With an outstanding selling rate of nearly 95%, and a series of impressive results across all sections, Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s latest collectors’ sale was rated a huge success. Buyers – some of whom had cleared snow from their vehicles before setting off – descended on the Taunton saleroom from far and wide, or joined battle on-line, drawn by the eclectic mix of quality lots on offer.

A single-owner collection of stamps yielded over £5,500, with a horizontal pair of penny blacks reaching £420 and a Great Britain and Commonwealth album fetching £850. Postcards were also in high demand, with one family collection bringing a combined £1,295. This had been carefully divided into smaller groups to maximize the return.

“Our approach differs to that of many auction houses,” explained Peter Rixon, Head of Greenslade’s Collectors’ Department. “We appraise each card individually and take the time to arrange them into attractive lots which are then described in detail.”

It is a tactic that clearly pays off, to the advantage of vendors and specialist buyers.
A small quantity of coins, consigned following one of the company’s free monthly valuation sessions at the Sedgemoor Auction Centre, just outside Bridgwater, brought a total of £1,695, and even stronger sums were paid for some of the medals and militaria coming under the hammer. An exceptional Great War Military Cross group of medals awarded to a Captain in the West Yorkshire Regiment and his wife, a nurse with the Voluntary Aid Detachment, sold for £2,600; while a private collector bid £1,700 for an Egypt medal and three others to a soldier of the 1st Life Guards. A Great War and later group of three medals, including an India General Service Medal, to a Pilot Officer of the R.A.F. made £1,000 after a two-way telephone tussle.

The final instalment of a collection of diecast model Formula 1 racing cars realised £1,963, with pole position going to an Exoto Williams FW14B, as driven by Nigel Mansell, at £130, bringing the final total for the entire collection, sold over several sales, to £10,650. A Dinky Lady Penelope Fab 1 made an appropriately fabulous £140, and a childhood Corgi Batmobile and Bat Boat from the 1970s, sold for a bat-tastic £170.

Model trains always sell well in Greenslade’s specialist sales and a Cheddar Models 16mm scale live-steam side tank locomotive was contested to £500. The same determined buyer bid £220 for a smaller locomotive with similar running gear, while an internet purchaser claimed a Hornby OO gauge live-steam model of the L.N.E.R. Class A4 locomotive ‘Mallard’ with a call of £240. Among the dolls an unmarked Jumeau was taken to £600 and a large S.F.B.J. reached £240.

Interest levels, and prices, held firm right through to the last lots of the day, which included a Swiss musical box by Nicole Freres at £700, a rare Anderson ‘Three Star’ whisky water jug at £320, a model of the Bristol Channel pilot cutter ‘Marguerite’ at £260, and a small box of lace at £280.

Entries are currently being accepted for Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s next collectors sale, in March 2018, and for the ever-popular collectors’ sections (of 50-100 lots) that feature within each monthly antique sale. An extra, timed, on-line, collectors’ sale is also planned to end in mid January.