Pocket and wrist watches, jewelry, phonographs all at Woody Auction, Oct. 27 Two major single-owner lifetime collections – one of phonographs and stereo view cards, the other of pocket watches, wrist watches and jewelry – will be sold on Saturday, Oct. 27, by Woody Auction.
News-Antique.com - Oct 01,2012 - (WICHITA, Kan.) – Two major single-owner lifetime collections – one of phonographs and stereo view cards, the other of pocket watches, wrist watches and jewelry – will be sold on Saturday, Oct. 27, by Woody Auction in the 4-H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Center in Wichita. The auction will be held without reserve (everything sells, regardless of price). It will be a two-session event. Woody Auction is a full-service auction house based in Douglass, Kan.
The first session, starting promptly at 9 a.m. (CST), will feature the pocket watch, wrist watch and jewelry collection of Bill Middleton of Kansas. “Mr. Middleton has been collecting a wide variety of quality time pieces for over 40 years,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, “and during this time he has assembled a significant collection by nearly anyone’s standard.”
The second session, starting at 12:30 p.m., will be dedicated to the collection Keith Heinrich, who amassed a sizable and impressive number of phonographs, phonograph players, Amberola cylinder records, concert-size cylinders, stereo view cards and viewers. “Mr. Heinrich specialized in phonographs,” Woody said, “and he only collected the most desirable machines.”
Woody added, “This is an unusual and exciting auction for us. Woody Auction is best known for our sales of American Brilliant Cut Glass and other fine decorative arts. Phonographs, jewelry, clocks and watches are outside our normal specialties. But when these two outstanding collections presented themselves at once, we just couldn’t resist offering them on the same day.”
The Bill Middleton collection will boast a dazzling array of merchandise, to include fine jewelry items such as a 2.25-ct. round brilliant diamond set on a 3mm 14kt gold band ring. The diamond, graded at VS1-VS2 for clarity and color, has been estimated at a conservative $17,000, but would probably sell at Tiffany’s for $45,000. “Finest diamond I’ve ever sold,” Woody said.
Pocket watches will feature a size 16 Waltham Vanguard 23-jewel model with an open face and excellent case, made circa 1908; a size 16 Parrett Mule 18kt gold key-wind pocket watch (serial #14558), in very good working condition, with full-jeweled lever; a size 14 Dunand 14kt gold chronograph quarter-hour repeating pocket watch with Hunter case in good overall condition; and a size 12 Swiss 18kt gold pocket watch with dust cover by I.A. Barnard Geneve.
Wrist watches will include a Swiss men’s Juvenia 18kt gold watch and band, automatic, with .16-ct. diamonds on four corners; a Patek Philippe 18kt gold “Ellipse” men’s watch with black leather band and 18kt gold buckle; a Cartier “Tank” automatic men’s watch, 18kt gold and stainless steel in like-new condition; and an original Rolex “Oyster Perpetual” men’s wrist watch chronometer with date-adjust feature and rare Roman numerals, 31 jewels, in good condition.
Other jewelry will include a 14kt yellow gold custom-made men's ring with two cushion-cut Tourmaline gems weighing around 22.3 grams each, plus an emerald cut gem weighing about 1.65 carats, for a total weight of 22.3 grams. In all, 218 lots will cross the