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Auction PR Publicity Announcements News and Information


The auction will be held at The Specialists’ gallery, located at 544 East 6th Street, Panama City.

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) – An amazing array of merchandise – hundreds of eclectic lots in categories too numerous to list here – will cross the block Saturday, Jan. 21, at The Specialists of the South, Inc., in the firm’s gallery at 544 East 6th Street in Panama City (zip code 32401). The auction starts at 9 a.m. (CST). It will be an absolute auction, meaning everything sells regardless of the final price. Offered will be two diverse yet somehow complementary lifetime collections.

The first will be items from the collections and home-based business of Matthew “Matty” Jankowski, who has operated The Matthew L. Jankowski Archive out of his home at 505 East 7th Street in Panama City for about the past eight years. Mr. Jankowski is an accomplished artist and writer. Some of his artistic creations will be sold, along with items from his diverse collections.

The other consignor is a local woman whose husband recently passed away. The couple began collecting in 1972 while on a trip to Bermuda, where they purchased a bottle. From that single modest purchase sprang an incredible and impressive collection that Logan Adams of The Specialists of the South said consists of “anything and everything – a treasure hunter’s dream.”

Mr. Jankowski’s inventory begins with a sizable collection of around 50 old movie posters, mostly from films made between 1967-1970, but a few from the 1940s (including White Christmas, with Bing Crosby). Some of the titles include Bandolero, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, The Boston Strangler, Charro (with Elvis Presley), Don’t Knock the Twist (a large-format, 7-foot-tall poster showing the film’s star, Chubby Checker), The Trip and Marooned.

He also has around a dozen vintage circus posters, one of which was valued at around $700 on the PBS program Antiques Roadshow. The posters include examples for Hunt’s Three-Ring Circus, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey (“The Greatest Show on Earth”) and others. Also offered will be a 1972 print copy of the Norman Rockwell rendering, The Tattoo Artist. The auction will also feature many other tattoo-related items, including books, cards and calendars.

Mr. Jankowski’s pottery collection features McCoy (including 7-inch green jardinières and tall beige pieces), plus Frankoma. There will also be Vaseline glass (also known as uranium glass, because of their unique content and glow); a large Sun-Kist embossed milk glass orange juice reamer/squeezer in perfect condition; and a hand-blown early American moonshine jug.

The Oriental pottery grouping of about ten pieces are not antique, but they are unique and made by rural Chinese potters, generally not meant for export. They boast a nice crackle under smooth glazes. Then there are the circa-1900 hand-carved Noah’s Ark painted wooden animals. These were used as Bible study tools and could be found in most Victorian-era American homes.

Mr. Jankowski’s collection of pin-back buttons will also be sold, with examples showing Elvis early in his career, the short-lived Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (which ran a total of 45 performances) and others. Hand-carved wooden creations will include a wall cabinet (spice cabinet) made from old shoe dye crates, and small cigarette boxes.

Fans of folk art will be drawn to the pair of hand-painted wooden signs, one saying “Gents” (indicating the men’s room) and the other announcing, “Absolutely no smoking in the basement.” A pair of duck decoys from the 1940’s or ‘50s (by unknown maker or makers) will change hands, while sizable and rustic bird houses (one of them 1 foot by 2 feet) will be sold.

Rounding out Mr. Jankowski’s portion of the auction will be a small collection of tricycles and scooters; wood, metal and rubber toys from the 1920s-1950s, a pair of wooden hand-made trunks used by electricians in the circus (like a large toolbox); and original artworks by Mr. Jankowski.

For those unfamiliar with Matthew Jankowski’s work, he is a self-described “visionary intuitive folk artist,” whose creations may contain found objects incorporated into artworks made from a variety of mediums. He also makes three-dimensional metal sculptures and is a veteran photographer. It was unclear at press time exactly which of his artworks would be in the auction.

The other major consignor will be offering a rainbow of diverse lots, starting with a wonderful Pennsylvania polychrome folk art storage chest with perforated bottom drop drawer. Native American items will also be sold, such as a Seminole Indian drum (marked on the bottom, “Seminole Indian Tom Tom from Musla Isla – Banana – Miami, Fla., Presented to Major Edward Bowes, Jan. 26, 1936”), an Indian war club with beaded handle, some beautiful bird points and framed small Indian tools. Also offered will be a powder horn, a brass bugle, decoys, weather vanes, a wooden mask, decoys, a primitive discus, butter presses, dough bowls and a nice cast-iron eagle.

Fans of cartography will be intrigued by an 1863 Phelps & Watson military map of the border and Southern states (with a tag that reads, “G. Smith, Member 1st Confederate Congress of State of Alabama”), a map of Gen. John Sullivan’s 1779 Indian Expedition (published in 1929 by the Harrisburg, Pa., Historical Commission), and a 1945 silk map of Japan and the South China Sea (for use during World War II by the Departments of the War and the Navy).

Additional items will include vintage hickory-handled golf clubs (plus one club with a metal shaft with a built-in flask), smoking memorabilia (including an Art Deco table/smoking stand), andirons, an 85-year-old tennis racket, indentured servants’ documents, glass and ceramic eggs, a Dahlia spatter ware handle-less cup and saucer, insulators, postcards and old Christmas items.

Glass and pottery pieces will feature a circa 1750-1770 Colonial covered salt crock, large and small crocks (including decorated ones, plus water coolers and “cyder” jugs), Red Wing, Agate ware, old bottles (including labeled case gin), ink wells and master ink bottles, an enamel glass decanter, Cherokee pottery, a Spongeware pitcher, handle-less cups and many seals from bottles.

Collectibles will feature a 1937 Mickey Mouse belt buckle (marked Tiffany Studio, New York), an antique car coin grouping, a Lionel train crane, baseball memorabilia (to include a ball signed “Mickey Mantle” dated 1954, and 1980’s-era cards), an Uncle Sam’s cash register bank, clay marbles, souvenir spoons (to include the Campbell’s Soup kids, Gerber and Tony the Tiger), advertising items and tin signs.

African and other Native American objects will include Indian grinding stones, fossils (to include a fossil footprint from Utah), African spears and a six-foot carved African woman. Also sold will be museum photos depicting the Oriental silk industry, Black Americana and various islands), and vintage carved walking canes (to include one with a gold knob, engraved on the top, “Presented to G. Smith by Board 1st Cong. Price Hill 1889”).

Still more items will include a cast-iron stove door, buggy (or railroad) lamps, quilts, vintage books and magazines, a cast-iron pig bank, Eastern Star memorabilia, Elgin pocket watches, shifting knobs, a collection of men’s cuff links and tie tacks, spittoons, costume and fine jewelry, vintage dolls and games, walker toys and games, valentines and an older pair of skis.

Previews will be held the week prior to the auction, by appointment, and on the morning of the sale, Jan. 21, from 8-9 a.m. Online bidding will be provided by, and phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Many of the lots will soon be posted for viewing online. For more information, please visit the website

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, personal 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) 785-2577, or you may e-mail them at [email protected]. To learn more, or to register for the Jan. 21 auction, you may log on to either or

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