CATCH OF THE DAY
After the success
of the August and September sales, the pressure was on for our
saleroom to keep the ball rolling into October. It was all
hands-on deck as two or three very large consignments came into
the rooms over a relatively short space of time. The most
intriguing arrived in two large containers that arrived from
After days of
wading through boxes of what seemed to be a lifetime’s collection
of paperwork and ephemera, we unearthed some real gems of
The star catch -
a carved wooden half Atlantic salmon, commemorating one of very
few fish caught over the weight of 50 lbs - opened with bids in
the room at £500 and treaded water slowly but surely with further
bids online and on the phone, finally netting £3100.
Amongst the piles
of ephemera, we managed to link together an archive relating to
British racing driver and pilot John Peter Wakefield. With
photographs, log books, touring maps etc, a budding collector put
himself in pole position with a winning bid of £2600 for the
We also found
items relating to the Heywood family who were quite the Northern
powerhouse. A silver gilt casket presented to Alderman Heywood
sold for £3000. A pair of silver bugles presented to Colonel G.B.
Heywood sold for £1050, along with a pair of military flags on
mahogany staffs with silver mounts, presented again to G. B.
Heywood, selling for £1400.
It was another
sale with strong bids coming from within the room. With the advent
of online bidding, attendances at auction houses have dwindled, we
feel so privileged to be selling to a room full of people. A 1967
Vespa Sprint scooter started with a modest room bid of £1500 and
climbed and climbed, finally selling to a thrilled buyer at
£4700. An exquisite pair of Victorian cast silver figural salts
opened in the room at £2000 and again sold in the room for £4900.
The best of the
rest was mainly in another very strong ceramics section.
International interest saw a Shelley tea service selling online
for £1700 and a George Jones majolica cheese dish and cover making
We have been taking in consignments from all over
Europe for our Pre-Christmas sale in November. Here’s hoping we
can reel in some more dishy lots.