Wednesday, 19 September 2018


Another busy and successful day at Boldon Auction Galleries with ITV's Dickinson's Real Deal ...... details to follow when the Show will be shown on TV.


Thank you to all contributors and the crew.  
We hope you enjoyed the day at Boldon Auction Galleries



Our next Valuation Sessions are:
Friday 21st September                10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm
Saturday 22nd September          10am-1pm

Friday 5th October                       10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm
Saturday 6th October                  Closed
Friday 19th October                     10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm
Saturday 20th October                10am-1pm


Friday 2nd November                  10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm
Saturday 3rd November              10am-1pm
Friday 16th November                 10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm
Saturday 17th November            10am-1pm
Friday 30th November                10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm

Saturday 1st December              10am-1pm
Friday 14th December                10am-12noon & 2pm-4pm
Saturday 15th December           10am-1pm

6 items or less please – if you have more items we can make an appointment
If you have more than 6 items we can make a separate appointment to bring them along or we can come and appraise them in your home for large items and furniture.
For further details please see Auction Dates to view the Calendar or contact our office on 0191 5372630.

Boldon Auction Galleries are also available to carry out valuation days on behalf of local and national charities. Over the years we have carried out many Charity Auctions and other fundraising events. Please contact us for further information.

Friday, 14 September 2018

The Friends of East Boldon Parks 
Scarecrow Festival
Saturday 15th September

Boldon Auction Galleries Entry 
'Lot One'
Number 17 on the trail





Come along and join in the fun on Saturday 15th September 
- there will be over 50 scarecrows 
to find around East Boldon
Trail Forms available from 
Grange Park, East Boldon 
12noon - 5pm


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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY ..........
Join us on Wednesday 19th September when ITV's Dickinson's Real Deal will be filming the Auction ......................
Bag a Bargain at BAG

Lot 90.
A signed autographed James Bond 'Octopussy 007' special edition annual, signed by the cast.
Estimate £200-£300
To be offered for Auction Wednesday 19th September



Lot 75.
Two pairs of early 20th century miniature optician sample glasses, one pair with octagonal lenses and the other blue lensed glass with folding side panels. 5.5cm and 4.5cm wide (Auctioneer's glasses are not for sale !!)
Estimate £150-£200
To be offered for Auction Wednesday 19th September







Lot 30.
A Dorman Lockstitch sewing machine, numbered 11183. The Dorman Sewing Machine Company Northampton. 21cm high
Estimate £250-£300
To be offered for Auction Wednesday 19th September




Lot 45.
A Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn dark oak octagonal cheeseboard. 30 cm wide
Estimate £150-£200
To be offered for Auction Wednesday 19th September





Lot 150.

Theo Tobiasse (1927-2012), mixed media, signed, dated **69, 'Les Promeneurs `a Firenze'. 24.5cm x 34cm
Estimate £1,000-£1,500
To be offered for Auction Wednesday 19th September

Theo Tobiasse (1927-2012) was born in Israel and moved to Paris when he was seven years old.  Between 1942 and 1944 with the German occupation of Paris, Theo and his family lived with the constant fear of discovery and they remained in hiding during the occupation.  It was during this time that Theo’s love of books and drawings flourished. Following the liberation of Paris he began a career as a designer for Hermes creating window decorations, stage sets and tapestries.  In 1950 he moved to Nice where he continued to paint and held his first exhibition at the Palais de le Mediterranee in 1961 winning the grand prize.  In Nice his pictorial expression came into it’s own and his Expressionistic style shone through.  From 1980 Theo divided his time between Nice and New York exhibiting internationally.  He died in Nice in 2012 leaving behind a plethora of artwork in his distinct style of loose brushstrokes and rich colours.

Thursday, 30 August 2018


Coming Soon!

A huge selection of Comics, to include Marvel Super-Heroes, such as Spiderman, DC comics such as Judge Dredd and many more.


Marvel Super-Heroes is a series of comic books and specials published by Marvel. Fantasy Masterpieces was the first ongoing series the comic was initially a standard-sized, 12¢ anthology reprinting "pre-superhero Marvel" monster and sci-fi/fantasy stories. Fantasy Masterpieces ran 11 issues (Feb. 1966–Oct. 1967) and then renamed to Marvel Super-Heroes with #12 (Dec. 1967)

A fictional character created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, WAS Judge Jospeh Dredd. First appearing in the second issue of 2000 AD (1977), a weekly anthology comic magazine. Dredd is the magazine's longest-running character. He also appears in a number of movie and video game adaptations. A law enforcement and judicial officer in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One, which covers most of the east coast of North America, Dredd is a "street judge", empowered to summarily arrest, convict, sentence, and execute criminals.
Coming Soon!

