4 Generations of Collectors, From All Over, at Hyde Park Sale

On July 13-15, 10am-4pm each day, we will conduct a downsizing estate sale for Susan Crofts of Austin, daughter of the late Dr. Alfred "Pat" Crofts and Anne (Dillen) Crofts of Edinburg. TX.


We are proud to present this fantastically eclectic sale of all things beautiful and old, handed down to Susan from her great-grandmother, her grandparents and her parents. Many items being offered range from the mid 1800s-1900s in Victorian English style. Yet some select items come from the mid-1500s-1700s. Her relatives were well-known in New Braunfels and operated an antique shop and rare book store there for many years. We have numerous pieces to offer, including rare books, from their worldly acquisitions. Another relative was born in England where he became a traveling magician / ventriloquist and immigrated to the US, becoming a resident of Dallas and continued his profession. We are offering some of his professional equipage including his dummies in their original travel trunks. We also have numerous Pre-Columbian artifacts which are documented to have been purchased in TX in the early 1970s by Susan's mother, Anne Dillen Crofts. She was also involved in Mayan lectures and exhibits at UT. We will have more detail about the family background to come. (UPDATE 7/6/18: We just posted 40+ final pictures of the artifacts, including a ruler with each for scale.)


Below are categories, descriptions and over 400 photos. We continue to add to these as the rooms are staged for the sale, so please check back often. We may choose to put some rare & unusual items on online auctions; this may happen after the sale to have the proper time it will require. If so we will have a category list of those items & an email signup sheet alongside it if you wish to participate in that. Our Staff can point you to the location of that list.


Thank you for looking and we hope to see you at this fantastic sale!


Special Thanks:

To Julie Kreager, Owner of Designs By Jujubz Home Professional Services of Austin, with whom we collaborated on this estate sale project. Our client needed to move to her new location before estate sale preparations could begin. Julie and her professional team assisted our client with decision-making on what to keep, sell or give-away. Her team packed the unsellables, hired/ supervised the movers to empty a storage unit of sellables and move them to the sale location. Julie's simplified process and action-step time lines are brilliant. Should you require such professional assistance prior to scheduling an estate sale in situ, I highly recommend that you review her website for more detail,, and/or contact her directly at 512-983-9930.

--Annette Markward, Refreshing Estate Sales, Austin





Coins / Ephemera / Post Cards

--Numerous vintage postcards, some folio sets, in matte finish & early gloss, b&w, color & spot color

--Collection of Indian Head  & Lincoln coins & more

--Early 1900s edition of Storyville Blue Book from New Orleans, small soft-cover, 40-pages of personals from each of the madams & also business advertising

--Pair of diplomas from Dallas High School, 1926 & 1950

--Set of 4 diplomas from Kansas City, MO, 1914, 1916, 1920, 1929

--Lot of 20 mixed newspapers (San Antonio, Edinburg, McAllen, Dallas & Houston) of JFK's assassination & LBJ's actions, dated 11/23-12/6/1963, also Oswald 6/27/1964

--Lot of 7 magazines of JFK's assassination: LIFE dated 11/29/63, 12/6/63, 7/5/68; LOOK dated 1/21/67, 1/24/67, 2/7/67, 3/7/67

--Wide range of vintage booklets and advertising in varying genres

--WWII ration books, stamps, token, mileage logs, & other assorted military papers

--WWI US Commodore pennant, single white star, 4-grommets, dark blue wool


Dagger / Rapier / Halberds / Horn

--Two mid-1500s halberds on wood pikes, one 8.5ft, one 6ft; old repro, not used for battle. Family provenance states they belonged to the Duke of Southland and used as “show weapons” when the Duke would parade with his footmen.

--Antique dagger with bone handle

--Late 1700s Spanish rapier with wood grip

--Forged metal ceremonial horn/sound alarm, carved scroll design & lettering, 20" & weighty; chain added long ago for display purposes; still researching.


