Spring sales bring a warm-up of bidding

| Sunday, April 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Mystery will be in the air when BHD Auctions hits the road for a storage-unit auction in the North Hills — all as the Zelienople-based shop conducts another cyber sale. For a more traditional auction experience, bidders can follow Route 28 to Cheswick, where Constantine & Pletcher opens its showroom doors for a mid-April event.

Constantine & Pletcher

Antiques and collectibles headline Constantine & Pletcher's April 13 sale, composed mostly of goods from a Washington, Pa., estate. Along with a big haul of “smalls” and jewelry, the sale comes packed with many pieces of outstanding furniture, such as a large Victorian Renaissance revival, ebonized-and-walnut triple bookcase that stands 7 12 feet tall and spans 6 feet across. The bench strength in the category consists of an American oak and leaded-glass hall tree, a Chippendale-style mahogany dining room suite, a Hendredon Aston Court mahogany bedroom suite, a pair of Maitland-Smith bookcases, a Victorian-style birdcage table, an oak icebox and an English Eastlake bedroom set that's adorned with porcelain plaques.

A large set of Reed & Barton sterling, with many extra serving pieces, dominates the silver and jewelry selections. The Tiffany brand makes an appearance in the form of a sterling-silver bucket and assorted pieces of hollowware. From Britain, a large, divided Edwardian spoon displays the mastery of its maker, William Cripps of London. Jewelry from Georg Jensen, Native American crafters and Mexican designers accent a large collection of baubles, beads and other beautiful things.

For fans of local artist Nat Youngblood, several of his pieces will be part of a diverse art collection that boasts signed prints from Warhol, Picasso and Chagall.

A Jefferson table lamp with a reverse-painted glass shade represents a solid lighting category, while clocks have plenty of time on hand with specimens from around the world and for nearly every room of the house. In the ceramics class, bidders can vie for pieces from New Geneva, Hummel, Royal Doulton, Nippon and others.

Certainly worth the paper it's printed on — and perhaps a bit more — is a collection of ephemera that ranges from vintage movie posters, Civil War documents, rare books, two sheets of uncut U.S. currency and more curiosities.

A three-hour sale of uncataloged goods starts the day at 9 a.m. and runs up to the opening of the main event, which begins at noon. To preview goods from both sales, stop by the Constantine & Pletcher showroom on 1306 Pittsburgh St., in Cheswick from noon to 5 p.m. April 12 and 8 to 9 a.m. April 13. Details: 724-275-7190

BHD Auctions

A pair of auctions sort of have BHD owner Brian Detch coming and going at the same time. Another internet sale that runs from April 12 to 25 gives cyber bidders the opportunity to click and buy just about anything they may see on the company's auction website. On the other hand, an on-site sale of unclaimed storage units presents potential buyers of a real-life version of TV's storage-war-style reality shows.

For those riveted to their computers and keyboards, the web sale offers a varied group of smalls, ranging from a smattering of gold jewelry to a big bunch of Longaberger baskets. One of the more interesting items up for bid is a milky-green Anchor Jadeite salt-and-pepper set that's in great condition.

On April 20, Detch will head south to the North Hills for the storage-unit sale. As of press time, 23 units will be up for grabs, sight unseen, for bidders who don't mind a mystery buy. The sale starts promptly at 10 a.m. at the Perrysville Self Storage site on 133 Cemetery Lane, just off the Perrysville exit of Interstate 279. Details: 724-816-0683 or www.bhdauctions.net

John Altdorfer is a contributing writer to Trib Total Media.

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