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‘Ebay-style’ timed bidding introduced at GTH

July 2017

The antiques industry is no exception. The way antiques are being sold is also evolving and timed auctions are a step in that direction.  Unlike a live auction, there is no auctioneer calling the sale, each lot listed can be bid on for a defined period of time and at the end of this period the highest bidder wins the lot, (as long as it has met or exceeded its reserve).

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Top selling ring

Spirited start signals successful sale

July 2017

A flurry of interest from online, room and phone bidders heralded the first lot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Hans Wegner table and chairs

Focus on 20th Century design

June 2017

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt will celebrate the design of the 20th Century with a substantial section of items from the era in the next sale which takes place on Thursday, July 6.

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Cornish miner's trunk

Fascinating piece of Cornish history

May 2017

An interesting item of Cornish mining’s past will feature in the next Greenslade Taylor Hunt antiques sale on Thursday, June 1 at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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String of successes at specialist book sale

String of successes at specialist book sale

May 2017

A first edition copy of Anthony Burgess’s The Worm and the Ring (1961), plucked from a house clearance, was among a number of star performers at a specialist sale at Greennslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms in Taunton. Retaining its original, bright dustjacket, and with clean pages, it was purchased by a room buyer against stiff on-line competition. 

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Giant general sale announced

Giant general sale announced

April 2017

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s regular general sales at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre have been expanding in size for some time but, with a bumper offering scheduled for Thursday, April, 20th, there has never been a better time to go along to the purpose-built venue, just off Junction 24 of the M5, at North Petherton.

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Ceramics set for success

Ceramics set for success

April 2017

Over 550 lots have been packed into Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s imminent antique sale on Thursday, April 4th, including a fine array of ceramics to suit all tastes and pockets. 

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Special golf club valuation event

Special golf club valuation event

March 2017

This Thursday, March 23rd sees a team of GTH valuers return to Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club for an evening ‘Antiques Roadshow’. 

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Books bounce back at specialist saleroom

Books bounce back at specialist saleroom

March 2017

Building on the successes of recent years Greenslade Taylor Hunt is pleased to announce the return of specialist sales of books, maps and documents at its Octagon Saleroom venue in Taunton. 

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Chess set impresses at successful collectors sale

Chess set impresses at successful collectors sale

March 2017

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first Collectors’ Sale of 2017 proved to be a resounding success with a selling rate of over 94% and outstanding prices recorded across all sections.

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The train now standing ...

The train now standing ...

March 2017

Railway enthusiasts have much to look forward to in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next collectors sale, on Friday, March 2nd, which includes a breath-taking 170 lots of model trains. Both steam and diesel locomotives, together with complimentary rolling stock, in O, OO, HO and N gauges all await new homes in a sale that includes numerous private collections drawn from near and far.

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Gallantry award goes to auction

Gallantry award goes to auction

February 2017

A have-a-go hero’s medals will be among the interesting array of lots at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next collectors sale, on Friday, March 3. They were awarded to Cecil Allen and include, not only his First World War medals and the Special Constabulary medal he earned on the Home Front during the Second World War, but also a British Empire Medal with, unusually, a gallantry emblem attached to the ribbon.

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Flower power

Flower power

January 2017

Among an interesting selection of West Country pictures included in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next Antique Sale, on Thursday, February 2, you will find a considerable number by the Sherborne artist, Marjory Muggleton (b.1922). 

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On-Line, Every Time

On-Line, Every Time

January 2017

Over the course of the last decade the traditionally old-fashioned antique business has been transformed by modern technology. Those salerooms that have embraced the latest developments can now connect sellers with clients around the world via web-sites that never close, making buying at auction easier than ever. 

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Medieval mortar

Medieval mortar in February sale

January 2017

Usually it is a pestle that is used to grind substances in a mortar but next month this one will be coming under a hammer, so to speak, when it appears in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s antique sale, on Thursday, February 2. 

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More sales, more often

More sales, more often

January 2017

The New Year is here and it has been fully embraced by Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms with an even more comprehensive calendar of sales.

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All mod cons

All mod cons

December 2016

With the current year now drawing to a close Greenslade Taylor Hunt is already focussing on its first sale of 2017. This will include a specialist section of 20th Century design, from furniture and lighting to ceramics and glass, giving home-makers an even greater choice than is usually be found in the company’s popular monthly sales of antiques and collectables.

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Time for a trade-in?

Time for a trade-in?

November 2016

Not your average Dinky Toy, this one. At a whopping 116cm long it looms over most playthings and would be the envy of many a schoolchild. It is a styling model of a Riley Pathfinder, circa 1954, and was made in the factory where the full-size cars were built.

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Remember when?

Remember when?

November 2016

Among the lots already consigned for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next specialist Collectors' Sale, on Friday, December 2, is this idyllic photographic postcard showing the corner of Durleigh Road and Park Road in Bridgwater, circa 1910. 

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Reeling in the bids

Reeling in the bids

November 2016

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent antique sale, on November 3, included a further instalment of fishing rods, reels and accessories from Wayne’s Tackle in Bridgwater and, once again, the shop-fresh selection was a sell-out success. 

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Ship ahoy!

Ship ahoy!

November 2016

Hoving into view for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next Antique Sale, this Thursday, November 3, are a pair of marine oil paintings by William Barrett Spencer. Both depict the merchant sailing ship ‘Celerity’, one in full sail splendour on choppy waters (shown here) and the other buffeted and tattered in a heavy gale off the coast of Suffolk in 1882. Together these are estimated at £1000-£1200. 

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Safety in a storm

Safety in a storm

October 2016

It is well known that in times of economic uncertainty or political upheaval the price of gold and silver tends to rise. Less commonly appreciated is the relative strength of the market in collectables, many of which have shown a modest but continuous growth, year on year, for more than a decade. 

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Cue Here!

Cue Here!

October 2016

Ask most people who holds the world record for the highest officially logged break in competitive snooker and they may guess at Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry or Steve Davis. They might also assume the score in question to be 147, the acknowledged ‘maximum’. On both counts they would be wrong. 

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Rare Somerset jug up for sale

Rare Somerset jug up for sale

October 2016

An 18th Century Donyatt pottery puzzle jug will be among the varied lots of ceramics coming under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next antique sale, on Thursday, October 6. 

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Gone fishing

Gone fishing

September 2016

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has been successfully staging specialist sporting sales for over 16years so it should come as no surprise that their Taunton auction rooms have been selected to sell the contents of a Bridgwater fishing tackle shop.

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It's for you!

It's for you!

September 2016

We are all used to personalising our mobile phones, from the way they look to the way they sound, but what about our land lines? Why not express yourself through your home phone, too, by investigating the choice on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s imminent collectors sale, on Friday, September 2?

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Tootsietoy Joy

Tootsietoy Joy

August 2016

Imagine tearing through layers of birthday wrapping to uncover this brightly coloured box and, gingerly, almost disbelievingly, lifting the lid to discover not just one but 11 shiny new models, from Buick motor cars and Mack trucks, to a fire engine, a bus and a sleek silver aeroplane. It is the stuff of lasting memories and one reason why many people take up collecting in later life: to replace the toys that were damaged or discarded in their youth, or finally secure those that had eluded them in their formative years. 

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Healthy escapism

Healthy escapism

August 2016

Remember those glorious, never-ending summers of yesteryear? The chance to kick back and relax on a golden sandy beach with only the sound of gently breaking waves to disturb you? That is precisely the image that railway posters advertising Britain’s holiday havens were designed to conjure up, and they found eagerly receptive minds among those trudging across platforms as part of their daily commute. 

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Take a seat

Take a seat

August 2016

Among the many and varied lots in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s imminent antique sale, on Thursday, August 11, you will find a wide range of furniture to suit all tastes and pockets. Fusing the practical with the decorative antiques have proved that they are built to last and they can usually be purchased for a fraction of the cost of retail park alternatives. 

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Pick a picture

Pick a picture

August 2016

One of the best ways to give a favourite room an inexpensive mini-makeover – without splashing paint about or getting entangled in rolls of wet wallpaper – is to put up a new picture. Whether you are shopping for a small space-filler or a piece of imposing statement art you will find an enticing selection at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next monthly antique sale, on August 11.

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Keynsham High Street

Hidden promise

July 2016

We all know the world is constantly changing, and not always for the better. But among the barrage of gloomy headlines there are more heartening stories. In the realm of antiques and collectables it is frequently stated that certain items have lost value in recent years, yet rarely is it mentioned that others have increased in price over this period. 

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Show Time!

Show Time!

July 2016

The South West is home to some of the country’s finest agricultural shows and Greenslade Taylor Hunt, a firm rooted in the sale of landed property and livestock, is a long-term supporter of these events. 

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Open-faced pocket watch

Open all hours

July 2016

Well, nearly… Like ‘Arkwright’ in the popular television comedy even we have to close sometimes, but you will find a warm welcome at The Octagon Saleroom, Taunton, from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5.30pm and, for the added convenience of our clients, every Saturday morning, from 9am to 12.30pm. 

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Variety and value

Variety and value

July 2016

In addition to holding a full programme of antique and specialist auctions at The Octagon Salerooms in Taunton, Greenslade Taylor Hunt also stage monthly general sales. These feature antique, vintage and modern furniture and household effects at the purpose-built Sedgemoor Auction Centre, just off Junction 24 of the M5 at North Petherton. 

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Important art collection goes under the hammer at Taunton

Important art collection goes under the hammer at Taunton

May 2016

An exceptional private accumulation of artworks by Paul Nash (1889-1946) will be offered by Greenslade Taylor Hunt as part of its next specialist Collectors Sale, on Friday, June 3.

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William Parry book

Books sell well at a specialist sale

April 2016

AN Atlas of the Counties of England, by C. & J. Greenwood, published in 1834, caught the imagination of buyers nationwide at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent sale of Books, Maps and Documents. Although some of the page margins were slightly damp damaged this handsome hand-coloured, folio-sized volume was fought-over by bidders across the internet in a sustained tussle that ended only when the hammer fell at a mighty £1,900. 

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Toying with selling?

Toying with selling?

March 2016

When it comes to collectable toys Greenslade Taylor Hunt can justly claim to offer unrivalled expertise across the West Country. Vendors know they are in safe hands, and that their prized possessions will be thoughtfully sorted, carefully catalogued and professionally marketed; while buyers have come to trust and appreciate the saleroom’s accurate descriptions, fully illustrated lot listings and flexible bidding facilities. Add the fact that GTH has the fullest sales calendar in the region and you can see why the Collectors Department continues to grow.

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Calling All Collectors

Calling All Collectors

March 2016

If advertising is an art, Corgi are past-masters. Take the smoothly worded feature in its Model Club Newsletter extolling the virtues of The Avengers gift set, released in 1966. Commending the toys to young fans of the television series it notes how dapper John Steed’s ‘elegance, curled bowler… rolled umbrella and studied indifference to panic situations makes him the perfect partner for the magnificent 1927 Bentley 3-litre’, while ‘the sleek modern lines of Emma Peel’s ivory white Lotus Elan are admirably suited to her… dynamic personality. Her agile movements and “with-it” outfits are perfect for making quick get-aways in this distinctive sportscar’. Who could resist such a heady combination of glamour and excitement?

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Read all about it

Read all about it

February 2016

ALTHOUGH seasonal downpours continue to threaten our weekend sunshine an antidote may be found in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming sale of Collectors Items and Books, on Friday, March 4, which promises a pleasing range of diverting reading matter and a series of vistas the weather can not ruin.

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Hot property

Hot property

February 2016

HOUSE HUNTERS normally have specific requirements in mind. Imagine, then, a detached property boasting a wealth of period features, fully-furnished and with no onward chain, in the exact area in which you would prefer to live. Sound like your dream home? Well, here it is. 

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Animal magic

Animal magic

February 2016

WHEN undertaking home visits to assess antiques and collectables our valuers never know quite what to expect. It’s one of the joys of the job. A recent call to a modest terraced property held a huge surprise as almost every room contained a menagerie of beautifully arranged ceramic birds and animals, the first instalment of which forms part of our next Antique Sale, this Thursday,February 4.

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Bedruthan Steps

Picture this

February 2016

IF YOU find the seasonal onslaught of pelting rain and wild winds rather depressing you could seek solace in a view the weather cannot spoil. An alternative - and unchanging - window on the world can be found in a mood-enhancing picture for your wall. 

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Dinky toys

All in a good cause

January 2016

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent Collectors Sale featured a strong showing of diecast model vehicles, none more important than a ‘one careful owner’ collection that was being sold to raise funds for a cot death charity. 

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Back on the road again

Back on the road again

January 2016

AS the New Year unfolds Greenslade Taylor Hunt is pleased to report that its experienced team of valuers will be travelling to even more locations to assess your antiques and collectables, entirely free of charge.

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Whaam!

Designs for life

January 2016

Among the many lots gathered together for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming Antique Sale,this Thursday, January 7, is an interesting medley of mid-century, vintage and modern decorative arts and homewares. 

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Tipp & Co tinplate motorcycle

Sailing away

December 2015

With an overall selling rate nudging 90% and a healthy hammer total well-above estimate, Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s latest collectors sale was a rousing success on all fronts. 

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Ship ahoy!

Ship ahoy!

November 2015

Carol-singers may soon be claiming that they saw ‘three ships come sailing in’ but that will be nothing compared to the vast fleet of over 600 already berthed at the Octagon Salerooms, in readiness for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming Collectors’ Sale, on Friday, December 4.

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All aboard!

All aboard!

November 2015

Buses. You wait and wait, and then two come along at once. This may be a common commuter complaint but you won’t hear any moaning at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming Collectors Sale where a fleet of no less than 500 has arrived, on time, for the firm’s specialist event on Friday, December 4th.

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Unusual copper kettle with pre-sale guide of £300-£400

Sales on view this weekend

October 2015

PART of an amazing collection of militaria assembled over a lifetime by enthusiast and famed collector Warner Dailey will go to auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt next week. The sale will be on view tomorrow (Saturday) at The Octagon Salerooms, Taunton, along with the regular monthly sale. View days will also take place on Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4.

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Unusual copper kettle with pre-sale guide of £300-£400

Sales on view this weekend

October 2015

PART of an amazing collection of militaria assembled over a lifetime by enthusiast and famed collector Warner Dailey will go to auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt next week. Entitled Conflict, Memories And Loss the sale on Friday, November 6, is the first part of three sales secured by the Somerset saleroom. Two more will follow next year. The sale will be on view on Saturday, October 31, from 9am-12.30pm along with the regular monthly sale which takes place on Thursday, November 4. Both sales will be on view on Tuesday, November, 3 and Wednesday, November 4, from 9am-5pm at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

 

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Troika wheel vase

A Design of the Times

September 2015

THOSE whose tastes are less suited to traditional antiques and instead geared towards later decorative styles may be interested to learn that Greenslade Taylor Hunt are currently accepting entries for their next sale of mid-20th century and modern furniture, lighting and homewares.

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Selection of cranberry glass

Cornucopia of delights awaits at monthly sale

September 2015

FURNITURE and fine accessories are much to the fore at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on, Thursday, October 1. Proceedings begin at 10am at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and there is plenty to draw in the antiques enthusiast.

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Locomotive whistle

Full steam ahead

September 2015

A strong selection of railwayana, much of it sourced via a dedicated valuation day at Minehead station, was well received by steam buffs when offered as a special section within Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent Collector’s Sale, on 5th September.

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Word up!

Word up!

September 2015

WHEN it comes to selling your prized possessions you should turn to a saleroom with specialist knowledge and an established track record, but where antiquarian and collectable books are concerned the choice may be more limited than you think. Fortunately this is an area in which Greenslade Taylor Hunt have always excelled, as demonstrated by the results from their recent Collectors Sale, on Saturday, September 5th.

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Gurney Slade Post Office

Wish you were here?

September 2015

This once standard holiday phrase seems particularly appropriate in the light of Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming Collectors’ Sale, on Saturday, September 5, which features an enticing selection of picture postcards. 

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Antique sales on view this Bank Holiday weekend

Antique sales on view this Bank Holiday weekend

August 2015

AUCTIONEERS at Greenslade Taylor Hunt are preparing for a double helping of antiques this weekend as both the regular monthly sale and the quarterly collectors’ event will be on view this Saturday, August 29.

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Raleigh Chopper

Retro Revival

July 2015

Most recently this included a Raleigh Chopper Mk I bicycle, circa 1970, with the kind of golden yellow paint job that symbolized the lazy, hazy summers of the hippy era. ‘Easy-rider’ style handlebars, a long black vinyl seat and an iconic cross-bar gear shift completed the look, and had nostalgic bidders vying to own this slice of vintage chic, before the hammer finally fell at £420 – not a bad return since retail prices for the range originally started around £32, at what seems like only yesterday.

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‘Ebay-style’ timed bidding introduced at GTH

July 2017

The antiques industry is no exception. The way antiques are being sold is also evolving and timed auctions are a step in that direction.  Unlike a live auction, there is no auctioneer calling the sale, each lot listed can be bid on for a defined period of time and at the end of this period the highest bidder wins the lot, (as long as it has met or exceeded its reserve).

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Top selling ring

Spirited start signals successful sale

July 2017

A flurry of interest from online, room and phone bidders heralded the first lot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Antiques sale on view this weekend

Antiques sale on view this weekend

June 2017

Jewellery to suit all tastes and price points is being offered at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next sale, which takes place on Thursday, July 6.

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Iconic Churchill image

Superb selling rate at collectors sale

June 2017

More than 90% of items were snapped up at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s quarterly collectors’ sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Beautiful bangle smashes sale guide

Beautiful bangle smashes sale guide

June 2017

An unusual Victorian double serpent diamond, ruby and blue enamel gold hinged bangle was the star performer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s June antiques sale. The beautiful bangle was bought for £5,500.

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Every kind of collectable on offer

Every kind of collectable on offer

May 2017

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are renowned for their antiques and collectables’ sales and next week sees a feast of delights for fans of all things retro.

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Coffin stools are sale's surprise stars

Coffin stools are sale's surprise stars

May 2017

Each sale at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt provides an interesting or glamorous item to captivate the attention of salegoers.

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Sport in focus at specialist sale

Sport in focus at specialist sale

April 2017

Sport in all its guises was the focus for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist Spring Sporting Sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Tiny jade carving leads the field at March antiques sale

Tiny jade carving leads the field at March antiques sale

March 2017

Interest loomed large in a small Chinese carved jade study of a Budda’s hand fruit at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s March antiques sale.

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Magnificent seven vie for rare vase

Magnificent seven vie for rare vase

February 2017

An exceptionally fine silver and gilt cloisonné vase deservedly took top billing at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February antiques sale.

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Piece perfect as the day it was produced

Piece perfect as the day it was produced

January 2017

A beautiful late 19th Century/early 20th Century cloisonné incense burner in the manner of Hayashoi Kodenji will feature at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next sale on Thursday, February 2, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Juliet Head

Buoyant market for 20th Century design

January 2017

A range of new buyers joined the regulars at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s January sale, which featured a magnificent selection of 20th Century design.

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'Juliet Head'

January sale packed with 20th Century design

December 2016

More than 600 lots of which nearly half are devoted to 20th Century design will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom next Thursday, January 5.

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Great expectations delivered at collectors sale

Great expectations delivered at collectors sale

December 2016

The enormous range and scope of a Greenslade Taylor Hunt collectors sale always ensures a wide ranging, ever changing crowd as different items come under the hammer and so it proved at the final quarterly collectors sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Festive feel to final sale of the year

Festive feel to final sale of the year

December 2016

Mince pies and mulled wine were the order of the day as auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt celebrated their final antiques sale of the year at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, in suitably festive style.

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Dazzling display at November antiques sale

Dazzling display at November antiques sale

November 2016

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt enjoyed some pre-Bonfire Night fireworks with excellent prices across the board at the firm’s November sale.

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Top price at sporting sale

Picture perfect at biannual sporting sale

October 2016

The much-anticipated Autumn Sporting Sale at Greenslade Taylor Hunt attracted interest from far and wide with more than 600 lots going under the hammer.

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Wide appeal of antiques sale

Wide appeal of antiques sale

October 2016

Auctioneer Derek Biss promised a great couple of days as he opened proceedings at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s October antiques sale; and his assertion was realised as splendid prices were achieved across the board in the monthly sale and the biannual sporting sale, which followed.

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Showcase for sales this Saturday

Showcase for sales this Saturday

September 2016

This Saturday (October 1) Greenslade Taylor Hunt will unveil the entries in their October monthly antiques’ sale and the biannual Sporting Sale when all the lots go on view at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, from 9am-12.30pm.

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Collectors items come under the microscope

Collectors items come under the microscope

September 2016

A well-supported collectors sale saw an immense range of goods come under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt as an ever changing assembly of buyers clinched their “must have” items.

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From a selection of Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff among star lots at September sale

September 2016

The calendar may have rolled round to September, but bidders at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly auction were still firmly in a summery mood as they paid top prices for painted garden benches.

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Sales on view this Bank Holiday weekend

Sales on view this Bank Holiday weekend

August 2016

A bronze by noted Victorian sculptor Alfred Drury, a significant figure in the New Sculpture movement, is certain to be among the highlights at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s September sale.

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Array of delights draw international interest

Array of delights draw international interest

August 2016

FRESH faces and regular salegoers were all attracted to the monthly antiques sale at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom where nearly 500 quality lots went under the hammer.

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Array of delights draw international interest

Array of delights draw international interest

August 2016

Fresh faces and regular salegoers were all attracted to the monthly antiques sale at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom where nearly 500 quality lots went under the hammer.

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Saint George ring

Firm's success attracts seller of Medieval ring

August 2016

A COLLECTOR of antiquities knew exactly which saleroom to approach when it came to selling two ancient rings – Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

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Something for everyone at mammoth sale

Something for everyone at mammoth sale

July 2016

“A MARVELLOUS sale with a bit of everything,” is how auctioneer Derek Biss introduced the mammoth monthly July antiques sale which saw four auctioneers sharing gavel duties during the day-long event at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton.

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Looking for books?

Looking for books?

July 2016

It is a sadness to many that the number of second-hand bookshops on the high streets of Britain has dwindled dramatically in recent years. Book-lovers can, however, draw some comfort from the regularity with which Greenslade Taylor Hunt offer printed matter within its established auction calendar.

