Ongoing Lehigh/Delaware Valley Estate Sale Gets National Attention
This unique estate sale features items from the 30-year collection of a NJ couple prominent in the arts and publishing, as well as items from the estates of the preceding generation and other family members whose items accumulated in the family storage of a renovated 18th century barn on the property.
Major collectors and antique shoppers for 3 decades, collecting runs in the family.
The primary owners were a highly regarded magazine editor and author and a classical musician who also served the county on various arts and historical preservation organizations.
Other members of the family whose items were added to the estate include 2x other artists/writers with equally eclectic tastes and careers in the visual arts, performing arts and radio extending from the 1930s to the modern era. One of the younger children is highly regarded in the field of decorative arts working for interior decorators. Make no doubt, this family is the right mix of artistic and eclectic pursuits to amass an astonishing array of quality collectibles, vintage and antique items.
The family road-tripped their way to the area antique-shopping to fill the home as they traveled from a previous residence in Oklahoma where the father had been employed with a publishing house as managing editor.
The NJ property is a historic stone farmhouse from the 18th century colonial era, together with surrounding barns and outbuildings restored in the early 1980s. The owners took the property back to about 1910 in order to utilize some modern 20th century amenaties. As a result of this ambitious restoration project, antique furniture, decorative wares and architectural salvage items not put to use began to accumulate.
Once established in NJ, they continued their collecting endeavors by rennovating and restoring the massive stone and wood-frame 1750s 3-story barn which became the warehouse repository of antiques collecting and architectural salvage overflow from the restoration of the stone farmhouse. Collectibles and antiques became the family pasttime in the 1980s and continued up to recent times, when the father passed away and the mother retired. The result is a 3-story, 3-bedroom 2-bath house with finished attic and the accompanying 3-story high 6-thousand-square foot barn which is more gallery than farm. There is not a wall which remains bare in the house nor a spot on the rafters in the barn from which an interesting item of days gone by does not hang! It must be seen to be believed.
Although it has been listed on the market already, real estate agents have subsequently turned this property down for sale because it is so mired in a wealth of collectibles and antiques, seeing the house interior through the collection is difficult.
1. to reduce and liquidate at least 2/3 of this massive generational collection, so that the estate owner's widow can complete her retirement to more modest surroundings.
2. to utilize the funds raised from the sale of the collection to make much needed improvements and renovations in order to maintain the property and ready it for subsequent relisting with the real estate agent.
Highlights & overview of contents: (list subject to change without notice)
the family has worked tirelessly to set up a photographic overview on Flickr with over 400 pictures of the estate:
vintage pink/salmon enamel cook stove "Sunshine" brand
old bath sink wall mount "Standard"
bath sink, pedestal (possibly mismatched?)
pedestal sink top miniature salesman sample
3x vintage toilets from the 1920s through 50s (2x in pink, one white, various makers)
wall-mount "Standard" baptismal from a cathedral 1950s
other vintage plumbing fixtures,
stained glass windows from a cathedral/church (partial, some losses)
additional parts/salvage pieces from above windows
general early American/period style window frames, panels, glass sheets
glassware- depression, cranberry green pink ruby & other colored glass wares too numerous to list
crystal & other glassware too numerous to list
Tiffany & Co. glass ice bucket
fine china of all kinds & styles-
Spode, Wegewood, other English makers; Austria, RS Prussia, Limoges, American Limoges, Stangl, Fiesta, Popegosser, Halls, other misc. manufacturers, some unmarked, styles ranging from traditional floral to mid century modern, too numerous to list
restaurant china- Buffalo, Shenango, Mayer, Syracuse, Scammell, Homer Laughlin, Hall, more too numerous to list
art pottery, planters, flower pots, jardinieres,
McCoy, Haeger, Weller, Royal Copley, Delft, Deimler & Brummel, Roseville, & many others
hand-thrown art studio pottery both old & new, some marked & some unsigned
decorative iron/salvage from buildings, brackets & corbels, decorative scroll work pieces
art, posters, prints, paintings, many affordable good quality and also a few important listed artists- prices are wholesale on most art
antique & vintage picture frames from all eras, too numerous to list
100s of vintage records 78s 45s and LPs, plus a couple of amber-roll cylinders
sheet music of all kinds
drum sets: two deluxe Micasonic plus one unknown, 2x antique wooden drums, several violins yet to be cataloged, a silver cornet (Holton, 1912)
several thousand books of all topics & eras, many non-fiction from the former estate-owner's library, plus many other fiction, children's, general from other family sources & shopping over the years, too numerous to list.
brand new but vintage NOS books written by the estate's former owner who passed away- NOS but in some cases 30+ years old, still in factory shipping crates, the owner's own surplus stock, never in a store
vintage christmas items- lights, ornaments, stockings, etc.
