Our Sporting, Taxidermy, Natural History, Interiors & Clearance auction achieved fantastic results, with the themed section grossing £19,000! Always popular in our saleroom, this was our best sporting sale to date, the next scheduled for September!

We had a great selection of taxidermy in the auction, consigned from a retired taxidermist in County Durham, who had chosen to sell with us due to our sale results and professionalism. The highest selling lot featured in this collection, a Victorian taxidermy Osprey in a glazed pine case attracted plenty of interest. All of the bidding platforms competed for this lot, with a room bidder successful at £2,000!

A stag’s head with 12-point antlers, mounted on an oak shield caught the internet’s interest at £900!

Birds were the most attractive to the bidders. A Victorian Common Buzzard did well at £750! An antique snowy owl had plenty of phone bids, though the internet snapped it up at 480! Three cased snow buntings sold to a phone bidder at £360. Two cased spotted snipes also sold for £360. A black swan sold to the internet at £260!

Fish were also a prized subject. A mounted pike head sold to the internet for £700! A salmon by P.D Malloch from Perth sold for £440 to a commission bidder!

A mounted hare’s head, with a plaque for Newcastle & District Beagles 1932 sold to a bidder in New York for £380!

A stag head with some damage sold for £110.

A wildebeest hide did well at £110.

We had four Wilk caricatures in this sale. Consigned from a vendor in Penruddock, a John ‘Willk’ Wilkinson caricature titled ‘Drink’ sold for £200. From the same vendor, ‘Hest A Hod?’ Wilk caricature sold for £170. The others sold for a collective £290!

Three oval glass domes did well at £170. Two round glass domes sold for £110.

One of the most wanted lots pre-sale, an Eley Kynoch metal shotgun cartridge double-sided advertising sign sold for £500!

Following our recent RFD (Registered Firearms Dealer) certification, firearms did well with plenty of entries from across the county. A Laurona 12g over and under shotgun sold to the room at £200! A Webley Raider two shot PCP air rifle sold for £120. Two other air rifles did well. A BSA.177 sold to the room for £95. A BSA .22 sold to the internet for £70. A Cannon 16 bore shotgun 33822 sold for £95.

Watches fetched healthy prices. Consigned from a vendor in Lancashire, a ladies Rolex oyster watch sold to the room for £1,400! Omegas are still doing well! A Constellation Omega with date function sold for £240 to the internet. A Gents TW steel 703 chronograph watch sold for £110.

A pair of gold coloured metal pearl stud earrings and a quantity of costume jewellery sold to the internet for £100.

The miscellaneous section had quite a few surprises. A Drew & Sons of Piccadilly picnic basket set, similar to one in Windermere’s Jetty Museum sold for £440!

A German bayonet, together with a dagger and fighting knife sold for £170 to the internet! A Indonesian or Burmese sword attracted plenty of pre-sale interest, selling to the internet at £130!

Following on from our previous sales, two antiques Chinese watercolours on rice paper did well. The floral studies sold to a bidder in China for £340! From a vendor in Hawkshead, a watercolour of Milldown Bay by John Nesbitt sold for £120. Samplers are ever popular. A George III needlework sampler by Alice Whiteside, dated 19th January 1807 sold for £160, despite slight damage.

A pair of tartan curtains by Hunters of Brora sold to a phone bidder for £120.

Violins and their related items always do well in our saleroom! A silver mounted full size violin bow, branded Baush, sold for £150. Whilst from the same vendor, a selection of violins and parts made a combined £80!

A Tifosi bike together with a Frontiera bike sold for £100 to the internet.

Most valuable amongst the furniture, six Arts & Crafts chairs and 2 stools with leather straps consigned from a local house clearance sold to the room at £750!

Chairs in particular did well. Consigned from a local vendor, a brown hide club chair sold for £200. A large Chesterfield four-seater settee with Egyptian design sold to the internet for £140! Consigned from a vendor in Appleby, a cast iron bench sold for £240. A conservatory suite sold for £100 to the room.

From a vendor in Dalston, a sleigh double bed sold to the internet for £360.

A Georgian 2 drawer console table sold for £110 to the internet.

Our next auction is Border Fine Arts & Beswick, Interiors & Clearance on 17th April. Entries are accepted 8-10th April.

Our next curated auction is 24th April: The Outsiders: Celebrating Society’s Margins. If you are interested in consigning to this auction, please contact the office on 01768 890 781 or

We hope to see you for our next sale!



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