Fine Glass / Porcelain China

--Fine crystal stemware

--Early Depression glass & cut crystal

--Porcelain china setting with platters & servers in white with silver stripe by Noritake

--Assorted porcelain collector plates



--Matched pair of 35" antique andirons, hand-crafted, unique design

--Set of wrought iron fireplace tools

--One hand-forged iron log tongs & hand-forged hook


Framed & Unframed Original Art & Prints / Framed & Unframed Posters / Framed Manuscripts / Framed Textiles

--Framed c.1450 manuscript leaf from French Book of Hours, illuminated & calligraphed in gold

--Framed late 1700s Persian manuscript leaf, illuminated & calligraphed

--Framed c.1450-1500 large manuscript leaf of a Gregorian Chant, illuminated & calligraphed in black & red

--3'x4' gilt framed original floral still life, signed by German artist Peter Pott, c.1910

--Framed original abstract signed front "C.A.", signed on verso "Yes, by Charles Arnold"

--Framed original collage by artist Lee Edwards

-- Large framed original acrylic tempera "Earth Surface-Transition" signed Gibbs Milliken, exhibited Sept.-Oct. 1972, McNay Art Institute, San Antonio (label on verso)

--Pair of framed posters by Saul Steinberg from 1968 & 1970 events. Also a framed original color abstract litho titled & signed "Table, Steinberg, 1914" with label on verso, plus a 1940s edition of Saul's book "The Art of Living".

--Framed color print "Ginger Urn & Red Roses" by Nancy Lund, 1990

--Series of unframed 1960s Mexican bull fighting event posters in black & red

--2 framed original paintings signed Menchac, A.V., one dated 1967, one dated 1969

--Framed original engraving by German artist Hans Bellmer, 1902

--3 framed original abstracts by Texas artist Rudy.V. Pharis, one dated 1955

--Small framed manuscript leaf from a Turkish Koran, 1820-40s, calligraphed in black with gold ornamentation

--Framed original textile "Progressive Roosevelt 1912 Battle Flag" campaign bandana

--Framed print of Yankee Tar, 1845, by Kellogg & Thayer, Hartford, CT

--Set of 4 lithographed color prints by Currier & Ives of NY, printed at that location between 1836-1872, including "Winter in Central Park" (see photo).

--Numerous lino-cut prints by James "Jim" Edd Spencer, who in 1934, along with fellow cutter Fred Geary, toured the country with the American Block Prints exhibition out of Wichita, KS. Both were on the roster at the Lighton Studio at 1718 Holly Street in Kansas City. Also offered is a lot containing photos of Jim as well as two of his lino-cut blocks, plus a complete 1929 Kansas City publication with one of Jim's lino-cuts on the cover. Also, check our Jewelry Table as we have a 14kt gold Palette Pin award he was given (engraved info on the verso).

Games / Toys/ Dolls / Children's Books

--Antique child's doll trunk

--Assorted antique child's dolls

--Assorted sets & individual hardcover vintage & collectible books (some may be sold online; details will follow)

--Antique set of 3" wood alphabet blocks

--Antique 1920s, wind-up lithographed tin double-decker bus, "Inter-State Bus -98-" by Ferdinand Strauss

--Woody of Toy Story  pinata

--Vintage lunch boxes


Hardcover Books / Rare Hardcover Books / All Genres

(UPDATE 7//5/2018: Many of the more rare books will be placed as online auction after this sale. If you attend the sale and are interested in others we will sell at a later date, please be sure to leave your contact information with a staff person so you we can contact and direct you to those listings. Thank you in advance for your interest. Meanwhile, we have provided some titles/authors/dates of books which will be sold at our sale; please read below and we will try to post photos also asap.)

--Antique & rare editions are mixed among what we are discovering, a few signed by author. Also, hymnals & bibles, including a large folio, hardbound bible (see photo): Old & New Testament, Original Tongues, NY American Bible Society, 1866. We have posted a few photos for now, and will post more & descriptions, so please check back. For now, here are details on some of the rare/collectible books we will be selling at the sale:

--Mutt and Jeff Big Book No. 2, 1929

--XXII & XXXII Balades in Blue China, 1st Ed., paperback, 1881

--Lot of 2 The Subterraneans and On The Road  by Jack Kerouac, 1958

--Tales of Algernon Blackwood  by Martin Secker, 1st Ed., 1938

--Fables & Other Little Tales by Kenneth Patchen, 1st Ed., 1953

--An Experiment with Time by J.W. Dunne, 1st Ed., 1927

--Restoration Comedies by Jonathan Cope, 1st Ed., #90 of 1,000

--European Historical Collection: England, Scotland, Holland ..... by John W. Barber, 1855

