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I M P O R T A N T    E S T A T E


Saturday September 10th 2016

Preview 10:00 am – Auction 11:00 am

Saint John Trade and Convention Centre

One Market Square, Saint John

New Brunswick









Important Estate Auction including – IMPORTANT LOT of furniture, 2000+ grams of sterling silver including flatware set,  LARGE & SUBSTANCIAL lot of gold & diamond jewellery, books & old photo albums including an early family lineage from Queens County family, Mid-century furniture & accents, estate-fresh lot of military items (Queens Co.)  spanning from WWl, WWll up until 1975 including medals, uniforms, pins, buttons & more; bronzes, rugs including one exceptional room- size MINT & several various size finely woven rugs, substantial German doll collection, art including painting & pastel by renowned contemporary painter Gerard Collins Saint John, massive soapstone carving, country wares & primitives, nice lot of advertising including Budweiser neon sign, Royal Crown Derby including 19th century pieces,  huge French Limoges serving set, crystal including Waterford & Swarovski collection, Royal Doultons & Hummels, Carnival Glass, Asian decorative art, vintage toys & more!


Auctioneer’s Note:

Key Auctions has had this auction in the works since May & we are excited to be returning to Market Square, Saint John with another Important Estate Auction with over 500 unique items to be SOLD. 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, Sept.10th! Terms: Cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard. Buyers Premium, Delivery available.


Estate Information:

This auction will feature numerous NB estates including the Estate of the Late Janet Reed Saint John; contents & militaria from an early Queens Co. NB family homestead, important lot of furniture from a family with ties to early Montreal QE, items from the personal collection of the late Albert Brown (antique dealer), estate-fresh German doll collection, as well as many other selected consignments.


Partial Listings:



Including watercolour by well known NB Artist Mary Walker Armstrong “Duck Cove" Saint John NB circa 1910 (her works in the NB museum), Chance Harbour oil-on-canvas signed Gerard Collins, colourful pastel of Shaw Lake Saint John signed Gerard Collins, framed Mid-century oil-on-canvas signed Cooper 1955, contemporary signed oil-on-board, lot of signed mix media nude drawings & water colours, Ayakin Alobe numbered print 22/98 (world renowned contemporary artist), signed Jewish artist oil painting, lovely nautical pastel, water colour signed Nancy St. Lawrence 1978 – 14 by 10 inches, 2 signed Spanish oil paintings purchased in Spain, Heidi Grein (Fredericton) painting on linen, early copy of Large Bear by Inuit artist Lucy Qinnuayuak, 19th century drawing on charcoal paper, Victorian drawing on brown paper with early Halifax frame label, large Bernard Buffet signed lithograph, Claude Monet nicely framed print, Marion Cumming signed print, other signed pieces, antique frames & more.


Canadian & German Militaria:

Militaria from an early Queens Co. NB family homestead spanning from WW1 to 1975, 30+ uniforms, medals, badges & pins, patches, Navy related items including flags, several framed Canadian photographs of navy ships; from the same Estate comes an uncommon lot of German WW1 items including a WW1 spike helmet with original cloth covering (not pictured), wooden gunpowder horn with A.J. carved in it, German spurs stamped and dated 1913 & accessories, WWll Nazi youth belt buckle with original leather strap & more.



Including substantial dressing mirror circa 1900, mid 19th century English Victorian Papier Mache Mother of Pearl and paint decorated ladies’ sewing chest, heavily carved 19th century tavern,  style table 19th century solid oak 7 section Wernicke stacking bookcase with drawer, decorative birdcage & stand, Ethan Allen executive desk, 19th century unusual drop-front desk (space saver), oriental carved chest circa 1900, mahogany 2 door bookcase, 6 drawer Victorian chest, unique Victorian oak library desk, high quality 19th century drop-side mahogany table, quality bench-made mahogany corner china cabinet, Victorian umbrella stand, nice size icebox chest, unique 19th century oak stand with drawer, large oak curved glass china cabinet, substantial Victorian drop-well dresser with marble top, Birdseye maple gents chest with bevelled mirror, substantial 6 foot long 3 door bookcase (do not miss this opportunity!),  breakfront mahogany china cabinet, two 1860s heavily carved games tables, kidney-shaped desk, low walnut cedar chest, Empire secretary desk (completely restored by previous family), pair of Hitchcock chairs, pair of high quality inlaid mahogany tables, excellent quality drum table, French inlaid 2 door cabinet with marble top, pair of matching oak bookcases, unique opportunity for a pair of matching solid oak file drawers circa 1900, solid mahogany 7 drawer chest, high quality hand-carved 19th century tilt -top table,  solid oak 1910 file cabinet, pair of clean upholstered chairs with matching ottoman, 1930s fan back chair MINT upholstery, 1940s wing back chair MINT upholstery, modern light-up curio cabinet, drop-side end table, clean rocker & matching chair, unique 19th century high chair, inlaid sewing stand, occasional stands, coffee tables, accent chairs, desk chairs, rocking chairs, hanging decorative mirrors & much more.


