Collection of Carl and Joyce Mueller, Tallmadge, Ohio-Provenance Note-Garths

One of six paint-decorated rod-back Windsor side chairs with an arrow-back, Pennsylvania, 1820 to 1840

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A bowfront George III washstand in mahogany, Engand, circa 1790

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A 19th-century American ladderback armchair in black paint and having a rush seat

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A mid-19th century wardrobe or schrank from New Bremen, Ohio, walnut and poplar, the doors with double-stepped raised panels having diamond designs

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The Lifetime Collection of Carl & Joyce Mueller, Tallmadge, Ohio

“For over one half century, we have collected – lived with – and enjoyed antiques”.

Carl spent over fifty years in the commercial radiator business started by his father in 1920. Joyce is a retired elementary public school teacher. Our first collecting passion was for Edwardian era antique automobiles and mechanical music (music boxes, automaton, orchestrion, etc.) Shortly after our marriage in 1962, we purchased the brick Federal style Abraham and Abigail Hine home (circa 1830) in Tallmadge, Ohio. Thus began a forty year quest for historic preservation. At that time, our collecting expanded to include the decorative arts (antiques) to properly furnish our (new) old house.

In 1962, also began our first experience with Garth’s. Garth Oberlander was selling John and Winn Dennison’s (friends of ours) collection. Some of these pieces are now in this sale. That sale was the beginning of a long, pleasant, and rewarding experience with Garth’s Auction House culminating with this Catalogue. That sale also was the beginning of a new journey of discovery.

We’ve met mentors, made friends, and enjoyed the company of fellow collectors throughout these years. Many Dealers from this period whom we have frequented, have since passed away such as Thelma Harding from New Philadelphia, Gailey Wilson from Hickory, Pennsylvania, Charles Momchilov from Jeromesville, Mary Thornton, Norwalk, George Samaha, Milan, Joe Stevens, Canton and many others.

We have raised three children in our restored home who have grown up and moved on. And, as Garth Oberlander used to say, “the burden of stewardship was growing too heavy”. So, a couple of years ago we packed up a few of our favorite pieces and moved to our restored 1872 Carriage House on Sandy Lake
where we spend lazy days and experience some of the most beautiful sunsets in northeast Ohio.
So, the time has come to dispose of the things we have lived with and loved. Hopefully, these things will bring others the same enjoyment that we have been so fortunate to experience.”

-Carl and Joyce Mueller

We are fortunate and proud to represent the Muellers’ collection. They have watched Garth’s change and grow, as much as everyone at Garth’s has watched their collection change and grow. We hope you enjoy this collection as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you.


-Amelia & Jeff Jeffers

-Courtesy of Garth’s Auctions.



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