Objects of Virtu
Wednesday, 16th May 2012
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A pair of mid-18th Century enamel circular salts, probably Continental, painted with landscape views of a shepherd with cows within gilt scroll frames against an eau de nil ground, raised on tripod feet (faults to one foot).
Hammer price: £65
A Stratton gilt metal rectangular compact, the hinged lid applied with a marcasite set posy of flowers, and another compact with musical movement.
Hammer price: £32
A Victorian mother-of-pearl mounted greeting card case with incised floral and lattice panels, three other mother-of-pearl mounted greeting card cases and two fans (faults).
Hammer price: £120
A late 19th Century Continental silver gilt and gem set desk seal, probably Austro-Hungarian, modelled with swan surmount above three cygnets, the scroll moulded terminal with uncut Cornelian matrix, height approx 6.2cm (one stone lacking).
Hammer price: £140
A George III gold and cornelian set fob seal, crest and monogram seal engraved.
Hammer price: £120
A late 19th Century French ivory mounted aide-mémoire, the front finely carved with a central flower spray within a lobed oval frame, together with matching pencil (spine split), together with a similar ebony mounted aide-mémoire, finely piqué inlaid in gold and mother-of-pearl with fruiting vines.
Hammer price: £200
A mid-18th Century enamel rectangular snuff box, the hinge lid and sides painted in puce with landscape vignettes, the hinge lid interior later painted with a half length portrait of a lady, length approx 8.2cm (faults).
Hammer price: £130
A 9ct gold cased propelling pencil by Sampson Mordan & Co Ltd, together with a gilt metal slide action dip pen/pencil detailed 'W.S. Hicks, New York'.
Hammer price: £120
A George III agate set pendant fob seal, a slide action Victorian dip pen/pencil with a seal stone terminal, a rose diamond and turquoise set propelling pencil, and a gold cased propelling pencil.
Hammer price: £200
A Victorian silver and mother-of-pearl folding fruit knife, with floral engraved decoration, Sheffield 1884, a Mexican sterling pill box in the form of a peanut, a brass disc shaped lighter mounted with pennies, two Oriental carved figures of sages, and a Parker 17 Lady blue plastic cased fountain pen, together with four other fountain pens, a ballpoint pen and a propelling pencil.
Hammer price: £50
A 19th Century cornelian set pendant fob seal, mounted with a compass, a 9ct gold mounted cigar cutter, a slide action dip pen/pencil, a slide action pencil with a seal terminal, a cigarette holder, and part of pencil.
Hammer price: £75
An Italian miniature micro-mosaic photograph frame decorated with forget-me-nots, together with a Japanese gilt metal bracelet, each link decorated with buildings, birds and flowers.
Hammer price: £48
A Parker '17' green cased fountain pen and a Canadian Parker 'Televisor' black cased fountain pen.
Hammer price: £20
A late Victorian riding whip, the gilt metal foliate cap issuing a horn shaft, length approx 59cm.
Hammer price: £150
A 19th Century mahogany snuff box in the form of a shoe with brass studwork decoration, length approx 16cm.
Hammer price: £190
A 19th Century treen snuff box in the form of a boot and cover with carved decoration, height approx 7.5cm, together with two 19th Century snuff boxes, both in the form of shoes with brass studwork decoration, lengths approx 14cm and 10cm.
Hammer price: £180
A 19th Century treen novelty ink standish in the form of a house, the hinge lid revealing two stamp apertures and a square glass inkwell above a pen holder, length approx 12cm, together with a 19th Century treen novelty stamp box in the form of a circular padlock, the hinge lid applied with a key revealing two apertures, length approx 11cm.
Hammer price: £100
A 19th Century French étui, the gilt decorated brown leather case containing five silver gilt implements, comprising a pair of scissors, a turquoise and pearl set thimble, a needle case, needle threader and a spike, together with a 19th Century tortoiseshell cased étui, fitted with six implements, the case piqué inlaid with foliate scrolls (faults).
Hammer price: £220
A late 19th Century Mauchline ware dip-pen, decorated with 'Bunker Hill Monument, 221 Feet High', together with a novelty dip-pen in the form of a golf club with tartan handle, a novelty tape measure in the form of a golfer, and a pack of 'Kargo' or 'Card Golf' playing cards, boxed.
Hammer price: £95
A George III mahogany snuff box in the form of a shoe, a 19th Century lignum vitae whistle, a steel folding combination button hook, fruit knife and nail implement, a trowel book mark fitted with a Stanhope lens, a carved bone umbrella fitted with a Stanhope lens, a carved bone paperknife/clip pen fitted with a Stanhope lens, and a small collection of collectors' items.
Hammer price: £110