Thursday, April 12, 2007


April 12, 2007

Lebanon, OH
May 6, 2007

Wooden Nickel Antiques will offer an inventory of antiques led by such names as Meeks, Herter and Tiffany.

Lebanon, OH - The 2007 auction season will kick off for Wooden Nickel Antiques on Sunday May 6 in the auction facility in Lebanon, OH, thirty miles northeast of Cincinnati just off I-71. As with all Wooden Nickel events, this one will feature an outstanding inventory of over 350 lots of antique furniture, architectural artifacts, decorative arts, magnificent leaded glass works and lighting as well as some innovative 19th century automatons.

Leading the way is a laminated rosewood sofa with a very strong attribution to J. and J.W. Meeks. The mid century Rococo Revival piece has an as yet unidentified pattern that strongly resembles the "Hawkins" pattern used by Meeks. The sofa, in excellent condition has been in storage for thirty years and is fresh to the market. Also in the seating category is a fully restored Renaissance Revival three piece parlor set attributed to Herter Brothers of New York. Another famous name, Tiffany Studios, can be found on the table lamp with the "Swirling Oak Leaf" 18in diameter leaded glass shade in hues of orange and yellow with green and orange leaves above a library base. In addition to the Tiffany leaded glass, the format makes another appearance in this sale in the shape of two large leaded glass windows with painted and fired portraits of Plains Indians in the central oval medallions. The 36 by 80in windows were retrieved from the turn of the century Algonquin Hotel in Dayton, OH over thirty years ago and have been in a private office since then.

Showcasing late 19th century mechanical innovation will be a group of original "automatons" with chirping birds, windmills and a waterfall optical illusion, all accompanied by music. These windup wonders, circa 1890, are all in working condition and have been housed in a private collection for many years. Slightly later mechanical entertainment in the form of three slot machines from the 1920s will cross the block. Two of the three have been fully restored to working condition and ready to gobble up willing pennies again.

What would a Cincinnati area sale be without a piece of famous Cincinnati Art Carved furniture? Wooden Nickel has had access to a number of fine Art Carved works in the past and this time is no exception. Auction co-owners Mike and Patty Williams and Tim Miller will offer an 1885 Art Carved table, circa 1885, possibly made by a student of the school. It has quietly resided in a Cincinnati suburbs private residence for many years before its coming out party in May.
The architectural portion of the sale will include a period Italian gilt figural door surround removed from a Cincinnati jewelry store in the 1950s and beveled glass entryways with sidelights.

Wooden Nickel was founded as an architectural salvage firm in Cincinnati in 1976 and held its first antiques auction in 2002. The first sale of 2007 will begin at 11:00AM May 6 at 27 W. Mulberry St in Lebanon. Preview will be available beginning Tuesday May 1 through Saturday May 5, 10:00AM –5:00 and Thursday through Saturday until 7:00PM. The auction will be carried live online by and phone and absentee bids are welcome. Seating is available for 275 and reservations will be accepted by phone at (513) 241-2985 or by email at For more information call the same number or visit the website at
written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor
Sale May 6, 2007

Two leaded glass windows from the Algonquin Hotel in Dayton, OH

Table lamp from Tiffany Studios with "Swirling Oak Leaf" pattern shade.

Laminated rosewood Rococo Revival sofa by Meeks, circa 1850.

An Italian gilt figural door surround from downtown Cincinnati.

Unusual turn of the century oak hall tree with pendulum clock.

A late 19th century nine tube mahogany tall case clock with Whittington and
Westminster chimes.

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