J&J Meeks parlor table brings $32,000 at Stevens sale A museum quality parlor table made around 1855 and attributed to J&J Meeks of New York sold for $32,000 in a massive two-day estate sale held March 16-17 by Stevens Auction Company in Aberdeen, Miss.
chandelier (circa 1920) that garnered $3,800; and a large, cut glass basket (circa 1890), that brought $650.
Certain lots were guaranteed head-turners. One was a hand-made scale replica of the famous Robert E. Lee riverboat, painstakingly crafted over 30 years and two generations (the man who started the project handed it off to his son, who completed the task). Finely detailed and made of walnut and permanently mounted in a walnut case measuring over 7 feet long, the piece sold for $10,400.
A blue Sevres mantel clock with full-bodied cupids and an Austrian scene (circa 1870), made $3,400; a pair of 19th century Dresden palace-sized urns, with rams' heads and a brass base (circa 1890), achieved $3,200 each; an Art Nouveau hand-painted vase, 16 in. tall, signed Mont Joye, sold for $950; and a pair of hand-painted, Royal Vienna porcelain plaques (circa 1860), brought $900 each.
An extraordinary early handwoven Austrian tapestry (7 ft. x 7 ft., circa 1820) changed hands for $2,800; an authentic horse-drawn doctor's buggy, all complete (circa 1900), rolled away for $1,900; a framed double print of bird dogs (38 in. x 25 in., circa 1920) reached $750; and a nice assortment of whiskey jars dating from 1840-1930 sold for $100-$600 each.
Highlights from the Civil War session on Friday night included:
Weapons from the era piqued the interest of the crowd. The top lot of the night was a Colt .44 caliber Dragoon pistol (2nd model, 1850); it rang out for $19,000. Also, an over-and-under .40 caliber shotgun, side hammer with patch box, signed in two places (Griswalt, Casedega, N.Y., circa 1840), hit $2,400; and an 1892 Winchester 38-41 caliber rifle with 30 in. barrel sold for $2,200.
A Civil War-era slave's leg iron, with ball and chain (circa 1850), commanded $1,400; a reunion badge for the Forest Cavalry Corps. (circa 1900), saw a top bid of $750; and an actual slave tag (Charleston, #475, 1862), went for $700. Sports cards and memorabilia also came under the gavel on Friday evening, with the high achiever being a Babe Ruth signed baseball; it was a hit at $900.
There were so many lots to sell over the course of the two days, not all of them came up for bid, so the spillover will be incorporated into Stevens Auction's next sale, on April 21st. Other quality consignments have also been secured, to include a magnificent bedroom suite from an estate in New Orleans, with a Prudence Millard bed; and the estate of a former cotton planter in Greenwood, Miss.
The sale will also feature the entire contents of Troy Plantation, the onetime home of James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States. Mr. Polk lived in Troy Plantation from 1835-1849. The facility has been reduced in size over the years, but is still a working plantation, comprising about 950 acres of property.
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