12th August 2010


Including an 18th century cannon retrieved from the Thames




Photographs of many of our lots are also on the Blog

Last week I was auctioning a boat trip down the Thames with champagne and canapés, a lot in a small charity auction that Barrett and Thompson, the solicitors of Slough, were holding in their offices on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care with whom they have developed a relationship that involves writing free wills. They are on 01753 777555.   Ask for Alan Collard or James Gladwell.  The 20 minutes of auctioning raised a respectable £1750.  Marie Curie offer free nursing in the home for the terminally ill and not just for cancer.

Meanwhile, an Ealing home has bought forward some interesting FURNITURE with a fine brass inlaid William IV rosewood cabinet, the upper section on Caryatid supports beneath a Grecian pediment with leaf moulded acroteria.  A George III mahogany chest with brushing slide is illustrated on the blog. Waring and Gillow made a bedroom suite we are selling and from the same home comes the painted pine housekeeper’s cupboard also illustrated.  The pair of garden urns are old, large and well patinated.  We have taken in a large quantity of light oak Old Charm and light oak Ercol furniture, all in excellent condition.  A house visit to Edgware supplies an extensive 1960s rosewood dining suite by Epstein that cost £625 that includes a wall cabinet and display shelf, another rosewood table is by Bernhard Peterson & Son, with chairs by Bramin Mobler.  A Victorian drop-end Chesterfield, a set of six good Victorian dining chairs, a rosewood sideboard, an Edwardian inlaid suite, an inlaid Georgian bureau, 19th century writing tables and a grand piano complete the scene at the present time though the removers are, as I write, clearing 2000 cubic feet from domestic storage and that could produce just about anything.

The PICTURES section stands at 50 lots.   We are at present packing up an Ealing home lived in for three generations.  It includes a lovely Art Deco doll’s house by Triang, lots of Royal Doulton, BOOKS, including ‘The Illustrated Book of Pigeons’ by Robert Fulton, buttons, dolls and old soft toys, writing boxes, early glamour photos, fountain pens, et al.  We have a fine repeating carriage clock.  There are 24 large Doulton character jugs.  COMICS, TOYS, including a Mamod steam roller with original box, COINS, MEDALS, POSTCARDS and CIGARETTE CARDS, WINES, etc.

Subject to valuation we have a modern suite of white gold and diamond JEWELLERY, a diamond bracelet, a large solitaire diamond ring, a sapphire and diamond suite, sovereigns and other jewellery.  SILVER and PLATE is progressing and the mountain of boxes are filling up the shelves with Troika and a complete Royal Doulton Belvedere patterned dinner and tea service amongst the sea of items, including Waterford crystal.

Of the GENERAL GOODS, William our porter has had great fun riding an American invalid scooter that can reach 17 miles an hour.  It cost £5000 and our estimate is £200-£300!  I’m thinking the company might buy it for him as he never has money for petrol!  Its one of two we have.  We also have a battery operated bicycle.  The usual white goods including some good garden equipment and shipping items abound.