Seller Story

Roberts’ Antiques, Lexington, KY


“The collecting began when my father, Lon Roberts, was practicing medicine. He started initially buying brass items at auction, and it grew from there. My parents traveled together to antique stores, auctions, and yard sales all over the country. They lived on a farm called Cherrywood here in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky where he built a number of warehouses to hold the items in his collection. After his workday, he’d open the warehouses to the public who could come shop the collection. My parents also grew asparagus so sometimes people would come to purchase asparagus and then go buy an antique.

He retired in 1993 and moved from the farm to town in 2004, and they had to do something with these warehouses. So he moved the contents into the building where Roberts’ Antiques is. He had a specific interest in lighting, and often would collect, repair and restore vintage and antique lights and lamps. At one point he got involved in salvaging buildings and ended up with a lot of demolition rights, so a lot of the hardware in the store – locks, hinges, lighting – most of it was salvaged from buildings that were being destroyed.

While they loved when they could sell something and make a profit, most of the time it didn’t matter. My father loved to admire, appreciate, and understand things he collected – whether it was an antique farm implement or interesting whale oil lamp lighting. He liked it more than he wanted to make money on it.” – Edward Roberts, son

Roberts’ Antiques, Lexington, KY
Roberts’ Antiques, Lexington, KY
Guardian Lion Bronze Incense Burner

Guardian Lion Bronze Incense Burner

Final Bid:
$550
China Waterfall Head Doll

China Waterfall Head Doll

Final Bid:
$12
Antique Leather and Wood Shaker Style Boxes

Antique Leather and Wood Shaker Style Boxes

Final Bid:
$78
Antique Heywood-Wakefield Wicker Chair

Antique Heywood-Wakefield Wicker Chair

Final Bid:
$70
Vintage Briefcase with Paper Litho Alphabet Blocks

Vintage Briefcase with Paper Litho Alphabet Blocks

Final Bid:
$113
19th Century Brown & Marsters Coin Silver Foliate Handle Teaspoons

19th Century Brown & Marsters Coin Silver Foliate Handle Teaspoons

Final Bid:
$87
Antique Rococo Style Wrought Iron Chandelier

Antique Rococo Style Wrought Iron Chandelier

Final Bid:
$85
Lead Crystal Decanter and American Brilliant Period Cut Glass Pitcher

Lead Crystal Decanter and American Brilliant Period Cut Glass Pitcher

Final Bid:
$77
Antique Gilded Inkwell Set

Antique Gilded Inkwell Set

Final Bid:
$140
Antique Victorian Oak Dresser with Mirror

Antique Victorian Oak Dresser with Mirror

Final Bid:
$180
Antique South German Beech Fratzenstühle

Antique South German Beech Fratzenstühle

Final Bid:
$305
Antique Solar Lamp

Antique Solar Lamp

Final Bid:
$378
Antique Victorian Walnut Sideboard with Mirrored Top

Antique Victorian Walnut Sideboard with Mirrored Top

Final Bid:
$256
1940s Mobo Bronco Metal Ride-On Pedal Horse

1940s Mobo Bronco Metal Ride-On Pedal Horse

Final Bid:
$275
Antique Tiger Oak Concert Roller Organ With Cobs

Antique Tiger Oak Concert Roller Organ With Cobs

Final Bid:
$426
Antique Eastlake Walnut and Marble Parlor Table

Antique Eastlake Walnut and Marble Parlor Table

Final Bid:
$300
Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Daisy Design

