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Title: 24th APRIL 2014 Sale Information

Date Posted: Sunday, April 13th, 2014

We only have 9 sales a year but they do seem to arrive quickly and another sale is upon us. This one is on THURSDAY 24TH APRIL STARTING AT 11AM.

Viewing is on Wednesday the 23rd from 1 to 7pm and on saleday from 9.30am

Do check the blog below this text for photographs which are added constantly.

I guess David and I have visited about 40 homes since the last auction to pull this sale together. There is one home that stands out for its exquisite style of English decoration put together over the 1980s and 90s and it’s now time to off load a few items that we are delighted to handle. In this sale only the diamond necklace bought in Geneva and now considered unlikely to be worn again, will be offered. It’s very elegant and discreet comprising 17 diamonds suspended from a band of smaller diamonds. It features on the blog. (Other items from this home to include Chinese and English porcelain, a fine oriental carpet and an 18th century French marquetry small table with drawers will be offered in the May sale.)

What the April sale lacks in furniture it makes up for in other sections. The shelves are full and include WINES AND SPIRITS incl. Champagne, Capron & Fils 1976 (5 bottles), Pol Roger (3 bottles), and Piper Heidsieck 1979 (7 bottles), also Glen Mhor Pure Malt Whisky, bottle no. 0783/2000, label signed by Major P.R. Reid 1986, Chateau Lafite 1962, St Estephe Grand Vin de Bordeaux, Renault & Co. cognac in original box, 3 bottles Macallen 1971 18-year-old single Highland Malt Scotch whisky, boxed, 6 cases of Valdivino Chardonnay and Mouton Cadet, bottle of Fonseca white port, other drink incl. Courvoisier, Martell, Seagrams, Grand Marnier, Chivas Regal (2 bottles), etc.

If longcase clocks were politicians we have an Eric Pickles in a 19th century model by Winstanley of Wrexham with a very wide case and Jacob Rees-Mogg in a frightfully smart slender mahogany case with metal stop fluting to the ribbed decoration that flanks the door. Possibly George III, it supports a fine brass and steel face with date, strike and silent and an 8-day movement by George Thornburgh, London. Its finishing touch is a swan-neck pediment. It’s rather fine. Other CLOCKS include mantel clocks incl. an Elliott c.1961, also a carriage clock, marble clocks, wall clock, spelter clocks, a pink marble trio signed Vouziers, and a marble clock with mercury pendulum and eagle surmount. Also there is a large selection of BOXES in mahogany, rosewood and walnut, one with chessmen, an Eastern carved cigarette box, an unusual four-section tiger’s eye box, and an Indian Vizagapatam box, and an ivory-mounted stick carved with a snake head set with compass in 18ct gold, and other carved sticks.

Elsewhere on the shelves we have a 19th century Italian dagger with silver-mounted horn handle, a Diana air gun, old fishing reels, a boxed Hermes silk scarf, a bronze horse, a bronze figure of a seed caster signed Otto Hoffmann, a pair of bronze torch wall lights, a bronze of a rutting bull, champleve wares, Balinese carved winged figures, carved wooden spears, old drum and cymbal sets, an old car luggage box, an oak cased barometer, an Atlas Type A sewing machine c.1875, made in Camden Town, a jade silver-mounted teapot, model planes of the First World War, etc.

