Friday 20 May 2022

Britannia Coins at Boldon Auctions

Lot 270.

Ten silver one ounce Britannia coins

Estimate £200 - £300

For Auction 25th May

Longing for Longines . . . .


Lot 246.

An 18k gold ladies Longines wristwatch

Estimate £400 - £600

For Auction 25th May

Blankets of History

Lot 123.
For Auction 25th May 2022

By the 1670s the Oxfordshire town of Witney was supplying blankets, made from locally produced Cotswold wool, to the Hudson's Bay Company in North America. Highly prized in the cold climate for their excellent insulating and water repellent qualities, they were exchanged for the beaver pelts much sought after in Europe. By the end of Queen Victoria's reign Early's of Witney were receiving orders from across the globe including Spain, Portugal, the United States, Bermuda, Australia, Newfoundland, South Africa and South America. Wellington's armies were supplied with Witney blankets and this military supply tradition continued with 85% of the 718,000 blankets made in 1944 being for military use. Production of the famous brand was eventually extended world wide with Witney blankets being made under license in Canada, the Czech Republic, India, New Zealand and the United States. The last Witney blanket mill ceased production in 2002.

Taken from BBC A History of the World, The British Museum

Thursday 19 May 2022

Part Five of the Les Burford Collection

For Auction on 25th May is Part Five of the late Les Burford, Oxfordshire Stationary Engine Collection. 

To include a traveller's caravan, trailer, advertising signs, petrol cans and more  . . . . . . .

Bowled over?


Lot 18.  For Auction Wednesday 25th May.

Gorgeous Glassware

 Lot 7.  For auction 25th May.

Miss Monroe arrives at Boldon Auction Galleries


Lot 9.
For auction 25th May.

Dark green Keith Murray Vase

For auction Wednesday 25th May. Lot 3.

The 1930's and 1940's gave rise to one of the most influential designers of the Art Deco style, Keith Day Pearce Murray. Murray was born in New Zealand in 1892 and became an architect and designer, working for Wedgwood in their Staffordshire Potteries, Murray was responsible for the design of some much loved ceramic, metal and glassware. Mostly associated for the range of plain, crisply modelled earthenware bowls, vases and jug sets which were first made in cream earthenware and black basalt.  From the end of 1933 new matt glazes designed by Norman Wilson were produced.  Available in a matt white finish (Moonstone), matt straw, April green, dark green, turquoise and matt grey.

Wednesday 18 May 2022

We may need a bigger boat!

For Auction 25th May


Tribal Masks

Just arrived in the Saleroom are these two
incredible Tribal Masks - a Dogon Helmet Mask from
Mali and a Baule mask from the Ivory Coast. For
Auction on 25th May. 

The Dogon people are from Mali spreading across the border into Burkina Faso.
Mainly an agricultural people who live in villages composed of patrilineages (family members belong to the father's clan and share a common village surname) and extended families whose head is the senior male.

 Dogon religious life is heightened every 60 years by a ceremony called the sigui, which occurs when the star Sirius appears between two mountain peaks. Before the ceremony, young men go into seclusion for three months, during which they talk in a secret language. The general ceremony rests on the belief that some 3,000 years ago amphibious beings from Sirius visited the Dogon.

The Dogon are best known for their religious traditions, their mask dances, wooden sculpture, and their architecture.

The most impressive element of a dancer’s regalia is the headpiece, or imina (mask), that is tied to the dancer’s face with cloth bands. Sometimes decorated with fibres, cowry shells, or beads, the masks are highly valued by foreign collectors. More than sixty different masks symbolize the worlds of the living and dead; some represent animals or people, and others portray spiritual beings or human attributes such as male or female power. Masks are said to contain nyama, the life force within both humans and animals. Because of their association with death, women (who are associated with fertility) may not touch or come in contact with a dancer’s mask. Most dancers wear regalia designed to enhance movements, such as coloured hibiscus fibres attached to the wrists and ankles. Decorations may also include breastplates made from shells and beads worn above loose pants. Colours used within regalia represent the four basic elements: red (fire), black (water), white (sky), and yellow or ochre (earth). To maintain the integrity of costumes, materials such as paint, dye, and fibre must be obtained from the bush.

