Founding and history
The company was founded by Garth Oberlander in 1954. In 1967 he enlisted Tom and Carolyn Porter to help him grow the business.
Jeff and Amelia Jeffers joined the company in the mid-1990s. The Jeffers took over operations of the business at that time, through a partnership, until January of 2006 when Jeff and Amelia bought the remaining stock and took full ownership of Garth’s Auctions, Inc.
According to Garth’s website, it remains a trusted resource for discerning buyers - “with a reputation for integrity and customer service unmatched in the marketplace.”
Richard “Jeff” Jeffers, C.E.O. and Principal Auctioneer
Jeff Jeffers and his wife Amelia own Garth’s Auctions of Delaware, Ohio, the state’s oldest premier auction house with annual revenue approaching $10 million dollars per year.
A licensed auctioneer in the state of Ohio, Jeff attended the Missouri Auction School in 1997 and became a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America in 1999. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. A hands-on manager with a keen memory and zest for research, Jeff oversees every lot that sells through Garth’s, processing 30,000 objects a year.
Well into his second decade in the business, Jeff’s reputation as a great auctioneer and good eye has earned him the respect of buyers and sellers nationwide. Among many charitable endeavours that benefit schools, museums and other worthy causes, Jeff serves as the chief auctioneer for the annual fund-raising auction for St. Croix’s Whim Plantation Museum.
Amelia Jeffers, President and Auctioneer
With experience ranging from professional consigning to business marketing to real estate sales, Amelia dons many hats at Garth’s. She attended the Mid-Ohio School of Auctioneering and West Virginia University.
During her 14 years at the auction house, Amelia has skill-fully managed every aspect of the business, particularly those relative to design and marketing. It is Amelia’s creativity and enthusiasm, for instance, that generated Garth’s highly respected full-color catalogs that set the auction house apart. In 2008, Amelia added one more title by becoming the lead Realtor and auctioneer for the Garth's Auctions team at Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty.
Garth's prides itself on being a full-service auction firm. Whether you are a private individual, a bank, estate executor or a representative of an institution or business, Garth's will customize services to meet your need. Garth's appraisers are professional, knowledgeable and thorough. Garth's employs more certified appraisers than any other Midwest firm so the breadth of knowledge possessed by the full-time staff is only enhanced by the relationships which have been forged with some of the top experts in the country. Garth's has the ability to evaluate and market everything from collectibles to fine art and antiques.
Garth's holds monthly auctions, covering the full spectrum of its areas of expertise, as well as, free, "walk-in" appraisals days on the last Tuesday of each month - no appointment required. Whether in-person or via email, the company offers complimentary and confidential evaluations of individual pieces and/or whole collections.
- Areas of expertise, including but not limited to:
- American, European and Asian furniture
- American, European and Asian decorative arts
- American folk art
- American and European fine art
- Native American arts including pottery, basketry, textiles, etc.
- Ceramics and glass
- Quilts, samplers and other textiles
- Firearms, edged weapons and militaria
- Silver and other metals
- Toys and dolls
- Books and ephemera
- Coins and currency
- January 26, 2013 - Asian, European & American Paintings, Fine & Decorative Arts sale
- February 1, 2013 - Eclectic Auction
- March 16, 2013 - Americana sale
- April 5, 2013 - Eclectic Auction
- May 17-18 - Americana auction
- June 7, 2013 - Eclectic Sale
- July 26-27, 2013 - Asian Art
- August 2, 2013 - Eclectic Auction
- September 6-7, 2013 - Country Americana
- September 13, 2013 - Ceramics & Glass
- October 4, 2013 - Eclectic Auction
- October 5, 2013 - The J. Garland Warren Country Store Collection
Lot 202 (from the January 30, 2010 auction), the monumental 42” x 46” oil on canvas landscape by Pennsylvania artist Arthur Meltzer titled “The Robe of Winter”, opened up at $20,000 – just a bit higher than the conservative estimate listed in the catalog – and did not stop until it was knocked down for a record breaking $156,875.
A early 20th century Chinese carved ivory vase was the top lot of Garth’s Auctioneers and Appraisers’ auction of Asian, Continental, & American Furniture, Decorative Arts, & Fine Art on January 29, 2011. It sold for $55,813. On display the week prior to the sale, the 14 ½” tall vase, adorned with intricate, continuous carving of a banquet scene around the circumference, drew quite a bit of attention from those visiting Garth’s gallery, as well as many phone calls from Europe and Asia, according to Garth’s.
During Garth’s March 11-12, 2011 Americana auction, the ceramics sales provided continual fireworks as bidders, both in-house and in absentia, took home a variety of vessels…at very strong prices….a monumental Cochiti effigy figure dating to the late 19th – early 20th century, sold for $17,625 against an estimate of $4/8,000.
News & Events
Upcoming Auction Dates
- Jan 26 - European, Asian & Fine Arts
- Feb 01 - Eclectic Auction
- Mar 15 - Americana Furniture & Accessories
- Apr 05 - Eclectic Auction
- May 17 - 7th Annual Ohio Valley Auction
- Jun 07 - Eclectic Auction
- Jul 26 - European, Asian & Fine Arts
- Aug 02 - Eclectic Auction
- Sep 06 - Annual Labor Day Auction
- Oct 04 - Eclectic Auction
- Nov 29 - 53rd Annual Thanksgiving Auction
- Dec 06 - Eclectic Auction
Many of Garth's appraisal days are held as fund raising events for museums, historical societies, and other nonprofit organizations.
During a recent in-house event, Mr. Robert K. Wittman, author of the New York Times best seller, Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures, spoke to a standing room only crowd…the former FBI agent and founder of the FBI’s Art Crimes Team took the stage at Garth’s to share his tales on recovering some of the world’s most valuable items. The proceeds from those sales as well as the lecture tickets sold were to benefit the Community Foundation of Delaware County, a philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for county residents.
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