Stoneware Jug with Cobalt Daisy Design

Final Bid:
$121
Jack Daug Hand-Colored Portrait of Major General George Pickett

Jack Daug Hand-Colored Portrait of Major General George Pickett

Final Bid:
$221
Handmade Kentucky Folk Art Whirligig with Man Sawing Log

Handmade Kentucky Folk Art Whirligig with Man Sawing Log

Final Bid:
$65
Antique Dazey Style Butter Churn

Antique Dazey Style Butter Churn

Final Bid:
$115
Antique American Empire Cherry Footstool

Antique American Empire Cherry Footstool

Final Bid:
$162
Antique Hanging Converted Oil Lamp Fixture

Antique Hanging Converted Oil Lamp Fixture

Final Bid:
$185
Antique Maple Hutch

Antique Maple Hutch

Final Bid:
$235
Royal Doulton Tableware, Circa 1912

Royal Doulton Tableware, Circa 1912

Final Bid:
$92
Vintage Handmade "Grandmother's Flower Garden" Quilt

Vintage Handmade "Grandmother's Flower Garden" Quilt

Final Bid:
$165
Handmade Pendulum Mantel Clock

Handmade Pendulum Mantel Clock

Final Bid:
$100
Vintage Tin Dirigible Toy

Vintage Tin Dirigible Toy

Final Bid:
$153
Vintage Hepplewhite Style Inlaid Mahogany Server

Vintage Hepplewhite Style Inlaid Mahogany Server

Final Bid:
$160
Antique Pine Knockdown Wardrobe

Antique Pine Knockdown Wardrobe

Final Bid:
$220
Doug Miller Painted Wood Sculpture "Rich Man"

Doug Miller Painted Wood Sculpture "Rich Man"

Final Bid:
$185
Victorian Carved Ash Corner Chair

Victorian Carved Ash Corner Chair

Final Bid:
$475
Antique Grammar, Arithmetic and Poetry Books

Antique Grammar, Arithmetic and Poetry Books

Final Bid:
$30
Victorian Shaving Stand

Victorian Shaving Stand

Final Bid:
$170
Antique Framed "Home of Washington" Engraving

Antique Framed "Home of Washington" Engraving

Final Bid:
$220
Vintage Bronze Tone Andirons

Vintage Bronze Tone Andirons

Final Bid:
$120
Vintage Camelback Sofa Down Feather Sofa

Vintage Camelback Sofa Down Feather Sofa

Final Bid:
$275
Antique Draw Shaves

Antique Draw Shaves

Final Bid:
$65
Antique Handwoven Linsey-Woolsey Blanket

Antique Handwoven Linsey-Woolsey Blanket

Final Bid:
$110
Dietz Empire Inspector's Lantern

Dietz Empire Inspector's Lantern

Final Bid:
$98
Vintage Duck Decoy

Vintage Duck Decoy

Final Bid:
$80
Mottahedeh Porcelain Tureen and Underplate

Mottahedeh Porcelain Tureen and Underplate

Final Bid:
$332
Antique Framed Stained Glass Panel

Antique Framed Stained Glass Panel

Final Bid:
$280
Leslie Ward "SPY" Chromolithographs on Paper from Vanity Fair

Leslie Ward "SPY" Chromolithographs on Paper from Vanity Fair

Final Bid:
$275
Cherub Tiffany Style Table Lamp

Cherub Tiffany Style Table Lamp

Final Bid:
$70
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Roberts’ Antiques, Lexington, KY

How did your collector parents influence you and your siblings?

My father’s collecting strongly influenced and inspired our family. My brother David is a furniture designer and maker here in Mt. Sterling. My sister is an interior designer in Louisville, and my son Alex is a furniture designer in Louisville.

Did you spend much time in the shop as a child?

Yes, and it was very fun. He had friendships that ranged from people who picked stuff at yard sales to thrift shop owners – a wide range and variety of acquaintances. It made it a lot of fun to spend time in the shop where he would meet people and shoot the breeze. Every now and then I’d learn something about an object or item that I didn’t know before.

Which items stand out for you in particular?

I happen to love sugar desks, sugar chests, and sugar boxes. These items were used to store sugar in the South in the early 19th century. Sugar was kept under lock and key because it was so valuable. These boxes were often made out of expensive wood with beautiful inlays, and I’ve always been drawn to them.

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