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Title: 7th AUGUST 2014 Sale Information

Date Posted: Friday, July 25th, 2014

We do get the stangest ‘phone calls, but always following the sale where the rare wanted item has been sold.  So, this time, if you are out there and looking for two car doors from a 1970s classic Mercedes saloon, or a chrome grill, or a bonnet, or a new tyre or the fitments to add a Clarion hifi and television, we have them and they are for sale ON THE 7th AUGUST……. So please dont ‘phone on the 8th!


Yep, sale time has arrived again and we have worked hard to get the lots together, as usual.  It’s a smaller sale but all sections are represented.

PICTURES include works by or attributed to L.S. Lowry, (signed print), Salvador Dali, (Signed print ‘Soft Telephone’), Henry Cooper, Charles Richardson, Julio Jorge Lesser, Feliks Topolski, R. Witchard, Antony Bullimore, Graham Clarke, Gordon Allen, etc.

JEWELLERY AND ART OBJECTS including coins, fountain pens, post and cigarette cards, compacts, masonic regalia, stamps, first day covers, and costume jewellery , a collection of silver vestas and penknives, and a 1898 KRUGERAND.

SILVER including a lovely group of six Stuart Devlin surprise eggs each on a pierced coronet stand, a large dressing mirror, a dressing case with silver and enamelled fitments, a large Victorian embossed urn, small and boxed items, etc.


FASHION includes a wonderful yellow and red polka dot dress by Lacroix on the Jeans label and just your size!  Also a fantastic collection of new boxed tights, including fishnet, and from a retired competition dancer, a wild collection of sequinned dresses, including a bolt of silver sequinned fabric.  Otherwise we have an extensive collection of shoes and handbags and some cracking furs.  Also military uniform.

TOYS include Anso 1:18 scale model cars, old Hornby Dublo train set, not quite up to the standard of the fantastic lot in the last sale, and similarly Dinky including An Armstrong Whitworth Airliner, the MG record car, and an old tank.

We cleared a lovely property in Pinner containing some effects originally from the estate of Grace Wyndham Goldie, and we include books of hers including first editions and a collection of newspapers, one for every day of The Falkland crisis.

PORCELAIN AND POTTERY include one man’s collection of over 400 Minton pieces from all dates.  Otherwise we have dinner services including Worcester ‘June Garden’, Chinastyle ‘Regency’ , Worcester Pallicey, Royal Grafton Malvern, Poole, Noritake ‘Richmond’, green leaf plates, Rockingham.

In SHELF ITEMS we have good boxes including a tortoiseshell tea caddy and another decorated with straw work.  Old swords, one Japanese, bayonets, an old air pistol, a Penn Senator fishing reel 4/0.  An unused trombone and case. Doulton and Goebel figures, a pair of old fancy Argentinian spurs, miniature furniture, old bibles and photograph album, an old fowling gun, two flintlock pistols, old dolls and a teddy.  Old fans. Three 19th century fusee wall clocks, one with convex glass. We have a very large model of The Taj Mahal in a perspex cabinet, a full size steel repro street lamp by Windsor of Herts, unused, a large inflatable boat with outboard motor.

Good WINES including Baron de Philippe de Rothschild 1973 Pauillac, 1990 Margauk, Mouton Cadet 1985, , a 3.78 litre bottle of Martell brandy and a Wade decanter of Famous Old Grouse Whisky, a magnum bottle of 1968 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 1969 Sartori Amarone, 1966 Chat. Pavie, 1985 Chat.Haut Batailley, 1974 Chat. Poujeaux brandys including Courvoisier, Champagnes including Raymond Sacret 1947, bottle of Gg VI Coronation port 1937, and Croft 1970.

FURNITURE is a busy section this sale.  Is Victorian and earlier brown and ebonised furniture back in fashion?  I do hope so­ – we have a lot of it! Please don’t take your holidays yet!  Also included is a fantastic corner seating unit from Roche Bobois. It’s in wonderful cream leather and must have cost £10,000+, it comes with matching coffee tables.  From the same property we have a fantastic four-­piece suite with painted frame and satin upholstery.  There are endless chests of drawers, chair sets, two Swedish maple wardrobes and a Swedish small cupboard. From the old Southall Concervative club, (and that’s a strange oasis to find yourself in!) five very long Victorian benches, one 10ft I guess, an extending rosewood dining table, a 50s stylish walnut dressing table, by Morris of Glasgow, an Edwardian revolving book rack and bookcases by Globe Wernicke, Victorian walnut tables on pedestals, a pretty chiffonier, a good bergere suite, a pair of modern horseshoe settees, an oak 18th century three drawer dresser, a brass-bound naval chest, a pokerwork corner chair, various Royal Dutch wall units in teak, old bound trunks and boxes, a Maples suite in lacquered birch, very stylish, and a 1950s semi-circular bar.

GENERAL EFFECTS include wire-work garden chairs and the usual white goods and televisions.

Calling Martin……….we have a piano for you and thank goodness you will be back for the sale!  (For those of you who dont know Martin, he has sold our catalogues for 25 years and serenades us on any piano. He’s been ill, but is back for this sale).


Who needs the Westfield centre when you’ve got Bainbridges ?!


