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19/09/2012 : The pen is mightier than the sword..........

The latest monthly antique sale at Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers saw a fantastic collection of vintage fountain pens steal the show. Amassed over many years the collection of 800 pens were divided into 60 lots and fierce bidding both in the room and via the internet helped the collection achieve a total of just under 7000.

Quality items always attract interest from specialist dealers and collectors alike, and a local collector saw off strong internet buyers and a determined dealer in the room to secure a stunning 19th century Boulle work casket with exquisite detail and in wonderful condition for 1150. Andre Charles Boulle developed the technique of inlaying brass and tortoiseshell in the late 17th century and the fashion for furniture and smaller objects resurged in popularity in the 18th century when this casket was produced.

Two travelling cases also sold very well, both being helped by the fact that they were so complete. The first, a crocodile covered case from the Edwardian period contained everything a discerning traveller would need on their "Grand Tour", housing an ivory backed dressing table set, a manicure set, inkwells, note book, silver mounted glass jars, blotting pads etc. The case even retained the original outer canvas slip and was retailed by the world famous jewellers and silversmiths - Mappin & Webb. A keen collector secured this case for 650. The second case was earlier and made of coromandle, an exotic well grained wood used for quality boxes of all types in the mid 19th century, and achieved 440.

The usual mix of jewellery, silver and objects de virtue all contributed to another strong sale with one more surprise left for late in the day. A WWII period Japanese sword known as a Katana was not in terribly good condition and not early for Japanese weapons. However, this did not put off a battle between collectors and dealers to fly past the estimate before finally selling for 360, proving in this instance the pen was definitely mightier than the sword!

The next auction on 3rd October contains the usual mix of antiques and collectables but also features our bi-annual marine sale. This has everything from ships lamps, wheels and instruments, to paintings, models and silver.
Viewing for this sale if Tuesday 2nd October 10am-8pm.