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Three silver items to savour from Devon sale

26 February 2024

Pictured here are three highlight lots from recent sales held by Whittons (20% buyer’s premium) in Honiton, Devon.

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Mug commemorating real-life crime 1823 style flies to 10 times estimate

12 February 2024

The murder of William Weare in the Hertfordshire village of Radlett in 1823 has been called the first trial by newspaper. It was also the first subject in the ‘crime and punishment’ series of earthenwares that proved curiously popular in the Victorian era.

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West Country painter Michael Morgan's work offered en masse for first time

12 February 2024

Core group of 14 works by the artist on offer could represent significant moment in secondary market

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Artist Michael Morgan makes presence felt on auction market

18 January 2024

West Country painter Michael Morgan’s (1928-2014) career as an artist took off rather late in life.

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Tutankhamen pharaoh tomb find detailed in three volumes

14 August 2023

Account of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb comes as rare set with dust jackets intact

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You’ve got the hook: Maori jewellery

10 July 2023

The best-known type of Maori jewellery is the pounamu (greenstone) hei tiki pendants, the figural carvings representing ‘the first man’ that were typically worn by women.

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One-off pocket barometer altimeter was used for mining

10 July 2023

This brass cased mining aneroid pocket barometer altimeter, c.1885, was almost certainly a one-off order or commission.

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Three figure Matchbox auction buy without a an actual car

26 June 2023

Matchbox can sell well even when there isn’t an actual vehicle in sight.

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Take a detailed look at Duncan Grant

05 June 2023

Recent results for the Bloomsbury Group artist show how his prolific output creates a wide price range

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Son of prolific artist Robert Lenkiewicz opens gallery in south Devon town

01 May 2023

An addition to the businesses on the Ashburton Antiques Trail is Reuben Lenkiewicz Fine Art & Antiques Gallery, which is run by the son of the charismatic, renowned and prolific artist Robert Lenkiewicz who died in 2002.

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Items from royal milliner Kate Day appear in the saleroom

01 May 2023

Kate Day, known as the ‘Queen’s Milliner’, made hats for Queen Elizabeth II even before her coronation and continued afterwards.

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Tinworth’s take on the famous Polito’s Menagerie

20 March 2023

The most ambitious of all of the George Tinworth (1843-1913) mouse groups is the 10in (25cm) high clock case

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On a space exploration mission: new salvage fair in Tiverton

27 February 2023

Organiser of Devon event that has run out of room for dealers launches second fair in Tiverton

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Adam Partridge spreads his wings to the south

09 January 2023

Macclesfield and Liverpool auction house Adam Partridge has expanded its operation into the south-east and south-west of England with the purchase of two existing salerooms.

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How to figure out the two-tier market for Doulton HN series

31 October 2022

A selection of Doulton HN series rarities sold at three regional salerooms this month.

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Shipwreck furniture and lock of hair with Horatio Nelson links attract collectors at auction

04 October 2022

A bookcase made from the wreck of Nelson’s former flagship HMS Foudroyant and brooch containing a lock Nelson's hair sold at auction last month.

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Pick of the week: Cabinet made of wood from Nelson’s flagship makes 13-times estimate

03 October 2022

HMS Foudroyant, which served as Nelson’s flagship in the Mediterranean Squadron, had been touring English seaside resorts as an attraction when it was wrecked off Blackpool Sands on June 16, 1897.

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Pick of the week: Belting result for Action Man

05 September 2022

A lot offering Action Man outfits and accessories from the flock hair period c.1970 sold for 100 times the low estimate at a Devon saleroom thanks to a considerable rarity it contained.

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Young sitters stand out despite lack of identification

29 August 2022

Among the lots catching bidders’ eyes in the last few months were a number of intriguing portraits that came up at sales in south-west England.

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Panels impress in sideboard sale

08 August 2022

As Sand, an Elizabethan house in east Devon which has been in the Huyshe family since 1560, is being sold for the first time in over 460 years, Chilcotts (21% buyer’s premium) dispersed much of the contents on July 16.