January Auction A Huge Success

An account of Wednesday’s auction.

INTRODUCTION

James and Sons had their first auction of 2018 on Wednesday, and this post tells the story of that auction. 

TUESDAY – SET UP

Most of the setup work for the auction was accomplished on Tuesday. First, some stock had to be cleared away from the tables that were to be used for the auction, and then the stock we brought down (lots 1-488, after which would be taking a break, and might bring down the second half lots if it seemed necessary) was laid out on one table, and the IT setup completed on the other. I did a preliminary test to make sure that all was working.

THE AUCTION

Everything went smoothly on the morning of the auction, and we started as intended at 10 o;clock. Lot 7, a small collection of Masonic medals, with a modest estimate of 30-50 ended up selling for £200.

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Lot 7 (four images total)

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THE STORY OF LOT 17

This lot had had a lot of advance publicity, and what happend to it was crucial to the overall success or otherwise of the auction. Before Christmas I had put out various emails and press releases about this item, one result of which was an advertisement on the armourer website. It had also been the front cover item on the printed catalogue. In the run up to the auction I had received a query asking for close-ups of maker’s marks on the Russian Order of St Anne gold medal, which was the key part of the group in terms of its value. One of the two people I sent such pictures two did not respond and the other sent an exceedingly insulting response. I had been checking on the-saleroom.com andf noted that this item had 15 watchers. So, it came to time for it go under the hammer, and following the-saleroom.com standard rule of 60% of lower estimate, the opening price was £3,600. The bidding proceeded at such a pace on the internet that by the time the auctioneer had finished announcing the item £5,000 had come and gone. Eventually the hammer went down at £8,200. You can find visit the two articles I wrote about this yesterday:

  1. A specialised article focussing only on this item for military publications.
  2. A more general article for less specialist readers.

Here are some images of this lot:

Jutland 7
Lot 17

Jutland back reducednaming

russian medal - close up
The key element of the group
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The maker’s mark shot

THE REMAINDER OF THE AUCTION

After that it was not going to matter much what happened for the rest of auction. As it happened there were a few more bright spots. Lot 718, a large collection of penny reds and the odd twopenny  blue, all with GWR perfins, went for £120:

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Lot 852, one of three lots subsituted after the catalogue was printed (three Victorian era hunter watches that replaced three other less significant items) which went in to the online version of the catalogue with an estimate of £50-60 sold for £140. Here are images of all three items:

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Lot 852, the lot that sold so well (this is a composite image showing both the face and the workings – one of four images for this lot)

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Lot 851

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Lot 853

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Even then there was still one spectacular sale to come. Lot 864, four vintage gold-nibbed pens with some restoration required, had been expected to make £30-50, but had attracted plenty of interest before the auction, and ended up selling for £180. 

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Lot 864
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The nibs, imaged in response to an internet enquiry.
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Two of tghe pen ,lids were damaged (this pic and the next), again picked up on while responding to an internet enquiry.

864-damaged lid 2

 

A Very Important Petition and Imaging for the May Auction

A signpost to a pwtition that should get very biog very quickly, some of the best images from today at work and a couple of links relating the latest blunder by the Goldsmith campaign for London Mayor.

INTRODUCTION

A two part-post, as I was always going to be sharing some images from today, and I have something else that needs to be given prominence…

PETITION: QUALIFICATIONS OF HEALTH PROFESSIONAL FOR PIP/WCA
MEDICAL TO BE OPENLY AVAILABLE

I received a comment on my recent post “Many Things” (I have the commenter’s permission to quote verbatim) that runs as follows:

i started a petition to have open transparency about the Health care professionals that do the WCA a assessment on behalf of the dwp, the reason for this is that are they qualified for the role there doing ie a physiotherapist doing a mental health assessment for bi-polar, ask directly for there qualifications and you will find a wall of hiding behind laws, so to make it easier the petition is about having this in public domain so vunerable adults do not have to go through loops to find out the information and decide whether the person that assessed them is fit for purpose, in light of channel 4 dispatches nothing has changed so this is more important now. can you sign please the link is below https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/126229

This petition struck instantly, and I followed up the link, which revealed the following:

Petition

I have signed this petition, shared on twitter & facebook, and urge everyone to sign and if you are able share it. Please use the link below:

VIEW, SIGN AND SHARE PETITION HERE

MAY IMAGING

Today at work I made a stgart on the imaging for the May auction, and here are some of the highlights for you…

THE CASE OF MR GOLDSMITH
AND THE SCRAPED BARREL

Mike Sivier at Vox Political set me on to this story, which is typical only worse of the way in which the whole of Mr Goldsmith’s campaign for London Mayor has been run:

  1. Mike’s post, which signposts…
  2. This Guardian piece.

 

Some Interesting Lots From Yesterday

All the items featured in this post will go under the hammer on February 25th at Fakenham Racecourse, sale to commence at 10AM. In each case bar one they warranted more than one image, and in each case I am including the whole gallery.

