Rogers Realty hosts many estate sales, but few are quite as special as one which will take place on Friday.
On that day the local real estate and auction company will sell the contents of the estate of Charles and Frances Gravely. The belongings include a collection of fine glassware and antiques compiled throughout more than six decades.
Bracky Rogers, who is facilitating the sale, said those who attend will marvel at what Frances Gravely left behind when she died months ago.
“It’s super, unreal stuff,” said Rogers. “They only picked out the best. Some of these things belong in a museum.”
Rogers noted there are more than 3,000 items which will be included in the sale. The items are bundled together in boxes Rogers called “lots.” Each of the 800 lots are for sale.
Rogers started his auction business 52 years ago and said he’s handled countless estate sales throughout the course of the past five decades. However, the Gravely estate is the largest he’s seen in the Surry County area.
In showing off the collection, Rogers pointed out a few highlights.
“This is a Victorian love seat. That’s an Italian dressing table,” noted Rogers as he walked through a large room. The list went on.
All things have one common theme, though — they are old and well cared for.
“To be considered an antique, something must be at least 100 years old,” explained Rogers as he showed off some furniture dating back more than 150 years.
“Most everything in here is an antique.”
Rogers said the furniture — which once filled multiple homes the Gravelys owned — spans generations, eras and continents, but there’s much more.
Rogers wandered into an entire room filled with Madame Alexander dolls to show off a Princess Diana doll, noting it is a favorite among collectors. Another room was filled with silver dishes. Tiffany-style lamps adorn the tops of two folding tables, and a table covered in purses and handbags offers a walk through time.
“There are purses from all eras,” said Rogers. “This one is from the Roaring ’20s — stuff like that.”
Rogers said two long days of auctioning are ahead. The auction kicks off at 10 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Registration and a viewing session begin at 8 a.m. both days.
Those looking to get in on the auction may do so in person at 461 North South St. or online. Rogers said bidding online is just as if a person is at the site of the auction, “except they might be in Missouri.”
There will be a gallery in which those bidding may sit, explained Rogers, offering as much comfort as is possible. Those seated may watch the bidding on a television.
There is a requirement to register in advance to take part in the online auction. Rogers said his staff can assist in that endeavor and answer any questions regarding the auction at the Rogers Realty office located at 1310 EMS Drive in Mount Airy or by phone at 800-442-7906.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.