August all ready, well nearly! The kids are on holiday and the roads are clear. I love it.
The 3rd of August will bring another 600 lots or so fresh to the market. We start the day with 80 lots of PICTURES, some with 30 or so items. Lot 1 is catalogued as Attributed to Charles H.J. Leickert, oils on panel, ‘Flemish Town by a River’, signed and dated ’56. Lot 2 is a fine pair of portraits by Konstantin Stoitzner. They are in wonderful period gilt frames with an estimate of £300-£400.
JEWELLERY follows with gold and precious stones, wrist watches including a modern ladies Rolex with black dial among the 50 or so lots, including costume jewellery. Following on as usual is the OBJECTS OF INTEREST and COLLECTABLES. We have some great and rare cigarette cards, an early 20th century postcard of the White House, with President William Taft (1909-13)in power and a group of medals including a Second World War miniature Distinguished Service medal, a miniature Gulf medal 1990-1991, with bar, a Northern Ireland Campaign medal awarded to 24269680 Pte. D. Sharratt LI., a UN medal, a metal embroidered badge of the Royal Marines Physical Training Instructors, and a Japanese Order of the Rising Sun: Grand Cross breast star. I love the work of the medallion maker and we have one of the finest in lot 162. A spectacular silver medallion produced by The Young Men’s Christian Institute for the Polytechnic Industrial Exhibition, awarded to S. Hobbs 1886 Special Prize Ironwork, in original fitted box. Its quality is top notch. If you like miniatures then we have a little gem. It’s a hallmarked silver model of two cherubs seated at a table set for tea. The detail is great. It comes with a silver model of an actor on a hardstone stand, nine miniature metal figures of Crusaders, two metal animals, and a metal Buckfast pixie. We have silver buttons and lots of pocket watches.
If it’s paper you collect then we have what must surely be rare. It’s a carton of early stage programmes including the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Thursday March 9, 1950, to honour the visit of the President of the French Republic, featuring Margot Fonteyn, Moira Shearer, Frederick Ashton, etc..
Rare though does come in the SILVER section. We have a pair of trefid rat tail spoons by John Smith of London dated 1676. They are in incredibly crisp condition. The best I’ve seen. There are 18th century pieces, over 100 oz of Kings pattern flatware and a 46 oz trophy cup. The plate section is good too. We have an Edwardian oak canteen of EPNS cutlery for 12 in an unusual scroll pattern, along with a modern Kings pattern service for 12.
Shelves are full. In fact we have had to import more to cope with the load which this sale includes WINES AND SPIRITS including some good champagnes. We have bronzes including a Charles Henri Molins. POTTERY, PORCELAIN and GLASS including a good Bretby jardiniere and several pieces of early Clarice Cliff.
As usual we have RUGS, BOOK, RECORDS and COSTUME, including furs, and our TOYS section includes collectable action figures, model trains and model soldiers. We finish with the smallest FURNITURE section we’ve ever had but it does include a fine Archie Shine rosewood dining suite from the 1960s.
THE SALE IS ON THE 3RD AUGUST, NEXT THURSDAY AT 11AM WITH VIEWING ON THE 2ND FROM 1-7PM AND FROM 9.30 ON SALE DAY.
BIDDING IS ON-LINE WITH www.ukauctioneers.com AND ALL LOTS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE, WITH PICTURES, FROM SUNDAY EVENING.