I will go in number order, so here is lot 761:

Lot 761 (all items)
Lot 761 (all items)
A close up of the watch and the two mini plaques.
A close up of the watch and the two mini plaques.

Next up comes lot 794, a ships wheel with clock set into the centre and accompanied by a brass anchor…

The full lot 794
The full lot 794
The clockface
The clockface
The wheel in full without the anchor.
The wheel in full without the anchor.

Lot 797 was also a wheel of sorts, a Cinderella style spinning wheel…

The spinning wheel in all its glory.
The spinning wheel in all its glory.
A close up of the wheel itself!
A close up of the wheel itself!

Lot 798, is certainly a striking piece…

The whole of lot 798
The whole of lot 798
A close up of one of the handles.
A close up of one of the handles.

Lot 875 only got the one image, and no prizes are awarded to anyone who knows anything about me for guessing why I considered it of particular interest!

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Finally, a couple of potential posters based on the toys I imaged yesterday…

The first composite image
The first composite image
The second composite image.
The second composite image.
The central part of my first composite image.
The central part of my first composite image.

Toy Poster 1 Toy Poster 2

Imaging and My Personal Twitter Account After Two Weeks

I spent most of today imaging lots for our November auction, full details as follows: Prince of Wales Suite, Fakenham Racecourse, November 29th, starts 10AM sharp. I have plenty of good pics to share with you as a result.

It is now two weeks since I launched by personal twitter account, @aspitweets, and I now have 114 followers, have been favourited over 200 times and have been named as one of the top retweeters. I will always follow more people than follow me because I have a strict “always followback” policy and not everyone else does.

Anyway, time for those pics…

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A Minor Database Triumph and some October Imaging

I have finally cracked the production of an overall vendors report for each sale. That done I made a start on imaging lots in the October sale (given that I shall be on holiday for lot of the run up I badly needed to do some of this work early). I also have some King’s Lynn images to use, so lots of fine photos for you to enjoy…

Yes - a genuine gold nugget (9 ct) -the main image, not featured here includes the certificate.
Yes – a genuine gold nugget (9 ct) -the main image, not featured here includes the certificate.
Watch
I have never seen a watch like this before.

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Silver hook
If you look closely you can see the hallmarks…
...and in this close up shot, the hallmarking is in plain sight.
…and in this close up shot, the hallmarking is in plain sight.

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Fortunately plans are afoot to knock this down and build something decent in its place.
Fortunately plans are afoot to knock this down and build something decent in its place.

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A hectic end to a hectic work week

No further progress on the database front today, but lots of imaging, and resolving queries (for the last hour, after the new images had gone off to ATG Media).

The lots I imaged today covered a very wide range and left me spoilt for choice as to what to include.

I notice that India, needing a win in the final test at The Oval to square the series are currently 125-9 (albeit having been put in, unlike in the previous test, when  they chose to bat first and did not do a whole lot better). I also note, encouragingly for England, that it has been Woakes and Jordan who have done most of the damage (or been the principle beneficiaries of poor Indian batting?) rather than the much more established Broad and Anderson.

Now for those pictures…

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Coins
some very

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764 - watch
This watch has its original box as well.

Medals - 521 745 - Ephemera 748 - Ephemera 348 - coins 348a - coins

Auctions and a seismic upset at Wimbledon

After a constructive Great Centenary Auction organising meeting, and a tour of inspection of the area where the Raynham Hall auctions will take place (the rehearsal aka James and Sons July sale, and the big event in September), which latter took in some heavy lifting but also provided some photo opportunities as you will see, it was back to the shop and more imaging. Some of the pictures I am putting up will have been seen by users of Facebook and Twitter.

Although I missed much of the day’s action from Wimbledon I was back in time to listen to the closing stages of 19 year old Nick Kyrgios’ spectacular defeat of world no 1 Rafael Nadal. The last time a world no one was beaten by a teenager was nine years ago when Federer was beaten by Nadal.

Now for those pictures…

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Yes - we have been assigned quarters in the stables.
Yes – we have been assigned quarters in the stables.

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A nuisance of pigeons - or  perhaps the alliteration of a pestilence of pigeons.
A nuisance of pigeons – or perhaps the alliteration of a pestilence of pigeons.

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This interesting window i situated in a position where the only person who regularly has the chance to see it is me.
This interesting window i situated in a position where the only person who regularly has the chance to see it is me.

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Stock for the July auction.
Stock for the July auction.
A stout ring like this on each section of door, a chain to link them and a stout padlock will sort out security.
A stout ring like this on each section of door, a chain to link them and a stout padlock will sort out security.

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On auction day(s) a marquee will be set up on this lawn.
On auction day(s) a marquee will be set up on this lawn.

OPENING PARCELS