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Looking for books?

Looking for books?

July 2016

IT is a sadness to many that the number of second-hand bookshops on the High Streets of Britain has dwindled dramatically in recent years. Book-lovers can, however, draw some comfort from the regularity with which Greenslade Taylor Hunt offer printed matter within its established auction calendar.

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G Plan "Housemaster" chair

Spotlight on 20th Century design

June 2016

DESIGN icons of the last century will feature in a special section celebrating the era at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s July antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. Treasures from the 20th Century have been carefully selected for the sale, which takes place on Thursday, July 7.

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Paul Nash - £4,400

Nash makes a splash at collectors sale

June 2016

A private collection of artworks by Paul Nash (1889-1946) totalled over £18,000 in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s latest specialist sale of collectables and books on June 3rd. Top price of the day went to a ‘Sketch Design for… The Lady from the Sea’ which was contested over the telephones to £4,400 but the remaining lots also drew healthy bidding. An original illustration for an edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring male fairies and costumes for Pease-Blossom, Mustard-Seed, Cobweb and Moth, sold at £1,000, and the same sum was paid for an unsigned and loosely executed landscape study. A further seven book illustrations each took between £850 and £950. 

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Unique and precious finds at antiques sale

Unique and precious finds at antiques sale

June 2016

ROOM bidders, net surfers and phone callers all had reason to celebrate at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s June antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Two sales on view this weekend

Two sales on view this weekend

May 2016

THERE’S much to entice antiques lovers to The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, this Saturday (May 28) from the sublime to the quirky as the auctioneers showcase the June monthly auction and the quarterly collectors’ sale.

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Final flourish for Warner Dailey

Final flourish for Warner Dailey

May 2016

LEADING auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt played host to the third, and final, part of the Warner Dailey Militaria sale. Warner – the self-styled “junkman to the gentry” has built up a lifetime’s collection of military-themed Keepsakes and his eye for the unusual and rare has proved extremely effective in the saleroom.

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Sparkling jewellery trade at May sale

Sparkling jewellery trade at May sale

May 2016

FABULOUS jewellery caught the eye and captured the purse strings of sale goers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s May sale at The Octagon Saleroom, East Reach, Taunton.

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Naval album and megaphone

Sales on view this weekend

April 2016

LEADING auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are gearing up for the third and final part of the Warner Dailey Militaria sale which will be on view this Saturday (April 30) from 9am.

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Oil rig worker fishes for rod at Sporting Sale

Oil rig worker fishes for rod at Sporting Sale

April 2016

GREENSLADE Taylor Hunt’s well-regarded Sporting Sales have always drawn bidders from far and wide, but the Spring Sale broke new ground – or should that be water – when an oil rig worker far out on a platform in the North Sea placed a commission bid for a fishing rod!

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Limited edition hare

Ladies “hare” to sale to clinch rare Rolex

April 2016

A DIGNIFIED battle between lady room bidders at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s April antiques auction saw one come out on top and take possession of a fine Rolex watch. The ladies watch had been well viewed prior to Thursday’s sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Saturday showcase for two sales this weekend

Saturday showcase for two sales this weekend

March 2016

LEADING auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are showcasing the finest examples of sporting and antique items at two sales next week. The regular monthly sale takes place on Thursday, April 7, and the much-anticipated Spring Sporting Sale follows on Friday, April 8.

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Plenty of animal magic at antiques sale

Plenty of animal magic at antiques sale

March 2016

A TIRED looking Victorian gilt metal mounted marquetry side cabinet was one of the star performers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s March antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Decidedly "Des res" pulls in the buyers

Decidedly "Des res" pulls in the buyers

March 2016

AN EXCEPTIONAL 19th Century dolls house charmed would-be buyers at the first quarterly collectors’ sale of the year at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom. Would-be purchasers in the room, on three phone lines and the internet were all determined to bring the desirable residence home and it was easy to see why it was so covetable.

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Read all about it

Read all about it

February 2016

ALTHOUGH seasonal downpours continue to threaten our weekend sunshine an antidote may be found in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming sale of Collectors Items and Books, on Friday, March 4, which promises a pleasing range of diverting reading matter and a series of vistas the weather can not ruin.

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Sales preview at the double this weekend

Sales preview at the double this weekend

February 2016

LEADING auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be throwing open the doors of The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, this Saturday (February 27) to showcase their two sales which take place next week.


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Fascinating military collection goes under the hammer

Fascinating military collection goes under the hammer

February 2016

A UNIQUE collection of militaria went under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton salerooms. This was the second part of the Warner Dailey Collection. Warner Dailey, known as the “junkman to the gentry”, has built up a fascinating collection of militaria and antiques over a lifetime. He has also worked at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. He has an eye for the personal amidst the trauma of war.

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Golf club valuation proves just the ticket

Golf club valuation proves just the ticket

February 2016

A VISIT to a Greenslade Taylor Hunt hosted valuation evening at Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club proved a lucrative move for one lucky antiques vendor.

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Key militaria collection on view this weekend

Key militaria collection on view this weekend

January 2016

THE EAGERLY awaited second part of the Warner Dailey sale takes place at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt next Friday, February 5.The first part of the auction - Conflict, Memories and Loss – the Warner Dailey Collection took place in November and netted £83,200 at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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In style of Jan Van Goyen

Sensational start to year of sales

January 2016

AUCTIONEERS Greenslade Taylor Hunt got off to a flying start with a fantastic January antiques sale with excellent prices across all sections to herald the start of a year of significant auctions.

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First antiques sale of 2016 on view this Saturday

First antiques sale of 2016 on view this Saturday

December 2015

Saturday (January 2) sees auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt opening their doors to unveil the first antiques sale of the year.The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, stages its first sale of 2016 on Thursday, January 7, which will include a section devoted to the best in 20th Century design.

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Great 20th Century design

Calendar of sales set for 2016

December 2015

WITH Christmas around the corner auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are already turning their attention to 2016 and a full programme of monthly antiques sales, specialist auctions and the biannual West Country Sporting sales. Kicking off the year on Thursday, January 7, The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, will play host to the regular monthly sale which will include a section devoted to the best in 20th Century design.

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Whatever next?

Whatever next?

December 2015

Where could you find a fossilized dinosaur egg, and an oar from the 1879 University Boat Race? Or a signed photograph of Field Marshall Montgomery, and a Maori greenstone axe head? The answer is at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s imminent Collector’s Sale, on 4th December. Those already familiar with these specialist events may not be surprised. After all, past successes have included everything from a rare early Steiff teddy bear (at £17,000) to the Queen’s provisional driving licence.

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Teapot with royal connections

Family heirloom with royal interest

November 2015

A RATHER modest looking Victorian silver teapot with an intriguing royal past will be one of the star attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s December monthly antiques sale on Thursday, December 3.

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Extraordinary single owner collection

Extraordinary single owner collection

November 2015

AUCTIONEER Peter Rixon introduced Conflict, Memories and Loss – the Warner Dailey Collection sale as “the first part of an extraordinary collection put together by an extraordinary man.” And so it proved with many of the 450 plus lots substantially exceeding their guide prices. The auction netted £83,200 at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Plenty to picture at November sale

Plenty to picture at November sale

October 2015

TWO prints by the artist and illustrator Edward Ardizonne RA are among a strong picture section at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s November sale, which takes place on Thursday, November 5, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. Appointed an official war artist many of his works and his diary are held by the Imperial War Museum.

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Historic addition to calendar of sales

Historic addition to calendar of sales

October 2015

A SIGNIFICANT addition to Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s sales calendar will see the first part of a single-owner collection of militaria come under the hammer on Friday, November 6, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

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Double delight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Double delight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt

October 2015

ANTIQUES auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt enjoyed two successful sales to herald the start of October. The firm held its regular monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and the prestigious biannual West Country Sporting Sale.

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Life size bronze of a faun

Cream of the crop at premier sporting sale

October 2015

THE highly regarded West Country Autumn Sporting Sale attracted buyers from across the country and around the globe to Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton salerooms.

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October heralds double helping of antiques

October heralds double helping of antiques

September 2015

IT’S all action at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s antique salerooms as the auctioneers gear up for back-to-back sales next week.

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A Victorian diamond starburst brooch

Victorian diamond brooch leads field at monthly antiques sale

September 2015

A SUPERB late Victorian diamond, starburst pendant brooch was the stand out stellar lot in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, September 3.

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Diamond line bracelet

Auction serves up plenty for sale goers to relish

August 2015

THREE phone bidders all had the appetite for a fight to take possession of a large silver plated catering meat serving trolley at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s August antiques sale.

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Victorian ear trumpet

Showcase for monthly antiques sale

July 2015

AUCTIONEERS Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be throwing open their doors this Saturday, August 1, to showcase the impressive range of items on offer in the firm’s August antiques sale.

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Diamond single stone ring, which graced the cover of the GTH monthly sale’s catalogue

Cover star leads sparkling sale

July 2015

A DIAMOND single stone ring, which graced the cover of the Greenslade Taylor Hunt July antiques sale’s catalogue, was the star lot at the monthly auction.

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Feast of furniture at July sale

Feast of furniture at July sale

June 2015

A COMPREHENSIVE selection of furniture to suit all tastes and pockets is offered at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, July 2.

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Sir Gareth nameplate

Diverse range of lots drew excellent prices

June 2015

A FABULOUSLY eclectic mix of collectables elicited great prices at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s second dedicated collectors’ sale of the year.

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Rare Medieval St George ring

Host of treasures unearthed at monthly sale

June 2015

A RARE Medieval ring, which had lain buried in a Somerset field for 600 years was certainly the standout lot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s June sale, fetching £7,000.

Introducing the lot auctioneer Derek Biss, one of four men wielding the gavel at the sale, said: “This is a rare opportunity and a rare ring. This is the chance to buy something a little bit special.”

The Medieval gold finger ring of St George, which dated back to the 15th/early 16th Century was discovered by a metal detectorist in a Somerset field.

The ring’s history was identified by Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s jewellery and silver specialist John Kelly and confirmed by experts at the British Museum.

Its unique appeal attracted a flurry of pre-sale commission bids, but on the day a phone bidder came out on top to claim this prized piece of Somerset history.

However there were plenty of other items which commanded attention and high prices at The Octagon Sale Rooms, East Reach, Taunton.

An amphora shaped stone urn on a circular spreading marble base saw phone bidders and internet interest tussle for dominance. Following spirited bidding the phone won out with a call of £5,000.

Not far behind was a pair of Chinese rectangular wall plaques decorated in Famille Verte enamels in hardwood frames along with a matching circular example. These sold for £4,500 demonstrating that demand for Oriental items remains undimmed.

A rather unprepossessing large slipware dish or loaf pan garnered an impressive £1,200 price tag in the auction.

A strong selection of watches saw a number of pleasing prices including £1,150 for a gentleman’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, while a Rolex Oysterdate Precision gent’s watch made £750 and a Rolex Oyster Precision gent’s stainless steel watch made £700. A lady’s nine carat Rolex Precision watch sold for £500 to a room bidder.

A mighty monumental hand carved Bath stone dragon sold for £1,200. Proceeds from the sale will go to the Elim Connect Centre charity in Wells.

Furniture offered some fantastic prices too. An impressive William IV rectangular mahogany extending dining table was snapped up for £900 by an internet bidder. A splendid 19th Century half tester bed sold for £400.

In the ceramic section Clarice Cliff continued to attract buyers. A pair of “Summerhouse” pattern beakers went for £550 to a phone bidder while a pair of Bizarre Ware “Arab Boy” figural candlesticks made the same price despite old signs of damage and repairs.

The sale certainly covered a vast scope of antiques and collectables’ and achieved a host of high prices.

If you are considering consigning items to a future sale please contact The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, telephone (01823) 332525.

SOUTHERN Railway cast brass locomotive nameplate.

D-Day memorabilia at collectors sale

June 2015

A UNIQUE piece of D-Day history will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s second specialist collectors’ sale of the year at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Saturday, June 6 – the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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Rare Medieval St George ring

Rare Medieval ring found in Somerset field set for auction

May 2015

Rare Medieval ring found in Somerset field

EVERY metal detectorist dreams of finding hidden treasure as they sweep their devices, trance like, across the land.

For one Somerset enthusiast the fantasy became an amazing reality when he unearthed a rare Medieval gold Saint George ring in a farmer’s field as rain lashed around him.

“I knew straight away it was an item of significance. It was a moment of complete excitement,” said gardener Paul Saxton, 56.

It was also a moment of potential danger as the heavens opened and a rainstorm raged – not the best combination as Paul wielded his metal detector.

“Old gold has a lustre to it. It comes out of the land as clean as it goes in,” said Paul, who has been metal detecting for around 16 years.

He is curious to know the history of the ring and how it came to be in the field. He thinks it may have been lost while its owner was out riding, but that’s just a theory.

It is also incredibly small – the face of the ring on which the saint is engraved is a mere 0.6 of a centimetre deep and 1.1cm wide. Could it have belonged to a noblewoman?

“I was the first person to handle it in hundreds of years,” added history enthusiast Paul who has logged the find with the Museum of Somerset.

Paul had visited the site of the discovery before but never turned up anything more interesting than some Roman coins and nothing of value.

He is thrilled with his find and is eagerly awaiting its auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton salerooms on Thursday, June 4.

The firm’s jewellery and silver expert, John Kelly, has dated the ring to the early 16th Century. He believes it is likely the ring belonged to a nobleman as gold at this time would have been in extremely short supply and the preserve of only the richest.

The ring has an elongated octagonal table engraved with an image of Saint George and the Dragon in shallow relief. George is wearing armour created by incised lines. The visor of his helmet is up and face exposed. Driving his spear into the mouth of the dragon, his classic pose. To his left hand is a small triangular shield engraved with the cross of Saint George. The dragon, on its back, with gaping jaws and a tail running up and framing part of the bezel.

The shank tapers in width from shoulders to the back, decorated with diagonal lines of pellets and inlaid with bands of flower heads on stems having several petals at the base interspersed with oval seeds or fruit. Adjacent to the bezel on these broad bands are recessed ray motifs with traces at two points of white enamel surviving. The inside of the shank is plain. Down one edge of each shoulder, a row of stamped pellets make the border. The hoop is slightly damaged and bent out of shape.

St George usurped St Edmund as Patron Saint of England in the early 15th Century. He also became the Patron Saint of the Order of the Garter - the most senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348.

The ring has a pre-sale guide of £3,000-£4,000. It will be on view on Saturday, May 30, from 9am-12.30pm, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, along with the rest of the auction lots.

The sale will also be on view on Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3, from 9am-5.30pm. The auction gets underway at 10am on Thursday, June 4.

For more information please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525 or email antiques.saleroom@gth.net

 

 

18 carat gold chain sold for £1,800

Quality jewellery draws in crowds

May 2015


PRE-SALE interest in a range of high calibre jewellery was confirmed with a busy saleroom at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, May 7.

Regular bidders were joined by a host of new faces at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, attracted by the extensive range of quality jewellery on offer.

The pace was set immediately with the first lot a Victorian micromosaic brooch fetching £420.

A phone bidder successfully clinched the top lot of the day – an 18-carat gold chain. This went for £1,800.

There was plenty to appeal and prices were buoyant across the jewellery section, with only a couple of pieces failing to find new homes.

Highlights were plentiful and included £950 for a three stone diamond ring, a pair of seven stone diamond cluster ear studs made £800 and a distinctive diamond and calibre ruby panel ring went for £750 to a book bid. An emerald and diamond 18 carat gold panel ring made £700.

Silver also enjoyed a substantial showing with classy lots achieving excellent prices. Plenty of pre-auction interest in a George II silver lidded tankard dated 1770 translated into a hefty hammer price of £1,200.

A novelty Victorian silver cream jug or sauce boat in the form of a duck proved a hit with sale goers and sold for £800, while a more conventional matched four piece silver tea service made £550.

The book section also featured one of the sale’s big hitters – a first edition of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, which went for £750.

The furniture section continued its usual strong showing. A matched set of 14 Victorian mahogany bar back dining chairs tied for top lot with a bid of £1,800.

An 18th Century eight day longcase clock made £550, while a Jaeger LeCoultre “Atmos” clock with good movement achieved £400.

A Victorian burr walnut veneered centre table went for £260 and a Pembroke mahogany drop leaf occasional table made £180.

Honorable mention should also go to a Sally Rutherford bronze of a galloping horse that made £400.

Showing the diversity of lots on offer a Japanese Second World War Shin-Gunto sword sold to an internet bidder for £380.

A dedicated 20th Century Design sale featured for the first time at the monthly auction. A selection of Verner Panton’s iconic ‘1970s “S” stacking chairs together sold for £475.

An Ercol light elm plank top dining table and six chairs sold for £380 in this section, while an Ercol light elm sideboard achieved £260.

The auctioneers will barely have time to pause for breath before preparations start for two sales in June – the regular monthly sale on Thursday, June 4, and the second of the specialist quarterly collectors sales which will take place on Saturday, June 6.

Entries are being accepted for both events. Please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525 for more details.

Rare Medieval St George ring

Rare Medieval ring found in Somerset field set for auction

May 2015

EVERY metal detectorist dreams of finding hidden treasure as they sweep their devices, trance like, across the land.

For one Somerset enthusiast the fantasy became an amazing reality when he unearthed a rare Medieval gold Saint George ring in a farmer’s field as rain lashed around him.

“I knew straight away it was an item of significance. It was a moment of complete excitement,” said gardener Paul Saxton, 56.

It was also a moment of potential danger as the heavens opened and a rainstorm raged – not the best combination as Paul wielded his metal detector.

“Old gold has a lustre to it. It comes out of the land as clean as it goes in,” said Paul, who has been metal detecting for around 16 years.

He is curious to know the history of the ring and how it came to be in the field. He thinks it may have been lost while its owner was out riding, but that’s just a theory.

It is also incredibly small – the face of the ring on which the saint is engraved is a mere 0.6 of a centimetre deep and 1.1cm wide. Could it have belonged to a noblewoman?

“I was the first person to handle it in hundreds of years,” added history enthusiast Paul who has logged the find with the Museum of Somerset.

Paul had visited the site of the discovery before but never turned up anything more interesting than some Roman coins and nothing of value.

He is thrilled with his find and is eagerly awaiting its auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton salerooms on Thursday, June 4.

The firm’s jewellery and silver expert, John Kelly, has dated the ring to the early 16th Century. He believes it is likely the ring belonged to a nobleman as gold at this time would have been in extremely short supply and the preserve of only the richest.

The ring has an elongated octagonal table engraved with an image of Saint George and the Dragon in shallow relief. George is wearing armour created by incised lines. The visor of his helmet is up and face exposed. Driving his spear into the mouth of the dragon, his classic pose. To his left hand is a small triangular shield engraved with the cross of Saint George. The dragon, on its back, with gaping jaws and a tail running up and framing part of the bezel.

The shank tapers in width from shoulders to the back, decorated with diagonal lines of pellets and inlaid with bands of flower heads on stems having several petals at the base interspersed with oval seeds or fruit. Adjacent to the bezel on these broad bands are recessed ray motifs with traces at two points of white enamel surviving. The inside of the shank is plain. Down one edge of each shoulder, a row of stamped pellets make the border. The hoop is slightly damaged and bent out of shape.

St George usurped St Edmund as Patron Saint of England in the early 15th Century. He also became the Patron Saint of the Order of the Garter - the most senior and oldest British Order of Chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348.

The ring has a pre-sale guide of £3,000-£4,000. It will be on view on Saturday, May 30, from 9am-12.30pm, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, along with the rest of the auction lots.

The sale will also be on view on Tuesday, June 2, and Wednesday, June 3, from 9am-5.30pm. The auction gets underway at 10am on Thursday, June 4.

For more information please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525 or email antiques.saleroom@gth.net

Simon Rayner

New specialist joins antiques team

May 2015

VALUER Simon Rayner is the latest addition to Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist antiques department based at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Simon has a wealth of experience in the antiques trade, built up over many years and is passionate about his subject.

He has a fine art degree from Southampton and his dissertation focused on Danish silversmith Georg Jensen, whose work is currently enjoying a revival in interest. Simon has a particular interest in Scandinavian design.

Simon’s entire working life has been devoted to antiques initially in Devon, then Salisbury, Wiltshire, followed by a spell at Dreweatts in Bristol. More recently he has been working in the West Midlands. He has also appeared on tv shows Bargain Hunt and Cash In The Attic.

His move to Greenslade Taylor Hunt has reunited him with former Dreawatts colleagues Peter Rixon and John Kelly.

Stuart Triggol, GTH saleroom manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome Simon to the team.”

Simon relishes the variety that his role in a busy saleroom offers.

“I enjoy all aspects of the antiques business. I enjoy auctioneering – that’s great fun.

“Every day is different. You never know what’s coming in and what you are going to see. You get to see interesting things and meet nice people,” said Simon.

People, unfamiliar with the antiques business may be surprised to find that items they might not rate could have a value.

Furniture from the 20th Century is back in vogue and older examples are falling out of favour.

“Fashions and tastes in antiques change. It’s important to know that,” said Simon.

Currently anything Oriental is enjoying a buoyant time, but the market is unpredictable, said Simon.

The internet has also widened the reach for both buyers and vendors.

Originally from Cornwall Simon is delighted to be back in the Westcountry and is looking forward to finding a home for himself and partner, Gemma, and identical twins, Imogen and Madeleine.

Simon be contacted at the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Regular valuation sessions are held every Monday from 9am-1pm. There is no need to book, simply turn up. There is also plenty of free parking on site.

 

Poole Delphis pattern bowl

May sale heralds focus on 20th Century design

May 2015

THE quirky and the desirable take centre stage as auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt celebrate the delights of 20th Century design at their Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Today, Saturday,May 2, the auctioneers throw open their doors for viewing of the regular monthly sale and a specialist 20th Century design event.

Both sales will be on view that morning until 12.30pm and again on Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6, from 9am-5pm. The sales take place on Thursday, May 7.

