Tuesday 16 April 2024

Remembering the hey day of Sailing vessels at the mouth of the River Tyne


Lot 326.
Oil on canvas, 'Sailing vessels at the mouth of the Tyne', John Scott, 1818?, in gilt frame, 90 x 65cm
Estimate £100-£150
For auction 3rd April 2024

Gibson to come under the hammer on the 3rd of April


Lot 67.  

A Gibson Les Paul Studio guitar, made in the USA, nos 03330475.  

Estimate £80-£120. 

Friday 12 April 2024

Goodbye and Thank You

We wanted to let all our clients know that Tom Robson will be leaving Boldon Auction Galleries in May.  

We wish him all the very best in his new position and sincerely thank him for all his hard work and commitment to Boldon Auction Galleries over the last two decades.

Tom's last auction will be Wednesday 15th May.

Many thanks and best wishes, 

Giles and Caroline Hodges

Mouseman makes another appearance at Boldon Auction Galleries

Lot 421.

A pair of Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn lattice back chairs with carved mouse (circa 1977, cost £183-60)

Estimate £800-£1,200

For Auction 17.04.24

Sid Pollard's take on Mouseman

Lot 422.

A 1970's Sid Pollard Mouseman design solid oak refectory table and a set of eight lattice back single chairs

Estimate £1,500-£2,000

For auction 17.04.24

Clarice Cliff at Boldon Auction Galleries

A Clarice Cliff 'Bizarre' ash tray, on an oak stand
Estimate £20-£40
For auction 12th April


Super Selection of Silver to come under the hammer on 17th April

Lot 252
A silver bowl, two ashtrays and a pair of dwarf candlesticks
Estimate £250-£450

Quartz at Auction


Lot 52.  A large piece of quartz, W 25cm, for auction 17.04.24

Walker and Hall Sheffield silver

Lot 269.
A silver three piece tea set, Walker and Hall, Sheffield, 1917, 36 ozs

Estimate £400-£600For auction 17th April 2024

Carry on Camping!


Lot 243.

Film poster, 'Carry on Camping'

Estimate £30-£50

For auction 17th April 2024

Second World War Medals

Lot 263.
Six Second World War medals/stars, all original with ribbons
Estimate £30-£50

For auction 17.04.24

Great Selection of Musical Instruments for auction on the 17th of April


We have a super collection of Musical Instruments for auction including Keyboards, Guitars, Flutes, Violin, Clarinet, a Roli Seaboard Rise 2 SBR049, a Moog 'Theremini', a Technics SL 1700 turntable, a Focusrite Scarlett 414 and a Doremidi Merge-5 and many more items

18ct white gold diamond mounted ring for auction


An 18ct white gold diamond mounted ring, 4g, size 'J'.  
Estimate £300-£500 for auction 17th April 2024

Thursday 11 April 2024

Calling all Bikers we have a Harley Davidson for auction

 Lot 2.

A Harley Davidson 883cc 'Sportster', first registered November 2012, mileage tba, two keys, (some history)

Estimate £2,500-£3,000

For Auction 17th April 2024

Brilliant Bitossi

 Lot 23.

A Bitossi model of a standing cat and a Bitossi bull 'bookends' (2)

Estimate £150-£200 for auction 17.04.24

Feeling opalescent


Lot 17.

An opalescent Lalique style French circular bowl, made in France, D 30cm

Estimate £80-£120

To be offered for auction 17th April 2024

Superb Scott's Southwick Sunderland Lustre Bowl


Lot 13.

A 19th century Sunderland lustre Scott's Southwick pottery circular bowl, the transfer printed panels include 'June','A West View of the Cast Iron Bridge over the River Wear built by R. Burdon Esq. Span 236 Feet, Height 100 Feet, Begun 24 Sept 1793 Open'd August 1796','The Milk Fetching Dog', 'Snapper and the Rabbits', 'Sailors Farewell, Sweet oh sweet is that sensation, Where two harts in union meet, But the pain of separation, mingles bitter with the sweet', 'The Sailor lost in stormy seas, Though for his bark may roam, Still hears a voice in every breeze, That wakens thoughts of home, He thinks upon his distant friends, His wife, his humble cot, And from his inmost heart ascends, The prayer - Forget me not' and 'I envy no one's birth or fame, Their title, train or dress, Nor has my pride  e'er stretch'd  its aim, Beyond what I possess, I ask not, wish not, to appear, More beauteous , rich or gay, Lord make me wiser every year, And better every day',D 31cm

