The living estate of Brady C. Jefcoat will be sold June 18 & 24-25 in N.C. Hundreds of rare and prized items from the living estate of Brady C. Jefcoat will be sold Saturday, June 18, in Yanceyville, N.C., and June 24-25 in Raleight, N.C., through Winstead's Auction Service.
News-Antique.com - May 31,2011 - (YANCEYVILLE, N.C.) – Hundreds of rare and prized items from the living estate of Brady C. Jefcoat – a collector so dedicated and renowned a museum bearing his name exists in Murfreesboro, N.C. – will be sold on Saturday, June 18, in the showroom of Winstead’s Auction Company, then again June 24-25 in an on-site auction at the Jefcoat residence in Raleigh, N.C.
Mr. Jefcoat, 95, began his collection in earnest in 1972 following the death of his wife. It has since become famous throughout the region. His main passion is music machines, to include rare and vintage phonographs (many with horns), Regina disc players and players by other makers, jukeboxes, Victrolas, cylinder boxes, organs, band boxes, coin-operated items, Black Forest cuckoo clocks, hanging oil lamps and many other items in a variety of collecting genres.
“This collection is an auctioneer’s dream,” remarked Catherine Winstead of Winstead’s Auction Company. “I was fortunate to have been chosen to handle his estate. Sotheby’s came and looked at what he had, and he was also courted by many other big auction houses from far away. But in the end he decided to keep it.
Almost anyone would be. The June 18 sale will feature around 500 museum-quality lots from Mr. Jefcoat's personal collection. Also sold will be duplicate items from The Brady C. Jefcoat Museum (still open and operational). There will still be enough merchandise left from that auction for the June 24-25 on-site event – an estimated 800-1,000 lots.
For people planning to attend the June 18 sale, Winstead’s Auction Company is located at 201 Main Street in Yanceyville, N.C., near the Virginia state line, about an hour north of Raleigh and 45 minutes east of Greensboro, off Highways 86 and 158. There will be no Internet bidding, but phone and absentee bids will be accepted. To view the many items to be sold, visit www.winsteadsauction.com.
The name Edison is synonymous with vintage music-playing machines, and this auction will feature many examples. These include an Edison Bell Electrotone German Excelsior reproducer/talking machine with cupids on all sides and a huge horn; a rare Class M battery-operated phonograph; and an Edison Triumph #66907 with Cygnet horn and original gold paint.
Other phonographs will include an oak case Edison Model M spring-model reproducer with 5-inch Mandrel, oak Cygnet horn and Music Master label (plus tag from Theo F. Bentel & Co.); an Edison Model A Oxidized Bronze reproducer (serial #4484), type SM, with 21-inch mahogany Cygnet horn; and an Edison Model B reproducer with two- and four-minute gearing.
Regina is another name coveted by collectors. This sale will include an upright coin-op 27-inch Regina Corona disc player with the original finish, automatic changer, double comb box and 12 discs; a coin-op oak Regina 27-inch disc player with fancy carvings, 12 automatic changer; an oak coin-op bow-front Regina 12-disc changer; and a rare coin-op oak upright Regina Hexaphone with six interchangeable cylinders.
Two items are certain to get paddles wagging. The first is an oak