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.
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.