A Fossil Tree in Coal Measure Rock from Durham Coalfield
Fossil trees are quite frequently found in Coal Measures rocks, but this tree is different. It is a petrifaction: the actual woody tissue of the tree is mineralised with calcite and ankerite (calcium, magnesium, iron carbonate) so that the details of the internal structure of the trunk are preserved, in places including the tiny individual cells. The internal structure of the tree trunks show up when cut into individual cells whilst the individual structure of the tree trunks show up well when cut with a rock-saw. The wood was first mineralised with calcite when the empty dead cells were filled with mineral, leaving the organic cell walls intact. Subsequently the mineralised wood underwent recrystallisation that destroyed much of the original plan structure and produced a root-like pattern composed of radiating crystals. It is circular patches of radiating crystals of calcite that look so attractive in the polished cross-sections (http://cordaites.com/)



A collection of guitars, amps and accessories to be offered for auction in our 
Antique and Interiors Sale on Wednesday 5th September 

We have a beautiful selection of guitars, amps and accessories. To be included is this fabulous Recording King copper Roundneck Tricone Resonator Guitar. The Recording King's classic tricone resonator has three 6” Recording King cones used to transfer loud tones through the body of the guitar. These cones are positioned with two on the bass side and one on the treble side, giving an EQ balance with a smoother, warm sound. The bridge is connected to the center of each cone so that when the strings are hit, the vibrations run through the saddle and then into the bridge. With a distinct tone and long sustain characterized by brilliant overtones, the Tricone has a natural ambiance that can only be found in resonator instruments.

A Scott Adie Scottish Highland Dirk
To be offered at auction in our 
Antique and Interiors Sale Wednesday 5th September

A 'Dirk' is a long thrusting dagger that was used by officers as a personal weapon during hand-to-hand combat during the age of sail. From around 1800 it was also used as a personal sidearm of Highlanders and the officers, Pipers, and Drummers of Scottish Highland regiments, and Japanese naval officers.  The term 'Dirk' is associated with early modern era Scotland. During the 17th Century the term was spelled dork or dirk. The term is also used for "dagger" generically, especially in the context of prehistoric daggers such as the Oxborough dirk. The Scottish dirk (also "Highland dirk", Scottish Gaelic: Biodag) is an important part of Highland culture and Highland dress. It is a symbolic traditional and ceremonial weapon of the Highland Cathairean (cateran or warrior) is worn by officers, Pipers and Drummers of Scottish Highland regiments. 

"The dirk occupies a unique niche in Highland culture and history. Many Highland Scots were too cash-poor to buy a sword, but virtually every male carried a dirk - and carried it everywhere! If in Japan the katana was the soul of the Samurai, in Scotland the dirk was the heart of the Highlander. In many warrior cultures oaths were sworn on one's sword. Among the Gael, however, binding oaths with the force of a geas (involving dire supernatural penalties for breaking such an oath) were sworn on one's dirk. The English, (British) aware of this, used the custom against the Highlanders after Culloden: When Highland dress was prohibited in 1747 those Gael who could not read or sign an oath were required to swear a verbal oath, "in the Irish (Scots Gaelic) tongue and upon the holy iron of their dirks", not to possess any gun, sword, or pistol, or to use tartan: "... and if I do so may I be cursed in my undertakings, family and property, may I be killed in battle as a coward, and lie without burial in a strange land, far from the graves of my forefathers and kindred; may all this come across me if I break my oath." (Seago, Dale. THE WEAPONS AND FIGHTING METHODS OF THE HIGHLAND SCOTS - A study of the historical swordsmanship and warfare practices of the Scottish Highlanders. 1999)

The Dirk we are offering for auction, retailed by Scott Adie, Regent Street, London, comes with a carved leather sheath and carved wooden handle, both with silver mounts and a Celtic pattern running throughout
Lot 2
A Volkswagen Beetle (Type 1, Bug, Käfer, People's Car)
Offered for auction in our Antique and Interiors Sale Wednesday 5th September


The Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door rear engine economy car. Officially the Volkswagen Type 1, know in Germany as the Käfer (literally "beetle"), and in parts of the English-speaking world the Bug, as well as many other nicknames worldwide, the car was intended for five passengers and was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen (VW) from 1938 until 2003.
Although designed in the 1930s, significant production of the Beetle only started in 1945 (non-military mass production had been put on hold during the Second World War), when the model was internally designated the Volkswagen Type 1, and marketed simply as the Volkswagen (or "People's Car").

