Thursday 30 August 2018

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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.
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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 (

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

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