Lamps & Lighting:

1920s umbrella shade slag glass table lamp, lovely quality boudoir size contemporary crystal chandelier,  substantial pair of crystal garniture lamps, decorative 1930s bridge lamp, 1920s torch lamp (not pictured), electrified figural oil lamp, unique full body eagle lamp, 1930s brass desk lamp with great lines, other various table lamps & more. 


Toys & Advertising:

Including Buddy L 30 inch ride-on press steel toy, large Structo hydraulic dumper, large press steel Model toys loader, working Budweiser King of Beers neon sign, vintage Genesee Light Beer light-up sign, late 80s Budweiser light-up bar sign, nice size hanging Miller Light lamp, vintage Parodi tobacco thermometer, vintage tin Calvert Reserve Whiskey adjustable calendar, large folk art pull toy horse (with a few repairs), 2 boxes of Britains soldiers, 4 vintage Tonka toys & more.


Glass & China:

Including collection of 14 Swarovski crystal figurines, large Waterford crystal bowl, unique Waterford crystal desk set including paper weight, pens & stand, 2 Waterford crystal clocks, impressive French Limoges dinner set with over 200+ pieces (it’s uncommon to find  a set this large), small Deichmann pottery snuffer, small Van Briggle vase with butterflies, 2 lots of Royal Crown Derby including some early pieces, 6 English Blue Willow dinner plates, 8 Spode “Cowslip” dinner plates, German porcelain portrait cabinet plate marked C Tielsch, lovely hand painted moriage receiver (extremely well done), lovely 2 piece hand painted condiment Nippon server, highly decorated hand painted 19th century Spode covered tureen, Tiffany NY paper weight & box, early cut-glass lot, large pair of crystal garniture lamps, Hummel figurines, Royal Doulton figurines, Carnival glass, lot of contemporary blown glass vases & much more.



Large piece of signed Inuit soap stone, signed 1920s carved Italian marble bust, 18th possible 17th century wooden carved figure, unique wool salesman sample,  large hammered copper bucket, unique folk art hand-crafted double sail boat light by Garnett Urquhart March 12 1966, five 19th century  brass shipping stencils, brass fire place accessories & umbrella holder, unique pair of cast fireplace andirons, lot of fresh books including volume set of the Works of Charles Dickens, small Foley Saint John covered bean crock, Saint John Merchant jug, pair of carved hard stone Foo dogs, pair of bronze shoes (19th century?), cast concierge bell, 3 Steiff mohair puppets, important Italian rosewood accordion in box circa 1900, 1920s crocodile bag, gumball machine, small 19th century doll trunk with insert, large sword, hand carved folk art shore bird, leather native medicine pouch, Sony PS-LX3 turn table, large country scale, wooden ships wheel 2 ½ feet, large hand carved ebony elephant, fishing tackle & chest, fishing creel, trunks with tin contents including 19th century photo albums & misc. smalls & much more!



Important 18th century mahogany long case Scottish clock with exceptional inlay by WILLIAM DOBBIE, FALKIRK (1720-1783), vintage Schatz German triple chime translucent shelf clock – working, brass & crystal Seth Thomas Regulator mantel clock with mercury pendulum, Royal Bonn porcelain mantel clock, Victorian oak gingerbread clock- working. 


Mid-Century & Vintage Furnishings:

Including Mid-century Scandinavian rosewood telephone table and side chair, lovely clean Mid-century dresser, Mid-century china cabinet, desirable signed Ply Craft Eames style reclining chair, clean Mid-century accent chair, unique Mid-century wind-up 3 ft wide clock, small teak roll-up file, vintage hard shell suitcases including one with amazing original stickers from Time Square NY, Havana Cuba & more, amazing 1955 contemporary oil painting, vintage Pyrex kitchenware, vintage table-top radio, white rotary phone, vintage teal “Trimline” telephone & more.


Watchmakers & Jewellers Cabinets:

 6 RARE Circa 1920s Waltham & Elgin pocket watch multi-drawer watchmaker’s cabinets – untouched - completely full with new old stock of watch parts & jewels in every drawer - complete & original condition – NOTE: do your research on these as you will find next to none in existence & were only made for limited dealers & jewellers.