POTTERY, PORCELAIN & GLASS includes an important group of Poole Pottery incl. ‘Reflections on a Still Day’ by Alan Clarke, and an important trial piece as a large charger to create a sunset design signed by Alan Clarke and with a signed note of explanation, 6 pieces of Troika, Royal Crown Derby figures, a 7 piece Lladro Jazz Band and other Lladro. Royal Doulton figures incl. Delight, HN 1772, Maureen HN1770, Jill HN2061, and Jack HN2060, also 7 miniature Doulton figures. There are Doulton vases, and a Doulton Nelson loving cup, a large Meissen meat plate painted with honeysuckle, Dresden figures and other continental and oriental porcelain, a Beswick eagle, 36 Victorian pot lids for toothpaste, anchovy paste, cold cream, walnut pomade, etc., a Staffordshire flatback, 2 Whitefriars ‘Drunken Bricklayer’ vases and, if the vendor can bear to part with it, a rare Whitefriars ruby glass owl. We also have an Arklow pottery coffee service in original box, a 19th century blue and white toilet basin, a huge collection of egg cups incl. whistle cups, a large old Masons jug, a collection of orange Whitefriars glass, old Delft candlesticks and vase, Delft tiles, German piano figures, extensive Portuguese cabbage leaf wares incl. dinner plates, an extensive collection of Swarovski (over 50 pieces), incl. a seated bear, a dragon, parrots on a branch, kingfisher, etc., extensive glassware incl. Victorian decanters, pressed glass, and Venetian overlaid glass, an extensive collection of Pendelfin, a collection of paperweights, a collection of Toby jugs, Susie Cooper, a collection of Goebel figures, Beswick and Royal Albert including Old Country Roses, Beatrix Potter figures, royal commemorative items incl. a Buckingham Palace plate and mug, a collection of glass penguins, Longton dinner and meat plates, 19th century dessert wares, Wedgwood Ice Flower dinner wares, an extensive collection of sauce boats, Kevin Francis Pavarotti figures, a Goss Laurence Olivier commemorative plate, a sulphide paperweight of Jenny Lind signed C.R. Albret, France, a pottery figure of Emma Calve as Carmen, 1961, by Dom Art, and, to commemorate Dylan Thomas’ 100th anniversary, a ceramic street scene of Milk Wood, illustrated on the blog.

COSTUME includes a 1920s beaded flapper dress and good fur coats.

PICTURES in 70 lots by artists incl. Rodney Charman, C.G. Blampied, Rune Person, A. Haselgrave, A. Birnbaum, Ken Leech, A. Yoshida, Oliver Ommaney, Brian Irving, Vivienne Chaikiev, John Bampfield, Arrobus, Chiang Yee, J. Uprchal, Eduard Ritter, Matthias Rudolf Toma, S. Clark, Jennifer Dickson, Aladar (Alfred) Kacziany, etc.

COLLECTABLES incl. speedway ephemera, old corkscrews incl. one as a pair of legs, early copies of ‘Men Only’ 1945, and ‘Paris Pin-Up’, a map on silk, cigarette cards incl. Our South African Birds by the United Tobacco Company, old theatre programmes, stamps, an album of USA coinage, 1903 on, incl. proof sets, extensive collection of old comics incl. Eagle and Tiger, extensive collection of costume jewellery, military and masonic badges and medals incl. 1914-15 Star, Egypt 1882 Star, postcards, English coinage incl. a collection of crowns, old photographs incl. motor and go-cart racing, sporting ephemera incl. a letter signed W.G. Grace, 26 June 1908, on LCC paper, 1982 bales from England v. Pakistan match, signed letter from P.F. Warner, editor of The Cricketer 1929, a signed England cricket shirt from the 1996-7 Zimbabwe tour, owned by Darren Gough, an autograph book with Arsenal and Chelsea FC players for 1930-31, boxing ephemera, Sir Henry Cooper signature and framed photograph with miniature promotional posters, and a camera script for Blake’s Seven episode 1, 10 November 1977, with 12 coloured slides incl. of the spaceship, with copyright.

JEWELLERY includes a fine diamond riviere, 10 assorted agates, an agate and gilt-metal box, gold and gem-set jewellery.

An extensive SILVER PLATE section includes tea sets, tureens, candlesticks, a claret jug, trays, a canteen of cutlery for 12. SILVER includes a 4-piece tea set, a glass and silver table centre, extensive collections of cutlery incl. Dutch silver, photograph frames, small items incl. cigarette cases, miniatures, a brandy flask, etc., and a stylish Victorian standish, also candlesticks.

