Objects’ found at Auction


Everyday, a different adventure.
The thrill of the hunts burns inside….

Outstanding Auction This Sunday!






We’ve so many treasures in the house that we’re having two sessions this Sunday, April 13.  We have objects from the 15C, Fabulous Fifties, Mid-Century and everything in-between!

Check out some of these fabulicious pieces and then visit our Auction Schedule link on the sidebar for hundreds of photos and details, of click on the following link: http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/auctionlist.cgi?vuid=1034fi122.cgifi137.cgi

Outstanding Barkcloth!

Outstanding Barkcloth!

Preview Blackout!

Sorry folks. No power in Hillsborough. Our, normally bright building is pretty darn dark!
We’ll open early on Sunday at 10:00 for preview. In the meantime I hope all stay safe and warm!


Mercer Smith Auction Preview


Well Folks,
We’re without power this morning, so we’re pushing preview back to 12:00 and holding our breath!
The gallery is generally bright enough without lights, so bring in your bright eyes and come see us after lunch.


Fantastic March Estate Antiques & Collections Auction

March 9
1:00 pm
Friday, March 7 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
11:00 am day of sale

We are very excited about this next sale.
We will be featuring a one owner collection of some of the finest Antique North Carolina Duck Decoys we have ever seen. Along side will be some wonderful fresh to the market estate finds from Chapel Hill, Durham, Oriental, Raleigh & Richmond.
Please stay tuned for details. We will be posting photos and information this week.


Please visit the following link for hundreds of photos:



1. Ned Burgess Canvas Goose – Church’s Island, NC circa 1939
2. Samuel Sawyer Redhead – Spotto, NC circa 1885
3. Theodore Williams Redhead- Upper Back Bay, VA circa 1870

4. John Austin Redhead – Currituck County, NC circa 1910
(Re-Head by Frank Finney)

5. Eldon Willis – Stacy, NC Redhead with Glass Eyes circa 1950s
6. Rufus Roberts Outstanding Form Canvasback – Churches Island, NC,
7. Rare Currituck, NC Sleeper Canvasback, unknown maker.
8. Ivey Stevens Blue Bill – Back Bay, VA circa 1900 (Original Head -     Working Repaint)
9. Oscar Carroll Blue Bill – Back Bay, VA circa 1890 (Hand Made from Cyprus Knee)
10. Pell Austin Canvasback – Currituck , NC circa 1900s (re-head by Frank Finney),
11. Bob Henley Redhead on body of unknown maker circa 1910 (direct from Meekins Rig)
12. Winton Thompson – Grandy, NC (featured in “Gunning Birds” pg. 219-220,
13. Winton Thompson – Grandy, NC Unpainted (featured in “Gunning Birds” pg. 219-220,
14. Nick Sapone Coot – Wanchese, NC circa 2005

Assorted Objects:

Furniture: Mission Style Oak  Dresser with High Mirror, possibly White Furniture Co., Oak Washstand with Carved Decoration, Brandt Demilune Table, 1950s Formica Table & Chair Set, Mahogany Pembroke Table, Cottage Painted Blue Parlor Table, Unusal Walnut Stool, Cottage Painted Fern Stand, Mid-Century Dining Table with Chairs & Matching China Cabinet, Elegant Mahogany China Cabinet with Blind Silver Drawers, more.

China, Crystal, Porcelain & Pottery: Outstanding 19C Italian Majolica Charger, Early Crock Barrel Pitcher, Early Crock Mixing Bowl, Heisey Silhouette Pitcher, Northwood Carnival Glass Bowl, Carlsbad Austria Portrait Plate, Pair of Heisey Candelabras, Roseville Pottery Ewer, Set of Four Heisey Sherrys, Two 19C Imari Plates, 19C Rose Medallion Plate, Royal Worchester Figural in Glass Dome with Orig. Box, Exceptional Mouth Blown Art Glass Ornament, Commanding Art Glass Vase, Early Georgian Pitcher, Green Stoneware Buttermilk Pitcher, Blue Banded Buttermilk Pitcher, Elegant Daisy & Button Pitcher, Several Large Japan Blue Transfer Serving Bowls, Pair of Waterford Goblets and Flutes, Set of Three Spode Chargers, Weeping Gold Teapot, Set of Bavarian China, Nippon Mayonnaise w/ Ladle, Limoges Plates, more.

