LANCERS LEAD THE CHARGE!
The largest auction held this year at
Wotton-under-Edge, on May 24th/25th, was by
many also believed to be one of the most interesting. A large
number attended the view day, then either returning to the sale or
electing to bid online. Almost forty per cent of all lots are now
sold this way, with buyers from many European countries, the USA,
Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and Scandinavia all
competing against a strong following from all parts of this
country. However, there are still many that believe that nothing
really beats actually attending a sale!
Further entries from a Cirencester property
in this month’s sale included a collection of watercolours, oils
and helmets, all forming part of the history of the 17th
Lancers Regiment, with a noble history, including action in the
Crimea War. The regiment took part in a cavalry charge that
became known as The Charge of the Light Brigade. The collection
attracted wide interest with a black leather Tschapta helmet
selling for £4,000 and a foul weather helmet for a further
£1,800. While a good plated table centre in the form of a mounted
17th Lancers Hussar sold for £1,100. The collection,
including the paintings, totalled £13,070.
A good quality oil painting by J F Herring of
a delightful and typical farmyard scene found a new owner at
Amongst the books The Origin, Progress and
Termination of the American War, 1794, sold at £1,500 and a rare
early cookbook by Patrick Lamb, dated 1710, made £1,100.
Almost every one of 150 lots of jewellery and
silver sold, with strong bidding throughout.
The best of the clocks included an Empire
period gilt brass clock at £700 and a local longcase clock with a
thirty hour movement by Thomas Burton of Cromhall at £640.
A very unusual upholstered chair by the
designer William Birch, circa 1880, and retrieved from an attic in
Woodchester, sold at £950, and a Howard & Sons sofa realised
£2,100. A military/campaign wine cooler, an unusual object, sold
at £800, while a rustic ashwood table estimated at around £100 -
£120, realised £700. The best of the garden effects included a
teakwood D end table and eight chairs sold at £650. Other items
included a 19th century rosewood and silver mounted tea
caddy at £680 and a set of brass hand bells at £550. The best of
the carpets, an Eastern wool example 3 x 2 metres approximately,
made £440, and two vaseline glass oil lamp shades in splendid
condition made £460.
The next sale on June 21st & 22nd
will be another of the large and wide ranging events for which
these rooms are becoming increasingly well recognised.