There is plenty on offer at both events, but the 20th Century design sale features everything from the unusual – a De Havilland first class airline seat to an appealing range of affordable furniture and ceramics.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt valuer, Chris Marks, has a particular interest and knowledge of all aspects of the period, and he has put together the 20th Century design event which will follow the regular monthly sale on Thursday.

The De Havilland Comet reclining airline seat from the late 1950s/60s has been in storage for a number of years. It is guided at £100-£120.

A selection of chairs by the Danish designer Verner Panton for Herman Miller will feature in the sale. The iconic design comes in a range of primary colours, though black is considered the rarest option. The chairs are guided at between £100-£250 depending on rarity and condition.

A German desk lamp by Bauhaus designer Marianne Brandt for Korting and Mathieson is also featured among the 20th Century design items. Dating from the 1930s it was one of the first desk lamps produced.

A Philips standard globe from the late 1930s provides a snap shot in time. This piece of history features countries like Siam – modern Thailand and a range of African countries like Belgian Congo which are relics of a Colonial past. It has a guide price of £40-£60.

There is a good range of stylish ceramics including Midwinter by Jessie Tait and highly collectable Poole Pottery. Glassware is well represented with items of Scandinavian, British and Italian design.

Examples of the reliable furniture names of G Plan and Ercol are also included.

A selection of attractive prints including some from the late ‘70s/early ‘80s are also included. These cheery pictures feature beach huts and bicycles and would add a splash of colour to any home.

For more information please contact Chris Marks at the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Hardy's reel

Buyers reeled in at Spring Sporting Sale

April 2015

FANTASTIC prices were achieved at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s landmark Spring Westcountry Sporting Sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, Somerset.

Heading the list was a Hardy Bros “Perfect” 3.5 inch fishing reel which sold for £2,500 to a commission bid.

The sale drew an international following with bidders from India, the United States and Ireland attracted by the comprehensive selection of more than 700 lots on offer.

There was also a strong contingent of buyers from across the UK with representatives from Cheshire, Shropshire and Norfolk among the sale goers for this biannual event.

A very large entry of sporting and hunting prints, watercolours and oils tempted an appreciative following.

Prices of note included a £700 phone bid for an atmospheric black and white rendering of a deer park at dusk by Henry E.O. Murray-Dixon. A phone bid also clinched Colonel Mordaunt’s Cock Match at Lucknow by Richard Earlom (1743-1822). This sold for £650.

An appealing bronze group of three terriers on a log by well regarded sculptor Sally Rutherford sold for £600.

A good taxidermy section also proved popular. A majestic stag’s head went for £500 and an impressive pair of antlers made £220.

Another good price was achieved for a bespoke leather “coursing appointments” holder. This had belonged to Clarissa Dickson Wright, the cook of “Two Fat Ladies” television fame and a keen supporter of country pursuits. It sold for £300.

In the silver, jewellery, ceramics and decorative section a set of 12 Royal Copenhagen dinner plates painted with fish went for £420. Also in this section a large Eldridge Pope “Huntsman Ales” printed metal wall sign achieved £350. A copper hunting horn by Kohler & Son of London sold for £300.

Away from the countryside a 1929 Ashes winner’s souvenir gold charm in the form of a cricket ball went for a pleasing £600. This was originally presented to John Cornish White – known as Jack or Farmer. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1929. He captained England and Somerset.

The specialist sale is the first of two biannual Westcountry Sporting Sales held each year by the leading auctioneers. The autumn sale will take place on Friday, October 2.

If you have items to consign or would like more information on this premier event please contact saleroom manager Stuart Triggol on (01823) 332525.

Japanese four case inro

Tiny lot commands a mighty price

April 2015


A JAPANESE gold lacquered four case inro – a special container designed to carry anything small – proved a major attraction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s April sale on Thursday, April 9.

Thought to date from the Meiji period, decorated in relief with ivory, mother of pearl and red lacquer inlay it had attracted much pre-sale interest at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. A room bidder secured the lot with a bid of £1,300.

It was one of a number of pleasing prices achieved at the monthly sale, which also attracted many first time visitors to the saleroom.

A distinctive late 18th Century or early 19th Century mahogany cabinet maker’s timber specimen chest was one of the more unusual pieces that went under the hammer.

This singular sampler featured specimens dating back to 1770-80 and included “rattan mahogany” from the West Indies and “canoe wood” from Tahiti.

It attracted tremendous interest both prior to the sale and at the auction. A phone bid from Rome won the day with a call of £1,200.

The same sum was achieved for a Commonwealth period silver wine taster with a maker’s mark and dated London, 1657.

Just behind this was a magnificent late Victorian diamond starburst brooch that sold to a room bidder for £1,100. This dazzling piece featured a central cold cut brilliant of approximately 0.78 carats, enclosed by eight old cuts and 12 diamond set rays. The additional diamonds totally approximately 1.6 carats with a detachable brooch setting.

There were a number of notable prices across all sections of the sale. Jewellery and watches continued to command excellent sums. An 18ct gold openfaced pocket watch with London import marks for 1907 went to a room bid of £500. The same sum secured a late Victorian turquoise and diamond cluster hinged bangle. An attractive diamond and enamel picture pendant on a chain circa 1920 went for £550.

The Oriental ceramics and works of art section enjoyed a good trade. Notable prices included £950 for four 19th Century Chinese export canted rectangular meat plates, £340 for a pair of Japanese Imari urns and covers and £300 for a large Japanese satsuma koro and cover.

An oil on canvas by Tom Moyston was the star turn in the painting section. The work, Corner of a floral garden, bore comparison in style and subject to some by the similarly named Tom Mostyn. This sold to an online bidder for £550.

Furniture continued to perform reliably. A pretty Victorian burr walnut work table achieved £340 and an Arts and Crafts dining table went for £360. A Victorian burr walnut card table made £280.

Other impressive prices in this section included £480 for a 19th Century tortoiseshell writing box with ivory line inlay and £400 for a pair of patinated Spelter figures.

On Thursday (April 23) the auctioneers will be at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, for the regular monthly general sale.

Lots may be dropped off at the venue tomorrow (Wednesday) and the sale will be on view on Thursday morning, from 9am-11am. The auction starts at 11am.

May sees two sales at the Taunton venue – the regular monthly sale on Thursday, May 7, and a new 20th Century Design sale which will take place on Friday, May 8.

Entries for both these sales are still being accepted. For more information please contact the sale room on (01823) 332525.

A set of 14 Victorian mahogany bar back dining chairs

£3.000 phone bid secures fine dining chairs

March 2015

ALL sorts of lots commanded attention at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s March monthly antiques sale.

However it was a set of 14 Victorian mahogany bar back dining chairs that had the distinction of claiming the top lot crown. These sold to a phone bidder with a call of £3,000.

This was not the only sparkling furniture price at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. A rather plain, Victorian mahogany dressing table attracted attention and sold for a far from plain £800.

More obviously appealing was an ornate late 19th Century Welsh carved oak hall seat with three Coats of Arms that sold for a commanding £380.

Other prices of note in this section included a contemporary mahogany “D” end extending dining table that went for £550 and £300 from a phone bidder secured a Chinese carved hardwood demi-lune side table.

An attractive, Libery & Co Art Nouveau oak overmantle sold for £240 and a Victorian button back upholstered armchair went to an internet bid of £260.

Paintings of all descriptions were well represented. Best price in this section was a bust portrait of an elderly lady holding a book in the manner of Tilly Kettle that made £550.

A pastoral scene by the British 19th Century artist W. McEvoy of a field of cut corn with mountains beyond went to an online bidder for £500.

An 18th/19th Century Italian School oil on canvas featuring a couple of ladies giving alms to a Franciscan with a chapel beyond made a heavenly £400.

No sale would be complete without a couple of Harry Frier offerings. This time a Lynmouth watercolour went for £280 and a lake scene for £220.

Silver continued to enjoy solid prices. A matched set of four silver candlesticks made £550 and a large silver salver by Walker and Hall, Sheffield 1936, went for £500.

A room bidder successfully secured an 18 carat gold bracelet and necklace set for £1,550. Not far behind was a Bulova, Accutron, gentleman’s 18 carat gold bracelet watch for £1,100.

The auctioneers are set for a busy few months ahead as both April and May will see double auction days.

The customary monthly auction takes place on Thursday, April 9. The landmark Spring Sporting Sale will follow on Friday, April 10. The May sale on Thursday, May 7, will be followed on Friday, May 8, by the inaugural 20th Century Design Sale.

Entries for this sale which is being conducted by Valuer Chris Marks, who has a particular interest in the period, close on Friday, April 24.

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, from 9am-1pm. There is no need to book, just turn up. There is plenty of free parking on site.

For more information please ring the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

Hardy's reel

Plenty to reel in discerning buyers

March 2015

ONE of the highlights of the antiques calendar takes place at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s flagship Taunton salerooms next month.

The eagerly anticipated Spring Sporting Sale takes centre stage at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Friday, April 10.

This dedicated biannual event has much to appeal to lovers of all things sporting from books to prints, watercolours and oil paintings.

Equestrian, saddlery and luggage will also feature along with taxidermy, hunting horns, riding crops, ceramics and decorative items.

There is still time to consign entries to this specialist sale, but suitable lots need to be with the auctioneers by Monday, March 16.

Already there is a strong section of fishing ephemera that will feature in the showcase sale including rods, accessories and fishing books.

Worth a particular mention is a Hardy Bros “PERFECT” 3.5" (9cm) fishing reel with pierced drum, ivory handle, and rod in hand trademark logo. This fine example is guided at £300-£400.

This dedicated sale is one of just two held annually devoted to the sporting arena. The Autumn Sporting Sale takes place on Friday, October 2.

Meanwhile the auctioneers will be at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, on Thursday, March 19, for the general monthly antiques sale. This starts at 11am.

If you have anything suitable for the Spring Sporting Sale please contact Saleroom Manager Stuart Triggol on (01823) 332525.

Alternatively free antiques appraisal mornings are held each Monday at the salerooms from 9am-1pm. There is no need to book and there is free parking on site.

Music box

Music box leads the way, as marbles also shine

March 2015

GREENSLADE Taylor Hunt’s first collectors’ sale of the year lived up to expectations with excellent prices across the piece.

Standout lot was a Nicole Frere “bells, drum and castanets in sight” musical box.
This late 19th Century example had caused much pre-sale interest at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

On sale day four phone line bidders wrestled for ownership of the musical box with bidding commencing at £420. The hammer finally came down at a resounding £3,800.

Medals and militaria are perennial favourites with collectors’ and last Friday’s sale (March 6) proved no exception.

There were some excellent medal groups offered in the sale. A particular highlight was a Great War and Second World War Distinguished Service Cross and Bar group of eight medals awarded to Squadron Leader – later Wing Commander Cyril Chapman.

This intrepid officer received the DSC in 1917 for completing a photographic reconnaissance mission despite adverse conditions in which he suffered severe frost-bite.

In March 1918 he gained a Bar to the DSC for further gallantry when he successfully spotted for the bombardment of Ostend and other valuable reconnaissance for the Fleet.

His medal group sold for £2,600 to a phone bidder, meanwhile a Second World War Distinguished Service Medal group of five medals went for £1,100.

A seemingly more prosaic lot in comparison was a collection of 28 late 19th and early 20th Century hand-made marbles.

However internet bidders thought differently and drove the price up to an excellent £1,700.

Postcards are another staple of any self-respecting collectors’ sale and the Greenslade Taylor Hunt offering proved no exception.

Tremendous prices were achieved for all types from topographical ones to comic offerings.

Prices of note included three different sets of Surrey postcards that each went for £650 while another two sets each notched up £600.

Items with connections to the famous also enjoyed buoyant trade. An autograph of Winston Churchill fetched £260.

A book with an intriguing link to Florence Nightingale made £320. The illustrious nurse had presented the book, The Fur Country, to a schoolboy. The background to the gift remains a mystery, but the inscription implies that the recipient had been falsely accused of some sort of wrong-doing.

Much of the allure of collectables is the history that attaches to the items.

Fans of the genre need to make a date for the next dedicated collectors’ sale on Saturday, June 6.

However the auctioneers also include collectors items in their regular monthly sales. The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, April 9, while the specialist Spring Sporting Sale takes place on Friday, April 10.

Items for the sporting sale are being accepted until Monday, March 16.

For further details on all the different sales please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

 

Taunton banknote

Local and global

March 2015

Lovers of the immediate locality will find much to tempt them in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s imminent Collectors’ Sale, on March 6. From a Taunton Bank note of 1807 (pictured above), to a postcard collection that includes a view of Venn’s butcher’s shop, on the High Street, there are numerous mementoes of the town in bygone times. A stoneware flagon from the Devon & Somerset Stores and a large enamel sign promoting Starkey, Knight & Ford Ales & Stouts, rub shoulders with a Great War pair of medals awarded to a soldier of the Somerset Light Infantry, and histories of Taunton written by Joshua Toulmin (1791) and James Savage (1822).

Then again, there are items from the other side of the globe, too. A knobkerrie, or fighting club, from South Africa, and an interesting collection of cigarette and trade cards from Australia will also be coming up for sale. The latter are among a range of early issues that rarely surface at auction. Of these the National Cigarette & Tobacco Company’s ‘National Types (Sailor Girls)’, of 1890, are likely to be particularly sought-after. Joining them are Baker’s ‘Beauties of All Nations’ (1899), and the British American Tobacco Company’s ‘Lantern Girls’ and ‘Flower Girls’ (both 1903).

Greenslade Taylor Hunt, while remaining true to its West Country roots, has been quick to embrace the opportunities presented by the global market place. All its antique and specialist sales are fully illustrated on-line, and the live internet bidding facility links the Taunton rooms with buyers as far away as America, Singapore, China, and Australia.

Near or far, whether buying or selling, with Greenslade Taylor Hunt you get the best of both worlds.

Steiff Teddy Bear

Spoilt for choice at March collectors' sale

February 2015

AS EVER discerning buyers will be spoilt for choice by the plethora of items on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s dedicated collectors’ sale on Friday, March 6.

The sale is the first of four specialist events that will take place this year at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Highlights include a range of good medal groups. Of particular note is a Great War Distinguished Service Order Military Cross group of six. Similarly the auctioneers have a Distinguished Service Cross and bar group of six medals awarded to an airman.

The DSO and DSC gallantry awards were given for heroic actions under fire. The bar signified that the recipient had behaved intrepidly on more than one occasion. These lots are each guided at £2,500.

The auctioneers are renowned for their model railway selections and this sale is no exception. A collection of O gauge models, built up since 1928 by a man from Nottinghamshire, includes an L.M.S. 'Royal Scot' locomotive and two Pullman coaches, while over 50 lots of OO gauge items have been drawn from vendors as far away as Hampshire.

Indicating the breadth of items being offered is a Nicole Freres musical box. This late 19th Century piece by the up market Geneva maker features a “bells drum and castanet in sight” movement. It is guided at £350-£450.

Surely the most endearing item in the sale is an early example of a Steiff teddy. This bear was presented to the original owner on the occasion of her birth on March 6, 1908 – a full 107 years ago to the day of the Greenslade Taylor Hunt collectors’ sale! This special bear has a guide price of £300-£400.

Viewing for this sale and the regular monthly sale on Thursday, March 5, will take place on Saturday (February 28) from 9am-1pm. Both sales will also be on view on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, from 9am-5.30pm.

For more details please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525.

Bing stationary steam engine

Florence and the machine!

February 2015

…Not the band, admittedly, but two lots coming up in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s eagerly awaited Collectors Sale, on 6th March.

The first is a childrens book, The Fur Country, which contains a touching inscription by Florence Nightingale, dated 1878. In it she notes that the young recipient ‘was quite guiltless in the affair at the Examination’, suggesting that the gift was a form of compensation following a false accusation. The element of mystery, coupled with the heartfelt sentiment from one of Britain’s most famous nurses will, no doubt, constitute part of the appeal to collectors.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt are one of the few West Country salerooms to offer a specialist knowledge of the book market, and are always pleased to provide valuation advice free of charge.

The second element in the above-mentioned title refers to a tinplate toy steam engine manufactured by the sought-after German firm of Bing (pictured here). This has survived in remarkable condition, and even retains its original box.

Also included in the sale are three Mettoy tinplate toys – a racing car, fire engine, and limousine – the treasured possessions of a 1940s childhood, alongside other ‘machines’, ranging from Edison phonographs and a desirable Nicole Freres musical box, to a National cash register.

If you’re looking for the quirky and nostalgic, this is the sale for you. For further information contact the auctioneers on 01823 332525, or browse the fully illustrated on-line catalogue.

A Mid Winter 'Nature Study' dinner service by Terence Conran

Auctioneers launch new 20th Century design sale

February 2015

LEADING auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are to stage a new sale – 20th Century Design on Friday, May 8, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

The event is the brainchild of Valuer, Chris Marks, who has a particular interest and knowledge of all aspects of the period.

There is a strong market for 20th Century items from ceramics to furniture, but currently there is no dedicated sale for this type of material in the Westcountry.

The demand for items from the period is international. At Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s most recent sale an internet bidder in Argentina secured a Louis Vuitton travelling trunk circa 1910 and had it shipped to his home in Italy.

Chris believes many people may be unaware of the value of items they may have in their home that they may not regard as antique.

“Buyers are looking for style and quality,” he said.

Many buyers prefer items from the Art Nouveau era to the 1970s and 1980s as they look more contemporary in modern homes than traditional antiques and as a result they can command high prices.

Paintings, prints, homewares, lighting and furniture from the period are all sought for this dedicated sale. Entries close on April 24.

It is hoped it will become a regular feature in the auctioneers well-regarded sales calendar at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

For more information please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

 

Great War Silk Postcard

Hurrah for the Hussars

February 2015

A scarce Great War woven silk postcard, part of an impressive private collection, is among the lots consigned for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next specialist Collectors Sale, on 6th March.

Regimental designs are always popular and this one, bearing the badge of the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, is one of the harder-to-find examples. The Somerset Light Infantry, Devonshire Regiment, Gloucestershire Regiment, and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers are among the many others represented in a lot that carries a pre-sale estimate of £120-150.

Entries for the sale have now closed, to enable completion of the catalogue, but further posts featuring some of the varied highlights will appear here over the coming days.

If you are considering selling any collectables, from single items to complete collections, contact Peter Rixon on 01823 332525, for confidential expert advice, without charge or obligation.

Rare Salor Bag Face Rug

Fantastic prices at February antiques sale

February 2015

AUCTIONEER Derek Biss promised a great variety of items with something for everyone before he launched into proceedings at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February sale and the auction certainly delivered.

The prediction proved spot on as items across the board attracted strong bidding from eager buyers online, on the phones and in person at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Mr Biss was the first of three auctioneers who were kept busy as would-be buyers vied for the many desirable lots.

Top of the pile was a rare Salor Bag Face rug which saw concerted internet and room bidding drive the price ever higher. The hammer finally came down at £6,200 to a room bidder.

A tiny oil on board painting, measuring a mere 17cm by 13.5cm, by Benjamin William Leader went for an immense £3,800. This attractive painting entitled The Garden Door was secured by an internet bidder.

All sections of the sale, which numbered nearly 600 lots, had their star attractions. A canteen of silver kings pattern flatware sold for an excellent £2,200 while a good Victorian matched silver gilt fruit set went for £400 in a comprehensive silver section.

The selling rate throughout the sale was excellent with few items failing to find a buyer.

Highlights included £1,000 for a smart 18ct gold half hunter pocket watch, while an 18ct gold watch chain made £1,100.

Continuing the watch theme an Omega gentleman’s 9ct gold wristwatch saw solid internet and room interest before being clinched by a room bidder with a decisive £650 bid. The same sum secured an 18ct gold open-faced pocketwatch.

Prior to the sale there had been much interest in a specially designed Louis Vuitton leather-bound travelling library trunk.

This delightful piece, designed to carry Encyclopaedia Britannicas, set the internet abuzz. It sold for a mighty £1,800.


Furniture also enjoyed some stellar prices. Of particular note was a Victorian burr walnut side cabinet which sold for £1,100, while a Victorian inlaid burr walnut card table with maker’s stamp F.A. Gilham, Manufacturer, Canterbury, went for £800. A set of eight rush seat dining chairs sold for £700.

Items are now being accepted for next month’s sale on Thursday, March 5, and the first of the quarterly collectors’ sales which follows on Friday, March 6.

The market is particularly buoyant at the moment so if you have anything suitable to consign now is the time to contact the auctioneers.

Call in for a free valuation on Monday mornings between 9am and 1pm or ring the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

John Kelly

Specialist appointment adds to firm's expertise

January 2015

ANTIQUE experts Greenslade Taylor Hunt have strengthened their team with the appointment of John Kelly as a consultant.

Mr Kelly, who has a vast experience of the antiques business, has a particular interest in jewellery, silver and watches.

He will be at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Mondays to provide advice and information on his specialisms.

Saleroom manager, Stuart Triggol, welcomed his appointment, saying: “We are delighted to welcome John. His appointment will enhance our existing team of skilled professionals.”

In addition Mr Kelly will attend advisory sessions at branch offices as part of the antiques department’s efforts to make it easier for people seeking valuations closer to home.

On Monday, February 9, he will visit the Bridgwater residential office, 31-33 High Street, between 2pm and 4pm to offer his expertise.

He will also be at the Wells office at 74 High Street between 10am and 12 on Wednesday, February 25, between 10am and 12 noon.

On Thursday, February 26, he will offer advice at the Sherborne office at 3 Cheap Street from 10am-12noon and from 2pm-4pm will visit the Yeovil office at 22 Princes Street.

He is particularly interested in Arts and Crafts silver jewellery. Previously he curated two major exhibitions dedicated to the silversmiths George Hunt and Helen Holmes.

Helen Holmes not only produced jewellery and silver, but copper work, miniatures, paintings and leather work. She was also landlady to the poet John Betjeman who stayed with her during the Second World War, whilst working in Bath.

Mr Kelly is an enthusiast and enjoys the excitement of an antiques find. At one valuation morning he identified a Newlyn silver and enamel pendant amongst a tangle of jewellery in a box. It went on to sell at Greenslade Taylor Hunt for £320.

“The quirky and odd are always good fun,” he said.

Mr Kelly is interested in the craftsmen behind the designs as much as the jewellery, watches and silverware.

