AUGUST HOLIDAY MOOD PREVAILS
recent past, most auctions ceased during the high summer period,
with many sellers fearing that buyers would be either in holiday
mood or away, so attendances would be small and prices poor.
It never was quite as bad as that, but that was the
In the last few years however, with the prevalence of the
internet, you can now access the sale online, view the
illustrations, description and estimated price of each of the
lots on offer and take part if you wish, while on holiday,
either at home or abroad.
This is exactly what happened at the August sale and,
with more time for buyers to watch the sale online, the holiday
mood often helped achieve some quite surprising prices.
price of the sale was achieved for a shed find, a somewhat
rusting heavy steel armour breast and back plate, complete with
musket shot dents.
Probably German and sold alongside a 17th century
sword, thought to be Spanish, and again poor order, but
importantly complete, the lot raced from a low start at around
£100, to sell to a telephone bidder eventually at £3,500.
ceramics a very mixed lot of decorative tea and coffeewares,
mainly mid 20th century and estimated at a lowly £40
to £60, quite unexpectedly soared to £1,350.
section saw just about every lot sell and the present high
bullion prices pushed jewellery to new levels with an almost
total clearance. A
George II gold guinea, dated 1760, in very fine condition, sold
Oyster Perpetual Air King precision stainless steel gents wrist
watch, circa 1991, with full paperwork, consigned from a vendor
in one part of the town, sold to a buyer living in another part
of the town at £2,100.
A copy of
Sir Robert Aktynsí Ancient and Present State of Gloucestershire,
1768 second edition, sold at £1,000.
furniture section included a good quality 19th
century centre table in figured walnut enclosing two drawers on
a shaped framework, which sold at £820.
A Dutch marquetry chest of drawers made £740, a late 19th
century Adam style serving table made £640, a small 18th
century oak chest of drawers with block moulded decoration made
£720 and a 19th century Flemish box settle £880.
The September sale will include a number of the summer probate
instructions and, at the time of writing, the saleroom is
already virtually full for this forthcoming sale.