The latest Antique & Collectors Sale at Gildings Market Harborough saleroom attracted keen interest, including from BBC television Bargain Hunt cameras. But viewers will have to wait until later in the year before contestants’ profits or losses are revealed.
Auctioneer Mark Gilding said: "There was a great atmosphere with a packed saleroom, a lively amount of internet bidding, as well as people on the telephones. There is always something for everyone in these Antique and Collectors auctions, whether the buyers are private collectors, dealers, or for the interior design market. There was a tremendous variety of lots which helps to bring competitive prices as far as sellers are concerned too."
A 7¾ gauge steam locomotive and tender (Lot 632) in North British livery made the top price on the day, selling for £4800. But there was also brisk demand for The Beatles signed monochrome printed photographic publicity card (Lot 377) which fetched £1900 when it was sold on behalf of the British Red Cross.
|Lot 632||Lot 377||Lot 585|
This was signed by all 4 members of the group and was obtained by a friend of the vendor at Park Hall Country Club, near Sheffield, over 45 years ago.
A pair of chair frames (Lot 585) sold under the hammer for £1750, wing-back, with scrolled arms, on carved swept paw feet – in need of re-upholstery; a Victorian ebonised credenza (Lot 693) £1600, of traditional bow-front form, gilt metal caryatid supports and rosette borders, the door inlaid with a classical urn of flowers and various hard stones, on turned legs; a George III style walnut and burr walnut on oak linen press (Lot 677) £820 with moulded cornice, 2 fielded panelled doors to the upper section 2 short and a single long drawer below, with crossbanding, on bracket feet.
|Lot 693||Lot 677||Lot 418|
War medals continued to attract attention. Mr Gilding said: "These are extremely popular and of great historic interest."
A British War Medal 1914-1920, a Victory Medal 1914-1915 star (Lot 418) made £900, awarded to Major J A Haran, the Star marked E.A.F.R.M.S, together with an African General Service Medal with Jubaland bar, awarded to Doctor J A Haran, Ogaden Punitive Exp. Eams badge.etc⁄
|Lot 417||Lot 376||Lot 451|
And a similar lot – (417) – realised £850, a British War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal 1914-15 Star and an OBE awarded to Captain H J Cavanagh, ASC, together with Military Medals and a British War Medal 1914-1920 and a Victory Medal awarded to Lieut. J Cavanagh, with certificate, photographs, two yellow metal desk seals, an 18ct signet ring with carved integral initials, a similar 9ct gold signet ring with a carved seal, and a yellow metal signet ring with engraved initials, marked 18c.
Earlier in the sale Lot 376 made £500, including a British War medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal 1914-15 Star. George V Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, all awarded to 11885 Spr. W Morton, Royal Engineers, with a Military Medal George V awarded to 8650 Pte. H Morton 2⁄KOSB, a Royal Engineers Rifle Association Medal and Hampshire Badge and other badges.
An Indian Mutiny Medal (Lot 451) made £420, with Lucknow Bar, awarded to Pte. M Connolly, First Madras Fusilier. The same amount was paid for a presentation commando dagger, Falklands (Lot 315) – Major General Jeremy Moore, June 1982, boxed, but "as found." A sabre (Lot 212) fetched £700, the blade engraved and dated 1812, with a basket hilt and metal scabbard.
|Lot 315||Lot 212||Lot 378|
|Lot 344||Lot 414||Lot 398|
A Charles Boyton silver vase (Lot 378) fetched £750, of tapering form with twin handles, engraved with a church, beaded outlines, maker T D & S, Birmingham 1940; a Victorian copper mould (Lot 344) £480, marked with an Orb and Cross, probably Benham & Froud, numbered 489, together with another similar, marked and numbered 400, another similar mould marked G.W. and 2 miniature copper moulds with bear’s heads, each numbered 175 – the lot totalling 5 pieces. A Victorian novelty silver vesta case (Lot 414) sold for £440, of plain, rectangular form, enamelled with a jockey, makers mark worn, London 1889, and a 9ct hallmarked gold necklace and similar bracelets (Lot 398) £390 – 52g gross.
|Lot 660||Lot 661||Lot 597|
Lot 660 – a George III oak longcase clock – came under the gavel for £700, signed Whitehurst, Derby, with a square brass dial, cast rococo spandrels, silvered chapter ring, date aperture, 8-day movement, striking on a bell, the case with a broken architectural pediment, arched long door with a marquetry star motif, panelled plinth on bracket feet.
|Lot 675||Lot 672||Lot 697|
Demand for furniture is increasing. A George I oak bureau (Lot 661) made £650, the fall front enclosing part fitted interior, with drawers and pigeonholes, 4 graduating long drawers below, on bracket feet, with a matched bookcase top; an inlaid mahogany wardrobe (Lot 699) £620, with single mirrored door, drawer and cupboards to the base, together with a matching dressing table; a large Victorian mahogany sideboard (Lot 597) £600, the raised back carved with scrolls and acanthus, with 3 frieze drawers on an inverted breakfront base, with bow front pedestals and cupboards; a Victorian walnut and marquetry card table (Lot 675) £440 with D shaped fold-over top; a Victorian rosewood and marquetry stretcher table (Lot 672) also made £440, with rounded ends, a Continental pine side cabinet (Lot 697) £420, and a set of 8 mahogany dining chairs (Lot 689) £380, with bar-backs, shaped splats and boarded seats – 2 carvers and 6 single chairs.
|Lot 689||Lot 481||Lot 33|
An oil on panel by Charles Venneman (Lot 481) sold for £600 – seated figure holding an hour glass in an interior, together with a Continental School lace maker’s interior and figures at a dining table – both also oil on panels but indistinctly signed, all in gilt frames; and a Victorian Staffordshire pottery model of a rabbit (Lot 33) £400 despite a crack with rudimentary repairs.