lamps and chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps, complete fixtures plus spare parts & globes of all kinds, fixer-uppers and a handful of restored vintage fixtures with brand new wiring, ready to install
salvage wood doors, windows, glass sheets, architecture,
9-foot Ionic porch columns, other antique porch posts, railings, newel posts, spindles, banister parts
8-foot high arched pocket doors which are out of this world OOAK
oak paneled Victorian doors, mirror doors, Victorian decorative front doors
taxidermy animail mounts including a deer, an elk, a boar, & Canada Geese
several trunks of vintage clothes of all eras, mens & womens, dress & casual from the 1940s through the 1980s
hats, hatboxes, perfumes,
trinket boxes, some porcelain some wood
oil lamps both full scale & miniature, and some ceiling hanging oil lights
wood boxes & crates, beverage crates from dairies, Coca-Cola, RC cola,
shipping boxes/crates from tea and pasta, ammunition shipping boxes/crates
old bottles, various- many licquer bottles, some medicine bottles
125+ pieces of chemistry lab glass bottles, equipment, etc professional quality from Baker Chemical company 1950s
vintage toys- tonka, BuddyL, Nylint & other pressed steel toys; a Murray sadface station wagon pedal car; die cast including hotwheels, matchbox, Tootsietoy, action figures- GIJoe, star wars, other sci-fi & combat types; dolls- cabbage patch, barbie, Jem, AnnaLee Mobility, R&B Sweet Sue (?) walking bride from the 50s.
Vintage board games too numerous to list
paper ephemera including cards, photos, pin-up & nudes, callenders, posters, food advertising paper items, dairy mostly
Tobacco collectibles- advertising banners, cigar wrappers, cigar boxes, tobacco pounches, a couple of pipes, several broken lighters (for parts/resto)
industrial style bar stools
electronics- old TVs, tube & transistor radios, old car speakers, boxes of old vacuum tubes
automotive parts- some windows & handles, aftermarket side/rearview mirrors,
a 1950s police search light
antique vintage furniture- dressers, chests, buffets, chairs, desks, armoires, tables, bed frames, of many styles & eras, including Chippendale mahogany formal, art deco, French styles, mission arts & crafts, a couple of modern pieces. Jacobean, empire, tons of Victorian, Eastlake as well as rococo, a few pieces of rustic & primitive furniture, cupboards, a work bench,
Some makers & manufacturers include Trogdon Furniture Company, Reaser furniture Co, RJ Horner, Union Furniture Co, Brandt, Baker, Drexel, Thomasville, Van Skyver, HT Cushman, Atlas Furniture Co, Union Furniture Co, Gunlocke Chair Co, Hickory chair Company, Thonet, Sligh Furniture Company, berkey & Gaye, Tribond, Stickley bros, Gustav Stickley, Haywood Wakefield and many more too numerous to list further or unmarked but quality pieces
antique farm sink with 3 legs
slate Victorian fireplace mantel
1950s chrome/bullet style floor-standing professional hair drier
We are still cataloging & listing the thousands of vintage items the owners have hoarded over the years. We will update the list as things progress
A sale like this is not to be missed and comes along once in a lifetime.
Items from the estate have had notable publication in major collectibles guidebooks, regional newspapers, and even a short television spot. Such notable auction houses as Sotheby's, Christies, Rago, Bonhams, and others have issued acceptances for some of the higher end items from the estate.
But don't let budget hold you back! there is an equally fascinating array of inexpensive, fun flea market type items and even some general housewares, such as pots, pans, kitchen utensils, towels, bedding, used toys, small appliances. Prices start at one dollar. There is something for almost everyone. This estate is not to be surpassed in this area for shear bulk and abundance, or for the wide range of contents.
This is coming from the private stash of a very artistic family collection with eclectic taste leaning toward historical, decorative, educational, anthropological, and many of these items were collected 2 to 3 decades ago, before most of the mainstream caught on to them.
Much of it is hitting the secondary market for the first time in decades. Don't miss it! once it's gone, it's gone!
THIS IS AN OLD-FASHIONED ESTATE STYLE SALE
with open hours and appointment viewing.
Open hours will be Saturday & Sunday at noon, closing at dark.
Appointments for weekdays may be requested for any Mon-Fri for those unable to attend the weekend open hours or those wishing to only view individual, particular items outside of a crowd. Before the growth of "yard sales" in the 1970s this was the norm.
If you are a decorator, collector or creative person, this is THE place!
Have fun! great view! rain or shine, from noon til dark on the weekend, or afternoon appointments Monday through Fri.
from the east: (NY/CT/LI)
1 mi off I-78 exit 4 (from westbound lanes)
turn right off ramp, it's 1 mile up on the left-
look for homemade wood signs white paint & black marker
From the west: (PA)
I-78 east to exit 3 Phillipsburg/bloomsbury
turn left off the ramp, then right at the 2nd stoplight near Lowes/Home Depot/TD Bank
Right at the blinking stoplight bottom of hill, and the sale is 1/2 mile down on the right hand side
Sale is 500 feet set back from the road in the rear large barn. Cannot be seen from street.
Look for large stone house with divided driveway.
Keep to the LEFT of the fence next to the stone house. Do not pull in by the blue house. Stay to left of fence.
Drive all the way to the rear past the stone house and garage. Park in available space on grassy areas, and please do not block the drive.
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When:Thursday December 5 - Sunday December 8
Time: 12 noon