Years in the busi­ness mean auc­tion­eer has seen many changes

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Art & Antiques -

With re­tire­ment ap­proach­ing, Roger Sho­brook’s 51 years spent as an auc­tion­eer, hav­ing fol­lowed in the foot­steps of his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther, is coming to an end.

In re­flect­ing on the many changes which have taken place dur­ing that time, he says there are none more so than the re­cent de­cline in value of dark wood Vic­to­rian and Ge­or­gian fur­ni­ture.

How­ever, Roger says sev­eral fine ex­am­ples of the skill and work­man­ship of the car­pen­ters’ the time can be ap­pre­ci­ated in Wed­nes­day’s auc­tion of An­tiques and Col­lecta­bles.

“It is tes­ta­ment to their crafts­man­ship that fur­ni­ture re­mains in such good con­di­tion well over 100 years since be­ing pro­duced,” he says.

“And that draw­ers still slide in and out as eas­ily as the day they were made.”

Among the lots on of­fer is a Ge­or­gian Mule Chest which has a lift-up lid with a large com­part­ment which would have been used for quilt and blan­ket stor­age.

It also has two draw­ers be­low which might have been used for can­dles. This heavy piece has, on the sides, a pair of heavy brass han­dles for eas­ier car­riage.

A Vic­to­rian dainty rose­wood needle­work/games ta­ble was so well thought out in de­sign. The top swivels and opens out to dis­play a back gam­mon board and a chess board by use of dif­fer­ent woods. Be­low is a fit­ted needle­work drawer still with all the cot­tons and ac­ces­sories in place and, un­der­neath, a bas­ket slide for the game ac­ces­sories.

Gold and sil­ver has held its value over many decades and, with Christ­mas ap­proach­ing fast, the op­por­tu­nity to buy a spe­cial gift of jew­ellery or sil­ver is on of­fer with more than 100 lots to choose.

Sev­eral qual­ity pieces of sil­ver have been en­tered for sale to close an es­tate in the South Hams. The star at­trac­tion must be the 115 piece sil­ver can­teen of cut­lery.

The maker is Vin­ers of Sh­effield with a date mark 1933. This com­pany was started around 1902 by Adolphe Viener and con­tin­ued by his sons. The hall­mark for Vin­ers Lim­ited sil­ver was reg­is­tered to son, Edward Viner. In the 1960s the fac­tory ex­panded in man­u­fac­tur­ing stain­less steel cut­lery. It looks as if this set of cut­lery has hardly seen the light of day if at all.

Other pieces of sil­ver in­clude salvers, tea ser­vices, cream jugs, cut­lery, baby’s rat­tles, and a pair epergnes etc.

Grand­fa­ther clocks used to adorn the hall­ways of the Vic­to­rian era and chime in or­der to let the oc­cu­pants around the house know the time.

An oak Grand­fa­ther clock in the auc­tion has an at­trac­tive brass dial from Sa­muel Barnes of Oun­dle and would serve this pur­pose.

In the liv­ing room a pro­vin­cial eight day re­peat­ing bracket clock by Wil­liam Hood of Ather­stone (1828-42) would serve the same role.

The ma­hogany case, stand­ing 16ins high, is well made with plain styling, ball feet, brass car­ry­ing han­dle and brass scale with side frets. The door lock es­cutcheons, ebony to front and ivory to rear, are par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive. The 5ins painted dial is adorned with a painted ru­ral scene in the arch.

Three brass car­riage clocks with enamel fronts are for sale and sev­eral mar­ble man­tel clocks.

An in­ter­est­ing Omega ladies’ wrist­watch with sil­ver strap would be a great gift and, for the gen­tle­man, is a choice of gold and sil­ver pocket watches.

Of in­ter­est to his­to­ri­ans are five per­sonal photo al­bums of var­ied lo­ca­tions giv­ing a flavour of how life would have looked. One al­bum de­picts scenes in Corn­wall in 1932, an­other has scenes from Ply­mouth Hoe, in­clud­ing the old pier, and an­other is fur­ther afield in 1933 in­clud­ing Stone­henge.

A gen­eral al­bum has the Aqui­tania liner and Graf Zep­pelin. The fi­nal al­bum de­picts Cum­brian and Scot­tish scenes, in­clud­ing hay mak­ing with the Land Girls. Cer­tainly a wide variety of in­ter­est­ing col­lecta­bles are up for grabs in this auc­tion.

Sho­brook Auc­tions, Ply­mouth; tel: 01752 663341 sho­brook.co.uk

Clock­wise: splen­did 115-piece sil­ver can­teen of cut­lery, col­lec­tion of sil­ver baby rat­tles, O Gauge Hornby lo­co­mo­tive and ten­der Caer­philly Cas­tle, bracket clock by Wil­liam Hood of Ather­stone; bronze bull, car­riage clock

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