Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Online Only Auction - Ends Wed., March 14...Place Your Bids Today!!

18th Century hand colored bird engraving by Mark Catesby, one of many fine items to be sold in Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Online Only Auction ending on Wed., March 14

THOMASTON, ME:  Now through Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ is conducting an online-only auction featuring a large inventory of estate wrist & pocket watches, an important Grand Tour era multi-family photography & ephemera collection, and items from the estate of a Wiscasset, ME decorator and dealer – and all pieces with modest opening bids.  The sale will be conducted simultaneously on three online auction sites:  Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ own platform, Thomaston Live; LiveAuctioneers; and Invaluable.

The 168-lot Wiscasset decorator estate collection will include: a circa 1820 French Empire marble top pier table (est. $1,000-2,000); a group of seven early 19th Century clear glass decanters (est. $600-800); a framed 18th Century hand colored bird engraving by Mark Catesby (est. $400-600); and a pair of Old Paris porcelain hand painted urns (est. $400-600).  Additionally, there will be many fine works of art, lamps, mirrors, carpets, and decorative home accessories.

A highlight of the extensive family-archived photography and ephemera collection will be an album of original bromide photos taken on a 1905 trip to China, ranging from Hong Kong to the Great Wall (est. $1,000-1,500).  Views range from town scenes, horse racing, and peasantry to shocking images of the Russo-Japanese War.  The collection will also include assorted Grand Tour travel journals and photo albums from around the world, many daguerreotype and cabinet card photos, a group of 11 English, French and American patents, albums of travel postcards, antique books, genealogy materials, and family correspondence.

The 75-lot watch collection will be led by an American Waltham 14K gold Riverside open face pocket watch, circa 1890 (est. $600-800).  There will also be a New York Watch Co. coin silver hunter case pocket watch, circa 1870 (est. $400-600),  and a Stauffer & Co. Swiss open face chronograph pocket watch retailed by Tiffany & Co. (est. $300-500).

Items to be sold can be viewed online now, and participants can register and place pre-auction (or absentee) bids any time prior to 10:00 a.m. EST on March 14.  The live auction will commence at 10:00 EST on March 14, and registered participants may place bids on items as they come up for sale.

To view the catalog, register and place a bid, visit, and click on the “Live Online Auction” box on the left side of the home page.  Or, click on the links to or, to view lots, register, and place bids on those sites.  All participants must register before placing bids.   Please call 1-207-354-8141 for more information.

Winning bidders will receive an invoice by email within 24 hours of the auction’s completion.  Items may be picked up at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries (51 Atlantic Highway, US Route 1, Thomaston, ME 04861), or shipping can be arranged.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries is Maine’s premier auction and appraisal company located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston.  Thomaston Place is a leader in discovering Maine’s antique and fine art treasures by offering Free Appraisals each Tuesday at the Gallery, creating fundraiser events for civic and charitable organizations, and providing house call appraisal services.  Their expertise in researching and marketing antiques and fine art has earned Thomaston Place the respect of buyers, collectors and experts worldwide.


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