Say hello to PFK Auctioneers & Valuers- Selling Online Only
Given the weird world we’re living in, we’ve adapted our business model and, for the foreseeable future – certainly at least until a vaccine exists – we will not be holding ‘public’ (physical attendance) auctions. Whilst we can in theory do this from June 1st, I believe it is simply too risky, especially as Cumbria has one of the highest infection rates in the UK.
All of our sales will be conducted online and we’ve devised a new format.
From June 2020, we shall hold two types of auction per month –
1. A Live Webcast sale of Fine art, Antiques and Interior objects (around 500 lots per sale, minimum lot value £50)
2. A Timed 10-day auction of useful household, decorative and miscellaneous objects, including white goods, electricals and gardening items (around 1500 lots per sale, no minimum lot value)
The live webcast sale shall be held on the last Wednesday of each month (next June 24th), whilst the Timed sales shall finish on the last day of each month (next June 30th)
Viewing of objects for sale & Collection of objects purchased is available in person on a limited and pre-arranged basis, conforming to Covid-Secure rules – please contact us to organise this.
We’re excited about this format, which will allow us to increase operating efficiency, be Covid-Secure and increase the amount of goods we are able to sell – offering you a better service.
Entries are invited for all auctions now! We can offer valuations by Zoom, WhatsApp, Instagram Live, email photo, telephone and in person – on a pre-arranged and socially distant basis (please note all attendance to our saleroom must be on a pre-arranged basis). Home visits are available, subject to Covid-Secure policies, but we would encourage all clients to send us images or videos of their items instead if possible.
We can arrange collection of your goods for sale.
We are also very much able to arrange house clearances and probate valuations at vacant properties – demand has surged for all these services in the last couple of weeks.
Despite the challenges of Covid-19, we’re here to assist you with a full range of services.
Thank you for reading this and have a look at our latest catalogue!
Feel free to contact me to consign or just to have a chat.
Head of Department
PFK Auctioneers & Valuers
T: 07823 415837 / 01768 890781
We’re operating as business as usual, with the health and safety of our customers and staff being our priority.
We strongly encourage everyone to bid through the-saleroom.com to minimise social interaction as per the Government’s guidelines.
If you have a cough, a fever, been feeling unwell, or had contact with anyone who has, please do not attend the saleroom under any circumstances.
Should you visit the saleroom, please note the following:
A hand washing station is in the entrance for everyone to use on their way in and on their way out, all visitors are expected to utilise this for everyone’s safety.
Due to the current situation, please be advised that food and drink will not be provided on-site to purchase at our upcoming auctions. We would recommend that anyone visiting the saleroom bring their own should they wish.
We politely ask where possible to avoid cash payments to safeguard our staff and customers.
Card transactions not made in person are limited to £500 within the UK, and £100 internationally.
For invoices over these amounts payment will be accepted by bank transfer or payment request.
For the moment, our charity coffee morning events have been postponed – they will be rearranged in the near future.
We will update you as and when changes need to be made in accordance with the Government’s advice.
We’re operating as business as usual, with the health and safety of our customers and staff being our priority. While we’ve taken precautions to do this, we encourage everyone to bid online.
To bid online, you need to use the-saleroom.com’s platform.
If you go to our ‘auctions’ tab on our website, here and scroll down until you see this button
Click the link to go to our catalogue on the-saleroom.com.
Click connect to auction. You’ll need to do this for each auction you want to bid online for.
If you have an account with the-saleroom.com already, sign in with your details. If not, click register and fill in your details.
You’ll be redirected to the Auction Registration page.
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to read the ‘sale information’ – our terms and conditions, a brief guide to how our auctions work and FAQs.
You’ll also need to register a payment card, and a telephone number. We do not take payments off of this card automatically. At this stage it is only to verify your identity.
Once you’ve read the Ts & Cs, complete your sign up. You’re now ready to bid!
Our fine Ceramics & Glass sale fetched healthy prices!
Most valuable among the selection, a pair of Limoges type urns, the cartouches marked Hausmann sold for £220. A pair of 19th Century Continental wheel cut glass vases did well with the internet at £140.
In the cabinets, a Victoria 1887 double sovereign and a 9ct watch chain with a 8ct anchor charm sold to a room bidder for £1,300. An Omega P300 MS Geneve Chronograph watch, serviced in January sold for £180. An 14k gold fob watch did well at £150.