If you would like John to assess an item of jewellery, silver or a watch please come along to The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Mondays between 9am and 1pm.

For more details please call (01823) 332525.

Tiffany ring sold for £800

First sale of the year starts with a flourish

January 2015

PLENTY of people gathered for the first antiques auction of the year at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom on January 8.

As well as many new faces at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, there was a good deal of interest on line and on pre-booked phone lines.

Bidders were treated to a great catalogue of varied entries to kick off the New Year.

There was no Christmas hangover as a work by the appropriately named John Egerton Christmas Piper achieved the top spot of the day with a bid of £900 for a limited edition lithograph of Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk.

An eclectic selection of prints, watercolours and oils attracted buyers. Of particular note was a late 18th Century Continental School portrait of a woman in a state of undress. This striking picture had graced the front of the auction catalogue and sold for £400 to an internet bidder.

The sale was also an opportunity for more unusual offerings to shine – six gilt twin branch wall lights of neo-classical design fetched an illuminating £600.

More predictably a nine stone diamond half hoop ring by the iconic Tiffany & Co made £800.

While a printing error resulted in a pricey pound note. A 1970s note had been printed without a serial number and this sold £50 at the auction.

In the ceramic section there was plenty of demand for Staffordshire flatbacks – a pair of 19th Century figures depicting Victor Emmanuel and Garibaldi sold for £260, while a group of six figures from the same era made £280. A Moorcroft pomegranate pattern vase went for a tasty £220.

A comprehensive silver section featured a silver salver dated 1894 which sold for £300. Just behind this was a four piece silver tea service made in Birmingham in 1926 which achieved £320.

Furniture rounded off the day with a flourish. A Victorian walnut shaped oval occasional table looked like it was destined for an internet buyer as online bidders shut out the opposition for a time. However a patient phone bidder emerged victorious with a call of £550.

Other prices of interest in this section included a set of eight Victorian mahogany bar back dining chairs which sold for £400; an early 19th Century style bureau bookcase for £380 and an early dark oak coffer for £300.

A beautiful Liberty & Co Tudric Pewter Art Nouveau vase sold for £260.

Preparations now begin for next month’s sale on Thursday, February 5.

In addition the auctioneers will be visiting Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, on Saturday, January 24, between 10am-12noon to provide free verbal valuations and advice. They will also be accepting entries into forthcoming monthly sales and the specialist biannual sporting and dedicated quarterly collectors’ sales.

Free valuation sessions are held every Monday from 9am-1pm at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. For further information please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Port label

Silver "smalls" will be among sale highlights

December 2014

THE silver market includes items referred to as “smalls”. These are items, as the name suggests, which are small collectables such as Vesta cases, sewing instruments, and wine labels. It is within the latter category Greenslade Taylor Hunt are pleased to highlight two offerings at next Thursday’s monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on January 8.

The first is a rather ordinary looking Port label circa 1770 by Margaret Binley. She is presumed to be the widow of Richard Binley, who like Margaret specialised in the making of wine labels or “tickets”as some prefer to call them.

Richard had served his time as an apprentice to a silversmith who worked exclusively in wine labels – the ironically named Sandyland Drinkwater. Upon Richard’s death it is assumed Margaret took over the business. Her label has a pre-sale estimate of £100-£150.

Margaret’s labels have proved popular with collectors and much interest is expected at next Thursday’s sale (January 8) which starts at 10am.

Another female silversmith of the late 18th Century that attracts bidders is Hester Bateman. However Bateman collectors are happy to chase hard items by her offspring and descendants too. Alongside the Binley ticket at the Greenslade Taylor Hunt auction is a fine mountain label - mountain was a sweet dessert wine that by 1790 had been usurped by sherry.

The label with a fleur de lys surmount made by and Peter and Ann Bateman 1791 is guided at £150-£200. Peter was Hester’s son who went into partnership with his brother John. Alas this was to last only six months as John died. Their short-lived mark is keenly sought and fought for by collectors. But as in the Binley situation John’s widow stepped in and the Peter/Ann partnership was formed.


Picture captions:

Port label with a pre-sale estimate of £100-£150.

Mountain label which is guided at £150-£200.

 

Book sells for £31,500

Book is best seller at dramatic final sale

December 2014


A BOOK, which had languished in a garden summerhouse, sold for £31,500 at the last sale of the year at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom on Friday. (December 5)

The frayed volume had lain forgotten among a bunch of mouldy children’s annuals when it was spotted by Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s valuer Peter Rixon on a routine valuation.

Peter said: “It would have been easy to overlook or dismiss this, but by adopting a more thorough approach in both our initial appraisals and our subsequent marketing activities we give every item that we see the opportunity to shine.”

The copy of Thomas Malthus’ Essay On The Principle Of Population written in 1798 would not win any beauty contest, but it’s rarity proved compelling.

Malthus was at the forefront of the study of demography and was as influential – and controversial in his field as Adam Smith was in the realm of economics.

Two phone bidders, internet interest and a room bidder were all keen to possess the book.

Bidding started confidently, but soon the internet was run out of the race as the room bidder and a phone line from Germany fought for ownership.

A tense silence descended over The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, - broken only by the ever-escalating bids. Finally the definitive call of £31,500 from the room bidder clinched the deal.

It was a spectacular climax to a great year for auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt. The sale brought the curtain down on the final of four successful specialist collectors’ sales held throughout the year.

The next collectors’ sale will take place on Friday, March 6, 2015, while the first monthly sale is on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm. It might be worth checking your attic or shed for unexpected treasures.

To arrange a free, home visit please call the sale room on (01823) 332525.

GWR scale engineered model of locomotive

Ultimate gift for train fans

November 2014


THE star lot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist collectors’ sale on Friday, December 5, could well be a Great Western Railway 7 and ¼ gauge 0-4-2 tank locomotive.

The scale engineered model has a pre-sale estimate of £2,000-£2,500 and would no doubt delight many a lad waking up to find it in his stocking on Christmas morning.

This and the other lots in the sale will be on view at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Saturday (November 29) and are now on line at www.gth.net

There is an interesting and comprehensive range of books in a specialist section including a number of botanical volumes consigned from a private collection. Many of these include appealing, coloured plate illustrations.

Scott’s Last Expedition chronicling the explorer’s ill-fated final trek to the South Pole is also included in the sale. The book published in 1913, a year after Scott’s death, includes illustrations based on Herbert Ponting’s iconic photographs of the mission. This first edition has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

A limited edition copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales illustrated and signed by Edmund Dulac is also included. This is guided at £150-£200.

A copy of Malthus’ Essay On The Principle Of Population written in 1798 is one of the most interesting lots in the sale. He was at the forefront of the study of demography and was as influential – and controversial in his field as Adam Smith was in the realm of economics. The book is estimated at £500-£600.

More modestly guided is Barber’s Picturesque Illustrations Of The Isle Of Wight. This attractive edition from the mid 19th Century includes steel engraved plates. It has a pre-sale estimate of £60-£80.

As well as the collectors’ sale the auctioneers are preparing for the regular monthly sale at the same venue on Thursday, December 4.

Both sales will be on view this Saturday, November 29, from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, December 2, and Wednesday, December 3, from 9am-5.30pm on both days.

Dates for next year’s sales are being finalised and sale goers will be able to pick up a 2015 calendar shortly.

For further details please contact the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Churchill Toby Jug

Churchill memorabilia at collectors' sale

November 2014

A VAST collection of Churchill memorabilia will be among the attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming collectors’ sale on Friday, December 4.

The specialist sale is the fourth in a series of stand-alone events devoted to all things collectable at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Built up over a lifetime the Churchill collection includes some limited edition ceramic and glass pieces.

A Paragon bone china cigar casket, produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the great statesman’s birth in 1974, will be among items going under the hammer. This limited edition piece has a pre-sale guide of £250-£300.

A porcelain figure by Michael Sutty of Churchill as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Hussars is guided at £100-£150.

There is also a wide selection of Churchill books on offer including a first edition of Malakand Field Force. This was the first non-fiction book written by Churchill and gives an insight into that conflict and how it shaped his views in future campaigns.

In addition there are a number of autographed Churchill items notably a signed letter from 1908 which has a pre-sale estimate of £400-£500.

There are many ceramic figures of Churchill depicting him in “pugnacious
Bull dog” mode including a Burleigh ware John Bull Churchill Toby jug. A quote is embossed on the base: “We shall defend every village, every town and every city.” This has a guide of £200-£250.

A good collection of childhood toys is also included in the sale. Amongst the highlights is a range of Matchbox models that were consigned to the sale after the vendor attended a valuation day at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Bridgwater residential office. A Matchbox military vehicle set in its original box has a pre-sale estimate of £100-£120.

The usual selection of postcards, railwayana, militaria and other collectables will also go under the hammer.

A Queen’s South Africa medal awarded to Private Davis of the Fifth Lancers will be among the auction lots. He was discharged from military service in 1901, but instead of embracing Civvy Street he joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Fascinating documents to be sold with the medal show that he appeared in the show as a horseman during 1902 and 1903. This and the medal are estimated at £100-£150.


Entries for this sale are now closed, but the auctioneers are accepting items for the next collectors’ event which will take place in spring 2015.

The customary monthly antiques sale takes place on Thursday, December 4. For further information about the sales please ring (01823) 332525.

In addition a free antiques valuation session will take place at the Bridgwater residential office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater, on Monday, December 8.

Stuart Triggol, saleroom manager, will host the event, which will run between 2pm and 4pm. He will be available to assess all types of antiques plus specialist sporting items.

 

 

Three stone Tiffany & Co diamond ring £1,750

Fantastic furniture prices at sale

November 2014

Stylish furniture of all eras proved popular with buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Saturday. (November 8)

Top price belonged to a Chinese rosewood altar table. This sold for £2,600.

A late Regency walnut sofa table, which graced the front of the sales catalogue, also achieved an excellent price. It went for £1,700.

Other notable prices in the furniture section included a George III mahogany rectangular serving table which sold for £900 and an early 18th Century walnut chest on stand that achieved £800.

An Arts and Crafts oak hall stand fetched £350, while a Victorian upholstered armchair achieved a similar sum.

The irresistible allure of Tiffany & Co saw a three stone diamond ring bewitch in the jewellery section and sell for £1,750 – the top price amongst the jewellery.

A Rolex Precision watch went for £650, while an unusual novelty timepiece in the form of a Victorian bangle made £400.

The same bid was enough to secure a 9ct gold movado purse watch from the 1920s and £650 proved the successful bid for an 18ct gold open faced pocket watch from 1852.

In the painting section an early 19th Century British School oil painting of a river gorge sold for £900.

A late 19th Century Chinese Yixing teapot caused a stir as bids climbed and the gavel came down at a satisfying £850.

An attractive 19th Century Chinese charger depicting peacocks and songbirds went for £450.

In the silver section the leading price belonged to a table service of matched silver Hanovarian rat-tail flatware which went for £600.

There was an excellent range of ceramics and glass. Prices of note included £550 for a 19th Century French cabaret tea service which sold for £550 and £450 for an extensive Wedgwood “Osborne” pattern dinner service.

The next sale is set for Thursday, December 4. It will be followed on Friday, December 5, by the final quarterly collectors’ sale of the year.

Items for both sales are now being accepted. Please contact the sale room on (01823) 332525 for full details.

Tiffany Diamond Ring

All set for successful sale

November 2014

Viewing gets underway for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s eagerly anticipated monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Saturday. (November 8).


More than 600 lots will go under the hammer including a classy and varied selection of diamond set and other jewellery.

 

Why bother with the hassle of overheated shopping malls when you could pick up a unique piece of jewellery to delight even the hardest to please gift recipient at Saturday’s sale?

 

Fine examples from Tiffany & Co lead the charge. A three stone diamond ring, guided at £1500-£1800, would be top of any woman’s Christmas list, while a similarly appealing diamond half hoop ring also by Tiffany & Co is guided at £1,000-£1,400.

 

Gentlemen are not neglected either. An Omega Seamaster Professional circa 2002 would be the perfect gift for that difficult to buy for chap. This has a guide price of £1,000-£1,400.

 

A nine carat gold Movado purse watch is also featured along with an 18ct gold open faced pocket watch by Rossiter, Bridgwater, which has a pre-sale estimate of £400-£500.

 

The silver section looks strong again with an Art Deco four-piece tea service one of the highlights. This has a guide of £350-£450. Also featured will be a table service of matched Hanovarian rat tail flatware that is guided at £400-£500.

 

Ceramics are well represented. There is a range of collectable Moorcroft pieces and a selection of birds by Karl Ens – another favourite with collectors.

 

The artwork of Harry Frier is always prized in the saleroom. This time two of his works will be on offer. One watercolour features a thatched cottage at Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton. The other, a monochrome pen and wash, is signed and dated 1894 and portrays a girl feeding a pig at Bathpool, near Taunton.

 

The sale is on view today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) from 9am-5pm. The sale commences at 10am on Saturday with the jewellery section. It will also be on view on Saturday prior to the sale from 8.30am.

Russell Flint reclining nude

Private collection among sale highlights

October 2014

AN EXTENSIVE range of works by well regarded watercolourist Sir William Russell Flint will be among the attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s November antiques auction.

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Chinese porcelain

Auction features "sunken treasure"

October 2014

A CACHE of Chinese porcelain from the 1800s will be included in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next monthly sale on Saturday, November 8.

The haul from the Tek Sing or True Star was first discovered on the seabed, off Jakarta in 1999, nearly 200 years after the doomed vessel sank.

The three masted Chinese ocean going junk had set off from Amoy, now Xiamen in China, bound for Batavia in the East Indies with 1600 immigrants on board plus the porcelain.

The captain took an uncharted route across the Gaspar Strait on February 6,1822, and the ship sank with the loss of all souls.

The ship remained lost until 1999 when a salvage vessel came across the wreck after a painstaking search.

Now a selection of the porcelain will go under the hammer at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. Divided into a series of lots the china offers a special slice of Chinese history.

In addition there is a good selection of furniture in the sale including an early 18th century feather banded chest on stand, an early 18th century bureau bookcase and a late Regency sofa table. All three pieces are made of walnut.

A fine selection of jewellery and silver will also be offered along with a number of paintings.

If you have items you would like to consign to the sale please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

In a break with tradition the sale will take place on Saturday rather than the customary first Thursday of the month.

The sale will be on view on Saturday, November 1, 9am-12.30pm, and on Thursday, November 6, and Friday, November 7, 9am-5pm. The sale will commence at 10am.

Weekly valuation mornings are held at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Mondays, 9am-1pm.

In addition sessions are also taking place on a monthly basis at the Bridgwater residential office of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 31-33 High Street, Bridgwater.

Auctioneer and valuer Peter Rixon will host the first session, which will take place on Monday, November 10, from 2pm-4pm.


He is the author of the well-regarded Miller’s guide to Collecting Die cast Vehicles – an informed and in-depth publication which is the “go to” book for a wide range of collectors.

The specialist valuation afternoon in Bridgwater will focus on toys and collectables as well as general antiques.

Another session will take place at the Bridgwater office on Monday, December 8, when sporting goods and general antiques will be appraised.

For further information please contact the auctioneers on (01823) 332525.

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CHINESE porcelain salvaged from an ocean going junk which sank off Jakarta in 1822.

A CLARICE Cliff “Fragrance” pattern bowl which will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt on Saturday, November 8.

 

Harry Frier Watercolour

Picture perfect at Greenslade Taylor Hunt

October 2014

There was plenty to delight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, October 2.

 

All styles of pictures proved popular with buyers at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and commanded good prices.

 

Of particular note was a pencil and watercolour by Octavius Oakley entitled Out of School which achieved £1,300.

 

A phone bidder secured a bucolic scene by William Henry Mander of an old bridge near Bettws-y-Coed for £1,000.

 

Another Welsh inspired picture – a limited edition screen print of Caernarvon Castle-by John Piper also scored highly making £950.

 

An on line bid of £600 was successful for a watercolour of Lavey, Switzerland, by British artist Samuel Prout.

 

Top spot belonged to a dazzling diamond single stone ring. This appealing gem, weighing around 1.96cts went for a suitably stratospheric £3,500.

 

Jewellery of all descriptions and price points proved irresistible to buyers in the room, on line and on the telephone. A smart pair of garnet drop ear rings were claimed by a phone bidder with £420, while a room bid of £600 took an 18ct gold bracelet with diamond cut decoration. Another 18ct gold bracelet saw bids climb to £850.

 

Also in the jewellery section an attractive Continental, black enamel chatelaine watch went for £420 – again to a room bid. A late Victorian diamond and pearl flower head brooch made £380.

 

A collection of Waterford Crystal glasses went for a sparkling £600, while a Chinese blue and white porcelain bowl went for £350 despite a chip to the rim.

 

A Victorian wall clock in an inlaid walnut case fetched £420.

 

A trio of Lladro Christmas themed figures including a Christmas tree and Father Christmas went for a festive £220.

 

The firm will be holding the second of a series of monthly sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton, on Thursday, October 23.

 

The sale starts at 11am and will include antiques, modern furniture and effects, plus house clearances.

 

Goods will be accepted the day prior, 9am-4pm. Please call 01823 332525 for further information.

Hardy Bros Reel

Spectacular price for coachman’s collection

October 2014

A unique piece of sporting memorabilia took top spot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist Autumn Sporting Sale.

 

A coachman’s outfit and accessories commanded the premier price of the day and was purchased by a private collector for £7,000.

 

The scarlet tailcoat and accessories belonged to Henry Love, the last coachman on the Lord Mayor’s Coach as a guard. He also appeared at many of the international horse shows before his retirement in the 1950s.

 

Buyers from across the country were attracted to the dedicated biannual sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, with bidders in person, on the phone and on line to tussle for the 600 lots offered.

 

There was a comprehensive picture section to appeal to all tastes and pockets. A colour print after “Snaffles” of a pair of heavy horses ploughing entitled “Enjoyin yerselves, aren’t yer?” was secured by a room bidder for £1,200. Another room bid secured a colour print after Gilbert Holiday of a communication trench for £700.

 

A magnificent range of bronzes were offered in the sale and sold for suitably hefty prices. A dynamic Belinda Sillars bronze group of a greyhound coursing a hare sold for £500. This beautiful piece was number two of a limited run of just six. Another racing greyhound went for £400.

 

There was an extensive range of taxidermy featuring all types of animals from foxes to a lobster. An imposing griffin vulture took top spot with a hammer price of £750, while the lobster went for £160. A pangolin – a scaly anteater- fetched £420.

 

A Hardy Bros Angler’s Guide from 1913 with a quantity of catalogues and ephemera fetched £550.

 

In the reels section a Hardy Bros”The Perfect” 3 ½ inch fishing reel in its original box, but in used condition mad £380, while another Hardy reel – “The St George” in a similar condition fetched £200.

 

Just behind this was a Hardy Bros”The St John” 3 7/8 reel which went for £190. Two sets of fishing accessories also achieved good prices of £120and £100 respectively.

 

A ladies hunting whip with horn grip went for £110, while a gent’s one went for £130. A couple of hunting horns each achieved £110.

 

An Army and Navy leather hunting canteen containing sandwich case and glass flask made £110, while one by Swaine and Adeney fetched £100.

 

Preparations are already in hand for the Spring Sporting Sale, which will be held in the Spring of 2015.

 

The next event at The Octagon Salerooms will be the November monthly sale. This will take place on Saturday, November 8, from 10am.

 

Entries are currently being accepted for the sale. Please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525 for further details.

Cecil Aldin - The Glad Eye

Unique finds at specialist sporting event

September 2014

More than 600 lots are lined up for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s much anticipated Autumn West Country Sporting Sale that takes place on Friday, October 3, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol, said: “The stand-alone sale is a major fixture in the auctioneers’ calendar and has drawn entries from as far afield as Oxfordshire, Wales and Scotland. Buyers and vendors alike are attracted by the specialist nature of the event dedicated to all things sporting.”

Among the highlights is a spectacular bronze group of a Peregrine Falcon with outstretched wings by sculptor James Alder (1920-2007)

A well regarded artist and sculptor he painted the Queen and Queen Mother. He was also a consultant sculptor with Royal Worcester. His dramatic Peregrine Falcon on a green marble base carries a pre-sale estimate of £600-£800.

A unique piece of history will also go under the hammer - a striking coachman’s outfit and accessories that belonged to Harry Love, the last coachman on the Lord Mayor of London’s coach as a guard.

Before his retirement in the 1950s Harry appeared at many international horse shows. The lot includes a scarlet tail coat, initialed O.T. a check waistcoat, a coaching horn, copper and plated by Kolher & Son, 116 Victoria Street, Westminster with engraved plaque in a leather fitted case. Also included is a scrapbook containing photographs, newspaper cuttings and ephemera relating to Harry Love. Together with a leather money pouch with inset time piece, the brass plaque engraved “Old Times H. Love” with a carriage door key and related coaching works, pictures and more ephemera. This unique set has a pre-sale guide of £800-£1,000.

A tennis racquet signed by Rafael Nadal during the Wimbledon Championships of 2013 plus associated paperwork will also feature in the sale. It is guided at £100-£150.

A large and varied selection of taxidermy is certain to appeal to the enthusiastic collector. Examples include the exotic – an Eland head –the world’s largest and slowest antelope - to birds of prey, fox masks and stag heads.

There is a comprehensive range of sections encompassing sporting books to pictures, fishing items, silver and ceramics including a good selection of Beswick figures.

Viewing takes place on Saturday, September 27, from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1, from 9am-5pm.

The sale will also be on view on Friday, October 3, from 8.30am. The sale gets underway at 10am.

The Spring Sporting Sale will take place in early April 2015.

For more information please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.

Elizabeth David Cook Book

Collectors’ sale wins stamp of approval

September 2014

Sensational prices and an impressive selling rate of 92 per cent confirmed the latest Greenslade Taylor Hunt dedicated Collectors’ Sale as the most successful of the year so far.

 

Demand was keen across the board for all conceivable types of collectables at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

 

Top spot belonged to a collection of stamps. These were split into multiple lots to maximise their potential and the strategy certainly paid off. They achieved £4,750.

 

There was a significant section of World War I items and these proved popular with bidders who had travelled from as far away as the Midlands and South Wales to attend the sale.

