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Angus’ Highlights | May 2024

May 13, 2024
A set of sixteen local large format photographs, printed from the original glass negatives, they depict several fascinating local views and events, including the Coronation of King Charles II…that’s Charles Faa Blyth, King of the Romany Gypsies

The sun is shining, lambs are busy causing havoc on road verges everywhere and generally the busy folk of the Scottish Borders are smiling as spring shifts up a gear. It’s very much the same here at the saleroom. The whole team have been rushed off their feet this month and our regular auction of Antiques and Interiors is stuffed with useful objects and interesting pieces to cheer up a spare corner in your house.

We are offering the contents of a large farm house, hidden away in a quiet spot near Kelso. The previous occupants had gathered china and works of art for decades and the place was stuffed with pieces on every available surface.

Look down for Lot 185, a rather unusual and splendid carpet, probably made in a local workshop in Turkmenistan sometime between 1880 and 1910. The Beshir Kelleh is unusual in its layout with five prominent ‘elephant foot’ motifs, set amongst a riot of other typical rug motifs. It has clearly had years of use, and the red colours are faded in places, but this in some ways adds to its charm. It has years of use yet and is currently priced modestly at £200.

Lot 244 is worth a look if you are seeking a comfortable sofa and chairs. The previous owner had it re-upholstered quite recently and it remains in excellent colourful condition. I think it could suit a sitting room or conservatory, with its bold foliate fabric pattern. It’s a steal at £200.

An interesting find is Lot 17. A huge and heavy pair of traditional Blacksmith’s Forge bellows. Made circa 1881 in Birmingham by the intriguingly named ‘Alldays & Onions Limited’ they were used at a water mill near Galashiels. While they might not suit everyone’s front room, they would look very impressive mounted on the wall in a Barn Conversion or perhaps an industrial styled restaurant. Hard to gauge an estimate for these, so I have suggested £150 and we will see what happens!

Lot 161 is definitely worth a look. A set of sixteen local large format photographs, printed from the original glass negatives, they depict several fascinating local views and events, including the Coronation of King Charles II…that’s Charles Faa Blyth, King of the Romany Gypsies, who was crowned and lived in Kirk Yetholm. The Coronation took place on 30th May 1898 and apparently 10,000 people came to the village to see his crowning and the following parade. A photograph shows this parade in full swing. There are also local views and a rather fun image of a laden coach on a day out.

The sale has the usual mix of ceramics, silver, plate, works of art and furniture and a smattering of art for good measure. Do come along to our lovely new saleroom. The Granary is in a wonderful setting and the coffee is pretty good too!

Next month is our Fine and Collectors’ sale, so do get in touch if you would like to add items to this auction. We already have a fair selection of art, jewellery and silver for this sale, so it your pieces will be in good company.

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