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November 18, 2021
18th century gentlemans pocket knife

Antiques & Collectables Auction | 20 November 2021

The joy of cataloguing a totally mixed Antiques & Collectables auction is the sheer variety of objects and the discovery of a long-hidden treasure. This months sale is no exception and if you are looking for a set of excellent kitchen chairs I can recommend (Lot 84) a well constructed set of six superb oak ladderback chairs, simple, built to last and with honey coloured oak in excellent condition. Why buy new, when you can go green and re-cycle! 

Hiding in a drawer this month was the perfect 18th century Gentleman’s everyday ‘Swiss Army’ equivalent! A rare pocket knife, (Lot 42)  still in perfect condition despite being three hundred years old, the two folding blades are enigmatically stamped BER NADO and set into a silver and polished agate handle. James Bernardeau was a maker of medical instruments such as lancets as well as knives and razors and is recorded as working out of the ‘Pistol & L’ in Drury Lane, London from 1726. I love the simplicity of this elegant object, with its carefully engraved silver edges and comfortable handle.

For the fishermen out there we can offer the perfect Christmas present…The Hardy Bros ‘Perfect’ 3 ¼ inch reel, (Lot 32) this is a wonderful example from the pre-war period, in excellent condition and with its original leather case. The reel has a reassuring click as it turns and is ready to go hunting for trout tomorrow.

Everyone enjoys simple pleasures, so come along and relax amongst the many varied lots on offer this month. If you need to rest awhile, I can recommend (Lot 92) the Ekornes ‘Stressless’ reclining chair!

Auction starts 10am on Saturday 20 November or bid online at brownsasr.co.uk/auctions.  Alternatively, to leave a commission bid or arrange a phone bid email info@brownsasr.co.uk.

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