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Angus’ Highlights | August 2023

August 1, 2023
Antique silver table lighter

It’s still the holidays so let’s have a little fun!. This months bumper auction includes the contents of several large Scottish Borders properties, including two from the fair town of Biggar. A real novelty appears in the form of a drunk! 

Karl Griesbaum is a well known German novelty automaton maker, and in Lot 27 we find an inebriated man leaning on a lamp post for support. He winds up from the back and the concealed swanny whistle plays ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ rather effectively. This model also concealed a small early type of battery to light up the lamp, long disused, and his head loll’s from side to side. This vintage toy is now quite rare and Griesbaum’s works can sell well at times. We expect £300 or so for the piece as it needs a little light restoration.

This month includes many items of gold and silver to choose from. Lot 140 is a fun and heavy 9 carat gold charm bracelet, with a profusion of charms, even including a model of Scott’s monument in Edinburgh. 

Rarities include a 300 year old gold half guinea, dated from 1694 and with a double portrait of the monarchs William & Mary. While only quite small and a little worn after all this time it is a rare discovery and Lot 95 is one for coin collectors to chase.

A personal favourite for me this month is a very rare bronze Prize Medal from the 1851 Great Exhibition. The lovely bronze medal is beautifully crafted by the well known medallists the Wyon’s and was awarded to the best exhibits at Prince Albert and Queen Victoria’s triumphant celebration of the British Empire at the time of its greatest reach. A lovely piece of history for a very reasonable price.

Silver includes a fine pair of Georgian baluster sugar castors, and a smart collectible pair of fretwork dish rings, you can even buy a silver table lighter in the form of Aladdin’s lamp…so perhaps if you give it a rub it will release a little magic too.

As usual we have a huge array of attractive and practical furniture, perfect for setting up home or ready of up-cycling into something new. This month we have a very attractive late Georgian linen press. These excellent cabinets are perfect for storing shirts, towels or half a ton of Lego and while also attractive are still amazing value.

For the bird lover out there, do check Lot 31. A weirdly wonderful door or hotel lobby bell, in the form of an owls head. Made circa 1930 in Germany with a celluloid covering, you press the beak gently to release the loud bell.

Do contact us at any time if you would like our valuation team to assist with any items you are considering for sale. We can uplift a single item or move your entire house contents anywhere in the UK and beyond. Our sales may be local, but we sell Worldwide and regularly have to export lots to far flung places!

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