4th DECEMBER 2014 Sale Information

Your Christmas shopping might never be easier.  We have the most wonderful collection of Folio books – perhaps 600 volumes from two estates – and some are still in shrink wrapping, including the most fabulous two volume Night Thoughts by Edward Young illustrated by William Blake in folio size, 6 volumes of Arthur Ransome, still shrink wrapped, and The History of Paris, Rome and Venice in paintings, A3 size.   Or how about 1 of 6 large Russell Flint prints, each very well presented and each signed, or if it’s original art you desire then, back in fashion we have three hot scenes by Doyly-John or if L S Lowry is your bag then we have two signed prints, again well presented.  The choice is endless … single malt whisky or Cristal champagne? A Mollusca enema? A four-legged duck?  A pearl necklace? A funny ceramic by Andrew Osborne?  A new Hermes scarf or tie…?

We are honoured to have been given instructions to sell the contents of the home of the late Claire Rayner and her husband Desmond.  Should you need reminding, Claire was famous as an agony aunt in the 70s along with Marjorie Proops, in the press and on television.  She was a prolific author and a campaigner and lived in a large and wonderful 19th century villa in Harrow.  The house was chock-a-block with ornaments and decoration.  We shall be selling all of this  along with the furniture and, after Christmas, all the paintings by Desmond who in 2012 held his last exhibition in The Piper Gallery.  Do check out his work online.


*****This is our first sale when we shall be offering live bidding over 2 segments of the sale.  To enjoy this facility you will need to register with UKAuctioneers.com

PICTURES fill the walls – about 80 lots – and include works by artists incl. Sir William Russell Flint, L.S. Lowry, C.R. Doyly-John, Fred Holgate, Brian Seifert, Attila Hejja, L.J.A. Lynton,  D.E. Walduck, Eduard Hildebrandt, Arthur Gilbert, Walter Hepworth, Talbot Hicks, and Monticelli.

JEWELLERY AND ART OBJECTS include good rows of cultured pearls, diamond and other rings, good brooches and a good old carved ivory of a man and a rat, two large bronze medallions, one commemorating The British Empire 1897 by Spink and Sons and another similar by JEB,  Masonic regalia.

COLLECTABLES including 10 sets of Deluxe Royal Mint proof coin sets ’86-’96 in plush boxes, some still shrink wrapped,  sovereigns 1873 , 1902, 1914, 1974, a gold 10 Korona 1911, half sovereigns 1902, 1914, 1918, 1973, an Australian album of 36 first day covers 1975-77, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Nationhood, each with a silver medallion, total weight approx 40 oz ., 20 volumes of Royal Mail special stamps, 1984-2004, each including mint stamps, some up to £10 face value (10 vols still shrink wrapped), cigarette cards including a good full set of 12 reproductions of recruiting posters by Wills, silk cards, etc., a large quantity of postcards, an old film maker’s clapper board, an embroidered military silk panel, old wrist watches, lots of costume jewellery, two 19th century miniatures on ivory of Indian landmark buildings in a plush case, portrait miniatures, a fabulous collection of Opera in hard back folders – probably 20 years’ worth.  We have a Hornby boxed train set, Dinky toys, soft toys, rock and pop records. A swagger stick with Princess Louise crest. A P & H  T-1300 hydraulic crane in original box, a Schuco Telesteering Car 3000, in racing green, boxed and with original wood bollards.  Dolls, old and modern.  ‘Paddington’, a large Victorian stuffed monkey.  Three puppets by Munzberg VY, Loutky puppet show and a wizard puppet, possibly 19th century. A large wax seal of Queen Victoria in original tin skippet.  A military brass and copper bugle by Henry Potter & Co., London, and old polished military shells, a Dansette record player, unused, with rare pink and cream cover and original labels, miscellaneous cameras, an early 19th century child’s chair, old tools including planes and chisels, mounted horns and antlers, a hat stretcher and a steel safe cupboard – good as a gun cabinet.

SHELF ITEMS will please you with such a great variety. We have 4 flintlock pistols stamped Manton, an antique Turkish rifle, a decorative Chinese sword, various bayonets, hunting spears, powder flasks. A FABULOUS COLLECTION OF STICKS, 7 with ivory handles and 6 with carved pommels, one a charming bulldog with silver ears. An extensive collection of clocks including a large German bracket clock in an oak case, a good 19th century ormolu mantel clock with French porcelain panels and a pair of bronze side pieces as putti, another gilt metal mantel clock with putti surmount, a German oak Arts and Crafts wall clock with brass numerals, an R & J Beck slide viewer incorporating an oil lamp, a wonderful collection of Victorian colourful porcelain carpet bowls, a taxidermy miracle of a four-legged duckling with another having a pink heart on its brow.  Seven bronze figures by Milo.

An extensive medical collection including a tray of false eyes, a tray of optician’s lenses, a 19th century medical tray of phials, an Improved Breast glass for self use by Moor & Sons, a boxed set of surgical knives, inhalors, Rogers’ crystal spray, oinment pots, pill maker trays, a Bile Beans tin for billiousness, a Mollusca enema, colourful bottles, electrical implements, and a RARE FIRST WORLD WAR MEDICAL CANE IN TWO SECTIONS CONTAINING MILITARY DRESSINGS.

An extensive motoring lot including old goggles, kid gloves, early AA badges, one mounted on a chrome radiator cap, an old gauge, two wonderful brass horns, one by Powell & Hammer Ltd the other possibly from a 1904 Napier, both with old rubber bulbs, a 1912 Ordnance Survey map of Great Britain and England and Wales, 2 claxons, one by Bosche, the other manual, old Canadian vehicle plates from Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec, old manuals including ‘Standard Little 9’, old chrome model names, two old petrol cans. Two chrome-plated horse car mascots, a riding crop and a trotting whip.

