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Pankhurst’s angelic skills as tea service brings demand

28 October 2019

Designed for the Suffragette movement by Sylvia Pankhurst, a 19-piece tea service was the star at Halls’ (20%) buyer’s premium) sale in Shrewsbury.

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RAF helmet soars above estimate

28 October 2019

An RAF Second World War brown leather Type C flying helmet with goggles estimated at £400-500 in the Halls (23% buyer’s premium) Books, Medals & Militaria Auction on August 21 soared to £3400.

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Anyone for Sphairistike? Net gains for tennis rarities

21 October 2019

Sphairistike, an ancient Greek term meaning skill in playing at ball, was the name Major Walter Wingfield chose for the game he patented and first advertised early in 1874.

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Games make serious money

21 October 2019

Offered at a recent sale at Mullock’s in Ludlow were three early-19th century games pitched at £150-200 apiece but sold at much higher sums.

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Arts & Crafts necklace in Shrewsbury

30 September 2019

This Arts & Crafts-style necklace, alternating moonstone and chalcedony cabochons set in scrolling silver mounts, is the unmistakable work of the London jeweller Sybil Dunlop (1889-1968).

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Take a trip to Scarborough

30 September 2019

Before he learnt to paint, Sheffield-born artist Joe Scarborough (b.1938) was a laboratory assistant at Batchelors, the processed food company, then a face worker at the Thorpe Hesley colliery.

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Poets create a decent auction rhythm

23 September 2019

The biggest literary impression in a recent Shrewsbury sale that combined medals and militaria with well over 200 lots of books and ephemera was made by poets – famous and otherwise.

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Trevanion makes new hires as Dean bows out

23 September 2019

Shropshire auction house Trevanion & Dean has taken on four new members of staff as joint founder Aaron Dean has chosen to leave and Christina Trevanion has taken on sole ownership of the firm.

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Rare version of Windsor chair is a highlight of upbeat Shrewsbury summer sale

09 September 2019

Early English oak and yew and ceramics from St Petersburg to Stoke-on-Trent were features of a 250-lot sale which left auctioneer Jeremy Lamond in a quietly upbeat mood after Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) summer sale at Shrewsbury.

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Halls' fine art director Jeremy Lamond to leave after two decades at Shropshire auction house

06 September 2019

Jeremy Lamond, Halls’ fine art director, will depart after 23 years at the firm.

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Contents from Shropshire’s 18th century stately home Mawley Hall come fresh to the market at Cheffins

26 August 2019

The principal contents of Mawley Hall, the 18th-century country mansion described by Country Life as 'Shropshire’s Baroque masterpiece', will come up for auction in Cambridge next month.

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Pioneer of Shropshire antiques centre leaves to take up her pen as an author

12 August 2019

An antiques dealer in the picturesque market town of Bridgnorth in Shropshire is retiring from the trade to concentrate on her writing career.

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5 Questions: Jerrard Nares of Mytton Antiques

12 August 2019

Jerrard Nares of Mytton Antiques deals in 18th and 19th century furniture and related decorative small items from his shop in Shrewsbury.

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Regions enjoy the fruits of solid English oak

22 July 2019

A 17th century oak panel marking the rebuilding of one of the best-known dwellings on the Chester Rows sold at auction last week for £4600.

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Lin thrives in Ludlow

15 July 2019

A large canvas by the Taiwan-born British minimalist Richard Lin (1933-2011) sailed to £84,000 at Ludlow saleroom McCartneys (17% buyer’s premium), setting a house record in the process.

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Plaque professing thanks to God for deliverance from plague up for auction

09 July 2019

The plague that devastated London in 1665 is well known but an intriguing wooden panel coming up at auction on July 17 shows the disease proved fatal to many thousands in other areas during that era.

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Two Cs ready for three busy fairs in summer 2019

10 June 2019

Organisers report that all of their events are fully booked as far ahead as October this year

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Eardley Norton clocks chime with bidders

10 June 2019

Eardley Norton, who is listed at 49 St John’s Street, Clerkenwell between 1762- 94, enjoyed a reputation as a skilled mechanic and the maker of complex timepieces, sometimes with musical and astronomical movements.

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Matisse makes top Shropshire sum

03 June 2019

Characteristic etching is best-seller in appealing single-owner mix of works on paper.

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Charlotte Rhead looks to be right attribution

20 May 2019

Catalogued as ‘Art Nouveau… manner of Charlotte Rhead’, this pair of tube-lined tiles went at 10 times the estimate at Trevanion & Dean’s (17.5% buyer’s premium) sale in Whitchurch.