Authentic Union cannon from the Battle of Gettysburg hits the mark for $86,250 at Oct. 12th auction An authentic Civil War cannon, fired by Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg, sold for $86,250 at an on-site sale of the contents of the Dancy-Polk House Inn, held October 12th in Decatur, Alabama
rococo mahogany rosewood half tester plantation bed from around 1850, 104 inches tall and in great condition, breezed to $12,650; while an ornately decorated antique iron bed made circa 1900 that once belonged to Madame Cate, proprietor of a brothel in Decatur, garnered $1,725.
A five-piece rosewood rococo laminated parlor suite by J. & J.W. Meeks in the Stanton Hall pattern, with blue upholstery and made circa 1855, topped out at $18,400; and a rosewood pierce-carved oval center table, also made by Meeks in the Stanton Hall pattern, rose to $10,350. Also, a period rosewood rococo half commode with A. Roux label (circa 1855) fetched $1,610.
Two grand and lovely breakfronts wowed the crowd. One was a flame mahogany Empire Gothic breakfront with four wine drawers, made circa 1840 and standing 9 feet 1 inch tall by 68 inches wide ($4,255). The other was a period Empire breakfront with original crest and rippled molding, also crafted around 1840 and standing 8 feet 6 inches tall by 61 inches wide ($3,680).
A rosewood rococo laminated sofa, pictured on page 116 of the Dubrow Book of 19th Century Furniture and similar to an example in the Arnot Art Museum (circa 1855) went to a determined bidder for $4,830; and an oversize two-drawer period Empire mint julep cabinet with black and gold marble, made circa 1840, 37 ½ inches tall by 44 inches wide, coasted to $3,335.
Dwight Stevens was astounded when a pine primitive cobbler’s bench, pegged together circa 1880 and on the large side, hammered for $3,680 (“I figured it would bring $500 or so, but two bidders got into a war and that was that”). Also, an equally intriguing double mammie’s bench from around 1840, quite rare, with original stenciling, sold for a more predictable $1,610.
An enormous, heavily carved walnut Victorian hall tree with mirror, with white marble top and caved deer head at the peak, made circa 1860 by Mitchell & Rammelsberg and with the original finish, hit $17,250. Also, a massive pair of rosewood Victorian gold gilt parlor mirrors from around 1860, each one measuring 9 feet tall by 47 inches wide, hammered for $3,680 each.
Decorative accessories featured an antique French bronze and marble clock with large bronze cup on top, circa 1880 ($7,475); a three-piece Sevres porcelain and bronze clock set, circa 1880 ($2,990); a pair of circa 1880 Old Paris vases, dark blue with roses and with heavy gold decoration ($1,840); and a pair of pink circa 1880 Old Paris vases with parin figures ($1,265).
Stevens Auction Company’s next big auction will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23rd, at 10 a.m. (CST), in the firm’s gallery located at 609 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen, Miss. Featured will be the living estate of Dr. Ray Gregory, a recently retired physician and lifetime collector of Victorian and Empire furniture, cut glass, artwork, rugs, lamps and collectibles.
Then, sometime in January (date and times to be determined), Stevens Auction Company will sell the lifetime collections of a