9-consignor estate sale slated for Aug. 27 in Panama City, Fla. A whopping nine local consignors, boasting hundreds of lots in an eclectic mix of categories, will be packed into a one-day multi-estate sale on Saturday, Aug. 27, in Panama City, Fla.
doll, celluloid dolls, bobble head dolls, vintage Kewpie postcards, mantel clocks, a rare Orange Crush soda dispenser, small older slot machines, vintage mechanical and still banks, advertising memorabilia (to include a Gipp's Beer sign), two nice Planter's Peanuts display jars, and an in-depth collection of colorful circular flue covers, decoratively ringed in metal (for the stove).
Keewatin Berg was quite the colorful character (and world traveler). A part Cherokee Indian and native Oklahoman, she was secretly taught how to fly airplanes by her brother, a self-taught pilot, and used that skill to fly Army salvage trainers, such as the BT13 (with aluminum skin and glass canopy) and the Steerman. She was a member of the 99ers, an elite club of the first 99 female pilots ever in the U.S.
Ms. Berg's adventurous spirit took her to over 30 different countries, where she snapped up artifacts, artwork and other exotic objects. She loved Mexico and Canada (and even traveled as a child to Canada by canvas canoe, where she went fishing and moose hunting). But her favorite destination was no doubt Asia (or “the Orient,” as it was then called). She visited there many times.
Items from Ms. Berg’s estate will include many Native American and African objects, to include terracotta pieces from Mexico, ethnic artwork, receptacles and hats fashioned from natural materials, carvings, and items she acquired from the World Museum in Tulsa, Okla. (at their liquidation sale in the 1970s), plus a heavily decorated 48-inch diameter tin wall-mounted piece.
Ms. Berg resided near the tony Seaside area of Panama City Beach, and at one time her impressive collections were shown at the Carillon Beach Chapel Exhibit. Other items will also cross the block Aug. 27, such as Rattan furniture (some with leather upholstery) and a heavily carved sandalwood storage chest.
The living estate of another resident will feature a beautiful Hoosier cabinet and a collection of fine crocks, china and glassware. But one item certain to pique bidder interest will be a long Oriental belt (or wrap), possibly for holding a weapon and worn into battle, and with large Oriental characters at one end and along one edge, plus fine chop marks at the other end. The belt, along with a World War II-era parachute and other military memorabilia, were given to the consignor by her uncle, who served in the Philippines during World War II.
Margaret “Peggy” Beck and Bert Whitbread operated Fernleigh Antiques in Panama City for 17 years before the BP oil spill forced them to close their doors last year. The couple specialized in nautical items, which they often sold to restaurants and the trade. Items from their estate will include a ship's sextant from 1876 and an original oil-on-canvas rendering of Joan of Arc with clergy and soldiers by J.W. Vale, 47 inches by 79 inches (estimated value: $12,000).
Other merchandise from the couple's collection will include a hand-painted Austrian luncheon service for 12 with the beehive (a matching teapot, creamer and sugar), a