HUGE RECORD COLLECTION, BOOKS. An extensive collection of ORIENTAL CARPETS and good ones too. All privately entered. (The May sale includes a fine 19th century Heriz for which I have the receipt for £40,000! Purchased at Sothebys.)

FURNITURE as a section is smaller than usual, in fact we might be hunting for chairs, but it does include good and stylish 1960s items including a desk and seat furniture, a brown leather Habitat suite made by Pieff, an old oak coffer, a charming light oak dressing table with matching wardrobe, a yew dining suite, a Georgian bureau, an upright piano, etc.

GENERAL EFFECTS includes garden ornaments including antique terracotta olive pots and two lead urns, a pillar drill and white goods.

We look forward to welcoming you……..

SALE DAY CAFE – we are looking for someone to make and serve sandwiches and cakes for our cafe on sale day. If you are interested or if you know someone who might be, please ring us on 01895 621991 or email

Title: 20th MARCH 2014 Sale Information

Date Posted: Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Spring and the better weather herald another sale at Bainbridges. Yippee!

The date is the 20th March starting at 11am as usual, with viewing on the Wednesday from 1 to 7pm and on sale day from 9.30am.

One man’s collection of Action Men from the 1960s and on fill the upstairs shelves. There are hundreds, mainly boxed and with lots of accessories. In that section we also have good rock and pop records including Dire Straits, Velvet Underground, Fairport Convention, Bob Dylan and many more. There’s a box full of Airfix models to be made, a big entry of Tri-ang/Hornby with boxes of accessories, large scale models by Pocher of Rolls Royces, an American tinplate model of a Fire Chief’s car by Hoge, an old Mamod steam engine, two Corgi models of The Saint’s Jaguar XJS with sonic control and aeroplanes and other boxed toys plus a rare 1953 Tri-ang Toys Minic Lines Bros wooden garage with working lift. All good fun. Another client had hundreds of lead figures by del Prado of Roman soldiers and 2nd WW soldiers. They are made to a high standard.

FASHION includes a large number of furs, evening dresses and bags and, from a deceased estate, Goth boots and dominatrix accessories including latex!

SILVER AND PLATE is worth viewing as is JEWELLERY, although not a lot of either, but we have a fantastic Chinese carved ivory fan and other fans and two pairs of 19th century shoe buckles, one set with diamante. Large quantities of costume jewellery.

PICTURES includes works by Bernard Buffet, K. Beal, Patrick Procktor, Hank Leventhal, Keith Michell, John Doyle, Pamela Kay, Le Blanc, P F Tunstill, R Hardenbergh, Frank Anker.

BOOKS are represented as usual, including some that need to remain in brown paper covers! More respectably we have an extensive collection of Dick Francis, all signed, and an early James Bond first edition in dust cover. COLLECTABLES, as usual includes postcards including two volumes of humour, coins, including crowns, a good and extensive collection of stamps including first day covers, a silver table lighter by McMurdo, football programmes, and 5 mounted medals awarded to FX77423 C A F (E) J Quinn of HMS Sanderling and a North American beadwork bowl. DOLLS includes one by Armand Marseille. CARPETS include a very long Iranian runner and a rug and a Navajo rug.

Special mention needs to be made of two old Samurai swords, one in a shagreen scabbard the other lacquered. They were presented to the vendor’s father in 1945. That vendor also entered a 1914 shell shell case and two daggers. On the weapons front we have an entry that includes 9 hand guns and four knives plus a rare Special Operations stiletto.

Another special and charming item this time is a George III rosewood spinning wheel of delicate turned formation with an 8″ lead flywheel.

