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Sale SC21: Sporting and Collectors

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From Wednesday, 12th August 2015
Until Thursday, 13th August 2015

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Sporting and Collectors Sale

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Specialist Sporting and Collectors sale held at our Exeter auction rooms in Devon.

This auction has 1214 fine art lots.

Sale Notes

As eagerly anticipated as the arrival of the Rugby World Cup, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s two day sale of Sporting & Collectors’ items (SC21) will attract just as much worldwide interest.

The sale has over a thousand lots on offer for collectors of militaria, toys, dolls, trains, cars and even sporting antiques and memorabilia such as this Victorian Newport RFC rugby cap £200-£300) (SC21/464). Items of football and rugby interest that pre-date 1900 are sought after by collectors as many of the most famous clubs today were founded in the late 19th century. Exeter Rugby Club's first recorded match was October 1873.

The traditional market for antiques has moved on with each generation, while the Victorian chamber pot has gone the way of the dodo, collectors are keen to buy up pieces with a more nostalgic appeal. A prime example is the continued demand for mint and boxed diecast toys, such as the collection of Matchbox 1-75 series vehicles £200-£300 (SC21/765) and the strong international and online demand for Hornby, Tri-ang and Bassett- Lowke railways.

While we marvel at the modern technology of our latest smart phone or tablet, it is probably with equal reverence and amazement that generations of Victorians were enthralled with Magic Lantern slides (SC21/1148). The ‘Goodnight’ slide would have been the finale of an evening’s entertainment, but far from being a static picture, this has a hand cranked chromotope border producing a moving kaleidoscope effect. It may seem primitive by today’s standards, but the simplicity and quality of hand painted slides have an everlasting appeal.

The sale also has a strong section of militaria that has been a rising market over the past few years as the approaching anniversaries of major historical conflicts arise. This year, of course, is the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo and as well as the medal in this sale (SC21/309), Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood also has a very important manuscript in the hand of Lieut Col Robert Batty of the 1st Regiment of Life Guards relating to the Battle of Waterloo that will be offered in our Antiquarian Book Sale towards the end of August (BK14).

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100