Modern Design Sale Featuring The Adelman Collection

Briggs Auction Inc. is excited to announce a Modern Design Auction featuring the Adelman collection of Hockessin, Del., on Friday, Sept. 13. The residence was entirely furnished with quality studio and Danish furniture, decorative and fine arts, and more. Most pieces retain the original receipts and are in excellent condition. 

Shirley Adelman, a native Philadelphian, was a 1949 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She developed a keen sense of modern design and aesthetic in school and later worked for one of the first design studios in Philadelphia. She eventually obtained her interior decorating license and had lifelong love of contemporary design. 
Among the featured items of the Adelman collection to be sold will be a selection of George Nakashima studio furniture, such as a Claro walnut Odakyu end table, a double pedestal desk, and two special room divider cabinets.

A rare set of six Finn Juhl BO 116 teak dining chairs and a Larry and Nancy Buechley studio crafted walnut sofa will also be offered. A Jorgen Hansen and Jens Thuesen for Romweber Futura bar cabinet, and a Zahara Schatz table lamp with decorated plexiglass shade are also in the sale. High-end custom-made post-modern furnishings and decorative arts from other estates round out the auction.

“The Adelmans had an excellent eye for design, and we are honored to sell this collection in its entirety,” said Stephen Turner, Briggs Auction’s business development manager.

A preview will take place Wednesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 12, from noon to 7 p.m.; and Friday, Sept. 13, starting at 9 a.m. The sale will start at 3 p.m.

Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services.

From Thos. Edison to Amelia Earhart…

…by way of Western Union

If you’ve ever seen grainy photos of New York City parades with streams of paper floating everywhere, then you know what “ticker tape” is. But do you know anything about the machines that produce it?

The ticker tape machine was invented in 1867 by an engineer with the American Telegraph Co., Edward A. Calahan. His printing telegraph worked to get stock prices disseminated more quickly, and came to be known as a “stock ticker” due to its rhythmic ticking sound, and was quickly adopted by the New York Stock Exchange.

Within a few years, Thomas Edison, who’d spent his early working years as a telegraph operator was working for Gold and Stock Telegraph, a division of Western Union, and which owned the patents to the stock ticker. Using that knowledge, he began working independently on an improved version of the machine. Among his improvements: he developed the system of printing abbreviated company names as alphabetic symbols followed by the stock transaction information on long, narrow continuous-feed strips of paper.

Between 1871 and 1874 The NY Stock Exchange bought nearly 5,000 of Edison’s “Universal Stock Printer” machines, before buying the rights to the machine in order to manufacture them and sell stock quotation services to brokers. Offices up and down Wall Street kept tickers furiously generating tape when the stock market was open. Office workers quickly saw that throwing those long streams of tape out the windows was loads of fun during city celebrations, hence the term “ticker tape parade”. (1)

Fun Fact: 5,438 tons of paper were thrown during the 1945 celebration of the end of WW II: the most in parade history. (2)

Want to own a piece of history? Take a look at lot 50 in our February 15th Estate Antiques, Fine & Decorative Arts Auction. Up for auction is an antique Thomas Edison Western Union ticker tape machine, Model 35-A, serial #11858. The machine sits on a cast iron base under a glass dome, and would make a most interesting focal point for any home- or traditional office. Pre-auction estimate: $2,000 – 4,000.

Click to view the full auction details and catalog.



1. A History of Wall Street’s Stock Tickers, The Institute (The IEEE News Source), by the IEEE History Center Staff, October 2017.

2. By The Numbers: Ticker Tape Parades, CNN, by Emily Smith, CNN and Evelyn Andrews, Special to CNN, July 2015.




Thank You For Your Support!


Thank you for making Operation Warm & our Halloween Candy collection resounding successes!


Thanks to our very so very generous customers, we’ve collected a great many items for our Operation Warm clothing and blanket drive for Cityteam Cheser. Our collection table is overflowing, and we’ll be making our first drop-off very soon, so all the donations can be put to good use!

We’re continuing the drive through January, so if you’re looking for a place to “lose” that ugly hat you got from Great Aunt Martha for Christmas, keep us in mind…


Another Extra-Large Thank You to all who donated to our Halloween candy drive for our Troops and First Responders. Thanks to you (and with some help from the Girl Scouts), we shipped nearly 400 pounds of candy! Maybe we should have sent some toothbrushes, too!

