Friday, 16 November 2018

Date for your diary 

Don't miss out on all the BAG action at BAG auctions 

Dickinsons Real Deal 
featuring Boldon Auction Galleries 
will air on ITV  
Thursday 29th November at 3pm

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Arts and Crafts therapy was undertaken by patients in the First World War who had been diagnosed with nervous conditions. These men were given simple, repetitive tasks such as basket weaving in the hope it would distract them from the strange and misunderstood symptoms of their condition. Commonly referred to at the time as “Shell Shock” (we now understand and recognise this illness as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) it is estimated that after the First World War ended approximately 80,000 British soldiers suffered from this psychological stress.
This basket bell is one such example of the type of therapy undertaken by one of the soldiers in Newcastle whilst recovering in hospital after the First World War.
To be offered for Auction 14th November.

A selection of 1930's Britains lead Miniature Garden accessories, including; crazing paving, sundial on pedestal, straight section flower beds, rockery straight section, stone walling, flower beds with grass borders, Conifers, Red Hot Pokers, Poppies, Daffodils and more.
To be offered for Auction on Wednesday 14th November (General Auction).

"In introducing their latest series to the public, Britains Limited feel that they are fulfilling a long-felt want, that of enabling the gardener, amateur or professional, to plan out his garden in thoroughly practical manner from the laying out of the beds, paths, crazy paving, arches, pergolas, etc., and last but not least filling it with a large variety of plants in full flower and in Nature's gorgeous colourings, arranging and rearranging his design in miniature until a satisfactory one has been achieved.
On the other hand, regarded purely as a toy, Britains Miniature Gardening has no equal, as the novelty of making a garden, the beautiful colourings, the realistic appearance, will hold children of all ages in keen enjoyment for hours on end, and the interchangeability of all parts which compose Britains Miniature Gardening has been given very careful consideration by the designers so that even with a small collection of pieces, very satisfactory results are possible.
Designs which may be made up from the various pieces are almost without limit and it is no exaggeration to say that whatever can be carried out in a full-size garden, can also be previously prepared in Britains Miniature gardening, and simplicity being the keynote of the whole, there are no difficult parts to fit together, no messy glue, nothing that even the smallest child cannot carry out and thoroughly enjoy."
— Britains Limited, Miniature Gardening catalogue ~1931

Thou shalt have a fishy on a little dishy ...........
This super shallow 19th Century dish decorated with three transfer printed fish was used for potted char, a popular delicacy from the 18th century onward. This fish, whose full name is the arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus), is related to the salmon, and in England is only found in deep land-locked lakes, notably Lake Windermere in Cumbria.
Early recorded recipes give instructions for long, slow cooking over several hours which suggests they would have been placed in a bread oven, taking advantage of the residual heat after baking. The finished dish called for copious amounts of clarified butter to form a preserving seal, in much the same way as potted shrimp.
The pot needed to be reliably stable and stackable so that it could be transported, hence it was made wide, shallow and flat-bottomed.
This delightful example will be offered for Auction on Wednesday 28th November (Antique and Interiors Sale)

Monday, 29 October 2018


Our next free open valuation days will be held 
Friday 2nd November 10am until 12 noon and 2pm until 4pm
Saturday 3rd November 10am until 1pm
(up to 6 items)

Alternatively you can make an appointment from

Monday 5th November by calling 0191 5372630

 Don't forget we are open for viewing 
on Tuesday 30th October 2pm - 6pm

Lot 130
An Islamic Mosque lamp with trumpet neck and long pierced fretwork body leading to a
flared circular foot, with stylised motifs and calligraphy.
161 cm high
Estimate £200 - £300

To be offered at auction in our Antique and Interiors Sale Wednesday 31st October 


Halloween is coming ......

We found a lovely bag of spookilicous treats and a card left by two of our wonderful clients after Saturday mornings view. 

Thank you very much, the team will enjoy them on Auction day. 


