July 2012 Sale Report

 Under The Microscope

I have learnt over the years not to pre-judge what lies within any property I visit, some of the grandest houses can produce the biggest disappointments, whilst small unassuming cottages the greatest delights. Two or three months ago I was asked to view the contents of a cottage now on the market and used for many years by the family for summer holidays, closing it up in the autumn until the following spring.

Initially it showed no great promise until I went into the garage and through the gloom I could make out the shape of a car, an early one. It transpired to be a 1910 Panhard et Levassor Taxi, a rare survivor of pre-world war one motoring. The car was entered into a specialist vintage car auction in association with Richard Edmonds at The Castle Coombe race circuit nr Chippenham with a pre-sale estimate of 15,000, it sold at 22,400 a good result for all concerned.

On returning to the property to deal with the contents, a further discovery was made. A 19th century brass microscope by Powell & Lealand of Seymour Place, Euston Square, London remarkably complete with a selection of further lens, boxes of slides, etc, which sold to an American buyer on the telephone for 5,200.

Gneiss stone is a strata that appears in the northern part of Scotland and re-appears briefly in Wales and it was from this that a small female figure was carved, about 24 inches tall with very weathered features and of an uncertain date. It sold at 1,050.

All other areas of the sale performed as expected.

The next sale here on August 21st/22nd is filling remarkably quickly with several house clearances already here from throughout the district including Tewkesbury, Painswick, Amberley, Oakridge Lynch, Bristol and Chipping Sodbury. A further particularly interesting clearance from Shipton Moyne, Nr Malmesbury will include a high volume of good quality 19th and 20th century ceramics, glass, pictures, furniture and garden effects. This property alone will provide nearly 200 lots.

Sold for 22,400

Lot 1472 sold for 1,050

Lot 438 sold for 5,200






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