Saturday 24th June, 2017
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Fine Art Sales, Collectors Sales and Sporting Sales
 

CONNOISSEUR’S COINS TAKE TOP HONOURS IN TWO-DAY SALE...

Lawrences’ recent sale in Crewkerne of coins, medals, militaria and collectors’ items comprised over 1500 lots. Sold across two days, there was considerable interest from internet bidders and – following an equalling busy view – the auctioneers reported a very encouraging total of £450,000.

A cased pair of flintlock pistols by Smith of London made £3580; two Japanese court tachi (Samurai sword) made £3340 and £3820; and an ornate matchlock musket of Indo-Persian origin made £1490. Medals proved popular and the awards of Colonel H P Sykes of the 2nd Dragoon Guards and the Denbighshire Yeomanry exceeded expectations to take £2500 whilst the medals of Colonel S Bogle-Smith (distinguished service in South Africa and Afghanistan) made £3580.  However, coins proved to be the highlights of the first day with an exceptional selection of rare and early examples encountering fiercely competitive bidding to sell for remarkable sums: a 1658 Oliver Cromwell shilling (£2090), and Edward VI crown (£1670); a Milan testone (£3460), a Mantuan testone (£10,630), a double ducat from c.1500, a Maximilian I guldiner (£9080), a Saxony thaler (£9200) and a Holy Roman Empire thaler (£5250) were some of the highlights of a collection that realised over £210,000

Part of the appeal of a Collectors’ sale is the variety of lots on offer and there was an extraordinary selection for bidders on  the following day. A `Chard Junction` enamel railway sign (found in a shed after Beeching’s closures shut the station in 1966) made £1490, a character doll by Simon Halbig for Kammer and Reinhardt made £3700, a German dolls house by Christan Hacker made £4780, an Aboriginal shield from Western Australia (collection of Captain George Clampitt) made £2330, a cased violin by Wolff Bros made £770, a Nicole Freres musical box playing twenty tunes made £2270, a Hardy Perfect fishing reel in a leather case made £1610, a carved wooden Black Forest group of a bitch and pups made £1490 and two tiger skins by Gerrard and Sons and by Van Ingen of Mysore took £2030 and £1670 respectively. The day’s top price was paid for an exceptional Narwhal tusk measuring 153cm (60”) which made £7280. The obvious dissimilarity between such a fine piece of natural history and the minutely designed precision of a rare medieval coin exemplifies the curious character of these hugely popular auctions and the valuers are inviting entries for the autumn event.