Friday, 24 June 2016

Below are highlights from our recent General Sale held on Wednesday 22nd June.

Friday, 17 June 2016

These adorable gnomes go by the names Pit, Pat, Putzel, Wutzel, Fix and Tix

We are thrilled to be offering for Auction on 22nd June; a box of Heissner’s Garden-Ornaments in the form of six miniature gnomes.

The company began in 1872 in Germany by August Heissner who began producing products for human enjoyment and relaxation.

The six gnomes are in their original box, complete with a leaflet of four illustrated stories:  Gnome Folks at work, The Fish King’s gratitude, What the magic flower did for Jack and The big tennis ball.

“Combine in themselves originality, life-like modelling and finish and painstaking care to the smallest detail.  They are as hard as stone and their perfect imitation of nature in its drollest mood adds much to their irresistible charm.

Exclusively designed for the garden lover who insists on the picturesque, their perfect colouring and realistic effect will give to any garden that note of pleasurable satisfaction which brings true our childhood’s dreams of fairyland and its little folks.”

(Taken from the leaflet)

Friday, 10 June 2016

Below is a selection of lots sold in our Antique and Interiors Sale on Wednesday 8th June 2016

Accepting entries 

Monday 13th June 
Tuesday 14th June 
Wednesday 15th June
Thursday 16th June

Please telephone or email for an appointment
0191 537 2630

We are open Friday 10th June
10 am - 12 noon & 2 pm - 4 pm

FREE Valuations

No appointment neccessary

Monday, 6 June 2016

You were only supposed to blow 
the doors off!

Lot 303 A Cyrus Price and Co. Limited Safe
Estimate £50 - £80
to be offered for sale on Wednesday 8th June Antique and Interiors Sale. 

In the 1850's there were two major safe rivals in Wolverhampton Thomas Milner and George Price.    

At first, things started out mildly.  Milner displayed in his window a mint condition Milner safe, with a totally mutilated Price safe next to it.  But then things escalated to a series of challenges of public testing of the safes, both against fire and brute force entry.

One such test took place in April 1860, both Price and Milner showed up with safes to include in the test.  As a public test, anyone could try to test the safes.  One man, Mr. Freestone, did not like Price, so he showed up that day with a large quantity of gun powder to test a safe.  When he tried to place his charge in the lock of the price safe, he discovered that the lock would not hold the mount of gunpowder that he expected, and he was unsuccessful.  Milner’s safe was then prepared (by Price’s men), and the door was blown right off its hinges.  Milner had boasted a “double patent gunpowder-proof solid lock” but within seven minutes a hole was drilled through the door plate, and the powder was poured through the hole to where the movement of the main bolts were located. Milner’s safe didn’t stand a chance. 

Milner then tried to do the same to Price’s safe, but met with failure when they tried to drill or find any other way to dislodge the spindle so they could place a full charge of gunpowder.  Considering the trial over and a success, price and his men left.  But Milner was not to be out done, he was determined to blow up a Price safe that day.  Milner had his men bring an older style safe. Though only five years old, it did not incorporate the improvements of the newer safe, and the lock had been packed with an excessive amount of gunpowder. The safe was blown into bits.  The crowd had only been expecting an explosion similar to what they had seen before, so no extra precautions were taken for the larger amount of powder.  Pieces of the safe flew into the crowd and a young boy was killed.
Though full of remorse for what happened, Milner and Price continued in their bitter rivalry, their attitudes unchanged.

The "212" is in reference to the temperature at which papers char, or 212 degrees Centigrade.  If the interior temperature of a safe is kept below this temperature, documents should be protected.   

Cyrus Price died in 1895 though his company continued into the early 1900's.   
Can you give this Dog a home?

This adorable pug is to be offered for Auction on Wednesday 8th June in our Antique and Interiors Sale.

Lot 59 - A Winstanley model of a seated Pug, standing 31 cm high.  Estimate £80 - £110.