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.
An extraordinary oval marble-top parlor table attributed to Thomas Brooks in walnut, with 20-inch-tall carved full standing griffins adorning a base ending in huge claw feet, fetched $2,500. In addition, many other marble-top rosewood and walnut parlor tables came up for bid, with most of them selling in the $800-$1,000 range. The Thomas Brooks table was an exception.
Many rare and collectible coins came up for bid both days. British gold sovereign coins dated 1967 changed hands in the $360 apiece range; about four $20 Liberty Head gold coins average about $1,300 each; and a huge collection of silver dollars sold for $36 each on average. Also, a staggering 336 Mexican silver ray coins changed hands, totaling $4,537 combined.
Antique pillar and scroll clocks are a staple at most Tim’s, Inc. Auctions, and these were no exception. Three such clocks, all with wooden works and made in the late 19th century by Eli Terry, Terry & Son and Henry Ives of Bristol, Conn., sold for an average price of $750 apiece.
A viola da gamba, which is larger than a violin but smaller than a cello, believed to be quite rare, fully labeled on the inside by its German manufacturer and made of wood, possibly maple, breezed to $1,210. At the top of the instrument was a carved lion's head, adding an ornate touch to this fine piece. Also, a vintage guitar signed by guitar legend Les Paul, made $1,180.
A Civil War-era Colt revolver sold in as-is condition, hit the mark for $786, while an antique ornate pistol with Middle Eastern-style inlay design hit $400. An antique Currier & Ives-like child’s toy pull-sleigh coasted to $395, a brilliant cut glass 10 ˝ inch tall vase commanded $816, and an estate vintage continental hanging wall tapestry, circa 1800s, topped out at $605.
An antique ceiling fan, very ornate and unusual, went to a buyer from Texas for $847, an antique oil painting in a gorgeous gilt frame by Ceranano of a shepherdess with sheep achieved $1,800, a room-size Persian Hamadan rug (9 feet 5 inches by 11 feet 2 inches) went to a determined bidder for $3,206, and other Persian rugs sold for between $200 and $600 each.
Electronics equipment featured a 9-lot grouping of components, all new in the box, including a Technics turntable, a stereo cassette deck, a pre-amp tuner and Carver stereo equipment, all of which sold at around 2 a.m. in the December sale for $3,630. Also, a lot consisting of Marantz audio-visual equipment, also new and still in the box, went for $2,178.
Winning bidders were asked to make a suggested $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter W. Chapulis, Tim’s late father (although anyone could donate). “The outpour of support for this effort has been tremendous,” Tim said. “Many people have given more than we asked. We've raised over $65,000 to date for this worthwhile charity.”