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Keeping time sure to pay off during online-only auction

As part of the estate of an East Coast decorator a collection of 75 antique and vintage watches, including an antique American Waltham open-face pocket watch, will come before bidders March 14 through Thomaston Place Auction Galleries.

THOMASTON, Maine: Now through Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ is conducting an online-only auction featuring a large inventory of estate wrist and pocket watches, an important Grand Tour era multi-family photography & ephemera collection, and items from the estate of a Wiscasset, Maine decorator and dealer – and all pieces with modest opening bids. The sale will be conducted simultaneously on three online auction sites: Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ own platform, Thomaston Live; LiveAuctioneers; and Invaluable.

Decorator Estate Headlining Online-Only Auction

Daguerreotypes of women

Group of daguerreotypes of women, in sixth-plate in leather cases, some covers off but present.

The 168-lot Wiscasset decorator estate collection will include: a circa 1820 French Empire marble top pier table ($1,000-2,000); a group of seven early 19th Century clear glass decanters ($600-800); a framed 18th Century hand colored bird engraving by Mark Catesby ($400-600); and a pair of Old Paris porcelain hand painted urns ($400-600). Additionally, there will be many fine works of art, lamps, mirrors, carpets, and decorative home accessories.

A highlight of the extensive family-archived photography and ephemera collection will be an album of original bromide photos taken on a 1905 trip to China, ranging from Hong Kong to the Great Wall ($1,000-1,500). Views range from town scenes, horse racing, and peasantry to shocking images of the Russo-Japanese War. The collection will also include assorted Grand Tour travel journals and photo albums from around the world, many daguerreotype and cabinet card photos, a group of 11 English, French and American patents, albums of travel postcards, antique books, genealogy materials, and family correspondence.

Waltham Riverside Among Features of Watch Selection

The 75-lot watch collection will be led by an American Waltham 14K gold Riverside open face pocket watch, circa 1890 ($600-800). There will also be a New York Watch Co. coin silver hunter case pocket watch, circa 1870 ($400-600), and a Stauffer & Co. Swiss open face chronograph pocket watch retailed by Tiffany & Co. ($300-500).

The live auction will commence at 10 a.m. EST on March 14, and registered participants may place bids on items as they come up for sale.

For more information, visit or call 207-354-8141.

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