Antiques dealer, pawn shop owner’s estate auction offers eclectic mix of antiques and collectibles

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Part three of the estate of Carl and Barbara Moulton – comprising the couple’s home at 200 Tara Circle in Chesapeake, plus over 700 lots of antiques and collectibles – will be sold at the home itself in an on-site auction slated for April 17, at 9 a.m. The auction will be conducted by Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals, based in Suffolk, Va.

“I’m not going to say we saved the best for last, because there were some truly outstanding items sold in Parts 1 and 2,” said Tom Perry of Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals, “but when you add the home itself to the mix and still have wall to wall merchandise, it’s hard not to get excited. Folks need to mark their calendars. This will be one sale they don’t want to miss.”

Bidders will be treated to dolls, toys, Black memorabilia, pictures and prints, sterling silver, furniture, jewelry and more. “We’re talking about 55 years of collecting,” Perry pointed out. “Mr. Moulton was an antiques dealer, an auctioneer and a pawn shop owner.”

The merchandise is eclectic, ranging from a rare cast-iron eagle with eaglets mechanical bank to gorgeous Bradley & Hubbard lamps to a group of porcelain piano babies (marked and numbered) to an original Civil War-era print titled Our Heroes to an outstanding walnut cylinder roll secretary.

Furniture will include a Hinkle Harris dining room set table with six chairs, an exceptional burl mahogany sideboard, marble-top washstand, a drop-leaf end table, an oval walnut table, an inlaid tilt-top tea table, matching pairs of Victorian chairs, a marble-top coffee table, a marble-top hall tree, two oak curved glass curio cabinets, an oak center post kitchen table with leaf and four arrow-back chairs, an oak child’s rocker, a Victorian stool, an antique Chippendale-style mirror and a cherry twin bed.

Decorative accessories will feature a cast-iron Scottie dog doorstop, a trunk made by the Norfolk Trunk Co., a signed Lalique figural piece, some nice rugs (area and Oriental), signed paperweights, glassware, Roseville, steins, ivory pieces, canning jars, stoneware clocks, vintage telephones (stick and wall), a Grey Telephone Co. 1909 pay phone, a pitcher and bowl and a panel glass lamp.

Coca-Cola collectors will have a field day. The list of Coke items includes buttons (to include one featuring Santa Claus), thermometers (one dated 1939), fishtail advertising signs and other advertising signs, a “Coke Is It” clock and a “Drink Coca-Cola” sign. Also offered will be Pepsi-Cola advertising items, Royal Crown advertising items and Dr. Pepper advertising items.

The list of collectibles includes Hummel figurines, Bunny Bread and Sunbeam Bread advertising signs, a Texaco sign, a Georgia state flag, a Norfolk restaurant picture with “Seasons Greetings,” a Ford advertising sign, a Route 66 sign, antique license plates, a Bell Public Telephone porcelain sign, a U.S. Navy bell and a 1903 framed calendar.

Also offered will be a pair of Hood’s calendars in early walnut Victorian frames (one from 1893, one from 1900), a framed picture of Robert E. Lee taken from a 1940 Saturday Evening Post, four battle prints, an 1834 50-cent piece, a tiny Bradley & Hubard lamp with shade, walking canes, bottles, old marbles, iron handcuffs, decoys and approximately 12 to 15 wind-up toys, some in boxes.

Silver pieces will include a highly decorated footed bowl made by Jenkins & Jenkins, Inc. (Baltimore, #504), teaspoons, forks, baby spoon and fork sets, a food pusher, serving spoons, a sugar spoon and a knife. Also sold will be a Little Black Sambo book, daguerreotypes, silver dollars, more than a dozen antique dolls, a Kool Cigarettes display, a set of Willie & Millie salt and pepper shakers, an Aunt Jemima note pad and original artwork.

Rounding out the day’s offerings: several railroad watches (some 14 karat gold — Bunn Special, Hamilton, etc.), a Virginia Civil War button stick pin, gold and silver watch fobs, a Dick Tracy Detective Club badge, a Mickey Mouse bank, Shirley Temple items, a group of chauffeurs’ licenses from Virginia and West Virginia, about a dozen quality name pocket watches and a Presidential mug.

Moulton (known as “Colonel” Moulton to his friends and business associates) was a larger than life figure who owned and operated Carl’s Antiques in Chesapeake. He also kept booths at several area malls, in addition to being an auctioneer and pawn shop owner. He specialized in jewelry, coins, period American furniture, stoneware, collectibles and militaria.

For consignment or other information from Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals, call them at 757-539-2498 or e-mail them at

For more information on the April 17 auction, visit

Photos courtesy Tom’s Auctions & Appraisals.

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