An 80-year collection of antiques and collectibles will be sold at auction Jan. 31 in Panama City, Fla.

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  • December 26, 2014

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This lovely pair of late 19th century blue cut to clear Bohemian cobalt lusters will be sold on Saturday, Jan. 31st, in Panama City, Fla.
The Specialists of the South, Inc.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The many antique and collectible items gathered over the course of 70+ years by a St. Louis, Mo., woman and her Florida daughter, both of whom are deceased, will be sold at a public auction scheduled for Saturday, January 31st, at 8 a.m. (Central time), by The Specialists of the South, Inc., in the firm’s gallery located at 544 East 6th Street in Panama City.

The collections were begun by Helen McLintock Jenkins, who lived her entire life in St. Louis. She began collecting antiques and collectibles in many categories starting in the 1930s, before antiquing was even in vogue and before “picking” was even a coined word. But pick she did, not just in St. Louis, but also Chicago, Cape Cod, Mass. (her favorite haunt) and other destinations.

Upon Mrs. Jenkins’ death in the 1980s, her massive estate was divided up equally between her two daughters, one of whom still resides in St. Louis (with half the collection). The other portion went to Mary Katherine Chandeysson, who added to her half with items gathered over the years, some of them from overseas. She and her husband moved to Florida in 1989. She died in August.

Now, everything that Mrs. Chandeysson collected, plus all that she inherited from her mother, will be sold to the public, giving collectors a rare chance to own pieces that are fresh to the market and unseen outside the family for decades. For those unable to attend in person, internet bidding will be provided by and Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.

The auction will feature a broad and eclectic mix of merchandise, to include a pair of late 19th century blue cut to clear Bohemian cobalt lusters, a French antique provincial grandfather clock, a French vitrine (ornately decorated display cabinet) with painted panels and ormolu, an early 20th century Victorian ladies’ writing desk with needlepoint footrest, an Eastlake wall-mounted hall mirror and cloisonné ginger jars.

Also sold will be a small, late 19th century National (#12) cash register, a large collection of antique and vintage lamps (including an early 20th century converted kerosene brass table lamp), a circa 1880 tantalus with three cut crystal decanters in a marked English silverplate frame, plus Wedgwood, Belleek, Lenox, Lefton and Jasperware.

Mrs. Chandeysson was a dedicated equestrian, so there will also be many horse-themed items, such as a MoBo jumping horse, Breyer toy horses, metal and ceramic horse figurines, two Wilton commemorative items from the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show (one a clock, the other a 14-inch charger), a Royal Doulton figurine titled The Huntsman, and three vintage hand-colored after engravings, all with sporting or hunt themes.

Furniture items will feature a mahogany Federal-style dining table, china cabinet, buffet, serpentine five-drawer chest and a pair of demi-lune-tables; plus a vintage maple rocker, a pine dry sink and pine blanket chest, a wash stand with side pull-out towel bar, an early 20th century Victorian mahogany corner chair with needlepoint seat and a lovely marquetry table.

Additional furniture will include a 1950s executive desk with credenza, a kidney-shaped table, a pair of French provincial Weiman end tables, two early 20th century maple pegged side chairs, a needlepoint storage shoeshine foot stool, needlepoint bed steps and a tufted leather office chair.

Mirrors and furniture with mirrors will include a display bookshelf with mirror, Chippendale-style mirrors and an American Empire Tabernacle mirror with eglomise. Children’s furniture will feature a Victorian rocking cradle, an antique pine cradle, a rocker with needlepoint back and seat, a Renaissance Revival high chair, a stenciled high chair and a pine high chair.

Sterling silver will include three flatware sets, including Dimension by Reed & Barton (designed by John Prip and included in the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art), Virginiana by Gorham and Lady Constance by Towle. Also sold will be other sterling flatware pieces, candle holders, porringer and souvenir spoons, plus silverplate, to include candelabra, Reed & Barton Christmas bells and hollowware.

Primitives will feature an S. Cheney spinning wheel, a wooden round wheel butter churn, a blue glazed stoneware crock and vintage baskets. Also sold will be a Creel basket purse, bottles, small ship models, vintage tins, a cast iron pipe holder, hand-made Christmas ornaments, records, American and foreign coins, a Bernina sewing machine, copper, brass and aluminum.

Collectibles expected to do well will include a Victorian coal scuttle, a vintage tricycle horse, marbles, decoys, Britains, Ltd. metal toy soldiers (Mounties and guards), vintage dolls (including Armand Marseille, Skookum, Black, miniature frozen Charlottes and a small German bisque baby), small collectible cars and motorcycles, a small brass signal cannon and a book containing 20 American etchings, published in 1887 in a limited-edition (#15/350).

Also up for bid will be pattern and pressed glass, including a 5-sided Heisey bowl, a cake stand in the Moon & Star pattern, blue glass (including an iridescent hobnail bowl) and an early 20th century hobnail pitcher with matching glasses. Fine china will feature a circa 1903 Flow Blue “Burleigh” oval vegetable bowl, Czechoslovakia Epiag dinnerware, Occupied Japan SGK china, Italian ceramics, Dansk Nordic Garden dinnerware and Syracuse China.

The auction will also contain English ceramics, to include an early 20th century Lord Nelson Staffordshire pitcher and a pair of early 20th century Lord Nelson cranberry glass pitchers. Also sold will be a Cybis seated girl with jewel box, a Boehm fawn, a French porcelain desk set and a pair of circa 1940-1960 Van Briggle vases with stylized iris decoration.

A collection of American Brilliant Cut Glass will include a centerpiece and mid-20th century cut crystal champagne and wine stems. Also sold will be vintage books, costume jewelry, fine linens, buttons, a Kuner cuckoo clock, a late 19th or early 20th century Ansonia mantel clock in a Royal Bonn ceramic case and an Art Nouveau-style letter opener.

Rounding out some more of the day’s expected star lots are a Duraflame electric fireplace, a working converted vintage wall phone, a vintage tea cart, Iranian Sarouk and Jozen rugs, a Portmeirion Botanical Garden teapot, and ladies’ scarves, gloves and beaded handbags. Also in the sale is a 2013 Lincoln sedan, black, with leather and low miles.

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, personal property appraisals and business liquidation services. It has been named 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 To learn more, or to register for the January 31st auction, you may log on to either website -- or

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Logan Adams
The Specialists of the South, Inc.
(850) 785-2577

The Specialists of the South, Inc.
544 East 6th Street
Panama City, Florida
(850) 785-2577
About The Specialists of the South, Inc.

The Specialists of the South is a multi-faceted business in Panama City, Fla., that conducts estate auctions, does restoration work on furniture items and more.

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