ANTIQUE estate



Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 9 a.m.

609 N. Meridian Street, Aberdeen, MS 39730

one block north of the grounds of the Adams-French Mansion


Parties interested in Dr. Robert's real estate property may learn more at this link.

Stevens Auction Company is pleased to announce that the family of the late Dr. Frances Cabaniss Roberts has commissioned us to offer at public auction the contents of Dr. Robert’s estate. According to the Proclamation of the Governor’s Office at the state capitol in the city of Montgomery, Alabama, the Roberts family “has lived and served Huntsville and Madison County (AL) for over 150 years,” and Dr. Roberts’ contributions to the city and the university were such that it moved the Governor to proclaim Saturday, May 14, 1988 as Dr. Frances Cabaniss Roberts Day.

Dr. Roberts “was one of the founding faculty of the University of Alabama in Huntsville and devoted thirty years (1950-1980) of unreserved and dedicated service to the institution, applying the highest scholarly standards and inspiring generations of students; and . . . her personal academic achievements have been recognized by membership in the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi, Phil Alpha Theta, and Kappa Delta Pi; and . . . she has exhibited leadership in myriad civic, community, and professional organizations, serving as the initiator and inspiration for many of the major historic preservation efforts in Huntsville and Madison County . . .”

This auction will include antiques from Dr. Roberts’ 1832 – Late Federal estate, one of the oldest homes within the city of Huntsville, Alabama as well as the contents of Bryn Bella, a Greek Revival Plantation Home, and one of the most historic antebellum mansions in Columbus, Mississippi. Additionally, we will offer specially selected items from three other prominent Southern estates.


Bryn Bella was built around 1850 for William Sumpter Cox and his wife, Julia, by locally renowned architect, James Lull. It was saved from total deterioration through the 1971 intervention of the Historic Columbus Association. After considerable delay, the property was acquired and restored structurally by the predecessors of the current owners, Ambassador and Mrs. Robert Pugh. The latter continued the restoration and decoration of Bryn Bella and furnished the home with magnificent, period style antiques.

Originally named Cedar Ridge Mansion, Bryn Bella received its current name from that of a country home in the vale of Clwyd in North Wales, and it sits amid ten acres of lawn, stately trees, fruit trees, and blueberry bushes. Bryn Bella is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been an elegant and majestic addition to the Columbus, MS Pilgrimage in recent years.

Some of the highlights of this auction will be: (1) Walnut, Victorian, half-tester beds; (2) an Oil on Canvas of three children by Wilham Frye; (3) beautiful Victorian pier and over-the-mantle mirrors; (4) a Rosewood, Knabe, square, grand piano; (5) an unbelievable Cherry, Butler’s desk; (6) Wakefield Rattan Co. wicker furniture; (7) a Rosewood, Victorian, half-tester bed by C. Lee (with full draperies; (8) an Empire, Mahogany, full-tester, plantation bed with full draperies; (9) a Federal, Mahogany breakfront, ca. 1820; and (10) an Empire, Mahogany, banquet table that stretches to 12 feet. Further, the inventory shall include numerous other, extremely rare Victorian pieces and many works of art by listed artists.

Reserved and special seating will be available for those interested, with advanced arrangements. Auction information and new images of items to be offered are continually updated on our website. Please call our office at (662) 369-2200 for information not found online or for a free, 16-page color brochure. Additionally, phone bids are welcome with advanced arrangements. Please have all phone bid requests in by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10th as it is difficult to ensure appropriate processing after that time. Refreshments will be available the day of the auction in the Bids Inn Concession Stand.

The auction facility will be open for previews on Friday, November 10, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., with refreshments. For accommodations in Aberdeen, please call the Best Western Aberdeen Inn at (662) 369-4343. However, lodging is limited, and we additionally recommend reviewing a list of accommodations and restaurants in Columbus, MS by calling the Columbus Convention and Visitor's Bureau at (662) 329-1191. Columbus is only 23 miles from Aberdeen.

Terms: Cash, All major credit cards or pre-approved check. All sales final with no warranty expressed or implied. Announcements made day of auction take precedence over all written material. A 10% Buyers Premium charged on the total purchase price. Not responsible for accidents.



M.S. A.L. #349

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To view more photos of Bryn Bella

John Dwight Stevens, Auctioneer