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Sale will go online starting April 7th; it is being conducted by The Specialists of the South, Inc

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) – A major multi-estate sale featuring over 300 quality consignments from four prominent local estates will be held on Saturday, Apr. 24, by The Specialists of the South, Inc., in the firm’s spacious gallery facility at 544 East 6th Street in Panama City. The sale will go online beginning Apr. 7 (at

Online bidding will be facilitated by Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The live sale will begin at 9 a.m. (Central Standard Time), with a preview scheduled for the day before (Friday, Apr. 23, from 10-6 CST) and on Saturday from 8-9 a.m. A healthy crowd is anticipated for this, The Specialists of the South’s second major sale of 2010.

The four principal consignors make a formidable lineup. The first is the estate of Barbara M. Sanders, who lived in Panama City since 1965. Her father was a prominent Boston banker and his parents were from England and Scotland. Many dishes in the sale came from Mrs. Sanders’ aunt, who lived in Cornwall, England, and a handsome antique secretary also originated in Cornwall.

A friend of the father was author Benton MacKaye, who was known in conservation circles as the “Father of the Appalachian Trail.” A signed copy of his New York play, Bunty Pulls the Strings, will be offered in the sale. Also sold will be postcards from a trip that Mrs. Sanders took just prior to the outbreak of World War II, along with other pieces of ephemera.

Additional items from the estate of Mrs. Sanders include three primitive tables – two tall side tables and a drop-leaf table – made from Vermont pine and which Mrs. Sanders acquired in the 1930s and ‘40s while living outside Boston; and many Oriental items purchased in Tokyo and Hong Kong in 1963-64, including three large Oriental chests (all of them custom-made for Mrs. Sanders and one retrofitted for electronic components); small tables and other Orientalia.

The second major consignor is the estate of George A. Chancellor, Jr., a retired school teacher who taught math but was known mainly as a historian. But he was also a dedicated collector – of pipes (to include Meerschaum and silver decorated examples), match book covers, political buttons, older magazines, vintage fishing lures and a vintage record player and 78 rpm records. All of these will be sold Apr. 24, in some cases as multiple lots.

Also from Mr. Chancellor’s estate is a children’s roll-top desk with Art Deco handles and chair, believed to have been purchased for him by his parents when he was in the first grade (circa 1940); and a vintage Elvis costume made by his wife and worn by him on many occasions.

The third consignor is a local woman whose grandparents – Charles and Juanita (Gaddy) Thomas – relocated from North Carolina to Quincy, Fla., in the 1920s. Charles was in the lumber business, but he was also a horse enthusiast. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas both collected antiques. The sale will feature a sterling presentation bowl engraved “St. Petersburg 1948 Horse Show” and a large Gorham Chantilly flatware service, monogrammed (MAT, for the the consignor’s aunt and Charles’ daughter, Margaret Ann Thomas) and weighing in at a robust 205 silver troy ounces.

The fourth and final consignor is a woman who, along with her daughter, collected the Azalea pattern for over 40 years. The Larkin Tea Company was the sole distributor of these dishes from 1918-1941 and people would eagerly redeem coupons to acquire them. Hand-painted Noritake pieces with beautiful flowers will be sold and are dated by the markings: (Blue 1904-1920, Green 1921-1924, Red with one number 1925-1933, Red with two numbers 1934-1941).

Furniture pieces that will be offered in the sale but not listed above include a glass curio on tall legs, a small fainting couch, drop-leaf tables (to include some pine and a nice small Duncan Phyfe-style mahogany table), antique piano stools, wing-back chairs, a painted tray top tilt table, and a 1970s Heywood Wakefield table with 3 leaves, 8 chairs and a china cabinet.

Decorative accessories and collectibles will feature Haviland Apple Blossom china, a tall blue cut to clear vase, Rosina bone china, Capodimonte flowers, cut and pressed glass, Whitehall & Colony depression glass, Cloisonné, Imari, wood carvings, early 1900s National Geographic magazines, children’s books, Women’s Home Companion circa 1900 magazines, and artwork.

The Specialists of the South, Inc. has been serving the Panama City community for over 30 years. The firm specializes in a broad range of services, to include estate auctions, furniture refurbishing, interior decoration, property appraisals and business liquidation services. It has been awarded the Small Business of the Month by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce.

The Specialists of the South, Inc. is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them at (850) 785-2477, or you may e-mail them at [email protected]. To learn more, or to register for the upcoming auction, you may log on to either or