Our last Fortnightly Interiors auction of the year did not disappoint, ending the year on a festive high!

Our highest selling lot was 541, a Myford super 7 Lathe at £620, followed closely by lot 533 which sold for £600, a model 3” Kit Fowler traction engine, originally estimated at £200-300!

The tools and machinery section of the sale did well with quite a few lots beating their estimates. Drills were a trend this sale, lot 371, a Forbco pillar drill 240v sold for £170, smashing its £50-100 estimate! Lot 362, an Astra drilling machine number 55856 estimated at £80-120 went for £170. Lot 463, a Myford A5 jewellers lathe including motor & accessories sold for £250, above its £150-200 estimate.

Saws of all kinds were also popular, with quite a few lots exceeding estimates. Lot 373, a Makita petrol chainsaw estimated at £30-50 made £90. Lot 370, a single-phase metal saw, went for well past its £50-80 estimate at £150! Lot 450, a Guild 350w band saw, estimated at £50-80, sold for £110. Lot 540, a saw bench with blades – Sherpack, sold just above its £30-50 estimate at £65. Lot 538, SIP 14” single phase heavy duty bandsaw sold for £160.  Lot 496, a Clarke strong arm engine hoist, estimated at £50-80 went for £95. Lot 467, the Zhenhua ZHST250-7 Road Legal Quad Bike V5 present, sold for £500. Our next tools and machinery sale will be 23rd May 2018.

In the wine and spirits section, there were a few festive surprises! The highest selling lot in this section was lot 72, a bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne 1962, which blew its estimate of £50-80 out of the water when it finally sold for £550! Lot 111, which included two vintage bottles of Richebourg Grand Vin de Bourgogne negociant M. Demelle & Co, went for £240, smashing its estimate of £10-20! Lot 199A, four bottles of vintage Italian wine including two bottles of Dessilani Gattinara Riserva (1976 & 1978 vintages) sold for £95, just above its estimate of £50-70. Whiskies also sold well with a collection of 23 lots selling for £450! Our next sale including wine and spirits will be our 7th February Valentines auction.

Several items in the miscellaneous section exceeded their estimates. Lot 141, a boxed Moorcroft clock, estimated at £30-50 sold for £70. Lot 181, 30 large flower prints, blew past its £30-40 estimate at £110! Lot 201, a hat stretcher, sold for £85, well above its £30-50 estimate. Lot 203, two blank firing guns, estimated at £20-30 sold for £60. Lot 138, a quantity of Royal Albert Country Roses dinner wares sailed past its £60-80 estimate when it sold for £170! Lot 210, a small ivory mounted Japanese cleaver sold above its £30-40 estimate at £65.

Three lots stood out in the jewellery section of the sale, lot 18, an 18ct flower heat set ring diamond/amethyst estimated at £50-80 sold for £130! Lot 19, an Omega Seamaster Ladymatic wristwatch in gilt case with later strap, estimated at £30-40 went for £70. Lot 174 a silver pocket watch with Rosewood stand, sold for £210, way ahead of its £40-80 estimate!

Furniture was another trend in this sale, with numerous lots exceeding their estimates! Lot 343, a large Victorian gilt mirror sold for £170, estimated at £70-100! Lot 559, a modern oak large chest of drawers sold for £120, double its estimate of £40-60! Lot 569, an old oak 3-legged table proved to be a sleeper of the sale, selling for £500 against a £15-20 estimate, despite its poor condition.

Lot 575, a figured walnut five-piece bedroom suite of Queen Anne design, estimated at £150-200 sold for £260! Lot 580, a modern room cabinet with sliding doors smashed its £50-80 estimate when it sold for £110. Lot 589, a large stained pine school cupboard base estimated at the same, did even better at £150! Lot 601, a Jaycee Jacobean oak dining table with 6 leather upholstered chairs sold for £240, well above its £50-100 estimate! Lot 628, a modern mahogany glass display table, estimated at £40-60 sold for £100.

Lot 662, an oak roll top desk – Cutler, went for £140, above its estimated £60-100. Lot 677, a Victorian inlaid walnut fold-over card table, smashed its estimated £30-40 when it sold for £110! Lot 689, a large painted kitchen dresser and glazed top, went for £190, well above its estimate of £60-100.  Lot 702, Edwardian mahogany tub armchair estimated at £50-70, sold for £120. Finally, lot 734, a set of 6 Danish MK string seated chairs, went for £300, far above its £50-100 estimate!

Our next Fortnightly Interiors will be 10th January, featuring the Big New Year Sale of quality electricals and home goods, as well as our usual eclectic mix of furniture, antiques and collectables. We’re accepting entries when we reopen on 2nd January, and up until 5:00pm 3rd January. We hope to see you then!

From all of us at the saleroom, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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