ALL WEATHERS


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 began. Between 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 received.


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 wide interest.


Textiles seem increasingly attractive and this month’s section included Welsh blankets, 19th century cotton gowns, beadwork, table linen etc, and totalled a little over £2,000.


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 £1,100.


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.

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