Treasure can be found in all guises. For most, of course, it’s precious metal and gems, but if it happens to be a collection of pre and post-war tin plate vehicles and lead soldiers, still wrapped and unseen since 1954, then that too qualifies as treasure - at least to some.
The 110 lots, fairly equally divided between lead soldiers and military vehicles by W Britain’s, and tin plate cars by Minic, were remarkable for both their age, wonderful condition and in almost every case with the original packaging. A huge interest developed on-line, both in this country and worldwide. It was considered by many to be one of the best collections to come onto the market for quite a while. Every lot sold and totalled £33,100.
Highlights included a Britain’s barrage balloon and winch, which sold for £1,100, a boxed set of six Royal Artillery soldiers £1,650, another set at £1,450, six Boer War cavalry soldiers at £1,200, the 5th Dragoon Guards at £900, fifteen York and Lancaster Regiment soldiers at £1,350, a fifteen of Boxer Rebellion soldiers, £1,200, three field guns and fifteen soldiers for £2,200.
Ceramics were led by a Chinese brush pot and three further pieces of broken oriental porcelain at £5,800 and a Davenport child’s blue and white dinner service made £1,300.
An antique gilded brass figure of the meditating Buddha realised £2,200 and a mutton fat Jade panel £1,950.
Pictures achieved good prices including a collection of four oil paintings by W.A and A Beer, studies of racing pigeons which sold at £6,740. An oil painting by William Huggins, study of a horse and mastiff dog realised £2,700 and a watercolour by James Hayllar of an elderly couple threading a needle £1,500. A watercolour by Sir George Gilbert Scott, a study of residences in Broad Sanctuary, Westminster realised £6,000.
Amongst the furniture a group of three Globe Wernicke bookcases realised £3,120, a good old English oak refectory table to seat 10/12 made £1,000 and a high-quality Victorian walnut and amboyna wood open bookcase £1,450.
This was probably the largest sale conducted in these rooms and was almost spot on 2000 lots. The next auction is the famous Christmas sale, held between Christmas and the New Year, giving many regular viewers and buyers of these eclectic auctions the opportunity to attend during the holiday period.