Manchester Regiment military trophies under the hammer at Driffield auction

Military trophies
Military trophies

Dee, Atkinson and Harrison’s final Antique and Fine Art Auction of 2013 takes place on Friday 29 November and will contain just over 600 lots.

The sale gets underway at 9:45am with just over one hundred lots of silver and plate including tea and coffee sets, candlesticks, cased and loose flatware and condiments, bowls and dishes, scent bottles and inkwells, Victorian and Edwardian military presentation trophies, snuff boxes, vinaigrette and vesta cases.

The last auction before Christmas traditionally has a large jewellery section and with over one hundred and ten lots this sale is no exception. There is a good selection of rings, earrings, brooches, bracelets and bangles, necklaces, chains and Alberts and a small collection of Native American Navajo jewellery with estimates from £30 to £11,500. Gold coins include a £2 piece, sovereigns, half sovereigns and a guinea and there is a small selection of pocket and wristwatches. The highlight is a 3ct solitaire diamond ring estimated at £9,500 to £11,500 and there is a fine crescent shaped diamond brooch containing about one hundred stones at £4,500 to £5,500.

Miscellaneous items contains old metalware including a Victorian copper coal scuttle and a graduated set of copper harvest measures, various boxes and caddies, drawing instruments, high catalogue value Victorian stamps, walking sticks and canes, pens and a Leica IIIB camera estimated at £300 - £400. Textiles include Persian rugs, samplers and embroidered pictures and a 1920’s beaded red chiffon dress.

Traditional and modern ceramics extends to just over one hundred lots with Doulton stoneware by Florence Barlow and others, Oriental and Continental items, Royal Dux figures, good selection of various period Moorcroft including large jardinière at £500 to £700, 20th Century ceramics by Poole, Carltonware, Maling, Hancock, Royal Worcester, Derby, Dresden, etc. There are twenty two lots of 19th Century and later glassware with the highest estimate of £200 to £300 for a pair of Bohemian white overlay cranberry vases.

The Objet d’art section contains the oldest items seen in the auction rooms for some time with the inclusion of the Dr Stephen Nockles Collection of antiquities. Dr Nockles was professor of geology at Cambridge University and died in 1990. The collection includes Egyptian, Greek and Roman items from 700BC to 400AD with estimates from £30 to £300.

Clocks and instruments includes an Edwardian large musical longcase clock at £2,000 to £3,000, wall and mantel clocks, a barograph and a night watchman’s clock. There are over seventy lots of furniture from the 17th Century and later including tables and chairs, chests of drawers, dressers, sideboards, display cabinets and bookcases, Windsor chairs, coffers, armchairs, occasional furniture, etc. There are also cabinetmaker items by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson, Peter “Rabbitman” Heap and Thomas “Gnomeman” Whittaker.

Pictures conclude the sale commencing with prints including three works after William Lionel Wyllie, hunting, coaching and natural history scenes, etc. Watercolours are next with a view of Tangiers by Myles Birket Foster at £1,200 to £1,500 and an architectural interior scene by Richard Shirley Smith at £500 - £700. The oil paintings are dominated by local artists with two Frederick William Elwell still life studies at £2,000 - £3,000 and £3,000 - £4,000 and a fine selection of nine works by Walter Goodin, predominately East Coast views, with estimates from £600 - £2,000.

The auction will be on view Wednesday 27th November 10am to pm and Thursday 28 November 10am to 4pm with limited viewing on the morning of the sale from 8.30am to the sale starting at 9.45am.

Click here for sale catalogue.