Saint John

Selling the Estate of the late

Late Eleanor Cowden McGinley


Daughter to the Late John Babington Macaulay Baxter (1868 – 1946) – Saint John

19th Premier of New Brunswick 1925 – 1931


Saturday February 27th 2016

Preview 10:00 am – Auction 11:00 am

Saint John Trade and Convention Centre

One Market Square, Saint John

New Brunswick


500+ Fresh-to-the-market finds to be sold

Including – IMPORTANT LOT of furniture, 4800+ grams of Sterling Silver including 2 Birks flatware sets, gold & silver jewellery, nautical items, Royal Crown Derby Imari serving set, large Spode serving set, books including 1st edition, bronzes, rugs including 3 room-size Orientals MINT, art including Chandler collection &  painting by renowned abstract painter Gerry Collins Saint John, soapstone, country wares, primitives, advertising, crystal including outstanding multi-tier candelabras (2 feet tall), Waterford, Royal Doultons & Hummels, Carnival Glass collection, Asian decorative art, old paper money & coins, pocket watches, vintage toys,  military items & more!


Auctioneer’s Note:

Key Auctions is excited to be returning to Market Square, Saint John with another important Estate Auction with 500+ items to be SOLD; with 2 Generations of Baxters family heirlooms featuring many items from the Late Premier John Baxter’s Estate, Saint John. This auction has something for everyone & every price range, from the collectors, to the new home owners, to the bargain hunters! First time auction goers welcome! Tell some friends & see you Saturday!


Estate Information:

Key Auctions is pleased to have been asked to sell the Estate of the Late Eleanor Cowden McGinley. Eleanor was the daughter of the Late John Babington Macaulay Baxter (1868 – 1946) – Saint John – the 19th Premier of New Brunswick 1925 – 1931. Walking into Mrs. McGinley’s house was like walking into a time capsule, the house was furnished completely in high quality furnishing dating back to the 1800’s… with what you would imagine in the late Premier’s house….everything from the early NB furniture, the families’ sterling silver flatware sets, the Royal Crown Derby dinner sets, home décor & more. It was all there! This estate auction will feature many one-of-a kind pieces and a quality rarely seen – all to be sold!

This sale will also feature contents from Moncton & Saint John estates!


 Detailed Write-Ups & 500+ Pictures to be posted soon


19th century brass microscope with attachments & original box


Substantial 24 inch pair of crystal 5 light candelabras


American Waltham gold-filled pocket watch (working)

with beautiful unique 9kt gold chain with carved amethyst family seal set in gold



Clean hand-woven wool room-size wool rug 8 feet by 10 feet 



Clean hand-woven wool room-size rugs 9 feet by 12 feet 


Exceptional finely woven wool room-size rug



RARE signed Cartier

3 tier fitted jewel box with key – Circa 1925

New YorkParisLondon

Made in France


Royal Crown Derby Imari Serving Set

4 Piece Set (missing 1 cup) with many serving pieces


Substantial 2 drawer New Brunswick work table

Top quality craftsmanship with beautiful rope turned legs & Birdseye maple drawer fronts


Beautiful mahogany 2 drawer server with exceptional carving & detail

with Saint John history

Attributed to Thomas Nesbit from the previous family


Superior 19th century solid mahogany dining table

with 4 leaves to expand to approx 12 feet long & 4 feet wide




Pattern of 1 of the 2 Sterling flatware sets weighing over 4800+ grams


New Brunswick 19th Century Birdseye maple hardwood stand


Sampling of nautical items


Sampling of a large Spode Buttercup dinner set 225+ pieces

1 of the several place settings


1920’s store tabletop Planters 5 cent peanuts jar

Impressive to still have this much of the original label

You might not find a better example!


Rare 1950’s friction-wound Curtiss Jenny Trainer Air Plane with whirling propeller

In MINT CONDITION with BOX – again you might not find a better example!


Superior quality mahogany glass-sided china cabinet

Great size - 2 ½ Inches wide 15 inches deep & 6 feet tall



Signed Limbert Mission oak rocker in original finish


Home Décor, including vintage hard shell suitcases


Small high-end 4 drawer Henkel Harris solid chest (note the water bottle in the picture)

Do your research on this company– same company as the 6 drawer lingerie chest we sold in Saint John Sept19, 2015



 Adjustable Victorian book / music stand - steam punk style


King-size headboard possibly can be queen. Made by Karges Furniture Indiana – Cost over $2000 new


1920s slag glass table lamp with light-up base


Lovely worked brass footed fireplace accent or planter



Neat vintage traveler’s case – COMPLETE – Mad Men


Pair of Victorian wall sconces with rare jewels on each corner


Decorative antique trunk – prefect coffee table


Sampling of Sherman to be SOLD – 3 of 7 lots





Superior 19th century mahogany cookie corner desk with detailed rope-twist columns



Old antique Orthodox Russian – Greek triptych painting of the crucifixion





1935 “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” by Edgar Alan Poe Illustrated by Harry Clarke

(Look this one up)




Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine – February 1861

Amazing book in good order with everything from needlework to dresses of the time from around the world

(Look this one up)


1st Edition – 1940 with publisher “A”

“For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Ernest Hemingway


2 Volume - The Complete Greek Drama – Oats & O’Neil (look this one up)



Sampling of over 40+ leather bound New Brunswick Supreme Court Cases from about 1875 to the 1920s


High-end English picnic basket with enamelled plates, original cutlery, canister & more


Substantial Waterford Lismore Champagne Crystal Bucket 9 inches tall by 9 inches in diameter (1 minor chip)

(Haven’t found the mark at this time but certain it’s Waterford with the quality & pattern)


Singer featherweight sewing machine model 221 with original box


Large artist-designed forged candelabra


1 of 2 hard stone Oriental carvings in this sale 


Complete 6 Royal Albert serving set, ‘‘Derby” pattern

(look up eBay selling prices of this pattern)



3 foot wooden ship’s wheel


Pair of cast Bronze candle sticks 


Oak Tantalus chest with crystal decanters



Beautiful solid mahogany hand-carved tilt-top tea table


Solid mahogany bar with marble top


Rare Victorian glove box in excellent order with fitted ivory glove stretcher


Sampling from a collection of Victorian ladies clothing including hats and dresses


2 of 3 chandlers to be sold in the sale


Beautiful pair of 2 tone Bohemian glass etched lusters


Folk art ship diorama


Slag glass Mission lamp


Sampling of press steel toys including Buddy L & Structo



Unique pair of solid wood floor lamps


Oak raised panel roll-top desk



Sampling of Contemporary Art



Pair of chestnut Oromocto snowshoes


 Detailed Write-Ups & 500+ Pictures to be posted soon


Delivery Available

Terms: Cash, Cheque, Visa, MasterCard, Debit. Buyer’s Premium

Questions or Absentee Bids Call (506) 878 7890

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