The estate of Donna Phillabaum, collector of many antiques, will be sold June 23 in Marianna, Fla.
The estate of Donna Phillabaum, a longtime Florida resident who owns many antiques and collectibles, many of them handed down to her by her parents and grandparents, will be sold Saturday, June 23, at Ms. Phillabaum’s home in Marianna, Fla.
The auction will be held by The Specialists of the South, Inc., based in Panama City, with Internet bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. Marianna (zip code: 32448) is a town located along Interstate 10 in the Florida panhandle, west of Tallahassee and northwest of Panama City. Ms. Phillabaum has lived in Florida since 1979.
Her estate comprises over 300 lots of items in a rainbow of categories: older Roseville pieces, glass and china, massive collections of phonograph records, matchbooks and Coca-Cola bottle caps, ephemera (to include antique Valentines, advertising items and blotters from various companies, beautifully kept in albums), some first-edition books and a vintage railroad lantern from Urbana, Ohio.
Also up for bid will be collector plates (including a full set of the Gone With the Wind series by Knowles China, with artwork by American artist Raymond Kursar), a few firearms (including an English Webley & Scott revolver valued at $500 and an antique Crescent Firearms 12 gauge shotgun appraised at $175), vintage tool box and tools, old postage stamps, sheet music, embroidery pictures, NASCAR items, costume jewelry, furs and more.
Collectors will have a field day, with items like the milk glass plate with pierced lattice border and painted floral scenic décor, a Japanese Moriage ware hand-painted bowl with applied slipwork designs, and a 10-inch Victorian-era Carnival glass vase with a period photo showing a person in Victorian dress standing next to a table with the very same vase to be sold sitting on it.
The Roseville pieces will feature a Walter Lily 9-inch-wide hanging basket, a 1934 double-handled blue Clemana bowl, a 7-inch Columbine vase and a 6 ½ inch Clematis vase. Dish ware will include a saucer, bowl and ladle mayonnaise set in the collectible Azalea pattern, a Shirley Temple set Ms. Phillabum owned as a child and a tea set her mother bought for her in Germany.
One item sure to attract attention is a framed 30 inch by 40 inch tapestry that came from the house of the former owner of the Eagle Theater in Blountstown, Fla., purchased at auction in the early 1980s by Ms. Phillabaum. The tapestry depicts a romantic pastoral scene of figures frolicking in a garden. Ms. Phillabaum believes the piece was originally purchased in Germany.
The stamp collection was begun, in part, prior to World War II by Ms. Phillabaum’s uncle’s wife’s mother. Many are exclusive to the World War II era. There is also a booklet with a stamp and coin of the Pope that Ms. Phillabaum purchased while on a trip to the Vatican. The only other stamps bought by Ms. Phillabaum were some first-day covers from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
The extensive record collection dates back to the early 1950s, when Ms. Phillabaum was a high school student living in California. While some of the records are in poor or fair condition, they are a veritable treasure trove of music from the era, some of it highly sought after by collectors. The records, mostly 45rpm and 33 1/3rpm, are housed in jackets from the era.
The vintage Valentines are very colorful and some quite old, with googly-eyed characters and moving parts. A sheet music collection dates back to when Ms. Phillabaum played the piano, accordion and organ and bought a lot of the music herself but a portion of the sheets came from her grandfather’
The massive collection of matchbooks originated with her uncle and father, both of them collectors, while the NASCAR items are Ms. Phillabaum’s (she’s a Jeff Gordon fan). A group of paper cuttings was a gift from a grade school friend who was a missionary in China, while the embroidery pictures were done and given to her by her great aunt in Ohio. Those are from 1953.
Also sold will be a thimble collection (mostly from family sewing baskets), National Cash Register memorabilia from 1911-1925 (from her uncle’s wife’s father), and autographed items: Adlai Stevenson (from her father’s 32nd degree Mason’s certification in Long Beach, Calif.), the comedian Nipsey Russell, and Pope John XXIII, from an aunt’s trip to the Vatican.
Some of the items are steeped in family history and lore. These include a land deed from 1887, when Ms. Phillabaum’s great-great aunt purchased a lot from the St. Andrews Bay Railroad, Land and Mining Company; her uncle’s wife’s mother’s 1886 Baptism certificate;
Many of the items to be sold came over from England and Germany, from the days when Ms. Phillabaum’s father worked in Europe for McDonnell-Douglas (building missile sites) and her parents traveled the continent. Also, her grandmother on her father’s side came over from Germany when she was 16. Her father accompanied her on the boat ride, then returned home.
The sale will get underway at 9 a.m. (CST), with a preview from 8-9 a.m. Previews will also be held the week prior to sale by appointment, by calling The Specialists of the South at (850) 785-2577 (when calling for sale information, please reference this code: KHPA623). Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be taken. A 12 percent buyer’s premium will be applied to all purchases and all sales will be final.
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 (including a Hunter Douglas window treatment gallery), 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 specialists@