The Cream of the crop in Thursdays auction is a 16inch brass milk churn with the delightful engraving ‘Special Cows kept for the Nursery and Invalids’ although missing its lid it is sure to get gold top marks at 85pounds reserve. From the same house clearance is a Black Forest humidor of similar height in the form of an owl, with hinged head. It is sure to fly at a low reserve of just 25pounds.
A oval glass dome on ebonised base is in good order, encasing a Victorian bird group taxidermy. Having been kept out of the light, the colours are unusually as vivid as the day it was first constructed, with a mere reserve of fifty pounds. A large selection of 14ct gold proof coins, silver proof coins and two 1930s full sovereigns will attract both coin collectors and investors alike, as well as a quantity of affordable rings and silver items for both trade and the private buyers.
The clearance of an old smelting works (which is now the Poldark Mine Museum) brings some super lots for this week’s auction. Under dust and cobwebs was a set of four smelters oak stool made by Gaskell & Chambers Ltd of Birmingham. A superb pair of Secessionist torcheres have hammered copper & brass detail. Arts & Crafts items found include, plantstands, bureau & a number of chairs all forward with no reserve. Wedged in the corner was WW2 German Helmet. This M42 model is original but in a slightly sorry state with no liner, some rusting and is here to be sold with no reserve.
Other finds from the works includes a 4’x2’ cast & riveted vertical steam boiler by Ruston & Hornsby which would probably have powered a large stationary engine in the smelting works. Dwarfing a similar one off of a steam launch. A smelting trolley is of vast proportions missing its upper hoppers, it will make a fabulous garden planter feature. All of these cast items are in our Transport, Tools, Machinery & Man Cave auction of 14th July with further entries invited.