Antique Furniture & Collectors’ Items

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Friday 01 February 2019

Commencing at 11:00am

Bedford Auction Centre


Friday 25th January – 9am to 8pm,
Saturday 26th January – 9am to 4pm,
Thursday 31st January – 9am to 6pm,
Morning of sale from 9am

Auction Collection & Clearance Service Available

The first Friday of every month sees a specialist auction of Antiques and Collectable’s at the Bedford Auction Centre. A range of Antique Furniture, Pictures, Ceramics & Glass, Silver, Metalware, Boxes and Caddies, Militaria and other collector ’s items are offered for sale.233

A High Sheriff’s regulation uniform including a coat, breeches, white satin waistcoat, wig bas, two pairs of socks, a Lesley & Roberts chapeau-bras, boxed shoe buckles, dress sword and scabbard, contained in a scumbled tole box bearing a copper presentation inscription, together with a second Lesley & Roberts chapeau-bras with a plume and box, a pair of Ede & Ravenscroft shoes and a late 19th/early 20th century cavalry sword and scabbard *This outfit was worn by Major Sir Patrick Ashley Cooper as High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1946 and also by his son, James Ashley Cooper, who was High Sheriff in 1968. Estimate £300 – £500

If you own anything which you think might be suitable for one of our monthly sales  please contact Lindsay Vintiner or Matthew Baker on
01234 266366 or
For an approximate estimate, email us with a description and image of your item. For larger or multiple items, we are happy to arrange for a valuer to visit your home or premises at your convenience.

Condition Reports
Condition reports and further images of lots are available for this sale via the

We regret that we are unable to process requests for condition reports received after 1.00pm on the day preceding the sale

Illustrated catalogues are available for all Antique and Specialist sales. (£5.00 by post). These sales can also be viewed on–line 10 days prior to the auction.

Entries are accepted up to three weeks prior to a Specialist sale or by prior arrangement, please contact the nearest office for further details.

Delivery Service
Clients requiring delivery of furniture should enquire at the office.


An Inuit walrus tusk carving modelled as a standing polar bear, h. 11 cm, bearing a paper label reading ‘Made by a Native at Cape Dorset, South-West Baffin Land’ Estimate £120 – £150

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Regular valuation days are held in the saleroom for clients wishing to include items in the sale.


Jack Leigh Wardleworth (1863-1925), A romanticised Elizabethan court scene, signed and dated 1891, oil on canvas, 75 x 126 cm Estimate £1000 – £1500

Recent Highlights

Recent sale results from this auction are displayed below. To view highlights from other auctions, click here.

Bedford Auction Centre

David Paque (Early 20th Century), A rural road with horses, figures and a lake, signed, oil on canvas, 39 x 64 cm

Sold for £850

A Royal Worcester bud vase of bottle shaped form with trumpet neck, hand painted with scenes of sheep in a mountainous landscape by Harry Davis. Shape number 1661. Date code for 1908, h. 24 cm

Sold for £1700

A cased set of twelve early 20th century Russian silver gilt spoons decorated in cloisonne enamel with foliate motifs, Moscow kokoshnik standard mark, M3, l. 10.5 cm

Sold for £950

The Royal Mint 2018 Five-Coin Gold Proof set, No. 605, including a five-sovereign piece, double-sovereign, sovereign, half-sovereign and quarter-sovereign, cased

Sold for £2,500

A pair of Chinese cast metal brush pots of cylindrical form relief decorated and gilt highlighted with dragons within a stormy border, h. 24 cm

Sold for £620

A 19th century mahogany extending dining table, with three fitted leaves, on turned baluster legs with castors, 136 cm to 298 cm, w. 126 cm

Sold for £750

A 19th century Fijian club inset with bone stars, reduced in length

Sold for £1,400

A Robert Thompson 'Mouseman' oak box and cover of rectangular form, w. 18 cm

Sold for £320

A Moorcroft vase of slender bellied form decorated in the Destiny pattern, h. 41.5 cm, boxed

Sold for £640

A Charles II oak, crossbanded and panelled chest of two short over three long drawers with geometrical moulding, on bracket feet, w. 100 cm

Sold for £800

A collection of enamel automobile racing medals to include mainly Brooklands automobile racing club examples dating from 1920s onwards.

Sold for £850

An early 20th century Russian silver and parcel gilt kovsh, decorated in cloisonne enamel with foliate motifs, 88 standard and 11th Artel Moscow mark, h. 14.5 cm, 16.5 ozs

Sold for £10,000

An early 20th century 'Black Forest' carved umbrella and stick stand modelled as a bear with a polychrome face, tongue and teeth, h. 124 cm *Bought to the UK from Switzerland in the 1930's by the vendor's grandfather

Sold for £3,500

Ralph Peacock (1868-1946),
A head and shoulders portrait of a girl,
Margaret Girselda, daughter of A. Wedderburn Q.C., b. 1888,
signed and dated 1900,
oil on canvas,
60 x 49 cm, together with a private circulation book 'A History of the Wedderburns', 1997

Sold for £850

An early 20th century oak stand with silver plated mounts containing approximately fifty hat pins including two micro mosaic examples, an Egyptian revival glass pin and many others (qty)

Sold for £700

A brass lantern clock, the dial stamped 'Willaim Gray, London' with black Roman numerals, with a later mahogany bracket, h. 38 cm

Sold for £800

A 'Handmade Expert' gramophone by Ellis Michael Ginn (E.M. Ginn) in an oak case and stand, with wooden needles and a papier-mache horn overlaid with a faux leather finish

Sold for £1,600

A late Victorian pierced silver two bottle desk stand of rectangular form on scrolled feet, Elkington & Co., London 1892, w. 31 cm, housed in a brass mounted oak case

Sold for £400

A 19th century Zulu rhinoceros horn knobkerrie of typical form, l. 71.5 cm, 307 grams

Sold for £1,100

An early 19th century secretaire cabinet, the dental cornice over a pair of doors, secretaire drawer, fitted interior and three long graduated drawers, on bracket feet, w. 120 cm

Sold for £1,400