Newsletter 22nd September 2014

Antique books at auction

We are now open for viewing for Monday’s Military, Coins & Medals sale. With over 450 lots on offer the auction looks set to follow in the footsteps of the past two of these specialist sales which have witnessed extremely competitive, global bidding on the vast array of coins, medals, weapons and an extensive range of miscellaneous militaria.

bullets at auction

The coins look set to get Monday’s auction off to a flyer with Ancient, Roman, hammered & bullion coins in abundance. Highlights include everything from fine early examples such as a Richard III silver groat (Lot 9, £200-300) & Charles II silver 1671 crown, to a Victorian £5 gold coin (Lot 31, £800-1200) & a coin cabinet containing an eclectic selection of Roman, Georgian & Victorian coins (Lot 45, £1500-2000).

Richard III silver groat

The coins are followed by the badges which are boosted by a single owner private collection comprising of some fine singular examples and framed presentation sets. Similarly, the medals range from an individual cased Order of St John Papal Knight (Lot 157, £250-350) to a complete framed set of WWII medals awarded to an American General (Lot 147, £200-300).

Antique notecards and postcards

However, it is the weaponry that adds real clout to the sale with over 150 lots on offer with both edged and explosive examples well represented. Highlights among the firearms come in the form of a 17th century Brescian 22 bore flintlock holster pistol (Lot 306, £3000-4000) and an early 19th century 50 bore box lock flintlock belt pistol (Lot 307, £700-1000). Japanese swords provide some of the most notable bladed weapons on view with and Edo Period sword signed “Hizen Kuni Tadayoshi” (Lot 175, £150-250) already attracting significant pre-sale interest.

Brescian 22 bore flintlock holster pistol

Japanese sword pistol

Other lots also causing a stir during viewing include a very interesting selection of 92 WWII Press Release photos of downed and crashed German aircraft during 1941-44 (Lot 381, £200-300), a WWII U.S. cipher machine in full working order (Lot 368, £100-200) and an extensive collection of good quality hand painted lead soldiers for battle re-enactments (Lot 368A, £500-800).

WWII Press Release photos

The auction will be brought to a fitting conclusion with a fine selection of pictures, including a humorous modern pencil sketch by the renowned cartoonist ‘Jak’, and books on subjects such as the English Civil War, Invasion of the Crimea, Peninsular War and World Wars I & II.

Military suitcase

We are now accepting final entries for our forthcoming auction of Fine Art, Antiques & Asian works of Art on Wednesday 19th November. Our next Interiors sale is on Monday 6th October.