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P1630066

Thursday 29 September 2016

Commencing at 11:00am

Leamington Spa Auction Centre

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Saturday 24th September – 10am - 2pm,
Tuesday 27th September - 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 28th September – 9am - 7pm,
Morning of sale from 9am

A varied selection of Railway memorabilia and ephemera to be sold at auction on the 29th of September, as part of our Antiques and Collectors’ Items sale. Lots in the collection include guide books, time tables, and reference books.

P1630065

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Recent Highlights in Antique & Collectable Auctions

Matthew Smith (20th century),
'The Red Show',
signed with a monogram,
oil on canvas,
33 x 43 cm

Sold for £1,200

A 9ct yellow gold engine turned cigarette box of rectangular form, Asprey, London 1928, w. 18 cm, in a fitted case

Sold for £4,100

William Emerton of Wootton: an 18th century longcase clock, the brass face with foliate spandrels, date aperture, secondary dial and moon phase, within a mahogany case

Sold for £720

An Ekco 'All-Electric Radio Type A.D.65 Receiver' in a domed bakelite case, h. 40 cm, together with five boxed associated valves

Sold for £880

A Khorasan Tabriz woolen rug, the floral motifs on a blue ground within matching red borders, 447 x 345 cm

Sold for £1,7000

A group of three 20th century Tribal knobkerries of plain uncarved form

Sold for £4,300

After Charles Octave Levy (French 1820-1899), a bronze figure modelled as 'Le Reveil', signed 'CH Levy', h. 70 cm

Sold for £1,100

A Charles Frodsham Congreve rolling ball skeleton timepiece with three dials, the third being in the form of a finial, visable escapement and a tilting table under a perspex dome,
h. 43 cm *The clock has separate dials for hours, minutes and seconds, the latter moving every fifteen seconds as the table tilts. Individual seconds are indicated by the seconds indicator bar located horizontally across the table. Per day, the tungsten ball moves 6.432 miles.

Sold for £1,600

An 18ct white gold ring of prunt form centrally set with a brilliant cut diamond within a surround of four cushion cut rubies and twelve further diamonds within a border of fourteen petal shaped motifs each set three graduated diamonds, central stone approximately 0.5 carats, w. of setting 2.4 cm, ring size M, 9.6 gms

Sold for £2,200

William Watson (fl.1866-1872),
British Longhorn and their young,
signed and dated 1878,
oil on canvas,
29.5 x 44 cm

Sold for £850

A pair of William IV silver and parcel gilt salts of nautilus shell form, Joseph Angell I & John Angell I, London 1835, h. 6 cm, 10 ozs

Sold for £1,150

A late 16th/ early 17th century Flemish tapestry fragment depicting figures preparing for battle before noblemen, some on horseback, 132 x 150 cm

Sold for £2,000

Joseph Weiss
(known as Josè Weiss, 1859-1919),
'Public House...Byway Hill',
signed,
oil on panel,
32 x 25 cm, together with another by the same hand 'Houghton Lane, Amberley' (2)

Sold for £550

A late 19th century brass and silvered pot with a swing handle, ornately engraved with geometric motifs and Arabic script, d. 25 cm

Sold for £16,200

Attributed to Harry and Lou Epstein, an Art Deco walnut dining suite including a twin-pedestal table, a sideboard and six 'Cloud' chairs

Sold for £1,700

Frederick William Elwell (1870-1958),
a half-length study of a gentleman wearing a frilled collar,
signed Fred Elwell and dated 1902,
oil on canvas,
71 x 64 cm

Sold for £2,800

A 'Grasshopper' skeleton clock by The Greenwich Clock Co. of London with three enamelled dials, fusee movement, grasshopper escapement and an anchor motif within a mahogany and glazed case, h. 45 cm *This clock is based on the first marine chronometer made by John Harrison (1693-1776)

Sold for £950

A 19th century transfer printed blue and white meat plate decorated with a family taking a stroll in a country estate, w. 62 cm

Sold for £1,300

A Victorian five pound coin, old head, dated 1893

Sold for £2,000

A 18ct yellow gold cased half hunter pocket watch by Benson, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals, two subsidiary dials and a repeater within a plain case engraved with initials and decorated with blue enamel numerals, overall 165.3 gms, dial measures d. 4.3 cm, case numbered 36702

Sold for £2,300

Recent Highlights in Books, Maps & Ephemera

Royal Family & Friends at Sandringham & other Norfolk Locations - photographic archive of 24 monochrome prints dating from 1865 to 1913 (21.5 x 16.5 cm) featuring Royal Family groups, individuals and other nobillity, Sandringham House & Gardens, Runcton Hall, Hardwick Hall Suffolk, and the statue of the Prince of Wales' Horse 'Persimmon.' The photographs derive from original negatives in the possession of a member of the Gurney family (two of whom feature in one photograph) one of whose descendants consigned the archive. Each photograph has an annotated note attached to the back providing information about who or what is featured together with a date.