Estimate £80-£120

For Auction 17.04.24

Transfer printing came to the North East in the 1750s achieving it's own distinctive north-eastern style in both Newcastle and Sunderland.  Recurring themes were based on the sea and sailors as the centre of an important shipping industry as well the iron bridge over the river Wear.  At the time of construction at the end of the 18th century this was the largest single span cast iron bridge in the world and the object of local pride.  Sentimental or humorous rhyme contained within a floral wreath were often added.  The authors of the rhymes have remained largely unknown and we are not much better informed as to the identities of the artists who drew or engraved the copper plates from which the pictorial transfers were made.

The Southwick or Scott's Pottery (1788-1896)

Situated very close to Thomas Snowball's High Southwick pottery, Scott's was after the turn of the century, one of the most important producers of lustre ware in the north east.  As well as having a large domestic market, the Southwick wares were in demand overseas.  The firm was run by succeeding generations of the Scott family, mostly bearing the Christian name of Anthony, trading as Scott brothers and Co., Anthony Scott & Co. and Anthony Scott & Sons at various times.  The firm's longevity meant they were one of the few to use transfer prints of the old Wear iron bridge and after 1859 of the new one.  By the 1870's the fortunes of the firm were on the decline with intense competition from both the Staffordshire potteries and European factories.  In 1896 the firm closed and the copper plates of Southwick Pottery were bought by William Ball and used at his Deptford pottery, Sunderland.

Part Two of a Private Collection of Purse Watches for Auction on 17th April


Aldermaston Pottery


Lot 36.

A tin glazed earthenware pottery tankard, designed by Alan Caiger-Smith

(1930-2020) for Aldermaston Pottery

Estimate £20-£40

For auction 17.04.2024

Mercedes Benz for auction

 Lot 3.

Mercedes Benz B180 Sport CDi, MPV, diesel, mileage stated 88645, mot until 9th October 2024, two keys, V5, 2 litre

Estimate £800-£1,200

For auction 17.04.2024

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Not one but two fabulous Royal Worcester cased tea sets for Auction


Whitefriars Textured Banjo Vase for Auction


A Whitefriars 'Banjo' vase, Geoffrey Baxter, mould blown kingfisher blue glass, number 9681, for auction 17th April

Whitefriars Textured range with its distinctive shapes such as the Drunken BricklayerTotem and Banjo, was released in a range of three colours in 1967.

To cinnamon, indigo, and willow were added meadow green, kingfisher blue as can be seen here, and a vibrant tangerine by 1969. Aubergine and pewter colours were short-lived later additions as were near the handful of pieces made in clear flint and ruby red glass.

Saturday 6 April 2024

Stack of silver


Lot 274.  

Twenty five silver one ounce Britannia coins

Sold £510 


Gorgeous diamonds sold at Auction

Lot 307. 

A platinum three stone diamond ring, central stone approx. 1.5ct, two on shoulder approx. 0.5ct each, size 'N', 4g

Sold £3,300 on 03.04.24

Timeless beauty sold at Boldon Auction Galleries

Lot 306 
A white metal (platinum?) diamond set brooch, central diamond approx. 0.5 to 0.75ct, 49 x 20mm, 7.9g
Sold £1,150 on 03.04.24

Penknives proved extremely popular at auction on the 3rd of April


Koji Hara, Loveless, Lone Wolf, Moki and others saw online, telephone and auction room bidders battling to purchase these art knife masterpieces

Part One of a collection of Purse Watches sold 03.04.24

Here are a few highlights

Lot 321 sold £620

Lot 282 sold £340

Lot 294 sold £740

Part Two to be sold Wednesday 17th April

A Gents Omega wristwatch


Lot 317 sold £420 03.04.24

Knitting For Victory

One of the lots sold in our latest auction has a fascinating history.  A vintage Harrison Patent Knitting machine, a Singer sewing machine and a treadle sewing machine (3)

The oldest of our machines was last granted a patent in 1886 but the key period of sock making on these machines was during World War 1, Lord Kitchener was appointed Secretary of State for War in the UK and realised his soldiers would require a large quantity of good quality socks to keep them marching and to help prevent trench foot, he is also credited with contributing the method of closing the toes of the socks, a seamless method of grafting still commonly called Kitchener stitch.