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Sale SC20: Sporting and Collectors

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From Wednesday, 25th February 2015
Until Thursday, 26th February 2015

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.

This auction has 1327 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

Once again the Sporting & Collectors sale of 25th/26th February 2015 is a wonderful mix of toys, dolls, militaria and collectables that certainly fulfils the old adage 'something for everyone'.

There are three classic vehicles to start the sale. The 1972 BMW 2002 (SC20/5), estimated at £1,500-£2,000, was purchased new and has had one careful owner with a full service history and a genuine 68,000 miles on the clock. As classic cars become more of an investment financially, the fun from owning them is an added bonus with more and more people taking part in rallies and events like The Goodwood Revival. The Ford Popular (SC20/3), which is estimated at £800-£1,000, and the Citroen (SC20/4), estimate £4,000-£5,000, could often be seen at historic events around the South West up until 2007, when they were placed into storage. Both are in good order and only require a little work to have them both trundling along the Devon lanes again.

The market for medals and militaria shows no signs of slowing in the current market and the sale contains a good selection of swords, bayonets and antique firearms. One of the more interesting lots is a World War One DFC group of four to Squadron Leader Arthur Watts Williams with related photographs and ephemera (SC20/469), which is estimated at £2,000-£4,000. During WWI, air warfare was in its infancy and many of the early planes were merely wood and canvas constructions, making the details of Arthur Watts Williams's endeavours even more courageous:-

"Cptn Williams with 2/Lt Watters as his observer, took part in a night raid on a railway junction. Getting well over the objective they descended to 500ft and released four bombs on a moving train. Then they, in face of heavy and accurate fire, flew up and down the junction and railway track, at altitudes varying between 250-90ft, bombing the station and sidings with machine gun fire. Captain Williams has carried out fifteen night bomb raids with great success, proving himself and able and courageous pilot."

It is also worth remembering that early bombs were sometimes dropped by hand!

One of the things that makes the sale so interesting is the nostalgic reaction of many people who come to the sale and see something that reminds them of their own childhood. There are always a good selection of dolls and bears on offer as well as OO/HO railway and diecast vehicles. One that stands out in particular is the extremely rare Lesney Models of Yesteryear Y-8 1926 Bullnose Morris Cowley with tow hitch (SC20/1022), estimated at £600-£800. Verified by the factory as original, it is not known how many or why this model has a tow hitch, but for collectors it will certainly be a prize piece for their collection and should reach the upper end of its pre-sale estimate.

One of the benefits of the services and diversity of sale that Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood provide is the opportunity of single owner collections to be placed into specialist sales. As well as two single owner collections of swords and bayonets within the sale are collections of Fire Brigade and Police uniforms and equipment. The Merryweather pattern fire helmets (SC20/542) and (SC20/543) are instantly recognisable and popular with collectors, justifying their pre sale estimates of £400-£600 and £700-£900 respectively.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100