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08/04/2013 : Maritime rarities sail away.....

April's antique auction also included the biannual Maritime sale, and this section saw some outstanding results. Consigned from a house clearance just a stones throw away from the saleroom came 2 large 19th century half block shipbuilders models. They detailed each vessel, its size, weight and date of construction and had been in the family ever since they were made. A buyer in the room battled with 2 telephone bidders before the hammer came down at 1600 and 1550 respectively.

The top price of the day came in the Maritime section with a fine late 19th century rosewood cased marine 2-day chronometer. This example was made by Johanssen in London around 1890 and was in excellent condition. On the day it was a buyer who had driven from North Yorkshire who secured the chronometer, seeing off competition on the telephone and paying 2300 to take it over the Pennines.

Another strong result in this section was the 1750 realised by a huge late 19th century telescope. Mounted on its original tripod and with its original box, the 6 foot brass telescope was made by the noted firm of Negretti and Zambra. All these factors led to a significant amount of interest and a final battle between 2 bidders in the room.

Elsewhere in the auction, the surprise of the day came when a group of 5 Indian carved figures were offered. The vendors parents had been given them in the 1950's by a member of staff who had carved the group for them when they had a business in India. The pre-sale estimate of 50 was soon passed as a telephone bidder succeeded to buy them against an internet bidder for a staggering 1200.

The jewellery and watch section was as strong as ever, and this was led by the 1500 which secured a gents Cartier Tank wristwatch, and an early 20th century Russian kovsh made 820 despite of its diminutive size.

The next sale is 8th May with entries being invited until Friday 26th April. For all enquiries please call the saleroom on 01517098070.