 

An excellent selection of crested china from the Great War was a particular draw. This was much in demand at the time and was used to boost morale on the Home Front. Its popularity endures and the large collection sold for just under £3,000.

 

Made in Staffordshire the pottery would encompass everything from battleships to artillery shells and would be adorned with a colourful crest – all designed to raise morale. In the sale an example of a munitions worker went for £200.

 

Military medals were also much sought after. A Great War group of five medals presented to Private W.A. Yeandle of the West Somerset Yeomanry – later the Somerset Light Infantry - made £900. A similar set of five medals from the First World I presented to a Company Sergeant Major with the South Staffordshire Regiment went for £800.

 

The market for magic lantern slides again proved buoyant with a collection making a total of £3,100.

 

Books commanded high prices too. An early edition of Pride And Prejudice sold for £600, while a copy of cookery trailblazer Elizabeth David’s French Country Cooking sold for a tasty £550. This sported a rare “better than Mrs Beeton” wrap around paper banner adding to its appeal.

 

Despite his slightly careworn appearance Ooloo the cat, a rare Chad Valley small soft toy punched above his weight and sold for a mighty £380. Dated from around 1930 the cat was designed by G.E. Studdy who was also responsible for the more familiar Bonzo the dog.

 

Model trains were well represented in the sale. A boxed Wrenn Railways Great Western Railway standard class tank locomotive achieved £220.

 

The next collectors’ sale takes place on Friday, December 5. Please contact Peter Rixon at the saleroom on (01823) 332525 if you have something suitable to consign.

Belinda Sillars Bronze

Wildlife bronze takes centre stage at Autumn Sporting Sale

August 2014

An exquisite bronze by renowned equestrian and wildlife sculptor Belinda Sillars is certain to be one of the star attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s well-regarded Autumn Sporting Sale.

 

Belinda Sillars is considered one of the leading equestrian and wildlife bronze sculptors worldwide and her work is highly collectable.

 

A rare bronze group of a greyhound coursing a hare – the second of only six castings produced by the sculptor - will feature in the autumn sale on Friday, October 3, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. It has a pre-sale estimate of £500-£600.

 

As well as bronzes there is a good range of taxidermy including fox masks, stags’ heads, hare masks and a tiger skin rug.

 

There is also a good assortment of Beswick horses and other animal figures as well as sporting books, prints, watercolours and oil paintings.

 

Entries are being accepted for this sale until Monday, September 8. Please contact Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol if you have something suitable to consign.

 

Meanwhile the auctioneers are gearing up for a busy time with two sales scheduled for next week. The customary monthly sale takes place on Thursday, September 4, while the third of the quarterly collectors’ sales occurs on Saturday, September 6. Both events start at 10am.

 

The sales will be on view this Saturday (August 30) from 9am-12.30pm and again on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2, and 3, from 9am-5pm.

 

In addition a new set of monthly general sales will take place at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton. The first one kicks off on Tuesday, September 23.

Derek Biss, Chairman

New venue for general monthly sales

August 2014

Respected auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt are re-introducing their popular general monthly sales at a new venue from next month.

 

High end antiques and collectable auctions are a regular fixture at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and the events are always extremely successful.

 

However there is a gap in the market for more run of the mill items – good value furniture and effects. To this end Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be running monthly general sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, beside the motorway at North Petherton. The modern venue is easy to access and there is plenty of parking on site.

 

Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Derek Biss, said: “GTH are very excited at the prospect of establishing regular monthly sales at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, resurrecting the history of sales that regularly took place at the Old Taunton Market.”

 

Auctioneer and valuer Peter Rixon said: “We are delighted to be able to offer a broader service for buyers and sellers, and will be building the new sales around the principles of choice and affordability.”

 

Items of antique and modern furniture plus effects will all go under the hammer. Goods will be accepted the day prior to auction, from 9am-4pm, and the sales will take place from 11am.

 

The first sale takes place on Tuesday, September 23, and others will follow on Thursday, October 23, and Thursday, November 20.

 

Entries are now being invited. Please contact the auctioneers on (01278) 410250 or (01823) 332525 for further information.

Oak Settle

Don’t settle for less!

August 2014

A distinctive early 20th Century oak settle tied for top spot at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale in Taunton last week.

 

In the Art Nouveau style the piece was inlaid with tulips and featured panels of figures in Dutch costume and with windmills in landscape settings. Bidding culminated in a claim of £1,100.

 

A beautiful three stone diamond ring, which featured on the front of the auction catalogue achieved a similar starry £1,100.

 

The smart ring was secured by a room bidder with a call of £1,100 at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday. (August 7)

 

Also in the jewellery section a 9ct gold bracelet with charms attached plus another bracelet with four charms went for £500, while an 18ct gold open-faced pocket watch that had generated a lot of pre-sale interest went for £380.

 

An atmospheric rendering of a Cornish sunset – Longrock beach towards Penzance by Michael J. Strang went for £600, while an appealing 19th century oil portrait of a young lady with a spaniel made £300.

 

A silver cigarette case presented to Jazz great Louis Armstrong went for £350, while a Victorian silver mug went for £320.

 

The monthly sale featured a particularly eclectic mix of lots. In the silver section an early 17th century metal bodkin was secured by an on line bidder for £220, while a pair of lurid pink Victorian glass vases set the internet abuzz and went for £200.

 

In the Oriental section a Chinese blue and white charger went for £450 and three Japanese bronze bells made £210.

 

A selection of books with an agricultural theme – Coates’s herd book containing the pedigrees of improved short-horned cows and their produce 1847-84 went for an impressive £350.

 

A cased set of commemorative ingots to mark the centenary of Winston Churchill’s birth made £300.

 

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, September 4, while a specialist collectors’ sale takes place on Saturday, September 6. This sale will feature a special section of World War I memorabilia. For further details please contact Peter Rixon at The Octagon Salerooms, on (01823) 332525.

Cigarette Case

Jazz great’s memento at monthly sale

August 2014

A silver cigarette case given to Jazz giant Louis Armstrong is among items going under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antique sale on Thursday, August 7.

 

The case by renowned makers Garrad is inscribed “Louis With Our Thanks” and was presented to ‘Satchmo’ by vocal contractor Leslie Morris and musical director Julian Bratolyubov. It is expected to fetch between £200-£300.

 

Another attractive silver object is a Victorian christening mug. This features a boy beside a boating lake. It was made by Riley and Storer, London, 1851, to mark the Great Exhibition of that year and includes an engraving of the Crystal Palace, which was constructed to house the event. It has a pre-sale guide of £200-£300.

 

The monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, also sees the usual selection of Georgian and Victorian furniture, including dining tables, sets of chairs, sideboards and chests of drawers. There are also a couple of pine dressers, one thought to be of Irish origin. Both have plate racks over.

 

Of interest to collectors is a charming Georgian burr yew wood tea caddy. This attractive piece has a guide of £150-£180.

 

A large 19th century portrait of a young lady with a spaniel is one of the appealing entries among the mix of oils, watercolours and prints on offer.

 

A delightful representation of the mouth of the River Dart and Dartmouth Castle by the artist Ernest Knight is another winning entry.

 

Carriage clocks, including two repeating examples will also be included along with a selection of ever-popular Moorcroft pottery.

 

In addition there is a selection of carpets and rugs.

 

The sale is on view on Saturday, August 2 from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, August 5, and Wednesday, August 6, from 9am-5pm. The sale takes place from 10am on Thursday, August 7.

 

Catalogues will be available on line and direct from The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

 

Bidders can opt to bid in person, online or by phone. All bidders must be registered prior to the sale.

 

For more information please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525.

 

PIC CAPS:

 

SILVER cigarette case presented to Jazz great Louis Armstrong.

 

SILVER christening mug.

 

NINETEENTH century portrait of a young lady with a spaniel.

 

THE mouth of the River Dart and Dartmouth Castle by Ernest Knight.

 

GEORGIAN burr yew wood tea caddy.

Silver hunting horn (detail)

Countdown to eagerly anticipated West Country Sporting Sale

July 2014

Connoisseurs from around the country are expected to converge on Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton saleroom for the biannual West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, October 3.

The well-established and well-regarded sale is considered a “must attend” fixture for those interested in all things sporting.

The specialist event will feature a vast array of lots encompassing a diverse selection of field sports, team sports and sporting art.

Fliers detailing the comprehensive selection of items that will be offered at this preeminent showcase of country pursuits are now available from The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Entries for the sale are being accepted until Monday, September 8. The auctioneers are particularly keen to hear from vendors with fishing rods, reels and accessories.

Potential vendors are encouraged to bring along suitable items to the free Monday valuation mornings held at the saleroom from 9am each week. Sessions are held without obligation and there is plenty of free parking on site.

In addition home visits can be organised for larger collectors. Please contact Stuart Triggol, Saleroom Manager, to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Highlights from the last sporting sale, which took place in April, included a charming portrait of an appealing West Highland Terrier. “Pricie” lived up to his name and made a creditable £450. A similar sum was achieved for a Victorian silver presentation hunting horn.

Taxidermy continues to prove popular with collectors and an extensive selection will be on offer at the October sale.

Works by principal artists will include hunting and sporting prints by Lionel Edwards, Cecil Aldin and Snaffles. Watercolours and oils will also be available.

October’s sale will get underway at 10am on October 3. It will be on view on Saturday, September 27, from 9am-12.30pm, and Tuesday, September 30, and Wednesday, October 1, from 9am-5pm. Viewing will also take place from 8.30am on the morning of the sale.

For further details on the West Country Sporting Sale contact the Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol on 01823 332525.

Carlton Crested China

Supreme sacrifice of First World generation

July 2014

A pair of First World War memorial plaques will be among poignant reminders of that terrible conflict which will feature in a specialist collectors’ sale in Taunton this autumn.

The memorials – or death pennies – as they came to be known were issued to the next of kin of all British servicemen and women who were killed as a result of the Great War. It is estimated that around 450 tonnes of bronze was used in the production of all the plaques.

Two examples issued to relatives of men who served with the Somerset Light Infantry will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Saturday, September 6, in a special section devoted to World War I memorabilia.

One, in its original folding cardboard case, was in memory of Private Howard Champion, of the 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry. He was just 19 when he was killed on June 9, 1916. He is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery in Belgium. The cemetery contains 1,175 Commonwealth graves from the First World War.

Private Champion was the son of Henry and Margaret Champion who lived at Stoke St Gregory, near Taunton. He is remembered with 21 other fallen from the village on a memorial in St Gregory’s Church, Stoke St Gregory.

Other items of interest in this section are postcards and magic lantern slides. The unusual slides feature scenes of a group of Italians on the Western Front.

There is also an excellent selection of First World War crested china. This was popular at the time and was used to boost morale on the Home Front.

Made in Staffordshire the pottery would encompass everything from battleships to artillery shells and would be adorned with a regimental crest – all designed to raise morale. Some would seem a little “questionable” to modern tastes – a steamroller running over the Kaiser for instance. More palatable is a figure of a female munitions worker supporting the war effort. Prices will start at around £40 per lot.

Entries are being accepted for the sale. Please contact Peter Rixon at the saleroom on 01823 332525 if you have something suitable.

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday from 9am at the saleroom. There is plenty of free parking on site.

Pink diamond cluster ear studs

Plenty to delight at sale

July 2014

Antiques of all varieties proved irresistible to buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s July monthly sale.

The jewellery and picture sections both attracted strong prices across a range of items at the auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday (July 3).

Sharing top spot of the day were a pair of vast Cellini style bronze ewers, which sold for £3,000, and a cushion cut 1.5 ct diamond solitaire ring.

Not far behind were a fabulous pair of coloured diamond cluster ear studs which went for £2,500 to an internet bidder. The startling pair featured a central modified brilliant cut fancy pink purple diamond within two brilliant cut borders.

Another excellent ring – an 18ct gold, diamond single stone ring achieved £2,000. This dazzler included a 1.4ct diamond. Other highlights in the jewellery section included a graduated amber bead necklace, which made £600 and a late Victorian 18ct gold open face centre seconds chronograph, which also sold for £600.

Demand for silver continues undimmed and many lots achieved significant prices. Of note was a silver tea service and associated circular salver, which achieved £650.  An attractive Victorian silver card case was secured for £220 and a composite part service of George III/Victorian silver flatware made £450.

Works by Taunton-born artist Francis Edward Colthurst proved a draw with a couple of internet bidders tussling for ownership of a selection of sketches and studies which had been consigned to the sale from a private collection. The range of lots, which featured views of Spanish locations as well as life and figure works, fetched a total of £1,260.

Another pictorial highlight was a portrait of acclaimed actress Sarah Siddons by a follower of Thomas Gainsborough, which saw the gavel come down at £1,100.

Twenty woodblock views by Hiroshige II made an impressive £1,200, while a 20th century shop display cabinet went for £700.

Auction room favourite, Moorcroft, delivered once again with a number of pieces snapped up in the sale. Best price was a large pottery anemone pattern vase at £600.

A diverse collectors’ section saw a number of noteworthy prices. Chief among these was £500 for an early Bayko Number 6 Outfit. Bayko was one of the world’s earliest plastic toys to be marketed. Its name derives from Bakelite – one of the earliest plastics.

A rare early estate agency sign – W.J. Villar & Co of Hammet Street, Taunton, made a pleasing £280.

Items are already being accepted for the next sale which will take place on Thursday, August 7.

Each month a specialist collectors’ section forms part of the auction. In addition four dedicated collectors’ sales are held throughout the year. The next specialist event takes place on Saturday, September 6. It will feature a selection of World War I memorabilia. Please contact Peter Rixon at the salerooms on 01823 332525 if you have something suitable for this sale.

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday from 9am-1pm. No need to pre-book, simply turn up. There is plenty of parking on site.

Emerald pearl & diamond brooch pendant

Make a date with diamonds

June 2014

A delectable assortment of quality jewellery will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next sale on Thursday, July 3.

 

There is an impressive range of first class diamond rings on offer so if you are considering “popping the question” or just want to show the woman in your life how much she means a visit to The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, is an absolute must.

 

Whether you are after a solitaire ring or a diamond and sapphire number there is certain to be a ring to fit your requirements.

 

In addition to the fantastic range of rings the jewellery section in general has much to commend it. Highlights include an unusual pair of pink diamond stud earrings and another pretty diamond stud set and exquisite pendants.

 

Away from jewellery there are plenty of other tempting items. Moorcroft is always popular and already there are more than 10 examples in the forthcoming sale. Leading the charge is an attractive large vase that has a pre-sale guide of £300-£500.

 

More prosaic is the scarce early 20th Century estate agents sign for W.J. Villar & Co, of 10 Hammet Street, Taunton. Showing just how times have changed the firm’s phone number was just two digits – 15, only the fifteenth phone number in the town. The sign has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

 

Paintings will feature in abundance and around 100 will be on offer including an interesting selection by Taunton-born artist Francis Colthurst.

 

A cast iron fern and blackberry pattern garden bench perfect for making the most of the sunshine is also offered for sale at a guide of £250-£350.

 

Viewing for the sale will take place on Saturday, June 28, from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, July 1, and Wednesday, July 2, from 9am-5pm.

 

The sale commences at 10am with viewing prior to the sale from 8.30am.

 

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday morning at the salerooms along with regular sessions at branch offices. For more information please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.

Collection of lack bobbins

Tremendous eclectic collectors’ sale

June 2014

A marvellous array of articles came under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s second specialist collectors’ sale of the year.

 

Held on a Saturday (June 7) at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, the event attracted buyers online, on the phone and in person.

 

There was much to catch the eye with nearly 400 lots to tempt buyers from the customary model railways to rare books.

 

Sixteen volumes of insurance plans by Charles E Goad and Co provided a unique insight into a bygone era and they sold for a total of £4,700.

 

These beautifully illustrated plans featured different areas of London including St Paul’s Cathedral and Whitehall.

 

In the book section The Table Fruits of India, circa 1875 achieved an impressive £3,000, while among the musical instruments a violin went for £850.

 

A vast – 111 examples – collection of lace bobbins found favour with buyers and sold for a very fine £600.

 

The sale covered an eclectic mix of collectibles from firemen’s helmets to pop posters.

 

A 1968 “first international pop festival poster” by the psychedelic artists Hapshash and the Colored Coat sold for a groovy £600.

 

There was a strong postcard and cigarette card section and designs to appeal to all tastes and pockets. Of note was a set of British and foreign cards that sold for £300, while a single cigarette card from the First World War of Major-General T. D’Oyley-Snow made £12.

 

A German Third Reich battle ensign thought to have been removed from a U-boat in Kiel harbour sold for £320 and a Third Reich SA dagger for £280.

 

An early 20th Century German tinplate sailor toy sporting a red neckerchief and smoking a pipe was sold for £220.

 

Of local interest was a poster from 1936 advertising the delights of the new open air swimming pool at Minehead. This sold for £140.


The next collectors’ sale takes place on Saturday, September 6. Items are being accepted for this sale which will include a range of World War I memorabilia. Please contact Peter Rixon or Mike Hooper at the salerooms on 01823 332525 if you have anything suitable to consign to the sale.

Chinese Famille Verte

Bids crystalise over Swarovski

June 2014

Internet bidders fought furiously to secure a group of 10 Swarovski crystal characters at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on June 5.

 

Bidding went stratospheric as demand for the Disney and other characters seemed to know no limits. The gavel eventually came down at £1,200.

 

Meanwhile a group of seven Swarovski crystal models of animals went for £550 and four A.A. Milne figures achieved £320.

 

These were just a few of a series of pleasing prices at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

 

Top spot belonged to a beautiful 18ct white gold diamond solitaire ring in the jewellery section that went for £4,200. The attractive Victorian cushion cut stone weighed around 2.5ct.

 

A bidder in the room took home a Rolex vintage gents 9ct gold Precision manual wristwatch with a successful £750 bid.

 

In the Oriental section a phone bidder beat a would-be internet buyer with a £1,000 call to acquire a 19th Century Chinese famille verte charger. Also in this section a Chinese panoramic scroll painting sold for £320.

 

Furniture in all its guises is also enjoying strong interest. A large Victorian Elm farmhouse dresser that had seen better days went for a surprising £750. Less unexpected was the demand for fine design from the 1930s. An Alvar Aalto for Finmar Ltd bent plywood armchair went to a room bidder when the gavel came down at £480, while a phone bidder secured a Heals limed Oak sideboard circa 1935 with a £300 bid.

 

A pair of late Victorian, Oak bookcases sold for £480 while two Victorian Mahogany rectangular chests each made £260.

 

As ever silver and silver plate was much in demand. A smart pair of William IV silver candlesticks went for £660.

 

A painting of Man’s Head, St Ives by Michael J. Strang achieved £500.

 

Clocks retain their appeal – a French repeating 20th Century carriage clock went for £380, not far behind was a Mahogany double sided dial clock that sold for £320.

 

Items are now being accepted for the next sale, which takes place on Thursday, July 3.


Free valuation mornings are held each Monday at the salerooms. There is no need to book for a without obligation assessment of your items. There is plenty of free parking on site.

Bronze by Carl Eldhn

Timely reminder to attend monthly sale

May 2014

Watches and clocks to suit all budgets are set to chime with a wide range of buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, next Thursday (June 5)

 

There is a mouthwatering array of quality watches including a vintage Omega Seamaster, a Rolex nine-carat Precision watch and a nine-carat gold Longines model and others. An Omega Ladymatic is also included in the sale. There are watches to suit all tastes and pockets. Estimates range from £80-£800.

 

An appealing variety of carriage clocks is also expected to make a strong showing in the sale. They encompass a diminutive model through to the more traditional design.

Estimates vary from £50 to £300. Other clocks including mantle and wall clocks will also be going under the hammer.

 

A handsome pair of late Victorian bookcases is among a strong furniture section. The smart pair would enhance any home.

 

There are plenty of examples of stylish 1930s furniture. The vendor’s parents bought them when they married in the 1930s. They would have been the height of modernity at the time. Now they are design classics.

 

They include a Heal’s limed oak sideboard, a set of five oak dining chairs and a nest of stacking tables. An Alvar Aalto bent wood armchair is another delight from the 1930s.

 

An imposing bronze bust by renowned Swedish sculptor Carl Eldh is sure to draw attention. It depicts Carl Edvard Johansson, the engineer and scientist. He is credited with inventing precision tools that made the mass production of motor cars a reality. The bust has a pre-sale guide of £1,000-£1,500.

 

The auction will be followed on Saturday, June 7, by the quarterly collectors’ sale. It will feature specialist homewares and vintage fashion.

 

Viewing for both sales will take place this Saturday, May 31, from 9am-12.30pm, and on Tuesday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 4, from 9am-5pm. Both sales begin at 10am.

 

For further information please contact the salerooms on (01823) 332525.

Goad Map of London

Plenty to fire imagination at collectors’ sale

May 2014

Firefighters’ helmets from around the world are among items on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s second collectors’ sale of the year on Saturday, June 7.


There are examples from Canada, France and America. In America firefighters still wore leather hats well into the 1970s long after other countries had turned to less flammable options.

 

Many of the helmets at the auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, have interesting histories. One example from the Second World War was used at Hardy Spicer and Company in Witton, Birmingham. The firm would have employed its’ own factory fire brigade. The helmet is made of copper and this material was chosen to help protect the firemen from any potential munitions’ fire during the war period when the factory turned out weapons for the war effort.

 

Each of the helmets will be sold singly and estimates vary from £30-£80 for these special pieces.

 

The fire theme continues with a unique slice of a bygone era when an extraordinary collection of 16 volumes of insurance plans will also be auctioned.

 

Many of the maps produced by Charles E Goad and Co are now housed in the British Library. They give a unique insight into the burgeoning industrialisation of Britain.

 

The firm was not the first to produce maps to aid insurance companies in assessing fire risks, but it was the largest and most prolific such endeavor in Britain.

 

Goad staff would note in intricate detail the type and height of buildings in each area and who occupied them, their likely fire risk and any fire-fighting equipment on site.

 

This information was constantly updated by hand with each beautifully colour-coded map providing a look into the changing face of the urban landscape.

