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Jun 24
  •   Thu, Jun 6, 2024 @ 11:00am (Start)
  •   Mon, Jun 24, 2024 @ 6:00pm (End)
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Preview Dates:

  •   Sunday, June 23, 2024 @ 1:00pm (Start)
  •   Sunday, June 23, 2024 @ 3:00pm (End)

Farmer Auctions proudly presents Part 1 of this Large Estate Auction. 

Pay Special Attention to these Auctions as they are combinations of inherited family estates including Great Collections of Antique Pottery, very fine national and local art, Pennsylvania collectibles from family such as early coverlets, cobalt pottery including Remmey pottery and others. Antique furniture and collectibles.  Important works of art by National artist Walter Emerson Baum from Pennsylvania.
Local artist J. Vance Miller, Blacksburg., Va., a fantastic main street scene of Christiansburg VA., by Harkrader, a country scene by late Christiansburg artist, Jorrison, selections by George Solonevich, P. Buckley Moss and more. 
    2014 Subaru Forrester XT Sport Utility, 1800s Pennsylvania quilts, a slab hand painted decorated setee & chairs, two Gold rubbings, with one being monumental in size from England. Blanket chest, wash stands, large sponge ware mixing bowl, jadeite bowl, blue art glass lemonade set, uranium glass, wrought iron patio furniture and Lloyd Flanders Mid Century patio furniture. Crock & jugs with cobalt decoration, one incised with fish, other with bird, large moon & star compote, a graduated mixing bowl set, Griswold fry pans and pots, art  deco green slag glass lamp, antique clocks, an impressive oak carved drop down secretary,  Eternal gold & cream Lenox. Revere cooking ware, large collection of antique  white stone and restaurant iron stone serving pieces, an Empire chest with glass knobs, a two drawer stand, linens, brass, Fur from Hermans Furs Christiansburg, VA., Vintage Christmas decorations, Antique Tables, bookcase, bed, Chest,  Fenton. Roseville, American Fostoria, Baroque Fostoria, 14k Gold & silver Jewlery along with elegant and costume.  Books, cedar chest, holiday decorations,  crazy daisy Corelle dishes, Blue Corn Flower Corningware and so much more!! Be on the lookout for Part II !!

Jul 13
  •   Sat, Jul 13, 2024 @ 9:00am (Start)
  •   Sat, Jul 13, 2024 @ 6:00pm (End)
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THIS COULD QUITE POSSIBLY BE THE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AUCTION OF THE YEAR. IF YOU LOVE GOOD, OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY AUCTIONS, LIVE ON THE LAWN, WITH THE AUCTIONEER'S CHANT.....YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS IT!!!  THE PICTURES SHOWN ARE ONLY A SAMPLE OF SCALE OF THIS COLLECTION. THE ITEMS ARE TOO NUMEROUS TO SHOW.

Virginia Powers Leftwich was born on Hazel Mountain, near Dante VA.  Her father was a coal miner, her mother a homemaker, and she grew up on the family farm.  She always loved school and learning, but lacked prospects for higher education because there was no money for such things in her day.  Fortunately she was able to attend heard about a small college in East Tennessee, called Hiwassee, run by the Holston Conference of the Methodist Church.  Hiwassee made it possible for her to attend college.  Upon completion of her Associates Degree, she received her Bachelors from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  She started teaching back in Dickenson Co. Virginia.

Along the way she married and started a family.  Her husband was drafted during the Korean War, and they were sent to Missouri.  After the war, they started working as teachers near St. Louis, MO, and her family continued to grow.  She continued her education, obtaining a Masters Degree from Washington College in St. Louis, and finally a PhD from the University of Missouri in Columbia.   She had five children, worked, and educated herself with seemingly tireless energy. 

During her studies at the University of MO, she began research on mined land owned by Peabody Coal Company.  Later, Peabody invited her to become their head reclamation scientist.  Her specialty was reclaiming land that had been mined and restoring it to usable land for farming and growing trees.  She loved her work and started collecting information to write a history of Peabody Coal, and collecting interesting rocks, fossils, and memorabilia along the way.

Virginia also loved antiques, dishes and glassware, flea markets, and most of all, books.  She collected these things over the course of her work life.  When she inherited a portion of her family farm, she retired to Virginia, and took on a huge project of remodeling and updating the original family home.  She housed her amazing collections there until she relocated to Maryville, TN near one of her daughters.

