Variety of auctions and sales kick off holiday shopping season.

One of my favorite holidays is almost here! Thanksgiving is a day of feasting and giving thanks. I’m going to get started early on our feast so I can relax and enjoy the day! I hope everyone has a great day.

As Thanksgiving is late this year, I’m sure a lot of us will be busy shopping on the holiday weekend, which traditionally kicks off the Christmas shopping season. Black Friday deals will be plentiful and there will also be lots of sales, shows and auctions scheduled for the antiques market.

The following is a list of several auctions I’ve received via e-mail:

For those who receive Collectors Journal before our publication date of Nov. 26, here’s a Watches & Jewelry Auction on Saturday, Nov. 23, by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., online and at the gallery in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. The 380-lot auction features luxury watches by makers such as Omega, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Piaget and others; plus an exquisite selection of equally luxurious jewelry items, to include custom-crafted diamond, emerald and ruby rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches. Any one of these items would make an outstanding holiday present. Internet bidding is being provided by LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.com, Miller & Miller Live and HiBid.com.

If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Ethan Miller at 519-573-3710 or 519-716-5606 or email him at info@millerandmillerauctions.com.

An online only coin auction going on now until Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. is offered by W. Yoder Auction LLC, N2475 13th Gateway, Wautoma, Wisconsin. Full terms and conditions wyoderauction.com for live and/online bidding; telephone (920) 787-5549; cell phone is (920) 295- 2644.

University Archives' next online-only auction event is planned for Wednesday, December 4th, starting at 10:30 am Eastern time. The 263-lot auction is brimming with unique relics, autographs, photos and ephemera, delivered just in time for the holidays. Lots will include items pertaining to J.D. Salinger, Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the battleship U.S.S. Arizona, Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming and many others. Online bidding is via LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com and Auctionzip.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111; or, email him at john@universityarchives.com

A collection of superb Alphonse Mucha period graphics from the estate of Hallmark Cards senior master artist Robert Allan Haas (American, 1950-2018) is the centerpiece of Dirk Soulis’ much-anticipated December 7 Winter Fine Art Auction in Lone Jack, Missouri (suburban Kansas City).

Approximately 60 of the sale’s 210 lots come from the prestigious Haas collection. Many of the works are very rare and were exhibited at Hallmark’s headquarters and at eight US galleries as part of a traveling museum exhibition from 1998 through the early 2000s. Also featured: Rose O’Neill fantasy art, 1925 Birger Sandzen mountain landscape, Thomas Hart Benton works and other Midwestern regional art from estates & collections. Dirk Soulis’ Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 Winter Fine Art Auction will begin at 1 p.m. Central time with all forms of bidding available including absentee and live online through LiveAuctioneers. The gallery preview will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-5 p.m., on auction day from 11 a.m. till start time, or by appointment. Gallery address: 529 W. Lone Jack Lee’s Summit Rd., Lone Jack (suburban Kansas City), MO 64070 Questions: tel. (816) 697-3830, or email Dirk@SoulisAuctions.com.

Ancient Resource Auctions' next big online-only auction, Auction #81 -- an Exceptional Holiday Antiquities Sale -- slated for Saturday, December 7th, at 9 am Pacific time. Offered will be more than 425 lots of authentic Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, Holy Land, Byzantine, Asiana and Pre-Columbian antiquities, as well as ethnographic art and a fine selection of fossils. Internet bidding provided by LiveAuctioneers.comInvaluable.com and bid.AncientResourceAuctions.com. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Ancient Resource Auctions at 818-425-9633; or, you can email them at ancientresourceauctions@yahoo.com.

Morphy’s will host a high-powered 763-lot auction of Edged Weapons, Armor & Militaria, Dec. 10. Included in this sale will be an Army of Tennessee Confederate Battle Flag, one of only two known examples in private hands, expected to bring $40,000-$60,000. A preferred source for collectors of superior-quality antique objects of war is Morphy Auctions, whose next Edged Weapons, Armor & Militaria sale is December 10. Fine swords and sabers with distinguished provenance will be in plentiful supply. An extremely rare U.S. Model 1840 officer’s sword was originally issued to a member of the small, elite Corps of Engineers, which drew top graduates from West Point. Its 31¾-inch blade is etched N.P. Ames/Cutler/Springfield and U.S. Corps of Engineers, along with trophy arms and a US flag. Formerly in the collection of George M. Rapport, it comes to auction with a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. Morphy’s December 10, 2019 Edged Weapons, Armor & Militaria Auction will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time at the company’s gallery in Denver, Pennsylvania. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through Morphy Live. More information is at (877) 968-8880 or email info@morphyauctions.com. Online: www.morphyauctions.com.

Please take some time to check out this issue of Collectors Journal for all the latest auctions and sales coming up in the next couple of weeks, as well as the outstanding articles provided by our group of talented writers. Our Dec. 10 issue will also be chock-ful of great articles and tips for antiques collectors. Please also contact us with club and convention news; Auction Action news; unusual collections; mystery items and any other antiques-related matters. Reach us at editor@collectorsjournal.com; meego929@aol.com; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763. We are also online at www.collectorsjournal.com and Facebook!