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.
Among a good Militaria section the Millitary Medal for Bravery in the Field sold at £340, 10 albums of Warship photographs sold for £390, an assortment of cloth badges £240, a leather flying helmet at £50, Dress swords at £60 to £140, pocket compass £75 and a silver cigarette box inscribed Hong Kong Defence Force sold at £125.
55 musical instruments were sold the pick of the bunch being Boosey & Hawkes Sovereign trumpet £220, by the same maker a Clarinet at £185, Selmer Saxophone £165, Howarth Oboe £165 and a Keech ukulele at £180.
In the Collectables a Victorian stationary steam engine sold at £165, hardy fishing reels at £85 & £120, 1920’s Auction particulars of Pencarrow Estate £42, Stuckley Estate £55 and Leschalles Estate £45, Bram Stoker and 2 other autographs £260, Wills enamel sign £90, Diana air rifle £60, and a box of LP’s for £65.