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Auction hammer falls at impressive £5,800 on Elizabethan bible
A 16th Century bible published during the rule of Queen Elizabeth I sold for an impressive £5,800 – just one of a number of outstanding results at Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones’ Friday 8th October Collectors’ sale.
Printed in 1585 by Royal Printer Christopher Barker the leather bound volume (lot 364) is entitled ‘The Holy Byble, the Newe Testament’ and is of exceptional quality. As a fine example of a family bible of the era in good condition it attracted interest from bidders on an international scale; as MD and head auctioneer at Cuttlestones, Ben Gamble, explains:
“Bibles of this age and quality are few and far between; a fact that was reflected by the price achieved and the massive interest from bidders far and wide. In addition to strong interest in the room we had a raft of telephone bidders, several commission bids and a strong contingent of internet bidders competing for the lot, which was eventually sold to a bidder on the phone for £5,800.”
The level of interest attracted by the bible was a theme throughout the entire sale, with 40% of lots sold to internet bidders.
Medals & militaria
A particularly strong section was medals and militaria, with some 97 lots of medals and related ephemera amassing sales in excess of £21,000. Lots ranged from firearms and replica medals through to a collection of medal packs; each of which, in addition to a collection of medals, included detailed research into the life of the serviceman to whom they were awarded, consigned by a single private collector.
One of the most interesting lots in this section was a cased American A.T.A. Casualty badge (lot 227) silver gilt, back-engraved to 1st Officer Wilbur W. Acton, Ohio, USA' which, together with a bullion thread A.T.A. badge, sold for £1,400 – well above its estimate of £100 – £200. Other items of note included an Air Force Cross GVI (lot 265), in box of issue, which went for £850 and a framed military porcelain ‘for valour’ plate (lot 289), commemorating battles throughout the 18th and 19th Centuries, which sold for £650.
Of the private medals collection, 5 medals to F/Sgt T. T. Turnbull (lot 270) together with a navigator log book, release book, two group photographs and some research sold for £2,300 while four medals to F/Lt. E. J. Watson R.A.F. VR (81374), 135 Squadron (lot 275), along with a quantity of research and newspaper cuttings, sold for £2,600.
The sale also included a strong toys section which, with over 200 model trains & carriages in 70 lots, was of particular interest to model railway collectors. While no particular lots stood out within this section the trains, including a large number of boxed models from renowned makers Hornby Railways, Mainline Railways, Bachmann Branch Line Model Railways, Lima and Airfix, commanded consistently good prices. The section achieved in excess of £10,000 in total with the majority of sales to internet bidders.
Local Interest & Miscellanea
A number of items of local interest were also entered in the sale. They included a large map of Wolverhampton by Isaac Taylor (lot 372), engraved by Thomas Jefferys, surveyed in 1750 and taken from book published in 1798, which sold for £180 and an 1883 book by J SLEIGH (lot 336), entitled 'HISTORY OF ANCIENT PARISH OF LEEK'; selling for £130.
Other ‘sleepers’ were lot 403, a novelty pencil by 'S. Mordan & Co.' in the form of a whistle and in good condition, which achieved £210 against its estimate of £10 - £20 and a 'Broadhurst Clarkson and Co' brass and lacquered astronomical telescope (lot 122) which, carrying an estimate of £100 - £200, sold for £650.
Full results of the sale, are available at www.cuttlestones.co.uk and consignments are now being accepted for the next Cuttlestones Collectors’ Sale, which will take place on Friday, 3rd December 2010 - call 01785 714905 for further details.
Charlotte at Squash PR & Marketing
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