Cabin Fever Auction slated for March 27 by Tim's, Inc. Tim’s, Inc., will hold its 19th annual Cabin Fever Auction on Sunday, March 27, in the Tim’s, Inc. showroom, at 1185 Farmington Avenue in Bristol, Conn. Online bidding via LiveAuctioneers.com.
Mouse), full one-ounce silver coins and Pinocchio sterling silver commemorative coins in presentation books. All are expected to do well, as precious metals continue to appreciate against a sagging dollar.
Much of the period furniture in the auction will come from the Beleden Mansion, an elegant, 20-room Gilded Age structure begun in 1908 and completed the following year. The original occupant was William Sessions, of Sessions clocks fame (and there will be Sessions clocks in the sale). In its 100+-year history, Beleden Mansion has only been in three families.
Furniture slated to cross the block will include a beautifully grained, late 19th century English drop-front travel desk with a presentation plaque, indicating it was given in Nov. 1888 to “Bro. W. A. Clarke” by members of Lodge 384 of the Loyal Caledonian Corks, a social club of the time; and a lovely rosewood furniture group consisting of ladies’ chairs, a loveseat and sofa, all purchased at the famous Paris Exhibition of 1889 and owned by the same family ever since.
Also offered will be a collection of nicely carved marble-top parlor tables (some walnut, some rosewood, some by makers such as Thomas Brooks, one 41 inches in diameter), a stunning full-sized Victorian sofa with carved eagles and cornucopia decor, and a gorgeous mahogany library or writing desk with full standing gryphons and flanked by drawers, in the original finish.
The cast-iron Victorian floor safe is bound to elicit oohs and aahs from the crowd, in part because of its rarity but also because it appears to have been made of walnut, in the Renaissance Revival period (which it was not). It is pure cast-iron, with painted gold accents. A door opens to reveal three velvet-lined shelves. The maker is Marvin Safe & Seal Co. (N.Y. and Philadelphia).
The nice selection of eight music boxes will include examples by premier maker Regina, with playing discs. Music boxes were popular around the turn of the century, having descended from the popular European boxes of the late 18th and early 19th century. Beginning around 1920, with the invention of the phonograph, they faded from the scene, but are highly collectible today.
The vintage guns in the auction will feature pistols by Colt, to include some ladies “muff-guns” (small guns so-named because women of the day would hide them in their hand-warmers, or muffs). Also sold will be powder (or shot) flasks. The three vintage stoves will include one cast-iron example on Federal-period claw feet with angels and fabulous architectural elements.
Vintage lamps will include a nice pair of German-made urn-like Meissen table lamps. Bronzes will feature a large warrior on a horse, perched on a marble alabaster base and having a nice patina; and a bronze depiction of Shakespeare or other notable literary figure. Decorative accessories will include a German-made porcelain portrait of a lady playing a harp, housed in a gold gilt frame and signed by the maker, with blue mark; a pietra dura depicting roses, in a very stout and ornate