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A glimpse into local history: Unique estate sale features three-generation law firm’s collectibles

PHOTO SUBMITTED / A Mission oak conference table with six armchairs stamped with the Limbert Arts & Crafts Furniture insignia.

PHOTO SUBMITTED / A Mission oak conference table with six armchairs stamped with the Limbert Arts & Crafts Furniture insignia.

Antique lovers and anyone into law history will be able to purchase a piece of Brookhaven history Thursday when three generations of the Jones Law Firm have an estate sale of antiques and collectibles dating back to the early nineteenth century.

The law firm began in 1895 with Pleasant Zebulon “P.Z.” Jones – who also served as the mayor of Brookhaven at one time – and ended in 2003 with his grandson, Bob Jones, who was also a history columnist for The Daily Leader for decades.

Among the items on sale will be decades worth of law books and office furniture, and there will be a few items from the Jones family’s storage such as a Duncan Phyfe Striped silk Sofa, ca. 1940s, and a 1950 R.C. Hoffman ornate circus street organ, said Paul Cartwright, whose firm is handling the estate sale for the Jones family.

One of the most notable things up for sale, according to Cartwright, is the arts and crafts conference table.

“There is a conference table with eight chairs made during the arts and crafts movement,” he said. “The table has a Charles Limbert imprint – this makes it a very valuable find.”

Some of the other notable items collectors may be interested in will be collections started by P.Z. Jones – more than 20 sets of lawyer bookcases some of them dating from the turn of the nineteenth century and Mississippi law books dating from 1823, plus a collection from the Civil War era, Cartwright said.

“There are also several boxes of books from the personal library of the Jones family, too,” he said.

The Jones family a rich history in Brookhaven. Dr. Jennifer Jones Wright said Brookhaven and the community was an important part of life and forms some of her fondest memories.

“My father’s offices used to be located upstairs in the State Bank and Trust building,” she said. “I remember going up there every year to watch the Christmas parade and I have pictures of me as a 3-year-old with the bank’s president. He used to buy me Coke and candy every afternoon.”

The three generations of lawyers included P.Z’s son, Robert Lee Jones, who joined him in 1924. He left the firm in 1961 when he was elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Then his son, Robert “Bob” Edmonson Jones, joined the family law offices in 1956.

They had a couple of partners along the way, too. Dick Stratton was a partner and then later Donald Patterson partnered with Bob.

Jones was a busy Brookhavenite who served on several local boards such as the chamber of commerce, the Brookhaven Bank and Trust, the Lincoln County Cancer Crusade, the Lincoln County Republican Executive Committee and Brookhaven Country Club and also served on state boards such as the Mississippi Bar Association, the state’s welfare board and the Mississippi Petroleum Landman’s Association.

He was also a founding member of the Brookhaven Little Theatre and authored the book, “Mississippi Gumbo: A Collection of Tales of South Mississippi and a Potpourri of Other Mississippi Writings.”

The firm handling the estate sale for the Jones family is Cartwright Estate Liquidations & Appraisal Services owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Paul and Wendy Cartwright of Yazoo City.

The estate sale is Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Items to be sold are pictured on the Carter Estate Liquidations website at www.cartwrightestatesales.com.

The site for the sale will be released on Thursday.