 

Sixteen volumes will be going under the hammer in Taunton. Each covers a different area of London. Volume one concentrates on the Barbican and includes information on St Paul’s Cathedral and The Mansion House, while volume eight takes in High Holborn, The Strand, The Mall and Whitehall.

 

The firm no longer produces these detailed insurance plans – time and technology have moved on, but these volumes provide a intriguing look into the past. Each lot has a pre-sale guide of £100-£150.

 

For more details please contact Peter Rixon or Mike Hooper at the sale room on 01823 332525.

 

The sale, which will include vintage fashions and homewares, will be preceded on Thursday, June 5, by the customary monthly sale. Both sales start at 10am.

 

Both sales will be on view on Saturday, May 31, from 9.30am-12.30pm and on Tuesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 3, from 9am-5pm.

 

For further information please contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on (01823) 332525.

 

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Diamonds set to sparkle at June sale

May 2014

A two and a half carat single stone diamond ring is sure to catch the attention of bidders at the next Greenslade Taylor Hunt monthly sale on Thursday, June 5.

The cushion cut diamond is Victorian in a 20th Century white gold setting. It is a beautiful item and has a pre-sale guide of £3,000-£4,000.

Silver sold extremely well in the May sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, and is likely to do the same at the June event.

A smart pair of William IV candlesticks would be a welcome addition to any collection and have a pre-auction estimate of £400-£600.

Vintage watches hold their value and an Omega Seamaster example will be certain to interest buyers. It is expected to fetch between £250 and £300.

May marks the first anniversary of the firm trading from The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

It has been a highly successful switch of venue and has made it even easier for sellers and buyers at auction.

Would-be buyers have a host of options when it comes to bidding at auction. They can attend the sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, book a phone line to bid, leave a commission bid with the auctioneer – the sum they are prepared to pay - or can bid on line. Computer bidding offers great flexibility as potential purchasers have until 9am on the morning of the sale to register their details.

June will be a busy month for the well-regarded auctioneers’ as the second of a series of specialist collectors’ sales will also be taking place.

The sale will include a selection of vintage fashions and homewares. It takes place on Saturday, June 7, from 10am.

Items are still being accepted for the June monthly sale and the collectors’ sale. 

Free valuation mornings take place each Monday morning at the sale room from 9am-1pm.

For further information or to book a home visit please ring The Octagon Salerooms on (01823) 332525.

Tortoise Carapace Snuff Box

International flavour to May antiques sale

May 2014

Buyers from around the world vied with would-be purchasers in the room at an extremely well supported monthly auction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Saleroom, East Reach, Taunton on May 1.

The list of buyers read like a roll call of the United Nations with successful bidders from Moscow, New York and Australia as well as those closer to home in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Bidders in the room also enjoyed success at the auctioneers’ well-regarded monthly showcase.

Items across the full range of antiques proved immensely popular. A delightful silver mounted tortoise carapace snuff box went for a pleasing £850, while three novelty Foley China Intarsio coffee and tea pots achieved £600. The three were all slightly damaged and had been brought along to a recent valuation morning at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Wells office.

Free valuation mornings are held regularly at the firm’s branch offices and every Monday at the East Reach saleroom from 9am-1pm.

Silver continues to sell well and last week’s sale was no exception - a star performer was an extensive service of Portuguese silver flatware selling for a mighty £2,000. A George II engraved silver tankard sold for a solid £700.

Furniture enjoyed some excellent prices – a Regency burr wood sofa table sold for £2,800. A beautiful Georgian elm dresser went for £700. Two burgundy “Duresta” Trafalgar Knole two seater sofas each made £600.

Paintings also appealed to buyers. The ever-popular local artist Harry Frier proved a hit. His watercolour of the hanging chapel at Langport went for £320.

Star billing went to three Thomas Bush Hardy watercolours. The trio including a rendering of Venice went for a superb £1,100.

Demand for Oriental ceramics proved intense. A Chinese Celadon Jade vase thought to date from the 19th Century went for £600. More prices of note included a Chinese blue and white porcelain vase for £520 and a a pair of Chinese famille rose bowls and covers for £500.

Buyers love Lalique and a number tussled for ownership of a “Poisson” opalescent glass circular dish which eventually went for £360.

 The auctioneers are already gearing up for the next monthly sale which takes place on Thursday, June 5.

A pair of smart William IV silver candlesticks with an estimate of £600 will feature in the sale along with a super two and a half carat cushion cut diamond ring. The single stone is Victorian while the setting is later – probably 20th Century white gold.

Also included in the June sale is a vintage Omega Seamaster watch.

In addition next month sees the second collectors’ sale of the year. This will take place on Saturday, June 7, and will feature vintage fashion and homewares.

For further information contact Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 332525.

Scottish Victorian Dining Table

All set for a magnificent May sale

April 2014

 

This Saturday, April 26, the May sale at auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be on view at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

There is much to appeal to buyers across the full range of antiques and collectables from an eye-catching selection of Moorcroft to a beautiful star ruby single stone ring.

Other highlights include a Scottish Victorian dining table by John Taylor and Sons, of Edinburgh and an inlaid fold over tea table. 

A silver- mounted tortoise carapace snuffbox would make a delightful addition to any home as would a striking Art Deco mantle clock.

The items will be on view on Saturday from 9am-12.30pm at the saleroom and again on Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, from 9am-5pm. 

The sale takes place next Thursday, May 1, from 10am. The saleroom will be open from 8.30am on Thursday for viewing.

Regular free valuation mornings take place every Monday at the saleroom from 9am-1pm. Home visits can also be arranged. For more details please ring 01823 332525. 

Gold & platinum diamond ring

Plenty of sparkle at monthly sale

April 2014

Beautiful jewellery proved to be the real eye-catchers and achieved dazzling prices at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale last week.

Lots across all sections commanded top prices as buyers came out in force at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday, (April 3) for the auctioneers most successful sale of the year so far.

Top spot went to an 18ct gold and platinum diamond single stone ring. The brilliant cut diamond of good colour and clarity weighed around 1.5ct. Bidding commenced at £1500, but with three phone lines and interest in the room the price soon climbed. The successful bidder, who was in the sale room, secured the gem with a call of £3,800.

The jewellery section enjoyed a number of impressive prices. Of particular note was a good Edwardian diamond and sapphire panel brooch. This attractive item featured a central cushion cut sapphire, each end with a brilliant cut diamond, and channels of rectangular cut sapphires, all within foliate and diamond borders. Unfortunately this piece had one section of outer foliate border detached, but present, however this did not diminish demand. It sold for £2,600 to a phone bidder.

An Art Deco platinum, green tourmaline and diamond ring, circa 1930, went to a phone bid for £1,800.

Watches were also in good demand. A vintage 18ct gold oyster perpetual day date gentleman’s Rolex wristwatch was secured for £3,400, while an 18ct gold half hunter pocket watch clocked up a robust £920.

Similarly impressive was the £900 paid by a bidder for a pair of 19th Century Boulle Marquetry mantel clocks which both were in need of restoration.

A tiny, mahogany wall clock just 17cm high by Aubert and Klatenberger registered a lofty £650.

A late 19th Century/early 20th Century French bronze model, thought to be of King Louis XIV, made a regal £800.

A 19th Century rosewood veneered upright music box went for the same amount.

In the paintings section an English or Continental School 18th Century or early 19th Century portrait of a lady as Saint Catherine achieved £500.

Entries are being accepted for the next sale which takes place at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday, May 1.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday morning at the salerooms from 9am.

For further information please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.

“Pricie” proves apt name at Spring Sporting Sale

“Pricie” proves apt name at Spring Sporting Sale

April 2014

Pricie, an appealing West Highland Terrier, lived up to his name when his portrait sold for a terrific £450 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Spring Sporting Sale on Friday. (April 4)

A similar sum was achieved for a Victorian silver presentation hunting horn. This keepsake had an interesting history. It been given to Crawshay Bailey, an industrialist and keen huntsman, who had set up his own hunt the Crawshay Bailey Harriers. Farmers who let the Harriers hunt on their land presented him with the hunting horn.

Another silver presentation hunting horn by Samuel Mordan and Co, of Chester, sold for £240.

There was a comprehensive painting section including prints, watercolours and oils. Good prices included £440 for a study of an Irish water Spaniel and £350 for an English School early/mid 19th Century depiction of a boy and his pony.

Demand for fishing rods and reels proved consistent with a Hardy reel, the Silex No2, achieving £220.

Taxidermy was well represented and a pike in a glazed bow fronted case was catch of the day at a weighty £600.

A Bird of Paradise headdress believed to be from Papua New Guinea sold for £170.

An unusual double saddle horse by makers Whippy Steggall and Company went for £160.

Hound lists from the 1920s made £160, while six hound lists of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds from the turn of the 20th Century went for £140.

FA Cup Final football programmes were snapped up. Two sets went for £110 each and another made £90.

A mixed lot, which included, tickets from the London Olympics of 1948 and newspapers marking President Kennedy’s assassination and D-Day made £100.

The autumn Sporting Sale takes place on Friday, October 3. For further information contact Stuart Triggol on 01823 332525.

Close up of Saddle Horse emblem

West Country Sporting Sale set to spring into action

April 2014

There is plenty to tempt bidders at Friday’s (April 4) eagerly awaited Spring West Country Sporting Sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

The major fixture in auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s calendar features more than 400 lots to tempt the sporting enthusiast. There is a comprehensive range of sections encompassing sporting books to pictures, fishing items to taxidermy, silver and ceramics.

A double saddle horse by renowned makers Whippy Steggall and Co of North Audley Street, London, will be sure to fire the interest of sale goers. The firm was established in the 1790s and continued trading until its building was bombed during the Second World War. Another well regarded saddler Champion and Wilton took the business over.

The double saddle horse in tomorrow’s sale provides a unique piece of equestrian history. It has a pre-sale guide of £100-£150.

A distinctive engraved silver hunting horn is another highlight. This is marked John Millward Banks London 1873 with an inscription. This reads: “1873 presented to Crawshay Bailey esq by the tenants and a few well-wishers to the harriers.”

Crawshay Bailey inherited £1,000 in 1809 at the age of 20 – the equivalent of around £55,000 in today’s terms. He was an ironmaster in Wales, but also invested in land in the Welsh Valleys that turned out to be rich in coal.

His passion was hunting and as well as riding with the Monmouthshire Hunt he set up his own pack – the Crawshay Bailey Harriers. He received the hunting horn from farmers on whose land he hunted. It is guided at £450-£550.

An extensive collection of Britain’s hunting figures is also likely to prove popular. This comprises 11 mounted figures all in hunt dress, four standing figures in hunt dress, a bay horse, 21 hounds and a fox. This has an estimate of £200-£250.

A fishing reel by prestige brand Hardy’s is part of a strong fishing section. It is expected to fetch between £200 and £250.

Racing badges are always popular with collectors. Eleven enamel badges from Newmarket are guided at £100-£150.

In the Sporting Books section there is an interesting account of the hunting season. The diary covers the period 1859-61 and mainly relates to outings with the Bicester hunt. It has an estimate of £120-£150.

Viewing for the sale takes place on Thursday from 3pm after the monthly sale has finished. Viewing will continue until 5pm and will resume from 8.30am on Friday until the start of the sale at 10am.

Biannual Sporting Sale

Make a date for biannual sporting sale

March 2014

Preparations are in hand for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s eagerly anticipated Spring Sporting Sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Friday, April 4.

The biannual event attracts buyers from around the country and will feature a host of field sports, team sports and sporting art.

Highlights include an engraved silver hunting horn. This is marked John Millward Banks London 1873 with an inscription. This reads: “1873 presented to Crawshay Bailey esq by the tenants and a few well-wishers to the harriers.”

Crawshay Bailey inherited £1,000 in 1809 at the age of 20 – the equivalent of around £55,000 in today’s terms.

He was an ironmaster in Wales, but also invested in land in the Welsh Valleys that turned out to be rich in coal.

His passion was hunting and as well as riding with the Monmouthshire Hunt he set up his own pack – the Crawshay Bailey Harriers.

He received the hunting horn from farmers on whose land he hunted.

A good selection of prints by popular artists Lionel Edwards, Snaffles and Cecil Aldin will also feature in the sale.

Taxidermy is proving extremely popular currently and there is an excellent mix on offer at April’s sale including a pair of fox masks by John Macpherson and Sons of Inverness.

Viewing for the sale takes place on Saturday, March 29, from 9am-12.30pm, and Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2, from 9am-5pm.

The sale commences at 10am on Friday, April 4.

The regular monthly sale takes place on Thursday, April 3, and will feature a large selection of furniture.

Items of silver, jewellery and ceramics are still being accepted for the monthly sale.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm at the salerooms. For further details please ring (01823) 332525.

Polar Pick Axe

Spectacular prices at first collectors’ sale of the year

March 2014

Good crowds and strong phone interest was in evidence at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first collectors’ sale of the year last Friday. (March 7)

The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, positively heaved with a host of collectables from militaria to postcards, stamps to railway memorabilia.

Top bid of the day belonged to an impressive collection of Great Britain stamps. These spanned the reigns of Edward VII to Elizabeth II and were bought by a phone bidder for £3,300.

More unexpected was the price achieved for a Great Western Railway mahogany wall clock. There were surprised gasps from the gallery as the gavel went down at £2,400.

The clock was originally from the signal box at Bishop’s Nympton and Molland Station on the Barnstaple branch line. It was consigned to the sale after the vendor took the clock along to a recent Greenslade Taylor Hunt advisory day in South Molton.

A more extreme piece of memorabilia came in the form of a Polar pickaxe. This had belonged to Arctic explorer James Dell who had served under Scott and Shackleton. It fetched a hefty £800.

A phone bidder secured a Second World War type Commando knife with a decisive bid of £700.

There was a strong selection and keen interest in the postcard section of the sale.  A range of 110 cards featuring views of West Monkton, Blue Anchor, Creech St Michael and other Somerset scenes fetched £400. Another collection of 105 cards of Curry Mallet and Hatch Beauchamp achieved £440. Top spot in this section went to a collection of 310 assorted cards from around the world that went for £520 to a phone bidder.

Magic lantern slides continue their popularity and a selection of 230 including views of Constantinople and Palermo went for £600.

The next quarterly Collectors’ sale will take place on Saturday, June 7. This will include a special vintage fashion and homewares section.

For more information on the Collectors’ sales please contact Peter Rixon or Mike Hooper at the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Bronze Figure

Eclectic appeal of monthly sale

March 2014

Paintings, elegant bronzes, rare cutlery and a 19th Century Continental seaman’s chest all made waves at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday (March 6).

A phone bidder secured a bronze by the French artist Georges Bareau, entitled The Blacksmith, for £1,200 – the top price of the day.

Not far behind that was a beautiful oil on canvas of Poplars, West End, Street, by artist Arthur K. Maderson, who had a studio in the town in the 1980s. The painting went for £1,000.

A pastoral scene of a figure on a country path at sunset by well regarded artist Benjamin Williams Leader RA proved beguiling to another phone bidder who claimed the oil with a bid of £820.

A part service of Victorian silver flatware in a rare “Wellington” pattern was another solid attraction and achieved £700.

A quirkier offering was a 19th Century Continental seaman’s chest, which wouldn’t have looked out of place in a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, which fetched an impressive £550.

Another 19th Century piece – a slipware jug decorated in swirls of blue, brown and black was equally popular and fetched £440.

Oriental ceramics and works of art continue to achieve good prices.  A phone bidder snapped up two Oriental walking canes, with carved ivory pommel, for £420.

A phone bidder also clinched a Japanese carved ivory netsuke of a monkey for a cheeky £370.

Silver novelty pepper pots in the shape of hunting horns proved irresistible to yet another phone bidder who paid £260 for the Edwardian duo.

Stylish furniture continues to hit the mark for buyers with a beautiful bone and rosewood inlaid cabinet on stand, probably from the 18th Century, making £750. The ever-reliable Liberty make was another success with a set of six Arts and Crafts dining chairs selling for £480.

The saleroom is now gearing up for the Spring Sporting Sale on Friday, April 4.

Free valuations are held each Monday morning at the salerooms from 9am. There is plenty of free parking on site.

For more information or to arrange a home visit please ring the saleroom on (01823) 332525.

Flooded GWR line at Creech St Michael

Double delight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt antiques saleroom

March 2014

More than 700 lots will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday, March 6, and Friday, March 7.

Thursday sees the customary monthly sale get underway from 10am while on Friday the first of the quarterly collectors’ sales takes place, also from 10am.

This event has a wide range of items to entice the avid collector from coins, medals and militaria to postcards, stamps and magic lanterns and everything in between.

An immense selection of magic lantern slides totalling 2,000 is split between 11 lots. Of particular interest is a late 19th Century/early 20th Century collection of 55 slides featuring Fiji, Samoa and Borneo. This has a pre-sale guide of £80-£100.

Postcards are well represented in the sale. An extensive group of 110 Somerset sights including the GWR main line at Creech St Michael in flood along with a view of Long Aller Mills, Taunton, feature in one lot which is estimated at £100-£120.

Another set of local interest postcards including views of Hatch Beauchamp station and Curry Mallet rectory is expected to sell for between £100-£150.

There is a strong section of automobilia including a collection of Monte Carlo Rally and other heritage vehicle memorabilia. This has come from the estate of Peter Agg. He was a prime mover in the world of fast cars and bikes.

He ran the Suzuki works motorcycle racing team and recruited Barry Sheene who went on to secure the 1976 and 1977 World Championship titles. Agg was also involved in the early days of McLaren – the forerunner to the current Formula One team.

Agg had a lifelong fascination with motor sport and this is reflected in the range of memorabilia offered in the sale. The collection of Monte Carlo Rally and other heritage vehicle memorabilia has an estimate of £150-£200. A collection of Mille Miglia heritage run memorabilia also from the Agg estate is expected to fetch between £120-£150.

There is still time to submit entries for the well regarded Spring West Country Sporting Sale which takes place at The Octagon Salerooms on Friday, April 4.

Contact Stuart Triggol at the sale room before the entry deadline of Monday, March 10, if you have a suitable item.

This eagerly anticipated sale will feature a wide selection of paintings including watercolours and prints plus an impressive array of taxidermy.

To contact the saleroom please phone 01823 332525.

Bronze figure

Stay in the picture at March monthly sale

February 2014

Paintings to delight all tastes and pockets are offered in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale on Thursday, March 6, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Two ballet studies by esteemed artist Dame Laura Knight the first woman to be elected a full member of the Royal Academy are included. Each lot has an estimate of £400-£600.

A captivating scene of a figure on a country path at sunset by popular Victorian landscape painter Benjamin Williams Leader RA is another crowd pleaser. It is guided at £500-£800.

A canal scape by Arthur Wilde Parsons is delightful. It is thought to show the River Avon between Bristol and Bath and is guided at £350-£450.

It’s not just top quality paintings that are on offer. An imposing bronze by Georges Bareau is another eye catcher. The impressive 19th Century French figure entitled The Blacksmith was cast by Barbedienne. It is a superb example of the artist’s work and is guided at £1,200-£1,800.

There is an impressive selection of furniture in the sale. The stand out item is a large Victorian burr walnut pedestal desk. It includes a bookcase superstructure and is estimated at £1,000-£1,500. There are also many dining chairs, upholstered chairs, plus an appealing Continental cabinet on stand. This item has an estimate of £400-£600.

As ever the jewellery section is very strong. A black opal and diamond pendant necklace is a very smart example and has a guide of £1,500-£2,000.

Rare Wellington pattern silver flatware named after the Duke of Wellington is guided at £500-£700.

A tiny Japanese ivory netsuke – a well-carved figure - of a monkey studying another netsuke has an estimate of £200-£300.

Viewing for the sale and the quarterly collectors’ sale takes place on Saturday, March 1, from 9am-12.30pm. The entries can also be viewed on Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5, from 9am-5pm at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

For further details please call the sale room on 01823 332525.

Railway Clock

Plenty to signal interest of the collector

February 2014

A clock that used to grace a Westcountry signal box is one of the attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first collectors’ sale of the year on Friday, March 7.

The clock was brought along to a recent advisory day at the firm’s South Molton branch.

The timepiece, which dates from around 1900, used to keep time at Bishops Nympton and Molland Station on the now defunct Devon and Somerset Railway. It has a guide of £500-£700.

It is among a large selection of railwayana in the sale. A British Rail totem sign for Widney Manor in the brown and cream livery of the Western region is guided at £500-£600.

Of local interest is an enormous collection of Taunton bottles – both glass and stoneware – brought together over the course of a lifetime.

Among the examples are three early 20th Century jars from The County Stores in Taunton guided at £50-£60; bottles from The Hood Arms at Kilve and the Crown and Sceptre in Taunton.

Bottles from various Taunton wine merchants – including a Mr Greenslade – are included.

There are also Codd bottles – these were designed for mineral waters and other carbonated drinks. The Codd-neck bottle was designed and manufactured to enclose a marble and a rubber washer/gasket in the neck. These proved popular with youngsters who used to smash the bottles to collect the marble! The bottles are now popular with collectors.

Around 300 lots will feature in the sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. It gets underway at 10am on Friday, March 7.

The sale will be on view on Saturday, March 1, 9am-12.30pm and Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5, from 9am-5pm.

For further details please contact the saleroom on 01823 332525.

George Arthur Fripp watercolour: £1,300

Dramatic view takes top spot at sale

February 2014

Relentless rain did not dampen the spirits of visitors to Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday. (Feb 6)

Strong bidding from the room and on phone lines ensured another successful and well-supported sale for the auctioneers.

Highlights included a fine landscape by the well-regarded artist George Arthur Fripp. His watercolour of sheep grazing beside a river in a mountainous landscape – thought to be the Isle of Skye - proved irresistible to a phone bidder. Following spirited bidding it was secured for £1,300 – the top price of the day.

A striking, portrait of a gentleman, resplendent in full wig, was also bought by a phone bidder. The oil on canvas by a follower of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723) was sold for £550.

Phone bidders did not have it all their own way. A buyer in the room landed a good pair of diamond cluster earrings – the hammer coming down at £850.

Demand for Chinese silver remains undimmed. Bidding for a pair of late 19th Century Chinese export silver bowls began at £150 and kept climbing. Interest on the phone and in the room saw bidding rise steadily, with the tenacious room bidder besting the phone rival with a final bid of £700.

