Prominent estates and collections will be sold at The Specialists of the South's November 14 auction Items from the estate of the late Col. Cary Anderson Thompson, Jr., to include many of the treasures he and his wife acquired from around the world during his time in the service, will be sold Nov. 14
News-Antique.com - Nov 01,2015 - PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Items from the estate of the late Col. Cary Anderson Thompson, Jr., to include many of the treasures he and his wife acquired from around the world during his time in the military, will headline a multi-estate auction on Saturday, November 14th, by The Specialists of the South, Inc. in the firm's gallery at 544 East 6th Street in Panama City, starting at 8 a.m. Central time.
During World War II, Col. Thompson served as an Army Air Corps communications officer in India. What followed was a fascinating career where in the 1960s he served as the Registrar of the Air Force Academy and as Security Wing Commander at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan.
In between, he met and married his wife, Helene, an American Red Cross worker. The wedding was held July 1945 in Calcutta, India, and they enjoyed a memorable honeymoon bear hunting.
Items acquired by the Thompsons in Asia included a limited-edition (50/50) stenciled print on handmade paper by the Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), Japanese dolls on stands (including Hakata), cast-iron cookware, lacquer ware, sake sets and kegs, Geta Kimono sandals, a large fishing buoy, a Hoya cut crystal vase in the original box and lovely brass chafing dishes.
While the Thompsons are the auction's headliners, the sale will also feature the personal radio collection and other items from Nick Magistro (former owner of a radio repair shop in Delray Beach, Fla.); the living estate of Margaret Williams of Tallahassee (mostly collectibles and china); and the estate of Ray H. Mixon, Jr. of Panama City Beach (furniture, decorative items).
In all, over 530 market-fresh lots will come up for bid, in what will be a wildly eclectic auction. For those unable to attend in person, internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Previews will be held the week prior to sale (Nov. 9-13) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment, and on auction day, from 7-8 a.m. For an appointment, call (850) 785-2577.
The Thompsons were huge fans of ceramics. Offered will be a Royal Crown Derby charger, Wedgwood (including Evenlode Corinthian china), eggshell dinnerware, a Van Briggle figurine of a Native American maiden grinding corn, and an Italian dessert set. They also collected silverplate flatware (Oneida Queen Bess II and Old Company Signature) and Hollowware.
Glass pieces will feature a covered Fenton Amberina dish and an American Fostoria bowl. Rugs will include a wonderful and large Iranian Sarouk rug and an Iranian Hamadan runner. Also sold will be a Thorens Swiss music box in excellent working condition, playing a variety of tunes and housed in a gorgeous case with one inlay, a mariner ship's clock, a ship's bell and two lanterns.
Victorian and Empire-style furniture will include a Duncan Phyfe-style sofa, an Empire-style desk with open cubbyholes, a 19th century Empire four-drawer chest with large glass knobs, marble-top side tables, pressed-back cane seat dining chairs, and a marble-top wash stand. The Spanish Revival dining room furniture will feature