Rocking horse canters in

23rd November 2019

The November sale of Antiques and Collectables at the Mendip Auction Rooms saw a fabulous entry of over 650 lots including a special entry of items from Harptree Court, East Harptree following its sale having been agreed.

There was some quality furniture on offer and bidding was particularly robust for a 19th century triple pedestal dining table that achieved £3700. An accompanying set of twelve dining chairs with drop in tapestry seats sold for £1600. A Victorian walnut breakfront bookcase realised £1400 and an early 19th century French mahogany and exotic wood inlaid chest of drawers realised £900.

The Mendip Auction Rooms attract a good entry of watches and collectors were in attendance. A hallmarked 18ct yellow metal gold open face pocket watch by Alfred Miller dated London, 1879, made £1300. A stainless steel wristwatch by Zenith made £800. Once again, an excellent entry of jewellery was on offer and a white metal dress ring with an oval faceted cut blue sapphire sold for £1300 with a yellow metal wavy link panel bracelet achieving £950. A strong entry of silver items also met keen interest with a silver five piece Rococo melon form tea and coffee service making £1,500, an Art Deco style silver cocktail shaker £600 and a silver four piece tea service, Walker and Hall, 1904, £550.

“Collectables” covers a wide range of items and always add interest leading to unpredictable demand. An 18th century brass sextant by Bellby, Bristol, in its original mahogany case generated strong demand selling for £700 whilst a limited edition copy of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T E Lawrence made £750. Cantering to first place , however, was a carved and painted rocking horse with its original Hamleys ivorine label that generated competitive bidding from within the room eventually selling for £3900.

December will be a busy month at the auction rooms with a Victorian and Later Effects sale on Tuesday 10th December quickly followed by a very large Antiques and Collectables sale on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December. Come and do some Christmas shopping!

The Mendip Auction Rooms are now open Monday – Friday from 10am until 3pm for valuations or members of the team will be content to visit you at home free of charge. Contact the auction rooms on 01749 840770 or email

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