Spirited bids at auction sale

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CLIFFORD Cross Auctions Ltd conducted a successful sale which raised over £75,000 at the Wisbech Auction Halls.

Richard Barnwell, auctioneer for the Chattels Division said: “I have been working in Wisbech for 35 years and we have not had a sale with this spirit for sometime.

“Over 95 percent of all items sold, many reaching prices that we have not seen for five or six years.

“The silver and precious metals made in the region of £18-£20 per ounce and the market for pre-1947 silver coins was extremely buoyant and the best I have ever known.

“The collection of oil lamps, which we had from a private home in Ely, sold remarkably well with many of them going to a specialist dealer from Cornwall.

“Once again, many items were sold on commission bids from all over the country, as well as the continent and America.

“While I accept that ‘one swallow does not make a summer,’ I hope that this shows a return to the interest and value of antiques in

the future.”

The next sale in Wisbech is July 21 and 22. Entries from private homes are invited, contact Elaine Petchell on 01945-584200.

Some of the chief prices realised were: Tea caddy £270, postcard album £220, tray of Dinky toys £35, servant’s bells £800, hi-fi system £600, collection of antique walking sticks £900, cut glass door handles £320, 60 oil lamps from £320 to £620.

Over 80 lots of silver cutlery including large canteen at £4,300, half sovereigns £90, quantities of pre-1947 coins at £120 to £350, walnut crezenda £900, vintage telephone £45, mains radio £170, brass door stopper £80, brass door knobs £180, brass bell pushers £285, ebonized crezenda £900, dining table £780.