Cast iron sign is a weighty mat­ter

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

With the emer­gence of the rail­ways, and road ve­hi­cles on Bri­tish High­ways in the late 19th and early 20th cen­tury, it be­came of im­me­di­ate im­por­tance to as­sess the suit­abil­ity of some of our roads and tracks to ac­com­mo­date this new type of trans­port.

The rail­way com­pa­nies is­sued warn­ing signs with weight re­stric­tions and in the sale is a large di­a­mond-shaped iron sign from the North Eastern Rail­way Com­pany. It gives pre­cise ton­nage instructions for var­i­ous ve­hi­cles cross­ing a bridge, stands 37ins high, and in­vites bids of £200-£250.

Tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with Indo-Ti­betan Bud­dhism the Kila is a three-sided peg-like im­ple­ment. Named af­ter the med­i­ta­tional de­ity Va­jrak­ila, it was used as a ritual im­ple­ment dur­ing cer­e­monies It was be­lieved to have a fierce en­ergy, and could be used as a tool of ex­or­cism and to pin down neg­a­tive en­er­gies.

The tra­di­tional bronzed metal ver­sion on of­fer has the pom­mel mod­elled with faces show­ing the dif­fer­ent moods of Va­jrik­ila. The blade has three tri­an­gu­lar facets meet­ing at the tip, with ser­pent-like re­lief dec­o­ra­tion, rep­re­sent­ing the three root poi­sons of neg­a­tiv­ity that it seeks to ex­pel. It is 10ins long and has an es­ti­mate of £60-£100.

Louis Com­fort Tif­fany, the son of the founder of Tif­fany & Co, em­braced many ar­eas of Art & Craft de­sign from the 1870s to the 1920s. He patented a type of iri­des­cent glass which was known as ‘Favrille’.

The sale has a small shaped glass vase demon­strat­ing this tech­nique. It has his ini­tials and the pat­tern num­ber R6765 (£220-£250).

Per­fect to adorn the ta­ble for the up­com­ing fes­tive sea­son is a pair of sil­ver three-branch can­de­labra in the 19th cen­tury style. They carry the hall­marks for Broad­way & Co of Birm­ing­ham, and have a guide of £280-£320.

A lobed 19th cen­tury Bil­ston enamel ta­ble trin­ket box is painted with tra­di­tional courtship scenes. It is 4ins wide and is priced at £70-£100.

Per­haps the ul­ti­mate gift for the per­son with ev­ery­thing is an 18ct gold feather shaped dip pen, in­tri­cately dec­o­rated in re­lief with a di­a­mond stud­ded flo­ral spray at £450-£500.

View­ing Mon­day 10am-1pm; Tues­day noon – 6pm. Sale Day from 8.30am.

Oke­hamp­ton Auc­tions; tel: 01837 55592 oke­hamp­tonauc­tions.co.uk

North Eastern Rail­way Com­pany bridge weight sign; pair of sil­ver three-branch can­de­labras; glass vase of iri­des­cent type known as ‘Favrille’

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