--26 Poems: Pictures of Life and of Death by Kenneth Patchen, 1st Ed., 1946

--Dialogues of the Dead by George Baron Lyttelton, 3rd Ed., 1760

--Lot of 4 miniatures Teacher's Offering, 1850, Sunnybank Stories, 1863, and a pair of miniature Child's Bible, The Life of Jesus

--Aristotle's Works, 1806

--Punch's Pocket Book for 1870, in original leather case with flap

--Essay on Sepulchers by William Godwin, 1809, 1st Ed

--The Miser: A Comedy by Henry Fielding, 1762

--The Sotadic Zone by Sir Richard Burton, 1930, #938 of 2,010

--Visit to the Holy Land by Madame Ida Pfeiffer, 1st Ed., 1852

--A Busted Bibliophile, 1st Ed., Limited 600 copies, signed & annotated by author

--Apparitions, An Essay  by Newton Crosland, 1st Ed., 1893

--Storyville Blue Book of New Orleans, 40-pg. softcover . (NOTE:This item no longer available; family pulled from sale; we regret any inconvenience/ disappointment.)

....and many more


Jewelry / Ladies & Men's Accessories

--From Art-Deco period to present; still discovering

--Pair of vintage beaded purses, 1910-1930s

--Pair of vintage opera glasses in mother-of-pearl, inscribed "Nellie", with original case, stamped Paris


Kitchenware / Cast Iron / Glazed Cookware & Dishes / Ironstone

--Vintage tin baking pans, cast iron biscuit pans, metal gadgets with painted wood handles

--Vintage ironstone platters, plates & servers by Fiesta, clay cookers, hand-painted servers from Italy

--New, large capacity food processor with attachments by KitchenAid


Lamps / Decor

--Pair of large Mid Century Modern ceramic, crackle-glazed table lamps with original shades, labeled Frederick Cooper.

--Assorted table lamps, from Mission-style to modern.


Large & Medium Furniture / Carpets

--Antique pine wood 3-step library ladder; rolls sideways

--1950s yellow vinyl & wood yoke-style framed ranch rocker with stitched longhorn on back cushion

--Antique Queen Anne walnut writing desk with fold down front, pull out supports, drawers below & inside, including a secret compartment

--Antique 52" walnut dining table with 3, one-foot wide each extensions (beyond the 52").

--Four oak side chairs

--Antique golden oak hutch with bow front drawer & 3 shelves, fabric back & storage doors under

--Antique golden oak dresser with single bow front door & double doors below

--Antique English oak sideboard with multiple doors & drawers in old white paint, fancy brass pulls

--Edwardian-era walnut wardrobe with 2 side doors & fixed mirror between, plus key

--Antique barley-twist legged sideboard with marble top

--Art Deco-era dresser in old yellow paint, period brass pulls

--Pair of antique side tables in old white paint

--Antique vanity desk with tilt mirror in old white paint with matching side chair with skirt

--Vintage teak porch bench with upholstered pillow

--Vintage Mission-style oak armchair with faux dark brown leather seat

--Antique walnut wardrobe with cyprus wood insets on double doors, with 2 pull out drawers under, handmade, signed "P.Klaus, Uvalde, TXs"

--.Antique dark wood, hand-pegged TX or LA wardrobe with shelves, double louvered doors & 2 pull out drawers under, crown molding on top

--Vintage oak spindle-back arm chair and matching ottoman, both upholstered

--Antique mahogany dresser with floral carving & fancy brass pulls

--Antique French Country armchair with upholstered back & matching seat cushions

--Antique wood twin bed with acorn finials; head & foot boards & frame

--Pair of antique French Provincial end tables with storage & marble tops

--Mission-style golden oak storage cabinet c.1800s, handmade by family member Thomas Savidge.

