Historic Marlow Mansion Sale

THIS SALE HAS CLOSED. We present it here as a record of our services. The first significant Helena sale of 2012 was held two weekends in mid-February. It featured four stories of an eclectic blend of antiques, collectibles, art and household items belonging to Jenny and Paul Gyapay, who moved to California and sold their mansion and its contents.

Sale Dates: Feb. 11 & 12, 2012 and Feb. 18 & 19, 2012
Sale Location: 626 Harrison Avenue (Map)
Sale Times: 9:30 am to 3 pm each day

Antiques, furniture, Montana art, unusual Coke machines, advertising, household, tools, fishing, sports, beer signs, stained glass and primitives.

Their home was built by Thomas Marlow at the turn of the century and the Gyapays offered a lifetime collection of antique and contemporary treasures. The sale included unique Marlow Theatre stanchions with their original velvet ropes. Helena artist R.F. Morgan depicted Helena’s beloved showplace in his popular Helena prints, and a finely framed “Marlow” print was included in the sale. There was also an incredible collection of 16 other nostalgic Morgan Helena prints, including “West 6th Ave.”, “Midnight Mass,” the “Broadwater,” and “Montana Club.” One of Morgan’s first pieces of local art, a large drum that he lettered for the Helena Elks Club, B.P.O.E 193, was included the sale. There was also a large selection of other Helena and western art and prints, including work by Alan Snell, Bev Doolittle, Remington and others. Photographs, lithographs and reproduction castings were found throughout the home. One of the downtown “art” bears that are popular storefront attractions was also for sale.

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Furniture offered was worthy of any Westside mansion, starting with a beautiful 19th Century mahogany Chippendale-style dining suite which seats 12, included the original chairs and large, detailed sideboard. Other antique furniture included an unusual ‘S’ scroll roll-top desk, dressers, commodes, armoires, tables, chairs, rockers, unusual cabinets and file cabinets, wicker furniture, old clocks and stained glass lamps. There was an old oak telephone and ice box, along with Depression-era bedroom sets, two daybeds and three antique brass beds. An antique horse-drawn sleigh graced the yard and the front porch had a setting of wooden porch furniture.

Pottery in the sale included a dozen Roseville pieces and Nippon vases. Thomas Marlow was the nephew of Charles Broadwater and there were a few Broadwater Hotel souvenirs, including an old hotel seltzer bottle. There was a Columbia Gramophone record player with original brass horn, antique walking sticks, an antique horse ‘hitching post,’ smaller oak sideboard and a Hoosier style cabinet.

The contemporary and household items included two sets of leather furniture — sofas, love seats, recliners, arm chair — a full porch of wicker furniture, stereo equipment, another roll-top desk, lamps and occasional tables, 1,000+ books, sporting equipment for skiing, baseball, basketball, camping, sporting posters and collectibles, a 17′ Mad River Canoe (Explorer), leather jackets and name brand winter coats and kitchen ware.

In the basement there was an 8′ slate-top pool table, collectable neon beer signs, old beer advertising, an oak Kessler beer keg and Kessler birds-eye map, library tables, bentwood chairs and a set of oak chairs, an almost-new washer and dryer, and tools, including a 10″ miter saw.

The two-weekend sale also featured an unusual collection of Coke machines from the early and mid-20th Century, beer collectibles, early Montana primitives and advertising. This sale was truly a West-side event.

Sale Dates: Feb. 11 & 12, 2012 and 18 & 19, 2012
Sale Location: 626 Harrison Avenue (Map)
Sale Times: 9:30 am to 3 pm each day

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About The Author

Crystal and Dave Shors have operated Missouri River Chronicle Antiques and Estate Sales in Helena for more than 20 years. They are knowledgeable collectors and curators with a special affinity for the Capital City.