Gold – coins and jewellery – as well as musical instruments were all in demand at the latest Antique & Collectors Auction Sale at Gildings, Roman Way, Market Harborough, Leicestershire – as usual it came on the internet, on the telephone and from the bidders in the packed saleroom.
Timepieces, furniture, pictures and ceramics as well as some more unusual items, created interest from collectors and dealers too, following, what Mark Gilding, who shared the rostrum with his father John, described as: "Very busy, animated presale viewings."
A United Kingdom Britannia gold proof collection 1994 (Lot 355) realised the top price on the day of £1950, but Lot 115 – a violin – came close at £1900 – light coloured striped, one-piece back, with a bow, cased, and Lot 263 – a Leica M6 camera £1600 – in a leather ever-ready case, a Leica lens, filters and other accessories, together with related booklets.
|Lot 355||Lot 115||Lot 263|
Lot 118 – a viola – came under the auctioneer’s hammer for £950 – light coloured striped one-piece back, with a bow, cased. And another viola (Lot 114) £650 – light coloured striped two-piece back, cased.
|Lot 118||Lot 114||Lot 561|
A George III oak longcase clock (Lot 561) fetched £850 – arched brass dial, signed "Evans & Son, Salop", eight-day movement.
|Lot 427||Lot 341||Lot 611|
An Edwardian walnut filing cabinet (Lot 611) achieved £750 – with a three-quarter gallery with twin tambours enclosing two banks of ten drawers; Lot 637 £450 – a pair of Chinese cinnamon coloured lacquered side cabinets, decorated with roundels, butterflies, foliage and a Chinese fret; an Edwardian dining table (Lot 591A) £440 – oval top with reeded edge, one extra leaf, plain frieze and square tapering fluted legs and castors, with winding handle, and Lot 604 £400 – a Regency mahogany writing table, with a hinged stationery compartment in a single frieze drawer, ebony stringing, ringed and fluted legs.
|Lot 637||Lot 591A||Lot 604|
|Lot 459||Lot 63||Lot 498|
A painting After Jan Steen (Lot 459) sold for £700 – an interior scene, oil on relined canvas; an L.M.S. poster (Lot 63) £650 – "The Irish Mail at Holyhead" after Norman Wilkinson ERO 53331 (creased and torn), and Lot 498 £380 – Jacques Louis Peree after Jacques Barrand, botanical studies, collection of twelve, hand-coloured.
A George V military medal (Lot 354) sold for £580 – To 13234 PTE.W.G.BUTTERISS 8/LEIC:R and a Borough of Leicester commemorative medal – The Coronation of George V (2 in lot).
|Lot 354||Lot 363||Lot 434|
Coins were of interest all day. A George III Guinea (Lot 363) 1774 made £500; Lot 434 £450 – a George V Sovereign – 1912 and Elizabeth II Sovereign -1968 (2 in lot); two French 20 Franc gold coins (Lot 391) 1906 and 1913 £360, and 3 lots each achieved £340 – Lot 433 two jubilee tokens; Lot 432 Elizabeth II Sovereign – 1964, and a George V Half Sovereign – 1911, and Lot 431 – Edward VII Sovereign – 1905 and a 1910 half Sovereign.
|Lot 391||Lot 433||Lot 432|
|Lot 431||Lot 336||Lot 217|
A matched part canteen of Old English pattern silver cutlery (Lot 336) made £450 – comprising nine teaspoons, Birmingham 1929, together with a tablespoon, three table forks, four dessert forks and two dessert spoons (37ozs); a porcelain dessert service (Lot 217) also £450 – English or Welsh, early 19th Century, each piece with a named botanical specimen (22 pieces in lot); and a Waltham 9ct hallmarked gold half hunter pocket watch (Lot 398) £340 – white enamelled dial, keyless movement.