Antique Appraisal Services in NC

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To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee -- $15,000

First Edition, First Printing. This ORIGINAL First Issue dust jacket has the Jonathan Daniels quote printed on the back flap with the Capote quote in green ink with some minor condition issues to the dust jacket. The photos accurately show the details concerning condition of dust cover.  The book is in great shape and is bound in the original publisher's green cloth spine with brown paper boards. The binding is tight with no wear to the edges. The pages are clean with only the name “Turner” printed in ink and the amount 3.95 written in pencil. A superb copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. 


Early 20th Century Sterling Peacock -- $875

This gorgeously detailed sterling peacock was possibly used to hold nuts or candy. Height is 4" at top of beak and is about 9 3/4" long. Both wings are hinged. This piece has beautifully detailed plume. It is marked sterling and L.W. Talbot on the underside of the tail feathers. This is a nice statement piece to be displayed. It has no dings or dents, and in my opinion, doesn't even need cleaning. The eyes of the peacock are brown with black iris. 


Steuben Glass:  Eagle On A Ball by Steuben Glass. Steuben featured this crystal Eagle
created by James Houston in 1964 and this collector piece is new in the box.
Poised as
if to take flight, this hand-formed eagle balances atop a solid crystal ball, commanding
the most distant horizon. This stunning example of fine Steuben Glass usually cannot be
bought for under $1,200.

Chest on frame
: A walnut chest on frame featuring one bottom drawer, North Carolina
probably Franklin County circa 1830.  Dimensions: 44.6” x 16” x 18.6”.  Has a lifting lid
comprised of 4 wood planks of varying sizes opening to a plain interior with till above
a single long drawer on square tapering legs. The single walnut drawer is 41” 5 x 18.5” x 6.6 “. 
Frances Yarborough Bickett, married to Thomas Water Bickett, the governor of
North Carolina in 1917 owned this beautiful piece of furniture.  The chest was said to have been part of the furnishings of the governors mansion and owned by the governor.  Is in excellent condition and has
remained a part of the Bickett family.  The hardware has been replaced and perhaps one
small side plank of the inside till is not original.  No other restoration appears to be evident.
The construction is dovetail mortise as well as tongue grooved.  The condition is excellent
considering the age.


6 Panel Screen:

Japanese hand-painted 6 panel screen, colored Kyoto scenes with gold clouds, mid-Endo person circa 1800, Each panel: 17 ½ W x 54 3/4 “ H.  It was purchased from Mandarin Antiques, Farmville, NC many decades ago for $5,800.  There are some condition issues such as a bit of flaking and dirt build-up, much of which is consistent with age.  No restoration appears to have ever been done. Please Call for Pricing! 

8 Dining Chairs: Dining room set.  Dimensions: 20” x 17” x 38.5”. 8 chairs from same
set circa 1900 in excellent condition, consisting of 6 Chippendale style hardwood side chairs
with straight legs and stretchers and 2 Chippendale style armchairs.  The patina on the chairs
is quite striking.  I thought the chairs were mahogany but now I am not sure. In addition,
each of the six side chairs is numbered.  This is a fine set with excellent splats and crest rails.
Please Call for Pricing!!

Mirror: Neoclassical gilt and gesso looking glass Mirror. Circa 1825. Dimensions 48” H x 29” W.
The mirror features acorn drop cornice above a paterae frieze with central flower medallion over
one short and one long mirror plate.  One plate appears to have been replaced. The mirror is flanked
by spiral and turned split column pilasters.  
It was reported by the granddaughter of Governor Bickett
(1919) to have been rescued from a burning plantation during the Civil War when General Sherman
ravaged the South.  The plantation was said to have been Big Casine in Henderson, NC. There are some
condition issues with some losses to right corner and part of one medallion is missing. There appears to
be some smoke look consistent with stated provenance. Overall it is in good condition and was part of
Governor Bickett's estate. Please Call for Pricing!!


Sterling Flatware:  Sterling silver “King Richard” pattern flatware service, by Towle comprising:
8 dinner knives, 8 teaspoons, 8 dinner forks, 8 salad forks, 8 soup spoons, 8 butter knives,
8 grapefruit spoons, 8 iced teaspoons, 8 cocktail forks, a set of 8 Sterling silver place settings,
as well as some serving pieces marked Towle and is the King Richard Pattern.
Call for Pricing!!


John C. Kline, GPPA, ISA
Certified Appraiser & Auctioneer
Original Illusions
4422 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 559-7561