The US handles estate auctions a bit differently to the way they do in Cumbria; Victorian dining chairs in sets of eight are common enough, but when the contents of the Balsams Grand Resort went under the hammer, entire rooms were sold off as single lots.
The Balsams Grand Resort is one of the state’s most historic and luxurious grand hotels. Built 150 years ago, it is famous for its Ballot Room, where the nation’s first presidential primary votes are cast every four years. Tucked away in the remote, but beautiful area of Dixville Notch, it became a favourite vacation spot for generations of Americans, who visited for the skiing, natural attractions, and lavish interior décor, which included everything from mahogany antique dining chairs to vintage 4-posters and open bookcases.
The Balsams was closed in September 2011, but is due to re-open in December 2013 following complete refurbishment by the new owners, who have decided to strip the hotel of everything not of “historical significance.” In a massive auction which took place on May 12th, more than 2,400 items went under the hammer, although the antique cabinets and open bookcases of the Ballot Room weren’t included. Single lots ranged from a vintage barber chair to the contents of entire guest rooms. Mattresses, towels, Victorian dining chairs and even the chairs from a 1930s ski-lift were bundled together as lots. Bidding was frantic and often uncontrolled, with one surprised B & B owner ending up with the contents of 14 guest rooms.
If you want to buy furniture such as Victorian dining chairs in Preston, antique dealers offer a relaxed, calming environment in which to choose.
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