Carriages, Quilts And Plumbing

Posted: April 20, 1991

Country sales next week will offer auctiongoers the chance to bid on carriages, quilts, a colossal collection of furniture - and, for do-it- yourselfers, a panoply of plumbing equipment.

The plumbing equipment will be sold starting at 9:30 a.m. today in Voorhees, where Vilsmeier Auction Co. will sell off the equipment of the Joffe Plumbing Co., including vehicles, tools, water heaters, sinks, tubs, kitchen displays and office equipment.

Among the vehicles to be sold are 10 vans - the newest a 1989 single-axle Hi-Cube - and seven pickup trucks, all but one of which are 1988 models.

Joffe is on Route 73, about 200 yards north of Cooper Road. For further information, call 699-5833.

The colossal furniture collection also will be sold in New Jersey, starting at 7:30 a.m. Monday at Dutch Auction Sales in Mickleton. It will be a major sale for the auction house, whose biweekly sales handle thousands of lots of furniture.

This sale will offer almost twice as much furniture as usual, plus many items of above-average interest. Among them are an 8 1/2-foot mahogany tall- case clock with heavily carved figures and beveled glass sides, expected to sell for more than $12,000.

As usual, the sale will begin outside with goods of lesser value, then will continue with the furniture inside at 10 a.m. Inspection is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Dutch Auction Sales, just off Exit 17 on Interstate 295. For further information, call 609-423-6800.

The carriages - including two with convertible tops, a sidebar runabout and a buckboard - will be offered at a sale starting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Alderfer Auction Center, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield. (The area's really big

carriage auction, by Martin Auctioneers will be May 15 to 18 in Intercourse.)

The Alderfer sale also will feature Eastlake furniture, Windsor chairs, parlor stoves, and local milk and beer bottles, which collectors find as desirable empty as full. Inspection will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Alderfer. For further information, call 368-5477.

Twenty-nine turn-of-the-century quilts will be auctioned at an estate sale being run by Clarence Kern. It starts at 8:30 a.m. next Saturday at 5740 Lower Macungie Rd., in the Lehigh Valley community of East Texas, just outside Allentown. Included are patchwork quilts, crazy quilts, log-cabin quilts, bow- tie quilts and Irish chain patterns.

The sale of the estate of Aileen Shiffert also includes a dowry chest dated 1727, a jelly cupboard, a wooden washtub, a Miller pump organ, baptismal certificates, and framed Helmar and Piedmont cigarette-advertising placards.

Inspection is from 8 a.m. to sale time. For directions, call the auctioneer at 262-2927.

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