19thC Potterhanworth School Pupils Samplers to be Sold

11th July 2012

Samplers made by two pupils at Potterhanworth School, near Lincoln, in the 19th century will go under the auctioneer's hammer.

The four pieces of embroidery were made by pupils Rosa R. Saxe who was 15 in 1876 and by Sylvia Rebecca Saxe in 1886. They will feature in the next auction at the Lincoln saleroom of auctioneers Golding Young & Mawer on Wednesday, July 18.

Auctioneer John Leatt said: "These framed samplers were brought in to one of our free valuation clinics by a lady who lives in Potterhanworth village. We can presume that Rosa and Sylvia are related as they share the same surname and the samplers are framed together.

"We expect a lot of interest from collectors and historians on sale day and expect the samplers to sell for between £80 and £100." Samplers were pieces of embroidery produced as a demonstration of needlework skills and often included the name of the embroiderer and date, along with the alphabet, figures, motifs and decorative borders. Meanwhile, two enamel signs removed from Potterhanworth Station in the 1960s will also feature in the sale. The signs, which read 'Gentlemen' and 'Booking Hall', are estimated to sell for between £80 and £120.

Elsewhere in the sale, there is a collection of over 40 lots of vintage Weights & Measures Equipment previously used by officers in the former HM Customs and Excise, now HM Revenue and Customs. Items include a wooden post box marked 'Customs and Excise Inward Mail', Victorian copper measuring jugs, various callipers and rules and other items of gauging equipment. Of four 18th and 19th century longcase clocks in the sale, one is by Benjamin Smith of Alfreton in Derbyshire. Within a small section of items of railway memorabilia, there are two 19th century railway clocks.

In the furniture section, a George II walnut and feather banded bureau is expected to sell for between £500 and £800 and a George IV rosewood chiffonier is estimated to sell for between £300 and £500. There are also numerous 17th and 18th century oak coffers and several Georgian and later chests of drawers estimated at between £200 and £500.

The sale also features collections of Beatrix Potter and Bunnykins, Lladro and Royal Doulton figures.

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