Our latest auction delivered great results! This auction had a books theme and the selection drew in a strong selection of book buyers and dealers to the sale.
Books delivered on their promises! Lot 59, eight boxes of mixed books had plenty of room interest, estimated at £10-20 sold for £45. Lot 62, Thorburn Archibald ‘Naturalist’s Sketch Book’ 1919, estimated at £20-40 sold for £75 after competitive online bidding. Lot 64 saw bids both in the room and online, two volumes of Thorburn Archibald, ‘British Mammals’, 1920, breezed past its estimated £20-40 at £170!
Lot 70 received plenty of pre-sale interest, Thorburn [Archibald], ‘British Birds’, volumes 1 – 4 1916-1918 and supplement, estimated at £30-50 sold for £200 to a commission bidder! Lot 70C, Private Catalogue of Shorthorn Cattle, Brougham, Penrith, 1903, red leather bound, estimated at £20-30 sold for £200! Lot 82A, Rev F.O. Morris ‘History of British Birds’ volumes 1-6, estimated at £30-50 sold for £110! Lot 108, a 17th/18th Century metal mounted leather-bound Kings James Bible (a.f.), estimated at £60-80 sold for £340!
Postcards and stamps, as the other part of our themed section performed well. Lot 63, a New Age Stamp Album British Empire, Queen Elizabeth Issues, 3366 1952-1954, flew past its £20-30 estimate at £280! Lot 125, miscellaneous postcards including Newcastle United 1904-5, estimated at £15-25 sold for £60. Lot 129, an album containing approx. 300 postcards and photos, mainly Edwardian, estimated at £30-50 sold for £140! Lot 136 had plenty of room interest, 2 postcard albums of actresses, estimated at £20-30 sold for £130!
Smalls and jewellery fetched healthy prices. Lot 5, a quantity of Blue Peppiatt £1 notes, prefixes A-L, sold for £170. Lot 9, Cigar box with silver lettering, cigar cutter enclosed, travelling chess set and tortoiseshell snuff box, sold for £50, just above its estimated £15-20. Lot 10, a Quantity of silver and white items estimated at £30-40 sold for £120! Lot 27 received bids from both the room and online, a quantity of jewellery including a sterling brooch and an annular brooch shot past its £20-30 estimate at £130 to the room! Lot 39, a quantity of miscellaneous items including a cheese scoop and silver salt and pepper estimated at £15-25 sold for £55.
Ceramics saw an increase in prices. Lot 218, a set of brown Le Creuset cookwares sold for £100. Lot 220, an orange set of Le Creuset cookwares, sold for £140. Lot 219, a plated Elkington tea set, design by David Mellor, estimated at £10-20 sold for £48. Lot 221, a 18th Century creamware frog mug – Sunderland Bridge, estimated at £80-120 sold for £190! Lot 225, 2 Beswick pig figures sold for £40, above the estimated £15-25.
Miscellaneous items also did well. Lot 162, a spelter figure of a child sold for its high estimate of £70. Lot 202, 2 Victorian cast metal gilded photo frames, estimated at £30-40 sold for £70. Lot 261, a cast bronze nude sold for £85.
Instruments are fetching decent prices, as per our previous sales! Lot 191, a German Banjo with inlay, estimated at £30-40 sold for £75. Lot 232, a Violin by Kennth H. Dickens, Leighton Buzzard, 1983 in leather case, sold just above its estimated £100-150 at £170.
Rugs and Carpets are also performing well, a trend carrying over from our previous sales! Lot 323 had an internet bidder against the room, 2 large tapestry wall hangings flew past the original estimate of £50-100, and the room won at £240! Lot 334 had two internet bidders competing for an antique Hamadan long carpet, which breezed past its £70-100 estimate at £280! Lot 338, an antique West Persian rug, smashed its original estimate of £50-80 at £380! Lot 339, a large Uzbek style Kilim, sold for £200, well above the £40-60 estimate! Lot 341A, a Arts and Crafts tapestry wall hanging estimated at £15-25 sold for £70.
Pictures and prints are fetching healthy prices. Lot 349, a stained-glass panel with a Galleon design flew past its original £15-20 estimate with competitive online bids, selling for £85! Judy Boyes prints did well. Lot 365, 2 prints sold for £40. Lot 366, 5 prints, sold for £70. Lot 367 received plenty of internet bids, Elyse Ashe Lord (1900-1971), two coloured dry point etchings, breezed past the estimated £20-30 at £110!
Furniture is also doing well. Our highest selling lot was 414, a pair of small campaign chests of drawers, smashed the original estimate of £100-150 at £440! Lot 407, an Arts and Crafts Liberty Style oak drop leaf table sold for £85. Lot 421, an Edwardian mahogany bed and base, estimated at £30-40 sold for £95. Lot 432, an oriental nest of four tables exceeded its original estimated £30-50 at £140! Lot 436, a bow fronted mahogany corner cupboard, estimated at £30-40 sold for £70.
Lot 507, a Victorian pine shop counter estimated at £120-150 sold for £220! Lot 509, a towel rail, wash dolly and occasional table estimated at £30-40 sold for £85. Lot 525, a 1970s long teak sideboard sold for £125. Lot 548, a 19th Century pine dresser with reclaimed pine rack sold for £170. Lot 618, a Singer sewing machine 222k cased, estimated at £200-250 sold for £280. Lot 641, a Sterling mobility scooter sold for £110. Lot 684, a Izip Trailz electric bike sold for £110.
Our next sale is 1st August, Interiors featuring the Lake District sale. We’re accepting entries 24th-25th July. Our following sale is our Summer Auction of Fine Art, Antiques, Wine & Garden items on 8th August.
We hope to see you then!