Tuesday 31 August 2021

Who Let the Dogs Out?


The Bulldog Incorporated.  Founded 1875, 11 badges awarded to Selina Snodgrass, Sally Traddles and Tommy Traddles between 1923 and 1924,  a Commemorative badge inscribed "Presented to The Bulldog Club, London by the Queensland Bulldog Club, Australia", 2 badges from The Airedale and Bulldog Club won by Selina Snodgrass, 21.11.23 and Tommy Traddles, 21.11.23, along with two boxed plaques, 'The London Bulldog Society"
For Auction 8th September

The Bulldog Club Incorporated is the oldest breed club in the world and was established in 1875 with the intention to promote, hold, or arrange either independently or in connection with other persons, exhibitions, dog shows and matches, with the object of encouraging breeding and propagation of the true Bulldog.

You Spin Me Right Round


Brought in to a Valuation Afternoon
‘God Save The Queen’ and ‘No Feeling’
by The Sex Pistols, A & M Records
For Auction 8th September  

Friday 27 August 2021

Busy as Bees

Our mid August Auction saw some super pieces of jewellery and watches sell.  It is no longer true that the summer season sees a quiet spell at Auction Houses, we have been busier than ever.

Our top Jewellery and Watch lots were:

Lot 235.  A 9ct gold pocket watch, dial and movement signed, J.W. Benson sold for £340

Lot 241. A tennis bracelet, stamped '375' and 'CZ', 10g sold for £260

Lot 251. A ladies 9ct gold Rolex wristwatch, with fitted box sold for £600

Lot 254. A ladies Longines wristwatch, boxed, with paperwork sold for £500

The Mouse that did not get away ......

Robert Mousey Thompson is always popular at auction,  and our two Mousey lots were no exception.

Lot 233 the oak bread board saw the hammer fall at £250 whilst the following lot, Lot 234 an oak ashtray sold at £75.

We also had an interesting item, Lot 71, carved in typical Mouseman style, the oak stool having a Cat's head with a Mouse in it's mouth, sold for £95.

Music to our Ears

Lot 230.

A Cor Anglais, F. Loree, Paris, in fitted case, stamped A65

Sold for £900 to a bidder in the auction room after a bidding frenzy online and on the telephone, 25th August 2021

Did you know that a Cor Anglais is an English Horn?  It is a double-reed woodwind instrument belonging to the Oboe gamily (it is one and a half times the length of an Oboe).

The Sword is Mightier than the Pen!

Lot 225, A World War II Japanese Officer's Sword slashed the competition and sold for £170 at auction on 25th August.

Classic Design

Lot 26.  
A silver plated Corinthian column table lamp and a plated wine bottle holder
Sold £130, 25th August 2021

Shining Lustres

Lot 53.
A pair of Victorian opaque glass lustres, flashed with cranberry and decorated with rose heads and gilded decoration.  33cm high
Sold £160, 25 August 2021

Toys, Toys, Toys

Die-Cast model Toys again proved a popular choice in our Auction on Wednesday 25th August.  Some of the top lots were:

Lot 143, Twelve boxed Die Cast models, Sold £130

Lot 151, Quantity of Die Cast toys in two trays, Sold £140

Lot 161,  Nine boxed Die Cast models, Sold £130

Mansion House Advertisers

Lot 213.

Pair of Mansion House Dwarves.

Sold £300, 25th August 2021

According to historical facts, the figures were actually real-life dwarves who were hired to stand outside of the Mansion House in London wearing advertisements on their large hats. 

Happy Ending at Boldon Auction Galleries!

We are so pleased that this well loved Bear who sold on 25th August is going home to a client who has a Teddy Bear Restoration Project underway!

Tuesday 17 August 2021


Another interesting item to come through our doors today

This late Victorian double ended brush is used for keeping your Top Hat in tip top condition.

We love our job, always something new to learn about and share.

History of the Top Hat

Also known as a Topper, a Cylinder Hat or a High Hat, the Top Hat is a tall flat-crowned hat for men associated with formal wear such as morning dress or frock coats.  Made of black or grey silk, the Top Hat came onto the scene in the late 18th century and had declined by the 1960's. 

A Bear with no name


Just discovered this morning, as we sort out Lots for the Auction.  This has to be the most well loved Bear we have seen at Boldon Auction Galleries in quite some time.

Looking for a new home and some TLC 
on Wednesday 25th August.

Thursday 12 August 2021

Just in at Boldon Auction Galleries . . .

We are busily sorting and cataloguing for the next Auction on the 25th August, which will see a lot of Toys and Collectables.  
Keep an eye out for more details.



Come and see us tomorrow - FREE Valuations between 2pm and 4pm Friday 13th August.  6 items or less please.  If you have more we can make an appointment and you can bring as much as you like.

Gordon Russell!

Lot 349.    

This superb pair of Gordon Russell of Broadway walnut bedside cabinets sold for £110 in our auction on Wednesday.

Weathering the Storm

Lot 317

G. Weatherall, watercolour, signed, 'Shipwrecked vessels off the North East coast', 15 x 24cm, sold for £700 on the 11th August.

Queen of Pens

Lot 311

A Montegrappa limited edition 'The Queen of Hearts' pen, with box and paper work sold for £460 on Wednesday 11th August 2021.

Indoor Hobby Time

Sold for £150 on 11th August 2021.


Time Piece Please!

 Lot 74.   
A modern three piece clock garniture,  sold £130 

Victorian Splendour

Lot 29

A pair of Victorian opaque glass lustres, decorated with a portrait of children and flowers, with gilded highlights, 36cm high

Sold £220

11th August 2021

British Heritage at Boldon

Lot 336.  Sold for £340, 11th August Auction.

A set of four Robert Heritage for Archie Shine rosewood and black vinyl chairs, with chrome base

Robert Heritage designed furniture for a number of British makers from the 1950s to the 1970s.  He is best known for his work for the London maker Archie Shine.  Archie Shine furniture was retailed by Heals and a few independent provincial retailers.  Interestingly Robert Heritage was also a Professor of Furniture at the Royal College of Art from 1974-1985.

Sunset Strolling

Lot 322 sold for £1,000 on Wednesday 11th August, this indistinctly signed oil on canvas was signed and dated 1914, 'Couple walking down a country lane at sunset', 50 x 75cm.