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Maritime and Sporting

Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks
Department Head

Having re-introduced the Specialist Maritime Sale after a 15 year absence from the region, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Maritime sales have continued to grow from strength to strength. As the only auctioneers in the South West to provide a department dedicated to this field, it draws considerable national and international interest.

Edward Henry Hurdle (1821-1857); A Panoramic Shipping Scene on the River Exe, below Topsham; Sold for £5,800 

Amongst nautical themed ceramics, silver and pictures, the sale contains traditional crafted scrimshaw and sailor's valentines, such as a uniquely decorated example that sold for £7,000 in 2006.

Exceptional pieces such as the fine early 19th Century model of HMS Mars which sold for £68,500 and the splendid pair of bronze "Coote Cannon" that fetched £20,000 has given the department a high reputation for both sale entries and hammer prices.

With pieces ranging from the early days of navigation such as an 18th century backstaff, to those from historically significant ships of the 20th century, the popularity of the sale continues to swell, so that from 2009, the specialist Maritime sale will be held twice a year.

A Victorian Silver and Enamel golfing vesta; London 1891; Sold for £1,050As West Country auctioneers, the Sporting Sale very much reflects the history and tradition of the region. Field sports are a major part of many peoples lives today, as they have been for centuries. The sale has a following of collectors interested in riding, shooting and fishing equipment, pictures, books and curiosities, even those interested in early golfing items that are willing to bid £1,050 for a silver and enamel vetsa.

In both cases Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood has identified a growing market outside of the traditional repertoire of auction houses and developed these specialist themed sales to the success enjoyed today.

A pair of 37 inch bronze five stage cannon by J Wolff of Southampton originally belonging to Sir Eyre Coote GCB 

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Sporting Categories

Sale BK14; Lot: 0101: KORAN Illuminated manuscript, 410 pages, 221 x 141 mm, cont red gilt morocco, with matching doublures, gilt edges, with flap, AH 1293 [1876 A D]. * the caligrapher Yayya Hilmi ''Efendi'', the illumination is of outstanding quality, including a magnificent double frontispiece, decorated in two tones of gold, light green and pale blue. Each panel of text is within a thick gold border with decorations in the margins. The tissue guards protecting the frontispiece are also exquisitely illuminated. This manuscript belongs to the Court style of Ottoman manuscripts, made as gifts and endowments. It was therefore most probably produced in Constantinople.

Sale: BK14 (26 Aug 2015)
Auction Lot: 0101
Estimate: £1,000-£1,500
Realised: £230,000
KORAN Illuminated manuscript, 410 pages, 221 x 141 mm, cont red gilt morocco, with matching doublures, gilt edges, with flap, AH 1293 [1876 A D]. * the caligrapher Yayya Hilmi ...

Sale SE48; Lot: 0151: A translucent white guilloche enamelled cane handle of tapering cylinderical form with foliate chased two-colour gold bands struck with marks for Henrik Wigstorm, 47mm long, in a fitted holly wood case stamped 'Faberge', together with a handwritten note.

Sale: SE48 (05 Nov 2008)
Auction Lot: 0151
Estimate: £6,000-£8,000
Realised: £15,500
A translucent white guilloche enamelled cane handle of tapering cylinderical form with foliate chased two-colour gold bands struck with marks for Henrik Wigstorm, 47mm long, in a fitted holly wood ...

Sale FS24; Lot: 0292: Myles Birket Foster [1825-1899] - 'The Elderberry Gatherers'- signed with monogram lower left, titled on gallery label on reverse pencil and watercolour with bodycolour on paper 33.5 x 69.5.

Sale: FS24 (28 Oct 2014)
Auction Lot: 0292
Estimate: £12,000-£18,000
Realised: £11,000
Myles Birket Foster [1825-1899] - 'The Elderberry Gatherers'- signed with monogram lower left, titled on gallery label on reverse pencil and watercolour with bodycolour on paper 33.5 x 69.5.