(Corinth, Miss.) – An extraordinary single-owner collection of country store, barber shop, gas station and bank memorabilia, plus primitive tools and other items will be sold at an on-site auction April 24-26. The auction will be held on the property of the consignors – Mrs. Jannice Shadburn, who amassed the collection with her late husband, Joe; and their daughters, Nan Nethery and Dana Murphy.

horse-with-cart.jpg The collection comprises about 1,500 lots, gathered by the Shadburns over the course of many years. The couple traveled by car to 49 of the 50 states (they made the drive to Alaska in 2002). So much was accumulated that they had to construct three buildings (one measuring 40′ x 80′) on their property in Corinth. Soon they were known as “The Building Antiques Museum and Service Station.”

“Joe and Jannice enjoyed years of collecting a variety of unique items second to none in the mid-South,” said Benny Taylor of Taylor Auction & Realty, Inc., which will conduct the sale. “This is a rare opportunity to own part of a massive and diverse collection, offered in its entirety at absolute auction.” In an absolute sale, Mr. Taylor noted, an item is sold to the highest bidder, regardless of price.

texaco-sign.jpg Mr. Shadburn began the collection as a hobby and as a sideline to his lifelong work as an area machinist. For about 14 years he worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority, a 74-mile drive each way. He’d keep an eye out for items on the side of the road for sale – things other people might mistake for junk. At first he looked for Speas vinegar jars and King-Kutter tools, but over time he branched out.

“There used to be a community sale in Corinth twice a month on Monday nights,” Mrs. Shadburn recalled. “We’d go and Joe would sift through boxes of stuff and maybe buy just one razor, or one tool. He had a keen sense of what was rare and collectible, and he never met a stranger. He’d see something in somebody’s yard, stop the car and go ask them if it was for sale. He was always looking.”

Joe and Jannice became known in the area as collectors. They went to estate sales, yard sales and antique shops. They heard about items through word of mouth. And people would call them, too, with items for sale. In 1990, when Joe retired, they hit the road, and that’s when their collection really became huge. The buildings were constructed in 2002, with each one serving a specific purpose.

dodge-car.jpg One building has been outfitted as an old-timey filling station, with a vintage Gravity Flow gas pump; old kerosene tanks on the porch; and many rare and antique examples of petroliana, most of it mounted on the walls: old license plates; fan belts; vintage oil cans; and numerous signs, for gasoline companies like Texaco, Gulf and Sinclair. There’s even a 1926 Dodge Brothers car, on a grease lift.

Another building serves as a blacksmith’s shop and houses many of the tools and equipment one might find there, such as a genuine forge.

steam-engine.jpgOther primitive tools – all of which will be sold at the Thursday session (April 24, 10 a.m.) — are mostly outside, in the yard, and include an Eclipse steam tractor, made in Waynesboro, Pa.; disc planters; field cultivating equipment; road graders; and more.

The 40′ x 80′ steel-construction building is large enough to serve several purposes. It’s an old-time bank – complete with an authentic vintage teller’s cage, with a mannequin teller the Shadburns playfully named “Miss Gertrude” — as well as a country general store; a barber shop; an old-time kitchen; and a bedroom with period furniture pieces. Each area is sectioned off with a room partition.

The idea for the bank came about when Joe met a fellow in Tennessee who was looking to sell an old bank building and its contents. They arrived at a selling price and Joe set about removing and then reconstructing the teller window – a 12′ x 12′ area, with an 8′ tall cage. The vault door was also brought back to Corinth. Other items include money bags; deposit slips; a cast-iron coin counter; a coal-fired stove; and ornate rope draping with brass poles (still in common use at many banks today).

The centerpiece of the barber shop area is an antique barber’s chair, complete with backstop and mirror. There’s also a shoeshine stand long enough to accommodate two people; a striped barber pole (electric); razor blade sharpeners; and several hundred razors, all of them old. “Joe really loved his razors,” Mrs. Shadburn said. “Some of these are quite old, others are a bit newer, but all are antique.”

stoneware-jugs.jpg Other items the Shadburns collected that will also be sold include Coke collectibles (a 6-cent dispensing machine, old bottles and trays, etc.); Griswold & Wagner skillets; King-Kutter tools (a reel mower, hatchets, knives, etc.); feed and seed bins; some Civil War and World War II items; Elvis Presley collectibles; U.S. coins; Mason jars; shark’s teeth and other fossils; vintage glassware and more.

The entire collection – all of it fresh to the market and never before offered at auction – will cross the block. “It was just getting to be too much to maintain and clean it all,” Mrs. Shadburn said. “The time just seemed right to let it go.” The Shadburn’s property is located at the intersection of Alcorn County Roads 500 and 546 in Corinth, an historic town once prominent for cotton and grain.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. all three days (April 24, 25, 26). As stated, the primitive machinery (and farming equipment) will be offered Thursday, April 24. The “museum collection” will be sold over the course of the next two days (April 25, 26). An online bidding component will be facilitated by Proxibid (log on to www.proxibid.com). Corinth is located at the northern-most tip of Mississippi, on the Tennessee line. It is located due east of Memphis and southwest of Nashville.

For driving directions to the sale, and for further information about this important event, log on to the Taylor Auction & Realty, Inc., website, at www.taylorauction.com. Taylor Auction & Realty is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them at (662) 226-2080, Or, e-mail them at [email protected]