Our 25th April sale featuring Jewellery Wristwatches & Silver was a record auction: grossing an incredible £43,000, proving that PFK is the place to sell! With a wide selection of interesting lots consigned by vendors right across the country – notably large clearances in Whitehaven and Carlisle – the sale drew in plenty of bidders!

As always at our auctions, jewellery sold well, with the most valuable lots being diamond rings. With a lot of pre-sale interest, fierce bidding between the room and two telephone bidders, our highest selling lot was 100, an exquisite 18ct gold solitaire ring with a claw-set cushion-shaped old brilliant-cut diamond, 2.76cts in weight, size O/P, obliterated its £4,000-6,000 estimate when it sold for £7,100!

Lot 101 had similar interest and intense competition, a gorgeous 18ct white gold and platinum Art Deco design Diamond ring, 1.5ct single stone between Diamond set shoulders, size N/O, sold for £2,900, well above its £1,800-2,200 estimate! From the same vendor, lot 95, a 9ct gold Cigarette Case 100g of Art Deco design sold for £900!

Jewellery did well as a whole. Lot 68A, a pair of Georg Jensen sterling silver and rose quartz Heritage Collection 2011 earrings, of blossom design, marked 925 with clip fittings sold for £90. Lot 74, a Seiko 5 automatic map meter Wristwatch, boxed with its certificate sold for £110. Lot 85A, a Georg Jensen sterling silver Heritage Collection pendant 1995, with chain, and a Georg Jensen sterling silver flower head pendant set with cabochon amethyst No. 106, both marked 925 sold for £130.

The silver section delivered with many lots exceeding their estimates and selling well above their silver scrap weight! Lot 10, A George V silver three-piece tea service and two silver bachelors coffee pots with matching cream and sugar sold for £280, well above the £100-150 estimate! Lot 16, the George III silver tankard, engraved to base, estimated at £70-100 sold for £180. Lot 17, a late Victorian embossed silver three-piece tea service by Henry Atkin, Sheffield 1897 estimated at £120-160 sold for £320!

Victorian silver with Kings pattern did well. Lot 39, a pair of sugar tongs and a selection of cutlery made £160, well above the estimated £40-60! Lot 40, 12 teaspoons by Elizabeth and John Eaton, London 1862 sold for £120, above its estimate of £60-80. Lot 41, 6 table spoons by Samuel Hayne and Dudley Cater, London 1861 blew past its £120-160 estimate at £240! Lot 43, a table service by Charles Boyton London 1867/8 sold for £800!

Lot 42, a George V silver Old English pattern table service by Roberts and Belk sold for £600. Lot 48, a set of 6 dessert forks in Queens pattern, estimated at £30-50, sold for £120! Lot 69, a Victorian engraved card case by Alfred Taylor, Birmingham 1861, and a cloisonné and gilt metal cigarette case sold for £180, above the original £50-70 estimate! Lot 114, a silver 3 piece cased Christening set, along with a cased silver Christening spoon and assorted silver cutlery sold for £200. Lot 146, a pair of early 20th Century Mappin & Webb Princes Plate four branch Candelabra, with G.W. Green Ltd retailer mark stamped to bases sold for £300.

Dressing table sets achieved healthy prices.  Lot 166, an Asprey & Company black morocco dressing case with silver gilt fittings, originally retailed in 1957 for £195:5:6d with original receipt made £400, above the estimated £300-350. Lot 167, a 1930s enamel dressing set in 2 travel cases sold for £130.

The miscellaneous section did well with a few surprises. Lot 60, a 9ct gold nursing medal Doncaster Royal Infirmary 1949 with certificate blew past its £120-150 estimate with a room buyer beating an internet bidder at £320! Lot 73, a collection of 27 fountain pens and propelling pencils 1930s/1940s estimated at £40-60 sold for £120!

After competitive internet bidding, lot 53, a B2 Commando fighting knife and scabbard (Fairburn Sykes) estimated at £60-100 sold for £240! Lot 432, a Faith F53Z 12 String Guitar sold for £120, well above its estimated £20-40! Lot 433, two antique Chinese hand embroidered silk shawls soared past their £30-50 estimate at £100, proving the continued popularity for antique Chinese embroidery. Consigned from a Carlisle deceased estate, lot 744, a Prospero bike, originally estimated at £10-15 sold for £130! Lot 825, a 1998 Vauxhall Vectra 18. 16v took some competitive room bidding, achieving £340, well above the £100-150 estimate. Lot 450, a large Kilim style rug, estimated at £30-50, went for £130!

Ceramics and glass did well in this sale, with quite a few surprises from this section! Wemyss did well in this sale, consigned from a single collector. Lot 117, a Wemyss ware pink pig, estimated at £40-60 sold for £110. Lot 118, a Wemyss ware black spotted pig sold for £160, well above its estimated £40-60! Lot 154, a Chinese Nanking cargo bowl and tea bowl and saucer, estimated at £10-20 sold for £110! Lot 155, a Meissen tea cup and saucer estimated at £10-20 sold for £170! Lot 161, two Aynsley cabinet cups and saucers blew the estimated £20-40 out of the water, selling to a Korean bidder for £500! Lot 165, a large chemists carboy estimated at £20-40 sold for £200! Lot 321, a cut glass mushroom form table lamp, estimated at £60-80 went for £130! Lot 188, a Doulton stick stand sold for £110, well above its original £30-50 estimate. Lot 330, two Bisque head dolls were originally estimated at £10-20, and sold for £130!

The paintings section had a few sleepers! Lot 569 had two bidders in the room battling it out, an Alan Stones print originally in at £20-30 sold for £130! Lot 473, an oil on canvas titled ‘The Night Before Execution’, in the manner of Paul Delaroche, originally estimated at £200-300 sold for £440! Lot 502, a job lot of prints and pictures entered at £10-15 sold for £140! Lot 507, a large circular gilt mirror sold for £110, well above the £10-15 estimate!

This sale featured more Simon Bull originals, all of which fetched healthy prices, a trend carrying from the past few sales! Lot 486, ‘Now & Forever’, estimated at £100-150 sold for £200. Lot 490, ‘Giving You Everything’ sold for £100. Lot 496, ‘Dreaming About You’ sold for £100.

Furniture had a few surprises in store for us. Lot 642, a reclaimed pine wardrobe originally in at £60-100 went for £280! Lot 655, a 19th Century Jacobs ladder sold for £120, well above its £30-40 estimate. Lot 670, a Victorian upholstered half-moon club seat sold for well above its estimated £50-80 at £160. Lot 691, 2 Victorian oak armchairs sold for £230, above the estimated £80-120! Lot 723, a 19th Century pine dresser, estimated at £70-100 sold for £200. Lot 710 had a lot of pre-sale interest and competitive bidding between a room bidder and a phone bidder, finally going for £420, smashing the £40-60 estimate!

Mahogany also did well. Lot 548, a mahogany trunk, estimated at £60-80 sold for £140. Lot 647, a 19th Century crossbanded mahogany chest on chest, estimated at £120-180 sold for £300! Lot 720, a King size mahogany bed sold for £110, well above its original £15-25 estimate.

Our next sale will be tomorrow at The Bellas Butchers in Shap, an auction of shop fittings and equipment, and you can view the catalogue here. Our next Interiors sale will be 9th May featuring Vintage Toys & Collectables, with quite a selection of boxed Steiff bears in the sale!


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