Kimball Sterling


125 W Market St, Johnson, Tennessee 37604
423-773-4073

About Auction House

Family-owned and family-run Johnson City Tennessee auction business for 25 years. Selling antiques and collectables for 38 years. Kimball M. Sterling, Inc. was founded and is owned by Kimball and Victoria Sterling, time and again, they have laid solid claim to world-wide attention and renown with antique cane auctions, outsider art, fine antiques and with eight employees, an international client base of over 24,000, including many celebrities, antique cane collectors and conducting more than 30 auctions per year on their schedule.

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    Antique Cane Auction

    A device used primarily to assist in walking and providing postural support, walking sticks and canes come in many shapes and sizes. Historically, walking sticks have also been used in self-defense with a concealed knife or sword. Considered a fashion accessory by many, some of the designs have also become collector’s items. A gold quartz dress cane is one of the highlights of the upcoming Antique Cane auction, presented by Kimball Sterling. Dated 1856, the cane has a piece of heavily veined gold quartz on top. The side panels are engraved: "H. Cohn to A. Gump San Francisco June 21, 1856.” One of the most prestigious families in California, the Gump family founded Gump’s Store. Both the Gump and Cohn families were active in the Jewish community and are featured in the San Francisco Jewish Museum.  Also of interest is a Native American cane. The late 20th-century piece bears carvings showing a full-figured warrior stabbing a knife into the head of an alligator. It has an ornate silver collar, a mahogany shaft, and a brass ferrule. Another noteworthy highlight belonging to the late 20th-century is a silver skull cane. A snake wraps around the signed sterling handle. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.

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    Important Jewelry Estate Auction

    The first documented use of a diamond engagement ring can be traced to the Archduke Maximilian of Austria in 1477. Since then, the tradition has taken root in many Western cultures. Among the highlights of the upcoming Fine Estate Jewelry auction, presented by Kimball Sterling, is a diamond and platinum engagement ring. It is designed with one 3.19-carat emerald-cut natural diamond and two brilliant-cut diamonds. One of these stones exhibits a faint blue fluorescence. The diamonds are set in a platinum, hand-wrought mounting.  Another lot of interest is a diamond and sapphire bracelet. This piece was constructed with four strands of gems, each including round brilliant and Old European-cut natural diamonds. The mounting features a 14-karat white gold concealed box clasp with dual safety latches. The sale also includes a rhodolite garnet and diamond dress ring. Rhodolite was first discovered in Cowee Valley, Macon County, North Carolina. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare.

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    Antique Cane Collections Auction

    A gold-filled compartment cane with an ebony shaft is a highlight of the upcoming Antique Cane Collections Auction, presented by Kimball Sterling. Named after a U.S. Marshall, the Bat Masterson compartment cane has a high relief casting and can be used to store money, medicine, or other small objects. The auction also showcases several carved ivory and jade dress canes, among which a sterling silver sea monster cane by Charles Daugherty is notable. To make this hand-carved contemporary cane, Daugherty used the lost-wax technique. Other cane designs offered in this auction include an 1860 percussion gun cane and an 1890 umbrella gun cane with a working mechanism.  Art Nouveau canes were known for their functionality and their use as an accessory. A featured Art Nouveau silver opera dress cane has a curled vine shaft wrapped with ribbon, a silver handle, and a button end cap. Folding suitcase canes and convertible trick seat canes are offered as well. Interested collectors can explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.

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    Antique Canes

    The Antique Canes auction, presented by Kimball Sterling, offers a collection of folk, Art Nouveau, dress, and porcelain canes from the 17th century to the present. Introduced in the 16th and 17th centuries by English and French aristocrats, walking canes often served as symbols of power, wealth, and social stature among the nobility. Highlighted in the auction’s lots is a gold quartz presentation cane. This piece has an octagonal handle and gold quartz on top. Also featured in this timed auction is a late 20th-century memento mori dress cane. The philosophy of memento mori, Latin for ‘remember that you must die,’ reminds the viewer of their mortality using symbols and art. Topping the available piece is a carved ebony female head, one half of which exposes the skull. Also offered is a late 19th-century folk art cane. Made by untrained artisans, folk art canes cast attention on the artist’s individual skill and personality. The available piece shows a carved monkey eating a coconut. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.

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    Antique Cane Auction

    Walking sticks came into fashion during the 16th and 17th centuries, after English and French aristocrats introduced them to society. By the 18th century, canes had become an important status symbol among noble gentlemen. Eventually, every gentleman in London was required to procure a license for carrying a walking stick. The upcoming Antique Cane Auction, presented by Kimball Sterling, will present canes from the 17th century to the present. Highlighted among the auction’s lots is a gold quartz presentation cane. This piece has an octagonal handle and gold quartz on top. Featured in this sale is an Art Nouveau-style sword cane by Richard Lebram. During the 18th century, when the popularity of swords diminished, many aristocrats and noblemen concealed their swords in walking canes. Also offered is a late 17th-century ivory pique cane. The pique technique was brought to England by the Huguenots after 1665. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.

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    David Berry Estate

    General Motors introduced LaSalle, the American luxury automobile brand, as a “companion” marque in an era when automobile companies usually built only one model every year. General Motors' CEO at the time, Alfred P. Sloan, created the brand to bridge the pricing gaps in the company’s product portfolio. Manufactured and marketed during 1927-1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac division, LaSalle is named after a French explorer, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle. A 1935 LaSalle car is one of the highlights of the upcoming David Berry Estate auction offered by Kimball Sterling. With a burgundy leather interior and light gray carpet, the car has all original instruments, a straight 8 engine, and a banjo steering wheel. The two-door convertible sports coupe was restored by David Berry himself. Another luxury car featured in the auction, belonging to the same era, is a 1936 Ford Cabriolet. It has a Chevrolet 283 and a 3-speed transmission. With the original chrome body, the car has a tan leather interior with a black loop.  The sale also includes mascots and hood ornaments mounted on marble stands, auto emblems, drug store cabinets, and country store items. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Bidsquare .

