Paintings From the Mercantile Building Among Treasures in This Prestonshire Estate Sale

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Stephen F. Austin, William B. Travis, and Sam Houston all greet you at the door of this Preston Hollow estate sale, taking place this weekend.

Former Dallas Mayor and Mercantile National Bank founder R. L. Thornton commissioned the noted portraitist Emil Hermann (1871-1966) to paint these oils on canvas to hang in the original First Mercantile National Bank building in downtown Dallas. The Dayton, Ohio artist moved to Wichita Falls, first lured by the hope of portrait commissions from individuals striking it rich in the nearby Burkburnett Oil Field.

After the bank closed and the building sat abandoned for years, these paintings found their way to this late estate owner, Mr. Daniel Millet of the family-owned Millet the Printer in downtown Dallas. A similar portrait by Emil Hermann, an oil on canvas of General MacArthur sold at Heritage Auctions for $1,792.50 in 2007.

Complete Listing by When Pigs Fly:

Acoma Pottery
American Cut Glass
Antique Bookcases
Antique Books
Antique Cash Registers
Antique Cast Iron Toys
Antique Clocks
Antique Display Cases
Antique Ephemera
Antique Herrick, Oak Ice Box made in Waterloo, Iowa
Antique Hoosier Cabinet
Antique Hotel/Reception Desk
Antique Kitchen Cupboard with tin rack shelves, flour bin and sifter, glass front doors.
Antique Mother of Pearl Opera Glasses
Antique Padlocks & Badges
Antique Peg Lamps
Antique Plantation Desk circa 1830, made with a combination of gumwood, walnut and cherry. 59”H, 35”W
Antique Quilts, including English –Velvet Crazy Quilt and Pillow.
Antique Spinet Desk
Antique Typewriters
Antique Walnut Tea Cart /Removable Glass Top Tray
Asian Décor and Wall Art
Baccarat Chandelier, eight arms w/candle-like apertures
Balance Scale, brass by Mordan & Company
Balance Scale, Co-Operative Wholesale Society, 1 Balloon St,. Manchester.
Biscuit Jars: Mt Washington, Wedgwood, Cut Glass, Royal Doulton, Loetz, Wavecrest, Satin Glass, Cobalt Blue
Black Powder, Percussion Cap Horse Pistol, Noran (reverse ‘r’)
Boehm Birds
Books Signed/Autographed
Bud Breen Oil Painting, Drunks on Horseback


Vintage cameras, Brownie Camera, Konica Camera, Leica AFC-1, Leica Mini-Zoom, Leica Tri-pod, Nikon Camera F3 SLR 35mm-2, Roleiflex Camera, Argus Camera, Hasselblad Biogon SWC/M 38mm Camera w/box, Nikon Camera Bags-Vintage Selection, Nikon Winder, Nikor Lens-Selection

Cannon-ball andirons
Carlos Falchi vintage handbags. 2 are signed by the designer

China and Crystal

China Cabinets, Haviland, Limoges China Dinner Service in “Baltimore Rose” pattern in pink and yellow. Circa 1889 (Large Collection) 189 pieces, Noritake, Moritage China, Royal Doulton “Clovelly” pattern, dinner ware/ china, Waterford Decanter and Glass Set, Waterford Goblets, Waterford trumpet shape vase, Rookwood Vase-1921

Clothing Men’s: Medium to Large Clothes, Shoes 10
Clothing Women’s: Medium to XL and Shoes 6.5 to 7.5 by Designers: Valentino, Versace, Dolce Gabbana, Burberry’s, Christian Dior, Cole Haan, Gucci, Ferragamo, Magli, Manzoni, Zegna, Mani, Jos A Bank, Neiman Marcus and more.
Cranberry Glass Hanging Oil Chandelier (electric conversion), having three sapphire blue glass jewels in the center frame.
Curta-German Made Manual Calculator, New with box circa late 1960’s
Daum Glass Figurines
Figural Ornate Napkin Holders Collection-Victorian by Meriden, Reed & Barton, Derby, Wilcox and more.
Fostoria “New Vintage” Grape