Lot 131 A Nicole Freres Ltd Polyphon in a carved and ebonised case, with a monochrome panel of Musical Cherubs inside the lid, and stamped 4751, Timbro Variante, with 58 discs.   40 cm diameter.  Case 52 cm wide
Estimate £300-£400
Antique and Interiors Sale 31st October 2018

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

A kaleidoscope of colour to brighten any Autumn day
to be auctioned 31st October at Boldon Auction Galleries

Lustre ~ a gentle sheen or soft glow

Lot 90 Antique and Interiors Auction (31.10.18)

One pair from over 15 sets of Lustres we have for Auction from a single owner private collection.

During the Victorian period glass bowls or candlesticks were produced and sold in pairs with attached prismatic drops of crystal or glass.  Designed to sit on a mantle piece or sideboard the prisms would reflect the light in the room.  When the sunlight caught the glass it bounced off creating small reflections on the wall.  Lustres were mainly produced in England and Bohemia (present day Czech Republic) and come in a variety of colours from clear glass to cobalt blue, peach, yellow, pink, mint green and one of the most popular colours red.  Etched and painted decoration was also popular as you can see here with the addition of portraits and foliage painted in roundals.

We are currently cataloguing for our next Antique and Interiors Auction 
on Wednesday 31st October

Catalogue will be on-line from 
Friday 26th October at 5pm

Friday, 12 October 2018

Lot 174
A selection of Pelham puppets

To be offered at auction in our General Sale Wednesday 17th October

Pelham puppets were wooden marionette English made puppets produced from 1947 by puppet maker Bob Pelham.

The company started under the name 'Wonky Toys Ltd' being the name given to Bob Pelham during his time serving in the Second World War.  He was known as "The Wonky Donkey Officer" as he made small toy donkeys.  Starting with "Waloukas" simple toys made from wood and string, Bob Pelham began creating marionettes to sell to Children.  This was new in as much as previously marionettes had been made purely for professionals.  In 1948 the business changed its name to Pelham Puppets and the rest as they say is History.  

Based in first Wiltshire then Gloucestershire the business thrived until 1986 when Bob Pelham's wife Ann finally closed the business.  The company was then given a breath of fresh air in 2008 when former employee David Leech began again producing puppets - new lines and ones emulating former styles.

Multiple lots -  Over 20 pine church pews
To be sold in our General Sale Wednesday 17th October

Lot 39 A Studio glass vase

for Auction 17th October 2018 - General Sale 

The term Studio glass is the modern use of glass as an artistic medium to produce sculptures or three dimensional artworks.

Our next General Sale will be held on
Wednesday 17th October 2018 from 10am

Saturday 13th October 10am-1pm
Tuesday 16th October 2pm – 6pm
and on the morning of the Auction from 9am

Steinway sells for £5,200 (3rd October 2018)

Militaria Collection at Boldon Auction Galleries

A single owner Militaria Collection sold for over £24,000 in the Antique and Interiors Sale 3rd October.

A German NSDAP Officer’s visor cap, with gilt eagle, gilded aluminium oak leaf wreath and bearing NSDAP badge, with bright yellow piping and gilded aluminium cap cords and pebbled buttons sold £850 – 03/10/18

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Soldiers of Fortune?

A set of Britains toy soldiers and other figures

To be offered for Auction on Wednesday 3rd October

Viewing - Saturday 29th September, Tuesday 2nd October 2pm-6pm and morning of sale from 9am

Time to tinkle the ivories

A Steinway and Sons ‘Model K’ Upright piano, in a walnut veneered high gloss (polyester) finish, with third pedal.

Estimate £2,000-£3,000

To be offered for Auction Wednesday 3rd October 2018


Saturday 29th September 10am-1pm
Tuesday 2nd October 2pm-6pm
and morning of Sale from 9am

The Model K or "Vertegrand" was designed by Henry Ziegler a Director at Steinway and Sons in 1903.  It is the oldest unchanged upright piano design currently in mass production.  Each Steinway piano consists of more than 12,000 individual pieces making it a masterpiece of craftsmanship and an artwork in itself.

This piano was commissioned in 1991 and took 9 months to build.

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

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