Eileen Ball’s appreciation for antiques grew form her natural curiosity of history. She never put any limits on what she collected and simply followed her heart. While some collectors were focusing on obtaining specific examples in order to grow an organized group, her collection was for her studies alone. As her interests grew, so did her resources, and her resources was not her available cash, but her collections, which she studied.
Eileen moved to Bucks County in 1957, a time when refinished American colonial was in fashion. She was not drawn to the clean finishes of the time, however, and focused on form and rarity, always building her knowledge. Broken and dirty had no less value to her than whole and cleaned if it told her something new. She was never a dealer.
She enjoyed barn sales, auctions, and dusty antique shops. She always got along very well with dealers who, at first meeting, seemed the least personable. Like her, they were able to relate, sometimes better, to the people who lived before us and the objects they left behind for us.
Just as her deep love of animals drew her to people who might get along better with a dog than a person, her friends in the antique business were chosen the way she might chose the antiques themselves. She could see through the old finish to the true worth beneath. She had the mutual respect of the many dealers of her time and had no interest in small talk.
Her favorite subjects of study were textiles, ceramics, country furniture, and farm tools. If you met her on the auction floor or in front of a box lot in the last 50 years, you might recall that little dark haired lady directing the auctioneer to pull out one particular, apparently insignificant, item. Another quiet victory, of which she had so many.
Downington, PA 19335
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All items are sold in as is condition. A 25% buyer’s premium will be applied to the purchase price of all items. All purchases are subject to applicable, 6% PA sales tax unless a Certificate of Resale tax form is fully and completely filled out and received prior to time of purchase. Items must be picked up, or shipping arranged within 10 days of the sale. We try to provide a brief condition report in each item description but do not guarantee the condition of any item. You are welcome to call or email if you would like more specific details on condition. There are no warranties or guarantees. All auction items are available for you to view by appointment prior to bidding. If you bid, it will be assumed that you have previewed the items to your satisfaction, or that you have chosen not to preview the item at all. We want you to have all the information you need to confidently bid and do not recommend bidding if you do not feel certain. All sales are final. Payment is expected immediately. Pick up or shipping is expected to be arranged within 10 business days of the sale. If your item is not picked up within 30 calendar days, you authorize us to re-sell on your behalf. The costs of storage, any cost incurred directly related to the item, and an auctioneer’s commission of 30%, will be deducted from the proceeds unless other arrangements have been made with Dovetail Auctions.
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