The Baule or Baoulé are an Akan people and one of the largest ethnicities in Ivory Coast who historically migrated from what is today Ghana. The Baoulé are traditionally farmers and have come to play a relatively important role in the recent history of Ivory Coast: the State's first President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, was a Baoulé; and since the Ivorian cocoa boom of the 1960-1970s, the Baoulé have also become one of the most widespread ethnicity throughout the country, especially in the Southern forests where they are amongst the most numerous planters of cocoa, rubber, and coffee and sometimes seem to outnumber the local native ethnic groups.  Many Baoulé art objects are restricted to be seen only by the individual for whom it was made or a specific group of people as they are often considered to be powerful spiritual objects.

Many Baoulé art objects are restricted to be seen only by the individual for whom it was made or by a specific group of people. They are often considered to be powerful spiritual objects. The most powerful spiritual objects are the men's sacred masks, bo nun amuin. This mask is a boxy helmet mask representing a menacing animal with bared teeth. Viewing the mask is restricted to men. If a woman or child sees the mask they risk serious injury or death. It is danced in times of trouble to protect the village and at important men's funerals. When the bo nun amuin mask is danced it can become very wild and violent. The spirit may chase the men through the village or wreak havoc by destroying things in its path.

Celebrating Tyneside’s Favourite Band

We have a collection of five Lindisfarne posters for auction on 25th May. 

Our very own North East Folk Rock Band established in 1968 and possibly 

most well known for ‘Fog on the Tyne’ as well as ‘Meet Me On The Corner’, 

‘Lady Eleanor’ and ‘Run For Home’.

Wednesday 11 May 2022

Lego Building

Lot 182.

Quantity of Lego kits

Sold £120, 11th May 2022

Fish and Lobster

Lot 268.

A cold painted bronze figure of a child holding a fish and lobster

Sold £300, 11th May 2022


Lot 181.

Collection of 7 inch singles etc

Sold £100, 11th May 2022

Off to Sea

Lot 356.

A teak Seaman's chest

Sold £130, 11th May 2022

Amethyst Delight

Lot 267.

A yellow metal bangle, mounted with an amethyst

Sold £170, 11th May 2022

Victorian splendour

Lot 276.

A silver basket, London, 1901, 19oz

Sold £260, 11th May 2022

Chocks Away!

Lot 160.

Collection of 'Biggles' books etc.

Sold £170, 11th May 2022

Steaming away

Lot 209.

A live model steam roller, 'Margaret Rose', 36" length x 13" wide

Sold £2,450, 11th May 2022

Enamelled Fred Rich goblet

Lot 235.

A silver gilt and enamelled goblet, by Fred Rich, London, 1996, 16.6oz,  19.5cm high

Sold £950, 11th May 2022

G Plan

Lot 368.

A G Plan teak sideboard

Sold £160, 11th May 2022

Likeness in miniature

Lot 269.

A miniature portrait, mounted in a 9ct gold brooch, 15g total

Sold £150, 11th May 2022

Come Fly With Me

 Lot 52.

Eleven boxed 'Aviation Archive' aeroplanes

Sold £130, 11th May 2022

Vanguards, Vanguards, Vanguards


Lot 42.

Twenty five boxed Vanguards Vehicles

Sold £150, 11th May 2022


Lot 38.

A 75cl bottle of Porto VV Niepoort

Sold £320, 11th May 2022

Carriage Lamps of distinction

Lot 36.

Four Carriage lamps, various

Sold £240, 11th May 2022

Telephony and Lighting History


Lot 26.

A Miners torch, three telephones and a Ships lamp

Sold £180, 11th May 2022

Bike Business

 Lot 19.

A Corratec electric bike

Sold £700, 11th May 2022

Play Time


Lot 138.

Three boxes of toys and die cast models

Sold £130, 11th May 2022

Marvellous Myford


Lot 14.

A smaller Myford metal working lathe

Sold £300

11th May 2022

American engine Waterloo

An American 'The Associated Line', stationary engine, Waterloo, Iowa, USA

Sold £440.  Lot 11.  11th May 2022

Engines off to a quick start at Boldon Auctions


Sold £200.  Lot 8.  11th May 2022

Friday 6 May 2022

Hot off the Press - Catalogues 11th May Auction

Stationary Engines 11th May 2022

Part Four of the late Les Burford, Oxfordshire Stationary Engine Collection. 

To include R. A. Lister & Co. Ltd, Dursley, England stationary engines, Chester Milling Machine, Myford Lathes and more . . . . . . .