“Many of the pieces in this sale go back multiple generations, some as many as five. My great, great, great, great great granddaddy Ninian Beall was an amazing soldier, and Queen Anne of England awarded him land in what was then considered Maryland, outside of Washington, DC. He built what was later called Dumbarton Oaks, the very first estate in Georgetown.
The second home he built eventually became Jackie Kennedy’s first residence after leaving the White House after her husband’s assassination in 1963. Today, it’s on the market for $9.8 million. There was always a picture of the Kennedys that hung in our library in the family home in Georgia, and for years I thought we were related to them. It’s because Ninian’s grandchildren, Aunty Bea and Aunt Helen wrote to Jackie and emphasized how delighted they were that she had lived in their family home. In return, Jackie sent back a letter with that lithograph.
Ninian’s granddaughter was Anna Beall Brewer, and she married William Benjamin Wilson, and so began a long line of business endeavors. The Beall Wilsons owned banks, oil companies and real estate. The matriarch of the family was Sarah Virginia Wilson, who was president of the Sheffield Federal Savings and Loans bank. She was a well-known socialite in New York and broke so many glass ceilings in the banking industry — the only female on many national banking committees, and frequently the only female in the room. She’d have them quaking in their boots.
My father, Walter Wilson, was the Vice President of Sheffield Federal Savings. He went on to create convenience stores with my grandfather, who observed that that supermarkets should have stores in outlying areas. He started buying land, building superettes, and then gas stations. It was through that that we got involved with the oil business. To be honest, I wish I could bring everybody back — I have a million questions for them!"- Sheryl Wilson Jaggers
2005 Bentley Continental GT Luxury Turbo Coupe
Louis Vuitton "Drive" Silver Sunglasses with Case, Box and Bag
Burberry Rubber Rain Boots with Wrapped Strap and Buckle, Made in Italy
Vintage Pith Helmet
Sarah Virginia Wilson Oil Painting on Canvas Portrait of a Young Girl
Walnut Victorian Arm Chair
Late 20th-Century Chinese Export Vase Lamp with Pomegranate Figural Handles
Willett Cherry Chest of Drawers
Series of 1914 $50 Blue Seal Federal Reserve Note
Two Rolls of 1976 Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollars
Five One Ounce Bars of .999 Fine Silver with Etched Commemorative Events
Five Morgan Silver Dollars
Pair of French Style Wall Hanging Plate Racks
Reproduction Victorian Setee
Vintage Capodimonte Hand-Painted Porcelain Vase
Vintage Lace Wedding Dress
Edwardian Revival 14K White Gold Filigree Pendant Necklace with Diamond
Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry in Glass Top Jewelry Box
Antique 14K Yellow Gold Ring with Diamonds
Meissen Porcelain "Indian Pink" Cake Stand
Sterling Silver Handled Pie Knife
Herend Porcelain Pig and Rabbit Figurines in Fishnet Pink
Pink Crystal Stemware Collection
International Silver Sterling, "Spring Glory" Flatware and Walnut Chest
Capodimonte Hand Painted Porcelain Figural Side Table
Sarah Virginia Wilson Oil Painting on Board Portrait of a Young Girl
Two Pairs of Weighted Sterling Silver Salt and Pepper Shakers
Italian Capodimonte Covered Compote
Damask Table Linen Set and Napkins
Capodimonte Porcelain Lidded Urns with Figural Handles
Pair of Mahogany Harp Base Side Tables
Mexican Sterling Silver Ice Tea Spoons
Sterling Silver Goblets with Monogram
20th Century Chippendale Style Upholstered Arm Chair
1953 Commemorative Wedgwood Jasperware Tea Pot, Sugar Bowl and Creamer
Vintage Louis Vuitton "Speedy 35" Handbag Coined "Patch"
14K White Gold and 3.50 CTW Diamond Pendant Necklace
Two Mink Shrugs and a Sheared Beaver Jacket
Christian Louboutin Paris "Apostrophy " Pump From Saks Fifth
Sheaffer Sterling Silver Pen and Pencil Set
Apple IIGS Computer, Image Writer II, 3.5 Drive and AppleColor RGB Monitor
1960 "To Kill A Mockingbird" Twenty-Fifth Impression
Offset Lithograph on Paper "The President and Mrs. John Fitzgerald Kennedy"
Antique Oak Rocker
14K Yellow Gold Ring with Emerald and Diamonds
Copper and Brass Fondue Stand and Carved Wood Lazy Susan
Pair Of Vintage French Provincial Marble Top End Tables
Hand Painted "Spring Violets" Rosetti China Service
Victorian Eastlake Walnut Glass Front Bookcase
Mark Cross Black Pebbled Leather Satchel Style Handbag
Vintage Gucci 9000L Wristwatch with Two Tone Gold and Stainless Steel Bracelet
Chanel Sunglasses with Case
Sterling Silver Spanish Colonial Replica Coin on David Yurman Box Link Necklace
Gucci Signature Guccissima Canvas Tablet Case
Vintage Holiday Figurines Featuring Lefton
Lenox Gold Rimmed "Holiday" China
Hamilton "the Skotch Jug" Metal Thermoses Designed by Petra Cabot
Vintage Huthschenreuther Plates Hand Painted by Artists with Faces of Santa
Whose Bentley was this?
It was my my mother’s Bentley – Nancy Wilson. She loved cars, and this one with the custom interior is truly the perfect vehicle. You know, sometimes something looks too good to be true, but this one isn’t. The wedding dress also belonged to her. She looked like Grace Kelly in that dress.
What was it like to go through the objects in your family home?
I can remember us buying some of these things – piling into an extended navy Cadillac and going to places like Waynesville, NC, where be bought that Capodimonte urn and table at an auction. Those pieces and the Dresden on the mantle — we were never to touch them.
The house in Georgia was one where people were always coming over. The kitchen had rocking chairs. And we just had such a great time as children – making football and baseball fields in the backyard. We rode Welsh ponies. Everyone knew the Wilson family home.