Important Doll Collection & Accessories Part 2:

This doll collection comes from an amazing lifetime collection, FRESH-to-the-MARKET, all to be sold! One thing you will see about this collection is that the condition of the dolls whether Bisque, Composition & wax are in great order,  meaning the joints, fingers, eyes, hair, dresses are all in good order.  (In handling this collection, we didn’t see one broken finger in over 60 dolls meaning 600 fingers good & intact!)  A wide range in this collection, everything from desirable bisque baby dolls to large antique store display doll. You will be long remembering a finer collection of dolls coming up for auction. There are so many some will be sold together in lots. You will also find many lots of antique child’s / doll furniture.



 8 place setting of Northumbria “Normandy Rose“ with serving pieces totalling over 1840+ grams of sterling silver (not including knives), early Birks sterling silver dresser set including some unique pieces monogrammed R for “Reed”, sterling silver jewellery & more.



Including Birks Diamond ring with 2014 appraisal of $3400.00, 2 substantial gold & diamond rings including one with large sapphire stone bought at Peoples Jewellers in the 80s for over $2000 each, 9 other large jewelled gold rings, 10k white gold & diamond pendant necklace & matching earrings, nice lot of men’s gold jewellery including rings, bracelets, and pendants; 3 jewelled sterling rings, lot of necklaces (yet to go through), sterling silver mesh necklace, beautiful antique Sterling silver ornate bracelet, Sterling silver bangle, designer lot of costume jewellery including Kramer of New York necklace, 4 large broaches some signed Weis, other lots of miscellaneous jewellery, ornate Victorian ring, collection of antique hand painted buttons & much more!


Ladies Accessories:

Rare 1950’s vintage Llewellyn Lewis carved Lucite & Bakelite BEEHIVE & Bee Purse Handbag- Look at this link for identical one that sold for $510.00 USD on eBay August 26, 2016http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Llewellyn-Lewsid-Carved-Lucite-Bakelite-BEEHIVE-Bee-Purse-Handbag-NR-/131910321683?hash=item1eb677c613:g:WuIAAOSwV0RXs1RA, STUNNING 1920s beaded purse in excellent condition – Stamped made in France (nicest we have had the pleasure of handling), Christian Dior New York – Paris vintage ladies hat & more.


Primitives & Country Items:

Blind 1 door pine cabinet in nice mustard paint, 19th century 7 drawer hanging apothecary chest, 3 stoneware jugs with finger painted flowers, 3 exceptional antique toleware trays, hardwood candle stand, pine trunks, (perfect rustic coffee table), English mid 19th century Queen Anne comb back chair, unique walnut 1980s cutlery box, mid 1800s tiger maple tapered-leg card table, 3 pieces of salt glaze ware including salt box, primitive cheese press & much more.



Including 1 exceptional finely woven room size rug 13 by 9 feet MINT, unusual circular hand-woven rug & several various size finely woven rugs (best quality lot we have brought to Saint John yet), Karastan wool runner – what a beautiful lot of rugs to be sold!


Wheel Chair:

LIKE NEW Helio C2 folding wheel chair – complete - ordered in the fall of 2015 & used only for a couple months, price tag when purchased $4800.00 – TO BE SOLD!


Absentee Bids Or Questions

Please email 00steeves@hotmail.ca or call (506) 878 7890

Delivery Available

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

Key Auctions -Invitation to Consign

We are now accepting consignments for the forthcoming auctions, dates to be announced. Should you require a valuation of your items or wish to learn more about the auction process, we invite you to contact us at (506) 878 7890 or (506) 852 4500 or via email at 00steeves@hotmail.ca  to schedule a complimentary appointment



Sampling of beautiful and substantial Diamond & Gold Jewellery


Important rare mid 19th century English Victorian Papier Mache, Mother of Pearl and paint decorated ladies’ sewing chest with original key


Important 18th century mahogany long case Scottish clock with exceptional inlay by


An exquisite example from this renowned maker



High quality Birks Diamond ring with 2014 appraisal - $3400.00 to be SOLD 


Impressive cheval mirror – Circa 1900


RARE Circa 1920s Waltham & Elgin pocket watch watchmaker’s cabinets

6 cabinets that stack on top of each other – untouched - completely full with new old stock of watch parts & jewels in every drawer

Complete – Original condition

Do your research on these as you will find next to none in existence & were only made for limited dealers & jewellers

RARE RARE Opportunity – Do Not Miss 


Unusual pair of solid oak bookshelves circa 1900 – you never see matching pairs- great size


Wow! Period Mid-century oil-on-canvas in teak frame signed Cooper & dated 1955

30 ½ by 20 ½ inches

A personal favourite in the sale!


