When life gives you lemons make lemonade

Clarks’ sale of Collectors items was very well received both locally & online. The small collection of Mamod & Wilesco models went down particularly well with a Mamod Brooklands Tourer securing interest at £190 & both Mamod & Wilesco fire engines each making £120. A Mamod steam engine secured bids of £140 & an unmarked brass stationary steam engine made £150.

A local family medal collection saw bids in excess of £1600 at the hammer with a WW1 group sporting a Somaliland bar making £370 & a WW1 four medal Military cross group on its way to a collector at £1100. Auctioneer Paul Clark said “It was a particularly pleasing result especially after our vendor was recently offered an unethical cash offer of just £300 by a visiting saleroom representative”.

Other lots throughout the sale commanded great prices at the hands of Clarks’ marketing. A Hannah Barlow Doulton lemonade set comprising a jug & two beakers made a great price of £840. Auctioneer Paul Clark said “It was an attractive set with perhaps not a particularly rare design but it was promoted hard in order to obtain the maximum value for our vendor – it’s a delightful set & I am sure the new owner will cherish it”. A matched set of four whisky noggins also achieved high end value at £330, more than three times the estimate while a Eduard Hueck pewter lidded jug had interest at £460 despite minor faults. A bronze Pierre Morlan plaque twinned with numerous Polish WW2 badges saw a prolonged internet battle at £280 from their low guide of £30-40 while a Victorian Vennings Ales & Porter tankard achieved a great price of £200 for a collector of local interest items. A Newlyn copper box again saw a strong price after commission interest just held off a deluge of room bids at £260.

The Staffordshire pottery ornaments did better than expected with three small flatbacks making £110 whilst a model of Edward VII made £65. A small pocket watch holder made £70 while a mother & child group made bids of £300. A small model of a dog with a drowning girl made £40 & a pair of mantle end lions secured bids of £80.

Books relating to Prince Chula Chakrabongse of the family of the Chakri Dynasty of Thailand sold fairly well with a motor racing book doing best at £230. Prince Chula had settled in St. Mabyn in Cornwall after marrying an English girl, Elizabeth Hunter. Other local books of interest also sold well with a DCLI book making £40 & book on Liskeard by John Allen, dated 1856 made £60 despite minor faults.

Among the other collectables saw a c.1800 Grants silver cased fusee pocket watch made £580 at the hammer while a much later J. W. Benson gold plated pocket watch saw interest at £85. A small oak music box had interest at £250 & a Stanley 4 1/2 H plane made £250. A gentleman’s swordstick did well at £160 & a small collection of late 70’s early 80’s vinyl LP’s made £140. Entries are sought for our forthcoming sales.