Selling a lifetime

Freeman Staff

Dec. 12, 2013

WAUKESHA - The collection of a lifetime is up for sale. Packed into nearly 7,000 square feet in a sprawling home at 1126 E. Roberta Avenue are the treasures a couple spent more than 30 years accumulating.

According to Tom Ewart of Open House Estate Sales, the couple frequently traveled to England to find treasures and expanded their home several times to accommodate their ever-increasing collection.

Unique items range from a railroad station bench to a 19th century post office clerk’s station and a riding toy Wienermobile. The couple had hundreds of Hummel figurines dating back to the 1930’s, along with china, stamps, baseball cards, Christmas ornaments and furniture. Ewart said this is the largest collection he has seen.

The sale is open today through Sunday.
 

Tom Ewart shows the crown insignia on an early Hummel figurine from a batch
dating from before World War II.

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Tom Ewart holds a commemorative plate made in 1926, marking the birth of Princess Elizabeth, who would become Queen Elizabeth II.
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Christmas ornaments and a craftsman cabinet filled with individual pieces of china and collectible plates are among the thousands of items filling the house.
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An Oscar Mayer Weinermobile car is one of many unique items in a sprawling
estate sale at 1126 E. Roberta Avenue.

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A Wedgewood chandelier is one of several special items open to bid.
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A Nativity scene made in the 1950s by the company famous for Hummel figurines sits on display.
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China and antique furniture fills one of two dining rooms in the house.
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