Halloween Candy for Troops, First Responders, and Volunteers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                      


Operation Gratitude Halloween Give-Back Campaign Underway

Candy for a Cause: Donations Distributed to Deployed Troops and Local Heroes


GARNET VALLEY/PENNSYLVANIA.  October 4, 2018 – Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon, but teaching them the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude’s Care Package Programs for U.S. Troops, Veterans and First Responders is a win-win for kids, parents, and dentists.

This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the country when they donate their extra Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude at local collection site: The Briggs Auction Showroom. The sweet treats will be included along with handwritten thank you letters in Care Packages sent to U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Veterans, and to First Responders serving in their local communities.

Americans spend an estimated $2.5 billion dollars on a whopping 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year. In 2017, more than 400,000 pounds of candy was donated to Operation Gratitude and distributed to America’s Heroes through its care package programs.

“Operation Gratitude’s mission is to thank all who serve, bridging the divide between grateful Americans and the Heroes who serve and protect them,” said Kevin Schmiegel, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and CEO of Operation Gratitude. “The Halloween Candy Give-Back Program provides every American child the opportunity to learn about service, sacrifice and generosity.”

Candy and handwritten thank you letters for deployed Service Members, Veterans, and First Responders will be collected at the Briggs Auction Showroom: 1347 Naamans Creek Road, Garnet Valley, PA 19060 until Friday, November 9th. Check the Briggs Auction website ( for hours of operation. Operation Gratitude is also accepting donations of dental floss and travel sized toothpaste, as well as pens and mechanical pencils for deployed troops writing letters home during the holidays. Visit to learn more.




About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude, a 501(c)(3), volunteer-based organization, annually sends 250,000+ care packages to Veterans, New Recruit Graduates, First Responders, Wounded Heroes, Caregivers, and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $50 and $100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 2.1 Million Care Packages.


Local Media Contact: Stephanie Germana, Briggs Auction Consignment Manager,| 610-566-3138

Operation Gratitude Media Contact: Samantha O’Neil,

Pablo Picasso Wood Owl Vase to be Sold at Briggs Auction


Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased to announce its Friday, September 14th auction featuring a curated collection of fine furnishings and decorative arts, including a Pablo Picasso Madoura “Wood Owl” vase, circa 1968.

The vase is made of glazed earthenware clay with a wood owl decoration on a light black patina ground. It is numbered 57/500 and marked “Edition Picasso 57/500 R-146 Madoura”, “Edition Picasso”, and “Madoura Plein Feu”.

Picasso’s association with Suzanne and Georges Ramié would span over 25 years but first began with a trip to the Madoura pottery workshop in 1946. Located in Vallauris, France, the Ramiés allowed Picasso full use of the studio where he used the opportunity to work with clay as a break from painting. The Ramiés went on to produce Picasso’s ceramic works for years to come.

“The entire catalog is strong and well-comprised, but it’s been an absolute pleasure to catalog the wood owl,” says Stephen Turner, Director of Business Development.

Purchased during a trip to Europe, the wood owl vase comes from a private Philadelphia collection. It is estimated to bring $10,000 – $15,000 USD.

Briggs Auction Inc. is a four-generation family-owned and operated auction house offering comprehensive estate management and downsizing solutions, including weekly estate variety auctions, periodic cataloged fine estate auctions, estate appraisals, real estate auction sales, and cleanout services. They are based in Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania. They hold frequent, public estate variety auctions on Fridays and feature a wide array of antique, modern decorator, and quality reproduction furnishings; fine and decorative arts; country antiques and primitives; fine and vintage costume jewelry; silver; fine porcelains, china, glassware, and pottery; collectibles; coins; toys; books; electronics; and discovery lots.The upcoming September 14th auction will begin at 1 p.m. Bidding is available online through Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. Live bidding will also be available in the showroom. For extensive photos, details, and exhibition times, please visit

Meet the Staff: Lori Zytkowicz

If you’ve attended one of our auctions before, chances are you already know Lori. She does it all – calls bids, runs items, clerks – all while being friendly and attentive to both veteran and novice auction-goers alike. Not only does she work for Briggs Auction both as an auctioneer and the Director of Real Estate, but she’s also the Owner and Innkeeper of Faunbrook Bed & Breakfast in West Chester, PA. Enjoy the following conversation with Lori about auction trends, her background, and finding a tooth.

Let’s start at the beginning – how did you end up in the auction business?

