Rockford Sam’s Joint auctions antiques


A knight’s full body armor at Sam’s Joint in Rockford. Photo via

Knights in shining armor. Vintage scale model airplanes and boats. Some of Paul Collins’ earliest paintings.

All these are just some of the many diverse items available for sale when Rockford’s Sam’s Joint, at 19 N. Main St., Rockford, holds its online auction tomorrow, selling its décor to the highest bidder.

The auction, using, takes place from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday. Auction officiators will also be on-site for bidding assistance, and free Wi-Fi will be available.

Although no restaurant equipment or furniture will be sold, because these items will remain with the building, a range of antiques — personally purchased over the years by Sam’s Joint owner Sam Bravata — will be up for grabs: vintage nautical pieces, sailboats, vintage scale model airplanes and boats, suits of armor, vintage firearms and swords, Paul Collins’ original early paintings, diving bell, mid-century collectibles, military artifacts, statues, carvings, wooden airplane propellers, old sports memorabilia, stained glass windows and stained glass Tiffany shades.

Bravata, who owns all six of Michigan’s Sam’s Joints, will also sell more of his personal collection at two more auctions through, one that will take place in Lakeview on June 18 and one in Kentwood on July 2.

Sam’s Joint has been in Rockford since 1988.

Although its restaurants in Alaska, Plainwell, Norton Shores, Coopersville and Gun Lake will remain open, the locations in Kentwood, Caledonia and Rockford are now closed for good.

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