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Value and variety served up at collectors' sale

March 2024

The first specialist collectors’ sale of the year was an unrivalled success for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s antiques department, which is now settled into its new home at Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Junction 24, North Petherton.

The move means the department, now re-named The Somerset Auction Rooms, can offer a more extensive range of sales from its new larger base. The four collectors’ sales have now been increased to six to meet the demand from sellers and buyers alike.

Last week’s sale attracted a range of high quality lots from coins to collectables, paintings to postcards.

It was the early examples of photographs that captivated collectors, both virtual and in-room bidders.

Two albums of late 19th Century and early 20th Century, mainly featuring overseas views, were snapped up by an online buyer for £1,200.

A room bidder was successful with another selection of photos that encompassed naval, Hong Kong and Indian interest. These went for £1,000.

Both lots had been handed down through the generations of a seafaring family, who were much travelled in the Far East and India when foreign travel was out of reach for most ordinary individuals.

The wide sweep of the collectables market was in evidence with both a consignment of whisky and a collection of model tractors selling well.

The canny whisky vendor had begun his hobby before the fashion for whisky collecting and investment buying really took off. He concentrated on single malts with a strong following and distilleries with a smaller output.

This broad method of collection ensured there was something for everyone looking for a wee dram, collectively it sold for £3,800.

Appropriately as the saleroom is now situated beside the biggest market in the country model tractors appealed to salegoers and the models made a total of £3,000.

Brown furniture is too often dismissed nowadays as undesirable, but it depends on the type of brown furniture!

There is still interest in attractive pieces – a late 19th/early 20th Century oak cricket table sold for £800, while an early 19th Century mahogany and brass-bound campaign chest went for £550 and an early 19th Century mahogany Wellington chest of eight drawers achieved £400.

The next collectors and selected antiques sale takes place on Wednesday, April 24, from 11.30am. For more information, please call the saleroom on 01278 410250.

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