I started as a kid in the auction business with a family friend’s auction company. They conducted mostly on-site auctions at the seller’s property but they also had their own auction site. I was about ten years old and “running” paper clerking sheets and then eventually clerking. Clearly I caught the auction bug early, so in 2006 my dad and his friend convinced me to obtain my auctioneer’s license. I started working for Briggs Auction, Inc. in 2008 because I wanted a real hands-on position in the auction industry.

What does your current position entail?

As the Director of Real Estate Sales for Briggs Auction, I am responsible for all aspects of the real estate auction portion of the business which includes the marketing and promotional efforts for these auctions, staffing real estate open houses, conducting the real estate auction, and interacting with many buyers and sellers. I also work all of our Friday night auctions and can call bids, clerk, run items, and manage the online bidding platforms during our bi-weekly auctions and catalog sales.

What is your favorite part about the job?

My favorite part of my job is interacting with the clients – I love to hear the history of their estates, and from where and how their possessions came to be their possessions!

What are some of the trends you’ve noticed in your time at Briggs Auction?

The biggest trend in the auction business is the major shift to online auctions. Many auction houses have done away with live auctions completely. I think in some cases, an online auction makes sense for large collections or large items that may not move as easily, but I would miss the buzz and energy of the live auctions if everything was online. I think a lot of buyers feel the same way.

What do you think the next big trend in the auction business will be?

The market has definitely changed since I’ve been in the business. Although our younger clientele seems less interested in collections or antiques, there is a lot of re-purposing happening as people are more in tune with the environment and recycling efforts. Some of the items that have fallen flat in sales in past years like antique furniture are now more desirable as our buyers will refinish and re-use these pieces. the eco-friendly aspect of our business will keep people coming to the auctions. On the real estate side, many sellers are seeing the benefit of a quicker, as-is sale. Auction is definitely becoming a trendier way to sell property.

What are some of the auction pieces and styles that you’ve incorporated into your own home?

As I own an 1860s home, almost everything I own has come from auction! I think the only thing I ever bought brand new was my own bed. My best auction purchase ever is my 12-foot teak wood dining set and ten chairs – it looks amazing. I have bought a ton of serving pieces, china and kitchen items as well. Lots of fun pieces that you’d never find anywhere else.

What pieces do you love to see come through the auction?

I love unique items like a carousel horse, or an antique tricycle. Weird stuff that makes for a great conversation piece.

What are your suggestions to someone who’s never been to an auction? Why would you encourage someone to attend?

An auction can be intimidating to a potential buyer if they’ve never been. Many people have a fear of attending an auction and think that if they blink or turn the wrong way, we will take their bid and they will buy something unintentionally. A good auctioneer would not let this happen! You will find quality merchandise and unique items that you can’t find anywhere else. I always tell people to just come check it out – it doesn’t cost anything to browse, and they may just find something they can’t live without.

In your opinion, what is the most unusual piece that Briggs Auction has sold?

A gold tooth – I couldn’t believe it ended up here!

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Show Us How You ‘Briggs Auction’!

by Stephanie Germana

One of the best parts about working in the auction business is getting to know our many customers and their unique auction style. Certain items speak to certain people, and we’re always so curious to find out what an item’s fate is!

In this edition of SOLD!, we take a glimpse at how some of our customers have given their auction finds new life by integrating them into their homes, shops, and ultimately, their lifestyle.


Purchased in our June 2018 Fine Estates Auction, this G.W. Sweigart sign has found a home in a Chester County farmhouse.
Purchased in our June 2018 Fine Estate Auction, this G.W. Sweigart sign has found a home in a Chester County farmhouse.
Sold in a more recent auction, this swan-handled cutting board serves as simple and subtle statement piece for a bare kitchen wall.
We love before-and-after photos, especially when they feature a stunning transformation like this Morris chair.
Sold in the June 2018 Fine Estate Auction, this Michelle Holzapfel Bread and Cheese Board found its place at the table, making for a great conversation piece.
A local shop owner uses this bronze horse sculpture to stylize his offerings.
This primitive rooster weathervane has a room with a view – and matches both the interior and exterior style of this local farmhouse.
Household items aren’t the only thing that customers swoon over! One bidder told us that he had been looking for this exact model Jeep Grand Cherokee – and found it right here at Briggs Auction.
Combining styles is this bidder’s favorite thing to do – the pie safe, cherub, and ship’s wheels blend perfectly in our opinion!


