The first sale of the New Year at
Wotton-under-Edge got off to a strong start; with fewer auctions
at this time of year and therefore fewer available lots on the
market, prices were pushed to a higher level.
A large and varied
collection of hair combs, 19th century and later from
around the world, attracted both interest from both Europe and
America. Formed by a local collector over many years, this
somewhat unique group of items, all different but essentially
for the same purpose, and constructed of timber, metal, mock
tortoiseshell, mock ivory, etc were divided into some twenty
five lots which all sold totalling £2,690.
A further collection
of war medals, mainly late Victorian to World War II, and
divided into twenty six lots realised £1,770.
jewellery three George III gold spade guineas realised £640, a
collection of twenty eight gem-set rings of modern design sold
for £460 and three 19th century Chinese ivory groups
Silver prices rose;
a four piece silver tea and coffee set made £520, while other
sets made £360, £290, etc. A Nathaniel Mills card case depicting
the Scott monument in Edinburgh made £420.
Amongst the clocks a
substantial Edwardian oak bracket clock with Cambridge chimes
sold for £1,600 and the best of the military lots, a World War
II SS dagger by Eickhorn, made £740, followed by £480 for
approximately one hundred World War I silk postcards.
A large and varied
collection of toy cars commercial and military vehicles - dating
mainly from the 1970ís and later - sold well both in the room
and on the internet, and totalled £1,955.
The last of a
huge private collection of oil lamps and oil lamp spares has
finally been completed after four sales. This final selection of
seventy lots made £4,095.
without doubt, were stronger than previous months. The best
included £1,800 taken for a Howard armchair and £2,300 for a
fine 19th century mahogany artists shop display
The next sale on
February 18th and 19th will include a good
range of effects and particularly a fine private collection of
Barnstapleware pottery in approximately one hundred lots. These
will appear fully illustrated on the website shortly.