- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Old Feld Home in Vicksburg, with its prominent blue-tiled roof and Palladian arches, will be auctioned Saturday.

The property, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, also boasts piazzas and wide bracketed eaves.

Along with the home and its adjoining lot, more than 4,000 antiques will be auctioned through Sunday.

“It is an outstanding example of Mediterranean Romanesque Architecture,” Harvey Smith, the executor of the Russell V. Puckett estate, told The Vicksburg Post (https://bit.ly/1HRSWrK ).

Puckett, a Vicksburg native, was the last owner of the home. He moved to Atlanta, where he lived for 20 years and became an antique dealer, Smith said.

Puckett returned to his hometown to retire, but continued to purchase and sell antiques.

“Russell was an insatiable buyer,” Smith said.

The 5,000-square-foot home is laden with furniture and collectibles, including American brilliant cut glass, bronzes, oil paintings and first- and second-edition Audubon prints.

Frank Eden, of Eden’s Auctions Inc., claims the oldest item to be sold is millions of years old.

“We have a shark’s tooth, and the documentation states it is 20 million years old,” Eden said.

The two-day live auction begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with Puckett’s antique furniture and collectibles. Bids for the house begin at noon.

The Old Feld home was built in 1913 for Hannah B. Fishell, the widow of local businessman Alfred B. Fishell.

She sold the house to Maurice and Juliet Feld, owners of a local furniture store, in 1929. The house remained with the Feld family until it was sold in 1974.

“Mrs. Feld then moved into apartments across the street and lived in the downstairs unit closest to the house, so she could see it,” Smith said.

Before Puckett purchased the property in the 1980s, four previous owners lived in the home.

In 2005, the house sustained roof damage requiring extensive repair.

“Hurricane Katrina put a tree on the north side of the house, and the tile had to be custom made. It wasn’t hard to repair, but it was expensive. The chemist developing the formula charged $600, and the first order they did was the wrong color. So they said throw it away and sent another order,” Smith said.

The auction will resume Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

“After Sunday, the remaining items will be sold in an online-only format,” Eden said. “Anyone interested in bidding in the online only auction has to register online. Registration for the live auction will not register them for the online auction.”


Online: https://www.EdensAuctions.com for a list of items to be sold.


Information from: The Vicksburg Post, https://www.vicksburgpost.com

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