1950s Mid-century key-wound clock – 3 feet long – great colours


Very unique Mid-century telephone bench


Mid-century style Ply Craft chair (built in reclining footstool)


Mid-century chair with great lines & clean material


Ornate Sterling Silver antique bracelet – heavy quality


Rare 1950’s vintage Llewellyn Lewsid Carved Lucite & Bakelite BEEHIVE & Bee Purse Handbag

Look At this Link for identical one that sold for $510.00 USD on eBay August 26, 2016



STUNNING 1920s beaded purse in excellent condition – Stamped made in France

Nicest we have had the pleasure of handling


Substantial Kramer New York necklace - part of a nice sampling of designer costume jewellery


Working Budweiser neon sign



1 of several HIGH QUALITY hand woven Persian rugs in many sizes – this being by far the largest at approx 9 by 13 feet

Would have cost $8000.00 new for this finely woven rug – ALL TO BE SOLD! 


Lovely 19th century pine square-nail cupboard in nice mustard paint


Military lot from early homestead Queens County NB

This lot is Estate Fresh & as a family member served the navy, it has a range of items between WWl, WWll up to 1970s.

You can find it all….including medals, 30+ uniforms, buttons, pins, badges.

There are many framed pictures of war ships & manuals, as well as some flags.

Not everything is pictured or listed as it was a late estate call.


Sampling of medals from the estate


RARE Lot of WW1 German Military items- Estate Fresh

Including a WW1 spike helmet with original cloth covering (not pictured),

Wooden gunpowder horn with A.J. carved in it, German spurs stamped and dated 1913 & accessories



18th century – Possibly 17th  century hand carved figure – 14 inches



Hand carved marble Italian bust – signed – superior craftsmanship with great detail & proportions-

Pedestal has a crack but the bust itself is mint


Watercolour done by Mary Walker Armstrong “Duck Cove” Saint John NB – Circa 1910

Works of hers are present in the New Brunswick Museum


Substantial Victorian drop-well desk in excellent order


Birdseye maple serpentine chest with bevelled shaving mirror


SUBSTANTIAL 3 door mahogany bookcase – MINT – 6 feet long – 14 inches deep


Turn-of-the-century pair of decorative andirons


Completely restored 19th century flamed mahogany Empire Secretary – circa 1850


Clean SOLID mahogany 8 drawer chest – nice size


French inlaid stand with marble top & serpentine sides


Books including nice volume set of works by Charles Dickens


Amazing pair of 1900’s multi-drawer cabinets (2 files on the bottom of each) – see pictures below


Impressive Limoges Dinner set with a whopping 216 pieces – All matching

Includes 5 platters, tea & coffee pots, many serving pieces, large place settings including bone dishes, salts, & more



Vintage German Schatz triple chime translucent shelf clock – Working

Identical clock SOLD for $344.78USD – August 26, 2016 – See link below



Sampling of 2 lots of Royal Crown Derby


Estate fresh… Italian ROSEWOOD accordion made by Comm Paolo Soprani E Figli

Do your research on this company –Circa 1900’s but believe it to be earlier


Desirable 1920s crocodile skin doctor’s bag


Substantial 1960s Crystal chandelier – nice small size – fits any room  


Nicest 19th century doll trunk we have handled – original with lovely fitted interior


Early Native medicine pouch?


Sampling of vintage hard-shell trunks


 amazing retro case below with great original stickers from Time Square NY, Havana Cuba, Florida (see below)




1920s slag glass table lamp in good order – umbrella shade with all original slag’s


Wooden ships wheel - 2 ½ foot diameter


Decorative marble & brass balance scale


Large hand-carved ebony elephant with age


Sampling of stoneware to be sold including 3 lovely blue finger painted jugs


High quality 19th century Spode covered tureen with stunning detain inside & out



Rare 19th century salesman sample of Pacific Mills wool & fabric  


Unique Bronze


Sampling of vintage beer & tobacco advertisements lot to be sold


Buddy L 24+ inch ride-on fire truck


Structo Press steel hydraulic dumper


Sampling of the 2nd half of an IMPORTANT doll collection –

60+ Antique Dolls – Bisque – Composition – Wax to be SOLD along with many accessories


Massive wax baby Jesus doll – just one of many highlights


Birks matching Sterling Silver Dresser set with many unique accessories & Reed history book



2 larger substantial Diamond Rings to be SOLD



Sampling of more Gold & Diamond rings





All GOLD Men’s Jewellery



1 of 3 oak frames with family lineage from early homestead, Queens County, New Brunswick

