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Antiques & curios from Chillington Hall to sell at Cuttlestones in December…

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A taxidermy menagerie and tribal art are just some of the treasures hailing from stately Chillington Hall near Brewood that will go under the hammer at local auction house Cuttlestones’ Winter Antiques Sale next week.
The lots have been consigned by owner John Giffard as he and wife Crescent prepare to hand tenure of the main hall to the next generation, as Head Auctioneer & MD at Cuttlestones, Ben Gamble, explains:
“We’re honoured that John has chosen Cuttlestones to handle their attic sale lots – and we’ve made some really interesting finds. Chillington is a such a landmark we’re sure the items will generate significant interest not only from serious collectors but also from locals keen to invest in a piece of the estate’s history. 
“This sale is even more special as the catalogue also features items from the estate of well-known Penkridge Antiquarian book and antique dealer Mr Ray Roberts, who sadly passed away last year. Locals will no doubt remember Ray for his dapper style and for driving around in his stunning vintage Bentley – which is among the lots we will be selling in December.”
One of the quirkier lots from Chillington is a rather unfortunate grey squirrel, taxidermied and presented in a case bearing the title ‘Road Kill – Bishop’s Wood Feb 2003’ – it carried an estimate of £50 – £80. While the squirrel is expected to appeal mainly to a local market, some very interesting tribal art items are likely to attract the attention of serious international collectors  – including Lot 114, a vintage Australian boomerang est £20 – £30; Lot 118  – a vintage Australian throwing club est £200 – £300; Lot 119 – a large & heavy Fijian Waka / Vunikau club, est  £300 – £500; Lot 122 – a Cook Island Adze Handle (missing blade) est £200 – £300 and Lot 120 – an Aboriginal parrying shield est £300-£500. 
Some rather nice musical instruments have also been entered into the sale – including Lot 124,  M.Amberger Munchen 34 string convert zither in fitted case and Lot125 – an antique acoustic guitar in fitted wooden carry case. There are also a number of more traditional antiques hailing from the hall, among which is Lot 45 – a nineteenth century linen press – carries an estimate of between £300 – £500, Lot 128 – a large Victorian cast iron postbox and Lot 129 A vintage pine cased Jaques of London part croquet set, together with a similar Slazenger part set.
Ray Roberts’ estate, meanwhile, offers rich pickings for vintage car fans, with the undoubted star if the show set to be the 1949 Bentley Mark VI Sports model that was Ray’s pride and joy, which is expected to achieve £20,000 – £25,000. Also going under the hammer from Ray’s collection are a number of lovely enamel signs and lots of ephemera relating to Bentley and automobiles in general.
In addition to lots from these two local treasure troves, the auction’s diverse also covers vintage advertising signs, paintings, furniture, jewellery, silver, ceramics and other traditional antiques. 
The two-day online auction will take place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd December at Cuttlestones’ Penkridge Sale Room. Live online bidding, telephone and commission bidding options will be available and viewing will be strictly by appointment on Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th November. For details visit or call 01785 714905.
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