Carved eagle with gilt gold trim, carved by William Sheppard, soars to $8,100 at Tim's Inc. Auctions A carved eagle with gold gilt trim, made form pine and impressive at 72 inches long and 24 inches in height (circa 1950s or ‘60s), realized $8,100 at auctions held Nov. 17 and Dec. 8 by Tim's, Inc.
News-Antique.com - Feb 06,2014 - (BRISTOL, Conn.) – The original plan called for a tidy, internet-only, 500-lot Fall Extravaganza Estates Auction on Nov. 17. But so many estate items poured in during the days leading up to the event, Tim Chapulis knew he had no recourse but to split it up into two sales. But instead of scheduling them on back-to-back days, as is custom, he spread them well apart.
“I was committed to the Nov. 17 date, so that was etched in stone, but after that I wanted something that would tie in more to the Christmas season,” said Chapulis, owner of Tim’s, Inc. Auctions, now in its 35th year. “I’ve always loved the classic holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life, so we decided to call the second auction just that. December 8th seemed like a good date.”
Both auctions were so successful (each one started at noon and didn’t finish until well after midnight) that Chapulis is already planning them again for next year. “These will be annual events, like my Cabin Fever Auction in early spring,” he said. “A portion of It’s a Wonderful Life will go to support St. Jude Research Children’s Hospital. The December sale raised $5,000.”
There’s no denying the pair of auctions were a success. The November sale featured more than 600 lots in a wide array of categories. The December auction had more than 800 lots. Online traffic was driven through the Tim’s, Inc. Auctions website (www.timsauctions.com) and bidders could register and bid via LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com (formerly Artfact). In all, more than 1,000 bidders participated (internet, phone and absentee) over the two sales.
Following are highlights from the auctions. All prices quoted include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.
A beautiful carved eagle with gold gilt trim, made form pine and impressive at 72 inches long and 24 inches in height (circa 1950s or ‘60s), realized $8,100. The piece was carved by William Sheppard of Waterford, Conn., a master carver who worked at Old Mystic Seaport in Connecticut as a demonstrator in a woodworking shop. Also, a heavily carved oak marble-top sideboard attributed to R. J. Horner, with the marble top a full inch thick and a crest flanked by two winged griffins and a large mirror in the middle, went to a bidder from France for $3,300.
Two Japanese World War II swords from the lifetime collection of Daniel Pagano, one long and one short, realized $4,598 and $847, respectively. The long sword generated more excitement because it had a signature on the handle, by the maker, in Japanese. Both swords came from Daniel Pagano's “Rustic Collection” of mostly sporting items. These were also sold.
One item in the “Rustic Collection” was a fishing pole reported to have been made for baseball great Babe Ruth, with a brass tag that said “B. Ruth.” So the story goes, the legendary Bambino took ill and couldn't accept the pole and it eventually found its way into Mr. Pagano's collection. Mr. Pagano himself was an avid fisherman. The pole