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22 3rd Street Southwest
Rochester, MN. 55902-3019
Phone 507-289-8049
Fax 507-289-8602

Our normal business hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. If you're traveling a long distance, contact us ahead of time to make sure we'll be open. The shop might close a day here and there during auction season.




9:00 a.m., Saturday, June 20, 2015

Bldng. 35, Olmsted County Fairgrounds

Rochester MN.

Preview: 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, June 19, and from 8:00 a.m. on auction day. We are pleased to offer at auction antiques, fine furniture & furnishings from the lifetime collection of Robert & Patricia Herr, the estate of Julie Andrews, the estate of Dr. Paul Leibson (1952-2007, Mayo Clinic professor of immunology),works of art from the private collection of the Pappas family (of Michael’s Restaurant), all of Rochester, & from other area collectors.

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Furniture: Chippendale carved walnut corner cupboard, upper doors w/ 8 glazed panes each, scalloped interior shelves, ogee bracket feet, Pennsylvania, c. 1790; 18th cent. Anglo-Dutch bureau w/ stepped & fitted drawer fronts, top & front w/ elaborate walnut marquetry, on bracketed feet;  game table in mahogany & mahogany veneer by Boston cabinet maker William Fisk (1770-1844); American writing desk in mahogany veneer, fold-out writing surface over single drawer, c. 1820;  fine cherry chest of drawers, 4 graduated drawers, c. 1800; mid-19th cent. walnut center table w/ fluted vase-like column Hepplewhite detail; pine 5-board lift-top blanket chest over single drawer, bracket feet; 4-drawer single drop leaf table in early paint, c. 1800; single door cherry table desk w/ cubby interior; Chippendale style 19th century sofa w/ fine upholstery; country pine cupboard over 6 drawers w/ bun feet, c. 1800; plank seat deacon’s bench for two, w/ arms, 19th cent.; 19th cent. 48-drawered pharmacy file cabinet w/ Bennington knobs; 19th cent. pine & hardwood occasional table; 2-drawer game table, tapered legs, morticed stretchers, old green paint; softwood country trestle table, painted frame & turned legs; set of  4 Windsor style plank saddle seat painted chairs by David T. Smith & Co., Morrow, OH, Cabinet Maker w/ 2 matching spindle back saddle seat captain’s chairs; early 19th cent. softwood cupboard, 2 six-paneled glass doors over 3 drawers & 2 blind doors, in old red paint; primitive cupboard, 2 blind doors, w/ shelves, c. 1800, old red paint; 19th cent. softwood dry sink, old blue paint; arrow back rocker w/ Chippendale style arms, old black paint, c. 1800;  bucket bench in old green paint; 19th cent. butternut pie safe w/ screened doors over 5 drawers, Bennington knobs; wall hanging softwood cupboard, single door over single drawer, in old red stain; 19th cent. pine desk, turned legs, Boston Sandwich knobs; painted pine open shelved pewter/stoneware cupboard; quarter-sawn oak library table, c. 1900; pine immigrant trunk w/ till & early iron, c. 1800; 1890’s walnut single bed w/ handcarved fruitwood details; modern Mission-style computer desk w/ swivel desk chair; tubular brass bed & painted iron bed, c. 1900; painted & decorated softwood immigrant flat top trunk; rope bed w/ cannon ball finials, c. 1800; single drawer mahogany stand, serpentine front, c. 1910; mahogany Chippendale style book/china cabinet over drop front desk over 4 drawers; fine 19th cent. hardwood wardrobe, single door w/ mirror over single drawer, bun feet, finely carved details; sawbuck/pine table; 5-board softwood trunk w/ button feet, c. 1800; mixed wood punched tin pie safe w/ 2 top drawers, c. 1850; 19th cent. child’s flat top toy chest; 5-board flat top softwood trunk w/ early blue paint, hand carved decorative feet, c. 1800; 19th cent. balloon back walnut parlor chair; upright screened 2-door pie safe, c. 1900; hand carved & decorated pine fireplace mantle, c. 1900; 5-board flat top trunk in old mustard paint; 19th cent. pine grain bin w/ barrel front door; 2-door screened pie safe in old red paint; multiple examples of c. 1800 single chairs w/ early paint, incl. arrow back, ladder back, spindle-rush seats; ornately carved Chinese trunk; set of 10 formal chairs upholstered in black; ornate walnut parlor table; oak sideboard; Eastlake love seat;

Works of art: (many from the private collection of the Pappas family of Michael’s Restaurant in Rochester) Edward King Redmore, (British, 1860-1941), oil seascape entitled Off Gorleston, 15x 11.75; Alfred Walter Williams (British, 1824-1905), oil landscape of an aquaduct, 20x8; William Richards (British, 1835-?), oil landscape of a castle along a river, 15.5x10; Thomas Rose Miles, (British, active 1869-1906), oil seascape entitled Approaching the Wreck 1887, 42x24; William J. Rumb (British, c. 1825-?), oil landscape scene of a cottage, 50x30;  A. Kroupa, oil landscape entitled Austrian Winter, dated 1904, 24.5x18; early 19th cent. copy of Jean-Baptiste Greuze’s (French, 1725-1805), oil portrait of woman with dog entitled Love Me, Love My Dog, 30.125x22; copy of Antoine Blanchard's Promeneurs près du Moulin Rouge, 20x16; Ferenc Füzessy, oil portrait of a horse, 17.5x13.5; R. Williams, oil landscape of cows in meadow, 25x12; S. Marsh, oil landscape of deer startled by locomotive, dated 1901, 30x20; oil portrait of a gentleman, early 19th century, 32x25.5; E. Langlois, oil on board scene of puppies 15x10.75; Austrian oil scene of a stone bridge and horse rider, 15x11; Paul Conner (American, 1881-1968), landscape oil on board entitled Santa Monica Coast Ranch; R.J. Mitchell, oil seascape showing British sailing vessel, 20x14; W.A. Sheldon, oil scene of two trout, dated 1876, 18x13; late 19th century portrait of a gentleman, 28x22; mid-19th cent. reverse painting on glass, scene of a garden party, 23x19; several Victorian period naïve oils on canvas; watercolors & portraits by Marjorie Lokensgard (Kenyon, MN., 1912-2004); iron sculpture of male figure by Daniel W. Bannitt (Goodhue, MN., 1970), 68x32x32; three signed & numbered wildlife prints by Cincinatti artist John Ruthven;

