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An unusual collection of Somerset Friendly Society Pole Heads are to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.
“These ornately shaped brasses were the emblems of village Friendly Societies or clubs,” says Simon Jones at Lawrences. “They were common in the South West from the 18th Century through to the early 20th Century. These brasses were mounted on wooden poles and paraded through the villages on Society days.”
This collection of ten brasses was given to a Devon publican in settlement of a bad debt and they have remained in the family until now. They include brasses for Dowlish Wake, Butleigh, and Marnhull. One is still mounted on a wooden pole.
Simon added, “These Societies are part of our recent history and, as a result, they are keenly sought after by collectors. “
The collection is expected to make £2000-3000 in auction and will be included in Lawrences’ Collectors’ Sale on Friday 24th May.
A set of Rolling Stones autographs are to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.
Entered for sale by a local client, the autographs were collected by a Miss D Thorne in 1964, when the Rolling Stones can to play at High Wycombe Town Hall.
Signatures include, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts (signed Charlie Boy). The signatures were collected in an autograph book, which also includes Freddie and the Dreamers and the Big Three.
Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “Rolling Stones autographs are always highly sought after by collectors, particularly when it includes Brian Jones (who died in 1969). With their appearance at Glastonbury this year, they are still very much in the news, and they should attract a lot of interest”
The autographs are expected to make £600-800 in auction, and will be included in Lawrences Collectors Sale on Friday 24th May. For further details about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.
A wonderful set of WW2 period posters are to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne.
Entitled ‘Seeing it through’, the posters were commissioned by London Transport in 1944, commemorating the acts of heroism made by Civilian workers during WW2. Designed by Eric Henri Kennington and accompanied by poems from Patrick Herbert, these posters appear very rarely on the market, with examples held at the London Transport Museum.
The Posters depict a Policeman, a Tube Station Porter, a Bus Driver, a Bus Conductor, and a Firefighter. This set of six posters is expected to make £1500-2500 in auction.
Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “Posters are extremely collectable, and these should attract a huge amount of interest, particularly as they are connected to WW2 and to Transport.”
The posters will be sold in Lawrences Spring Collectors Sale, in May 2013. For further details about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.
A very rare doll by Francois Gaultier of Paris, is to be included in Lawrences Spring Collectors Sale. Dating to the 19thc, this doll has wonderful fixed brown eyes and a kid leather body. She comes in a beautiful silk dress and leather shoes, and has survived in excellent condition. Entered for sale by a private collector, she is expected to make £3000-4000 in auction. Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones said, “High quality dolls are still keenly sought after by collectors, and we have had some wonderful results with dolls over the last few years.” This doll will be included in Lawrences Spring Collectors Sale on Friday 24th of May, in a large section of dolls. For further enquiries please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.
A Steiff Bear is to be included in Lawrences Spring Collectors Sale.
Entered for sale by a Somerset client, the Bear dates to around 1920. With typically long limbs and glass eyes, the Bear has the distinctive button in it’s ear and is in excellent condition for it’s age. It is expected to make £1000-1500 in auction.
Also included in the sale is another Steiff Bear, found in a Crewkerne home. Dating to around 1910, this more threadbare example has remained in the family since new. It is expected to make up to £500 in auction.
Lawrences Auctioneer Simon Jones, “Teddy Bears continue to be extremally sought after in auction, and in particular examples by Steiff. They should both attract interest from collectors, and will hopefully find a new home”
The Bears will be included in a large Doll and Teddy Bear section, and will be sold on Friday 24th of May. For further enquiries about this sale please contact Simon Jones on 01460 73041.
Last week I visited Lawrences Auctioneers in Crewkerne, Somerset to attend their Fine Art Sale on April 24th.
I had never attended an auction before, so I had no idea what to expect. My only knowledge came from TV shows such as, Flog it and Bargain Hunt. As soon as I walked in I could feel the anticipation of everyone waiting for the beginning of the sale. I went over to the viewing counters to see if I could find anything myself. I was immediately drawn to the fantastic array of jewellery that they had, ranging from the affordable to the completely inaffordable.
There was a collection of vintage costume jewellery on sale, which I learnt was part of a private collection. There were over 30 lots in the collection, and they all looked decievingly real except they weren’t, because the stones were not real. Not being an expert I would have been fooled. The price tags on these items were around £75 - 100 and I only wish I’d had enough money to buy one of them.
Looking at the diversity of the jewellery, with lots of delicate and intricate, rings, bracelets and necklaces reminded me of my mother and grandmother and everything that they wore. One piece that particularly reminded me was an inexpensive Victorian gold brooch with a garnet which sold for £140.
I wondered if the “Kate Middleton” factor was at play! with pearl earrings and sapphire rings seeming to be very popular amongst buyers. A simple Sapphire bracelet sold for £780 while a small single row pearl necklace sold for £480.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the sale, which was also the front cover of the entire week’s catalogue, was a Victorian Diamond necklace, mounted with graduated diamond cluster, flowerhead pieces. Whilst watching this lot being bid for, I noticed there were a lot of people on the phone, which I later discovered were people bidding on behalf of others who couldn’t be there themselves, it eventually sold for £34,000, and you could feel the excitement in the air.
The whole day was much more electric than is portrayed on television programmes, which I only realised once I was in the sale room, feeling the buzz, with everyone else. Looking at the faces of the people in the room you could easily see how desperate people were to acquire the pieces they were bidding on.
Although this time I kept my hands firmly in my pockets, I am sure that when I have enough spare cash I will be back!
By Izi Carless