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Angus’ Highlights | May 2023

May 22, 2023
green and red shepherds hut

An auctioneer’s life is forever varied, challenging and occasionally eyebrow raising! This month is no exception. Having been asked to provide a routine valuation at a Borders home we were asked if we could sell a Victorian Shepherd’s Hut!

In truth most other salerooms would have run a mile from this request. The Shepherds Hut is large and frankly would not fit inside many auction houses. It also presented a little bit of a transport challenge. Thankfully Browns, unlike other salerooms, has its own removal business, and the staff and expertise to move complex items. The hut was carefully rolled from its garden refuge and hoisted onto one of our vehicles in short order.

The Shepherds Hut has a long history and this example is rather special. The cabin is set on cast and wrought iron rolling stock. This was made in a foundry in Kilmarnock, at one time the largest of its type in the World. Glenfield & Kennedy were well known in particular for casting large fire hydrants and making great steam engines in the late 19th century. The firm still exist today. The current owner has lovingly re-built the top and using locally sourced cedar to line the inside, also including insulation and modern electrics for modern comfort. The potential uses are legion. An AirBnB, a garden room, grand chicken house, tool store, children’s den, extra bedroom…it will sleep two quite comfortably, even perhaps a changing room for your outdoor pool. Do take a look at Lot 82. The hut can be viewed at our saleroom all week. We can even provide you with a delivery quote in advance.

This months sale is very diverse. Lot 111 is also rather grand. A fine Bechstein Model B grand piano. This lovely instrument was recently accompanying a well known Scottish Opera singer and apparently for some years was linked to the Royal College of Music. It sounds spectacular, so do come along and ‘tinkle on the ivories’! Bechstein is one of the great names in the piano world. The factory held the Royal Warrant to supply Queen Victoria…as well as most to the Royal houses of Europe. Carl Bechstein wanted his instruments to last and designed them to compliment the composers of his age, including Franz Liszt. By 1870 there were three major piano makers in the World. Steinway, Blüthner and Bechstein. Buy yourself something magical next Saturday and create music and joy with this fine instrument.

The sale also includes jewellery, gold, silver, furniture…and even some excellent curtains. A personal favourite this month is Lot 46. A very rare opportunity to buy a piece of Scottish wine and whisky history! A large moon shaped dark glass bottle, the waxed stopper in place and inscribed with the name of James Turnbull. Not only was he a fine grocer and wine merchant, Turnbull also blended whisky and his blend was well known Worldwide. This bottle must have formed part of his stock and appears to have contained an ancient 1665 vintage claret, Chateau Ducru Beau Caillou… a vineyard that still exists today.

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