We are so excited to offer to auction this fantastic example of the Volkswagen Beetle. With a matt black finish and orange highlights the Bug oozes style, with a little love and elbow grease this car will be a fantastic edition to a collection of classics or the perfect car to take that road trip you keep promising yourself...
Lot 1
Citroën 2CV6 Dolly 
To be offered at auction in our Antique and Interiors Sale Wednesday 5th September

The Citroën 2CV is an air-cooled front-engine, front-wheel-drive economy car. Manufactured by Citroën in 1948-1990, the car was introduced at the 1948 Paris Mondial de l'Automobile. 
Citroën Vice-President Pierre Boulanger initiated the manufacturing of the car to help reduce the number of farmers still using horse and cart in 1930’s France. The 2CV featured straightforward metal bodywork, which was initially corrugated for added strength without added weight. Being low cost, easily maintained and low fuel consumption, the car was an economical transition to motorise farmers. The 2CV had a fixed-profile convertible bodywork, which featured a full-width, canvas, roll-back sunroof. The roof could accommodate oversized loads and until 1955 reached almost to the car's rear bumper. Michelin introduced the first commercialised radial tyre with the introduction of the 2CV.
More than 3.8 million 2CVs were produced, along with 1.3 million small 2CV-based delivery vans known as Fourgonnettes, in France between 1948-1988 (and in Portugal from 1988 to 1990). 
Lot 14
A large Clarice Cliff Fantasque 'Broth' pattern vase, shape 268, circa 1930, handpainted with a band of web and circle motifs in blue, orange and green, Fantasque mark.  21cm high
Estimate £100 - £150

Antique and Interiors Sale 5th September 2018


Friday, 17 August 2018



Lot 1 General Sale 22nd August
A blue 2014 Nissan Micra Visia, 5 door hatchback, 1200cc, one owner, 19406 miles, MOT until September 2018 (Please note there is no outstanding finance on this car)
Estimate £2,000 - £3,000










With the Bank Holiday weekend around the corner we will be open on Friday 24th August for FREE Valuations 
10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm
No appointment necessary
6 items or less

We will then re-open on 
Tuesday 28th August, Wednesday 29th August and Thursday 30th August for FREE valuations - bring as much as you wish - please call 0191 537 2630 to make a suitable appointment. 

Its a great time to have a de-clutter - see you soon !
General Auction Wednesday 22nd August from 10am

Viewing:
Saturday 18th August
10am - 1pm

Tuesday 21st August
2pm - 6pm

and morning of Auction from 9am


Friday, 3 August 2018


Lot 8
Antique and Interiors Sale 8th August

A terracotta bust of a North African gentleman by William Gueria and Co, numbered 1218, 40cm height

Estimate £50 - £80



Lot 47
Antique and Interior Auction 8th August

A Royal Worcester vase by Harry Stinton decorated with Highland cattle, numbered G1061, 13.5cm high

Estimate £100 - £150



Renowned for their famous Highland Cattle and Gamebird scenes, the Stinton family are probably the best known of all Royal Worcester artists, with members of the family painting at the various Worcester factories for almost one hundred and sixty years. Undoubtedly the better known are Harry Stinton, James Stinton and Harry's father John Stinton. The family had many more relatives who also participated and inspired the art and designs for Worcester.

Founded in 1751, Royal Worcester is among the most popular English porcelain factories favoured by collectors. 

