Stevens to auction selected items from historic home The Briars Oct. 7

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NATCHEZ, Miss. — The Briars, a historic home on the United States Register of Historic Places where Confederate President Jefferson Davis married in 1845, is being restored to its original state by new owner Chip Newman. Stevens Auction Company has been retained to sell selected interior items and all bed-and-breakfast equipment in a one-day, 433-lot sale on Saturday, October 7. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

“All Victorian and late Empire furnishings that came with the estate at purchase, as well as the contents of all bed and breakfast equipment and furniture, will be sold to make way for the rebirth of The Briars,” said auctioneer Dwight Stevens. “This Natchez icon will have period furnishings from its beginning in 1818.”

The auction contains a wealth of vintage furniture and decorative items. A J. H. Belter laminated rosewood parlor sofa leads the estimates at $30,000-$50,000, while two different half-tester beds (unlike a four-poster, a half-tester bed’s canopy is connected only to the headboard) follow closely behind. A mahogany Empire-style example is estimated at $20,000-$30,000, while a rosewood rococo Mallard half-tester plantation queen bed has an estimate of $10,000-$25,000.

Antique tall clocks are also well represented. An H. Muhrs & Sons of Philadelphia tall case musical clock, standing at a height of 102 inches, carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. An impressive 19th-century Austrian tall case clock has an estimate of $6,500-$10,000.

Founded in 1899 in Detroit, Packard Motor Car Company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1949 with a special edition of its 23 Series sedan. This example has its original sales invoice and a mere 96,000 miles on the clock, with an older 1990s restoration. It is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
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Laminated rosewood parlor sofa by J. H. Belter, estimated at $30,000-$50,000 at Stevens Auction Company.
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Mahogany Empire rococo half-tester bed, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Stevens Auction Company.
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19th-century Austrian tall case clock, estimated at $6,500-$10,000 at Stevens Auction Company.
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1949 Packard 23 Series 50th Anniversary Edition, estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Stevens Auction Company.
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Milestone to host first-ever 2-day Premier Firearms Auction, March 12-13

Fine Civil War 2nd Model Martial Henry rifle manufactured in 1865. Barrel shows late large 2-line barrel address with serial number stamped behind rear sight. Estimate $35,000-$45,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Over the weekend of March 12-13, Milestone Auctions in suburban Cleveland will conduct its first-ever two-day Premier Collectible Firearms sale, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. The expanded format answers the call from an ever-growing contingent of collectors who enjoy the historical and design aspects of antique, vintage and modern-era weapons. Day one focuses on higher-end firearms, while day two features a diverse selection of arms that are affordable to most.

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