Cannon and drum from the Battle of Gettysburg will be auctioned Saturday, Oct. 12th in Decatur, Ala. A battlefield cannon and drum from the Battle of Gettysburg, plus other Civil War items, will be sold alongside antiques from the historic Dancy-Polk House Inn at an Oct. 12th auction in Decatur, Ala.
News-Antique.com - Sep 27,2013 - (DECATUR, Ala.) – A battlefield cannon and drum from the Battle of Gettysburg, plus other Civil War items, will be sold alongside antiques from the historic Dancy-Polk House Inn, in an on-site auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, starting at 9 a.m. (CST). The event will be held under a large tent with comfortable seating, at 901 Railroad Street North West in Decatur, Ala.
That’s the address of the Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829 and one of only four buildings in Decatur to survive the Civil War. Today it is owned by Jan Garber, who has appointed it with wonderful furnishings and antiques, many from the period. All of these will be sold, as will the house itself (at 12 noon). Southern Homes & Land Realty are the selling agents.
The contents of the Dancy-Polk House Inn, plus other consignments, will be sold jointly by Stevens Auction Company (of Aberdeen, Miss.) and Empire Auction Gallery (of Athens, Ala.). Offered will be large Victorian mirrors, period lighting, Persian rugs, grandfather clocks, porcelains, rare furniture pieces, early American primitives and American Brilliant Cut Glass.
The Civil War items are from the private collection of an avid Civil War enthusiast, gathered over 50 years. The cannon – a 3.67-caliber weapon and one of three 6-pounder models used by the Union Army at the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg – comes with letters of documentation. It was last fired in 1946. The drum was used to lead Confederate troops into the historic battle.
Some of the many period furnishings will include a large and beautiful walnut Victorian hall tree with white marble top, heavily carved and with a deer’s head on top; a circa-1840 primitive double mammy’s bench with original stenciling; and a majestic rococo mahogany rosewood half tester plantation bed from around1850 in great condition, 10 feet 4 inches tall.
Furniture by the renowned 19th century American furniture makers J. & J.W. Meeks will include a five-piece rosewood laminated rococo parlor suite in the Stanton Hall pattern with blue floral upholstery, with a sofa, two arm chairs and two side chairs (circa 1850); and a rosewood pierce carved oval center table, also in the Meeks Stanton Hall pattern and executed about 1855.
Other furniture pieces will feature a rosewood rococo laminated sofa, similar to one in the Arnot Art Museum and attributed to Charles Boudoine; a flame mahogany Empire Gothic breakfront with four wine drawers, 9 feet 1 inch tall, circa 1840; a period Empire breakfront with original crest and rippled molding, 8 feet 6 inches tall; and a circa 1860 walnut Victorian étagère.
Also sold will be a mahogany Steinway parlor piano with stool in excellent condition, circa 1930; a large antique French bronze and marble clock with a large bronze cup on top; a three-piece Victorian clock set; a rococo gold leaf over-the-mantle mirror in great condition, circa 1860; a set of twelve mahogany Chippendale chairs (one arm, 11 sides); and other items.
Additional Civil War-era lots will include a Federal