Tim’s Inc. holds 17th annual Cabin Fever Auction and celebrates 30th anniversary

LITCHFIELD, Conn. — Tim’s Inc. will hold its 17th annual Cabin Fever Auction on Saturday, March 28, at the Litchfield Firehouse in Litchfield, Conn., beginning at 11:30 a.m. “We call it the Cabin Fever Auction because folks need a good reason to come out of their homes at the end of winter,” Tim Chapulis said, “and we give one to them.”

The Cabin Fever Auction is easily Tim’s biggest and most important sale on its calendar. “It takes more than  a year of planning to pull off this one-day special event,” Chapulis said. The sale will feature fresh-to-the-market items from area homes, estates and private collections. A preview will be held the morning of the sale.

“In these uncertain times, when people are looking for a safe haven for their investments, it’s important that people take a good long look at quality antiques and collectibles,” Chapulis said.

antique clockMore than 500 lots will cross the block. Items will include rare and vintage clocks; period furniture; antique lamps; coins and currency; rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia; artwork; music boxes, some of them quite rare; vintage clothing; vintage dolls; and more. Absentee and phone bids will be accepted, if pre-arranged.

There will be no online bidding component, and that was intentional. “We do things the old-fashioned way,” Chapulis remarked. “We sell to the room.”

Rare Walter Durfree 9-tube Gothic grandfather clock, sold by Tiffany & Co. and marked on the dial.

Vintage clocks will include a rare Excelsior crystal regulator made around 1880 by the Ansonia Clock Co., featuring silver-colored glass crystal regulator, huge claw feet and an ornate dial; a Waterbury Augusta oak wall clock in mint condition; a pair of oversize Black Forest cuckoo clocks with monumental carvings; two rare Howard & Davis clocks, #1 and #2, both weight-driven, made in Boston; and a miniature Vienna eight-day regulator, with single weight.

Furniture pieces include a rococo office chair by John Henry Belter; a Victorian marble-top hunt board with carved game birds, grapes and original finish, possibly made by Mitchells & Rammelsberg (circa 1860); Federal and Empire pieces; a four-poster bed; a secretary with acanthus-carved feet; a drop-front butler’s desk; mirrors; and more.

The rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia will feature items signed by guitar legend Les Paul, to include an RCA Victor record player with the horn signed in silver gel pen by Paul, Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Zakk Wylde and musicians Joe “Satch” Satriani, John Colianni, Lou Pollo, Tom Doyle, Christopher Lentz and Jay Leon Hart. Photos of the musicians signing are on www.timsauction.com.

Other items relating to Les Paul include a signed poster for his DVD; an Epiphone guitar signed by Paul, Wylde and Satriani; and a signed record album that also comes with a photo of Mr. Paul and his famous wife and former partner Mary Ford. Also offered will be a guitar signed by members of Jay and the Americans, to include Jay III (not Jay Black) and guitarist Marty Sanders.

antique oil lampApproximately 50 vintage lamps will come up for bid. One piece sure to juice the crowd is a large and unusual all-bronze original oil lamp with Victorian rose shade and oversize globe showing birds with an Oriental flair. The gorgeous piano lamp (or music room lamp) stands tall, at over 6 feet, and was produced by an unknown maker. Purists will like the fact that it is still oil and hasn’t been electrified.

Ornate Victorian room lamp with rose globe and heavily decorated brass column with bird design.

Other lamps include an all-original oil lamp by Bradley & Hubbard; an original oil lamp with figural Majolica base; an electric desk lamp with painted, chipped ice shade; an original Fostoria Gone With the Wind lamp; six antique hanging leaded dome lamps, in varying shapes and sizes; and additional examples by Bradley & Hubbard (and E. Miller, both out of Meriden, Conn.).

Vintage music boxes will feature a floor-standing record player that resembles a large wooden urn, with full stork heads as handles. The urn lifts up to reveal a record player, which is a wind-up model called the Oxford, made by the Munpler Corp. of New York. The unit has a black lacquered Oriental decorated finish and may be one of only three examples ever made.

Other lots from the category include a mahogany Stella music box with discs; a Regina music box in quarter-sawn oak with inlay and discs; a 12-tune, 5-bells music box; an Edison Gem model cylinder record player; Edison record players; and an animated music box by F.A.O. Schwarz Toys in New York City.

Vintage clothing will include fur coats from Saks Fifth Avenue; a black and white dress made by Oscar de la Renta; and items from Chase & Co. (New Haven). Vintage dolls, some of them French, will also cross the block. And nautical buffs will be intrigued by the very unusual captain’s chair with ornate carved back showing an unknown ship’s initials.

Admission to the auction and preview will come in the form of a donation to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Tim’s late father. To date, nearly $17,000 has been raised for the charity. Terms for the auction are a 15 percent buyer’s premium for cash and known checks, and 18 percent for all major credit cards.

Tim’s Inc., is celebrating 30 years in the business (1979-2009). To learn more about the firm and the upcoming Cabin Fever Auction, and to view more than 1,000 photos of the lots to be sold, visit www.timsauction.com.

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