Norris plane soars as buyers clamour for choice entries

Clarks’ first sale of the summer proved as hot as the weather with numerous great results for sellers. A Norris A1 plane, once the property of a Torpoint shipwright, made £700 at the hammer, seven times its pre-sale estimate. Auctioneer Paul Clark said “Quality planes of this type always sell & with our specialist marketing, can achieve terrific prices”.

Other items caught the eye of bidders too. An English tin glazed delft salt (shown in picture) from a Liskeard household effects achieved £1400 at the hammer as a phone bidder defeated internet interest. A visit to Looe above the old Dowling & Bray antiques shop unearthed a small, 12in x 9in 1960’s canvas sign reading “Hand Made Cornish Pottery by Bernard Leach” which made a remarkable £340.

You never quite know what you’ll find when folk bring in a box of miscellany items but a small early gilt bronze cross with wooden inserts & coral bead decor looked the part & duly made £460. A Webb’s Hotel stoneware flagon twinned with a Golding’s of Callington saw impressive hammer price of £130 whilst three Callington ginger beer bottles surprised many when making £330 despite severe damage.

Again militaria proved to have a very strong following when a Mauser rifle with Boer War Orange Free State stamps made £250 & an Enfield secured impressive bids of £580. Of similar interest was a Islamic decor, beautifully inlaid with gold on steel which saw good interest on the net at £300. Staying with lots of military interest a silver Dragon Cup shooting trophy by Elkington & Co. saw a phone bidder give way to internet in a terrific tussle at £1700.

Fine jewellery again saw the cream rising to the top at the sale. A Cartier watch made £2500 to phone interest while local bids saw a stunning sapphire & diamond ring make £2000 at the hammer. A gold necklace with sapphire hearts made £1500 whilst bids of £1100 won an aqua & diamond cocktail ring. It was again all about the sapphires as a very pretty Edwardian ring made bids of £900 while a small but good quality half eternity ring set with diamonds made £520. Entries are sought for forthcoming sales.