Toomey & Co. Auctioneers has an excellent reputation offering fine silver and objects of vertu from the 17th through the 21st century. We have offered works by notable silversmiths and manufacturers including Fabergé, Paul Storr, Tiffany & Co., Buccellati, Georg Jensen, William Spratling, The Kalo Shop, and many others.
We curate our auctions carefully and bring to the market the quality items collectors are avidly seeking — items made of silver, gold, and other precious metals, along with exceptional objects of vertu.
John P. Walcher, a Vice President of Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, is a Senior Specialist in the Silver & Objects of Vertu Department and joined the company in 2013. John was raised in Springfield, Illinois and holds a degree in Biology from Western Illinois University. Prior to and since joining the company, he has assisted with numerous consignments from important private collections, estates, and institutions.
While at Toomey & Co., John has helped oversee many important collections including: the Robert and Elaine Dillof Collection, the Warshawsky Collection, the Estate of Candice B. Groot, the Estate of Robert E. Beck, the collection of Governor Jim Thompson, and the Estate of Robert E. “Butch” McGuire, among others. He also managed the sale of deaccessioned objects from the Art Institute of Chicago.
John has been in the auction industry since 2000 and long held a passion for the fine and performing arts. He is currently a member in the following organizations: Sustaining Fellows at the Art Institute of Chicago, Antiquarian Society at the Art Institute of Chicago, New York Silver Society, Irish Georgian Society, Joffrey Auxiliary Board (chairman emeritus), Advisory Board of Common Threads, Central Illinois Numismatic Association (life member), and the Illinois State Museum Society (life member).
In addition to being a Vice President and Senior Specialist, John is a licensed auctioneer and acts as the primary auctioneer for Toomey & Co. He also regularly assists many charitable organizations by offering his services as a professional auctioneer.
Michael Hingston is a Specialist in the Silver & Objects of Vertu Department and joined the company in 2018. Mike was raised and lived on the East Coast the majority of his life. He has a B.S. in Geology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Geology from Dartmouth College.
Mike brings over twenty years of experience as an antique dealer and appraiser specializing in a broad range of material including American Arts & Crafts furniture, ceramics, and metalwork; American 20th century studio furniture and ceramics; American and European silver and Colonial American antiques.
Prior to joining the company, Mike exhibited at many national antique shows including: National Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn (Asheville, North Carolina),The ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show (Deerfield, Massachusetts), American Art Pottery Association Show (rotating), Antiques in Manchester: The Collector’s Fair (Manchester, New Hampshire), The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), and Theta Charity Antiques Show (Houston, Texas), among many others.
Mike is a Trustee of the American Art Pottery Association. In addition, he is a Patron Member of the Winterthur Museum and a member of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, the Friends of Historic Deerfield, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Corning Museum of Glass.