Tim's, Inc. will hold its 20th annual Cabin Fever Auction March 25th in Bristol, Conn. Itís time to make plans for the 20th annual Cabin Fever Auction, to be held Sunday, March 25, by Timís, Inc., in the firmís gallery facility, located at 1185 Farmington Avenue in Bristol, Conn.
the rare 1928 plain and 1921 key dates) ; and copper coins and other coin sets. Some of the coins will be ďrawĒ (or ungraded), while others will carry grades.
The antique clocks will feature about a half-dozen Eli Terry pillar-and-scroll clocks from the early 19th century; a tall case grandfather clock by J. E. Caldwell, 8 feet 4 inches tall, in a walnut case with claw feel, a phase and moon dial at the top and three finials; an uncommon and large rosewood E. N. Welch (Forestville, Conn.) wall regulator weight-driven clock (circa 1880s); and other clocks.
Vintage musical instruments will include a Gibson Byrdland guitar from around 1960 (est. $5,000-$10,000); and a Gibson Hummingbird guitar from the same era. The rock Ďní roll memorabilia will feature a guitar signed by Les Paul, the late father of the electric guitar; a Les Paul signature on a picture record; and a guitar signed by a member of Ď60s band Vanilla Fudge. Proceeds from the sale of the signed rock 'n' roll items will go to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Also sold will be a Steinway grand piano, the desirable Model L, 5 feet 9 inches long. The magnificent piano has been in the same family since its original purchase in 1928.
Antique furniture will be represented by some of the most renowned American furniture makers in history: Thomas Brooks, John Jelliffs, R. J. Horner and others. One spectacular piece expected to wow the crowd is a monumental carved oak two-door glass collector's cabinet on a two-drawer base attributed to R. J. Horner. The cabinet, possibly an Exposition piece, has carved grapevines, standing winged griffins and a carved crest at the top, all in the original wood finish.
Other pieces expected to do well include a marble-top princess dresser and two marble-top center tables. Guns will also be offered (to include two pair of matching dueling pistols), as will some diamond estate jewelry.
Just consigned, by a local man cleaning out his attic, is a tin on litho painted advertising sign for Brook Hill Dog whiskey, circa 1890s, with artwork by Alexander Pope II. The unframed sign, measuring about 2 feet by 3 feet, shows a tri-color English Setter coming through a hole in a wooden fence. ďWhen I say thereís something for everyone in this sale, I wasn't kidding,Ē Mr. Chapulis deadpanned.
Admittance to the auction will be a suggested $10 donation per person, the proceeds of which will go to St. Jude Childrenís Research Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Timís late father. To date, Timís, Inc. has proudly raised over $43,000 for the hospital, and the hope is that the $50,000 mark can be reached this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of St. Judeís.
Terms of the auction will be a $100 cash deposit per bidder number (refundable upon return of the bidder number or good towards a purchase); a 15 percent buyerís premium for cash purchases (must be paid in full on