PORCELAIN, POTTERY AND GLASS includes Copeland Spode dinner and tea wares. A group of Rosenthal ceramics including a girl riding a dragon fly, a forest man with parrots, both charming.  Waterford and other glass including sets.  Modern Royal Worcester cups and saucers.  A Royal Worcester pot and cover, circa 1900. A Lalique glass elephant. A rare Art Deco Shelley coffee set with coffee pot in greens, black and silver with triangular handles. Royal Albert Memory Lane and Old Country Roses. Simpson’s Ambassador Ware dinner wares. German tea wares by Raymond Loewry. Mintons tea wares with rich gold decoration, Polish table wares by Chodiez, jelly moulds, Bell’s water jugs and brewery ashtrays. Four mouth organs. A group of cabinet cups and saucers, mainly continental, a large jug decorated with seashells, Arthur wood kitchen canisters, Carlton ware, pussy cat ornaments incl. 6-piece band.  Four humorous ceramic ornaments by Andrew Osborne – see the blog for an example, line 10, oriental ceramics, a large pair of ceramic pots on stands, decorated with lion heads and swags of fruits. Mak’Merry was the trading name of the Scottish Woman’s Rural Institute founded by Catherine Blair in 1917.  Amongst other things, they produced ceramics and Catherine Blair was one of the decorators.  They are currently researching other names.  We have 16 pieces including a large bowl and lid, a large jug, a condiment set and various jam pots with lids. 16 pieces in total and most damaged – but I guess you’ve never heard of it and I am really pleased to be offering it. Naive, colourful and fit for purpose. 24 Royal Doulton miniature figures, Capodimonte humorous figures of a dentist, a surgeon and a dirty old man. A Meissen vase. A Victorian vacant large circular glass dome on stand.  Royal Crown Derby Chinese Bird pattern coffee cans and Minton Haddon Hall coffee cans, an old hat stretcher, table lamps, one in overlaid glass, and a pair of naked ladies, their outstretched arms supporting light bowls. Mounted horns and antlers. A 19th century mahogany child’s chair. Champleve wares. Extensive modern glass. Smart scents, incl. Hermes, Balmain and Guerlain. An elaborate ceramic oil lamp decorated with enamelled flowers and birds. An extensive Austrian Hohenburg dinner service. An early 19th century tinplate candlestick and snuffer. An extensive Poole dinner, tea and coffee set in blue and contrasting grey. A Beswick horse and Beswick Mrs Tiggywinkle. Old iron keys.

DRINK  includes Louis Roederer Cristal champagne 1975, Moet & Chandon and Bollinger champagne, a Baccarat decanter of Hennessy cognac, a bottle of Glen Farclas single malt whisky celebrating 150 years, both in original boxes, Bell’s whisky decanters, Whyte & Mackay 21 year old Scotch whisky, Chivas Regal and Glenfiddich whiskies and VAT 69, green Chartreuse, Cointreau, Balvenie double wood 12 year old single malt whisky, Harrow House claret, 2 bottles of 1985 Barbera, 1969 Barolo and 1977 Chateau Villemaurine.

FURS AND COSTUME including handbags, a large silk top hat,  Mr Rayners extensive hat collection, a leather ‘pilot’ jacket, a Vivienne Westwood dress , linens, etc. We also have good luggage including a wardrobe box by Hartmann of USA , a Victorian metal cabin trunk and small fitted cases.



Unused scarf and tie by Hermes, boxed. Unused silk pashmina by Jim Thompson. An Italian scarf printed with a speech of Mussolini and made from sniafiocco, a textile made from wood pulp developed in Italy c.1934. Jo Malone room scent, Ferragamo silk scarves and a modern reindeer skin rug, again all unused.


SILVER AND PLATE includes a large boat shaped fruit bowl, candlesticks, many small items including good photograph frames and silver and tortoiseshell desk clip, boxed spoon  sets and lots of plate including a good quality large candelabra.

FURNITURE includes a fabulous Art Deco walnut display cabinet, a three piece Art Deco walnut ‘cloud’ suite and an Art Deco walnut dining room suite of table, sideboard and 6 ‘cloud’ chairs.  Period-wise we have the best 19th century rosewood Wellington chest of 7 drawers. Also and very rare we have a brilliant oak cupboard, circa 1900, possibly by Globe Wernicke, it comprises 27 small compartments, each with door and gilt metal label holder and patented locking system all above a long drawer and of good colour.  From the same solicitor’s office we have a 6 part and a 5 part Globe Wernicke bookcase and two old office chairs.  Otherwise a good faux marble chest and a painted hall table with marble top, a Georgian mahogany card table, a small Georgian chest of drawers, an Edwardian inlaid tray table, a roll top desk, a large sideboard in the style of Hope, a extending dining table, a pair of 1960s arm chairs in original black vinyl covers, two American rockers, a chaise longue, a leather wing back arm chair, 1960s rosewood and chrome tables, a long Victorian club bench and much much more. The MIRRORS are good including early reproduction fretwork Georgian style pier glasses, a large gilt and painted hall mirror and a very pretty ebonised Arts and Crafts mirror with three gilt painted panels of birds.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS include a German Dresden School violin, circa 1880, with a bow by R Paesold and a modern case with humidor, an upright piano by Bechstein and a Collard and Collard grand piano, a base guitar by Cort model B4, unused and in fitted case, and an acoustic guitar.

GENERAL EFFECTS include patinated concrete garden tables, a lion and ornaments, a garden bench, a modern flat screen tv, a hifi on stand, a B&O Beocentre 2200 hifi, white goods, good beds, a garden set, mowers, a rotivator, a new barrow, etc.