Toys, Bears & Related: finely detailed 19th cent. folk art doll house, 28w x 18h x 13.5d; exceptional 19th cent. softwood rocking horse, painted & decorated, & 2 other rocking horse toys; 1930’s riding horse w/ tin wheels; dolls, doll furniture & wicker buggy; exceptional collection of 19th cent. German pull toys, incl. 4 horses, horse & wagon, horses w/ carriage, 2 cows w/ working tails to discharge milk into udders; 3 German squeak toys; 19th cent. jack-in-the-box; collection of early Teddy bears & stuffed toys, incl. Steiff examples; misc. child & youth chairs, incl. unique double rocking desk chair; 

Books: Zane Grey’s Wanderer of the Wasteland (1923), The Call of the Canyon (1924) with Dr. Waltman Walters’ (1895-1988, professor of surgery at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, son-in-law of Dr. William Mayo) signature on inside cover, and Fighting Caravans (1929); Theodore Roosevelt’s An Autobiography (1913) with an inscription on a Sagamore Hill card reading, For Dr. William Mayo from W.A. White with the best wishes of Theodore Roosevelt, with William Mayo’s bookplate in inside cover; Eugene V. Debs’ Labor and Freedom (1916), inscribed To Dr. William J. Mayo With sincere regard and warmest wishes from his friend Eugene V. Debs Terre Haute April, 1916, with William Mayo’s home library stamp on inside cover; complete 15-vol. Edition d’Amiens of the Complete Works of Jules Verne (1911), each w/ William Mayo’s home library stamp on inside cover (the set needs rebinding); assorted early school & religious books & many other misc. vols.

Misc. antiques & collectibles: 30" commemorative wood cane from Dartmouth Medical School, dated 1917, with Dr. Waltman Walters' name inscribed on the handle along w/ names/nicknames of his classmates; pr. ornate brass grills from Mayo Clinic's Plummer Building; approx. 25 early quilts, incl. Cake Stand, Double Wedding Ring, Chimney Sweep, Grandma’s Flower Garden & other patterns; 2  samplers, dated 1839 & 1850; folk tapestry w/ applied decoration w/ initials KM in center cartouche; hat boxes; 3 mid-19th cent. mantle clocks; dozens of wood advertising boxes w/ stenciled decoration; wood egg/cheese/food crates; chromo-litho tins; early salt glazed stoneware pieces; graduated painted wood firkens; early splint baskets, blue Winnebago & potato-stamped examples; Staffordshire; art glass; stickspatter; marbles; saddle bags; 4 porcelain light fixtures from a soda shop; 2 folk art marquetry checker boards; several tramp art picture frames; large & small oriental rugs; framed botanical specimens from Camp McCoy;

Estate collection of 80+ glass paperweights, incl. St. Clair, Murano, M.B. Daniels Japan, Portugal Golden Crown, Gränna Glas, Vesta Art Glass, Mayflower, Golden Crown E & R Italy, commemorative/souvenir examples, incl. name & year, place names, “Abraham Lincoln Springfield Ill,” 1960s Green Berets & more.

Miscellaneous: new Touch & Sew Singer portable sewing machine; IT Model 1TVS-750 wood case music center w/ recordable CD; lawn & garden items; Delta floor standing drill press; Craftsman 20” scroll saw; Craftsman 10” table saw; Craftsman radial arm saw; Craftsman 12” band saw; Bosch chop saw; Troybuilt 8-10 horsepower tiller; Ridgid Patter saw utility stand;

Auction arranged & conducted by John Kruesel's General Merchandise & Auction Co., 22 - 3rd St. SW, Rochester, MN. 55902. Phone (507) 289-8049 or fax (507) 289-8602. Auctioneers: John Kruesel, Mike Anderson and Lowell Gilbertson. Descriptions are subject to error. Not responsible for accidents. Statements made day of sale take precedence over printed material. Terms: Cash, Visa or Mastercard; no checks unless you are personally known to auction company -- checks must be accompanied with photo ID and current bank letter of reference stating purchasing limit (which becomes the property of the auction company). 10% buyer’s premium on all purchases. ALL ITEMS MUST BE REMOVED DAY OF AUCTION.

Enter our antique lighting galleries by clicking on the
links in the menu on the left. We carry a wide
variety of antique lighting, including:
Art Nouveau era electric ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps;
Victorian gas ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps,
Art Nouveau era gas-and-electric ceiling
fixtures and sconces;
and Victorian kerosene ceiling fixtures,
sconces and table lamps.

Our storefront, the 1874 Williams Building, on historic Third Street Southwest, Rochester, MN.

We carry a general line of antiques, specializing in lighting, estate jewelry, historic documents and photos, and "the unusual." We provide appraisals, marketing advice, a complete auction/estate sale service and consultation on historic lighting restoration projects.

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