Sold for £620

An extensive collection of legal documents and ledgers relating to Aldham Hall in Suffolk including Conveyances, Deeds of Surrender, Settlement, Nomination, Covenant, Lease & Assignment etc. Together with four Hadham Hall Court Books featuring contemporary hand-written entries. The date range for the whole archive ranges from the 17th. to the 20th. Century

Sold for £2,300

McCarthy J. H.: A collection of the writer's hand-written diaries, in various formats, for each year from 1886 - 1935. (Individual Diaries for the years 1878, 1880, 1882, 1890, 1894, 1895, & 1933 are not present). Entries include references to accounts of excursions abroad, visits to Galleries, dictation of his work, practise with an air pistol, books bought and read, Theatre outings, visits to a wide range of UK locations, visits to Publishers including Chatto & Kegan Paul, House of Commons, Meetings of the Dramatists' Club, meetings with various celebrities including - Walter Crane, George Meredith, Jerome and Pinero, monetary matters and a wide range of other activities. Some of the entries are very brief, others more extensive. Overall, a wide ranging biographical, literary and historical archive of potential interest to a range of research specialists in a number of fields. Together with a small collection of other miscellaneous note books.

Sold for £1600

The Eagle Comic: A complete run/sequence of this children's publication featuring Vols. 1 to 12 and 48 parts of Vol.13, 1950 - 1962. A private enthusiast's carefully preserved and collated collection reluctantly consigned to auction!

Sold for £600

Dickens C.: The Letters of Charles Dickens, The British Academy Pilgrim Edition, 1965-2002, Clarendon Press, edited by Madelaine House, Graham Storey et al. Complete 1st. Edition set. Royal 8vo. Twelve volumes in original (sleeve protected) dust wrappers. Scarce complete set in near fine condition.

Sold for £500

Dandy, Beano & Hotspur. A collection of these comics dating from the mid 1940s together with a small number of other titles

Sold for £1800

Bryant A.: Map of the County of Northampton from Actual Survey in the Years 1824, 1825 & 1826. Map dated 1st. June 1827

Sold for £640

Louis Wain: 'Such Fun', nd. C. 1930. Qto. hb. Colour illustrated laminated boards, Glazed Colour frontis & one other colour plate together with many other in text two/three tone colour illustrations. 'Mother Goose In Catland', nd. C. 1930. Qto. soft card binding with colour plate inset. Glazed colour frontis together with two tone in text illustrations. Both titles very scarce. 

Sold for £280

'Scrap' Album associated with Queen Victoria A small, square cloth bound book with gilt lettering and decorative features and aeg. There are manuscript contributions in German, French and English, many in an accomplished calligraphic style. Also included are compact 'cut out' engraved vignettes, some coloured - typical of this genre, together with a watercolour, letters, and an original wax imprint of the 'seal of the Diet of Frankfurt.' Intriguingly there is also a section of an envelope featuring a circular red stamp, purporting to have been written by Queen Victoria. There are also several other postal items: One purports to be the writing of 'H.R.H. The Princess Alice', another, the writing of H.R.H. The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (Feodora of Leningen) 1807-1872 - the half sister of Queen Victoria. This second letter is addressed to 'Baroness Louise Lehzen, Governess and later adviser and companion to Queen Victoria. Both have black margins possibly linking them to a recent bereavement.
Three further cuttings from envelopes purport to feature the autograph of Her 'Majesty the Queen of Prussia' - Queen Louise of Prussia; another the autograph of 'The Princess Frederick William of Prussia, nee , Princess Royal of England.'Lastly, a cutting bearing the autograph of 'Her Majesty the Queen of Holland - nee the Princess of ....?'
Finally, there is short, poetic, farewell paragraph written and signed by Louise von Lehzen dated June 29 - 1856. The Vendor has indicated that there was a family tradition that this album was the property of Queen Victoria's Governess although there is no documentary evidence to support this provenance. The period contents and obvious age of the album may lend some credence to this notion however, or at least some 'royal' connection. Review of the Condition Report is advised.