1751-76 Was the First Period of Worcester and is occasionally referred to as the Dr. Wall period after John Wall. John Wall was one of the founders and a major shareholder. The formula for soft paste porcelain was the formula for choice during this period, which was obtained when they took over Lund's Bristol Porcelain works in 1752. The need for hand painting was reduced in 1757 when Worcester introduced the use of transfer printing on porcelain, reducing the time and expense of production. Thomas Flight purchased the company in 1783 for his sons Joseph and John, starting changes in both the paste and style of decoration. A much whiter body started to be produced and the style became more neoclassical. Martin Barr became a partner in the company in 1793 and then in 1840 Worcester amalgamated with Chamberlains’. Chamberlains were also located at the Worcester site, but still produced works from both. In 1847 Worcester relocated its operations into the Chamberlain’s factory and became known as Chamberlain’s Worcester. This was later changed to Kerr & Binns in 1852 when W.H. Kerr joined the firm. Being renamed again in 1862 to the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company, and more everyday works were produced.
The company then merged with Spode in 1976 and reduced its staff from 2003 to 2005, eventually going into administration in 2008 and then ceasing trading in 2009. The trading name and brands (including Spode), but not the factories in Stoke-on-Trent, were acquired by Portmeirion Pottery Group.

Lot 16 Antique and Interiors Auction 
8th August

A Morris Ware S. Hancock and Sons jardinière by George Cartlidge with tube lined flora, printed marks, model number C50-11M

Estimate £100 - £150


Founded by Sampson Hancock, a prominent Wesleyan, in 1857 the company was renamed S. Hancock & Sons (Potters) Ltd in 1935. Dying on 9th May 1900, Sampson Hancock was succeeded in the business by his sons, Jabez, Harry and Arthur. Producing tablewares and fancies for the popular market the company’s main income was generated from semi-porcelain and earthenware tablewares, much of which were for export markets. After the first World War the company increased its production of ornamental and decorative ware, including dolls heads and in 1917 boxed tea sets for children, featuring popular nursery rhymes. Also producing a range of crested wares, the company marked these with the trade name the 'Duchess' china or the 'Corona' china and Grosvenor Ware. These pieces included animals, small decorative dishes and Great War commemoratives, or had English or Welsh crests. Crested ware appears to have been made until the 1920s.
The Morris Ware was one of the main decorative ranges produced by the company. This included many tube-lined patterns. The first designer of this type of ware was George Cartlidge, and this continued with other designers. 


We have two lots of Vintage badges for Auction 
on the 8th August 
Antique and Interiors Sale
Lot 243 and Lot 265


A selection of earthen and stoneware Ginger Beer bottles, from a range of distributors, including North Eastern England.
Antique and Interiors Sale on Wednesday 8th August
After brewing, ginger beer was corked inside stoneware bottles. The earlier stoneware bottles and those brewed locally in North America were brown in colour, etched with the bottler’s name or city and relatively simple. The 1880's, however, saw the rise of sleeker looking grey/cream bottle that displayed colourful shoulder slips and stamped logos designed to attract consumer attention, thus becoming more popular. The reason for bottling Ginger Beer in stone instead of the more largely used glass bottle was in part to do with the colouring of Ginger Beer, which has an unattractive cloudy appearance. The functionality of packing was also imperative due to the exportation of large amounts of Ginger Beer to the U.S. Ginger Beer was brewed regionally but England remained dominant in the market due to their superior bottling and quality stoneware that maintained the beers effervescence. The bottles were sealed with liquid- and gas-tight Bristol Glaze and wired and corked shut to maintain carbon dioxide in the solution.




A blue 2014 Nissan Micra Visia, 5 door hatchback, 1200cc, 19406 miles, MOT until September 2018 offered for auction in our
Antique and Interior Sale on Wednesday 8th August.

Dubbed the new face of Nissan Micra by Nissan. The 2014 Nissan Micra is an updated version of the 2013 model, with a new look and new technology the Micra offers plenty of budget supermini competition. Visually the updated model includes, new bumpers, front wings, headlights and a new grill. This new update creates a more stylish and masculine look to the original model.  With new alloy wheels and Pacific Blue paint helping to brighten up the vehicle.
The interiors face lift has a gloss black centre console and can be fitted with an optional 5.8-inch touchscreen for the optional Nissan Connect sat-nav. 




This fantastic, rare, antique Danish Hand Crank Telephone will be offered for auction in our
Antique and Interior Sale on Wednesday 8th August.

The table top phone has the Fleur De Lis (translated as ‘lily flower’) beautifully carved around the top plate and the plaque on top reads "SPØRG, OM DER TALES, FORINDEN OPRINGNING SKER" (translated ‘Ask, if someone is speaking, before calling’). On the bottom it reads "KJØBENHAVNS TELEFON AKTIESELSKAB" which symbolises the "Copenhagen Telephone Company" (KTAS, now Tele Denmark), the phone circa 1920-1930s is in excellent condition and working order.

