News From Stroud Auction Rooms June 2018

May 29 2018

BIDDERS were in for some big surprises when over 150 teddy bears from two private collections went under the hammer in the specialist toy section at Stroud Auction Rooms' May sale.

BIDDERS were in for some big surprises when over 150 teddy bears from two private collections went under the hammer in the speExceptional results were achieved, mainly because all the bears were put in without reserve and with low estimates, encouraging hundreds of people to bid. The top selling bear, Mr Pickles from Charlie Bears' Isabelle Collection, made £500, while every bear did considerably better than its guide price suggested. 

Owner and auctioneer Nick Bowkett said "We are always saying that if vendors trust the valuer's judgement and allow lots to be sold with sensible estimates and reserves, excellent results can be achieved. The success of these teddy bears proves the point.”

The bears were not the only stars of the toy section. The auction's top selling lot was Jaques of London Staunton carved ivory library chess set, which sold for £3,600, and a German carved bone figural chess set made £2,000. Trains and diecasts also met expectations, with a Hornby Dublo Southern Railway tank goods train set in original box selling for £600, and a Wrenn Queen Elizabeth locomotive in blue livery making £550.

Ceramics saw a high sell-through rate and very good prices, especially for known manufacturers and high quality items. A Royal Crown Derby Lombardy pattern dinner, tea and coffee service achieved £3,000, while a Goldscheider figurine Butterfly Girl sold for £1,200. Seven 18th century tiles made £220 and the smallest piece of Moorcroft in the sale made the most, £440, due to its age and rare Leaf and Berry pattern. A large collection of Beswick Beatrix Potter figures stirred interest among both traders and collectors, with a rare Duchess with Flowers realising £800.

In medals and militaria, the highest selling medal was a Victorian Naval General Service medal with a Syria clasp, which sold in the room to a collector for £500. Several Australian infantry medals performed much better than anticipated and military badges and insignia also sold well. Quite a few swords realised prices in the high hundreds, with a British 1821 pattern Light Cavalry sword by Wilkinson selling for £950. Several good quality bayonets realised £200-300.

Quirkiest lot of the auction was a child's battery-powered Land Rover, which received enormous interest from children of all ages and eventually sold for £700. A close runner-up was a 16ft Falmouth boat and trailer, with original receipt (£650).

The next auction (June 13-15) focuses on jewellery and silver plus some very interesting clocks. There are also hundreds of lots of vinyl records with some rarities worth keeping an eye on. Other specialist sections include bijouterie, watches, coins, musical instruments and fine furniture.