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Striking Olympics gold

08 September 2004Written by ATG Reporter

THE most topical entry in Clevedon Salerooms (15% buyer's premium) large 1200-lot outing on June 17-18 was a collection of Olympics memorabilia. Entered by descendants of the 1908 gold medal winning water polo player Thomas H. Thould, the group fetched £3300.

The biggest money was reserved for a more traditional entry: a handsome 15 3/4in (40cm) high Regency, brass-inlaid rosewood bracket clock. Featuring brass side handles, pierced grills and a backplate signed Wm.Braund Dartford it trebled the top estimate when it sold at £4600.

An early 19th century mahogany longcase with an arched silvered moonphase dial by William Green of Bristol sold to a local private at £2800 despite needing work.

Also in the running were two pairs of 19th century Palissy-style majolica plaques. The realistic rendering of the fish and eels sparked a bidding battle with the first pair selling at £2500 and the second pair in the manner of Hugo Lonitz fetching £3000.

Elsewhere, it was the quality and reasonable condition of two Gauge 1 electric locomotives made for Bing by Bassett-Lowke which propelled them to £1600 and £1400 each.

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