HUNDREDS OF ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLE ITEMS FROM THE LIVING ESTATE OF MR. & MRS. FRANK HUDSON OF BIRMINGHAM, ALA., WILL BE SOLD MARCH 6th-7th

. February 25, 2015

The auction will be conducted by Stevens Auction Company, at their gallery in Aberdeen, Miss.

ABERDEEN, Miss. – The living estate of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hudson of Birmingham, Ala. – a couple that was renowned nationwide for having operated as Hudson’s Antiques & Auctions for over 33 in the building next to their mansion-style home – will headline an auction planned for March 6 and 7, at Stevens Auction Company, in the firm’s gallery at 609 North Meridian Street.

Schott étagère: Rosewood rococo marble-top base étagère, signed N. (Nicholas) Schott (Phila., circa 1865).

Schott étagère:
Rosewood rococo marble-top base étagère, signed N. (Nicholas) Schott (Phila., circa 1865).

The Hudsons’ home (and adjacent business) was in Limestone County, Ala. – between Athens and Decatur. Their auctions were huge productions, and they became larger than life figures, conducting sales in a facility alongside their palatial Greek Revival residence. Only now, after having retired and moved to a smaller home, have they decided to sell their massive collection.

Offered will be hundreds of rare items, such as antique furniture by names such as Wooten, Mallard and Schott; old clocks, including a magnificent grandfather calendar clock made by the Herschede Clock Company; many hand-made Persian rugs; original works of art; hand-painted porcelain; early lamps and lighting; brilliant cut glass; cloisonné; sterling silver; china and more.

Also in the auction will be hand-selected items from a prominent estate in Vicksburg, Miss., full of beautiful Victorian furniture and other Americana pieces. The action will kick off on Friday, March 6th, at 5 p.m. Central time, with a session dedicated mainly to rare coins and Confederate money, plus books, silver and other items. Friday’s session will be live only; no internet bidding.

The Confederate money is a story unto itself. Around 40 years ago, someone approached Mr. Hudson, wanting to sell some packets of Confederate paper money, from 1863 and 1864, mostly from the Bank of Richmond, Va. (the capital of the Confederacy), plus one bill from the Bank of Georgia. That bill will be sold as a single lot. Some of the packets, which haven’t been opened in decades and are so pristine some bills have sequential serial numbers, will be sold as multiples.

The Saturday, March 7th session, starting at 10 a.m. Central time, will feature live bidding, via LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The offerings that day will span many categories. Lots will include a 140-piece set of Wedgwood china, blue and white; a monumental, palace-size Persian rug with Sarouk design in pink, blue and navy, 24 feet 2 inches by 11 feet 11 ½ inches; and several antique German porcelain dolls, signed, in original dresses.

In addition to the Herschede grandfather clock, other fine clocks will include a heavily-carved American Victorian oak wall clock with north wind face; a Victorian marble clock set with Egyptian Sphinx on bronze cups with claw feet and urn; and a cast-iron figural clock, probably Ansonia. Also sold will be a matched pair of opposing Federal argand lamps, signed Messenger.

The furniture selection is truly outstanding and bound to get paddles wagging. Choice lots will feature a walnut Victorian cylinder roll Wooten desk, signed and stenciled with swing-out doors; and a rosewood rococo marble-top base étagère, signed N. (Nicholas) Schott, the famed cabinet maker from Philadelphia, crafted circa 1865, stenciled and in the original finish, 91 inches tall.

Other furniture will include a French (or Italian) slant-front desk with hidden compartments (circa 1790-1820); a fine mahogany 19th century bookcase with pierce-carved gallery, attributed to Mallard; and a beautiful 19th century porcelain Meissen mirror with applied roses and figurals, with a cut beveled and scalloped original mirror, impressive at 4 feet tall by 4 feet 4 inches wide.

It seems Stevens Auction manages to feature at least one, usually more than one, monumental bed or bedroom suite in its auctions, and this one will be no exception. Offered will be a walnut Victorian half tester bed, heavily carved and full size; and a walnut Victorian two-piece bedroom set with ladies’ heads, in the great original finish, with bed and dresser both 7 feet 8 inches tall.

The art category will be highlighted by a large oil on canvas depiction of a Roman scene, circa 1900-1920, measuring 6 feet 1 inch by 10 feet. An open house preview will be held on Friday, March 6th, from 10-5 Central time. Doors will open at 8 a.m.; on Saturday, March 7th. Photos of many of the items may be viewed on the website at www.stevensauction.com. To request a full color brochure, call (662) 369-2200; or send an e-mail request to stevensauction@bellsouth.net.

Terms of payment are all major credit cards or pre-approved business or personal checks (with proper ID), or wire transfer. A 15 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases, with an extra 2 percent processing fee for credit cards. A sales tax will be charged as well, except for those with a valid and verifiable state resale number. Refreshments will be served auction day.

Stevens Auction Company is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (662) 369-2200; or, you can e-mail them at stevensauction@bellsouth.net. To learn more about Stevens Auction Company and the upcoming March 6 & 7 auction, log on to www.stevensauction.com. Updates are posted often.

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