chest on chest EPEE SWORD

Our last Antiques and Decorative Sale of 2016 took place on Tuesday 22 November. And it was an exceptional day!

Brinley, the Auction Manager, says, ‘It was a great finish to the year with good results across a wide range of Lots. But 2016 is not over for us yet, because there are two more General and Collectable Sales to come, on 6 December and 20 December.’

The star item on Tuesday was Lot 251, a solitaire diamond ring of approximately 3 carats. This attracted a huge amount of interest before the sale, and seven telephone bids were booked. Team members were drafted in from various Potburys departments to man the phones! After lengthy and exciting bidding, the ring was eventually knocked down to a telephone bidder at £20,000.


Once again, the interesting and unusual attracted interest and strong bidding. A collection of stamps and covers relating to Epsom’s Pirate Postal Service which operated during the 1971 National postal strike sold for £700. This sold to a buyer who was bidding live through


The 528-Lot  sale opened with a Norton SS motorbike with the distinctive registration number BOO 37. This 650cc motorbike, first registered in 1961, brought back memories for many visitors to the auction room! It sold to a delighted buyer for £6,200.

 The other motorcycle in the sale, a restoration project Norton SS (part converted to a cafe racer) sold for £3,600.

Another Lot causing much temptation in the saleroom was a three-quarter size snooker table, knocked down at £850.


More traditional antiques also attracted strong bidding. A pair of early Victorian silver wine coasters fetched £2,000. And a George II oak provincial chest on chest, a grand-looking piece of furniture and dominating the main saleroom, sold for £1,450. Prospective buyers viewing this lot would have had fun looking for its secret drawer!


In the ceramic section, which contained over forty lots, the stand-out lot was a pair of early English porcelain blue and white sauce boats which saw the hammer come down at £460 to a bidder in the room

Brinley, Philip and the Team are already looking forward to the next Antiques and Decorative Sale which is on 21 March 2017!

Here are some other noteworthy lots from this Tuesday’s sale –

An Epee type sword with engraved and pierced white metal hilt and metal ropework handle sold for £500

 A fine hand painted oval miniature portrait of a Victorian gentleman (5.9cm x 4.8cm) sold for £440.


 A Meccano Ltd Hornby series O gauge No. E220 tank locomotive special Southern 2091 with original box sold for £340.


 A large Waring & Gillow oak compactum sold for £460

 A watercolour landscape by Henry John Kinnaird depicting a harvesting scene and titled ‘View near Littleworth Suffolk’ sold for £320.