Bruneau & Co. will auction four important collections in one major sale, March 18th, live and online

The four collections – of museum bandboxes and hatboxes; figural creamers; massive original baseball-themed murals; and police equipment – total 399 lots, starting at 10 am Eastern time.
By: Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
CRANSTON, R.I. - Feb. 29, 2024 - PRLog -- Four important single-owner collections – of museum bandboxes and hatboxes; figural creamers; massive original baseball-themed murals; and police equipment – will come up for bid on Monday, March 18th, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and live in the gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue in Cranston, starting at 10 am Eastern time.

Kicking things off at 10 am will be lots 1-39, the collection of historic bandboxes and hatboxes deaccessioned from the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Eager bidders will be able to experience a wide variety of hatboxes, with their vibrant colors and unusual patterns.

Lots 40-82, set to hit the auction block at 11 am, are figural creamers from the Mendon Historical Society. This wonderful an array of pottery includes examples from Royal Bayreuth, Rookwood and others, ranging from animal creamers to Toby pitchers. The whimsical collection showcases the creativity and design prowess of German porcelain.

12 o'clock noon will signal the start of auction number three – 42 massive, original murals that hung in McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I., depicting baseball stars who played for the Red Sox minor league affiliate in Pawtucket, as well as the big-league club and in some cases other Major League teams. All 42 were rendered by Rhode Island artist Carol "Tayo" Heuser.

The murals hung in McCoy Stadium from the 1970's through 2006, when they were replaced by photo replicas and offered as an exclusive collection through the Pawtucket Arts Association. The murals – impressive at 8 feet by 4 feet – were featured in the book Murals of McCoy by Andrew Tuetken. "Tayo" Meuser attended the Rhode Island School of Design.

The one o'clock hour will usher in auction number four – the police equipment collection of Matthew G. Forte, who was a retired Training Director of the Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J. Police, a staff writer for the Police Collector News and wrote about police equipment for law enforcement journals and publications as well as two books on early police equipment. The collection includes early restraints, clubs, lanterns, curios and devices.

Previews will be held Tuesday through Friday, March 12th-15th, from 9 am until 4 pm, and on auction day, March 18th, when doors will open at 8 am (all times Eastern). Internet bidding is via the Bruneau & Co. platform ( as well as and, plus the mobile app "Bruneau & Co." on iTunes or GooglePlay.

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