Gold did well overall. An antique long guard chain sold to the internet at £400. A 9ct gold amethyst and diamond 31 stone triple cluster ring sold for £190.
From a house clearance in Appleby, a George V silver 4pc tea service of Art Deco design did well at £440.
Among the paintings, a Roger De La Corbiere oil on canvas sold for £150.
We had a selection of cameras and lens consigned from a single vendor. A Leica Summicron-R 1:2/50 E55 lens sold for £280. A Leitz Vario-Elmer R1 3:5/35-70 E67 did well at £170.
From a private vendor in Penrith, a vintage top hat exceeded all expectations at £150!
Most valuable in the furniture, a 19th Century Dutch marquetry inlaid vitrine was popular with the internet at £340. A Green Man carved oak hall stand had the internet’s interest at £300.
A 19th Century scumbled pine cricket table had the room’s interest at £280.
Amongst the chairs, a pine-framed Orkney example lacking its seat sold for £270. A Windsor bobbin chair with an elm seat did well at £170.
An internet bidder snapped up a 19th Century iron gate at £120.
A bible box dated 1706, attributed to W.D. Wilkinson – Dent of Flass mansions, sold to a telephone bid at £240.
Large furniture also did well. A reproduction oak dresser had the internet’s interest at £170.
Our next auction is 18th March, Vintage & Collectable Toys. We’ll be accepting toy entries 9th-11th March.
For free sales and valuation advice, contact us on 01768 890 781 or email email@example.com
We hope to see you for the sale!
Our 26th February #curatedbypfk auction including the Wainwright collection of vesta cases fetched healthy prices!
The Wainwright collection grossed £4,820 over 185 lots! Most valuable, a matched pair of early 20th Century Moko Bavarian German vesta cases, modelled respectively as a pocket watch and a compass did well at £150.
Silver vesta cases were popular in particular. An unusual Victorian silver vesta case with integral photo frame had the room’s eye at £100. An Edwardian VII silver combined vesta and sovereign case sold for £100.
Novelty and animal-form cases also attracted plenty of interest. Most valuable, a silver dog head vesta sold to the internet at £85. Three early 20th Century printed tin advertising vesta cases – souvenirs of the Franco British Exhibition in 1908 had the internet’s eye at £85.
The highest selling lot of the sale was an 18th Century black lacquered Chinoiserie cased Act of Parliament clock by William Mayhew of Woodbridge. From the collection of clocks by the late clock dealer G.K. Hadfield, it had been sympathetically restored to retail condition. A telephone bidder and the internet battled it out, the internet winning at £7,000!
Enamel signs attracted plenty of interest. Most valuable, an early 20th Century British Dominions ‘Eagle Star’ pictorial enamel sign was consigned from a private vendor in Carlisle. It sold to a telephone bidder at £5,600!
An unusual enamel sign ‘Ask For P&S Corsets, Ensure Ease & Elegance’ sold for £600 to a room bidder!
Asian figures are doing well! A 19th Century Chinese blue and white Immortal figure had the internet’s eye at £480. A Thai cast gilded bronze Archer figure sold for £300.
Most valuable among the furniture, a stunning George IV mahogany breakfront bookcase with wire mesh doors, lacking its cornice, attracted an Isle of Man bidder at £2,800!
A Victorian figured walnut piano front action-rise davenport did well with the room at £550.
A pair of early 20th Century French amboyna, mahogany and satinwood bedside cupboards performed well at £360.
Heavily carved Victorian pieces did well. From a private vendor in Morland, a centre table of Gothic design sold to the internet at £320. A pair of ‘throne’ armchairs of Carolean design sold at £220. A mahogany X-pattern stool sold for £150.
Our next sale is 4th March Ceramics and Glass, and the catalogue will be online Friday 28th January.
We’ll be accepting entries 9th-11 March for our 18th March Vintage & Collectable Toys auction.
We hope to see you for our next sale!
Our 19th February Clocks & Scientific Instruments sale was our best to date!