Many early manual telephones had an attached hand-cranked magneto that produced an alternating current (AC) at 50-100V for signalling to ring the bells of other telephones on the same line and to alert an operator at the local telephone exchange. These were most common on long rural lines served by small manual exchanges which did not use a common battery circuit. The telephone instrument contained a local battery, consisting of two large "N° 6" zinc-carbon dry cells, to provide the necessary current for the transmitter. By around 1900, large racks of motor-generator set in the telephone exchange could supply this ringing current remotely instead and the local magneto was often no longer required, but their use continued into the mid-20th century. Telephone magnetos featured a large gear rotated by hand with a handle, that drove a much smaller gear on the armature rotor, providing a high gear-ratio to increase the rotational speed of the magneto armature. A mechanical switch on the output terminals engaged only when the rotor was turning, so that the magneto was normally disconnected from the telephone circuitry.






A beautiful vintage Russian submarine clock manufactured and installed in submarines and military vessels in the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) in the 1980s. This is a beautifully designed, iconic timepiece that is rapidly becoming a rare find. The Vostok’s submarine-at-sea emblem sits centrally on the clock face with the word ‘kauahqupckue’ underneath it. At the bottom of the clock there is an anchor which replaces the number 6 o’clock mark, with the red Soviet star sitting perfectly at the 12 o’clock mark. The word сделано в and letters CCCP are marked either side of the anchor, translating to made in USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) before 1991. The Curling B symbol that sits beneath the spindle is the translation of a Russian V, standing for Vostok and is Vostok’s trademark.

The clock which would have been painted aboard a military vessel, is finished in a calming cool grey and can be wound using its original key,. The key can be inserted just above the anchor icon. The clock can be opened using a second key, in the hole that sits alongside the number 3 o’clock mark. The clock has a 12-jewel movement and runs for seven days on a full wind.

This iconic rare time piece will be offered for auction in our Antique and Interiors Sale on Wednesday 8th August

Monday, 23 July 2018



Northumberland Coast
Mighty Hike
21/07/2018

Thank you for helping Caroline Hodges 
from Boldon Auction Galleries
 raise money for people living with cancer.

We have raised an incredible £1,251.53

Thank you very much to everyone who donated

Friday, 20 July 2018

Our next free Valuation Days will be held 
Friday 27th July 10am until 12noon and 2pm until 4pm

Saturday 28th July 10am until 1pm
(up to 6 items)

Alternatively you can make an appointment from
Monday 30th July by calling 0191 5372630


A Camerons Brewery advertising beer crate.
to be sold in our General Sale on Wednesday 25th July



Camerons Brewery Ltd was founded in 1865 by John William Cameron in Hartlepool, County Durham, England. It is the largest independent brewer in the North East of England, with a brewery capacity of 1.5 million hectolitres (900,000 hl production in 2012) and a tied estate of 75 houses. It is one of the town's oldest industrial concerns, and has historically been one of the largest employers.
After one hundred years of growth through brewery acquisitions, the company had an estate of 750 licensed premises throughout the North East and North Yorkshire by the 1960s. The company subsequently struggled as the economy of its trading heartland suffered, and as it underwent a succession of owners with little experience of running pubs and breweries. Camerons lost its independence to Ellerman Lines in 1974, followed by the Barclay Brothers in 1983 and Brent Walker in 1989. Brent Walker spun off the majority of the tied estate as a separate company called Pubmaster, which was acquired by Punch Taverns in 2003.
Camerons was purchased in 1992 by Wolverhampton & Dudley, which invested heavily in the brewery before selling the company to Castle Eden in 2002, who closed their own site and moved all production to Camerons. The company now has a relatively small tied estate but is the ninth largest brewery in the country. As a result, around 80 per cent of its business involves contract brewing for other companies, such as Heineken, which owns 24 per cent of the company, and Carlsberg.
Camerons is known across the United Kingdom for Strongarm, a distinctive ruby red bitter launched in 1955. Total production of Strongarm surpassed one billion pints in 2000. Across the North East it is also known for Castle Eden Ale and Trophy Special, both originally brewed at Castle Eden. 
Lithograph after Norman Wade ‘Lindisfarne Priory’
to be sold in our General Sale on Wednesday 25th July