Two similar Chinese export silver bowls, again from the 19th Century, generated a lot of interest and went for £400 to the same room bidder.

Furniture also attracted a great deal of interest. A leather James Shoolbred armchair was secured with a bid in the room at £720, while a William IV mahogany reading table fetched £540.

A beautiful ebony frame containing 11 miniatures of Mughal palaces and buildings was sold for £370.

A 19th Century Italian micro mosaic depicting the Doves of Pliny made £260, while a Westcountry longcase clock by Barnstaple maker William Dyer went for £350.

In the ceramics section a dainty Meissen allegorical figure of “Touch” was one of the star lots. The 14.5cm figure achieved a mighty £450.

An attractive silver oval twin handled tray from the 20th Century made £450.

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, March 6, and is followed on Friday, March 7, by the first collectors’ sale of the year. Both events start at 10am.

Calendars of the sale dates for the monthly and specialist sales are now available to collect from the auctioneers.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. For more details or to arrange a home visit contact 01823 332525.

Polar Pick Axe

Chance to pick over some Polar history

February 2014

An intriguing piece of Polar history comes to market at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s specialist collectables sale on Friday, March 7, at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

An ice pick belonging to explorer James W. Dell is sure to generate interest among Antarctic memorabilia enthusiasts. This distinctive piece has a pre-sale guide of £500-£1,000.

Although Dell did not travel on Scott’s ill-fated final trip to the South Pole where the explorer perished he was part of Scott’s first effort to reach the Pole – the National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1904. Dell was among just three survivors of this trip.

During that expedition he served as an able seaman aboard Discovery. He took part in a couple of sledging journeys and his skills as a sail maker were put to good effect making canvas ration bags and sleeping bags.

He also joined the Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic Expedition of 1921-1922 where he served as boatswain and electrician aboard the Quest.

Dell was one of the last men to see Shackleton on the night he died aboard the Quest and was a pallbearer at his funeral. Given his skills he may also have sewn Shackleton’s body into its shroud. He is also credited with making the original wooden cross that marked Shackleton’s grave on South Georgia.

Dell was held in high regard by Scott who wrote a reference for him in 1909 describing him as “one of the best men on the expedition - cheerful, hardworking and very intelligent.”

While on the voyage with Scott he suffered a serious injury while stripping blubber from a seal and was invalided out of the Navy.

However by the time of the First World War he was back in uniform and served in the Dardanelles and the North Sea. He retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1921.

He continued to lead an intrepid lifestyle and in the Second World War served in the Special Operations Executive in Somerset.

He spent his retirement in the county and was a founder member of the Antarctic Club. He continued to attend their annual dinners until 1966 – two years prior to his death at the age of 88.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Spring Specialist Collectables sale takes place from 10am on Friday, March 7.

For further details about the sale contact Peter Rixon or Mike Hooper on (01823) 332525.

Chinese silver vases

Much to appeal at monthly antiques sale

January 2014

A mouthwatering array of appealing antiques will go under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s February antiques sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Highlights include a watercolour by the well-regarded painter George Arthur Fripp. The painting thought to be of the Isle of Skye features sheep grazing beside a river in a mountainous landscape. Renowned for his rendering of mainly scenic British views the painting has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

For fans of fine furniture there is an example of a leather upholstered armchair by quality designer James Shoolbred. This has a guide of  £100-£150.

Chinese items continue to enjoy strong demand and a pair of export silver bowls with the maker’s mark “W.H.” for Wang Hing and Company are sure to prove popular with sale goers. Dating from the late 19th Century they are guided at £100-£150.

Pre-sale viewing will take place on Saturday, February 1, from 9am-12.30pm and on Tuesday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 5, from 9am-5pm. The sale gets underway at 10am on Thursday, February 6.

Entries are being accepted for two Spring specialist sales – a collectors’ sale on Friday, March 7, and the ever popular West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, April 4.

The collectors’ sale is one of four planned for the year building on the success of last year’s two events.

A full list of sale dates is available to view on line at www.gth.net

Sale calendars featuring all the events taking place at The Octagon Salerooms throughout the year will be available to collect from the auctioneers shortly.

Further details about the sales and information about free home visits are available by ringing the sale rooms on  01823 332525.

Stuart Triggol

Antiques and collectables experts hit the road

January 2014

Antiques experts from Greenslade Taylor Hunt will be hitting the road and offering advice sessions at branch offices in Somerset, Dorset and Devon.

The aim is to make it easier for people who cannot reach The Octagon Salerooms, in East Reach, Taunton, for the free weekly Monday valuation mornings to have their antiques and collectables assessed closer to home.

The events will also enable people who would like to enter lots in forthcoming sales to drop off items at a Greenslade Taylor Hunt office and save them the trouble of a trip to Taunton.

Advisory sessions will take place at Greenslade Taylor Hunt branches in Dorchester, Sherborne, Yeovil, Wells and South Molton as well as the Sedgemoor Auction Centre off Junction 24 of the M5 from February.

Respected collectables expert, Peter Rixon, will host the first advisory morning at the Dorchester office at Westgate House, 45 High West Street, Dorchester, on Wednesday, February 19th from 10am-12noon.

Peter is a well-regarded collectables and antiques specialist and has made appearances on a host of television antiques programmes including Flog It!

The firm’s first specialist collectables sale of the year takes place on Friday, March 7. Three other collectors’ sales will take place later in the year, building on the success of last year’s events.

Long-serving and highly knowledgeable Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol, will oversee the advice morning in South Molton on Thursday, February 20. This will run from 10am-12noon at the branch at 23 Broad Street, South Molton.

Stuart has a special interest in the firm’s biannual West Country Sporting Sales. The Spring sale will take place on Friday, April 4.

Stuart will also host an advice morning at the Wells branch at 74 High Street, Wells, on Wednesday, February 26, from 10am-12noon.

Peter will visit the Sherborne branch at 3 Cheap Street, Sherborne, on Thursday, February 27, from 10am-12noon, to offer his expertise. He will be at the Yeovil office at 22 Princes Street, to offer valuations and advice from 2pm-4pm on Thursday, February 27.

The firm will also have antique valuers present at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, North Petherton, just off Junction 24 of the M5 on Saturday, Feb 15.

Entries are being accepted for the next regular monthly sale which takes place on Thursday, February 6. Further information about the advice dates is available by calling (01823) 332525.

Orb & Sceptre Brooch

Flying start for antiques at monthly sale

January 2014

There was plenty to interest antiques aficionados at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first monthly sale of 2014.

The well-attended event at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, last Thursday (January 9) attracted a good crowd drawn in by the wide selection of antiques from jewellery to collectables, silver and paintings that were offered.

A vintage, Omega Seamaster 300 automatic divers wristwatch achieved top price of the day. The watch, circa 1970, went for £1,200.

A phone bidder secured a beautiful – and unusual – good quality Victorian diamond brooch modelled as the Orb and Sceptre, set with round, cushion and rose cut diamonds which was probably commissioned to mark a royal celebration or jubilee. It achieved a regal £850.

Furniture also achieved commendable prices. An attractive Liberty Arts and Crafts oak octagonal centre table sold for £720.

Other good prices in the furniture section included an early 20th Century glazed mirror backed shop display cabinet that went for £360. A set of six camel back dining chairs made £280.

An original Manuscript Score by Charles Villiers Stanford produced a bidding war between a telephone bidder and a room bidder eventually being secured by the telephone bidder at £700.

As ever Oriental items proved hot property with strong demand for ceramics and works of art.

An intricately carved late 19th Century Chinese carved ivory card case featuring figures amongst terraces and trees sold for £580. A smart Chinese blue and white porcelain vase dating from the 19th Century went for £380.

A substantial pair of carved oak ecclesiastical figures of the Virgin Mary and John The Baptist made £500.

Clocks in all their guises proved popular. A late 18th Century Lincolnshire longcase clock went for £380, while a decorative late 19th Century Continental gilt-bronze and black slate mantle clock achieved £290. Another mantle clock – a patinated and gilt spelter figural mantel clock also dating from the late 19th Century achieved £220.

Entries are being accepted for the next monthly sale which takes place on Thursday, February 6.

Items are also being accepted for the spring collectors’ sale and the West Country Sporting Sale. Contact Peter Rixon or Michael Hooper with collectors’ items and Stuart Triggol for sporting sale enquiries.

Free valuation mornings are held every Monday from 9am at the salerooms where there is plenty of free on site parking.

For details of free home visits by appointment please ring 01823 332525.

Peter makes welcome return to antiques team

Peter makes welcome return to antiques team

January 2014

Respected collectables’ expert Peter Rixon is to re-join the antiques department at leading auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt where he began his successful career.

The move enhances the team and is part of a plan to establish the firm as the leading antiques’ auctioneers in the South West.

Derek Biss, Chairman of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, and the Partner in charge of the antiques division, said: “I am delighted to add another experienced valuer to the team.  Our investment in bringing Peter’s considerable expertise back to the county town of Taunton further enhances what is fast becoming one of the most prominent auction houses in the South West of England, without losing its personal touch and attention to detail, essential when building any business. We look forward to him joining us in the New Year.”

Mr Biss has been the Partner in charge of the antiques division for the past four years and is involved in sharing the rostrum duties at the well-regarded antiques sales.

Peter, who has appeared as an antiques expert on Flog It and other TV antiques programmes, graduated from Oxford University with a doctorate in medieval urban history in 1998 and joined Greenslade Taylor Hunt at its Magdalene House saleroom in Taunton.

He wrote the well-regarded Miller’s guide to Collecting Die cast Vehicles – an informed and in-depth publication which is the “go to” book for a wide range of collectors.

A highlight of his first stint with Greenslade Taylor Hunt was the sale of a rare early rod-jointed Steiff teddy bear that sold for £17,000.

After five successful years with Greenslade Taylor Hunt he joined Dreweatts-Bloomsbury in Bristol rising to the role of Associate Director where he specialised in all manner of collectors’ items, ephemera and books. The firm is the only auctioneers listed on the UK stock exchange.

He is delighted to re-join the antiques department of Greenslade Taylor Hunt that now occupies larger more prominent premises at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

He is impressed by the partnership’s forward-thinking approach and ethos and its desire to promote the antiques division of the business.

He admires the professional client-centred focus of Greenslade Taylor Hunt. He said it provided him with a good grounding in how a business should operate.

He wants to harness this together with the skills he has learned from the larger firm to provide an enhanced and more discerning service for clients and buyers.

Carved Figures

Plenty to appeal at first sale of the year

January 2014

There is a superb selection of lots in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s first antiques auction of the New Year at The Octagon Salerooms, Taunton, next Thursday. (January 9)

Among the choice items is a fine example of early 18th Century furniture. The featherbanded walnut chest on stand, with a beautiful patina, is thought to date from 1700-1710 and is guided at £800-£1,200.

If you have fallen short in the Christmas present stakes there is still the chance to redeem yourself at the sale and snag a very appealing platinum, diamond and sapphire spray brooch into the bargain. This pretty piece has an estimate of £500-£700 and is certain to delight any lucky recipient.

Another eye-catcher is a 19th Century diamond brooch modeled as the Orb and Sceptre, presumably made for a Royal Jubilee or celebration.  It has an estimate £500-£700.

A more unusual lot features a pair of carved oak figures of the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist. The substantial and skillfully carved decorative items on octagonal bases come from a private Somerset chapel. They are guided at £500-£800.

The octagonal theme continues with an eight-sided Arts and Crafts Liberty design centre table. This attractive piece of furniture has an estimate of £300-£500.

A large selection of paintings will be included in the sale. A portrait of Oliver Cromwell is one of the highlights. The picture after Samuel Cooper is expected to fetch between £400-£600.

There is an interesting Oriental section including a Chinese carved card case. This intricate ivory piece is guided at £300-£500. A Japanese box and cover with a jaunty monkey design has an estimate of £150-£200. An 18th Century porcelain, famille verte balluster jar and cover is also being offered. It is damaged and that is reflected in the guide price of £200-£300.

Forget the January sales if you are after a classy dinner service then the Greenslade Taylor Hunt auction may be a more successful hunting ground. An “as new” 12 place setting Minton dinner service is being served up. The elegant golden symphony pattern design is guided at £100-£150.A range of ever-popular Moorcroft ceramics will feature in the sale at guide prices of between £80 and £200.

For those with an interest in seafaring there is an intriguing group of lots relating to the Stirlingshire. As well as a painting of the ship there is a ship’s sextant, a barometer and a large number of 19th Century maritime charts and other items believed to be linked with the vessel.

Shackleton “David Brown” Trackmaster 30

Rare model tractor drives into top spot at collectors’ sale

December 2013

A scarce model tractor was the star attraction at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent December collectors’ sale.

Just 50 models were produced of the Shackleton “David Brown” Trackmaster 30. This rarity saw the tiny model make a whopping £1,550 at the well-attended event.

The bright red tractor measuring just 23cm long and 13cm dated from the 1950s. The little tractor in “play worn” condition and with its original box was one of a number of diecast models that proved popular with bidders. Other prices of note included £320 for a 1950s diecast Denzil Skinner Co Ltd Universal tractor and £300 for a collection of diecast vehicles that included an early Dinky Buick. A 1950s diecast model of a blue Fordson Major tractor went for £250.

Two framed sets of artwork on tiles from the 1971 film The Last Valley also proved popular. The film written and directed by James Clavell, who wrote the screenplay for The Great Escape, starred Michael Caine and also featured Omar Sharif. This unusual piece of celluloid memorabilia made £800.

Of local interest was a framed advertising poster for Starkey, Knight and Ford Limited – the now defunct brewers of wine and spirits and prize winning ales in Taunton, Bridgwater and Tiverton. This made an impressive £600.

More than 600 lots ranging from coins, medals and militaria, postcards to Taunton Cider mugs featured in the all-encompassing sale.

Two extremely fascinating albums each with more than 300 postcards of Taunton in the early 20th Century caught the eye. One made £520, and the second achieved £400.

Six Victorian 1896 half sovereigns mounted as a bracelet made £500.

Interest in militaria and medals proved keen. A Malay medal and ribbon and two oak leaves had attracted plenty of pre-sale interest. A phone bidder secured it with a bid of £250.

A collection of World War I medals went under the hammer at £160, while a World War I Imperial Prussian helmet made £160. A matched pair of German Naval daggers in good condition went for £460.

Despite a tear to the front hem an Andy Warhol souper dress featuring a Campbells soup design made £270 and a jolly red child’s ride on Vespa made £420.

Entries are being accepted for the next monthly antiques sale which takes place at The Octagon Salerooms on Thursday, January 9. This will include a special paintings section.

Necklace

Sale serves up a host of high prices

December 2013

The final monthly sale of the year at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Taunton auction rooms last Thursday (Dec 5) served up a fine selection of strong prices across the board.

Top billing went to a late 19th Century Russian silver four piece tea and coffee service with associated tray that achieved £2,600. This attracted plenty of interest  - with three phone bidders among those vying for ownership of the service.

A magnificent Edwardian Satinwood serpentine fronted display cabinet made £1,800, while a Breitling Navitimer Chronograph watch which had seen better days – the glass scratched and with a crack – went for £1,600.

The undoubted highlight of the jewellery section was a beautiful carved jade seed pearl and lapis lazuli necklace. The hammer went down at £1,050 to a buyer in the room.

Of local interest was a circular wall clock that formerly graced the gallery at Hatch Beauchamp Church, near Taunton. This attractive timepiece was secured by a phone bidder for £480.

There was an eclectic range of items on offer at the sale including an African tribal carved ivory figure. Concerted bidding saw the hammer fall at £680.

An early 19th Century album of watercolour sketches by Alicia Anne Shring made £340.

A buyer in the saleroom secured a pair of George II silver old English pattern basting spoons for £330.

Once again demand for Oriental items proved robust. A successful phone bid of £300 procured a Shibayama inlaid hardwood tablescreen, which was decorated with birds and flowers.

Three phone bidders joined the fray to own an Art Deco Carlton ware shaped oval dish. This went for £200.

Entries are being accepted for the next sale, which takes place on Thursday, January 9.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday morning from 9am at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. There is plenty of parking on site. For further details contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.

Breitling Watch

Watch this space for glamour and glitz

December 2013

Forget the usual festive shopping haunts if you want to snaffle a unique treat this season then Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, is the perfect place to find a true Christmas cracker.

Watches never go out of fashion and they are currently enjoying buoyant prices throughout the antiques market.

Greenslade Taylor Hunt has a show-stopping ladies 18-carat white gold and diamond Omega watch at its monthly sale on Thursday, December 5. This lovely example has a price tag of between £500-£800.

For the action man only one make of watch will do – Breitling. This brand offers the ultimate in cool gadgetry – if your plane’s instruments fail it can take over the calculations. No wonder the Breitling Navimeter was named official watch of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in the 1960s! A boxed Breitling Navitimer circa 1969 is being offered in the sale at a guide price of £800-£1,200.

With the presents sorted turn your attention to giving your festive table some high-class style. Elkington, the eminent silversmiths of the 19th Century, pioneered and patented the electroplating process. An impressive Victorian silver centrepiece by the firm is offered in the December sale. This highly decorative piece is guided at £400-£600.

For more top end elegance a set of old Sheffield plate meat covers will give your table  a touch of Downtown Abbey refinement. This graded trio has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

A four piece Russian silver tea and coffee service would finish off proceedings with a flourish. This lovely ensemble is guided at £800-£1,200.

Meanwhile fashionistas need to make a date for Friday, December 6, for the chance to get their hands on an iconic Andy Warhol Pop Art dress. The epitome of cool comes under the hammer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s collectors’ sale.

The souper silkscreen on cotton paper dress features a series of Campbells Soup tins. It has a pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.

It is among a host of highly desirable items ranging from stamps and postcards, to militaria, die cast models and toys, to film memorabilia, at this eclectic sale of more than 600 lots.

Items for both sales are on view on Saturday, November 30, from 9am-12.30pm. Viewing continues on December 3 and 4 from 9am-5pm. The monthly sale commences at 10.30am on Thursday, December 5. The collectors’ sale gets underway at 10.30am on December 6.

To contact the salerooms call 01823 332525.

Collection of Die-Cast Tractors

Collection of Die-Cast Tractors

November 2013

A Collection of Die-cast model Tractors from the 1950's including a SHACKLETON "DAVID BROWN" TRACKMASTER 30 in red (1 of only 50 produced)

This interesting tractor along with others, have been entered in our forthcoming Collectors Sale on Friday 6th December at the Octagon Salesroom. 

Other items of interest include:

  • Coins
  • Militaria
  • Postcards
  • Stamps
  • Trains
  • Golfing equipment
  • TV and film memorabilia
  • Books (inc James Bond)
  • Dolls and Bears
  • Taunton Cider Mugs
  • Cameras and Binoculars etc

 

For further details please contact Mike Hooper on 01823 332525 or e-mail mike.hooper@gth.net

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Russian Painting

Russian “sleeper” awakes at Greenslade Taylor Hunt sale

November 2013

International bidders tussled to secure a 19th Century Russian oil painting and sent prices rocketing at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s November monthly sale.

Enormous pre-sale interest was stoked up when the picture by Alexander Gine (1830-1880) was featured on the auctioneers’ online catalogue.

Phone bidders from across the world, including Ukraine and New York, attempted to secure the painting. It was eventually knocked down to a determined buyer in the room for £22,500.

The picture, which achieved the top price of the day, was consigned from a local vendor who had no idea of the painting’s potential value.

It was among a strong painting section - a large-scale battle scene realised £4,500, while a portrait of Captain Robert Poole, a Somerset mariner who is buried in the churchyard at Staplegrove, near Taunton, made £550.

Another star performer was a very rare Lund’s Bristol cream boat. Perfect examples have been known to fetch up to £10,000. This piece was cracked and repaired, but its condition did not deter determined collectors. Eventually a phone bidder secured it for £2,200.

Strong interest continues in Oriental ceramics and works of art which were both well represented at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A Chinese famille verte charger made £600, while a white jade desk weight achieved £700. A good quality Japanese ivory Shibayama box went for £620. Top price in this section was a Chinese figural ewer that made £1,000.

It was the auctioneers’ best sale of the year with robust prices achieved across all sections – a bronze figure made £1,300 and a Welsh longcase clock went for £1,600.

A dazzling selection of jewellery also caught the eye and there was concerted bidding for the most prized pieces. A good diamond three stone ring – the central old cut diamond weighing around one carat - went for £1250.

High prices were achieved for a large selection of jewellery including a Middle Eastern gold filigree bangle that went for £820. A dainty and appealing Victorian diamond and sapphire brooch modelled as a bunch of flowers made £620.

Australian Arts and Crafts silver proved another draw. A number of lots by the well-regarded maker James Linton sold well. Highlights included a pair of silver serving spoons that went for £290 to a phone bidder.

The next monthly sale is on Thursday, December 5. It will be followed by a collectors sale on Friday, December 6.

Further details are available from the salerooms on 01823 332525.

Selection of Tractors

Rare model tractor in December collectors sale

November 2013

A Shackleton “David Brown” Trackmaster 30 – one of only 50 produced – will be among the attractions at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s December Collectors Sale on Friday, December 6.

Dating from the 1950s it is one of five lots of die-cast model tractors in the sale. The little red tractor, in “play worn” condition has an estimate of between £300 and £500.

Slides from the late 19th Century make up two lots in the diverse auction at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

Early examples of colour and black and white slides of the British Army and London landmarks feature along with a slide viewer. This lot has an estimate of between £150-£250.

Popular children’s favourites such as Alice in Wonderland and the Pied Piper make up another lot of early slides with a guide of £50-£80.

Two framed sets of artwork on tiles from the 1971 film The Last Valley will also be included in the sale. The film written and directed by James Clavell, who wrote the screenplay for The Great Escape, starred Michael Caine and also featured Omar Sharif. This unusual piece of celluloid memorabilia is guided at £200-£300.

Continuing the cinematic theme a striking signed photograph of Elizabeth Taylor in the role of Cleopatra is also available. The 1963 epic was one of the most expensive films ever made. The signed photograph is a more affordable £100-£150.

