[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Meriden 10-7-1963 as Ch. 6 of the 1963 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Peddling and soliciting — See Ch. 156.
Special sales — See Ch. 165.
Signs and posters — See Ch. 174.
State regulation of auctioneers — See C.G.S. § 21-1 et seq.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to any auction of jewelry held under the direction of any executor or administrator in the process of settling his decedent's estate or to an auction held according to the provisions of any court order or to an auction of household goods or personal effects held under the direction of the owner thereof.
All persons licensed by the Commissioner of State Police to sell jewelry at auction under the provisions of § 21-3 of the General Statutes shall, in addition to such license, secure a license from the Town and City Clerk to sell such jewelry at auction and shall pay therefor a license fee of $25 a day for the period covered by such license.
The license fees collected under the provisions of the preceding section shall be used for the employment of a uniformed police officer and a jewelry expert appointed by the City Manager to prevent the perpetration of fraud upon the public, who shall be in continuous attendance during each day of any auction sale held under any license issued under this chapter. The jewelry expert shall check over and appraise the goods to be sold and shall receive $15 per day therefor.
No auctioneer shall hold an auction for any person in the jewelry business unless such person has been in such business continuously in the City for a period of one year immediately preceding such auction, nor shall an auctioneer conduct any auction for a person who has sold watches, diamonds, jewelry, sterling silverware, clocks or any goods commonly sold by jewelers at auction in the City for an aggregate period of 30 days during a period of one year immediately preceding such contemplated auction.
Except as otherwise provided under the General Statutes, no person shall sell, offer for sale or dispose of jewelry, watches, diamonds, sterling silverware, clocks or any goods commonly sold by jewelers at public auction in the City after 6:00 p.m. of any day.
No auctioneer shall conduct any auction sale of jewelry for more than 30 days from the date of commencement of such sale.
No auctioneer shall make any false representations as to the type, quality, condition, value or present or previous ownership of any watches, diamonds, jewelry, sterling silverware, clocks or any goods commonly sold by jewelers which are offered for sale by him or substitute another article for any such article sold by him.
No person shall act as an accomplice for the purpose of making mock bids at any auction sale of jewelry.
The provisions of this chapter may be enforced by citation, in addition to other remedies. The citation fine amount shall be $77. The following persons have authority to issue citations for violations pursuant to this chapter: City of Meriden police officer.