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    Antique Canes December

    The Antique Cane Auction from Kimball Sterling showcases a collection of dress, folk, and porcelain canes from around the world. Featured in this timed auction is a 19th-century cane by Michael Cribbins. The patinated cane is carved with images of folk art, along with symbols such as a cross, foot, cloverleaf, and fish. The cane bears a scalloped lead ferrule on an elongated handle, which is Cribbins’ signature artistic style. A late 20th-century dress cane is another highlight of the auction. This lot is topped with an ebony carved female head, divided between a normal face and an exposed skull. The cane also includes a fluted walrus collar, silver skull lower collar, ebony shaft, and a metal ferrule. Also among the notable lots are a 1922 Art Nouveau-style dress cane with a silver German handle and a ladies’ cane with a Lalique handle. Made in 1920, the handle of the latter cane is cross-shaped with raised and frosted flower and foliage designs. A porcelain dress cane from around 1900 will also be included. The cobalt and gold decorated knob of this cane depicts a courting scene on the top and has a gold-filled collar and mahogany shaft. Browse the entire collection and bid online on Bidsquare.

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    Ted and Ann Oliver Outsider/ Folk Art Collection

    The Ted and Ann Oliver Outsider and Folk Art auction, offered by Kimball Sterling, presents fine and decorative art with non-traditional elements. Two pieces by Carlton Garrett are highlighted in this auction, Couple on Bench and Couple Dancing. Both lots juxtapose an everyday activity with the couples' lifeless stares and skeleton-white skin tone, achieved with acrylic paint on wood.  Also featured in this auction is a series of face jugs by Burlon Craig. As his profile by the National Endowment of the Arts notes, Craig spent most of his career making basic stoneware items for locals. The face jug series available in this auction contrasts the jugs themselves with stern faces carved on their side. Several paintings are also available in this auction, including Alyne Harris's Hell Dog Eating Bones of the Damned and Howard Finster’s Lady and Dove. Those interested in any of these lots can register to bid on  Bidsquare.

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    Antique and Collectible Gun, Sword, Folk Art & Dress Canes

    Dress canes have become a symbol of power, strength, and social prestige. Though canes were first used in ancient times as weapons, they now are used for the opera, theatre, or another black-tie events. In contrast, a gun cane is a walking cane with a firearm built into it. These are difficult to find since many qualify as concealed weapons. Most are in the hands of private collectors and museums, yet Kimball Sterling will present both gun canes and dress canes in the upcoming Antiques and Collectible Gun, Sword, Folk Art & Dress Canes auction. In this auction, a Remington dog head gun cane is featured. This 19th century cane unscrews to reveal a 22-caliber rim-fire cartridge. It opens with a straight pull for cocking and aims through a pop-up sight. Other highlighted items include a 20th century dress cane depicting a race car and two drivers, a silver dragon collar, and a brass ferrule. A witch’s stag folk cane shows a witch’s face on the handle and an exotic wood shaft. To view the collection and place a bid, visit  Bidsquare .

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    Absentee Cane Auction

    Kimball Auctions bring to its collectors the finest cane collection in the forthcoming Absentee Cane Auction. Kimball is popular for its Cane and walking stick collections. The auction house is considered as one of the prime antique cane suppliers in the world. Every cane from the auction will leave you wanting to get a hold of them, with their intricate handles, unique designs, and features. Shotgun canes have gained popularity since James Bond’s Casino Royale. The Belgium cane with a hidden shotgun is a unique and highly valued cane from the auction. The porcelain St. Cloud dress cane is a signature style of the St. Cloud porcelain factory. The white cane handles painted with blue floral patterns and shaped like a bulbous knob are highly sought after for their unique make of porcelain.  A lady’s cane with Lalique handle featuring frosted flower and foliage and the gold quartz presentation cane with an ornately worked gold-filled handle are interesting collectibles from the auction. Explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.

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    Canes, Coins, and Firearms World Class Auction

    The upcoming Canes, Coins, and Firearms World Class Auction by the Tennessee house Kimball M. Sterling Inc. is full of history and highly collectible objects.  The coin portion of the auction originates from the Hamby Coin estate and includes many rare proof type coins that are all slabbed, as well as silver bullion and foreign currency.   The Hall gun collection was amassed over the collector’s lifetime and includes an automaton French monkey cane from the 1880s and a Victorian museum quality Belgium gun cane.  Also included in the auction is a rare boxed 1930’s carnival pitchman’s game with beautifully carved canes and wooden rings. To view the complete catalogue and register to bid go to Bidsquare. 

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    Antique Cane Auction

    The Antique Cane Auction from Kimball Sterling is primarily a collection of late-19th and early-20th-century canes from around the world. The item with the highest estimated value is a 19th-century cane engraved with notable accomplishments of American president Thomas Jefferson. It was carved by Thomas Jefferson Craddock who, despite having no familial relationship with Thomas Jefferson, dedicated much of his time to crafting canes inspired by the former president. The auction also includes an early-20th-century cane with a silver mermaid and another cane with a functional telescope inside of it, believed to be from Leinster, Ireland. Among the strangest pieces in the auction is a cane with the head of a French bulldog on top. The lower jaw of the bulldog is adjustable and even includes a lever that allows the dog to bark. Another noteworthy piece is a Stanhope cane with a peephole that allows the owner to view a photograph of two nude women. Those interested in any of these items can register to bid online on Bidsquare.