Our last Antique sale of the year saw a typically diverse catalogue, attracting interest from collectors, general public and trade buyers alike, with bidders registering from all over the World.
A 1960 Hotchkiss Jeep proved to be something of a favourite during viewing, with pre-sale enquiries coming from military enthusiasts and collectors. The jeep had been garaged for many years, and whilst a little dusty, was in excellent condition. After strong bidding during the sale, the jeep finally sold on the day for £9,500.
Once again, jewellery featured heavily in the sale, with items to suit all tastes and pockets, and Christmas clearly on the mind of many people during viewing. A stunning sapphire pendant and bracelet set finally sold for £6,500, and a beautiful diamond cluster ring for £2,000.
However, the undoubted star of the show proved to be a medal presentation case containing six medals, including an 18ct gold Life Saving Medal of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, bearing hallmarks for Birmingham 1923. Following over fifty bids, the medals eventually sold for £8,300, much to the delight of the vendor.
A small collection of Cold War era Soviet military items was also keenly contested, with a copper and brass diving helmet, one of two in the sale, fetching £800, and a high altitude pilots helmet £380.
A good collection of silver had been entered into the sale, and it was particularly pleasing to see the level of interest this generated, with a Victorian silver punch bowl selling for £780 and a Victorian tray selling for £1200.
Other highlights included a silk Kashmir runner at £500 and a gold, ruby and diamond bracelet at £2,900.