Auction full of surprises

Eager bidders in the room, on the telephones and live On Line were the order of the day at Kivells Holsworthy Auction Room on 15th August.

Top price of the day was paid for a Breitling Navitimer wristwatch, the sellers’ brother having purchased it in the 1960’s. Bidding took off and the final bid of £2300 secured the watch for a bidder On Line in Austria.

Collection of World War Two Posters

Kivells July 11th On Line Auction at Holsworthy Auction room included a collection of 27 World War II Ministry of Food posters. They were issued by the Ministry to encourage the public to grow their own vegetables, not to waste food, use cod liver oil and “Dig for Victory”. The whole collection sold for a surprising £1700 with top price of £130 for a single poster.

1970’s Record Deck sells at £900

Kivells Live on Line Collectables Auction of 750 lots at Holsworthy Auction Room on 11th November included a Linn Sondek LP12 record deck in its original packing box and consigned to the auction by the owner who purchased it new from Radford Hi Fi of Windsor in the 1970’s. Furious bidding on line and in the Room soon reached £900 at which price it was sold to an online bidder. 

De lisle Bush silver presentation tray & other family silver totals over £3000

Descendants of Lt Col de Lisle Bush entered family silver items in Kivells 11th October Antiques Auction at Holsworthy Auction Room. The consignment included a large silver Presentation tray presented by Officers & members of the Ranks of the Gloucester Volunteer Regiment in 1862. The tray weighing in at a massive 4.03kg of silver far exceeded expectations by selling at £1700. Another small presentation tray given to Major Claude de Lisle Bush in 1931 sold at £320 & other items included silver teapot at £380, coffee pot £340 and a set of napkin rings at £110.

Stamps, Paintings, Militaria, Records, Models, Toys And Small Collectables

Kivells Live on Line Collectables Auction of 600 lots at Holsworthy Auction Room on 13th September included a good selection of Models & toys, Paintings, Medals & militaria, Stamps and small collectables.

A Lipkin Nuffield tractor and Clifford wreck truck sold at £125, 6 Scalextric racing cars at £150, a Wren Barnstaple loco & tender £45 and Wilesco static steam engine for £45.

Charles Branscombe watercolours sell well

The Collectors Auction held on 14th February included four Charles Branscombe watercolours of Bude Breakwater from differing perspectives.

The delightful painting of Sir Thomas Aclands bathing pool for men only, constructed in 1859, and known locally as Tommy’s Pit sold for the magnificent sum of £1500 and the other 3 all sold at £750 each.

Other artworks included Fowey harbour by F Kelsey selling at £210, Emily Beatrice Bland watercolour vat £160 W L Wyllie etching of the Battle of Trafalgar £130 and a folder of sketches at £310.

Collection of horse brasses, heavy horse show tack and related items

A lifetime collection of over 250 lots of horse brasses, heavy horse tack and other items sold to an enthusiastic audience in the Room & On line.

Pick of the collection was a large brass saddle bridge piece which sold to a Welsh bidder On line for £440.

Other excellent prices were single horse brasses Langler of Ashburton £90, Puddy of Poole £70 & Speed the Plough £85.

Pair of candle lamps £135, 6 bell Martingale £90, and a strap with Lacock & Frome breweries £115.

Talbert clock sells at £1700

At Kivells Auction at Holsworthy on 16th August a Bruce Talbert brass mantle clock with pendulum and finials missing surprised everyone in the room except the eventual winning bidder.

With a starting bid of £50 the Internet took off to £1400 the room bidder then took the bidding to a magnificent £1700.

Another mantle clock, this one being a Jaeger le Coutre in line skeleton clock sold in the room against strong on line bidding for another excellent selling price of £1200.