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Sale SC19: Sporting and Collectors

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From Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
Until Thursday, 4th September 2014

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Two Day Sporting and Collectors Sale

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Specialist Sporting and Collectors sale held at our Exeter auction rooms in Devon with a wide variety of sporting items on offer from guns to memoriabilia as well as an eclectic range of artefacts to interest serious collectors.

This auction has 1369 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

The growing popularity of the Sporting & Collectors auction has led to it being one of the more eagerly awaited sales on the calendar, and the next sale being over the two days of 3rd & 4th September 2014 is certainly proof of this.

Having over 1,300 lots in the sale means that there is something for all enthusiast and collectors of antique firearms, taxidermy, antique swords, railwayania, medals and militaria, as well as many other areas. Throughout the sale, there are a number of single owner collections that have been consigned, including swords, medals and trains. Among the swords, there is a good example of an 18th century basket hilt sword (SC19/141; estimated at £1,500-£2,000), with international Internet interest certain to raise the eventual hammer price for this and many others items in this section of the sale.

The auction includes over 100 lots of medals on the first day, which includes several Distinguished Service Medals, Military Medals and OBEs. There is World War II DFC group (SC19/349) to Wing Commander Henry Bernard Collins Victorian Order (4th Class),  estimated at between £4,000 and £5,000. Flight Lieutenant Collins won his DFC on the night of 25th May 1940 whilst flying an Imperial Airways Ensign. He delivered much needed anti-tank ammunition to the retreating British forces near Armentieres, landing his 20 ton aircraft in a potato field which was only 500 yards long. The ammunition was delivered, the aircraft camouflaged with netting, latter they took off with 3 tons of mail and various generals arriving safely back at Croydon.

There is also a WWI DSM group of five (SC19/276)  awarded to 231577 William Henry Hoyle, Petty Officer HMS Norwhal, which is estimated at £600-£800. These are perhaps two highlights of the First and Second World war medals in the sale. There are also a number of 19th century medals, including a Waterloo Medal to Charles Quinn 1st Batt 40th Rgt Foot (SC19/427) estimated at £1,000-£1,500; an India Army Medal (SC19/426), a Crimea medal (SC19/425) and others.

A rare Britains diecast horseracing figure will attract interest on the second day and should encourage strong bidding. The figure of the Duchess of Norfolk's racing colours achieved notoriety for their un-licenced use of Micky Mouse. The figure (SC19/1292), made by Britains, was one of the first instances of Disney allowing another company to reproduce an image of Micky Mouse. In its original box, it should race past the pre-sale estimate of £300-£500.

With so many diverse categories over the two days the prospect of viewing would seem daunting. However, the online catalogue and division of the sale will help everyone to find something for their collection. Other notable highlights over the two days are a pair of bronze stags, after Jules Moigniez, each standing on rocky outcrops, on polished oval marble bases  (SC19/16), which are estimated at £700-£900; a family group of four cased fish, with a pre-sale estimate of £1,000-£1,500 (SC19/42); a pair of Irish Flintlock pistols by Whitney of Cork (SC19/132), estimated at £3,500-£4,000; and two pairs of rare WWII German U-Boat binoculars £400-£600 each (SC19/535) (SC19/536).

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100