30th APRIL 2009


on THURSDAY 30TH April at 11am

View Wednesday 29th 1-7pm and sale day from 9.30am



 If you have read the blog on bainbridgesauctions.com you will see that I was full of enthusiasm after the last sale with two good clearances in the wings. Well they have both come to nought I’m afraid, in both cases because of the property market – they will come our way one day. This year we hope! However, we have not been idle.

 Furniture is thin on the ground but is still coming in, and includes chests of drawers, a secretaire chest, tables, chairs, a leather seating unit, and a piano. I could fill up the saleroom daily with 30s bedroom suites and the like but there’s no point if nobody wants them! In the silver section we have some lovely pieces with an elaborate four piece tea service, London 1828, a teapot, London 1806, a large cigarette box, a silver jubilee bowl from Guernsey by B. Russell (no. 6/100), a huge Goldsmith & Co standish, a pair of Victorian pierced stands, a set of four pierced small fruit bowls, an elaborate silver gilt stand, pairs of dishes, a small salver, spoon sets, a hip flask, etc.

 Jewellery includes a large quantity of gold, including pocket watches, a Waltham 14ct gold wristwatch, chains, and charm bracelets. Porcelain and glass includes a large collection of Doulton figures and Toby jugs, a large collection of biscuit barrels, Whitefriars glass, a large Poole vase and charger, a good Doulton vase by Hannah Barlow, a painted armorial from the United Society of Coachmakers 1888, Moorcroft plates, Old Country Roses tea ware, a Sèvres tea cup and saucer, bisque figures, a Victorian Ashworth Ironstone dinner service, Italian and overlaid glass, and an Art Nouveau and cranberry glass table centre.

 Collectables is a great section. History tells us that in 1980 Huntley & Palmer sacked one of their designers. In a fit of high dudgeon his final design for a biscuit tin was a genteel Edwardian garden party in a garden in which he hid a copulating couple in the undergrowth and a pair of rutting dogs under the trees!! The vendors couldn’t bring themselves to eat the biscuits and the plastic wrapping is still in place. Coins abound, including Canadian gold $5 pieces, two fine Australian florins, one commemorating the 1934/5 centenary, the other 1927 commemorating Parliament House. We have a set of thirteen silver commemorative crowns celebrating Kings and Queens of Great Britain produced by Westminster, each weighing 28.28 gm. There is a 1900 Masonic medal from Baring Lodge.

 Annoyingly there is no maker’s name on a delightful folding telescope in a small fitted box complete with spare lens and tripod stand, but a bronze figure of a cock with a lizard is signed Pautrot. There’s a mother of pearl parasol handle, and a charming Italian souvenir fan in an olive wood mount. We have a collection of pens including Mont Blanc and a superb Victorian gilt metal pen, pencil and knife combination by Morden & Co. We have stamp albums and collections of post and cigarette cards, two old scrap albums, a football autograph album, an extensive collection of folk LPs, dolls, books, furs including a silver fox jacket, a 1960s mink coat with detachable lower half, a charming and fashionable grey mink jacket, an American faux leopard skin coat, designer suits, etc. We have a huge tiger skin and a leopard skin each with mounted heads. Photographs include John Lennon, George Best in action, Mick Jagger and other celebrities.

 A good military section includes medals, a German arm band, uniforms, a C.S. bombsite Mk VII, allied military currency, ten death plaques, badges, buttons, an officer’s photograph album from India 1915 including a picture of three biplanes under trees in Amballa, a large collection of painted miniature military figures, aircraft prints signed by ‘Bomber’ Harris. We have a clock set into the boss of a 1916 propeller with a plaque: Presented to H I M The Empress Eugenie. This propeller in a fight with three Fokkers March 14 1916 was hit 4 times in the blades but was bought down safely. Tinplate toys including two Hornby clockwork train sets, a fire engine and a clockwork limousine. We have an old typewriter, interesting boxes including two set with floral hardstones and two Victorian walnut boxes with pierced brass strapwork, old cameras, a zither, and two old suitcases.

 Pictures is a section in progress: whilst we have two signed Norman Ackroyd artist’s proofs and other pictures, the Gerald Cooper, Arthur Meadows, Joseph Horlor, Aldridge and Dano Bates are still in negotiation. White goods, as usual. And much more!!

 Catalogue on line from Monday 27th on www.bainbridgesauctions.com

 Next sale 4th June