There was a rich variety of almost 600 lots ranging from ceramics and furniture to jewellery and objets d’art which came under the hammer of father and son auctioneers John and Mark Gilding in their Market Harborough saleroom for the latest Antique & Collectors Auction Sale.
Once again, it was jewellery which realised the top price – a yellow metal bracelet (Lot 317) which made £1550 – marked 750 with circular links, together with a large collection of yellow metal charms, many marked 18k, 90g gross weight. A 9ct gold rope-twist necklace (Lot 326) fetched £320, together with a hallmarked gold oval locket, cameo brooch, a 9ct gold bracelet, Norweigian silver gilt and enamelled butterfly brooch; with £300 – for Lot 310 – a 22ct gold dress ring, set with a ruby.
|Lot 317||Lot 326||Lot 310|
A more unusual item – of taxidermy – (Lot 598) sold for £1100 – a large case with an arrangement of birds on a tree, the case with walnut mouldings and a painted background.
|Lot 598||Lot 577||Lot 601|
Furniture continues to offer good value for money and creates interest among dealers and collectors. An oak wake table (Lot 577) made £550 – an oval top with 2 fall leaves on baluster-turned gates; an oak vestry table (Lot 601) £380 – rectangular top with herringbone stringing and a moulded edge on fluted legs, joined by moulded stretchers, the frieze carved Wm. Sutton, Donum MDCCXXII – 1722; an 18th Century joined oak coffer (Lot 527) £380, the hinged lid with 3 panels, 3 further panels to the front, carved with lozenges and lunettes; and a 19th Century mahogany chest of drawers (Lot 540) £360 – with a rectangular top and a moulded edge, 4 long graduating drawers, each with brass handles, on bracket feet.
|Lot 527||Lot 540||Lot 552|
A 19th Century mahogany cylinder front hanging corner cupboard (Lot 552) realised £320 – the doors with shell inlay, enclosing shelves; a Victorian walnut Davenport (Lot 569) £300 – the top fitted with a correspondence box, slope front writing surface enclosing drawers, the base fitted with further drawers; a Victorian walnut desk (Lot 526) £260 – rectangular top with a moulded edge, twin pedestals, fitted with 9 drawers, plinth base; a large oak desk (Lot 571) £250 – rectangular top, twin pedestals, each fitted with 4 drawers, plinth base; and Lot 464 – £260 – a 19th Century mahogany chest of drawers, rectangular top with ebony stringing, crossbanding, and a moulded edge, fitted with 2 short and 3 long graduating drawers, turned handles, bracket feet, labelled George Burgess, Market Harborough.
|Lot 569||Lot 526||Lot 571|
Interest in timepieces – from longcase clocks to watches – remains high. A 19th Century oak and mahogany banded longcase clock (Lot 474) fetched £540 – the hood with a swan-neck pediment and turned supports, short arched door and on bracket feet, arched painted dial with Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial and date aperture, 8-day movement, striking on a bell; and a lady’s Longines wristwatch (Lot 323) £500 – 18ct hallmarked gold case and bracelet strap, 30g gross.
|Lot 464||Lot 474||Lot 323|
A Military Cross (Lot 295) sold for £460 – together with a typed paper stating "SEC.LT.L. Hambling, Bedford Regiment Special Reserve, who showed great skill and courage in keeping his Lewis gun in action to cover a withdrawal and inflicting heavy losses on the enemy" London Gazette Supplement, June 22, 1918, and with a photograph; a Japanese sword (Lot 13) £300 – with curved steel blade, iron tsuba, wire-bound fish-skin grip in a black lacquered saya; Lot 282 £360 – 18th Century silver spoon, with a marrow scoop handle (marks worn), with 2 other 18th Century silver spoons and sundry 19th Century and later cutlery; and a brass fireman’s helmet (Lot 90) £280.
|Lot 295||Lot 13||Lot 282|
Lot 250 went for £380 – a collection of 21 Hornby 00 gauge model railway carriages and rolling stock, all boxed, and in the ceramics section, a collection of Beswick Beatrix Potter models (Lot 304) £320, also including a Royal Doulton Brambley Hedge model and a Royal Albert Beatrix Potter model – 12 in total; Clarice Cliff Fantasque items are always popular and Lot 1 made £290 – Picasso Fruit pattern vase – sold on the telephone.
|Lot 90||Lot 250||Lot 304|
|Lot 1||Lot 395||Lot 470|
A 19th Century school oil painting on canvas (Lot 395) achieved £280 – head and shoulders study of a soldier wearing a helmet; and a Victorian mahogany banjo barometer (Lot 470) £250 – with an architectural pediment, shell inlay, boxwood and ebony stringing, silvered dials, signed A. Tacchi, Bedford.