--Antique sideboard with barley-twist legs & marble top

--Medium-size antique wooden chest with tin & brass embellishment

--Vintage rotary sewing machine in cabinet with attachments & booklets, Kenmore, Model 117-141

--8x10 carpet, red base & black color

--Antique country kitchen/work table of wood plank in old white paint

--Bamboo/rattan settee with new floral cushions

--Antique vanity with folding triple mirror & matching chair in old tangerine orange paint

--Pair of vintage French Country ladder back chairs painted in light blue paint with rush seats

--Set of vintage French Country chairs in old light brown paint with caned seats & matching drop-leaf table

--Set of four wood & rush seat bar stools

--Vintage refrigerator in old orange paint by General Electric

--Small vintage wood kitchen table in old red paint & a white porcelain top with blue motif, also two vintage side chairs in old red & white paint

--Antique metal, double-well rolling laundry cart


Magic / Ventriloquism Props & Puppets

--Pair of antique magic & ventriloquist stands with cloth drapes & metal tri-legs, used by family member Magician/Ventriloquist Alphonsus Crofts of Dallas. Also an assortment of his b&w promotion photos, a wooden wand, ephemera & one of his magic books

--Two dummies packed in their metal travel cases, used by family member Alphonso Crofts of Dallas


Mantle Clocks

--There are two; still researching


Musical Instruments / Vinyl Records

--Antique upright piano with original keys in working condition, made for Brook Mays & Co of Dallas by Hobart M. Cable. (NOTE: We can recommend a professional piano mover, who can also help you with pickup and delivery of any large pieces you purchase at our sale; ask at Checkout)

--Rustic, deep-bodied bass Spanish/Mexican guitarron, 6-strings, hand-built (no visible maker mark) with wood inlay sunburst around sound hole.

--1970s Acoustasonic SFX Amp by Fender

--Black bodied stratocaster by Squier

--Open back banjo, Weather King  by Remco

--Solid back resonator banjo with intricate wood inlays, in velvet lined carry case

--Cry Baby  pedal, Model 95-910511 by Thomas Int'l, Chicago, with assorted plugs

--A hundred or more LP's in numerous genres, including Jazz (including Herbie Mann, Charlie Byrd, Maynard Ferguson, Oscar Peterson, Miles Davis, Jelly Roll Morton, Dave Brubeck, etc.), Blues (including Marcia Ball, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Lightnin' Hopkins, The Blues Project, Muddy Waters, B.B. King), Swing/Big Band, Pop (including a signed Louis Armstrong!), Classical (including Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Pachebel, J.S. Bach, Grieg, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Bartok, Kodaly, Schumann, Chopin, etc.), Country-Western (including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Bobbie Gentry, Flatt & Scruggs, etc.), Rock 'n Roll (including The Beatles, Sting, Led Zepplin, CSN&Y, Bob Marley, Duane Allman, The Lovin' Spoonful, etc.), Folk, Ragtime (including Scott Joplin, Artie Matthews, James Scott, Sweet Sixteenths, etc.), Old Radio Shows, Comedy (including Firesign Theatre, George Carlin, Abbot & Costello, Marx Bros., Lenny Bruce, etc.), Movie/Theater/Plays (including soundtracks of The Wizard of Oz, Hatari!, Gone with the Wind, Zorba the Greek, etc.) & "Spoken Word" Horror (including H.P. Lovecraft, etc.), Odd & Bawdy (including Bawdy Cockney by Elsa Lanchester, Merry Muses of Caledonia, Chain Gang Songs, Jugs, Washboards & Kazoos, American Moonshine & Prohibition Songs, Murder Ballads, etc.) Easy Listening (including Dean Martin, The Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops, Julie London, etc.), Flamenco (including Sabicas, Carmen Amaya, Mario Escudero, Carlos Montoya, etc.), World Music (including traditional music of Mexico, Spain, Cuba, Romania, Israel, German Gypsies, India, Turkey, Trinidad, Japan, Caledonia, Greece, China, Brazil, etc.)