Title: 3rd JULY 2014 Sale Information

Date Posted: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Dear Friend,

Our June sale was spectacular. Thank you for attending.  Sadly we can’t replicate it this month but we do have an auction on the 3rd July starting at 11am as usual. You can view it on Wednesday the 2nd from 1-7pm and on sale day from 9.30am.  It does include a low mileage MG  5-door hatchback, offered without reserve and with an estimate of £300-£400. The MOT has just run out but it is taxed to December. I’ll have it washed for you!
**Plenty of photographs are on the blog. Just scroll down below this notice. We are adding them all the time.

One of our main instructions this month involves a home library of approximately 30 thousand volumes.  The owner, a deceased professor, was a writer on political thought.  His first book was written  with Richard Crossman.  He was an expert on Alex de Tocqueville and we have many original documents of his.  It’s a monumental task and we have until December to complete it. I had better get on!

PICTURES include good portraits of members of the Caulfeild family, incl. of William Caulfeild, 1st Viscount Charlemont (d. 1671), said to be by Sir Peter Lely, and of Jessie Aspasia Campbell of Barbrech, née Caulfeild, c.1815, said to be by George Henry Harlow, and of later members of the family by Laurence Koe (1909) and J.L. Miles (1853); also works by or attributed to Henry Moore, Kaiko Moti, E.W. Powell, Peter John Garrard, Hans Heysen, Jean Gardner, Tano de Simone, Peter Coombs, J. Smeeton, Henry Martin, A. Ramus, Grisot, Laine Porter, etc.

SILVER AND PLATE includes a Christening set by Omar Ramsden along with the usual decorative vases, cutlery, tea sets, 3 pairs of silver candlesticks, 2 salvers, etc. You might be interested in the History of English plate c j jackson  and Catalogue of Silversmiths’ Work by Burlington Fine Arts Club 1901 and The Gold and Silver of Windsor Castle (128 of 285) by E Alfred Jones 1911.  These are among the other BOOKS AND MAGAZINES including Rosa Bonheur by Anna Klumpke, signed.

COLLECTABLES include 4 boxed Pelham puppets and others, loose, fabulous boxed Dinky and Matchbox toys – many in mint condition including Fruehauf Hopper Train, Penelope’s Fab 1, Racing car transporter M6, Porsche Carrera 6, 268 The Green Hornet, 267 Batmobile, 982 Pullmore car Transporter and more. Also tinplate toys, including Minic and Hornby train sets, boxed. We have stamps, including a volume dedicated to China, postcards in the thousands,  a large number of old stereo cards including military cards, an interesting group of letters from Marty Horstman, agent, Harold Fielding record producer,  George Martin etc., mainly involving David Griffith a singer. We have a wonderful old circular glass Woodbine cigarette sign with hanging bars, and other old enamelled signs including Craven A cigarette. We have an old telephone switchboard and old radios including an Akkord portable in a faux crockodile case.  A Baden Powell memorial in a shell-mounted heart shaped case. Coins and medals. Football programmes including a mint 1966 cup final programme. Old split cane fishing rod and landing hook and a gun cleaning rod. We have interesting bayonettes and swords incl an old naval dress sword and a sabre.

SHELF ITEMS  are as numerous as ever . The best items are a group of overlaid glass by Galle, Daum and Legras – they are not fakes.  We also have Lalique.  We have a group of Victorian overlaid glass and endless tea and dinner services including Royal Albert ‘Paisley Shawl’, a Noritake dinner service, Minton ‘Bellemeade’, Royal Albert  ‘Old Country Roses’  tea set , Paragon ‘Athena’ tea wares, Minton ‘Bellmeade’ dinner service, Stylecraft with red dot design and Susie Cooper , decorative tea/coffee sets by Poole, Prinknash, and Doulton, an extensive collection of Quimper pottery, Rosenthal urn signed A Wunderlich, a Tudric pewter tea service and condiment set, extensive glass, a fine gilt metal table lamp. GOOD BOXES and a large collection of mother of pearl counters.

JEWELLERY  includes a 7 stone diamond pin with large stones, a large old emerald and diamond ring, a gold 3 diamond cocktail ring with large stones and a similar 18ct gold wristwatch. There is a gold charm bracelet and other items along with a considerable quantity of costume jewellery. Watches. Miniature paintings. Carved ivory. Tortoiseshell hair combs. A collection of fans, a collection of inro, Chinese snuff bottles, a koro and cover.

COSTUME  includes shoes by Prada, Dune, sequinned dresses, tweed suits, linen, a folding opera hat, fur coats, a decorative wig. Also linens.


FURNITURE  includes an art deco standard lamp with fluted column interspaced with a mirrored shelf, a carved gilt wood French corner chair, 2 roll-top desks, glazed dealer’s  table-top display cabinet, Gg ll small tea table with lappet moulded legs, Arts and Crafts oak hall stand, Gg lll barrel-back arm chair on turned legs, 1960s wall cupboard system, Globe Wernicke bookcase, oak draw leaf table and barley twist chairs, modern 3 piece suite, carved desk, carved oak hall settle and modern dining room and bedroom furniture.

CLOCKS includes single-weight wall clock and a drop dial, clock sets, one huge set with enamelled decoration, a Victorian marble mantel clock and an 18th century 8-day longcase with pagoda top the painted dial with portraits of Burns, Ramsay and Ferguson by Jas Park of Kilmalcom.

And always much more……….

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