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Auctioneer Baxter Auction 317-542-0026
Auction Date May 26 Auction
8051 E. 46th Street
Indianapolis, In
Time 09:30AM
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This is a Massive Antique Estate Auction of a 50 year collection of Warren & Maggie Smith featuring over 100 pieces of mostly early country and antique furniture, cupboards, tables, washstands, dressers, beds, chairs, etc...

Primitives/ early items, early wooden ware, utensils, 11 drawer hanging spice box, large early tin dasher butter churn, spinning wheel (signed), early dough box on legs, several kerosene lamps, slant lid " Jersey Coffee" bin, another large slant lid coffee bin, stoneware, Large Horn Beam , Railroad lanterns, Early wood watch parts cabinet, old hickory rocker, early dovetailed carpenters tool chest, 25+ rugs (rag, braided, hooked many different sizes) Many Cast Iron pieces( rendering kettles, trivets, skillets, bean pots, cook stove and more), old spyglass, rifle, powder horn, paintings, prints, guardian ware, glass, china, Indian basket, advertising items(tins, calenders, etc...), books, Garden items-several cast iron park benches, wire planter,  other lawn items, Brass/copper - apple butter kettle, jelly pails, wash boilers, dippers, ladles, etc...  galvanized wash tubs, Architectural items - Victorian fretwork, cast iron stove fronts, floor grates, and several boxes of early hardware, other items - cast iron door stops, several general store items(scales, stringholders, wrapping stations, etc...), old violin, needlework, many primitives, Victorian furniture, marbles, advertising lighters, Abstract Art, artist sketches from 50's & 60's, fashion layouts for Indianapolis star from William H. Block department store, Rare wood loveseat with carved Gargoyles, too many smalls to list, early quilts and much much more, 

This is going to be a fabulous sale. If you are interested in anything I highly recommend you come in to see the preview as there are many items to see.  

If you are unfamiliar with our auction house we would love to have you out. We serve good hot homemade food for breakfast and lunch. We do take requests so you will not have to wait here all day for one item. We also take absentee and will call you on phone for particular items if you are unable to make it out on the 26th. 

Here is some background on the Smith family in case any of you knew them or bought from them in the past written by their son 

The backstory:

Mom and dad both grew up in Indianapolis, with her attending Washington High School and dad attending Howe High School.  Mom attended I.U., where she was class salutatorian, and dad attended Butler.  Mom was a teacher (art and third grade) in the IPS system and dad was a salesman, also later owning a water softener company and a popular carryout and delivery pizza restaurant in Zionsville.

They were married in 1958, bought a house on Indy's east side and within a few years were bitten by the antique bug --- much to my chagrin, as at that age I didn't relish being dragged to auctions, sales, old barns in Timbuktu, old homes owned by hoarders, but full of wonderful pieces, etc.  I remember once as a youngster waving at myself in the mirror on the wall behind the auctioneer and he thought I was bidding (at age 8!).  Time and time again, they'd drag me all over God's green earth and we'd stand there for hours and hours so they could bid on a single item they felt was perfect to add to their collection or to refinish and feature in their shop.

Mom and dad had a good eye for things they might be able to use in restoring a house or an antique, so they accumulated quite a treasure trove of casters, pulls, pieces and parts.

In 1969, we moved to Zionsville and lived in a rented farmhouse for a few months while mom and dad searched for a home to restore.  They ultimately found a worthy home at the corner of Elm Street and Elm Court and did such a wonderful job on the home that they were asked year after year to put the home on the home tour.  They declined due to privacy concerns, but were honored to be asked so many times.

Mom and dad were contemporaries of and friends with the Kogans, the Browns and other notable antique dealers and collectors from Zionsville and beyond.

In the early seventies, they quit their jobs and opened The Village Strippersmith on Rangeline Road in Carmel, Indiana, where they stripped, repaired and refinished furniture and where they also had an antique shop.  I was young, but took great pride in seeing "W.R. Smith & Son, Proprietors" on mom's hand-painted sign above the door.  I remember time and time again helping my dad lift massive pieces so they could be stripped, sprayed and worked on.  A notable client was so impressed with their work and eye for design that he asked their help in designing the interiors of two popular Indianapolis restaurants; mom and dad also advised a number of people on how to design and restore their homes.  Mom and Dad had customers from near and far, with some from many states away bringing them pieces to restore or refinish, or to make purchases at the Strippersmith.

They later sold the Strippersmith and outfitted our garage so they could do much the same work from home.  At the same time, they opened an antique shop on Broad Ripple Avenue called Hoosier Gardener Antiques, where they continued to successfully supply antiques and other collectibles to the upper crust of Indianapolis society for many years.  My van and I were often put to good use delivering mom and dad's pieces to some pretty nice homes, owned by some awfully wealthy people.  I remember one time not being dressed up to my mother's standards and she not only read me the riot act, the first thing she said to the wealthy customer when they opened the front door to their lovely home, "This is my son, looking like a jerk."  They closed the antique shop and were divorced in the '90s after 41 years of marriage, but continued adding pieces to their collections.

My parents never favored a super-glossy sheen on their refinished antiques and I remember them doing a lot of experimenting to come up with a system that yielded just the sheen and color depth they desired.  If I heard the words "Deft" and "Minwax" and "Cotton Cleanser" once, I heard them 5000 times.  In fact, the Baxter auction of my mom and dad's collection actually includes the spray gun my father used to apply the final coats of lacquer to the pieces you see up for auction.  It made me smile to put the gun into the truck with the other items.  Whether the gun still works or not is anyone's guess, but I just didn't feel that it deserved to by thrown away or recycled.

I admit, with the benefit of decades of time to think about it, that during the period of time that mom and dad were painstakingly restoring furniture, often turning a box of horrid-looking parts into a wonderful, museum-worthy piece, that I didn't fully appreciate all the time they were spending and the level of attention to detail they were exhibiting.  I remember time and time and time again seeing them with their faces super-close to a piece, using X-acto knives to dig that last little bit of old paint out of the grain of the wood.  They would go to the Nth degree to give their pieces the attention they knew the pieces deserved.

I often recall their arguing over how to price a piece once they deemed it ready for placement in the antique shop.  On this piece, mom would want to go low and dad would want to go high, but on the next piece, the roles might have been reversed.  This made for some, uh, heated discussions in our kitchen.

It is with reluctance that I part with so much of mom and dad's collection, but I finally came to grips with the emotional component of letting go of the items with which I grew up.  I knew that it was finally time for these pieces to go on to enrich others' lives like they enriched my family's for so many years.

I hope that owning some of Warren & Maggie Smith's collection brings you as much joy as the pieces did my parents and me.  Thank you for carrying on their legacy

There will be a preview for this sale on Friday the 25th from 10-5. Terms of sale are 10% buyers premium and if you pay with a credit card an extra 3% will be added to your total. We take Visa, Discover and MasterCard. We do not take American Express. The state of Indiana also requires 7% sales tax unless you are exempt with a current St-105 on File for 2018. 

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