Between the Army-Navy Game here last weekend and the Battle of the Bowls coming up first thing next year, this weekend will be an occasion to recall another football icon: Ken Farragut, Eagles center from 1951 to 1954, selected for the 1953 Pro Bowl, and one of the oldest surviving players of the NFL.
Born in 1928 in Ponchatoula, La., Farragut played football for the University of Mississippi and in 1951 was invited to play in the college all-star game in Chicago before being drafted that year by the Eagles. After his Eagles career, he stayed on in Pennsylvania, going into business and ultimately settling in Flourtown.
Now he and Jane, his wife of 65 years, are moving to an assisted-living facility, and beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, many of the furnishings and memorabilia in their residence at 605 Creek Lane will be sold off on site by Bartus Auction Management. According to auctioneer Bill Bartus, Farragut will be on hand to autograph the football items that are among the several hundred lots in the sale.
They include photographs, such as a 2005 NFL Golf Classic poster signed by several players; a Super Bowl jacket decorated with MVP helmets; an Eagles alumni hat; and an All-Pro hanging wall carpet.
Furnishings include bedroom sets, both contemporary and one believed to have come down through the Chew family; a dresser also believed to have been in the Chew family; paintings; porcelains; and decorative items, notably a Lenox mantel clock with an eagle on it.
Bartus, who has been in the auction business for more than 45 years, specializing in real estate, cattle, and more recently in sales of intellectual property, is reluctant to estimate what prices the auction will bring. It depends, he said, "on if we get the fans."
Preview: 10 a.m. to sale time Sunday at the Creek Lane site. Registration requires a photo ID. Pictures of select auction items can also be seen on www.auctionzip.com's listings for Sunday. For more information, call 267-772-0390.
Toys at Slosberg's. Also Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., Barry S. Slosberg Inc. will offer vintage toys and estate furnishings at the gallery at 2501 E. Ontario St. The more than 400 vintage toys will also be offered online at www.liveauctioneers.com, with all but a handful likely to bring two-figure prices.
Among a few expected to sell for more: a 1967 Hasbro Industries GI Joe astronaut ($500 to $600); a 1964 Daisy Manufacturing Co. Buck Rogers rocket pistol ($100 to $150); a 1933 Minnie Mouse Evening Ledger comics pin ($200 to $300); a Schoenhut Humpty Dumpty Circus with wood figures ($200 to $500); and a 1960s Tru-Scale pressed-steel farm-implement set ($400 to $600).
Estate furnishings include Waterford, cut and other quality glassware; Belleek, Lenox, and other fine china; 19th- and 20th-century ephemera; gold, silver, and costume jewelry; paintings and graphics; and Christmas decorations. Preview: 9 a.m. to sale time Sunday. For more information, call 215-425-7030.
Antiques, glass, etc. Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday in Franklinville, Brooks Auctioneers will offer thousands of antique and high-quality used furniture, glass, stoneware, farm equipment, and shop and yard tools, many of them from local consignors.
Furniture includes a dozen Victorian pieces, a 17th-century carved dower chest, a Larkins roll-top desk, and a circa 1935 Cumberland County Chippendale walnut tall-case clock with a brass-adorned face signed by Horace W. Turner, Bridgeton.
Glassware also has Cumberland County origins. It includes a half-dozen pieces of Durand Art Glass dating to the early 20th century and made in Vineland, and an unusual signed Kimble vase made of a cloudy, bubbly art glass called cluthra.
China includes a Fiestaware collection, Roseville, and for the Christmas-minded, a Goebel nativity set and a Staffordshire turkey platter.
Toys and accessories include two 9-inch German bisque dolls, a 12-inch Roly Poly John Wanamaker papier-mâché clown, about 250 cast train figures and cast farm toys from the 1950s, cast door stops, decorated crocks, butter crocks, and yellowware mixing bowls, and a three-door oak ice box.
Among tools and farm equipment are a 1970 F750 farm truck, an International Farmall 140 tractor, a flat-wagon chassis, a Farm Force post-hole digger, a gas-driven log splitter, and a large selection of fishing gear and yard and hand tools.
Previews: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery at 1085 Delsea Dr. (Route 47), one mile north of its intersection with Route 40. For more information, call 856-694-2960.