(Aberdeen, Miss.) – Stevens Auction Company will conclude the fall season with a pair of major estate sales, one slated for Saturday, October 20, beginning at 10 a.m., the other for Saturday, November 3, with an identical start time. Previews will be held the day before each sale, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both sales will be held at Stevens’ showroom, at 609 No. Meridian Street in Aberdeen, Miss.
Dwight Stevens described the October 20 auction as “a man’s sale” because so many of the items in the single-owner collection relate to cars, motorcycles, petroliana, knives and weaponry. The collector, a resident of Canton, Miss., has consigned more than 500 lots. His rifle, shotgun and handgun collection alone would be a show-stopper at most other sales. About 300 guns will be sold.
“About 30 of the firearms are antiques,” Mr. Stevens pointed out, “but most are field-ready, for hunting purposes. All are in immaculate condition, well-oiled and beautifully maintained.” Featured will be examples from world-renowned makers like Winchester, Remington and Colt. There is also a Winchester Model 9432 rifle (ca. 1890), as well as high-powered rifles, small boot guns and derringers.
Over 150 collector knives will be offered, most by major manufacturers and some from collector editions of Southern favorites such as John Deere, John Wayne and Elvis Presley. Military swords will also be sold. And the selection of petroliana advertising signs is breathtaking, with some forgotten names like Delco and Red Crown, as well as some old familiar faces like Shell and Pennzoil.

Motorcycles that will cross the block include the following. All are in showroom condition and ready to ride:
2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200, with original blue paint and only 11,100 miles.
2002 Honda Shadow 750 Ace, with Ostrick seats, bright orange paint and flame designs.
2006 mini motorcycle, very sharp looking, with numerous decals for a competition look.
Model T replica go-kart, highly unusual, a real head-turner and sure-fire conversation starter.
The lineup of automobiles is no less impressive. And like the bikes, they’re sparkling clean and all set for the open road:
1968 Ford pick-up truck, light green, with 306-cylinder motor and 82,027 miles.
1973 Mercedes-Benz 450 SE sedan, light green, looks brand new, 122,492 miles.
1984 Chevrolet El Camino SS, blue, with 383 Stroker motor and 85,777 miles.
1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, with new 305-cylinder custom performance motor, 12,729 miles.

The November 3 sale is more typical of what people have come to expect from Stevens Auction Company. It will feature several important area estates and hundreds of items in a broad range of categories. Period furniture a staple at most Stevens auctions will be offered in abundance. Also featured will be wonderful examples of artwork by important, listed artists; and lots of collectibles.
The furniture will include several Meeks pieces (including a gorgeous Stanton Hall sofa); several Belter pieces; large plantation beds; full tester beds; large wardrobes and banquet tables; marble-top Victorian parlor tables; a magnificent rosewood Victorian bedroom suite; a Victorian marble-top hunt board with game carved into the crowns; Victorian over-the-mantle mirrors; and more.
Also to be sold will be many beautiful decorative accessories, such as Waterford crystal cut glass; Old Paris; china; and more. There will also be a nice selection of Oriental rugs. To see photos of these items described, you may log onto the Stevens Auction website at Click on Calendar and scroll to the auction dates. Another click will bring you to an array of photos.
Stevens Auction Company 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, you may e-mail them at [email protected] Many of the firm’s auctions are conducted at the showroom facility in Aberdeen, but Dwight Stevens has also held numerous on-site auctions throughout the Southeast.
Mr. Stevens founded Stevens Auction Company in 1984 out of a lifelong interest in antiques and architecture. He turned what had been a hobby into a full-time profession, attending the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, from which he graduated as a certified appraiser. He joined the National Auctioneers Association and helped organize the Mississippi Auctioneers Association.
In the early days, Stevens Auction Company sold anything and everything, from grocery stores to farm equipment. But over the years, the firm became specialists in the marketing and selling of antiques, as well as the organization and management of large estate auctions. Today, the company holds estate auctions at some of the most prominent old homes in the South, not just in Aberdeen, Miss.
In June 2002, Stevens Auction Company purchased the historic Adams-French Mansion, at 301 Meridian Street in Aberdeen, to be its premier auction facility. A fire gutted the mansion in June 2006, and since then Mr. Stevens has spent time and money restoring and refurbishing the building to its original grandeur. Today, it is used as a showcase for prominent estate sales, three times a year.