June 2012 Sale Report


A small collection of 18th & 19th century bottles including a Dicey & Co True Daffys Elixir bottle found huge favour with collectors attending the Wotton Auction Rooms June sale.  Daffys Elixir was designed by Daffy (who died in 1680) principally to cure disease of the stomach but was later marketed as a universal cure.  Chemical analysis of the liquid make up shows it to be a laxative made mainly from alcohol, however, it was the condition of the bottle itself that seems to have benefited from its cure-all contents, surviving in remarkable condition and colour with pre-sale hopes of around £600, the lot sold for £3,800. 

The strong jewellery section saw virtually every lot selling including £2,100 for an Art Deco platinum set three stone diamond ring, another at £1,200, an 18ct gold necklace 47 gm £910 whilst two Bahrain coins 100 & 50 dinars sold at £1,150, this section totalled about £18,000. 

The best of the watches, a Longines 18ct gold quartz wristwatch, sold at £820.  A smaller than usual  silver section  – again was subject to strong demand and virtually all sold at around £3,500. 

Amongst the pictures a contemporary painting by the local artist Anthony Hodge sold at £750 and a pair of 19th century oils showing Isle of Man views at £800. 

Amongst the furniture £1,300 was paid for a fine quality Old English style oak table, £1,500 for a large painted pine display cabinet removed from a local solicitors office, £840 for a Georgian mahogany three door bookcase from the same firm, £1,000 for a very tall Georgian 8 day longcase clock with inner dial but unknown maker, £850 for a small oak cottage dresser and £1,600 for a 1957 BSA 250 cc C12 model motorcycle. 

The next sale will be held in five week’s time on July 17th/18th with entries to be received by July 2nd.  In the meanwhile we shall have sold the contents of Daunceys Mill, Uley in the grounds of the property and the 1906 Panhard Taxi discovered in a local garage will also have been sold – house results in due course.


Lot 1040 - £1,600

Lot 730 - £750

Lot 168 - £3,800






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