister passed before her, their collections (also thoughtfully accumulated and meticulously maintained) became part of her collection. In true Flossie style, at the spry age of 99, she organized her antiques with great deliberation and set plans in motion for the sale of her fine collections following her passing. That time is now.

The entire Stallworth estate will be sold on-site March 5, 2011 in Quitman, Miss. Period furniture will be served up in abundance. A pair of Belter chairs are certain to wow the crowd – one being an armchair in the Spring Meyer pattern, the other a beautiful example in the Rosalie pattern. Two etageres are also expected to juice the crowd, one a rosewood Victorian bonnet-top piece by Thomas Brooks, the other a walnut Victorian etagere.

Other outstanding furniture pieces include a dining table with four leaves and carved apron (attributed to R.J. Horner), a set of eight Chippendale dining chairs with ball-and-claw feet, an oak curved-glass china cabinet with a mirror at the top, a walnut Victorian bed with carved grapevine decoration, and a French vanity stool upholstered with 1890 needlepoint.

Anything made of silver has been especially desirable lately, as precious metals have soared in the face of a sagging dollar. Two lots expected to do well include a silver plate supper set (also known as buffeters), and a lovely Victorian silver plate stand with cut glass decanter. Also slated to cross the block is a Victorian “tilt-a-pour,” sometimes referred to as a samovar.

Decorative accessories will include a Bavarian eggnog set, a Majolica center bowl with blue flowers, a Meissen meat platter with the Meissen mark in oval with a star and indicating made in Germany (19 inches by 13 inches), and a brass piano lamp with parrots, signed Handel. Original art will feature a watercolor on paper by the Italian artist Mazzini Ciro in a gold frame.
    Wonderful estate jewelry is a surefire crowd pleaser, and this sale has got some real nice pieces. These include a ladies’ mechanical oval-shaped Hamilton wristwatch (3.40 carats), a ladies’ diamond bridal ring boasting a 1.70 carat center stone, and a ladies’ fancy brooch pin (.68 carats). To view crisp images of all the jewelry items, please log on to www.stevensauction.com.

Returning to furniture, a few other noteworthy pieces include a love seat covered with tapestry (circa 1845), a rosewood marble-top Victorian center table, and an oak carved china cabinet.

The estate of the late Mrs. Flossie Stallworth, who accumulated many antique and beautiful items over the course of her 101 years, will be sold on-site Saturday, March 5, beginning at 10 a.m. (CST). The auction will be held at Mrs. Stallworth’s home, at 120 South Archusa Avenue in Quitman. That home, plus another one next door, will both be offered.

The auction will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company, based in Aberdeen, Miss. Mrs. Stallworth’s estate includes gorgeous antique furniture, fine china, sterling silver, hand-made rugs, fantastic vintage lamps, original oil paintings, hundreds of pieces of old Victorian glassware, and collectibles. Many items can be viewed online — at www.stevensauction.com. A preview will be held on March 4, from 10-6, and on March 5, the date of sale, from 8 a.m. (when doors open) until the start of the auction, at 10 a.m. (CST).

For a free color brochure, call Stevens Auction Company at (662) 369-2200, or e-mail a request to stevensauction@bellsouth.net. Reserved seating and phone bids are welcome, with advanced arrangements. Terms of sale will be cash, pre-approved checks and all major credit cards. A 12 percent buyer’s premium will be charged on all purchases. Some discounts apply.


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