In the summer of 2005 I received a call from an attorney in the Reading area. He explained to me that he had a client who had a “collection of glassware” and that he needed some advice of to what to do with it. I was invited to go to the place where this was. The attorney drove me to a small berg about 15 miles from Reading. The owner of the residence was in a nursing home and was not expected to return to her home. We were met outside of a rather large house by a security guard and a gentleman. Hey opened the back door and turned off the alarm system. The house had not been lived in for a few months. As we proceeded into the living quarters from the kitchen my jaw kept dropping. This was so much more than a simple "collection of glassware." The entire house, at least on the first floor, was furnished with 18th and 19th century furniture and furnishings. There were some 14 tall case clocks, historic Staffordshire china (including about 1,100 “cup plates in various colors) Gaudy Dutch and spatterware china, glassware, et cetera, etcetera! I was ecstatic when Freeman's was given authorization to sell the contents of the lady's estate. Among the items brought to auction was a painted candle box. It had which had been out of public view for about 70 years, but was well known among serious collectors of folk art. It had been photographed for a 1925 edition of "The Magazine Antiques." About the size of three stacked egg cartons, the pine box was decorated with stylized tulips and rainbowlike bands. In mint condition, the candle box sold for $744,825. All told, the sale of the contents of the estate brought nearly three million dollars, and ever since I have been looking for another such "collection of glassware."
Samuel M. "Beau" Freeman II serves as the company Chairman and is represents the sixth generation of the Freeman’s family. Mr. Freeman is a Senior Specialist in Jewelry & Watches and American Furniture, Folk & Decorative Arts. He specializes in watches, American furniture, decorative arts, clocks and other timepieces.
Joining the company in 1958, Mr. Freeman is the heir to an auctioneering heritage that goes back over 200 years. Mr. Freeman's wealth of knowledge in jewelry along with American antiques has proven to be a unique asset in the company. The longevity of Mr. Freeman’s tenure has offered the firm stability and continued foresight in how best to prepare the company for continued growth and development. As a Specialist and auctioneer Mr. Freeman has overseen multiple record setting sales, including the 'white-glove' auction of Historic Muhlenberg Property, a unique collection that included an extensive manuscript archive representing the public and private lives of this leading Pennsylvania family from the period of the American Revolution through the Civil War. Mr. Freeman, or Beau, as he is known by his friends and colleagues, represents the sixth generation of the Freeman’s family to run the company.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Freeman attended Germantown Friends School and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1958. A former competitive soccer player, Mr. Freeman enjoys spending his free time sailing along the Jersey shore with four children and eight grandchildren.