A sporting lot proved to be the top seller at the latest Antiques & Collectors Auction Sale at Gildings, Roman Way, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Viewing sessions and sale day itself were extremely busy. Father-and-son John and Mark Gilding took bids from collectors and dealers in the room, on the internet and on the telephone when they shared the rostrum.
Mark Gilding said: "The top price on this occasion was £2,900 paid for Lot 191 – a large collection of vintage and later fishing reels, with £1,100 paid for Lot 269 – an album of postcards, most of local views."
"Demand continued to be high for gold, silver and jewellery, which has been a feature of our sales for sometime now. But, of course, people have widely varying hobbies and interests and are always looking for items whether paintings, furniture, or something more unusual that will fit in with their own individual lifestyles. This keeps everything fresh and interesting."
|Lot 191||Lot 269||Lot 420|
A yellow metal square-link keeper chain (Lot 420) came under the gavel for £880 – the clip marked as 9ct; a 9ct hallmarked rose gold pocket watch (Lot 444) £620 – white enamelled dial with subsidiary second dial, keyless lever movement, the back engraved with a monogram, with a 9ct double Albert and a 9ct swivel fob; and Lot 407 £580 – 14ct hallmarked gold bead and open hoop necklet.
|Lot 444||Lot 407||Lot 500|
Pictures were popular too. After L.S. Lowry (Lot 500) fetched £500 – "St Luke’s Church, London," signed proof limited edition coloured print, 194/850; and after Sir Edwin Landseer (Lot 480) £440 – "The Farrier’s Shop" oil on canvas.
|Lot 480||Lot 467||Lot 428|
But back to gold and silver. Six American 5oz silver Quarter dollars (Lot 467) made £480 – Glacia x 3 and Gettysburg x 3; a pair of 9ct hallmarked rose gold cufflinks (Lot 428) £460 – two lengths of yellow metal chains, a yellow metal bracelet and stud earrings; a 9ct hallmarked gold half hunter pocket watch (Lot 376) £340 – Swiss keyless lever movement; a George III style silver three-piece tea set (Lot 362) £340 – Birmingham 1916, plain oval form, the teapot with ebonised handle and finial; a 9ct hallmarked gold pocket watch (Lot 411) £320 – white enamelled dial, signed – Beteridge, Dudley, keyless lever movement, the back engraved with the monogram.
|Lot 376||Lot 362||Lot 411|
A set of six electroplated dessert knives and forks (Lot 440) achieved £300 – with Japanese bronze Kozuka handles; and Lot 328 also £300 – Churchill Centenary Medals, Trustees Presentation Edition No. 731, in an album.
|Lot 440||Lot 328||Lot 691|
In furniture, a pair of beechwood framed French style deep easy chairs (Lot 691) realised £480 – upholstered in patterned ivory coloured brocade; and a reproduction Dutch marquetry style cabinet (Lot 617) £290 – with scrolled cresting, glazed doors enclosing a brocade lined interior, bombe-shaped base with three drawers.
|Lot 617||Lot 97||Lot 237A|
Other timepieces were of interest too. So were scientific instruments. A Victorian mahogany bracket clock (Lot 97) realised £420 – white enamelled dial, fusee movement, with a matched bracket (2 in lot); an Olympus microscope (Lot 237A) £400; a barograph (Lot 245) £380 – stained walnut case; and an inlaid mahogany longcase clock (Lot 625) £280 – second quarter of the 19th Century, arched painted dial, with subsidiary dial and date aperture, eight-day movement.
|Lot 245||Lot 625||Lot 265|
|Lot 682||Lot 589||Lot 656|
Musical lots held appeal. A double bass (Lot 589) sold for £340 – light coloured two-piece back, in a soft case, with two Swiss musical boxes £280 each. Lot 656 had inlaid and printed decoration, playing eight airs on a 6" drum, while Lot 624 had inlaid decoration to the case, 13" drum.