Bidders from around the world took part in a recent two-day Militaria and Collectors’ sale at a southwest auction house, with over 1300 lots on the roster.
Highlights of the first day of the sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne were:
- a medal group from 1887-1915 awarded to Police Constable Charles Deacon and Petty Officer William Harry Deacon, as well as medals to Seaman John Deacon. These made £3,660
- a small 11.5gm post-Medieval gold finger ring, found by a detectorist on land to the west of Crewkerne in Somerset, which was possibly owned by Richard Bagot (1532-1588), the keeper-jailer of Mary Queen of Scots. This ring made £4,390
- a Purdey & Sons sidelock ejector 12-bore shotgun exceeded its top estimate to make £6,830
Strong interest continued on the second day of the sale, with such standout lots as:
- a large cased trout, 12lbs 7 oz, caught in 1923 in Lough Mask, Ireland, was landed at £1,520
- a rare plate camera by J. H. Dallmeyer with lenses and photographic plates created a flash at £2800
- a pair of curtains, designed by John Piper printed with the Church Monument Exton design (1955), made £3,530
- the sale’s top result was the £15000 paid for a magnificent Victorian silver centrepiece for the Queen’s Own Lancers.