--Assortment of 45s, multiple genres

--Assortment of 78s, some 1/4" thick in original sleeves by Edison


Outdoor Living

--Gas grill with side-burner by Jenn-Air

--Black iron tea cart on wheels with two levels of inset glass

--Vintage iron tea cart on wheels in chippy white paint, no glass

--Wood frame, self-supporting hammock by Caribbean Hammocks

--Black metal table with glass top, matching arm chairs

--Black metal side table with glass top


Photographic / Projector Equipment / Daguerreotypes / Tintypes / Cabinet Cards

--Numerous different types of portrait cabinet cards, some with original folio protectors, portrait tintypes; still discovering

--Several vintage photo albums containing numerous cabinet cards, sold as a lot

--Vintage Kodak 300  and Argus projectors, also pull up screen on tri-pod

--Vintage Radio Junior postcard projector, in original paint

--Assorted cameras, mostly vintage Polaroid models,  including an SX-70

--Vintage Viewmaster with sets of reels, including 7 Wonders of the World

Pre-Columbian Artifacts / Whole & Pieces

--Full figurines, heads, torsos etc. of Pre-Columbian-style artifacts from Mexico. The collection will be sold as boxed lots, as is, as well as large individual pieces priced accordingly. All were purchased in the 1970s in Texas and they range in age from 2000 years old and up. They are all priced according to condition as some are full figurines, while some have chips, pieces missing, have had old repairs done to them, or just heads & torsos. (UPDATE 7/6/18: We deleted our original work in progress photos & just posted final boxed lots next to a ruler for scale reference).


Primitive Objects / Americana

--Late 17C, 5-board blanket box with boot jack ends, heavily carved

--Late 17C, 6-leg stool, dark oak with hand turnings & carvings, English

--Late 17C, 4-legged stool, dark oak, English

--Dove-tailed wood blanket chest in old red paint

--Late 1700s-early 1800s dark oak 2-door pie safe, hand hewn

--Hand cut & sewn leather doll, most likely from Missouri

--18-19C Central Asian wood printing block, text carved on both sides

--12" antique hand-carved & painted religious figurine from Mexico

—Hickory ladder back side chair & rocker, each with old green paint and original wood splint seats, family provenance: 3 Generations old from Missouri


Phonographic Equipment

--Vintage cylinder record phonograph Reproducer in travel case by GEM, also numerous Edison amberol records, some in original carton

--Several 1/4" 78 records in sleeves by Edison

--Vintage recording equipment by Sony, with extra reels & mic


Silver / Silver Plate / Pewter / Copper

--Antique copper tray with handles, etched with scene of 'Kings'

--Antique copper oil jar with chain

--Antique coffee decanter with lid

--Antique copper plates

--Large antique copper incense burner on brass stand

--Silver-plate flatware sets in cases, including two sets of 1847 Rogers Bros with serving accessories; one pattern is "Heritage".

--Boxed set of sterling flatware, full service for 8, by J.S. Co., patented 1921

--Some vintage knives with antler handles

--Assorted sterling & silver plate vessels, servers & utensils

--34" two-piece antique round Persian tray in copper with pewter overlay plus 4-legged metal stand


Sports Equipment

--New 'Back Inversion' by Ironman

--Set of golf clubs in carry bag; name brands are: Burner, Callaway, Odyssey

--Vintage boxed set of pool balls


Stoneware / Pottery

--3 German steins

--Antique brown-ware bean pots, English yellow-ware pudding mold, stoneware cookie jar

--1850s Staffordshire Ware Kent 12" Russet red King Charles Spaniel with chain & lock

--1890s 1-gallon stoneware crock by E. Swasey & Co., Portland, ME and more....


Tools / Tool Storage

--Large table saw by Rigid with 10" blade & all accessories

--Vintage metal tool boxes

--Yard & garden tools


Tourist Collectibles

--Hand-painted Australian tree bark art

--African conical hat in leather & woven straw

--Hand-painted whimsical masks, dragons & other animal sculptures from Mexico

--Hand-painted carousel & hand-painted helicopters, from Mexico

--Hand-painted plates from Mexico

--Hand-painted, carved wood masks from Mexico

--Black-glazed sculptures & candle holder from Mexico

--Painted, glazed birds in standing & crouching positions from Mexico

--Reproduction art pottery from Mexico

--Plain terracotta & glazed terracotta decorative items from Mexico


Textiles / Clothing

--Handmade vintage quilts

--Pair of ladies vintage two-piece silk saris

--Bundles & single yardage of vintage, unusual fabrics & more

--Scarves & shawls