Silver and Furniture On the Up and Up at Auction in Glasgow
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Posted on: 28 August 2014
MAD ABOUT METAL!
Who would have thought it but in the three auctions on Tuesday 26th August, thirteen out of the top selling sixteen lots were made of solid metal! It was not confined to silver either, but included brass and iron.
The biggest surprise of the day came with lot 382, a Victorian Milner’s List 2 safe. Milner’s was a leading safe maker in the Victorian era and they patented this particular safe in 1842 and it continued in production until into the 1900’s. The ‘List 2’ or ‘Church Door Milner’ as it is widely known, is the most recognisable of the Milner safes and it is not uncommon, but the price of £750 certainly was!
Elsewhere in the auctions, there was real evidence of a growing housing market. Furniture prices were pleasantly strong, among the highlights was lot 304, a brass fender stool that made £750, and a pair of carved mahogany balustrade finials that sailed away at £700.
The best prices were from our selection of Elkington silver and silver plate. Lot 1 was an important silver presentation casket made to Sir John Gilmour. With fabulous views of Glasgow landmarks in the panels, it raced to a chart topping hammer price of £3,600. This was closely followed by another piece of Elkington, this time silver plated, the centrepiece (lot 20A) made a hammer price of £2,100.
So, what can we say; if you have any heavy metal items lurking in your garage, maybe it is worth more than you think. Next Month, on 30th September we have a Queen Anne bronze galllon measure. It weighs masses and we hope it makes masses too! See you then!
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