Our 9th May Interiors auction featuring Vintage Toys & Collectables had quite a few surprises in store for us!

Our highest selling lot was 665, a pair of Victorian oak hall chairs from a house clearance in Appleby, receiving a lot of competitive bidding online, blew past its £120-160 estimate when it sold for £440!

Toys and collectables did well. A trend carrying on from the previous sale, bisque headed dolls are once again exceeding their estimates! Lot 71, an Armand Marseille bisque headed doll and two others, estimated at £30-50 sold for £130!

Consigned from a local commercial vehicle enthusiast, we had a few display cases of model cars and wagons, all of which sped past their estimates of £30-50 with competitive room bidding. In total, the collection made £370!

Lot 165, two boxes of Britain’s farm animals and machinery etc sold for £120, well above its estimated £15-25! Lot 172, a box of model cars including Corgi estimated at £20-30 sold for £140! Lot 174, eight Pelham puppets originally in at £15-25 made £130! Lot 152, a vintage Mayfield Automatics fruit machine One Arm Bandit sold for £260. Lot 249, a rosewood music box sold for £240, just above its estimated £150-200.

Carrying forward from the last sale, silver exceeded expectations. Lot 11, a George III silver trophy, estimated at £70-100 sold for £270! Lot 30, a Victorian embossed silver milk jug, by George Edward & Son, Birmingham 1879, a French white metal Peugeot Freres pepper mill and a quantity small silver/silver mounted items estimated at £50-70 sold for £130!

The miscellaneous section did well, with an eclectic mix of items beating their estimates! Lot 61, a pair of hand-painted Ceramic/Opaque Glass Panels of Cats, monogrammed for Bessie Bamber sold just above the estimated £200-300 at £380. Lot 247, an oak cased barograph sold for £160. Lot 304, embroidered dressing table wares originally in at £10-20, created a bidding war between the room and the internet, finally selling at £120! Lot 311, 8 engravings of bulls and cows circa 1880, sold for £120, well above the estimated £25-35! Lot 369, three boxes of books estimated at £10-20 sold for £170! Lot 431, a box of assorted books including six volumes of Birds of Africa blew past its £10-20 estimate at £140! Simon Bull is still a firm favourite in our saleroom, lot 486, an artists proof of ‘More Than Just A Dream’, numbered 1/1, estimated at £40-80 sold for £120!

Furniture is making a comeback, with numerous lots smashing their original estimates! Teak was especially popular this time around. Lot 525, a teak G-Plan extending table and chairs, estimated at £50-80, sold for £140! Lot 559, a teak sideboard attracted competitive internet bidding and sold for £180, well above its estimated £50-100! Lot 589, teak wardrobes & chest etc obliterated its £20-40 estimate at £170! Lot 622, a 1960’s/70’s teak writing desk with matching chair estimated at £30-60 went for £190! Lot 628, a set of teak shelves sold for £100, well above the original £20-30! Lot 567 attracted competitive bidding in the room, a late Georgian mahogany secretaire chest estimated at £100-150 sold for £360! Lot 591, a large 19th century glazed mahogany Bookcase sourced from a local solicitor’s office sold for £320.

Our next sale is 23rd May, featuring Garden & Statuary and Tools and Machinery, and we’re accepting entries 14th-16 May.

We hope to see you then!


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