Collectables

The term ‘collectables’ (or collectibles) encompasses a vast range of items in fields as diverse as arms, armour and militaria, bank notes, cameras, coins, entertainment and sporting memorabilia, stamps, taxidermy, wines and writing equipment.

Some collectables are antiques, others are classed as retro, vintage or curios but all are of value to the collector. In any of these fields, buyers seek out rarities and items with specific associations.

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Danger risk from grave errors

27 April 2020

Essay warns about considerable perils of the ‘indecent custom’ of burials in churchyards

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Anti-slavery tobacco box reflects the human cost

27 April 2020

Brought into Wolverhampton firm Cuttlestones (17.5% buyer’s premium) on a valuation day, this early-19th century anti-slavery tobacco box sold to a UK bidder on thesaleroom.com for £480.

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Lizzie: the biggest and best Hornby loco

27 April 2020

Appearing in 1937, a couple of years after the locomotive itself was launched, the LMS Princess Elizabeth was the biggest and best locomotive that Hornby ever made.

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Coronavirus: PBFA launches inaugural virtual book fair

23 April 2020

Browsing at a fair can mean the serendipitous discovery of a treasure for the collection. To help recapture a bit of this magic online, The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PFBA) launches its first virtual book fair next week.

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Childhood scrapbook of double Victoria Cross winner Noel Chavasse sells to his old school

22 April 2020

A childhood scrapbook including tales of valour written and illustrated by double Victoria Cross winner Noel Chavasse and his twin brother has been bought by their old school in Oxford.

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German daguerreotypes in the frame at Chiswick sale

20 April 2020

Trudpert Schneider (1804-99), a Freiburg carpenter whose first brush with photography was to repair a broken box camera, is today deemed one of Germany’s most important daguerreotypists. The photographic firm he founded in 1847 continued under the management of his sons Heinrich and Wilhelm until 1921.

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Two very different Florence Nightingale letters for sale in UK and US auctions - plus dealer offers signed photograph

20 April 2020

One to a lord about an Ottoman sultan, the other asking for six eggs - two very different letters from Florence Nightingale have emerged at salerooms in the UK and US.

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‘Penbrok’ put on the map

20 April 2020

This copy of Christopher Saxton’s 1578 map of Penbrok, or Pembrokeshire as it came later to be known, was offered in a Welsh Sale held by Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium) of Cardiff.

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Houdini memorabilia comes to Potter & Potter's Magic auction

20 April 2020

A selection of Items relating to the famous escapologist Harry Houdini feature prominently among the potential highlights in the latest Potter & Potter Magic Auction to be live streamed from its gallery in Chicago on May 2.

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Award for a voyage of non-discovery

20 April 2020

In May 1875 the British Arctic Expedition under the command of George Nares (1831-1915) set off on a mission to reach the North Pole via the unchartered ‘open polar sea’.

British and Irish book auctions (all online only): April 22-May 1, 2020

20 April 2020

ATG’s calendar of book auctions taking place in the UK and Ireland from April 22-May 1, 2020. All sales are now held online due to the coronavirus alert.

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Pump action in Wiltshire

20 April 2020

Richard Edmonds (20% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has sold some very rare British petrol pump globes in the past year – including a globe for the little-known brand Dominion (£13,000 in November).

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Guide to archery by author best known for duck decoy work hits the spot in Yorkshire sale

20 April 2020

Compiled by Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey of Thirkleby Park in North Yorkshire, an illustrated manuscript on archery dating from the opening years of the last century has sold for £2600. It was part of a sale held in Leyburn by Tennants (20% buyer’s premium).

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ATG letter: I am seeking royal approval but need to find this item

20 April 2020

MADAM – I am writing a book on the origins and makers of coquilla nut snuff boxes, a time-consuming and difficult task ideally suited to these trying times.

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Waterloo prints in medal form

20 April 2020

Among the most successful printing projects marking the Napoleonic Wars were the series of aquatints by Thomas Sutherland (1785-1838) after watercolours by the young William Heath (c.1795-1840) titled The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies from 1799 to 1815.

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Fiddle makers and fiddlers

20 April 2020

Bid to £4100 and £3000 in a sale held by Lawrences (20% buyer’s premium) of Bletchingley were two albums, or ledgers, relating to the business of violin maker WE Hill & Sons – both with a direct family provenance.

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Vendor not so sad about this price

20 April 2020

On April 10, 1970, a Paul McCartney ‘self-interview’ ahead of the release of his debut solo album had been taken by the media to be an announcement that the band was no more.

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Collectable inkwell makes over ten-times estimate in Lincoln

20 April 2020

Novelty inkwells such as this one modelled as a miniature six-bolt diving helmet and corselet were made by the Siebe Gorman works in Chessington, south-west London, as promotional giveaways or gifts to staff on employment milestones or retirement.

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Book of Hours made for Charles VIII of France offered online by Les Enluminures

20 April 2020

This small-scale book of hours, below, was made c.1490-93 for Charles VIII of France. Containing 12 full-page and 10 small miniatures by the Master of the Chronique scandaleuse, it is offered by Les Enluminures for $575,000 as part of its online initiative: a Books of Hours online update to be sent out biannually.

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Harry Houdini memorabilia takes the stage at Chicago magic auction next month

18 April 2020

Harry Houdini will be centre stage for Potter & Potter Auctions‘ latest Magic Auction taking place in Chicago.

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