The number of her possessions, and the extent of her collections is quite vast.  Virginia was interested in many different subjects, and she studied them all.  She made sure her children went to school, and later college.  She was smart, funny, and energetic, but most of all, she was interesting.  Anyone who attends this auction will be able to see the extent of her interests and efforts.   The family hopes that anyone who buys her treasures will appreciate them the way she did. 

 

Furniture: Country Dickenson County primitive corner cupboard, three local antique country store counter display cabinets, including large, medium and small sizes, Country Dickenson County Stepback Pie safe Cupboard, Custom built 6 foot farm table, set of eight Spindle back dining chairs, custom built 8 foot farm table, vintage upright radios, fancy French desk with ornate brass work, nice oak 3 door upright display cabinet, Antique oak double door wardrobe, 3 Pc. Antique Victorian ornate bedroom suit with marble top, Dale Tiffany stained glass style lamps, mid-century modern China cabinet and cedar chest, Grandfather clock, federal style hall tilt top table with claw feet, modern chop block, Mid Century Modern 3 Pc. Italian leather sofa & chairs, round oak table & chairs, Mahogany drip front secretary, iron bed, mahogany bed, mahogany dresser, unusual drop front desk, oak buffet, handmade corner cupboard, oak country spool cabinet, Medical cabinet!

Coal Mining Collectibles: ephemera, pictures, lanterns, helmets, large chalkware clock, bank, magazines, lunch pails-one with ID tag, tools, Script, collection of belt buckles, binders of stickers & more!


Vintage Glassware & Porcelain: uranium glass, green & pink depression glass, depression era green Hoosier canister set, refrigerator jars, L.E. Smith moon and stars canisters, Northwood grape & cable water set, porcelain chocolate pot, amberina, blue willow China, Fenton slippers, sets of English China, toothpick holder collection including uranium, carnival glass, Akro agate, amberina, Fenton, iridescent, imperial, Mosser, Westmoreland, Belmont, silver plate, Northwood, Bisque figural, slag glass including dogs, Indian chiefs, birds, Early American pattern glass and more!


Unique Collectibles: 1960 Dickenson county tag topper, Old "Doc" Brox Horehound drops barrel advertisement, RC Cola thermometer, vintage toys, local school fair ribbons, vintage Christmas, vintage ceramic Christmas tree, antique egg baskets, lots and lots of vintage costume jewelry including rhinestones, old, feed and flower sacks, sets of silverware, cast-iron cookware collection including Griswold and Wagner, stoneware crocks and jugs, Druggists apothecary scales, Pyrex scientific measures, beakers, etc., mixing bowls, Dough bowl, rolling pin, enamelware, coal hods and scuttles, large collection of miniature advertising coal buckets & salesmen samples including cast iron, glass & tin, Native American artifacts including axe heads, arrowheads & more, collection of fossils & gems, antique Barograph, collection of vintage punch bowls, cookie jars, cookie cutters, kitchen utensils, oil lamps, sleds & lots more!!

Books and Literature:  Mrs. Leftwich was a voracious reader and her literature and book collection was widely renowned.  The selections include many antique titles and local subject matter, too numerous to count.

Jul 18
  •   Thu, Jul 18, 2024 @ 1:00pm (Start)
  •   Thu, Jul 18, 2024 @ 2:00pm (End)
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Preview Dates:

  •   Sunday, June 30, 2024 @ 1:00pm (Start)
  •   Sunday, June 30, 2024 @ 3:00pm (End)

Unique downtown Martinsville investment opportunity. Featuring four residential spaces and eleven commercial spaces across the two buildings.  All residential spaces are currently rented and producing income.  29 Broad Street also currently has a tenant leasing one of the commercial spaces at that location.  Several other commercial lease opportunities exist at both locations for future income potential. 

Jul 18
  •   Thu, Jul 18, 2024 @ 3:00pm (Start)
  •   Thu, Jul 18, 2024 @ 4:00pm (End)
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Preview Dates:

  •   Sunday, June 30, 2024 @ 1:00pm (Start)
  •   Sunday, June 30, 2024 @ 3:00pm (End)

Unique downtown Martinsville investment opportunity. Featuring four residential spaces and eleven commercial spaces across the two buildings.  All residential spaces are currently rented and producing income.  29 Broad Street also currently has a tenant leasing one of the commercial spaces at that location.  Several other commercial lease opportunities exist at both locations for future income potential.