A mixed album of postcards chronicling the early 1900s is a charming history of the time. It includes a Great Yarmouth lifeboat crew, Cornish fishermen and views of Hong Kong and China. It has an estimate of £50-£80.

Entries for this sale are being accepted until Friday, November 15.  For further details please contact Mike Hooper on 01823 332525 or e-mail mike.hooper@gth.net

Items in this sale will include books, trains, diecast vehicles, cameras, binoculars, dolls, bears, musical instruments, coins, stamps, militaria, fishing and golf equipment.

On Thursday, November 7, the usual monthly sale takes place at the salerooms from 10.30am. It will feature a large selection of paintings and jewellery.

Every Monday a free valuation session is held at the salerooms from 9am-1pm.

Picture captions:

A group of model tractors.

A signed photograph of Elizabeth Taylor in the iconic role of Cleopatra.

Battle of Sedgemoor

Battle of Sedgemoor painting offered at monthly sale

October 2013

A large scale painting said to be of the Battle of Sedgemoor – the last battle fought on English soil - will feature at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale on Thursday, November 7.

The enormous picture in a fine, ornate frame, has hung in the head office of a long established firm for the past 50 years.

It depicts the doomed final efforts of the Duke of Monmouth and his pitchfork army to overthrow James II and his highly trained forces at Westonzoyland, near Bridgwater.

Three days after his defeat in July 1685 Monmouth was captured. He was later executed. Hundreds of his supporters were put to death on the orders of “Bloody” Judge Jeffreys’.

The terrible battle resonates today and a large section of the County Museum in Taunton is devoted to a display about the Monmouth rebellion. The picture has a guide price of £2,000-£3,000.

It is among a number of paintings at next week’s auction at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton.

A portrait of Captain Robert Poole, (1761-1833) holding a telescope under his right arm, a seascape with shipping beyond will also be offered.

Little is known about Captain Poole or his lengthy and successful maritime career. He is buried at St John’s Church, Staplegrove, Taunton., where a long epitaph bears witness to his character.

He is described as “a man distinguished alike by an enterprising spirit and inflexible integrity.”

It catalogues his career and records that he crossed the Equator to and from the Pacific Ocean 22 times; passed Cape Horn 17 times and sailed once around the globe. No mean feat in a time when even one voyage could prove fatal. He died at Staplegrove, Taunton, aged 72.

Viewing for the sale takes place on Saturday (November 2) from 9am-12.30pm and on Tuesday, November 5, and Wednesday, November 6, from 9am-5pm.

It will also be on view prior to the start of the sale at 10.30am on Thursday, November 7.

Case of Roach

Buyers reeled in by roach

October 2013

An array of sporting ephemera came under the spotlight at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s biannual West Country Sporting Sale this month.

More than 600 diverse lots from a pair of whales teeth to paintings of hunting scenes went under the hammer at this well regarded and supported event.

A multiplicity of taxidermy formed a considerable section of the auction and was much in demand. A splendid recumbent terrier on a red cushion proved particularly popular making £260 from a guide of £60-£80.

A cased display of five adult kingfishers and a nest of young fetched double its estimate going for £360.

A hare mask dating from the 1930s fetched £150 from a guide of just £20-£30.

It was a bowed glazed display case of three Roach swimming amongst rocks and water plants that caught the eye in this section. A phone bidder secured the lot with a bid of £1,100. It had a pre-sale estimate of £80-£120.

The fish theme continued with a cracking price achieved for a Hardy Perfect 4 ¼” salmon reel. The gavel went down at £290 from a guide of £80-£90.

A superb oil painting of hounds at a gate by the French artist Charles Oliver de Penne was secured by a phone bid of £1,800. This had been expected to achieve between £1,000 and £1,500.

Anybody with a Norfolk liar game counter would be well advised to dig it out and dust it off in readiness for the next West Country Sporting Sale in the spring.

Two examples were offered in the sale and both achieved excellent prices. An early Norfolk Liar Game Counter achieved £520 from a pre-sale guide of £350-£400. The other a G and JW Hawksley Norfolk Liar Game Counter went for £440 from an estimate of £350-£400.

The next monthly sale takes place on Thursday, November 7, from 10.30am at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton. This will include a special paintings section.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm. There is plenty of free on site parking for visitors.

Home valuations are available by arrangement. Please contact Stuart Triggol, the Saleroom Manager, on 01823 332525 for details.

French Paperweight

Little and large all find new homes at monthly sale

October 2013

Inclement weather conditions outside did not dampen the enthusiasm of buyers at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale last Thursday. (October 3)

An unusually large Edwardian Goliath pocket watch with a 12 centimetre white enamel dial drew a great deal of interest and bidding began at £180 thanks to pre-sale bids on the piece.

This figure was swiftly dwarfed as bidding rose dizzily to £500. This mighty sum proved enough for the successful bidder in the sale room to secure the watch.

The star lot was a French glass Millefiori paperweight in the manner of Baccarat. This small showstopper measured just nine centimetres in diameter and was expected to make between £300 and £400.

Again considerable pre-sale demand had pushed the price up as potential buyers vied for ownership and the bidding opened at £500.

There was plenty of determined interest from telephone bidders and those in the Taunton saleroom. The gavel finally came down at a dazzling £2,200 and was bought by a phone bidder.

Other highlights included an Italian micro mosaic brooch featuring a charming spaniel. This went for £260 comfortably exceeding its £100-£150 estimate.

An early 20th Century Arts and Crafts brass table lamp fetched £200 and was bought by a telephone bidder. This had been guided at between £50 and £80.

The next monthly sale, which will feature a special paintings section, takes place at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday, November 7.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm. Home visits can also be arranged by appointment. Please contact Stuart Triggol, Saleroom manager, on 01823 332525 for further details.

Bagley Study of Hounds

Countdown to eagerly anticipated West Country Sporting Sale

September 2013

Buyers from around the country are expected to attend Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s biannual West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, October 4.

The well-established and well-regarded sale will feature in the region of 600 lots encompassing a diverse selection of field sports, team sports and sporting art.

Works by principal artists will include hunting and sporting prints by Lionel Edwards, Cecil Aldin and Snaffles. In addition there will be an array of watercolours and oils.

The sale will commence at 10.30am with the sale of sporting books. A large range of fishing rods, reels and accessories will be featured.

Taxidermy continues to prove popular with collectors and an extensive selection will be on sale – the largest the auctioneers have ever had. This is made up of a nucleus of three collections including a pair of Snowy Owls, birds of prey, game and sea birds. There are stag heads and fox masks too plus an enormous assortment of mounted antlers.

Other sections of hunting interest will include hat, boots and coats, hunting horns and buttons as well as whips and sticks. Leather goods will also be on sale including hunting flasks and sandwich tins.

There is a large entry of Beswick horses including famous racehorses plus a variety of hunting groups and fox hounds in the silver, jewellery, ceramics and decorative section.

The sale will be on view on Saturday, September 28 at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach,Taunton, from 9am-12.30pm.

Viewing will also take place on Tuesday, October 1, and Wednesday, October 2, from 9am-5pm.

It will be a busy week for the auctioneers as the customary monthly sale takes place on Thursday, October 3, from 10.30am.

After the conclusion of this auction visitors will be able to view the lots for the sporting sale from 3pm-5pm.

For further details on the West Country Sporting Sale contact the Saleroom Manager, Stuart Triggol on 01823 332525.

Picture captions and estimates:

Bagley. Study of two hounds in a landscape £60-£80.

A silver presentation hunting horn by H Phillips, London 1930, estimate of £400-£500.

 

A Norfolk Liar Game Counter by G and J W Hawksley £300 - £400

Chinese Jade Squirrel

Bidders go nuts for squirrel

September 2013

Demand for Chinese jade was fevered as estimates toppled and the sale figure climbed to new heights at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s September monthly antiques auction.

The compact creature at the centre of the kerfuffle was a small celadon jade carving of a squirrel atop a melon. At just six centimetres long the tiny creation would comfortably sit in the palm of a hand.

Its diminutive nature did not dent demand for its charms. Interest in Chinese art is particularly strong and bidding flew along. The carving sold for £1,900 from a pre-sale guide of £150-£250.

A similarly stellar price was achieved for a fine late 19th Century French gilt figural mantel clock.

This distinctive piece featured two supports modeled as Diana holding a bow and dead game and another figure, possibly Amphitrite, holding a trident. The movement marked Japy Freres.

Spirited bidding in a busy saleroom saw this achieve £1,250 from an estimate of £400-£600.

Preparations are well in hand for next month when the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, plays host to two one day sales.

The customary monthly sale takes place on Thursday, October 3, and the biannual West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, October 4.

The long running and well-established West Country Sporting Sale will feature a wide range of items embracing field sports, team sports and sporting art.

Both sales will be on view on Saturday, September 28, from 9am-12.30pm, and on the Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1, and 2, from 9am-5pm.

Terrick Williams' Painting

Bidders wild about Harry but flower market steals the show

September 2013

Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, Taunton, last Thursday. (September 5)

The attractive piece by Royal Academician Terrick Williams had a guide price of £800-£1200.

Four phone bidders and interest in the saleroom saw this estimate left behind as the price climbed steadily and settled at £4,600.

Many of the large crowd at the sale had been attracted by the vast number of paintings  on offer at the auction which numbered more than 200.

As ever the local artist Harry Frier proved a perennial and lucrative drawer. His watercolour of the Tone Bridge in Taunton was expected to achieve £150-£250, but Frier fans doubled this and enthusiastic bidding saw the gavel eventually come down at £580.

Another picture attributed to Frier, but unsigned, of French Weir, Taunton, achieved £220 from a guide of £100-£150.

A phone bidder snapped up a fine depiction of Porlock Hill from Dunkery Beacon by the artist Frederick John Widgery. This had a pre-sale estimate of £120-£180 and went for £220.

Silver also sparkled at the sale, with a phone bidder successfully bidding £420 for a set of three good quality Art Deco silver boxes.

An elegant Victorian silver coffee pot of baluster shape with scroll handle, faceted spout, engraved with oval reserves, a crest to one and monogram another, was guided at £300-£400. It achieved £460.

The next sale is the West Country Sporting Sale on Friday, October 4. This popular sale will include a large entry of taxidermy.

Free valuation mornings are held at the East Reach sale rooms each Monday morning from 9am. There is plenty of free parking on site.

Langport Clock

All set for well timed sale

August 2013

A huge range of clocks to suit every pocket and taste is on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next monthly sale on September 5th.

Three long case Somerset clocks dating from the late 18th century are featured in the auction at The Octagon Salerooms, Taunton. The clocks were made in Taunton, Williton and Langport.

The Taunton one features an automaton top arch depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This appealing scene is enhanced when the clock chimes and

Eve picks a fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. It has a pre sale estimate of £400-£600.

A long case clock by the well-regarded maker James Thristle of Williton also features in the sale. Popular with collectors his fine timepiece has a guide of £450-£550.

The Langport clock made by William Preddy is expected to fetch £200-£300.

A stunning German oak bracket clock dating from the late 19th Century in the style of an earlier English 18th Century clock is a fine example of the type and is guided at £500-£800.

An illustration of a much earlier timekeeper is the lantern clock. These first appeared around 1640 and the one in the sale is from the early 18th Century. It has no maker’s name but is dated 1720.  The guide price is between £300-£500.

A good quality skeleton Victorian clock is guided at £250-£350.

A fine example of a French figural mantel clock also features in the sale. This item dates from the late 18th Century but is in the ornate style of Louis XV. It features Diana and Poseidon’s daughter bearing the clock aloft. This has a pre sale estimate of £400-£600.

Jaeger LeCoultre is one of “the” names in horology and one of the firm’s atmos clocks, which are powered by atmospheric pressure, will be offered at auction. It has a guide of £250-£350.

At the more modest end of the scale is a Smith Enfield mantel clock by Cozens of Taunton. Between 1930 and 1950 no self-respecting household would have been without one of these. It has a guide of £20-£40.

There is a large and eclectic mix of paintings at the sale too from the much-loved Somerset artist Harry Frier with his view of the Townbridge in Taunton, to the Royal Academician Terrick Williams and a scene of a French market. This attractive scene is expected to achieve between £800-£1200.

Viewing for the sale is on Saturday, August 31, from 9am-12.30pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3rd and 4th, from 9am-5pm.  The sale gets underway at 10.30am on Thursday, September, 5th. Viewing from 8.30am.

Chinese Silver

Chinese ceramics and paintings dazzle at sale

August 2013

J.M. Barrie’s freedom casket was the soar away success at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s recent monthly sale, however it was not the only lot that attracted interest.

Chinese ceramics and paintings proved an immense draw from knowledgeable bidders at the Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton.

A large collection  –  69-pieces of Chinese famille rose “Millefleur” black ground porcelain from the first half of the 20th Century had a pre-sale estimate of between £200-£300.

This was left trailing as the price climbed beyond £1,000, with the gavel finally settling on £1,300.

Similarly a set of five Chinese rice paper paintings proved equally appealing. Bidders pushed the price comfortably past the pre-auction guide of £200-£300. The paintings featuring a dignitary and attendants were resplendent with bright colours in enamels.  They sold for £1,950.

Chinese items of all descriptions continue to do exceptionally well at auction.

A Chinese export silver swing –handled preserve pot and spoon with a matching butter dish captured the imagination of a determined phone bidder. From an estimate of £150-£200 the price for this early 20th Century article nearly doubled and sold for £320.

J.M. Barrie’s silver freedom casket - presented to the author by his hometown of Kirriemuir took the top price of £7,200.

Demand for silver is extremely robust as was shown by the number of phone bidders and interests in the sale rooms.

Three phone bidders tussled over a large William IV silver salver. This elaborate piece was a weighty 111.5oz. It achieved £1,200.

The next sale to be held on Thursday, September 5, will include a special painting section.

The well-established biannual West Country Sporting Sale will be held on Friday, October 4. Further entries are now being accepted for this event with a closing date of Monday, September 9.

Free valuation mornings are held each Monday from 9am-1pm. There is ample, free parking on site. For further information call the salerooms on 01823 332525.

Freedom Casket

Peter Pan author’s silver casket hits price heights at sale

August 2013

Six telephone bidders called in to vie for ownership of J. M. Barrie’s Kirriemuir Freedom Casket at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly sale and blasted the pre- auction guide price into Neverland.

This beautiful Scottish silver Freedom Casket was presented to the Peter Pan author by his hometown of Kirriemuir in 1930 and was expected to achieve between £2,000 and £3,000.

Pre-sale interest in this fine piece was intense and on the morning of the auction six keen telephone bidders competed against interests in the saleroom to secure this important heritage item.

Furious bidding saw the price climb stratospherically with the gavel coming down at £7,200.

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Novelty Knife Rests

Cute pooches cut a dash at the dinner table

July 2013

This pair of Continental silver and whale’s tooth novelty knife rests would make a charming talking point at any dog lover’s meal time.

Modelled as a stylised Poodle, the pair, are among an eclectic mix of lots in Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s forthcoming monthly sale at The Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, on Thursday, August 8.The duo measuring 10.5cms long have a pre-sale estimate of £80-£120.

Another dainty delight is a small French ormolu figural timepiece. This enchanting item,

dating from the late 19th century, features a reclining Putto supporting a drum with his foot and hand. It is signed at the base F. Durand. It has an estimate of £150-£200.

Continuing the small and quirky theme is an attractive George III silver novelty nutmeg grater shaped as an egg. Just 5cm long it has the mark of of Samuel Meriton II, London, 1792. It is guided at £150-£250.

A hefty William IV silver salver represents the other end of the size stakes. This weighty item which tips the scales at 111.5oz and is 51cm in diameter is expected to fetch between £1,000-£1,500.

It bears the makers mark 'IW', London, 1832. It is a circular design with elaborate ‘C’ scroll and foliate rim, on four similarly decorated bracket feet. The underside has been repaired previously.

The sale starts at 10.30am. A viewing morning takes place on Saturday, August 3, from 9am-12.30pm. There are also viewing days on Tuesday, August 6, and Wednesday, August 7, both from 9am-5pm.  For further details phone Greenslade Taylor Hunt on 01823 332525.

Rare Elizabethan Spoon

Rare spoon proves real find in the cutlery drawer

July 2013

A rare Elizabethan spoon that until recently had done duty in a family’s cutlery drawer turned out to be one of the star turns at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s monthly antiques sale.

The uncommon item had been providing daily service as a sugar spoon in the family for generations. They had no idea of its rarity and its true origin only came to light when it was examined by the experts at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton.

The Elizabeth 1 “Maidenhead” Spoon dating back to 1567 had a guide price of £600-£800. However its unique qualities had bidders pushing the price up and the gavel landed at an impressive £1,300.

Other sale highlights included a beautiful Continental gold and enamel oval snuffbox dating from around 1800. This fine piece in eye-catching colours was expected to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500. In fact it achieved a splendid £4,100.

A pair of Edwardian novelty pincushions proved appealing too. A silver novelty pig made £170 from a guide of £50-£80, while a silver bird went for £180 from a guide of £80-£120.

Finally the opportunity to picnic in the style of Downton Abbey proved a big lure for bidders. Expected to realise between £50-£80 this substantial Edwardian wicker picnic basket complete with many original features including a copper kettle, sandwich boxes, a wicker clad flask, teapot and enamel plates went for £220. Lady Grantham would certainly have been impressed.

The next sale takes place on Thursday, August 8, from 10.30am. Items are still being accepted for this sale. Contact the salerooms on 01823 332525 and perhaps have a quick look through the cutlery drawer. Free valuation mornings are held every Monday from 9am-1pm. Simply turn up. There is plenty of parking on site.

A Sparkling £55,000 for impressive Diamond Ring

A Sparkling £55,000 for impressive Diamond Ring

July 2013

A large and impressive diamond single stone Ring weighting approx 6 carats attracted considerable interest at the Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton on Thursday 4th July selling for £55,000

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'J M Barrie Freedom Casket' to feature in August Antique Sale

'J M Barrie Freedom Casket' to feature in August Antique Sale

July 2013

The next monthly Antique Sale at the Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton on Thursday 8th August will include the 'J M Barrie Kirriemuir Freedom Casket', a Scottish silver Freedom Casket by Brook & Son, Edinburgh 1929 and presented to the author by the Provost, Magistrates and Council of his home town of Kirriemuir in 1930.

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Collection of early model Double Decker Tram Cars total £1,800

Collection of early model Double Decker Tram Cars total £1,800

June 2013

A Collection of seven 'O' Gauge double decker Trams Cars complete with their boxes, by A J Riensdyk, circa 1920, created considerable interest and sold for a total of £1,800 at a recent GTH Collectors sale held on Friday 7th June.

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Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl realises £3,100

Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl realises £3,100

June 2013

At the June Sale held at the Octagon Salerooms in East Reach, Taunton a Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Bowl sold for £3,100

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Spring West Country Sporting Sale

Spring West Country Sporting Sale

April 2013

Fine Oil Painting of Hounds realises £3,000 at West Country Sporting Sale

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Opening of the Octagon Salerooms

Opening of the Octagon Salerooms

April 2013

The Antiques Saleroom division of Greenslade Taylor Hunt are pleased to announce that their first sale at the Octagon Salerooms, East Reach, Taunton, will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2013 and further entries are now invited.

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Spring West Country Sporting Sale

Spring West Country Sporting Sale

January 2013

Further entries are now being accepted for the Spring West Country Sporting Sale to be held at Greenslade Taylor Hunt's Priory Saleroom in Winchester Street, Taunton, on Thursday 4th April.

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Special Section of Over 300 Lots of Collectors Items

Special Section of Over 300 Lots of Collectors Items

November 2012

Fortnightly Antiques Sale Thursday 29th November at 10 am to commence with a special section of over 300 lots of Collectors Items including Militaria, Trains, Cameras, Coins, Dinky Vehicles, Medals etc

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Dame Barbara Hepworth Small Oval, 1963  £325,000

The Joy Barnes Collection - 20th September 2012

September 2012

Spectacular results achieved at Greenslade Taylor Hunt's single owner sale.

The Collection of centenarian Joy Barnes, put together over a period of 40 years, exceeded all pre-sale estimates selling for a total hammer price of £723,000 at the Taunton Saleroom.

Highlighted by the front cover lot, ‘Small Oval’ a unique alabaster work by Dame Barbara Hepworth selling for £325,000 to an anonymous telephone bidder against determined bidding in the room. This lot was preceded by another Hepworth work entitled ‘Four Forms’ which fetched double its high pre sale estimate realising £98,000.
A good selection of contemporary and studio ceramics was keenly contested with 12 telephone lines battling to secure pieces by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Bernard Leach and Edmund de Waal.

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Barbara Hepworth, Four Forms

The Joy Barnes Collection

September 2012

A single owner sale of Modern British Art and Sculpture, Studio and Contemporary Ceramics, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art 

 

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Taunton bronze Bell realises £520

Taunton bronze Bell realises £520

July 2012

A 19th Century bronze Bell cast at The Taunton Cox's Foundry realised £520 at the GTH Priory Sale on 28th June.

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Diamond Jubilee Mug to Feature in Antique Sale

Diamond Jubilee Mug to Feature in Antique Sale

May 2012

With the nation preparing to celebrate our Queen's Diamond Jubilee next week GTH will include a Royal Commemorative Mug to celebrate Queen Victoria's own Diamond Jubilee in 1897 in their fortnightly sale on Thursday 31st May 2012.

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Victorian silver Presentation Tea Service realises £9,500

Victorian silver Presentation Tea Service realises £9,500

May 2012

A fine Victorian silver five-piece Tea Service with two Trays by Samuel Roberts & Charles Belk, Sheffield 1868, and retailed by J W Benson of 25 Old Bond Street, London realised the top price of £9,500 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt's fortnightly sale of antiques and collectables at their Priory Saleroom in Taunton on Thursday 3rd May.

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Victorian Corkscrew realises £10,600

Victorian Corkscrew realises £10,600

April 2012

A Victorian Corkscrew by Robert Jones & Sons of Cheapside, Birmingham took top honours selling for £10,600

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Oil Painting Spaniels at rest realises £2,800

Oil Painting Spaniels at rest realises £2,800

March 2012

A 19th Century English School Oil Painting of Spaniels at rest in a game larder took top honours selling for £2,800

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