January 2014 Sale Report





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.


Amongst the 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 made £730.


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.


Furniture prices, 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 cabinet.


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.



Comb collection £2,690


Artists cabinet £2,300


Nathaniel Mills card case £420