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Hammer Highlights | May 2023

May 21, 2023

Trundling off into the sunset this month, Lot 82, a delightful Scottish built Shepherd’s hut, with rolling stock cast in a Victorian foundry on the West Coat at Kilmarnock. Despite its years the wheels still roll along and soon it will be providing restful holiday spot for weary walkers and travellers in a Scottish field with a view. The hut sold for £12,000 and will be carefully relocated shortly by our experienced haulage team at Brown’s.

We were delighted with the result of Lot 111. Most auction houses avoid grand piano’s. Large, heavy and seemingly too complicated for many salerooms, we were happy to take this lovely instrument in. Bechstein was along with Steinway the premier piano company in the World during the 19th and early 20th century. The Model B was designed to be a very fine concert piano, but for smaller halls or large houses. It has a deep and truly harmonious tone and the case of Lot 111 was still in lovely condition, the rosewood gently faded over the years. It was fought by several keen pianists to quadruple our estimate and sold for £2300. We hope she plays on for many years yet.

Lot 65 provided another success this month. Plain, yet elegantly designed in a Scandinavian style, by Eric Clements in the swinging sixties, the silver tea set bucked the trend and the rising silver price to sell well over estimate for £1020. 

Silver and gold objects remain very strong all round. Lot 72 a fine typical gold double sovereign, with 16g of nearly pure gold also sold over estimate for £780. Most sovereigns are half the weight. There coins were struck in 1887, but proved unpopular at the time and were soon discontinued, so rarity adds a little interest to this lot.

Next month looks to be a bumper sale. Browns are currently clearing a large local farmhouse with both History and some fine Georgian and Victorian furniture. We are always happy to value and sell single objects or entire collections. Our removal team can also help you move Nationally and Internationally. Do call our valuation team anytime for a free, no obligation sale quotation. We also provide professional probate and insurance valuations.

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