This Victorian achromatic cabinet stereoscope was one of the more unusual offerings among the 540 lots offered at Dee Atkinson & Harrison’s recent sale at Driffield and proved the stand-out seller.
By Smith Beck & Beck, the 12¾in wide, 18¼in high, (32 x
46cm) walnut cabinet had a removable front panel revealing
pigeonholes for slides and surmounted by a brass viewer with
Complete with 260 card-mounted slides and ten glass slides of
British and Continental topography, street scenes and lunar views,
and with the original instruction manual, it was estimated at
At the auction on April 27, a bidding war between a number of
telephone and online bidders saw it finally sell online to a New
Jersey bidder at £6900.
Another good seller was an 87oz, Sheffield 1927 silver Freedom
Box with an illuminated scroll admitting Alderman Albert Aizelewood
as an Honorary Freeman to the County Borough of Rotherham that
year. Although typically great quality, these are not always the
easiest lots to sell but, estimated at £1400-1800 the 15½in (39cm)
wide box sold at £3100 to the trade against some interest from
Also going well over estimate was a late 18th/early 19th century
boulle work bracket clock inscribed to the circular brass dial and
to the brass eight-day, two-train movement, Gudin à Paris.
The boulle waisted case with gilt-metal mounts was surmounted by a
classical-style seated female figure, giving an overall height of
2ft 8¾in (83cm).
Offered with a matching wall bracket, it was temptingly
estimated at £700-1000 as it needed some restoration but sold over
the phone at £3600.
The buyer's premium was 15%