EstateOfMind’s online-only auction on February 5 will feature original artwork, fine jewelry, watches, …


Watercolor winter landscape signed by Sven Rasmussen Svendsen (Ill./Norway, 1864-1945), dated ’96, 15 ½ inches by 21 ½ inches.
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MIDDLETOWN, NY – EstateOfMind’s first major auction event in 2022 will be an online-only affair scheduled for Saturday, February 5, starting at 11 a.m. EST. The sale will consist of an offer of fine jewelry, coins, watches and decorative accessories from prestigious estates, bank safes and family collections; online auctions are done through

9-24 karat gold and sterling jewelry from antiquity to modern will be included; high-grade Morgan silver dollars; other coins and currency; 19th and 20th century pocket watches and wristwatches; and over 25 violin bows from renowned manufacturers. The previews will take place from January 31 to February 4 by appointment only. To make an appointment, dial 845-386-4403. Masks are compulsory.

“This auction is scheduled for nine days before Valentine’s Day, which should give dealers and collectors enough time to have their purchases shipped to them,” said Darrell Dirr, owner of EstateOfMind. “I wouldn’t exactly call it a diverse auction, but we have over nine pounds of gold jewelry and about thirty pounds of sterling jewelry that will be auctioned in large lots.”

19th century oil on panel depicting a mother vixen and her cubs, 5 inches by 10 inches, illegibly signed with graphite numbers and writing on the back.
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The category of jewelry will be highlighted by a diamond necklace set in 9 kt yellow gold Georgian style with approximately 7 carats of full cut diamonds; an Art Deco 14 karat yellow gold diamond ring with approximately 4 karats of lead-cut diamonds; and a set of Indian 22k yellow gold and red coral necklaces and earrings from the 1960s, weighing a total of 115 grams.

The watches will include an Alphonse Matile-Geneva pocket watch in 18k yellow gold with box hinge, “presented to Thomas Mooney by Charles A. Schultz on December 25, 1882”; a unisex Vacheron & Constantin for LeCoultre watch in 14k white gold with mystery dial and diamonds from around 1960; a Movado 14-karat gold wristwatch from circa 1940; and a Rolex lady’s watch in 18k yellow gold circa 1950.

Mid-century modern stork sculpture by Gabriella Binazzi (Italian, 20th century), silver on brass and shell, 22 ½ inches high.
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The over $ 30 high-quality Morgan silver will include an 1886-P, rated MS64, and an 1879-S, rated MS64. Other coins will include a 1928-P Peace Silver Dollar, grade MS64; a 1911-D Indian Head Quarter Eagle gold coin (2 ½ dollar); a set of four impressed Indian gold coins, including Quarter and Half Eagles (1908, 1909, 1915 and 1908) and a Liberty silver dollar from 1798.

Decorative accessories will include a rare and unusual Gucci evening bag circa 1984 with an enamelled crystal snakehead clasp and original invoice to the previous owner with Gucci papers; vintage perfumes; circa 1960 Corinthian column candlesticks in Gorham sterling, 12 ¼ inches high; a large Gorham covered soup tureen circa 1910, 10 inches wide; and Waterman fountain pens.

The violin bows will be from manufacturers such as GA Moyer, Valoni, EH Roth, Voirin, Karl Beck, Karl Herman, Dorfler, Carl Suss, J. Richter, Tubbs, Homa, Weldlich and HR Pfretzshner. Other interesting items will include a 1930/40 Air King Model A-600 Catlin / Bakelite radio; Victorian canes; and circa 1960 mid-century modern stork shell sculpture by Binazzi, 21 inches tall.

Returning to jewelry, an Indian 22 karat yellow gold and Burmese ruby ​​chandelier necklace and earrings set, circa 1960s, with approximately 15 karats of Burmese ruby, will also be sold; an Indian 22/24 kt yellow gold necklace and bangle set, circa 1970s; and an Art Deco 14k white gold diamond ring featuring a large aquamarine weighing over 25 carats, dating from the 1950s or 1960s.

Additional wristwatches will include a platinum and diamond Art Deco watch from the 1920s with 3 carats of crisp white Europe cut diamonds; a 1940s stainless steel Gallet watch with a chronograph dial; a 14k yellow gold ladies’ watch from Tiffany & Co.; an Illinois Sangamo 23j watch; an Omega Seamaster wristwatch circa 1960; a Helbros chronograph circa 1940; a 19th century Swiss steel chronograph pocket watch with fancy dial, size 18; and a large number of watch parts.

Other items in the coin category will include a 1798 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar; an Indian-headed penny minted from a rare proof of 1890, rated PF-65; a 1909 VDB Lincoln cent, rated MS-64; a lot of two Morgan silver dollars (one 1878-S 7 Tail Feathers dollar and one 1921-P dollar); fine collections of VAM and Carson City silver dollars; and Federal Reserve Banknotes of $ 1,000 and $ 500, 1934.

Returning to jewelry, items of note will include an ancient bracelet with a large piece of amber dating from the Jurassic period (101-145 million years ago); four sets of Baltic amber necklaces, including one set of five caramel amber necklaces from the 19th and 20th centuries; a 14kt yellow gold and sterling silver brooch, cold painted in 20th century Vienna, hallmarked; 19th Century Victorian Baltic Egg Yolk Amber Necklace, 3.3 oz; plus a large box of many modern sterling silver jewelry.

Silver lovers will be treated to a rare Ball Tompkins & Black silver water jug, circa 1850, weighing 36.9 oz; a large sterling soup tureen weighing 84 ounces; pink Gorham Lancaster sterling silver cutlery; a sterling silver bowl from maker Tiffany & Company; and a Fairfax model of Gorham sterling cutlery for twelve. Waterford crystal and a Bradley & Hubbard lamp base will also be sold.

EstateOfMind was officially born in 2009 after more than 20 years of providing real estate services through a former company, American Antiques & Fine Art. Owner and President Darrell Dirr, owner of fine art, antiques and real estate businesses, holds a Certificate of Recognition. Mr. Dirr was nominated by OCDSS for having been a valued PSA community partner for 20 years.

EstateOfMind always accepts quality shipments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or a collection, you can call them at 845-386-4403; or, you can send an email to To learn more about EstateOfMind and the online-only auction scheduled for Saturday, February 5, please visit

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