Victorian Vinaigrette by Nathaniel Mills Brings Top Bid

13th September 2012

Highest price of the day was secured via a telephone bid for a Victorian vinaigrette by Nathaniel Mills engraved with a cathedral delivering a hammer price of £2,800. It was the highlight of collection of vinaigrettes and snuff boxes consigned by a private vendor from North London. Also highlights in the section was a silver gilt George IV vinaigrette decorated with a shepherd and sold to the same telephone bidder for £850, the same buyer also secured a novelty George III silver vinaigrette in the form of a purse by Lee & Co Birmingham for £400.

One of the more interesting lots in the sale was a set of small bagpipes by J.T. Forbes of Dundee brought into the Stamford valuation office, even though they need some restoration they were secured by an internet buyer at £1,250, and an unusual cased concertina with major and minor tonal ability sold to a telephone bidder for £600.

A good selection of painting and prints was topped by a study of a black horse, the saddle bearing the monogram V.R. in stable dated 1879, sold to a commission bidder for £500 and a signed L.S. Lowry print 'His Family' secured by a buyer in the room for £380.

In the furniture section a local longcase clock by John Hargrave of Sleaford sold in the room for £400 with a good selection of Georgian and later furniture saw a good quality 19thC brass bound military chest sell to a telephone bid for £700 and a good quality Edwardian triple wardrobe selling at £400.

An interesting selection of modern and earlier toy soldiers collected by the late Dick Sellars, former florist of Bourne and formerly of the Coldstream Guards attracted a great deal of interest with the whole collection selling for over £2,000.

Among the jewellery section an 18ct gold Rolex watch sold for £3,800 to a buyer in the room.

Auctioneer Colin Young said,'Once again prices remain strong in the auction room throughout all sectors, but the important factor is the continued ability to produce such high sold rates, it remains such a great time to sell.'

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