Auctions catering to holiday shoppers will be in full swing over the next five days, with sales offering gift items ranging in size and suitability from a wooden birdhouse with shingles to a Steinway baby grand piano. Jewelry will be featured at most of them and is likely to command top prices.

Briggs Auction in Garnet Valley will offer more than 100 lots of jewelry from the estate of Purdon W. Frey of York, including a 10.85-carat diamond brooch set in platinum, at a sale beginning at 5 p.m. today. Briggs president John Turner expects the set to bring $10,000 to $12,000.

The auction also features a 150-piece collection of majolica, including 40 tobacco jars, and a Wedgwood rice bowl decorated with a peacock and accompanied by a matching spoon.

Preview is from 9 a.m. to sale time at the gallery at 1347 Naamans Creek Rd. For information, call 610-566-3138 or go to

Pook & Pook Variety Sale. The shingled birdhouse and the Steinway are among the more than 700 lots to be offered today by Pook & Pook Inc. at the second session of its two-day variety sale at the gallery, 463 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. Although the session begins at 9 a.m., the birdhouse, which has a presale estimate of $50 to $75, and the piano, with one of $4,000 to $6,000, are unlikely to go on the block much before noon.

Other gift-worthy and generally affordable lots to be offered late in today's session include a nicely carved Merganser decoy ($75 to $125), a pieced tobacco sign and pennant quilt ($100 to $200), a pair of 33-inch-high bronze whippets ($200 to $400), and a 19-inch-high Boehm crested flycatcher ($300 to $500).

Preview is from 8 a.m. to sale time today. For more information, call 610-269-4040, or to see the catalog online, go to

Fine art at Fuller's. Jewelry will also be offered at Jeffrey P. Fuller's fine-art auction, beginning at noon tomorrow at the gallery, 730 Carpenter Lane, along with couture and artwork, much of it from the estate of the late Betty Gordon. Most of the nearly 100 lots of jewelry in the 245-lot sale are expected to sell in the three-figure range, although a yellow-platinum diamond ring from the Gordon estate has a presale estimate of $3,500 to $4,500, and a purple-pink diamond platinum ring has one of $14,000 to $20,000.

Preview is from noon to 6 p.m. today. For more information, call 215-991-0100, or to see the online catalog, go to

Luxury at Rago's. David Rago will offer 600 lots of "great estate" items at noon tomorrow and 1,000 lots of jewelry, silver, and coins at noon Sunday at the gallery, 333 N. Main St., Lambertville.

To whom would you give that Japanese kabuto helmet from around 1600 ($800 to $1,200)? Or the 19th-century English barrister wig in its own box ($500 to $700)? Or the Esquire magazine mascot, Eskie? Or the wonderful Trenton Trust mechanical bank made around 1962 for Mary Roebling, the bank's owner, that possibly depicts her ready to feed coins into it (both $600 to $800)?

Jewelry presale estimates range from $600 to $800 for a set of four gold watch fobs to $1,200 to $1,500 for a suite of Victorian mourning jewelry to $50,000 to $70,000 for a Cartier diamond ring. Nicest item: a Walt Disney "Dance of the Hours" watch by Cartier with two of the elephants that danced in that episode of Fantasia ($16,000 to $24,000).

Previews are from noon to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to sale time tomorrow and Sunday. For information, call 609-397-9374, or to see the catalog online, go to

Freeman's finery. Beginning at noon Monday, Freeman's will offer more than 250 lots of fine jewelry, watches, and accessories at its gallery at 1808 Chestnut St.

Among items with a presale estimate of $300 to $500 are a gold golf-bag charm, a lady's yellow-gold dress wristwatch, yellow-gold and blue-enamel diamond earrings, sterling and chalcedony cufflinks by Tiffany, and a lady's blue guilloche pendant watch by Bucherer. High-end presale estimates include $25,000 to $35,000 for a gold-and-platinum diamond necklace and $20,000 to $30,000 for an art-deco platinum and diamond bracelet.

Previews are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information call 215-563- 9275 or go to

Baubles at Bunch's. Beginning at noon Tuesday, William H. Bunch Auctions will offer about 100 lots of jewelry, most in the three-figure range, at the gallery, 1 Hillman Dr., Chadds Ford. The big prices there will be for four-dozen lots of artwork, notably Grif Teller's Speed, Safety, and Comfort, done for the 1936 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar and depicting an old GG1 locomotive pulling three Pullman cars around a curve near Claymont, Del. It has a presale estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.

Previews are from noon to 5 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. For more information, call 610-558-1800, or to see the catalog online, go to

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