As we finished the sale in January the snow
began to fall; as we finished the sale in February the sun
shone, creating two of the warmest February days since records
those times the saleroom was emptied, filled, catalogued and
ready once more.
With the sun shining on buyers, the outdoor
effects got off to an unexpectedly good early start this season
with garden ornaments, planters, entrance gates and other
unusual pieces totalling around £10,000.
All sections of this 1,500 lot sale sold well,
including a 12 carat gold South Africa Boer war medal selling at
£2,800, while £1,100 was paid for an 18ct gold diamond cross
over ring; once again the jewellery was particularly well
Vintage wrist watches are performing to a high
standard here, an 18ct gold Rolex Oyster perpetual with diamond
bezel sold at £5,000.
A cased Georgian pepper pot pistol with six chambers,
fully cased, sold for £1,200, while a collection of seven tinder
strikes sold for £2,780.
A collection of teddy bears, mainly mid 20th
century but including some good modern replicas, sold in about
fifteen lots which realised around £1,400.
Amongst the miscellaneous lots, a mixed
collection of effects from a clearance including two tribal
oars, estimated at just £50 to £80 sold for £900 and attracted
Textiles seem increasingly attractive and this
month’s section included Welsh blankets, 19th century
cotton gowns, beadwork, table linen etc, and totalled a little
Virtually every carpet sold and the largest,
at 8.5 metres in length by 3.6 metres in width, the smallest
less than 1 metre in length, made a total of around £6,000.
Furniture found favour, the most enormous
Italian bedroom suite comprising triple wardrobe, bed frame,
dressing table, all with Art Nouveau inlaid detail upon a walnut
frame, consigned by a film’s prop company sold for £1,600.
A very tall (3 metres) four door library bookcase in
mahogany, circa 1800, sold for £3,000.
A good mahogany partners desk made £940 and a
Georgian oak enclosed dresser made £1,450.
A Victorian oak extending dining table with ten matching
chairs which had been languishing in a barn for some years made
Amongst the books and ephemera an album of
early 19th century topographical pencil sketches and
watercolours, mainly of Welsh views and the Isle of Man, sold at
£920. The stamp
collections sold for around £1,500.
A collection of angling and country pursuit books sold
for around £1,500.
The March sale is already receiving
consignments and will include a high percentage of local
clearance and recent probate instructions.
Entries are once again likely to close early, due to
demand and space.