Thank you to all of our contributors! If you have a photo that you’d like to share, send us an email at 

Paul Shaub: Artistic Sensibility & Modern Design

Briggs Auction, Inc. is pleased and proud to offer at auction items from the impressive collection of furnishings, fine and decorative arts, and more amassed by Paul Shaub and his wife, artist Josephine Shaub over their lifetime. The Shaubs collected high end modern design furnishings and decorative arts in the 1960s and settled in historic New Castle, Delaware.

Shaub’s life is a rich tapestry of prestigious endeavors. He won multiple prizes in the 1950s from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Art Alliance and more. He has art represented in many museums including the Smithsonian Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and The Library of Congress. Shaub co-authored the children’s book Squeaky the Mechanical Whale with Josephine. He was the co-proprietor the The Packet Press and was a member of the American Color Print Society, The Society of American Graphic Artists and the Philadelphia Art Alliance, where he served as chairman of the Print Committee. Shaub was also a designer of exhibits and graphics at the Hagley Museum, a Professor and Director of Professional Studies at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, proprietor the Studio 52 in historic New Castle and a free-lance designer.

Known for his wood block prints, the Collection will include original art by by both Paul and Josephine Shaub. Paul focused on seascapes and nautical themed paintings, while Josephine painted horses, birds, and the occasional still life. Other collections cultivated by the Shaubs include a large collection of corkscrews, Native American and African art, vintage tin toys, and more.

A fine collection of original Shaub woodblock prints and Josephine Shaub’s original paintings will be sold Friday, September 22nd. The Shaub Collection also featured prominently in our recent September 15th Modern Design & Decorative Arts Auction.

Catching Auction Fever


(Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Start Bidding)

I walked in the door, and immediately I was surrounded by stuff. Old stuff, and not-so-old stuff. Furniture, and art, and china, and knick-knacks, and jewelry, and just… big rooms full of stuff! And I knew I had to have some of it. But I had no idea how to make that happen. Could I just buy things like at a store? No, I was told. It will all be sold at the auction, and you have to bid on it.

Four terrifying words: You Have To Bid. Gulp. I was embarrassed to admit, I was afraid to bid. How would I know when to bid? How would I know what I was bidding on, and how much I was bidding? Did I have to start with a price? How would I know if I was the winning bidder? What happens if I scratch my nose, would they think I was bidding? Around and around and around in my head.

Relax, they said. Our auctioneers know a scratch is just a scratch. Watch and listen for a while, and you’ll get the hang of it. And you know what? Bidding really is pretty simple, and not (too) intimidating.

I looked around the auction rooms and saw a couple pieces I really wanted to own. I looked them over, and thought about how much I was willing to pay. I found a good spot in the grouping of chairs near one item I wanted and sat. I watched and listened to the auction, and I started to get the hang of the auctioneer and to understand the prices. When the item was right, I made my move. I waited for the staff to pick up my the item. I listened to the auctioneer ask for bids. The price sounded good to me, but I hesitated a second or two to see what would happen. Nothing. I looked around to see if anyone else was interested. No one seemed to be, so I slowly raised my hand and my green bid card. The auctioneer pointed to me and then immediately asked for a higher amount, looking around the room. I put my hand down. Was that it? Did I get it? No, the auctioneer pointed to someone way back on the right, then swiveled back to look and point to me, asking for a new higher amount. Yes, I decided, I really want that thing. So I raised my hand. The auctioneer nodded, and looked away, back to the right of the room. My heart was pounding. Would anyone bid more? The auctioneer kept asking for the same new amount, just a little higher that what I had agreed to. No one was bidding! The auctioneer looked around the room, still asking for that same amount, but no one bid! Then the most amazing part: the auctioneer pointed to me and said SOLD! And I realized I had just won my first bid! I was so excited, I could not wait to bid on something else!

And that’s when I realized: I had caught Auction Fever.

Going… Going… Gone…



Welcome to Sold! Briggs Auction’s ongoing discussion of all things auction. Each post we’ll explore different aspects of the auction, from first-time bidding, to knowing just what to bid on (and how much is maybe too much to bid), to recognizing the potential of an item with a little repurposing.

Our goal is to explore the unlimited potential in making the old new again, generate excitement for the process of uncovering treasures, and even provide a few “insider” tips on how to make the auction best work for you.

Have a question or topic to suggest? Leave us a comment and we’ll explore it.