Safety deposit box treasures will be auctioned Dec. 4 in Conn. The contents of numerous safety deposit boxes, filled with treasures accumulated over the course of a lifetime by a single-family estate, will be sold on Sat., Dec. 4, by Timís, Inc., in Bristol, Conn
News-Antique.com - Nov 23,2010 - (BRISTOL, Conn.) Ė The contents of numerous safety deposit boxes, filled with treasures accumulated over the course of a lifetime by a single-family estate, will be sold on Saturday, Dec. 4, by Timís, Inc. The auction will be conducted at the Timís, Inc. gallery, located at 1185 Farmington Avenue in Bristol, starting at 1 p.m. A preview will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Offered will be a veritable trove of gold and silver coins (to include over 100 U.S. silver dollars), over 200 diamond rings, nearly 100 pocket watches, Rolex and chronograph watches, gold jewelry, a collection of vintage clocks, and rare and unusual items such as a carved Black Forest whistler made from German Black Forest wood, with moving head. Itís highly collectible.
ďThis is without a doubt the largest single-family estate auction of these categories in our area in a long time,Ē said Tim Chapulis of Timís, Inc. ďThe family has entrusted to us all of their heirlooms, gathered over generations, and now we are proud to offer them to the buying public. Plus the timing couldnít be better, with the holidays here. These items would make great gifts.Ē
Over 240 color images of the lots are on the Tim's, Inc. website, www.timsauction.com.
The gold and silver coins are expected to draw intense bidder interest, with the price of precious metals against the dollar going sky-high. Between 100 and 150 U.S. silver dollars will cross the block, including three complete rolls from the 1880s. They are in brilliant uncirculated condition. Over 30 solid gold coins will also be sold, from several countries (to include Russia, Mexico and the U.S.). Some are set in ornate 14kt gold holders. Others are surrounded by stones.
A nice collection of around 100 pocket watches will also come under the gavel. Some are cased in 18kt gold, to include a large-size Howard example, plus other Howards. Additional 18kt gold pocket watches will also be auctioned that day. Collectors of railroadiana will be excited by the selection of 21 and 23 jeweled movement railroad watches and other fine railroad watches.
Wristwatches will feature two 18kt gold chronometers and two gorgeous Rolex watches (one 18kt gold, with date and time, and one Submariner, both complete with original boxes and certificates). Also destined to slip on a new wrist is a beautiful ladyís platinum Art Nouveau wristwatch with diamonds, platinum and sapphires, plus many other 14kt and 18kt gold watches.
The over 200 diamond rings will leave bidders dizzy with options, and some of these beauties will actually be offered in multiple lots. Many are in gorgeous settings; others boast multiple diamonds on one ring. One ring, appraised at over $16,000, has a stunning 1.17 carat total weight diamond. Obviously, it would make an outstanding present on Christmas morning.
Other jewelry items include multiple diamond necklaces and bracelets, heavy pendants and pins, and other fine pieces, many with mixed stones. Also sold will be some rare and unusual gold medals (to include one