The highest selling lot booked all of our telephone lines, attracting attention from all platforms! An early 18th Century brass Lantern Clock mechanism, with its face intact but lacking hands, a bell and its sides, had the internet battling it out with a phone bidder. The determined phone bid snapped it up at £9,000! One clock authority has suggested that the clock may have been experimental and certainly was extremely rare! Found in the basement of a house clearance property by Head of Department Michael Roberts, the clock is our new house record price for clocks – the lantern clock is the most valuable clock we’ve ever sold!
Most valuable amongst the pocket watches, a 9ct gold cased Waltham open-faced example together with a 9ct gold watch chain and an enamelled 15k gold Kangaroo charm did well. Consigned by a Morecambe private vendor, in a case retailed by Stewart Dawson & Co, Perth, Brisbane, it sold to a room bidder at £980!
Consigned from a private vendor in Ambleside, vintage Rolex and Omega watches did well. Most popular, a 1970s gents Oyster Shock Resisting watch with a cream dial and its original strap did well with the internet at £900.
A 1950s gents Oyster Speedking Precision wristwatch with black dial and gilt numerals sold to a bidder in Hong Kong at £550.
A 1960s gents Omega stainless steel wristwatch black dial, possibly RAF Military issue, sold to the internet at £550.
A Victorian Egyptian Revival slate mantel clock from Armathwaite Hall, Bassenthwaite, had the internet’s interest at £180.
Amongst the sovereigns, a George IV 1826 shield back sovereign in superb condition sold for £600.
Gold performed well. A pair of late Victorian gents 15ct gold cufflinks had the room’s interest at £280. A mixed lot of yellow metal and costume jewellery sold to the room at £260.
A Seeburg vintage jukebox sold at £400.
A limited edition ‘Ferry Boats’ print after L.S. Lowry with its framed certificate sold to a commission bidder at £550.
In the figures, a selection of bronzed figures after D Alonzo and Chiparus did well collectively at £550!
Popular in the garden section, a Honda 1211 ride-on petrol lawnmower did well at £320.
In rugs and carpets, a Persian Tabriz rug sold to the internet at £500. Not far behind, a Kerman carpet did well at £420 with the internet. At the same level, an antique hand-woven Arts & Crafts carpet of Donegal style sold to the internet.
Among the furniture, a limed oak domed top wardrobe sold for £550. An oak framed Victorian armchair, possibly ex-Lowther, stirred up the room competition at £420.
An Australian mid-century Jarrah wood sideboard sold to the internet at £340. An oak framed Victorian day bed did well at £200.
Our next sale is our 26th February Curated auction, featuring an Act of Parliament Clock, an enamel farming sign and a lifetime collection of over 200 vesta cases. The catalogue is online now!
Our next Carousel & Interiors auction is 4th March Ceramics & Glass. Entries are accepted 24th-26th February.
If you have anything you’d like to enter into auction, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a ring on 01768 890 781
Our Valentines Jewellery, Silver and Watches sale had excellent results across the board!
Most valuable among the jewellery, a platinum diamond solitaire ring, the brilliant stone 1.5 carats, sold to a telephone bidder at £2,000.
Consigned from a private vendor in Selkirk, a cultured pearl double string necklace with an 18ct white gold diamond set and opal clasp had the room’s eye at £520. It wasn’t the only opal to do well. An internet bidder snapped up a 18ct gold three-opal stone and diamond ring at £420. A 18ct gold opal, sapphire and diamond cluster ring also did well at £220.
Exceeding expectations, a matched pair of aquamarine earrings did well at £400.
A striking gold coloured metal amethyst and diamond oval dress ring had the internet’s interest at £300. A gold coloured metal, green stone and diamond dress ring did well with the room at £260.
An ornate 14k gold, moonstone, seed pearl and garnet necklace of Edwardian design did well at £180.
Most popular among the ceramics, a rare 17th Century Imari jar and cover with damage throughout, possibly Louis XV period, Chamberlain Duplessis, with later French Ormolu mounts sold to an internet bidder in France for £850.
One oil in particular stood out in the section. Bearing a Royal Academy Exhibition label worded ‘Paule Vezelay’, The Dolls House circa 1940s-1950s did well with the internet at £500. A large oil depicting two white cats did well with the internet at £380. An N.F. Schiottz-Jensen depicting Capri painting did well at £200.
Handmade rugs are enjoying the spotlight! A Persian medallion rug sold to the room at £400. At the same level, a Persian tree of life rug sold to the internet.
