Our 7th March Interiors auction featuring Militaria was a great success across the board, with items dating from WWII proving the most popular.
Our highest selling lot was lot 27, an 1854 pattern infantry officer’s sword to the Royal Westmoreland Militia, the blade etched with crown, which sold for £380.
In the swords and daggers section, lot 98, a Japanese WWII era Katana, estimated at £100-150 sold for £340! Lot 30, A F.S. presentation Commando dagger by Wilkinson sword, blade etched with Spean Bridge Commando Memorial and date 1940 to 1945 in brown leather Reablard sold for £200. Lot 110, a Luftwaffe dagger, estimated at £150-200 sold for £320! Lot 117, an all metal German WWI Butcher Sawback bayonet, estimated at £150-200 sold for £240. Lot 160, a Military Kukri sold for £70.
In the medals section, lot 20, a Nazi Luftwaffe fighter clasp estimated at £50-70 sold for £100. Lot 23, a medal group including a Burma Star, 1939-1946 star & a photograph album pertaining to the Flying Camels 45 Squadron sold for £220. Lot 37, a Lancashire and Cheshire Coal Owners Rescue Station Medal of National Operatic and a Dramatic Association Long Service Medal sold for £75, above its estimated £20-30.
Firearms also did well. Lot 121, a Percussion pistol sold for £90 above its estimated £30-50. Lot 124, a pair of American Colts, estimated at £50-80 sold for 260! Percussion rifles also proved popular. Lot 122, estimated at £40-60 made £75. Lot 125 sold for £70. Lot 126 sold for £75. Lot 154A, a 19th Century sporting gun by Johnson sold for £220, well above its £100-150 estimate. Lot 107, a copper powder flask sold for £60.
Miscellaneous items of Militaria interest also sold well. Lot 407, “Mosquito Coast” by Malcolm Kinnear, Artist Proof 5/20, signed by Mosquito pilots, sold for £120. Lot 94, Leather map case, scroll map reader with compass, estimated at £15-25 made £50. Lot 169, 5 Military caps, 2 marked HMS Valiant estimated at £15-25 sold for £60.
The miscellaneous section fetched healthy prices, along with some great surprises. Competition was high for lot 69, a Macintyre Moorcroft mini tyg, with one handle missing with the hammer falling at £340! Lot 1, a jewellery box and miscellaneous jewellery estimated at £10-20 sold for £60. Lot 43, an overlay snuff bottle depicting Chinese glass dragons, signed on side, sold for £85. Lot 211, a ceremonial rice paddle and Oceanic articulated figure sold for £130, well above its £30-50 estimate. Lot 212, assorted signed photos depicting Marilyn Monroe amongst other stars and press photos sold for £80, exceeding its £15-20 estimate. Lot 231, a Hornby O gauge loco & fender, eight tank wagons and brake van made £120.
Precious metal items also did well. Lot 266, a white metal three-piece tea set marked sterling silver estimated at £50-100 sold for £280, a very expensive cup of tea! Lot 267, a silver mounted horn cap, engraved Drag Hunt Steeplechase 1880 sold for £110, above its estimated £40-60. Lot 35, a selection of miscellaneous gold and yellow metal jewellery sold for £220, blowing its estimate of £40-60 out of the water! Lot 230, 3 Elkington White Star Line dishes estimated at £20-30 sold for £130!
Electrical goods delivered in this sale. Lot 240, an 16GB iPad sold for £70. Lot 250, a Samsung mobile phone, sold for £110, well above its £20-30 estimate. Lot 9, a Sony digital camera and a Samsung camera sold for £70, well above its estimated £10-20.
In the furniture section, quite a few lots exceeded their estimates. Lot 475, an 18th century bedding box, originally estimated at £50-80 sold for £120. Lot 488, a mahogany commode, estimated at £15-25 sold for £120. Lot 493, a Georgian mahogany table with some damage to the leaf sold for £90. Lot 569, a small brass mounted camphor wood chest, estimated at £40-60 made £130! Lot 387, an Afghan Kazak carpet sold for £380. Lot 599, a Gordon Russel teak sideboard, estimated at £50-80 sold for £160. Lot 603, an oak double chest filing cabinet, estimated at £30-50 sold for £170! Lot 612, a 19th Century rosewood trestle stand with lion paw feet, smashed its £80-100 estimate when it sold for £240! Lot 691, a much sought after blue sofa bed, estimated at £30-50 sold for £300 with two bidders battling it out in the room!
Our next sale will be 21st March, Interiors featuring Sporting & Taxidermy, and we’ll be reeling in entries 12th-14th March.
We hope to see you then!