The SHELVES are full as usual. The leading lots are two overlaid vases signed Galle and another by Daum, closely followed by a Leica camera and lens, imported in January 1939 number 289989 with leather case. We have old walnut boxes, a special 4 piece Japanese ivory dressing table set heavily carved, including glove stretchers, a fabulous extensive Herend dinner service prettily painted with flowers, a collection of Masons jugs, Royal Crown Derby, Meissen, Mdina glass, old Doulton, Goebel figures, Wedgwood ‘Litchfield’ teawares, Royal Doulton ‘Frost Pine’ tea wares, Hornsea wares, a Royal Albert ‘Old Country Roses’ dinner and tea service, Toby jugs, old scales, over 30 old jelly moulds, a Hohner Carmen II accordion and another, old luggage, cut glass, Quimper, etc.

FURNITURE includes a roll-top desk, more than one Globe Wernicke bookcase, a Victorian sewing table, a fantastic 60s Danish dining table, chairs and sideboard, a 1960s Italian bed-settee from Heals, Chinese cupboards, one in black lacquer purchased from Selfridges for £3,000, a Zender upright piano in a cream lacquered case – very shishi – and another piano by Eavestaff, a top quality settee, again purchased at £3,000, a 3 piece bergere suite, a superb pair of wing back arm chairs in antique green leather on carved cabriole legs, a Victorian smoker’s bow, modern revolving chairs, a good oak wardrobe with carved decoration, an oak Wellington chest, a large carved desk, a fantastic late Victorian large library table, yew dining table, a Georgian bureau, a huge bevelled wall mirror and other mirrors and good garden furniture by Summit Furniture. We have a number of old gaming machines and, for the doll collector a miniature sleigh bed and another as a half-tester. Thinking about it – they would both do for the cat!

And, as usual, the garage is full of shipping goods, a stylish 60s bedroom suite by Libus, bookcases, beds, etc.

It’s an essential viewing so I look forward to welcoming you.

Check out the pictures by scrolling further down the blog.

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Title: 13th FEBRUARY 2014 Sale Information

Date Posted: Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

A little late, but Happy New Year!

This sale, our first of 2014, is on February 13th starting at 11am as usual. There are many pictures of some of the lots, scroll down below the text to view.

The sale combines the usual probates, mainly local, with about 150 private vendors and their 2 or 3 lots each. All, or nearly all, with no reserves.

The PICTURES section is huge but mainly made up of large lots and a lot of them prints.  Names include P.F.Tunstill, E.J.Lauder, Hogarth, G.Buxton, Chas. Hall, Louis Icart, John Piper, Charles Bell, Helen McAlpin Bacon, Stephen Outram, J. Hill, Z. Hermann, Angela Fielder.

The JEWELLERY section includes good gold and gemstone pieces, a large diamond and pearl star brooch, a diamond bracelet, a Tudor and other watches. Good costume jewellery.

OBJECTS OF INTEREST include two wonderful fans, one finely painted with flowers and mounted with gold sequins on finely carved Chinese ivory sticks and mounted in a showcase and another of feathers on boxwood sticks in its original box. An interesting item, from a retired jeweller, is a ring expander.

COLLECTABLES is a great section particularly if you are interested in postcards and stamps.  We have thousands of wonderful postcards in different lots and one of the best albums of early 20th century cards featuring classic French nudes, watercolour cards by Fred E Barratt 1923, glamour cards by Philip Boileau, and A Asti, M Munk, GL Co, NPG, KKNG, J Beagles & Co. children, Ettlinger & Co, A. Borrmeister, H Wetzel, E Docker, Gruss, Boely, some in sets, approximately 250, many stamped, Another album contains over 100 steam engines. It is part of a large lot of railway memorabilia including photographs, timetables, logs and magazines. Another lot comprises a small number of German fighter aeroplanes, AUTOGRAPHS include Dusty Springfield, Domingo, Frank Carson, Bing Crosby with a charming letter, Field Marshal Montomgery, and Lord Mountbatten. MEDALS. STAMPS in their thousands including some great albums, including full sheets – a credit to their collectors. Many UK and foreign First Day Covers including 5 of the 1966 World Cup.  Cigarette lighters include 2 by Dunhill and another styled as a tree with horses, silver pocket watches. Early motorcycle goggles. An old enamel Spillers Dog Food sign. An early Sunlight Soap advert by Burton Barber ‘The Family Wash’. 1970s football programmes mainly QPR and West Ham United and England Internationals. Early 20th century toys and dolls.  Artworks for a Bowie LP. Old and uncirculated COINS. A white £5 from the Newcastle upon Tyne Bank. CIGARETTE CARDS. Guinness memorabilia including a drop dial wall clock.

