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Medals awarded with strong demand

16th February 2019

148At our Antiques & Collectables sale on 9th February, we saw a vast array of different lots go  under the hammer with a very large crowd in attendance.

Silver and jewellery are always wanted and a really interesting Kashmiri navette shaped bowl, reportedly from Gulmarg in the western Himalayas, started the sale with strong interest selling well above estimate for £850.


A very attractive silver and guilloche enamel dish by David Andersen of Norway sold above the estimate of £40 – 60 for £105. Amongst the jewellery, a yellow metal pair of earrings each set with a central rose cut diamond achieved £1300 whilst items attracting keen interest and selling well above estimate included a collection of coral necklaces £130, a white metal bangle £60, a wedding ring £140, a yellow and rose metal shield pendant £75 and a yellow metal ring set with an aquamarine £120.

284v2Amongst the ceramics was an 18th century English blue and white barrel form mug and, after fierce bidding, this achieved £650 whilst three attractive Moorcroft vases sold for £170. Three Beswick flying woodpeckers sold for £210 and a Troika rectangular vase £130. A Parian Minton style figure of Victory sold well above estimate for £140 whilst an art deco figure of a dancing girl by Zach realised £260.

Collectables of all values always add interest to any sale room and there was a varied entry of lots to tempt buyers. A cased Dorman Lockstitch miniature sewing machine stamped 1905 sold for £600 and other items selling well above estimate included two Cadburys “Novel Chocolate Biscuit” tins £48, a Victorian stationery box £270, a Russian lacquer casket £200, a quantity of pocket lighters £110 and a W A S Benson oil lamp £120.

Railwayania has its followers at the Mendip Auction Rooms and an RS1 Mamod boxed steam set generated a bidding battle in the room selling for £250.

471Once again, the team saw renewed interest in quality or unusual furniture with a 19th century stool selling for £190, a mid 19th century double ended sofa £380, an art deco style oak framed tub chair £170 and two Robert Heal Ladderax teak modular shelving systems £320. A 19th century hardwood and pine Black Forest combination strike and bellows clock made £820.

Military items also always generate interest on Mendip and a very impressive medal group awarded to Warrant Officer P Bird of the Tank Corps including medals from the First and Second World Wars led to internet, phone and room bidding and sold well above the estimate of £300 – 400 for £1800.



Our next sales will be of Victorian and Later Effects on Tuesday 19th February and Tuesday 5th March. The next sale of Antiques and Collectables will be on Saturday 9th March. All sales start at 10am.

The team at the Mendip Auction Rooms aim to make selling and buying at auction straight-forward and great fun. The auction rooms are open from 10am until 5pm Monday to Friday and the valuers are happy to visit you at home free of charge to provide valuation and selling advice. The auction rooms can be contacted on 01749 840770.


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