More Items un-pictured fresh from the estate


Mid Century Oil-on-board “Mushrooms” signed K Seineke 22 by 34 ½ inches


Signed watercolour dated 1980 - 13 ½ by 22 ½


Signed mixed media nudes - 20 by 14 ½ inches


Signed drawing nude male – 16 by 20 inches


Signed drawing nude male – 13 by 19 inches


Signed mixed media - 20 by 14 inches


Signed Ayakin Alobe numbered print 22/98 - 20 by 31 inches


Signed Jewish oil painting 12 by 16 inches


Signed Nautical pastel    - 12 by 9 ½ inches

Watercolour signed Nancy St. Lawrence 1978 – 14 by 10 inches


Like New Helio C2 folding wheel chair – complete-

ordered in the fall of 2015 & used only for a couple months

Price tag when purchased $4800.00 – TO BE SOLD



Heavily carved 19th century tavern style table (all 4 sides)



High quality 19th century mahogany drop-side table


One of several FINELY woven wool rugs to be sold – scatter to room-size rugs


Sampling of Swarovski Crystal figures to be sold – some very large 


Lovely ladies Victorian sterling ring


19th century solid oak Wernicke bookcase (before it became Globe Wernicke)


Gerard Collins Pastel – Shaw LakeSaint John


Gerard Collins oil-on-canvas – Chance Harbour – NB


Normandy Rose“

Beautiful 8 place set of Northumbria Sterling Silver with many serving pieces.

1846 grams (not including knives)


LARGE signed Inuit soap stone carving purchased in the 60s


Great painting & ink done on linen by Fredericton artist Heidi Grein


Clean Mid-century dresser 6 feet long


Waterford Crystal desk set with pens & paperweight


Key Auctions -Invitation to Consign

We are now accepting consignments for the forthcoming auctions, dates to be announced. Should you require a valuation of your items or wish to learn more about the auction process, we invite you to contact us at (506) 852 4500 or via email at 00steeves@hotmail.ca  to schedule a complimentary appointment.

Questions or Absentee Bids Call (506) 878 7890 or Email 00steeves@Hotmail.ca


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Africa Clean Water Project

Picture was taken on my 1st trip to Kenya 2012; Jared D Steeves

We are thrilled to announce we have currently reached $15000 in fundraising for this important project!


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We now look at the months of August & September to complete our fundraising goal and raise the remaining $10,000!



Project Review: Please read

Every year, millions of people die from contaminated water! Children 5 years and under are one of the most affected groups. Unsafe drinking water, lack of water for hygiene and poor sanitation contribute to 700,000 deaths from diarrhoeal disease alone. That’s over 1900 kids a day!


Limuru is a village in central Kenya.

The region has suffered years of drought and high population growth, which have led to serious water contamination. Reports from the Canadian Executive Director of International Needs, who was on the ground in January 2016, says the situation in Limuru is desperate and that this project is a must… not only to help the current situation, but to make an impact for years to come.


Limuru Clean Water Project

Overview: This project aims to drill a well at least 250 feet down into the bed rock; this is the standard recognized by the UN. At this depth groundwater is naturally protected from bacterial contamination and is reliable during drought. Project Cost: $50,000


Let’s make a difference!

Key Auctions has again paired up with International Needs Canada and has committed to donating & raising half the funds ($25,000) needed for this important project. This is a unique opportunity, because the Ontario group “Women Making a Difference” has offered to match your donation. By leveraging the generosity of WMAD, we’ll be able to quickly reach the goal of $50,000 for this life- changing project!


We thank you for your previous support.

I’ve seen the impact of your past donations first hand. For example, in 2013, we raised $10,000 for the transformation of a school in Zambia. In 2016 International Needs reports “in Zambia the children are the healthiest we’ve ever seen. There are now 390 kids enrolled in this school!” I’ve been to this project twice and can’t tell you how much it makes me smile, having seen the need on the ground and knowing our funds contributed to this school’s turnaround. Exciting things are happening, and we once again invite you to participate.


The People of Limuru and surrounding areas are in desperate need. Join us in our mission to transform this village by giving them access to one of the most basic and essential human rights: clean, safe water. If you’d like more information on this project, please call me personally at (506) 878 7890; I’d love to have a conversation with you!


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We are counting on our loyal clients to really get behind this project. $10 donation, $100 donation, $1000 donation are all needed to complete this remaining$10,000 goal!


Donating items:

Call today to donate an item (s) – you will also receive a tax receipt for the sale price of the items donated and 100% of the proceeds will be going to the project!

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