The Christmas sale of 2019 was held just
before the Christmas break and a full saleroom of some 1400 or
so lots greeted buyers both in person and online.
Highest price of the sale was taken by a
small group of medals, comprising a general service medal
1962-07 period with clasps and a naval general service medal
with clasps, and oak leaf defining that the recipient was
mentioned in Dispatches.
They sold to a collector at £3,000.
Ceramics faired well and a collection of
Wedgwood Jasperwares from a clearance in Clifton, Bristol
offered in 15 lots sold for just under £3,000.
The silver section saw just about
every lot finding a buyer with £1,450 being achieved for a
Spanish 916 silver standard canteen of cutlery, the section
achieved around £7,600.
Jewellery once again found strong favour with trade and private
buyers, a good platinum three stone diamond ring, 1.75ct in
total sold for £2,600, while the whole section took a little
over £15,000. The best of the clock section saw a Black Forest
double fusee cuckoo clock, in a Gothic case realise £980, whilst
amongst the paintings a collection of large portraits, mainly of
clerics, five in total realised £2,600.
Amongst the more unusual items in the sale
were 18 large, medium and small glass fibre hares, the largest,
some 5ft in height, were the remaining examples from the 2018
Natural Beauty Hare Trail, which had been scattered across the
Cotswold’s and decorated by various local artists in a variety
They totalled £5,100.
Curious objects find
their way to the sale room, which shows the breadth of items
offered and included a 19th
century human skull at £420, two 19th
century empty mahogany gun cases, £720, a collection of Scouting
memorabilia, £800, a Victorian Gothic oak library table, £540
and an art deco wicker tub chair, £460.
The December sale was unusual, normally held between Christmas
and New Year, the calendar simply made this impossible this
year, however the December sale in 2020 will again revert to the
post-Christmas/pre-New Year Date, a sale for which these auction
rooms have become famous.