Sold for £600

Books & Ephemera

A collection of Mint Commonwealth Stamps for the Era George VI ( 1937 - 1951 ) housed within three albums. Many in complete sets, some missing higher values. Together with original owners catalogue listing

Sold for £600

An early 20thC Japanese story book with coloured illustrations, possibly with some hand colouring, concertina in format, 10'' x 7''. Fabric binding and 'pages'.

Sold for £500

Farsi manuscript volume of Poetry, small qto. calf binding with a floral blind-stamped design. The book features the work of the 14th. C Persian poet Hafez which has been beautifully transcribed using the original Farsi script to create an attractive two column page format with decorative calligraphic margins. Together with an additional 8vo volume featuring a printed text in the same script. Both late 19th. C.

Sold for £850

Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Kay Nielsen, Hodder, [1925]. Large qto., original gilt decorated/illustrated cream cloth, teg. Twelve tipped-in colour plates with titled tissue guards, black and white illustrations, decorative historiated initials, decorated endpapers, Limited edition 241/600, signed by Kay Nielsen.

Sold for £1700

Carroll L.: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Nd. C. 1908. 1st.Ed. thus. Illustrated by Harry Rountree. Qto Hb. Gilt titling & colour illus. on cover. Colour plates and vignettes by Rountree. Uncommon/scarce edition.

Sold for £560

Wodehouse P.: First Editions, 2nd. Printings. Summer Lighning, (1929); Very Good Jeeves, (1930); Laughing Gas, (1936); Mr. Mulliner Speaking, (1929); Meet Mr. Mulliner, (1927). First edition date in brackets, interval between 1st. & 2nd. printings varies. All titles with bright, clean dust wrappers which have 2/6 on spine.

Sold for £650

Photographic Journal / Album of the Voyage of ''H.M.S. Egeria, Pacific Station, during Commission, 1908 - 1910'' - original photographs taken by ''Second Sick Berth Steward, Charles Randall, R.N. A 'tall' hb, qto album featuring accomplished original photographs together with manuscript annotated labels under each mounted (but loose) photograph. The photographs feature the vessel itself, members of the crew undertaking various duties, activities and leisure time pursuits; locations visited including Port Simpson, Spicer Island, Refuge Bay, Esquimalt Harbour and Beaver Harbour Indian Village. Footnote. The Egeria arrived in British Columbia in 1898 where she was engaged in coastal surveys for the Royal Navy until 1910, by which time coast surveying responsibilities had been transferred to the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Commander Morris Henry Smyth was in command until Commander C. H. Simpson was appointed in command on 1 February 1900. Egeria was primarily involved in resurveying settled areas of the British Columbia coast to create modern charts on a larger scale. The last survey it conducted was of Welcome Pass off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

Sold for £920

Small collection of official Naval Handbooks and manuals dating from early to mid twentieth century featuring: Torpedo Drill Book 1914, Seaman's Pocket Book 1943, Parade and Rifle Drill 1949, German Ground Mines, Merchant Ship Recognition 1943, Notes on the Royal Navy 1964. Mainly 8vo Pb. Together with some other Handbooks. Various formats, HMSO Publications

Sold for £500

GURNEY FAMILY ARCHIVE. A substantial and fascinating collection of books and albums

Sold for £5500

Rennell J.: Memoir of a Map of Hindoostan or the Mogul's Empire - With an Examination of some Positions in the former System of Indian Geography and a Complete Index of Names to the Map, 1785. 2nd. Edition. Qto. Contem. tree calf, gilt, marbled eps. Large engraved folding map of 'Hindoostan' by Rennell dated 1782 (in two sections) facing title page; engraved titular cartouche featuring figure of Britannia, territories hand coloured in outline. Text block also features four other maps, 3 folding. Scarce early edition.

Sold for £580

Books & Ephemera

Poems 1886 - 1929. Macmillan 1929. Limited, signed edition, No. 486 of 525 copies. Three volume set. Quarto, red crushed morocco, spines gilt lettered, teg, inner dentelles, marbled eps, hand-made paper. Binding protected with glassine wrapper. Signed by Kipling on the verso of the page before the portrait frontispiece of Kipling by Francis Dodd which is also signed ( in pencil ). A near fine set.

