There was a show of lights, cameras, action in a busy saleroom for the latest Antiques & Collectors Auction Sale at Gildings, The Mill, Great Bowden Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, when a popular BBC television Bargain Hunt programme was filmed. It will be screened at a later date.
Mark Gilding said: "The presence of the team always creates an element of extra excitement and anticipation, so we were pleased to see them all – and, of course, our own buyers – regular and new private collectors and dealers with us again."
"As usual really, there was a huge diversity of items which attracted interest from a very wide area, so it was a good day after lively viewings."
"The top price was achieved by Lot 370 a Bild Lilli Doll, German 1950’s, with original miniature copy of a newspaper, which came under the hammer for £1900, with plastic tube and stand."
He added: "This doll was produced by Three M Doll Company 1952-64. The Bild Lilli Doll was taken from a cartoon character in a German newspaper, Bild-Zeitung."
Wines proved of great appeal with Lot 226 – 1 bottle of Petrus Pomerol, 1982 – selling for £1,000 well above its presale estimate. Lot 243 – Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac, 1982 and eleven other bottles (12 in total) realised £300.
|Lot 370||Lot 226||Lot 243|
|Lot 503||Lot 587||Lot 613|
A Victorian carved oak breakfront library bookcase (Lot 613) achieved £750 – gadrooned cornice piece, mask heads and scrolls to the frieze, three glazed doors to the upper section, flanked by fruit pilasters, three frieze drawers and three panelled doors under, length 183cm, height 235cm; Oak console table (Lot 691) £460 – circa 1900, raised back with a blank cartouche, fitted with two frieze drawers, scrolled front legs with carved knees and lion paw feet, length 138cm; and Lot 646 – Victorian mahogany partner’s desk – £390 – rectangular top with rounded corners, inset writing surface, fitted with three frieze drawers and three drawers to each pedestal, matched by three further frieze drawers and two cupboards, 152 x 106cm.
|Lot 691||Lot 646||Lot 652|
Still in the furniture section, Lot 652 – joined oak bible box on stand – fetched £360 – carved decoration, drawer under, turned legs, width 92cm; Victorian inlaid walnut Davenport (Lot 688) £320 – bow front superstructure, with a three-quarter gallery, inset writing surface to the flap front, enclosing a blond wood interior, fitted with four end drawers, matched by dummy drawers, width 56cm; Regency mahogany bow front chest of drawers (Lot 629) £260 – with crossbanding and stringing, fitted with a secret frieze drawer, over two short and three long drawers, flanked by engaged spiral fluted columns, bracket feet, width 122cm.
|Lot 688||Lot 629||Lot 399|
Lot 399 – Flintlock double-barrel pocket pistol – made £480 – signed W Holt, walnut stock, 17cm and a brass-mounted copper powder flask (2 in lot); and Lot 326 £250 – Czech T200 target rifle, with a Simmons 3-9 x 50 sight, in a soft case.
|Lot 326||Lot 430||Lot 434|
Jewellery maintains its popularity and appeal. An 18ct gold and platinum two-stone diamond cross-over ring (Lot 430) went under the gavel for £460 – illusion set, with original receipt dated 1935; Lot 434 £340 – 9ct gold and platinum three-stone diamond ring; Lot 433 also £340 – 18ct hallmarked gold five-stone diamond ring, old cut stones; Lot 416 £300 – 9ct gold box-link belcher chain; Lot 431 £280 – Yellow metal intarsia brooch – locket backed, diameter 2.5cm, a yellow pearl-set star burst brooch, yellow metal charms and other items.
|Lot 433||Lot 416||Lot 431|
A similar amount £280 was realised by Lot 406 – 9ct hallmarked gold closed face hunter pocket watch, with engraved monogram, white enamelled dial, keyless lever movement, diameter 5.2cm.
|Lot 406||Lot 467||Lot 429|
An oval silver ring box (Lot 467) sold for £260 – Birmingham 1919, lozenge-shaped engine-turned lid, 8.5cm, a silver salt, a horn snuff box, another snuff box, a sovereign case on a fancy Albert, a rattle, Vestas, etc; Lot 429 also £260 – George V gold half Sovereign – 1914 and a yellow metal belcher link chain, with 2 more lots featuring sovereigns going for £250 each – Lot 408 – Elizabeth II gold Sovereign – 1967, 9ct hallmarked gold mount, serving as a pendant, on a yellow metal chain, and Lot 404 – Victorian gold Sovereign – 1892, mounted as a pendant in a yellow metal frame, on a yellow metal chain.
|Lot 408||Lot 404||Lot 444|
A Japanese carved ivory model of a tiger (Lot 444) was knocked down for £360 – 5cm and four other Netsukes (5 in lot); and Lot 390 £260 – Regency style rectangular portrait miniature of a young lady half length, framed, 10 x 8cm and two other portrait miniatures (3 in lot).
|Lot 390||Lot 366|
Some of the biggest names in costume jewellery held enthusiastic interest in this sale too. There were around 30 lots featuring necklaces and other items, of many different styles, which went for a total of more than £2600, including pieces by Schiaparelli, Christian Dior and Chanel. The top amount of £230 was for Lot 366 – Christian Lacroix parure of ear clips, brooch and bangle in gilt metal and four pairs of ear clips by the same designer.