Our 19th September sale featuring Sporting and Taxidermy fetched healthy prices, with a few surprises!
Two lots in particular sold for the highest amount in the sale. A pair of part fossilised Wild Boar tusks, discoloured red and mounted within a red painted tin display case caught the room’s eye. A hand-written label pasted on the inside of the tin states ‘Wild Boar Tusks, discovered about 2 miles east of Kirkby Stephen, Westmoreland by the Cleveland Mining Co. while searching for iron ore, they were found in a pocket of ore about one foot from the surface’. Consigned from a local vendor, after an intense bid war in the room they sold for £600!
A Daystate Huntsman Classic Regal 5.5pcp Air Rifle, with Nikko sterling scope and Moderator, tested under 12ft lbs limit also attracted plenty of enquiries. Brought to us from a deceased estate in Barrow, it sold for its high estimate of £600 to the room!
Taxidermy fetched plenty of bids overall. A taxidermy fox consigned from a vendor in Keswick, sold for £130. A similar fox, brought to us from a house clearance, sold for £130 to a commission bid. A Mounted Kudu skull and horns sold for £100 to a commission bidder.
From Holcombe Hunt, dated 1946 and 1959, two mounted hare heads captured the attention of the internet, bids racing past the £30-50 estimate at £110! A pair of blue wildebeest horns sold for £110.
Two lots of cased sea bird taxidermy groups, labelled verso by Edwin Ward, consigned by a vendor in Pooley Bridge, collectively sold to a commission bidder for £800!
A Kendal & District Otter Hounds Trophy presented by D. Palmer, Milnthorpe soared past its £20-30 estimate at £120!
Two lots in the fishing section did well. A lot of various fishing reels, spools and equipment sold for £110, well above the £15-25 estimate! A quantity of fishing rods including Orvis and Scierra received a flurry of internet bids, selling for £200, well above the £20-40 estimate!
A leather-bound cartridge case, the lock marked J.T. Needs, New Bond Street, London, received plenty of enquiries. Breezing past its £20-40 estimate, it sold for £220!
Consigned from a vendor in Alston, an 1869 Enfield cavalry carbine sold for £400!
A pitch pine tack cupboard from a house clearance sold just above its estimated £100-150 estimate at £190.
Following on from our previous Sporting and Taxidermy sales, we had a selection of Wilks (1906-1994) paintings in. ‘Make Way for the Mayor of Troutbeck’ watercolour depicting Anthony Barker astride a Herdwick sheep, signed and dated 1989, in wood frame and glazed sold for £480 to a commission bidder!
Consigned from a vendor in Keswick, ‘Happy Birthday Johnny’s’ sold for £200. A Wilk cartoon, ‘Joe Weir’ sold just above its estimated £100-150 estimate at £190.
An Archibald Thorburn pencil depicting a Rook and Jackdaw, unsigned, with label verso for Holland & Holland and Christies estimated at £100-150 sold to a telephone bidder at £190!
Two oil on canvas horse portraits in profile, signed Polo Geeve, possibly depicting Red Rum and Desert Orchird, raced past the £50-80 estimate at £140!
Two 19th Century coloured mezzotints after Newhouse, featuring coaching scenes in rosewood frames, sold for £140.
Ceramics are doing well. From a local house clearance, a large quantity of Spode Italian blue and white dinner and tea wares sold for its high estimate of £300 to a commission bid.
We had a selection of Ann Macbeth teawares in the sale, all of which did well. An unsigned marriage bowl with some damage sold for £85 to a telephone bidder. Macbeth Shamrock & lustre tea wares, unsigned but with family provenance, sold for £120 to the same buyer. The floral tea wares, unsigned but with family provenance, sold for £200, again to the same buyer.
Border Fine Arts is still a trend in our saleroom! A Ewe & Lamb (503 of 850) shot past its £10-15 estimate at £110 to an internet bidder!
Miscellaneous items fetched healthy prices. A box of toys including Star Wars figures etc smashed its estimated £15-25 at £180 to an internet bidder! An assorted lot of watches and pocket watches attracted plenty of internet interest, selling past its £15-20 estimate at £70. A mixed lot consisting of a damaged Chinese carved soapstone Kylim, a large seed etc sold for £160, well above the £20-40 estimate! A silver 3-piece tea set, Birmingham 1932, estimated at £100-150 sold for £240! A George IV 1822 Sovereign (holed), together with a bronze medallion and two other coins sold for £140.
Most valuable among the furniture was a 17th/18th Century plank coffer attracted plenty of interest and commission bids, soaring past its £70-100 estimate at £420 to a commission bidder! A Victorian rosewood fold-out games table also shot past its estimated £80-230 at £170 to a telephone bidder! An Islamic table together with a pine shelf received a flurry of bids online, selling to an internet bidder for £160, well above its estimate of £40-60! A tilt top table proved popular, selling to the same buyer for £110, racing past its £20-30 estimate!
Brought to us from a deceased estate, a Scotch chest of drawers captured the internet’s interest at £120, above the £40-60 estimate! An Aesthetic Movement satinwood dressing table, possibly Heels raced away with an internet bidder at £200, above the £80-120 estimate. An oak refectory table brought to us from a local vendor, estimated at £60-100 sold to the internet for £240!
Our next sale is 3rd October, Interiors Featuring Clocks, Pocket Watches & Scientific Instruments. We’re accepting items on 21st, 24th and 25th September.
We hope to see you then!