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Maritime and Sporting

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.

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.

As 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.

News and Articles

A Rare and Well Preserved Arctic Exploration Sledge Flag For Admiral George Richards KCB (MA17/113). Brian Goodison-Blanks, Head of the Maritime and Sporting Department, previews one of the exciting lots from the upcoming June 2017 Maritime Auction, which will be held at our Exeter Salerooms with Live Online Bidding Support.
A rare .177 calibre lever-cocking air pistol, Lincoln Jefferies Type B model number 43 being offered in the Sporting and Collectors Auction on 12th August 2015. Brian Goodison-Blanks has thrown up a very rare early model Lincoln Jeffries .177 Air Pistol, which will be auctioned in August 2015, while rummaging around on an appointment.
A diving helment from the Tony and Yvonne Pardoe Collection, which will be auctioned in June 2016. We have used the Internet and social media to generate considerable interest from a global audience in this niche collection months before it is due to be sold. Brian Goodison-Blanks reflects on how the Internet is changing the fundamental dynamics of the auction market. While there is no doubt that online technologies have been highly disruptive, the auctioneer has not fallen in the digital age. Indeed, by embracing the new technologies, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are reaching many more buyers world-wide, often for items with very niche appeal.

Valuation Appointments

The Maritime and Sporting Department can arrange to visit you whether you are looking to sell your maritime or sporting artefacts or would like an insurance valuation.


Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks
Department Head

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