Trimble Stoneware Collection Comes To Auction Part One Results Excel

June 21, 2024

Ohio auctioneer Amelia Jeffers held a two-day sale May 3 and 4 coined Great Estates Auction at the Barn. Day one consisted of the 40-year Americana collection of a central Ohio couple, and day two was dubbed the Americana and the Ohio Valley auction. Its been a strong first half of the year for Jeffers, of Columbus. There will be more from these collections coming to her auction house in 2025. The day two session featuring the Annual Ohio Valley Auction, the Beth and Earl Trimble stoneware collection, and the Americana collection of the late Audrey Caspari also included choice Americana from collections across the country. This short recap only involves the Trimble stoneware consignment. Prices reported are hammer prices and do not include either the 20-percent in-house buyers premium or 25-percent online buyers premium. Beth and Earl Trimble lived near New Castle, Pa., and specialized in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia pottery. This regional category has long been a popular one within the American stoneware community. Earl is deceased, and Beth now lives in Florida. The couple put together a very nice homage from the potting centers in and around this influential region. I think as an overview, many stoneware people thought some things brought beyond expectations, and many what they were worth, Frank Swala summed up, saying of the offerings. Of the roughly 75 pieces, there are supposed to be around 25 more available. We will see if Jeffers sells them in 2025. As expected with a group of nice material, Trimble had a couple auction houses look over the possible consignment, and its a credit to businesswoman Jeffers for landing the sale. She presented the material well and achieved good results. In the end, the quality of the items always speaks for itself as far as the marketplace is concerned. A few notable lots were the Stephen H. Ward (West Brownsville, Pa.) half-gallon canning jar, selling for $4,500. The name was diagonally oriented on jar. The Wm. Porter (Oil Creek, Pa.) decorated stoneware barrel-form water cooler realized $8,000, and a Hamilton & Jones (Greensboro, Pa.) four-gallon stoneware churn with thistle decoration sold for $8,500. A decorated stoneware plot marker (C.E. Dilliner) went for $15,000. A rare thing, but also highly specialized, meaning some buyers consider this form a bit morbid given its intended purpose used on the grave. Many buyers see them as historical items but also consider an overshadowing concern. The possibility of having once been stolen is valid. The captions showcase a few of these stoneware lots and also the hammer prices. To learn more, call 740-362-4771 or email


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