Mouseman sideboard, £11,000 at Thomson Roddick.

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Many were probably pre-war pieces, made during the lifetime of Robert Thompson (1876-1955) himself. All sold above estimates to total £77,000.

Top-seller was a 5ft 5in (1.65m) wide oak sideboard top with scroll incised corners above a pair of Gothic carved doors with iron latches and hinges and central carved blind panel.

Estimated at £3000, it sold to a Northern specialist dealer at £11,000.


Mouseman easy chairs, £10,500 at Thomson Roddick.

A pair of 2ft 2in (66cm) wide easy chairs, with adjustable backs and panelled sides each with an iron ring cup holder, looked their age with tears to the leather upholstery, surface marks, staining and colour fading. Nevertheless, against a £1200-1800 estimate, they sold via at £10,500.

More affordable items at the March 28-29 auction included five plain fenders of chamfered oak with carved mice along the sides which went to a mix of private and trade buyers from £350-850, and half a dozen single beds with carved panel headboards and modern bases, all sold to dealers from £750-1600.

Attributed to Heal's


Coffer attributed to Heal’s, £6000 at Thomson Roddick.

An earlier craftsman-built piece of furniture was a c.1897 coffer with a lift-out tray and compartment above two drawers.

It was unlabelled but attributed to Heal’s by auctioneer John Thomson who had checked a very similar item in a Heal’s exhibition at the dealership Millinery Works.

The inlaid coromandel and nickel lozenges were lifting and there were replacement hinges.

The vendor bought it for £32 at Phillips 50 years ago. At Carlisle it quadrupled the top estimate, selling to a London bidder at £6000.

From a century earlier came a pair of 8ft 6in (2.60m) tall George III carved pine open corner cabinets. These were good examples of the type featuring profuse shell and foliate carving and doubled top expectations when bought by a Yorkshire dealer at £10,000.