More Bits in the Lightner Collection
Otto Curtis Lightner: Newspaper editor and publisher, collector of the Victorian Era. Otto began his career as a typesetter at newspapers and soon discovered that he had a talent for rescuing newspapers that were in financial distress, turning them into profitable operations and in the process made himself a very wealthy man. During the Great Depression he remained financially well off as the owner and publisher of "Hobbies," one of the first antiques and collectibles magazines in the world. He is remembered for saying, "Even with no money, everyone could collect something," and is known for saying "Everyone should have a hobby. Everyone should collect something". Always a great collector he began buying other peoples' collections, especially those who had to sell to realise some capital. He started buying large homes and estates in the Chicago area to house his growing collections.
In the 1940’s, he moved to Saint Augustine, to recover from an illness and stayed in the Ponce de Leon Hotel, across from the then defunct Alcazar Hotel, which had closed during the Great Depression. He purchased the Alcazar Hotel in 1947 and filled the hotel with his treasures, opening it to the public as a museum. It became known as the "Smithsonian of the South". Upon his death, he requested to be buried in the courtyard of his hotel.
He is remembered as "America's King of Hobbies” and is buried in front of his now popular collection.
Napoleon on a lamp. Malachite urn and pedestal from the palace of a Russian Czar, circa 1830. A gorgeous window downstairs.
Never would we have expected to be face to face with Rota; this African lion was presented by the Zoological Society of London to Prime Minister Winston Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon RA, MP in 1943 as a war mascot and to commemorate the magnificent victories in North Africa. He was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States.
Late 19th century German porcelain: Lidded Urn by Carl Thieme, Potschappel, Saxony. Candlelabra by Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Meissen, Saxony. Lidded Urn by Schierholtz, Plaue, Thuringia
Four Arabian Horsemen in bronze by the Frenchman Eugene A. Lanceray (worked in Russia) dated 1884. Rocker, carved and gilded wood, English Regency from the 19th century.
The toaster collection of Leonard H. Baer, given by his wife Doris and family. Bear with Francis I King of France and a full sized Bear
ALL IN ALL QUITE A COLLECTION