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Monday, 30 March, 2020
With social distancing measures in place and the country on the cusp of lockdown, our March 20th Specialist Collectors’ Sale presented us with a unique challenge. For the safety of both customers and staff, we took the decision to hold our first ever sale behind closed doors with only commission, telephone and online bidding available and our fully illustrated, online catalogue the sole option for advance viewing.
Despite having an established online network of bidders – both UK based and international – it was still slightly nerve-wracking opening bids to an empty saleroom (fortunately our comms team had done their job and only two people arrived unaware that there may be restrictions in place). However, we needn’t have worried – the sale was a resounding success. Everything ran smoothly, with many people registering for online bidding and watching the sale live-stream online for the first time, resulting in a performance in line with what had been projected had it been an ‘open’ saleroom scenario.
As with any successful sale, the diverse catalogue produced several stand-out lots; two of which came early on in the Medals section. Lot 21, a Trio of First World War Medals including a Star Medal, Victory Medal and Bravery Medal awarded to Private Thomas Sutton - 17803 - C. Company of 7th battalion South Staffs regiment, who was killed in action on 14th December, 1917 aged 24 achieved £700 against an estimate of £400-600. Of significant local interest, they sold to a UK bidder on the telephone. Also selling to a UK-based telephone bidder was Lot 22, seven WW1 medals including a Trio (Star Medal, British War Medal & Victory Medal) for Corporal George E. Carrington - 10705 - North Staffs. Regiment; a Duo (British War Medal & Victory Medal) for driver Joseph Howell - 1707 - Royal Field Artillery; a Single (Victory Medal) for Acting Serjeant George Price - 86853 Machine Gun Corps Cavalry and a further Single (British War Medal) for Ordinary Seaman 3rd Class Herbert Ernest Low - L7470 - Royal Navy. The hammer fell at £150.
Next up were some rather unusual objects, both discovered in a couple of boxes of low-value items by a lady who was having a clear-out and spotted by valuer Rosie’s eagle eye. Lot 34, a bronze mortar inscribed “Nathaniel & Hannah Payne 1728” achieved an impressive £550, selling to a London buyer via a direct commission bid. Meanwhile, Lot 38 – a stoneware Maypole Butter Danish dairy pot saw the hammer come down at £75 to a UK internet bidder.
Other highlights included Lot 51, a19th Century Anti-slavery cast iron tobacco box brought into one of our valuation days, which sold to a UK internet bidder for £480, and Lot 108 – a Princess Diana photograph signed by Diana herself, which achieved £800.
A house clearance was the source of the next star item - Lot 132, a 1962 Francis Barnett Falcon 87 199CC Motorcycle which sold for £900 to a collector from the Midlands, who told us he was literally jumping up and down in excitement when he saw it. Lot 311 was another valuation day find – a Besson New Standard Euphonium, serial no. 587101, which fetched £750 when snapped up by a UK internet bidder.
The 31-lot strong Model Railways section featuring makes including Triang, Hornby and Lima among others saw impressive hammer prices across the board – totalling £1,800. Toys, as ever, proved popular – with several large consignments of die cast toys selling mainly within guide or just above estimate. Diecast vehicles made total hammer price just over £4,700 which included the ever popular Dinky, Corgi, Burago etc. The best sellers were undoubtedly Lledo and Corgi Vanguards, a series made for the Collectors’ market of 1:43 scale models of classic vehicles spanning half a century of motoring in Britain, with anything TV or Film related – including car models from Batman, James Bond, The Professionals, Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky & Hutch and others – also performing well.
When it came to individual lots, the stars of the show were Lot 291 - a boxed Palitoy Star Wars Darth Vader Tie Fighter, bought in by a lady vendor with various general items, selling to a UK internet bidder for £85. Lot 302 – a large quantity of boxed and loose Britains Detail Figures, entered by a local house clearer, sold for £140 to another UK online buyer. Lot 277 – fifteen Corgi TV & film-related vehicles sold for £180, and Lot 278, comprising ten boxed Corgi & Welly vehicles, again with a TV & film theme, saw the hammer fall at £250.
While sales are presently postponed due to our salerooms being closed in-line with Government guidance, we are still offering free, online valuations via email – firstname.lastname@example.org, WhatsApp – 07949 603872 – or our online valuation tool on our website: https://cuttlestones.co.uk/online-valuation.htm