Archive for January 17th, 2011
In addition to the J. Arrington estates we talked about in Indonesia, there are also several on different islands in the Caribbean that have been sitting unused for decades. Until recently, these estates were being held and managed by members of the Bartlett family, but now they have made the decision to release these items, as well as the properties themselves, for sale to certain buyers before letting the public take charge.
Fortunately for us, one of the potential buyers they contacted has been a very close friend of ours for years. He has known a few members of the Bartlett family for most of his life, with he and the youngest son being childhood friends that haven’t lost touch. When he got the call about the sale, he immediately called me to invite me down to the islands with him to take a look at what they had to offer. While he is an extremely intelligent and successful businessman, he has little knowledge of antiques and their potential value.
Of course, I immediately said yes, and off we went in search of some great finds. We have only started our searches, as there are several different properties scattered over the islands, but I wanted to go ahead and share a couple of the pieces that we’ve found so far.
This door knocker was on a door inside the house that once held a gentleman’s lounge. The purpose was if a lady of the house needed her husband’s attention for to a matter, all she would have to do is knock three times, and wait patiently in the adjoining room for him to meet her there. It was only to be used if and when the butler or her handmaiden were unavailable, which was very rare. Needless to say, this has not be used very much, and is an exquisite example of what we are bound to find.