Sold for £500

Recent Highlights in Leamington Spa Auction Centre

A 19th century iron naval cannon having three stage banding, with 8cm bore and overall length 84cm, on a part original truck still having original iron fixings

Sold for £1100

A 18th century flintlock holster pistol, with engraved floral barrel, with brass engraving and ornate butt and trigger guard, plain lock, barrel length 21cm

Sold for £1400

A gentleman's stainless steel cased 'Sea-Dweller' chronometer automatic wristwatch by Rolex, the black dial with date aperture within a rotating bezel on a bracelet strap, with box and papers, Model No: 16600, Serial No: 0394717,
Year Manufactured: 2005

Sold for £3900

A mid 19th century Swiss music box, by Lecoultre & Falconnet as marked twice to comb, with brass engraved plaque to inside naming overtures by Bellini, Auber and two by Rossini, retailed by Grohe, Wigmore Street, Cavendish Square London, No. 781, the sidfe panel having three pegs with options Same/Change,Stop/Play, and Release/ Extra Stop 60x24x16.5cm

Sold for £31500

A Leica M4 DBP camera body serial No. 1180 476, together with three Leitz lenses (Elmar 1:2.8/50, Elmar 1:35/65, and Elmarit 1:2.8/90) in a black case, together with a boxed Leica Beoon, and a boxed Leitz 16556 and a loose Visoflex (qty)

Sold for £2200

Dr Christopher Dresser for Linthorpe Pottery, a vase of tubular moon flask form with a central pierced foliate roundel, impressed facsimile signature incised CP stamped 42, h. 22 cm

Sold for £800

A rare early 19th century Black Forest automata and organ longcase clock, the walnut and parcel gilt hood surmounted by a royal blue armorial crest over a neo-classical oil depicting the rescue of a storm-stranded maiden and enclosing the fusee movement and cylinder which operates the bellows to play eight songs, the pair of chirping and turning yellow birds with opening beaks back-set by an oil depicting a Mediterranean villa, the enamelled clock face with Roman numerals, within an associated mahogany case, h. 228 cm, w. 70 cm, d. 45 cm

Sold for £4800

An early 18th century walnut herringbone line inlaid and cross banded bureau, the fall front enclosing fitted interior with concave drawers over two short and three long drawers on bracket feet. h. 100 cm, w. 101 cm, d. 56 cm

Sold for £3400

A Georgian truncheon, with hand painted mark Bow Street underneath the Royal crowned arms, with turned handle l. 51cm

Sold for £650

A late 18th/early 19th century Chinese vase, the pale green tapering body decorated with blue floral sprays and flanked by a pair of figural handles in the form of elephant heads, h. 39 cm

Sold for £700

Two late 19th/early 20th century miniature wooden artists mannequins, with fully posable joints, carved facial features, h.65cm

Sold for £2800

A 19th century Ketland & Co British Land Pattern 'Brown Bess' flintlock rifle, with maker to lock and proof mark to barrel, brass fittings and original ram rod, stamp to stock just above butt Y C 133, having two stage cocking and tension in spring, barrel length 107cm

Sold for £1300

Charles Henry Joseph Leickert
(Dutch 1816-1907),
a study of a canal,
signed,
oil on panel,
14 x 17 cm, framed

Sold for £1000

A yellow metal ring set centrally with two old cut diamonds and two pear shaped rubies within rubover settings on a reeded mount, ring size P, 3.2 gms

Sold for £1700

A 19th century Baker rifle style eighteen bore flintlock carbine rife, with brass fittings, brass tipped metal ram rod, folding leaf rearsight, raised cheek piece and checkered grip, with bayonet clip, barrel length 79cm

Sold for £1500

A Chinese figure modelled as a seated Buddha decorated in yellow and blue enamels, on a hardwood base, h. 23.5 cm

Sold for £800

18th Century School,
a study of French ships in a stormy sea off of a pier,
oil on canvas,
42.5 x 66.5 cm, framed

Sold for £800

A George II mahogany bachelors chest of drawers, the moulded top over brushing slide above four graduated drawers with original handles, on bracket feet. h. 78 cm, w. 76 cm,
d. 47 cm

Sold for £1400

A silver four branch candelabra with centre candle on a columned support Sheffield 1898 marked R & B Robert & Belk, possibly weighted, overall weight 3045 grams, h. 47 cm

Sold for £1900

A cased Ulysse Nardin deck watch chronometer, Ministry of Defence issue, Hydrographic Department, Serial No. 123964 to face and box ID card, d. 6.5cm

Sold for £1100