Our latest Fortnightly Interiors auction had many surprises in store for us, proving once again that Penrith is the place to sell your items in Cumbria!

Our highest selling lot was 410, a violin by Jeffrey J Gilbert, Peterborough 1906 with two bows, one stamped Hela Lille and a case, blew its £200-300 estimate out of the water when it sold for £3,100! Consigned by a local vendor, whose mother was a keen violinist, the violin had been stored for ten years but sold to an online German bidder!

keswick brass jug

Quite a few collectable items in this sale proved popular. Lot 3, a large box of coins including pre-1920 and 1947 silver estimated at £50-80 made £150! Lot 326, a Keswick school of Industrial art brass jug sold for £85, part of a collection of half a dozen KSA lots, well ahead of its £40-60 estimate. Lot 348, an album of postcards including Lord Lonsdale and local scenes, went for £460, beyond its £250-300 estimate!

Mamod steam roadster

Lot 394, a Mamod steam roadster, tractor and trailer, sold for £150, racing past its £50-80 estimate! Lot 129, two trays of miscellaneous collectables estimated at £10-20, went for £130. Lot 143, a box of LP records including Beach Boys and Rolling Stones, sold for £100, well past its £20-40 estimate. Lot 288, a Clifton Lowther railway sign, sold for £240. Lot 388, a cast bronze Egyptian style figural card tray, estimated at £50-80 went for £170! Watchmaker items also proved popular. Lot 385, a quantity of various watch makers spares, parts and tools, estimated at £60-100 made £130. Lot 385A, a bank of twelve drawers containing watch parts, estimated at the same, also sold for £130.

Tableware was a trend in this sale, lot 243, a box including Staffordshire figures and Gaudy Welsh tea wares went for £60, above its £15-25 estimate. Lot 423, a George III silver ladle sold for £170, smashing its estimate of £50-80. Lot 426, comprising of cased dessert cutlery, fish cutlery and servers, estimated at £15-25, sold for £130!

Two lots stood out in the firearms section. Lot 440, a French 19th Century double barrelled rimfire shotgun with steel decoration, marked 17.2 Ravel Dubessy, sold for £180. Lot 441, a 19th Century flintlock rifle with brass mounts, sold for £200, well above its £50-80 estimate.

A few lots in the jewellery section exceeded their estimates. Lot 1, two wooden boxes including ivory, inlaid box, a collection of jewellery and a silver brooch etc, estimated at £30-50 made £95! Lot 38, a box of costume jewellery, smashed its £5-10 estimate when it sold for £42.

The biggest number of surprises came from the furniture section. Lot 583, a 1970s Lane of America pair of walnut chest of drawers , estimated at £30-60, made £380! Lot 658, an 17th Century oak press cupboard, blew past its £300-400 estimate when it sold for £600. Lot 682, a burr maple put cupboard, exceeded its estimate of £40-60 when it made £120. Lot 703, comprised of a French oak kitchen table and six ladderback chairs, sold for £400, well above its estimated £150-250. Lot 777, a floral covered walnut armchair estimated at £30-50, made £120. Lot 781, a modern leather tub chair exceeded its £30-50 estimate at £85. Finally, lot 796, an oak panel back settle, sold for £300.

We’re now accepting entries for our first Interiors auction next year, 10th January including the Big New Year Sale: featuring Quality Electricals, Home Goods, Sports and Fitness items, and perhaps any unwanted Christmas presents! We offer free valuation and sale advice, contact us on 01768 890781 or email

We hope to see you for our next sale!



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