In the furniture, a light Ercol five-legged dining table with a double folding leaf had the internet’s interest at £440. A pair of late Victorian ash bedside chests attracted interest from all platforms, the internet winning at £360. An Edwardian inlaid display sideboard sold to the internet at £300.
A Georgian dwarf bookcase had the internet’s eye at £260. At the same level, a green painted pine break-front bookcase from a private vendor did well. A lacquered Chinese cabinet on stand did well at £110. A quantity of trestles and boards sold to the internet at £180.
Our next sale is 19th February, Clocks & Scientific Instruments, and entries are accepted 10-12th February. Our next #curatedbypfk auction is 26th February, including the collection of Wainwright Vesta Cases. Entries are invited until 17th February.
We hope to see you for our next sale!
Our Winter Sports & Exploration sale did well, with quite a few surprises in store!
The highest selling lot received plenty of pre-sale interest. A Scottish School oil of St Monans, East Neuk proved popular with a commission bidder at £1,000!
Among the bikes in the section, a Bianchi 20 speed road bike sold for parts caught the internet’s attention at £160.
Amongst the silver, a rectangular tray with ribbed engine turned design sold for £180. Not far behind, an Edward VII vesta case in the form of a cricket ball sold for £160.
Most valuable among the instruments, a Schreiber standard bassoon in its case sold to the internet for £700!
Most popular among the copper, a Persian/Islamic copper engraved finial sold to the internet at £180.
A quantity of 1/12 scale dolls house furniture sold to the internet at £200.
Popular among the oils, an Erik W. Gleave example of a reclining female nude sold to the internet at £340. A 19th Century oil portrait of a lady sold to the room at £160.
Rugs and carpets are doing well! Consigned from a private vendor, a tree of life runner sold at £500. Not far behind, a Persian runner of Qashqai design sold for £440. A Heriz Persian rug also sold for £400. A red Persian rug of Qashqai design sold to the internet at £200.
Most valuable among the furniture, a 1970s teak table and six chairs proved popular with the internet at £480.
Following on from the success of Mid Century in our last sale, a pair of teak chests of drawers from a Kendal deceased estate did well with the internet at £380. From the same source, a Scandinavian rosewood four seat bed settee caught the internet’s eye at £320. A Heals oak sideboard sold to the room at £220. From a house clearance, a Habitat style cabinet with a laminate top sold to the internet at £200.
Exceeding expectations, a Victorian brass and iron bed did well at £110.
A set of four Ercol hoop back chairs did well at £130.
Forever a popular subject in our saleroom, a Victorian pine farmhouse table sold to the internet at £340.
From a house clearance, a Victorian mahogany double bed sold to a commission bid at £150.
A Miele prestige plus six washing machine had the room’s attention at £110.
Our next auction is 5th February: Valentines Silver, Jewellery & Watches. Our next #curatedbypfk auction is 26th February, and the catalogue is online now, with further updates to come!
We hope to see you for our next sale!
Our first auction of the year performed well, with numerous lots soaring past their estimates!
The highest selling lot came from a private vendor in Armathwaite. The Saudi gold necklace weighing 44.3 grams attracted plenty of competition, the internet beating the rest at £1,100!
From the same vendor, a Saudi gold rope-twist chain weighing 27.3 grams sold to the internet at £650. An 18ct (750) gold floral pendant and chain, the pendant of varying colour caught the room’s eye at £420. A yellow metal and seed pearl bangle attracted the room’s interest at £320. A gold necklace weighing 28 grams also did well at £320.
Most valuable among the sovereigns, a 1844 young head sovereign with a shield back sold to the book at £320.
Items in the cabinets did well overall. A fine white and yellow metal, diamond and sapphire set ‘Easter Trinity’ brooch, with a central diamond approx. 0.3ct proved popular. By repute, the brooch was made for Lady Sandeman Allen, the daughter of Fred Marquis, the first Earl of Woolton, then by family descent to the present vendor. It sold to an internet buyer for £700.
Most popular amongst the silver, an early 20th Century Tiffany & Co sterling silver three-piece coffee service of Neo-Classical shape did well at £520. A pair of early 20th Century Tiffany & Co sterling silver candlesticks proved popular at £300. A silver cased fountain pen and pencil, Birmingham 1941 in its case did well at £180.
