Historic property, contents to be auctioned

Published 9:48 am Thursday, July 16, 2015

An auction will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Old Feld Home at 2108 Cherry St. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)An auction will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Old Feld Home at 2108 Cherry St. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

An auction will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Old Feld Home at 2108 Cherry St. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)An auction will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Old Feld Home at 2108 Cherry St. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

 

The Old Feld Home is listed as one of the most architecturally significant residences of early 20th Century Mississippi, and on Saturday the Cherry Street residence is set for the auction block.

With its prominent blue-tiled roof, the Nationally Registered Historic property also boasts Palladian arches, piazzas and wide bracketed eaves.

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“It is an outstanding example of Mediterranean Romanesque Architecture,” said Harvey Smith, the executor of the Russell V. Puckett estate. Puckett was the last owner of the home.

A large collection of silver will be some of the items up for auction Saturday and Sunday at the Old Feld Home at 2108 Cherry St. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

A large collection of silver will be some of the items up for auction Saturday and Sunday at the Old Feld Home at 2108 Cherry St. (Justin Sellers/The Vicksburg Post)

Along with the home and its adjoining lot, more than 4,000 fine antiques will be auctioned off.

Puckett, who was a native of Vicksburg, moved to Atlanta where he lived for 20 years.

While in Atlanta, Puckett became an antique dealer, Smith said.

He returned to his hometown to retire, but continued to purchase and sell antiques.

“Russell was a insatiable buyer,” Smith said.

Every inch of the 5,000-square-foot home is laden with furniture and collectibles, including American brilliant cut glass, Nippon, bronzes, RS Prussia, Old Paris, Minton, Meissen, Dresden, Belleek, Limoges, Royal Bayreuth, Royal Vienna, KPM, Wavecrest, Oil Paintings and first and second edition Audubon Prints.

Frank Eden, of Eden’s Auctions Inc., claims the oldest item to be sold is millions of years old.

“We have a shark’s tooth, and the documentation states it is 20 million years old,” Eden said.

Another standout piece up for auction is an exact replica of an Art Deco style sculpture by Demetre H. Chiparus entitled “Starfish Dancer.”

“The original sculpture was found in an old theater in Canada,” said Smith.

When the building was being torn down it was in the attic and was sold for $2, he said, adding it was later sold for $200,000.

The two-day live auction begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 2108 Cherry St. beginning with Puckett’s antique furniture and collectibles. Bids for the house will begin at noon.

“We’re going to sell the house on Saturday,” Eden said.

“Anyone interested in the home should call, and we will show it on Friday,” he said.

The Old Feld home was built in 1913 for Hannah B. Fishell, who was the widow of Alfred B. Fishell, a local businessman.

Fishnell sold the house to Maurice and Juliet Feld, who were owners of a local furniture store, in 1929.

The house remained with the Feld family for almost five decades until it was sold in 1974.

“Mrs. Feld then moved into apartments across the street and lived in the downstairs unit closest to the house, so she could see it,” Smith said.

Before Puckett purchased the property in the 1980’s, four previous owners resided in the home.

In 2005, the house sustained damage to the roof requiring extensive repair.

“Hurricane Katrina put a tree on the north side of the house, and the tile had to be custom made. It wasn’t hard to repair, but it was expensive. The chemist developing the formula charged $600, and the first order they did was the wrong color. So they said throw it away and send another order,” Smith said.”

The auction will resume Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m.

“After Sunday, the remaining items will be sold in an online only format. Anyone interested in bidding in the online only auction has to register online. Registration for the live auction will not register them for the online auction,” Eden said.

For more information, call 601-896-0345 or visit www.EdensAuctions.com for a list of items to be sold.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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