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April 12, 2013

Antiques, vintage furniture up for bid at 'Bury Treasures Auction

NEWBURYPORT — The basements and attics have been scoured and select objects have been deaccessioned from the collections of the Historical Society of Old Newbury to put together April 26 and 27’s ’Bury Treasures Auction.

April 26’s Gala Auction Party from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Masonic Center is an opportunity to mix, mingle and preview all of the next day’s items, plus support the Historical Society during the evening’s silent and live auction components. Items available include vintage wines, in-home guest chefs and vacation getaways, among other specialty treasures. Tickets are now on sale: $50 each, $90 for two (includes open bar, heavy passed hors d’oeuvres and live music by Noe Socha and Dave Bailen).

April 27’s more traditional ’Bury Treasures auction will feature a number of objects deaccessioned from the Historical Society of Old Newbury together with assorted antiques and vintage furniture.

Museum curator Jay Williamson said in a press release, “The range of items is astounding, from antique prints and broadsides including a portrait of ‘Lord’ Timothy Dexter c. 1800 (extremely rare) and Dexter’s last will and testament to paintings by Margaret S. Pearson; George Hathaway featuring Plum Island and Newburyport views; Henry Hammond Ahl; and Newburyport scenes by Frank Thurlo. There is truly something for every budget.”

Other items include a corner cupboard; braceback Windsor chair branded James Bertine; Federal period chest of drawers; washstand; dining table; selection of chairs including early turned ladder back; round marble top entrance table; art nouveau desk; occasional tables; sofas and outdoor iron ice cream seats. Also available is select jewelry and clocks including Chelsea ship’s bell shelf clock. Orientalia including large six-panel Chinese screen; Canton and cloisonné.

Call 978-462-2681 to reserve a spot for the Gala Auction Party.

Admission to ’Bury Treasures auction is free. Preview runs from 8:30–11 a.m.; auction begins at 11.

For more information, call 978-462-2681 or visit

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