Auction sale success

A local collection of over 500 boxed commercial vehicles in pristine condition attracted collectors from far and wide to Wisbech.

The lots came under the hammer of auctioneer Richard Barnwell, of Clifford Cross Auctions Ltd, who conducted an Antique and Collectors’ Sale at The Wisbech Auction Halls over two days.

Among these was the collection belonging to the late Geoffrey Cousins, who owned Guyhirn Filling Station and was an avid collector of all kinds of memorabilia connected to commercial vehicles.

A total of over 1,000 lots were offered over the two days and Mr Barnwell said there was a large attendance.

All the collection belonging to Mr Cousins sold and Mr Barnwell said: “I was ever so pleased. We had all sorts of collectors from all over the country.”

Talking about other items at the sale, Mr Barnwell said bidding was brisk particularly for the collectors’ items gold, silver and jewellery but the market was still subdued for pottery and porcelain.

The next General Household sale is April 9 which will comprise a large quantity of books and effects from two Wisbech homes.

Some of the chief prices realised were: A ladies 18ct gold bracelet £1,025; a large quantity of pre-1946 silver coins £860; A silver tea service £800; Three volumes Monastici Anglicani £740; A 9ct gold 12-charm bracelet £700; An unusual painting marked “Andrzej Kuhn” depicting musicians £600; An unusual framed

oil painting on panel by Andrzej Kuhn depicting sailing ship £600; a quantity of amber necklaces £580; A pair of desk cigarette boxes £560; An important oil painting of Nelson and Wellington from the early 19th century £520; Silver candlesticks by Mappin and Webb £360; A Webley Service air rifle £320; A 9ct gold ladies bracelet with lock locket £320; Four volumes of Britannia of a chronographical and description of The

Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland by William Camden £320; A mahogany

Edwardian bookcase £310; A unusual antique walnut cross-banded escritoire with fall front £280; 11 gold Sovereigns from £250 - £255 each, seven half gold Sovereigns from £150 - £200 each; The Cousins’ Collection of boxed commercial vehicles prices realised from £40 - £190; Watson’s History of Wisbech £70; Webley air pistol £200; Local maps £65 - £90; Crystal wireless set £130; RAC car badge £74; Eddison phonograph £130; Stereoscopic viewer and slides £110; Box of ephemera £200; Waterford fruit bowl £150; Wisbech crested armchair £25; Silver photograph frame £70; Ladies gold t watch £160; 16 lots of wine realised between

£90-£110; Pine blanket chest £120; 10 collapsible chairs £180.

The next Antique and Collector’s sale is July 18 and 19,