Collectables

The term ‘collectables’ (or collectibles) encompasses a vast range of items in fields as diverse as arms, armour and militaria, bank notes, cameras, coins, entertainment and sporting memorabilia, stamps, taxidermy, wines and writing equipment.

Some collectables are antiques, others are classed as retro, vintage or curios but all are of value to the collector. In any of these fields, buyers seek out rarities and items with specific associations.

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Remarkable gift that was customised by Constable rediscovered

16 September 2014

On March 29, 1833, John Constable gave his daughter Emily a copy of Isaac Watts’s book ‘Songs, Divine and Moral’.

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Appeal over stolen coins

10 September 2014

This sixth issue Elizabeth I sovereign (1584-1586) was among seven English 16th and 17th century gold coins stolen from a dealer’s home in Norfolk in August.

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Spink show recalls WWI’s first VCs

08 September 2014

Spink are reuniting the first two Victoria Crosses awarded during the First World War as part of a unique exhibition focusing upon the first four months of the conflict.

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Superhuman price for comic at $3.2m

05 September 2014

The big comic story of the year – and one unlikely to be bettered – when two New York specialist dealers, Stephen Fisher and Vincent Zurzolo, paid $3.2m (£1.93m) for a copy of Action Comics No.1. When launched in June, 1938 it had originally cost just 10 cents.

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Money wars – the £1000 note targeted by the Nazis

05 September 2014

The highest denomination note issued by the Bank of England, this £1000 banknote is a rare survivor of a limited run that was cut short as the Nazis tried to destabilise the British economy.

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Life imitates art for Dylan Thomas’ boathouse gate

02 September 2014

In May actor Michael Sheen starred in a BBC Wales TV adaptation of ‘Under Milk Wood’ and has taken part in several Dylan Thomas tributes in this centenary year of the poet’s birth.

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Liss Fine Art unveil major WWI tribute

29 August 2014

The First World War centenary has prompted numerous related exhibitions which have rather dominated the calendar this year as you might expect.

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Tudor and Stuart history told through 600 medals

28 August 2014

The Christopher Foley collection of British commemorative medals will be sold at Salisbury auctioneers Woolley & Wallis on October 16. The sale is the most comprehensive of its type seen for a century or more.

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Noah’s Ark draws in the bidders

22 August 2014

German-made painted wood Noah’s arks, appealing to folk art and toy collectors alike, don’t get much better than this mid-19th century example sold recently at Brightwells in Leominster.

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Pioneer of English printing is £900,000 hit

22 August 2014

Sold at Sotheby’s for £900,000 last month was a rare copy of a work that marks the beginning of printing in English.

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Spencer’s Great War masterpiece reopens after restoration campaign

18 August 2014

Earlier this month, 100 years to the day since the outbreak of the First World War, Sandham Memorial Chapel near Newbury reopened to the public after restoration.

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Canemania comes to London

11 August 2014

Pick up your stick and head out for ‘Canemania 2014’, the ninth international cane conference, to be held from September 10-13 in London.

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Chamberlain’s other piece of paper

11 August 2014

The ‘piece of paper’ waved by Neville Chamberlain on his return from meeting Hitler in 1938 must count as one of the most infamous documents in history.

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Keeping your powder dry – a matter of life and death

08 August 2014

In the days when muzzle-loaders were the only choice for shooters, the one essential accessory was a flask for the powder. Many a battle or huntsman’s quarry has been lost through poorly kept powder.

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Fashion dolls flaunt the 1867 look

08 August 2014

There may have been no internet or TV in the third quarter of the 19th century, but it was possible to find out what the fashionistas of 1867 were wearing at the time.

Cave coins find could shed new light on Iron Age culture in Britain

28 July 2014

Coins from the Late Iron Age and Republican Roman eras have been found buried together for the first time.

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Bidders fly to Hampshire to hear music box sing at £22,000

25 July 2014

Selborne, Hampshire, auctioneer Hannams produced a YouTube video to promote the presence of this very early key-wind musical box by Nicole Frères in their inaugural sale.

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Timekeeper from Darwin’s Beagle voyage makes £60,000

18 July 2014

The most historically interesting entry in Bonhams’ clock sale held in their New Bond Street rooms came from the ten-lot section devoted to marine chronometers.

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Jacks, bombards and bottles: leather drinking vessels hold their own

11 July 2014

The first instalment of a single-owner collection of early leather vessels was dispersed in Christie’s South Kensington’s vernacular and country-style furnishing ‘Masters and Makers’ sale.

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Police appeal after thieves take church’s early Bible

09 July 2014

Book dealers have been urged to be on the lookout after a second edition of the King James Bible from 1614 was stolen from a Berkshire church.

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