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!


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