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Diverse Specialist Collectors’ Sale sees strong performances across the board…

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A selection of lots from the 1st April
Collectors’ sale.

Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones is celebrating a strong, all-round performance in its recent Specialist Collectors’ Sale. The auction, which took place on Friday, 1st April, was the third of its format since Cuttlestones introduced an extra three sales a year in response to ongoing increases in the quantity and quality of lots consigned to auction.

MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, says:

We introduced Specialist Collectors’ sales late in 2010 as our quarterly Fine Art Sales were literally overflowing. By separating out lots of particular interest to collectors, we have established what’s proving a very popular sale and we’re marketing heavily to ensure that the niche audiences we’re aiming to attract find out about the items they’re interested in. Once again, our online catalogue and bidding facility has proved its worth with strong internet interest across all sections. We’re delighted with the outcome of the sale – everything from toys through to militaria, silver, jewellery, timepieces, sporting goods, musical instruments and wines sold brilliantly.”


The trend for militaria to be the most popular section of the collectables catalogue seems set to continue with the sale of Lot 253, a WWII DFC Group consisting of a DFC in case, a 39/45 star, a Burma star, a France & Germany star and war medal with condolence slip & letter awarded to Flight Lieutenant J F Murison RAF (V.R.), leading the pack at an impressive £2,300. Other lots of note included Lot 234, a group of empire medals, which sold for £290; Lot 254, a set of flight log books, which achieved £370 and Lot 288, a Triple barrel pepperbox revolver, on which the hammer fell at £310.

Toys, Time Pieces and Sporting Goods

Interest in time pieces was particularly strong, with two lots really standing out – Lot 78, a Fleet Air Arm Lemania single button chronograph Military watch, sold for £1,700 while Lot 75, an 18 ct gold open-faced pocket watch, fetched £850.

Toys, meanwhile, continued to command great prices, with highlight lots including Lot 94, a Britain’s cast metal garden (£200); Lot 112, a boxed Trix twin train set (£190), a boxed set of king and country hand cast toy soldiers (Lot 134 – £170) and Lot 171, a J Jaques & Sons ebony chess set, at £600.

In sporting goods, an interesting lot consisting a collection of approx. 80 boxing programs dating from the 1930s (mainly 1960s) including examples signed by Henry Cooper, together with over 70 copies of boxing news from the 60s, achieved £190 (Lot 197).

Fine Wines

In the second Cuttlestones’ sale to host a specialist fine wines and spirits collection, a 34 lot-strong section of cognacs, wines and Royal Ales produced two clear standout lots – a Quinta do Noval port 1966 (Lot 508), which sold for £370, and a similar bottle dated for 1970 (Lot 509) at £340.

Musical & Miscellanea

Violins were a favorite within the Musical Instruments section – Lot 300, a Tyrolean violin, sold for £420 while Lot 304, a violin Bollinger, went for £460.

While the categorized sections went down a storm, they certainly didn’t leave behind the miscellanea section, which saw a number of pleasant ‘sleepers’ emerge. Among the more unusual lots, a sawfish bill rostrum (Lot 336) fetched £150 while a collection of photographs of Walsall’s Hickingbottom Bakery (Lot 377) realised £130.

Maps proved a winner, with Lot 433, an atlas of London (John Pinkerton, 1815) selling for £1,100 and a John Speed map of Middlesex, circa 1611, (Lot 478) going for £620. Elsewhere, a Scout Association gallantry medal in sterling silver, un-named, as issued with three other Scout related badges (Lot 401) sold for £420, a collection of car badges, including AA examples, (lot 398) for £420 and a sealed case of Cuban cigars (Lot 424) for £160.

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