Own a piece of history

Did you ever want to know what kind of stuff Andy Rooney, the noted CBS News reporter, author and curmudgeonly “60 Minutes” commentator, accumulated over a career that spanned seven decades before his death at age 92 last November?
Well, here’s a chance to check out some of Rooney’s personal and professional possessions: an estate sale is taking place this weekend at the home in the Rowayton section of Norwalk, where he lived with his family for more than 60 years.
The sale takes place Friday through Monday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day, according to notices advertising the event placed in area newspapers by Elizabeth Jackson Estate Sales.
Among the items up for sale, according to the ads, include his antique Underwood typewriter and vintage desk chair, as well as furniture made by Rooney himself, and vintage press and World War II memorabilia.
A large collection of American prints and oils also is on sale, such as paintings and drawings by Ralston Crawford, Joseph Stell, Gertrude Fiske, Sheldon Pennoyer, Isabelle Bishop and Adolfo Rolla, as well as a signed Berenice Abbott photo, “Tredwell House” and original cartoons.
Furnishings include a gilt “grapevine” mirror and overmantle mirror, both from the 19th century; an early New York sideboard; 19th century tambour secretary with tiger maple and tiger maple side chairs; a Thomas Moser bowback stool; a double pedestal dining table with five leaves and set of 8 dining chairs; Persian and Chinese carpets; a Portugese grospoint rug, a Tiffany sterling coffeepot, circa 1930; Venetian glass and antique crystal and a unique collection of early 19th century cast iron cookie molds.
Visitors to the sale will also find a vintage sleigh bed, Federal twin beds, vintage dolls and toys and a library collection with many vintage art books.
The sale features three floors of collectibles, including old brass, vintage clothing and jewelry, programs from the New York Giants and Superbowl souvenirs.
For directions and more details on the sale, check www.ejacksonllc.com