John Coker, LTD - Est. 1971

About Us


John W. Coker

Founder

Fine and Decorative Art Appraiser

John Coker has been in the antique & appraisal business since 1971.

Beginning in 1971, John has conducted many major and minor auctions. His sales encompass all ranges of valuable personal and estate property, including: paintings, jewelry, silver, antique furniture, carpets, folk art, American, European and oriental objects. For many years, he exhibited in 20 annual national antique shows from The Pier Show in NYC to Miami Beach, to HADA in Texas, where he gained broad knowledge.

Based in Eastern Tennessee, in New Market, John Coker is a well known and respected antique and fine art firm. In 2010, he became the first and still the only auctioneer, to sell a painting, in Eastern Tennessee, for nine hundred and ninety thousand dollars, by Mary Cassett, when he sold this, and other paintings from the Estate of Dr. Albert C. Chapman, President and CEO of Eastman Kodak, out of Rochester, NY. John was also the seller of the Estate of Jack Roberson in Lexington, Va., where regional furniture pieces brought record prices. He was the seller of the famed Kennedy/Campbell/Spruell Estate dating from the 1790s with historical pieces, many relating to the Civil War or prior. 2 large clock auctions have produced significant results for the heirs. He was the original “Live At Five Antiques Guy” on Knoxville’s NBC affiliate, as well as one of the original appraisers on PBS’s “Treasures In Your Attic”. The experience and knowledge make John a natural in selling fine objects.

Working with bankers, lawyers, trust officers, insurance companies, museums, and private clients throughout Tennessee, Southwestern Virginia, Kentucky and Western North Carolina area, John and his team of specialists regularly prepare appraisals for insurance, estate planning, fair-market-value, liquidation, divorce, loan collateral, and charitable donation purposes.

John is actively involved with more than twelve charitable and non-profit 501-C3 organizations in the greater East Tennessee area. In addition to his estate auctions, he regularly conducts appraisal clinics to evaluate antiques and artwork, as both educational events, and fundraisers for charities.


David Easter

Principal Auctioneer

For more than 50 years, David Easter has been East Tennessee’s best auctioneer. Growing up in his Father’s firm, Warren Easter Auctioneers, David began calling sales at a very early age. Today, he has one of the clearest chants, that attendees have no problems understanding. He is also one of the most knowledgeable antique auctioneers in the area.


Ed Stallings

Assistant Auctioneer & Chief Ring Man

Well known in Eastern Tennessee for being a clear spoken auctioneer, as well as an outstanding Ring Man, Ed has a quick wit, without missing a bid in a crowd. He is also very good with phone bidders.


Lani Davis

Chief Registrar and Check Out Personnel

One of the friendliest ladies you could ever meet, Lani is our chief Registrar for registering to bid at auctions and collecting funds from your purchase. Widely traveled, you might find her on a beach somewhere, out in Colorado, or in Europe, when she is not in Eastern Tennessee.


John Smith

Assistant Auctioneer and Internet Console Operator

John is one of our assistant auctioneers and the man who normally executes the live bidding through the computers. His antique knowledge is both wide and deep. He has had experience as an antique dealer in Texas as well as Tennessee, enjoys Rhythm & Blues music, and traveling.

Paulla Smith

Assistant Registrar, Check Out Personnel & Internet Console Operator

Simply one of the best people on the planet, a wicked sense of humor, Paulla was an antique dealer in Texas prior to her move back to Tennessee. She is excellent with phone bidders, and enjoys people. Paulla loves Mid-Century Modern as well as jewelry, both fine and costume.


Joe Walters

Moving Assistant & Porter

If you ever saw a smile light up an entire room, you probably have met Joe. People just love him. He is helpful to anybody, gladly will be of assistance in loading, as well as holding up and displaying merchandise. Originally from Louisiana, he has called East Tennessee home for 15 years.


Frank Hodge

Time Piece & Native American Expert

Frank has worked on clocks for 60 plus years. He can tell the age as well as condition of a clock like few others. For many years, Frank has collected American Indian objects, primarily Southern. His knowledge is vast, he has seen literally thousands of Native American objects.


David Easterly

Early Americana & Regional Specialties

Dave simply loves regional pieces, whether it be antique firearms, furniture, crocks, if it’s from the area, he is our specialist.