Valentines capture hearts

9th February 2016

At Kivells Auction at Holsworthy on 9th February of Select Antiques & Collectables five Victorian Valentine Cards captured the bidders hearts.

The homemade paper cut out cards were very much admired prior to the Auction. The Guide Price of £100-£200 was soon exceeded as the bidding soared to £800 at which price they were sold to a bidder from Cornwall against opposition from London & the USA. 

Another lot which attracted great interest from the Internet was a Chinese blue & white 10” Moon Flask. Despite having a kiln defect to its top the Flask sold at £1400 to an On Line bidder.

Chinese again but this time a silver 3 piece tea service sold at £1200, other silver selling well were two English 3 piece tea services at £240 & £280, Egg nest at £160 & oriental cigarette case at £180.

A very good selection of jewellery included a 18ct platinum sapphire & diamond ring at £460, a 9ct gold 26 charm bracelet at £560, 22ct gold bands £130 to 160, seed pearl necklace £150, 9ct gold padlock bracelet £260 & .750 gold bracelet at £220.

Among the China section a William Moorcroft 5½” jar despite chips to its lid sold at £380, two Chamberlains Worcester graduated jugs sold at £300, a set of 3 Beswick flying ducks at £100 & a Shelley jelly mould at £100.

Furniture selling well included 9ft pine farmhouse table at £600, an early pine chest at £550, oak refectory table £440, envelope card table £130, a narrow pine settle £150, pine kitchen cupboard £170, satinwood linen press £340 & an oak window bench at £150.

Other notable prices were Chinese bronze Cencer at £650, Thomas Treleaven Bodmin fusee wall clock £420, Skeleton mantle Clock £460, Stags head £110, leather cased hunting flask £90 & an elm elbow chair at £110.

The next auction will be Sports & Pastimes Auction on 8th March 2016 which will be live online at

Lots are being accepted for all future auctions. 

Please contact Philip Walter on 01409 259256 or by email at