Steineger family estate sale offers rare items

One-of-a-kind antiques from Europe and the Middle East are the focus of an estate sale May 1 through 3 at the home of the late Sen. Jack Steineger.

Steineger, a lifelong Wyandotte County resident and long-time state senator, served in the U.S. Foreign Service and was stationed overseas immediately following World War II. He and his wife, Margaret, collected a treasure trove of beautiful and rare furnishings during their seven years in Europe and the Middle East. Steineger died in 2012, and the family home and acreage is also for sale.

Steineger collected avidly upon his return to the United States, and items for sale reflect his astute eye for beautiful, unique pieces, many of which are unusual American antiques. In addition, the Steinegers inherited from three relatives many antiques that are included in the sale.

Included in the sale are beautiful European paintings, china imported from England, European linens, hand-made American quilts, needlepoint chairs, a rare “drum” table with revolving shelf, inlaid wood tables, two antique American sofas, a clawfoot dining table, two imported English buffets, two American china cabinets, a library of more than 1,500 books, assorted kitchenware and furnishings, everyday linens and a rare Lipp and Sons baby grand piano imported from Germany.

The estate sale is being held by Dolly Wittman, Caring Transitions. Sale hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1. The sale continues May 2 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and May 3 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Steineger house, 6400 Valley View Road, Kansas City, Kan. Hours and details are available on Wittman’s website at

A moving sale at the adjacent home of Steineger’s son, former Sen. Chris Steineger and his wife, Shari Wilson, will be held at the same dates and times.  Information is available at

The property, encompassing a two-story, four-bedroom house with pool, outbuildings, and approximately ten acres of land (including four buildable lots), will be listed for sale. Three adjoining houses on the estate, including a guest house, a rental house and a rental duplex, are also for sale. The agent for the properties is Thom Knowles, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, 816-589-1957.

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