Two Stellar Ontario Collections In One Auction


Saturday November 1, 2008 Beginning at 10 A M

Preview sale day from 8 am


To be held at the Elora Community Centre in Elora Ontario.


We are offering by auction, the antique collection of Alan Emerson of Neustadt, Ontario with inclusions from the collection of Robin and Gail McMullen of Little Britain Ont.


Nine years ago Alan dispersed a portion of his collection when he moved to smaller quarters. That sale was of superior quality and included many items of outstanding condition and merit. We are pleased that the quality of this auction is as good or better than the first. Mr. Emerson is retiring and moving to a smaller home. The McMullen’s, who have their home for sale are downsizing in anticipation of their move.


Furniture: A Niagara Peninsula pine flat to the wall cupboard in original paint with raised panel doors, four upper and two lower and three lap drawers; a Niagara Peninsula open flat to the wall cupboard in walnut in smaller size, C1840; a Niagara Peninsula cherry chest of drawers; several blanket chests in original finish including two from Niagara Peninsula and two from Markham all in excellent condition; a two drawer blanket box from Grey County made by John Klempf and found near Neustadt; a small pine sideboard from Haldimand County in its original condition; a stand up desk from Markham with bracket foot in an old grained finish; a walnut Empire bonnet chest with ornate back board in refinished condition; several Ontario captains chairs in original or as found condition; a Windsor chair from the Maritimes; several lamp tables with one and two drawers including one in cherry with two tiger maple drawer fronts descended in the family of one of the founders of the Canada Land Company; rope bed; a smaller harvest table in original finish with a pine base and a two board maple top, found in the Brockville area and descended in the Darling family; tiger and bird’s eye maple drop leaf table from Norfolk County; a small hanging cupboard in pine in its original finish from Waterloo County; slant front desk in the Governor Winthrop style and in original finish (attributed to Abraham Latchaw); small hanging spice cabinet in original finish; Empire mahogany sideboard in original varnish, found in eastern Ontario; various clock shelves; Boston style rocker with original paint and stencil from the estate of Viola MacMillan and purchased at her country farm auction near Cookstown Ont; plus other miscellaneous pieces of furniture. Most of the furniture predates 1860 and is handmade.


Smaller Collectibles:

A Prisoner’s box from the Rebellion of 1837 made by John Gibson in memory of Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews who were executed for treason on April 12, 1838. The box is in tiger maple and is dated July 12, 1838. It includes an inscription in India Ink which reads “from tyrant taxes dreary, We’ll wander ‘til we’re weary, Far across Lake Erie, And rest in Illinois”; a small child’s chest of drawers with original pulls and finish, signatures in the drawer include Mary Smith; sampler found in Orillia, Ont. and signed NJB Orillia 1862: (the signature is that of Nancy Jane Baxter of Orillia and was purchased directly from the family, the complete family history available to the purchaser); a deed box in original brown and yellow sponge painted decoration in excellent original condition; a carved mouse trap made from butternut found in Wellington County, signed and dated 1878 consisting of a double style guillotine trap activated by a lever when the mouse enters; various examples of Bennington pottery; several stoneware crocks including examples from Owen Sound, Brampton and Picton plus others; many advertising tole ware pieces including change trays; bottles; iron banks; toys; wall boxes; games boards; flow blue items which include cups and saucers, platters and serving pieces; cast iron mirror in its original two colour paint; pressed glass and numerous other small collectibles totaling over 100 lots.


Paintings and Books:

There will be approximately 25 paintings in the sale including both oils and water colours. These will include Niagara Falls, Montmorency Falls, Thames River, home and country scenes. A collection of “Life” magazines dating from 1938 to 1945 plus numerous other magazines of Canadian interest and historical merit; several Ontario county atlases (reproductions); advertising posters; numerous books relating to antique subject matter or Ontario history.


Note: At the time of this listing there are many items not specifically listed because they have been in storage. Many of these items will be included in the catalogue that will consist of additional pieces of furniture, china, several hooked rugs from Waterloo County plus other textiles, glass bottles with early provenance, small furniture to include stools, tables, kitchen items and several pieces of early wrought iron including andirons.


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A full colour catalogue will be produced for the sale at a cost of $35.00, which will include a price key and shipping. Send catalogue orders to Gerda Potter, 1049 Simmons Rd. Odessa Ont. K0H 2H0 (with cheques made payable to Gerda Potter).



Terms: Cash, cheque with two forms of ID, Visa, MasterCard and Interac.

            A 10% buyer’s premium will be applied to the hammer price.



Tim Potter Auction Services

RR2 Odessa Ont. K0H 2H0

(613) 386-3635