Globe-Wernicke Barrister Bookcases, Empire Mahogany Secretary circa 1850, Empire Sofa; elegant upholstered with extreme “s” curved supports, in exceptional condition, circa 1830, Solid Mahogany Empire Style Antique Furniture, circa 1855, Danner revolving bookcase, Oak Tables, Chairs, Settee, Rocking Chairs, Rope Bed, Brass Bed, Three-Quarter Tester Bed, circa 1860

Gentleman’s, Black Powder, Percussion Cap Pistol, RS Clark with Damascus barrel, with platinum and yellow gold bands around barrel circa 1800’s.
Gottlieb, Pinball Machine
Granite Ware
Italian Chandelier, 18 arms / lights with large crystal prisms and faceted bead designs, creates a stunning visual. 35” overall height
Jennings, 5 cent slot, “Liberty Bell” dated 1776-1929 N. 102-923
Juke Box Seeburg Symphono Model 147M. See Damage
Mahogany Victor Brothers Talking Machine #VV XVL-124895H, complete with records
Mills 10 cent Slot “7-7-7” N0587037
National Cash Registers, No 806065 and No 1214256

Native American Indian Arrowheads
Native American Indian Fetish and Horsehair Baskets (mini)
Navajo Chief Blanket circa 1960’s 2×3
Navajo Rug-Handspun circa 1960’s, Unusually Large Size 8’2” x 10’6”


Emil Hermann, Stephen de Haan, John Lovell, C Csapo, Schuster, John Allcott, Robinson Jones, SN Mulholland, Susie Teel, Bettie Felder, Adolph (Adolf) Heller, Karl Heffner, Henry Cooper, H. Peabody Flagg, W. Jeiger, 2 by George kovach and more.

Phylphonic Zither Music Box-Table w/Four Cylinders, circa 1850
Piano by The Boston Wooster Ohio Co. One of only 100 made, circa 1860’s
Pie Safe
Pine Safe/Jelly Cupboard, two doors, six panels of pierced tin, with two drawers. 57”H, 38”W, 13”D Circa August 28, 1888 Fabulous Condition
Pipe Collection
Prehistoric Indian Artifacts
Prehistoric Indian Fragments
Prehistoric Knifes, Scrappers, Tools, Stones
Quezal (Signed) Five- Shaded, Chandelier (fabulous arms), four shades are 7” high, each suspended on 20” long rods with hook ends and center shade 8” high on 25” long rod with hook end, w/Pair Matching Wall Sconces. Shades in the “King Tut” design. 43” overall length. Circa 1890-1920
Quezal (Signed) Shade, Floor and Table Lamps
Railroad Lantern, Arlington Dressel
Ron Cooper “Breast Cancer Awareness” Bicycle
Slag Glass Lamps
Stained Glass Windows
Stereoscope Viewfinder
Sterling Silver Gorham, “La Scala” pattern, service for 8 with some serving pieces.
Steuben Cranberry Stemware
Stumpjumper Suntour XC Bicycle
Tall Case Clock, Oak with carved case, long brass weight-driven

Terrill School For Boys (now known as St Marks) school books (Student James Rhodes)
Texas showcase, solid oak, large claw and ball
Time Clock, International Time Recording Company, Endicott New York, May 19, 1908
Tommasini Super Prestige Classic Race Bike
Victorian Art Glass
Victrola, Oak Victor Talking Machine, #VV X1-No. 642508, circa 1904
Vintage Native American Indian Fetish Necklace, Turquoise Necklace, Coral Necklace, Liquid Silver Necklace, Earrings, Bracelets and more.
Vintage Notions
Vintage Schwinn Stingray Bicycle
Vintage Sewing
Vintage Writing Pens, Parker, Sheaffer, Mont Blanc
Waterhouse & Company Solid Brass Lighthouse, mounted with clock, barometer, Fahrenheit & centigrade thermometer

If You Go

Address: 7021 Prestonshire Lane, Dallas
Sale Dates:
Friday, Jan. 24 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Jan. 25 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, Jan. 26 10 am to 4 pm

Presented by When Pigs Fly Estate, Consignment and Auctions

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