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Hammer Highlights | April 2024

April 24, 2024
A pair of Regimental Red Coats that sold for £7,800 in April's Auction

Our April Antiques and Interiors Auction was completed with military precision. Three hundred varied lots kept our auctioneer Ronan Brown busy with the gavel, with buyers at our saleroom on the phone and online.

The out and out star of the sale, Lot 111, a fabulous a rare pair of Regimental Red Coats. While these may sometimes be seen as a little contentious in Scotland, these two coats were actually worn by a member of the Irish 88th Regiment of Foot, also known as the Connaught Rangers. There were originally raised in far away India and the Regiment saw service there, and also in Africa and Britain during the 19th century. It also saw some service in WWI. Perhaps, these coats were more interesting to the collector in view of the small size of each. Our valuer suggests they were perhaps for a young drummer boy or ensign and fit a 8-14 year old at a pinch. In any event they were keenly fought over and the winning bidder took them for £7800 (including Buyers Premium).

Other winners in this sale included a fine group of Beswick Bull’s. The factory is noted for its finely modelled animals, and especially cows and horses. Lot 66 was desirable for two reasons, condition, which was immaculate; and rarity, one of the four bulls in the lot had a matt surface, which is scarce and sought after, pushing the hammer to £720 (including BP).

A fine Edwardian Bechstein Model A Grand piano with a lovely rosewood case was snapped up for £900. A lovely instrument and in excellent condition. It always surprises me the disparity between the auction price and that of piano dealers, so if you are in the market to buy a good piano, do ask your local auction house. Brown’s are regularly offered some excellent concert and boudoir grand piano’s and we can advise you on their transport and quality or condition prior to any purchase.

Another Regimental success this month, this time from Scotland, Lot 108 was a fine Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Officers Levee Sporran, with a long horse hair covered pouch and gilt accoutrements. Despite a little damage it doubled out estimate and sold for £480 (including BP).

Amongst the smaller lots, a little charm in the form of a lovely group of Victorian Christmas and Valentines cards clearly delighted several bidders and were pursued to over £200 for the fun selection.

Lot 79 was an interesting group of Chinese blue and white plates, previously sold at Christies as Lot 3743 in their huge auction of the famous Nanking Cargo. The Geldermalsen, a Dutch East India company merchant vessel, sank in a storm in 1752. It was carrying a vast cargo and over several difficult dives in 1985 they recovered 127 gold bars and 170,000 pieces of Chinese blue and white porcelain, most in perfect condition. This collection was sold off in 1986 and our group of six plates retained the original lot labels and proved popular again on the day selling at four times our estimate at £430 (including BP).

Next month we have the contents of a large Border’s farm house, the home for many years of an antiques collector. Do contact our valuation team if you would like to discuss any items of collections you may have for sale.

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