Antique Furniture & Collectors’ Items

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Friday 06 January 2017

Commencing at 11:00am

Bedford Auction Centre


Thursday 5th January – 9am to 6pm,
Morning of sale from 9am

The first Friday of every month sees a specialist auction of Antiques and Collectable’s at the Bedford Auction Centre. A range of Antique Furniture, Pictures, Ceramics & Glass, Silver, Metalware, Boxes and Caddies, Militaria and other collector ’s items are offered for sale.

Condition Reports
Condition reports and further images of lots are available for this sale via the

We regret that we are unable to process requests for condition reports received after 1.00pm on the day preceding the sale

Illustrated catalogues are available for all Antique and Specialist sales. (£5.00 by post). These sales can also be viewed on–line 10 days prior to the auction.

Entries are accepted up to three weeks prior to a Specialist sale or by prior arrangement, please contact the nearest office for further details.

Delivery Service
Clients requiring delivery of furniture should enquire at the office.

Mailing & Postage
All mailing is handled by Mail Boxes Etc.
St Loyes House, 20 St. Loyes Street, Bedford MK40 1ZL
T: 01234 305 544

Regular valuation days are held in the saleroom for clients wishing to include items in the sale.

If you own anything which you think might be suitable for one of our monthly sales  please contact Lindsay Vintiner or Matthew Baker on
01234 266366 or
For an approximate estimate, email us with a description and image of your item. For larger or multiple items, we are happy to arrange for a valuer to visit your home or premises at your convenience.

Recent Highlights

Recent sale results from this auction are displayed below. To view highlights from other auctions, click here.

Bedford Auction Centre

A set of eight George III and later mahogany and upholstered dining chairs, including two carvers, with swag decorated back rails on square straight legs joined by stretchers

Sold for £1050

A Chinese celadon crackle glaze dish of oval form on four feet, gilt script to base, w. 21.5 cm

Sold for £1700

A gold 20 dollar coin dated 1908, 33.4 gms

Sold for £870

McCarthy J. H.: A collection of the writer's hand-written diaries, in various formats, for each year from 1886 - 1935. (Individual Diaries for the years 1878, 1880, 1882, 1890, 1894, 1895, & 1933 are not present). Entries include references to accounts of excursions abroad, visits to Galleries, dictation of his work, practise with an air pistol, books bought and read, Theatre outings, visits to a wide range of UK locations, visits to Publishers including Chatto & Kegan Paul, House of Commons, Meetings of the Dramatists' Club, meetings with various celebrities including - Walter Crane, George Meredith, Jerome and Pinero, monetary matters and a wide range of other activities. Some of the entries are very brief, others more extensive. Overall, a wide ranging biographical, literary and historical archive of potential interest to a range of research specialists in a number of fields. Together with a small collection of other miscellaneous note books.

Sold for £1600

An early 19th century silver and parcel gilt mounted turtle`s carapasse for use as a table snuff, Nathaniel Mills, Birmingham 1827,
l. 10.5 cm

Sold for £2500

An 18th century-style walnut bijouterie cabinet, the glazed surface on four cabriole legs joined by a cross stretcher on ball and claw feet,
w. 76 cm

Sold for £500

A 19th century mantle clock, the movement striking on a gong with a Westminster chime, the gilt dial with silvered chapter ring within an ormolu mounted ebonised case of architectural form surmounted by acorn finials, h. 42 cm

Sold for £750

A Japanese Meiji period ivory and Shibayama inlaid okimono modelled as a marrow, signed, l. 13 cm

Sold for £1000

A Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson oak nest of three tables on octagonal legs with the mouse signature, max. w. 60 cm

Sold for £740

A vintage motor racing helmet with a cork interior and leather lining together with associated strap and wiring

Sold for £320

A Jaeger-LeCoultre 'Atmos' clock, the cream dial with Roman numerals and a visable escapement within a gilt metal five glass case, h. 22.8 cm, together with the box and documentation

Sold for £1100

An Indian yellow metal necklace set bone, turquoise, pearl and synthetic polished gemstones within leaf and teardrop shaped settings suspended on a facet cut chain, overall 39.5 gms

Sold for £800

A Regency-type mahogany 'Johnson' extending table, the circular surface with five leaves fitting around exterior on four turned supports joined by a circular stretcher on splayed feet, max. d. 182.5 cm, with a fitted box holding the leaves

Sold for £1200

A late 19th century continental yellow metal and enamel decorated novelty pocket watch in the form of a stringed instrument, the white enamelled dial with black Roman numerals having a fusee movement with verge escapement

Sold for £2000

An early 18th century-style two seater sofa, the upholstered seat and back supported by satin walnut arms and cabriole feet

Sold for £480

A Liberty & Co. mantle clock, the Tudric pewter hammered case of domed form with bun feet, the copper and enamelled face with Roman numerals, stamped marks to base and numbered '01346', h. 16 cm

Sold for £650

A Chinese 'Tael' ingot of circular form, stamped '1000' and with Chinese characters, d. 3.5 cm, 37.4 gms

Sold for £915

Henry John Sylvester Stannard
'The New Kitten',
35 x 51 cm

Sold for £720

A George I secretaire-chest and cabinet, stained in the 'Mulberry' manner, bearing the label G. Coxed and T. Woster, h. 180 cm, w. 108 cm, d. 57 cm

Sold for £26000

A French 19th century rosewood, kingwood crossbanded, mother of pearl and boulle work bookcase cabinet, the shelves enclosed by two glazed doors, over a drawer and two solid doors decorated with two-headed eagles, the pediment surmounted by a pair of half-spherical finials, on a plinth base, w. 114 cm

Sold for £3500