So, what do you
keep in your sock drawer (besides the obvious) and forget about
for more than twenty five years? Usually not a 17th
century purse with finely hand worked floral panels, thatís for
sure. Found in fine condition, due in part no doubt to its
forgotten existence, and beautifully worked in around 1680 with
flowers and moss. The small receptacle attracted much interest
and curiosity, selling after a heated battle to an Italian buyer
for £2,400. The story continues: a different client to the rooms,
on clearing a disused cupboard, came across three small Buddhas,
gold in colour and, she believed, Chinese. However research
revealed them to be North Thai figures of the Buddha Shakyamuni
and two were indeed in gold, albeit of very thin construction, the
third in embossed brass; the three totalled £2,800. It was that
sort of sale, with wide and varied lots creating wide and varied
interest throughout the fifteen hundred lot two day event.
prices were extremely high throughout, and included a Victorian
diamond ring of oval form at £2,000, a Victorian bypass bangle set
with diamonds at £2,400, a triple strand pearl necklace £1,300.
Other rings realised £900, £780, £620, etc. Watches, including an
18ct half hunter pocket watch, realised £900, and another one
£740. Gold coins find ready buyers; including a George II two
guinea piece dating from 1738 at £1,700.
A pair of good
quality oval marble panels with classical gilt mounts sold at £980
and a collection of log books concerning Flt Lieutenant Strong, a
World War Two test pilot who flew both Spitfires and Hurricanes,
sold at £600. Further miscellaneous items included a collection
of Hornby OO gauge railway effects which was found to contain a
rare Southern Region engine which sold at £650. A ten air
cylinder music box made £600, and a Corgi gift set number 41
comprising a car transporter and six cars in its original box,
sold at £550. A collection of Annabelinda and Jean Muir vintage
clothing made £850.
pictures, a watercolour by Sir William Russell Flint showing a
coastal view of Ostend, with full artist provenance and further
inscriptions to the reverse sold at £6,200. A Breeches bible
printed in 1585 and a further example printed in 1599, made a
total of £980. A pair of French silver etched glass claret jugs
prices seemed to be on the rise and a near total clear out of the
five hundred or so lots was achieved.
concluding sales of the year are to be held on the 22nd
and 23rd November and will include two interesting
deceased estates from the Bristol area and an exceptional
collection of late oil/early electric/gas lighting by the
acclaimed maker Benson. All entries to be received by November 4th.
The field will then be clear for the now famous Christmas sale, to
be held on the 29th and 30th December. With
most of the country on holiday and virtually no other sales to be
found anywhere in the land, a high turn out of eager buyers often
results in exceptional prices paid for items entered into that
auction. Entries close for this sale by December 9th.