Here are a few of the amusements from our local auction house’s recent sales. Some are from last December and some are recent, although I don’t seem to have kept any from the February sale (I was probably too drugged up following my knee op to notice!). Anyway enjoy the different ways in which the toot people sell can amuse.
A large red Russian flag, two small Russian pendants, four Russian medals, a silver and red enamel army cap badge, Russian lead toy soldiers, a large ship medallion 1917-1987, etc.
An old sailing boat in a bottle, Tri-Ang [sic] model ships including HMS Vanguard, RMS Caronia, HMS Centaur, also a Tri-Ang M885 floating dock, and a breakwater straight M827, and two miniature boats HMS Virago and HMS Tenby, also a brass wirework photograph frame and a miniature antique ivory sewing table with implements.
A collection of first-day covers with accompanying commemorative coins of various denominations, featuring royalty, sport … including 1948 and 2012 London Olympics, mint presentation commemorative coins, football and other medals, 3 books on coin collecting and a pair of gloves; also a pair of musket shot recovered from the ‘Invincible’ (1744-1758), with certificate of authenticity
A John Lewis nativity set, a decorative Christmas tree made from pipe cleaners and an advent light
A pair of mounted oryx horns
A large quantity of carved wooden figurines mainly from Africa, taxidermy deer head, vintage telephone, cat figurines, pipes, brass car horn in the form of a serpent etc.
A stuffed and mounted antelope head with twisted horns
Two large vintage commercial projectors by Ross of London … a commercial-use Hitachi SK91 camera, a stirrup pump, and an Elf transformer
What do the elves get transformed into, one has to wonder?
A shelf of interesting decanters including musical and 1950’s poodle plus a musical bird cage automation and another modelled as a light
Two cartons of tools, wires, etc.
And that was a pretty good description too.
An unusual early 20th century mahogany chair cum trouser press by VG Bond of London …
An amazing bangle, spray brooch and matching necklet by Sonia Rykiel of flower buds and stalks [above]
Two teeth filled with dental gold, and a 9 ct gold cufflink
For use as spares, presumably [below]
A suitcase containing a small quantity of postcards and a large quantity of empty plastic sleeves
Two tribal skin shields and an ornate wooden knife rack, a doll with crying action and pink cloths
A fascinating collection of American Civil War lead bullets displayed in two wooden cases, with documentation
A stuffed and mounted pike in glazed wooden case [below]
A black Dunn & Co bowler hat and four Venetian masks, two with bells and two for wall-hanging
As so often I’m struggling to see what these have to do with each other.
A pine trunk containing vintage Christmas decorations plus another mental [sic] bound storage box
A WW2 USN portable bomb hoist MkVII marked Manley MFG Div York PA … serviced in 1965 and 1985
An essential garden ornament [below]
A Hoover Nextra Reverse Action 6kg dryer, an old cabinet radio by Blaupunkt, an old-fashioned style radio, a Sony mini hi-fi, two gentlemen’s grooming kits and a large filled fabric dog