SILVER AND PLATE with plenty of choice including period and later.

CLOTHING including good furs, jackets and one full length, designer clothes and a fabulous wedding dress in pink raw satin with Swarovski crystals by Diana Design of Nottingham, Escada, Burberry, Daks.  Also, from a retired designer a large quantity of fabrics and fittings.

We have three fitted travelling wardrobes.

CLOCKS including two period longcase clocks, one with the brass dial marked Baddely, Tong, mantel clocks, 2 early 20th century torsion timepieces under glass domes, wall clocks, one with fusee movement, and two grandmother clocks.

Exceptional BOXES include a wonderful GAMES COMPENDIUM with ivory chess pieces and draughts along with bezique, draughts and cards in a metal-bound box.  A brass-bound rosewood decanter box, a Chinese lacquered sewing box, a Victorian coromandel dressing box, and a draughtsman’s box.

BOOKS. ORIENTAL CARPETS. Good patinated GARDEN ORNAMENTS including a large pair of urns, and a table.

The shelves are full. PORCELAIN POTTERY AND GLASS includes extensive lots of drinking glasses and decanters, a signed Moorcroft vase, oriental vases, an extensive collection of Winnie The Pooh figures, Doulton figures including Biddy Pennyfathing HN 1843 and a miniature Erminie (M40), a Royal Worcester miniature Joan modelled by F. Doughty, a modern bronze, lots of Beswick including a bulldog and another bulldog advertising Bulldog Pilsner by Robert Porter & Co., a Clarice Cliff lily bowl, a huge Nao figure and others, large Lladro figures, Royal Worcester Queen 2006, an acrylic sculpture ‘Touchstone’ signed Michael Wilkinson 1996 108/1800, A Leonardo Collection Jester, an extensive dinner service by Paragon, Athena pattern, a Doulton Rose Elegans dinner service, a Zsolnay bull, a Limoges dinner service, and an Indian Tree dinner service. Carltonware. Barometers. Wines and Havana cigars, a Mah Jong set, microscopes … it goes on and on.

FURNITURE fills our space. Period items includes a good William IV mahogany extending table on lobe fluted legs with two leaves, a 19th century waterfall bookcase among other open bookcases, a period chest on later stand, a good three tier buffet with drawers, a large Victorian serpentine rosewood chiffonier with mirrored back and doors, a set of 8 ‘Chippendale’ chairs amongst many chair sets, some with good dining tables, one on three pedestals, pedestal desks, Globe Wernicke bookcases, a wonderful iron-bound chest, and a charming Victorian bijouterie cabinet with a glazed upper display cabinet. We have big and small Chinese wardrobes and cabinets all with fabulous patina. Also we have a glamorous large dining suite in cream lacquer with mirrored sideboard, table and chairs (Est £200-£300) – a fantastic bargain. We also have a modern cabinet maker designed suite of table, bench and chairs in fabulous burr wood that cost over £6,000.

The garage is full of shipping goods and we have a long set of brown leather arm chairs.

VEHICLES includes a Honda motorcar and a Mercedes van both very tidy and offered without reserves.

Its all here – check out the pictures by scrolling further down the blog !! See you on the 13th or at the viewing on the 12th from 1-7pm.

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