Trending among the ceramics, a Chinese blue and white lidded canister caught the internet’s eye at £400. A lobed floral dish also attracted attention at £160.
Most valuable among the carpets, a green ground Tabriz carpet did well at £750. A hand-woven tapestry of Aubusson design sold to the internet at £600. Despite its damage, a Persian Qashqai rug exceeded expectations at £460.
Most valuable among the oils, a 17th Century Dutch School ‘Figures in a Forest Clearing’ sold to the internet at £600.
Not far behind, an oil from the school of John Constable, depicting his son John Charles as a ‘Young Waltonian’ a commission bidder snapped up at £550.
Most valuable among the furniture, a striking Mid-Century teak and satinwood Atomic pattern sideboard designed by Robert Heritage for Vanson attracted plenty of interest. Sourced from a deceased estate, it sold to the internet at £500.
A light oak retro chest sold to the internet at £180.
Antique furniture did well. From a house clearance, a George III mahogany chest of drawers sold to the room at £420. From a private vendor, a Victorian mahogany breakfast table did well with the room at £220. A large Victorian over mantle mirror caught the internet’s eye at £190.
A Bosch series 6 washer dryer proved popular with all platforms, the internet winning at £180.
An internet bidder snapped up five stained glass panels with bullseye glass at £260.
Our next auction is 22nd January Winter Sports & Exploration. Entries are accepted 13-15th January. For free valuation and sales advice, contact us on 01768 890 781 or email@example.com
The last #curatedbypfk auction of the year did well, attracting telephone bids from across the globe!
Following on from our previous success with Karolina Larusdottir’s original oil paintings, the last piece of the single owner collection attracted fierce competition. With the same two telephone bidders battling it out, ‘Intimate Conversations’ sold for £1,950!
Consigned from a private vendor in Penrith, a Persian runner of Qashqai design sold to the internet for £240.
Most popular among the ceramics, an early 20th Century Chinese Wu Shuang Pu porcelain bachelor’s teapot with some damage sourced from a house clearance sold to the internet at £110.
In the cabinet, a quantity of watches including a Victorian pocket watch sold to the internet at £75. An unusual 19th Century King Charles Spaniel brooch sold to the internet at £70.
Among the taxidermy, an antique juvenile brown bear skin sold to the room for £130. An antique European Wildcat head with an old exhibition label to the base sold to the room for £95.
Copper caught the room’s eye. A copper log bucket and coal scuttle did well at £70.
Furniture did well. A George III oak press cupboard with its original interior sold to the room for £160. A 17th/18th Century oak coffer did well at £140.
A set of eight 19th Century mahogany dining chairs with repairs did well with the room at £100.
The first auction in the New Year is 8th January: The New Year Sale. If you’d like to consign items to us, we’re next taking in 13th-15th January for our 22nd January Winter Sports, Exploration, Interiors & Clearance auction.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at PFK!
Our last Collectors Carousel Auction of the year was our Toys & Collectors Gifts and was our biggest and best toy sale ever! With a range of single owner collections from Star Wars to Corgi, it attacted buyer galore!
A private collection of Corgi and other model vehicles totalled £5,171! Lego collections also did well, and a single owner collection of Matchbox toys and Star Wars figures did well at £780!
Most popular among the toys, a quantity of dolls including Sasha, Gregor and baby Sasha did well with the internet at £170! At the same level, a similar lot including Sasha dolls and a box of Sasha clothing sold for £170.
An internet bidder snapped up a box of model cars including Vitesse, EG, Gateway Global for £140.
From a private vendor, a Sindy Patch doll in her box sold to the internet at £100.
Popular in the cabinet, a portrait miniature in a gold frame, signed and engraved ‘From Frances 1795’ was snapped up by a room bidder at £380.
Three Waterman Ideal Fountain pens did well with the internet at £440. A silver two-compartment table cigarette box with internal striker sold to a commission bid at £170.
The highest selling lot, a Persian Qashqai rug didn’t disappoint in its pre-sale interest. Consigned from a vendor near Penrith, it sold to a telephone bid at £650!
A Naïve American school oil on canvas of the Grand Canyon, signed and dated 1881 did well with the internet at £240.
A quantity of records attracted plenty of room competition, one buyer snapping them up for £240!
