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Commit- Old Stillwell Mansion Disgorges Its Relics Auctioneer's Hammer Gravesend Landmark Mangel's $11 Bid Nets 2 Human Skulls and Watchmaker's Tools The auctioneer's patter was heard, for the first time today, in the old Stillwell Mansion built in 1810. And under the auctioneer's its ancient relics for a song. William J. Coleman of the Wise Auction Company wield ed the hammer. He began in the attic, where the late Dr. Frederick Renaud Jr., occupant of the mansion for half a century or more, had had his laboratory. "Going, going," said Mr. Coleman, "and gone sold to Mr. William F. Mangels for $11." For $11 Mr. Mangels, who runs the Museum of Public Recreation at Coney Island, got a watchmaker's watchmaker's lathe and tools and two human skulls. "Alas, poor Yorick!" commented an amateur Hamlet, but Mr. Coleman Coleman was busy on the next lot. , SI for Model Engine To Mr. Mangels, also, he knocked down a model steam engine, 15 inches long and perfect in all details, details, for $1. A wool wheel brought $3. A Windsor chair brought $20 the largest price obtained up to noon. Nearly 100 Items had been Sounds Knell of 1810 hammer they knocked down disposed of then, and 250 more, expected expected to draw larger figures, were left for the afternoon. The mansion is in the midst of an acre and a half of open country, at 95 Neck Road, in Gravensend. Some 200 potential purchasers were there members of old Flatbush and Coney Island families the Strykers and the Bennetts, the Suydams and the Stlllwells, Fred Brewster and Mary E. Dillon. And dealers in antiques antiques from Madison Ave., Manhattan, Manhattan, with their eyes open for a bargain. bargain. Outdnors the wisteria bloomed, cherry blossoms were in bud and daffadlls hurled their bright yellow yellow to the sky. Very pretty all that, the last bit of nature In what had become otherwise only a part of a built-up built-up built-up city. Soon that, too, will go. The contents of the mansion will be disposed of by the auctioneer and house and land will be sold to the property may be built up, too.

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle14 Apr 1931, TuePage 2

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)14 Apr 1931, TuePage 2
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