Decorative, Fine Arts, Photography & Works on Paper:
Outstanding “Hudson River School ” Style OOB, Keith Haring “Dancing Man” Litho Poster with Estate Confirmation Mark, Three Vintage Lobby Cards from The Ambassador Theater Posters, Lovely Pair of Mercury Glass Table Ornaments, Mercury Glass Gazing Ball, Mercury Glass Bird on Perch, “Solidarity”Poster, “Marsh Man” by Glen Eure Signed & Numbered Print, Several Robert Hall Signed & Numbered Black Americana Prints, Pair of Yoshijiro Urushibara Horse Woodblocks, Large Bob Timberlake Print, Antique Photo of Early Taffy Pull, M. Wheeler & Sons Bocchi Team Photo, Stephen Sebastian “Evening” and “Peach Baskets” Signed & Numbered Prints, Set of 1950s Beatrix Potter Prints, Set of Ten Framed Gibson Girl Post Cards, Pair of 19C Cast Iron Andirons, Collection of Nude Abstract Pastels, Framed Alexander Von Humbolt Lithograph, Large Decorative Metal Wall Hanging, more.

Jewelry, Personal Adornment & Sterling: Very Nice Whiting & Davis Mesh Handbag, 14k Diamond Necklace, 14k Gent’s Ring, 14k Ladies Diamond Ring, Seiko Ladies Watch, David Yurman Style Cuff Bracelet, French Cuff Buttons, Victorian Brooches, Victorian Sterling Snuff Pendant, Several Sterling Bracelets, Over Four Pounds of Misc. Sterling Pieces, Sterling Plate (169g), Assorted Costume Jewelry, more.

Assorted Objects of Interest: Outstanding 1906-10 Industrial Dress Form, German Officer’s Brass Footed Spittoon, McLilley & Co. 1866 Chaplains Uniform Box with Contents: Hat, Sash, Collars, Shirt, etc. 16mm Castle Films “Little Black Sambo,” Copper Pot Rack, Stetson Felt Hat, Lava Lamp w/ orig. Box, Chest Top Shaving Mirror, Commanding Redwood Bowl, Antique Violin in Case w/Bow, Faux Ornately Carved Scrimshaw Piece, Early Brass Gas Lamp, Art Deco Style Mushroom/Space Lamp, Gerber Steak Knives, Eikow & Wuest Binoculars, Oak Splint Baskets, Carved Buttermold, Old Hat Form, Ohio Art Spinning Top, Collection of Lustres, Soligen of Germany Soft Boiled Egg Cutter & Cigar Cutter, Collection of Barbed Wire Samples, Marx Tiger Toy, Salesman Sample Brass Bed, Primitive Tool Chest, Sessions Onion Head Clock, Large Store Display Civil War Knife, more.

Additional Fishing Related Items: Heddon Bamboo Rod with Vintage Reel, Two Fly Rods with Reels, Numerous Presentation Lures of which were Limited to 1000 production, all with orig.boxes. 13 -  Heddon Chub Creek, Rush Tango, 3 -  Bombers, Moonlight Bay Illuminated. 2 -  Arbogast “Tin Liz, 5 Hook Winchester, 2001 Presentation Bait by Winchester, Four Plastic Creek Chub Lures, 2 -  Fishing Creels, one covered in Flys, 2 – C.C.B Wooden Pike Minnows, 2 – C.C.B. Wooden Devil Horses, much more


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MSA closed due to weather!



When the gliders look like this, we’re snowed in. We will be open Monday, 10:00 to 5:00 pm!

A sampling of Sunday’s Variety


Come play a

banjo in one of

a Pair of Early

Mission Chipped

Carved Chairs.


carved chair


Check out a 1920s Art Deco

Radiator Cap! radiator

Or, relive



with   Mint

in Box Number 1 G.I. Joe!  gi joe

  There’s always

  much fun to

  had at the


chea temp2For hundreds of photos, please visit this link: http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/photopanel.cgi?listingid=2023734&category=0&zip=&kwd=



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