Overall the sale enjoyed a selling rate of 95 per cent, which was particularly impressive given the range and scope of the items on offer.
These included a Roland RE-201, commonly known as the Space Echo. The Roland Corporation produced this audio analogue delay effects unit between 1974 and 1990. The unit was widely used and continues to be preferred over digital delay units by a number of guitarists, who praise its sound and reliability. The example at Greenslade Taylor Hunt made a very sound £620.
Top lot of the day, and of local interest, was an impressive collection of Somerset Light Infantry, West Somerset Yeomanry and North Somerset Yeomanry badges, shoulder titles, medals, cloth insignia and other items.
A net bidder paid £2,585 for this exemplary collection, which was framed and glazed as one.
Of further local interest was a 5-inch gauge well-engineered scale model of the Great Western Railway (later British Railways Western Region) Manor Class 4-6-0 tender locomotive ‘Torquay Manor’; built by the late Peter Adams of Bridgwater, after the designs of Martin Evans.
Despite lacking a tender it proved popular with bidders and attracted two phone lines eager to gain possession. Eventually one of the phones edged ahead of other interested parties and the lot sold for £2,200.
Stamp collections are a staple at any collectors’ sale and the March event featured a number of appealing offerings. Top of the pile was a British Commonwealth Collection in a Gibbons King George VI album. A room bidder paid £1,850.
A phone bidder was successful with a collection of late 19th or early 20th Century decorative printed paper, possibly wallpaper designs, which had come from a house clearance. These were bought for £1,725.
A commission bidder paid £1,050 for a Jaques Staunton pattern weighted chess set of boxwood and ebony.
A tinplate live steam river launch “Turbinia” which had come straight out of an attic was another good performer. Once the dust was removed a rusty label on the boat revealed the name of “Bing”, the German maker. It sold for £680.
Preparations are in hand for next month’s sale, which takes place on Thursday, April 4. It will be followed by the biannual Spring Sporting Sale, which is overseen by Stuart Triggol.
To consign items for either sale please contact the salerooms on 01823 332525.