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A highly unusual silver baby's rattle
Clarice Cliff
Georgian oak press cupboard

Collection of Georgian and Victorian silver baby rattles exceeds expectations at auction

A collection of 24 hallmarked silver antique baby rattles; some Victorian, some Georgian and all originating from a single private collection, exceeded all expectations at Staffordshire suction house Cuttlestones’ 19th November Fine Art sale. Split into 15 lots, the collection achieved a total of £5,000.

The star of the show was a very rare silver baby’s rattle - hallmarked for Birmingham 1903 with repousse detailed body, six hanging bells (one missing) and a most unusual ‘antler’ shaped piece bone (possibly ivory) as a teether - selling for £480. This was closely followed by a Georgian baby’s rattle with octagonal whistle, bright cut design, two rows of bells and a coral teether; hallmarked for 1804 it sold for £460. Also of note in the silver section was a real ‘sleeper’ in the form of a hallmarked silver tea and coffee service, Birmingham 1938, which achieved an impressive £600 against its estimate of £150 - £250.

The early success of the silver section continued throughout the catalogue. In ceramics a ‘Pastel Melon’ Clarice Cliff conical bizarre coffee service realised £1500 and attracted the booking of no fewer than 5 telephone lines, despite substantial damage. The hammer also fell on a Royal Doulton character jug entitled ‘The McCallum’, one of only 1000 – 1500 pieced produced as promotional items for the Scottish McCallum whisky distillery in the 1930s, at £620. The star of the section, however, was a Wedgwood Flame Fairyland lustre high-shouldered vase by Daisy Makeig-Jones, decorated with the willow pattern including a candle lighthouse, which sold for £3,000.

Country furniture also performed particularly well with outstanding lots including a an imposing Georgian oak press cupboard which achieved £2,200, a small Georgian oak cupboard selling for £540 and a 19th Century oak chest of draws, of small proportions, which sold for £420. An impressive Regency sideboard, meanwhile, realised £1,800 despite having been reduced in size; proof that classical pieces never go out of fashion. Full sale results can be found online at www.cuttlestones.co.uk.


Charlotte at Squash PR & Marketing

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