Throughout the 1970s Norman Wade’s art shop, managed by his wife Moira brought a bohemian vibe to Durham City centre. Managing the shop in Saddler Street on the route to the cathedral, Moira brought in Norman’s work, framed it, and sold pieces on to satisfied customers. The occasional appearance was made by Norman who became famed for his pipe smoking.  Born in London, Norman trained as a graphic designer. Moving North to the Lake District, where he pursued a career as an artist after meeting his wife Moira, who worked in the art trade. After a spell in Gosforth, Newcastle, they moved to Low Etherley in Bishop Auckland. At this time Norman developed his own distinctive style using various screen printing techniques creating unusual textures and patterns and concentrating on images of buildings and landscapes across the North of England, but in particular scenes of Durham Cathedral. After a decade in Durham, Norman became concerned that although his works continued to be popular, he was often torn between aesthetic sensibilities and creating work to sell. He and Moira decided to close the shop and move to Spain in 1980, enjoying its sunshine until his health started to fail. They moved back to the UK, settling in Coldstream in the Scottish borders.
A Crown Devon Fieldings 'The Eton Boating Song' musical jug, the body decorated in relief and inscribed with verse to be sold in our General Sale on Wednesday 25th July


The mug is moulded with scenes of rowers on a river, with "Floreat Etona" below, and Eton Boating Song verse, the jug also moulded with depiction of college buildings, marked "Founded by Henry VI 1440" below, the handle is formed as a young man wearing a hat. To the base is a wind up musical box playing the Eton Boating Song.
The "Eton Boating Song" is the best known of the school songs associated with Eton College that are sung at the end of year concert and on other important occasions. It is also played during the procession of boats. The words of the song were written by William Johnson Cory, an influential Master at the school. The melody was composed by an Old Etonian and former pupil of Cory, Captain Algernon Drummond and transcribed by T. L. Mitchell-Innes. The piano accompaniment was written by Evelyn Wodehouse. It was first performed on 4 June 1863. Ordinarily, only the first, sixth, seventh and eighth stanzas are sung. Contrary to popular belief, the "Eton Boating Song" is not the school song of Eton College, that being "Carmen Etonense".
A wide selection of Victorian, Edwardian and later furnishings will be offered for auction in our 
General Sale on Wednesday 25th July


From beautiful red Chesterfield settees and armchairs to a fabulous antique metamorphic childrens high chair. Our saleroom is currently bursting with some amazing furnishings, these images are just a flavour of what we are offering for auction.

Our sale starts promptly at 10am on Wednesday 25th July and can be viewed in the saleroom Saturday 21st July 10-1 and Tuesday 24th July 2-6 as well as from 9am on the day of sale. 

A Wilesco D 365 "Old Smokey" steamroller to be sold in our
General Sale Wednesday 25th July



Wilhelm Schröder GmbH & Co. KG, better known by their trade name Wilesco, is a German toy company known for manufacturing live steam toys such as steamrollers, traction engines, and stationary steam engines. Wilesco Initially produced a range of aluminium forks and spoons, expanding to miniature aluminium accessories for doll's tea parties in the 1920s. The toys were also exported to the US, thus helping the company survive the economic crisis of the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1950, Wilesco started manufacturing miniature steam engines. In 1966, the D 365 "Old Smokey" steamroller was introduced which has been popular among collectors and continues to be produced. The company also manufactures various accessories for their steam engines such as electrical generators, steam workshops and fairground rides. While most of their steam engine models are heated by esbit, electrical heating is also available. Steam-powered toy locomotives (G scale) were also available from Wilesco for a while. The company still manufactures a range of plastic and aluminium scoops and hooks, as well as steam toys.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Lot 8 a Tunbridge ware marquetry and micro mosaic writing slope and glove case sold Antique and Interiors Sale 11th July 2018 for £400








Tunbridge ware is a form of decorative inlaid wood work that is synonymous with the spa town of Tunbridge Wells, Kent.  

Decoration consists of a mosaic of different coloured woods glued together then cut into thin slices of identical veneers.



The nineteenth century saw the hey-day for Tunbridge ware production with local woods such as maple, holly, oak and sycamore used along with imported woods such as mahogany and tulipwood.


Many different items of Tunbridge ware have been made including tea caddies, pincushions, ink stands, comb trays, sewing accessories, picture frames, bonnet stands and candle sticks, however the most usual object to be found is the humble box and as seen in Lot 8 we have a glove box and a writing box.  

Tunbridge Ware production went into decline in the 20th centruy and production ceased altogether in 1927.