THE first Antique and Selected Sale of 2017 held at The Auction Rooms, Lostwithiel, proved to be very successful, the early February event dispatched the winter blues with a high success rate of sales, selling to America, China as well as many European countries.
Leading the way was a half scale replica of a Napoleonic cannon, carriage and limber, the cannon was a scratch built model made by a local St Austell man who wanted it to go to a good home, he was delighted with the £1,750 bid received. Of some surprise was a copper frame Arts & Crafts mirror, of rectangular form, the 36” mirror stormed past the guides to receive a £1,350 American internet bid. Also going to America after a long fought out internet battle was a group of Hummel figures. The collection of seven figures included a rare prototype hence the great surprise in the room when it finally sold for £1,050 to an American internet buyer against a Hungarian net bidder.
Quality was in evidence, another internet bidder bought a Rolex Gent’s bi-metal Oyster perpetual date wrist watch in 18ct gold and stainless steel case at £1,600, a 42” large butterscotch amber graduated beaded necklace sold to a Middle-Eastern buyer at £800. Silver prices remained strong, an early Victorian four-piece tea and coffee service of melon form with floral cast finials stamped London 1840 and approximately 71 ozs in weight, attracted a £980 internet bid, a set of Kings Pattern cutlery HM for London 1820-23, the 76 ozs of cutlery sold at £820. An Eastern tea service decorated with mythological figures and exotic birds went to an internet bidder at £550.
Autographs also hit the right note, a single piece of paper with the autographs of Tom Jones, Roy Castle, but most importantly Jimi Hendrix sold in the room at £1,200, whilst an autograph book signed at the Granada Theatre, Bedford in the early 60s including such names as The Rolling Stones, Jerry Marsdon and Freddie Garrity sold again in the room at £800.
Oriental buyers were out in force for Chinese pottery. Lot 1, an unglazed blue baluster 14” vase decorated with female courtiers, together with applied dragon motif neck, set the day’s sale off on a high with a £700 bid against expectations of £200-£300, also an oriental vase stand of a circular form with marble inset to top attracted a £460 bid.
Although modern and not what you would expect to find in an Antique Sale, the auctioneers decided to put a collection of microscopes and astronomical telescopes into the sale from a deceased estate. Their decision was vindicated as Zeiss Steami 2000-C stereo microscope attracted a £620 bid, a Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Astronomical telescope on tripod stand changed hands at £600, and an Olympus CX31 binocular microscope went for £460.
It was pleasing to see most of the furniture selling, an unexpected highlight was a retro Ercol Blonde Elm extending twin leaved dining table, with a set of six spindle back chairs including a carver, which went to a buyer in the room at £700, a pair of 19th century open shelved mahogany book cases with mirrored base shelves and fretwork gallery sold at £480, a local trade buyer purchase a Regency design sofa table at £440 and unexpectedly a quality reproduction burr walnut bow front chest on chest, took the eye of many at £380. A pair of signed English school water colours on canvas by H Broome of “Shipping off the Kent Coast” went to a new home at £480, whilst the internet strongly contested a Regency needlework sampler, this fine coloured sampler, possibly from the marriage between John McUlloch and Barbara Urquhart in 1809, went to an internet buyer at £660.
The next Antique Sale is scheduled for Thursday 4 May and further entries are now being received for this sale. If you wish to be involved in this sale please do not hesitate to contact the Auctioneers at Jefferys Auctions 01208 871947 or email [email protected]