Most popular among the Militaria, a 1930s/40s Hitler Youth Regiment Nazi flag sold to the internet at £480.
In the firearms, a Bettinsoli over/under shotgun sold to a room bidder at £390. A Charles Ingram shotgun did well with the internet at £360.
A taxidermy Spanish Eagle did well with the internet at £240.
Exceeding expectations, a Persian Kasak rug sold to the internet at £240.
From a house clearance, a leaded and stained-glass window caught the room’s eye at £220.
Most valuable among the furniture, a scumbled pine Victorian housekeeper’s cupboard sold to the internet at £480.
A Globe Wernicke bookcase sold to the room at £200.
Following on from our previous success with beds, a sleigh bed with its base sold to a commission bidder at £200.
Ercol is forever popular in our saleroom! A nest of three pebble tables sold to the room at £160.
Our last auction this year is our next #curatedbypfk auction on the 18th December, the catalogue online Friday.
Our first auction of the new year is 8th January The New Year Sale. For free valuation and sales advice, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01768 890 781
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at PFK!
Tuesday 17th December – Close at 12pm
Monday 23rd December – Business as usual
Tuesday 24th December – Offices close at 1pm
Wednesday 25th December – Offices Closed
Thursday 26th December – Offices Closed
Friday 27th December – Business as usual
Monday 30th December – Business as usual
Tuesday 31st December – Offices close at 1pm
Wednesday 1st January – Offices closed
Thursday 2nd January onwards – Business as usual
Our Christmas Jewellery, Silver and Wristwatches auction achieved fantastic results!
The highest selling lot was a striking pair of 18ct white gold diamond stud earrings, 0.75cts each. Consigned from a vendor in Lancashire, a room bidder snapped them up at £1,600!
Diamonds were popular with the room. From the same vendor, a platinum diamond solitaire ring sold for £1,450. A pair of 18ct diamond solitaire earrings, approx. 1.80 carats sold for £1,300.
A beautiful Victorian white and yellow gold coloured metal all diamond set metamorphic star brooch did well. With the central old cut diamond approx. 0.3cts, an internet bidder snapped it up at £1,100.
Consigned from a valuation day in Morland, a D.H. Chiparus (1886-1947) gilt bronze nude female on veined marble base, with engraved signature to the chipped socle, sold to the internet at £1,100.
Among the silver, a Westminster Mint fine silver kilo bar dated 1969 with certificate sold to a commission bidder at £480. A silver dressing table tray with selection of silver plate sold for £440. A Victorian white metal and gold cupid’s arrow brooch in its case sold to an internet bidder at £160.
Most valuable among the selection of Georg Jensen jewellery, a rare ‘melon’ bracelet designed by Regitze Overeaard sold to the room for £440.
Gold also did well. A 9ct gold Limit pocket watch with one hand as found sold to the room for £200. A quantity of gold coloured metal cultured pearl earrings sold to the internet at £200.
Following on our recent success in Chinese porcelain, a 19th Century blue and white moon flask did well at £700! A quantity of blue and white porcelain together with a Delft tile did well with the internet at £300. The same bidder snapped up an enamelled porcelain lidded cup for £300.
A Noritake Egyptian tea service and stand did well with the internet at £240.
A collection of Mid-Century modern British paintings unearthed in the back of a shed in Nether Wasdale, sold well. Most popular of which, an oil on canvas of Tower Bridge 1959 by David Tindle sold to the internet at £600!
A Beatie -Brown RSA oil on canvas on The River Tummel Perthshire sold to the room at £400.
Miscellaneous items did well. A quantity of various records caught the room’s interest at £190. A CSS double base was snapped up by an internet bid at £170. A Bosch series 6 washer dryer sold to the internet at £150.
Following on from our success with Bechstein pianos, a 19th Century model A upright rosewood example sold for £320.
Most popular amongst the furniture, a sleigh bed sold to the internet at £200. A triple hardwood wardrobe sold to the room at £170.
Our next auction is 11th December Toys, Collectors Gifts: From Pens to Mauchline Ware. The last #curatedbypfk auction of the year is 18th December, Our Favourites.
If you’d like a free valuation or sales advice, please contact us on email@example.com or 01768 890 781
We hope to see you for our next sale!