On-site estate sale will be held in Covington, Tenn., at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Jim Hamilton

(Covington, Tenn.) – Stevens Auction Company will kick off the fall season with an on-site estate sale featuring primitive antiques, woodworking tools, Victorian and Empire furniture and collectibles. The sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 22. It comprises the living estate of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hamilton of Covington, Tenn. They live at 133 East Liberty Ave., one block from Courthouse Square.
“Mr. Hamilton has spent the last thirty-plus years collecting a magnificent and unique assortment of items,” said Dwight Stevens of Stevens Auction Company. “He has a particular fondness for primitives, especially from the Southeast. His collection of Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky primitives can hardly be rivaled in the region.” Over 50 of the 600+ lots will be primitives, he added.
Primitives are a specialized collectible niche that has burgeoned in recent years. It was recently reported that a simple early primitive table sold at auction for $115,000. That probably wouldn’t have happened five years ago. “Primitives are a funny thing,” Mr. Stevens pointed out. “Not everybody wants them, but the people who do will drive great distances and pay handsome prices.”
Some of the antiques to be sold are similar to ones featured in the highly regarded book, “The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture and Its Makers Through 1850,” by Derita C. Williams and Nathan Harsh. Many pieces slated for auction are from historic Hamilton Place, in Auburntown, Tenn. “Mr. Hamilton’s collection is a rare marvel, with bona fide provenance,” Mr. Stevens said.
The sale will comprise the contents of the Hamiltons’ massive, 14,250-square-foot home, plus choice antiques from their warehouses in Memphis. “Some of his stuff still has the original auction sticker from when he first bought it,” Stevens said with a chuckle. “He was a collector, there’s no doubt about it. And everybody seemed to know him. That’s why I think this sale will do well. There’s a buzz.”
First to cross the block will be shop equipment (woodworking tools, etc.), from Mr. Hamilton’s second-floor wood shop. That will start at 9 a.m. sharp. Interested bidders are encouraged to arrive early to preview the items. Bidders not interested in the shop equipment can use the extra time to preview Victorian and primitive antiques. A preview will be held Friday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Covington is located about 35 miles north of Memphis, on U.S. Hwy. 51 North. Take exit 2A from 240 North to U.S. Hwy. 51 North to Covington. Signs will be posted as you drive into town. For accommodations in Covington, call the Best Western Inn at (901) 475-0380; Comfort Inn Covington at (901) 475-0380; or Days Inn Covington at (901) 475-1177. All are on Hwy. 51 North.
Reserved and special seating are available, with advanced arrangements. Phone bids will be accepted, too, with advanced arrangements. All phone bids should be submitted no later than Thursday, Sept. 20, by 5 p.m. Refreshments will be available on auction day. Terms are cash, pre-approved checks and all major credit cards. A 12% buyer’s premium will be charged, with a 2% discount for cash, check or wire transfer.
Coincidentally, the auction will be held the same weekend as Covington’s Heritage Festival, a time-honored tradition. This year’s event will be limited to the Historic Downtown Square. Featured will be folk art demonstrations, music, historical exhibits, a doll and quilt show and even a chainsaw carving exhibition. For more information, click on
Auction information and new images of items to be offered at the Sept. 22 sale will be continually updated on the Stevens Auction website ( Stevens Auction Company is already planning for another monumental antique auction on Saturday, November 3, back in its spacious showroom facility at 609 North Meridian Street in Aberdeen, Miss.
The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly at (662) 369-2200, or e-mail them at [email protected] For more information, you may click on