Objects of Virtu
Wednesday, 20th May 2015
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A late 19th Century ebony pocket thermometer case of rectangular form with ivory chequerboard and line inlaid decoration, the slide out mercury thermometer with ivory back plate detailed 'Reaumur', length approx 9cm.
Hammer price: £55
A silver and enamel thimble, the cream enamelled band painted with two Bassett hound heads and inscribed 'Basset Hound', length approx 2.5cm, together with a later silver thimble, detailed '925'.
Hammer price: £55
A Parker 9ct gold cased fountain pen with a textured finish, London 1974, with the original box, filling instructions and box, together with the matching 9ct gold cased ballpoint pen, London 1975, with the original box.
Hammer price: £600
An Edwardian silver and purple enamelled hatpin with a fylfot terminal, Birmingham 1901 by Adie & Lovekin Ltd, seven silver hatpins by Charles Horner, including a golf club, Chester 1907, a silver and Connemara marble hatpin with shamrock and swirling terminal, Birmingham 1907 by Clark & Sewell, and a small collection of other hatpins.
Hammer price: £300
A gold cased dip pen/propelling pencil with engine turned decoration, and an American propelling pencil with scrolled decoration and vacant cartouche, detailed 'W.S. Hicks New York'.
Hammer price: £140
A gold thimble, probably French, 19th Century, decorated with an engine turned band and a monogram engraved cartouche, and a 9ct gold mounted bloodstone set pendant fob, probably London 1968.
Hammer price: £90
A waist belt buckle in the form of a colourless paste set lizard on a simulated lizard skin ground, three other waist belt buckles, a marcasite set buckle, an enamelled buckle, and a moss agate pillbox, together with a brooch in the form of an airship, a brooch in the form of a bayonet detailed 'Ypres', various costume buttons, a 'London Academy of Music' medallion and various other collector's items.
Hammer price: £90
A gold cased slide action pencil detailed 'S Mordan & Co', fitted to a chain, a blue enamelled pencil, a gold topped hat pin, another hat pin, a silver brooch, and a mother-of-pearl folding implement.
Hammer price: £90
A 19th Century Mauchline ware novelty needlework box in the form of a chest of drawers with a circular pin cushion top above two drawers, the sides transfer printed with tilted views of 'The Lees, Folkestone' and 'Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone', height approx 10.5cm, together with a Mauchline ware sand timer, the top transfer printed with a tilted view of 'Melrose Abbey', a white metal novelty inkwell in the form of a Russian orthodox priest, height approx 7cm, and a blue enamelled scent bottle (faults).
Hammer price: £20
A 19th Century treen novelty puzzle snuff box in the form of a coffin with studwork decoration, the top hinged to reveal a verse 'You're a tricky chap take a pinch of snuff then find the little stiff 'un', beneath a smaller hinged compartment revealing a corpse, length approx 8cm, together with a 19th Century carved wood novelty snuff box in the form of a frog, length approx 7cm.
Hammer price: £260
A 19th Century papier-mâché circular snuff box, the cover painted with a gentleman smoking a pipe with a landscape beyond, diameter approx 10.5cm, together with two other circular papier-mâché snuff boxes, each lid decorated with different titled scenes of 'Life of an Actor ...', diameter of each approx 8.5cm and 9cm.
Hammer price: £160
A 19th Century papier-mâché cigar case and liner, one side painted with a scene of a scantily clad maiden playing a wind instrument seated beside a scantily clad young man, in a woodland landscape with a river in the foreground, the other side inscribed in gilt 'Segars', the interior bearing paper label inscribed 'I.P.H.', length approx 14.2cm.
Hammer price: £70
A 19th Century Tartan ware rectangular card case with 'Stuart' tartan, the front decorated with a titled view of 'Stirling Castle' within an oval gilt scroll border, length approx 10.5cm.
Hammer price: £240
A pair of 19th Century Tunbridge ware mosaic panels, one depicting Battle Abbey gate house, the other Battle Abbey cloisters, each within a rosewood frame, approx 18.2cm x 22cm.
Hammer price: £180
A mid-19th Century rosewood table snuff box in the form of a shoe with five ivory buttons, the hinged lid inset with a mother-of-pearl panel, with overall floral and tassel studwork decoration, the front inset with a circular ivory floral medallion, length approx 25cm, height approx 9.5cm.
Hammer price: £1,100
A 19th Century mahogany and ebony snuff box in the form of a shoe, the hinged lid decorated in studwork with the date '1870', the toe cap decorated with an ebony inlaid flower outlined in studwork, length approx 10.5cm, height approx 5.3cm, together with a similar 19th Century shoe snuff box, length approx 11cm, height approx 6cm.
Hammer price: £400
A collection of twelve 19th Century bone lace bobbins with carved and painted decoration, an early 19th Century tortoiseshell lucet and an ivory example, together with a small collection of other sewing implements, including a part set of crochet hooks with a universal turned ivory screw fitted handle, in a card case, and a mahogany box.
Hammer price: £130
An early 19th Century Tartan ware rectangular snuff box, the hinged lid painted with a young lady seated beside a table with a vase of flowers and an open book, approx 5.5cm x 7.5cm.
Hammer price: £320
A collection of twelve silver and enamel Masonic medals and badges, and another silver gilt medal, circa 1917-1934, various makers including G. Kenning & Son, C. Weedon & Sons, Spencer, Toyn & Co Ltd, together with other Masonic medals and associated regalia.
Hammer price: £220
A late Victorian leather wallet with 9ct gold mounts, Birmingham 1899, a similar silver mounted leather wallet, London 1886, a leather cigar case, a leather purse and a leather handbag.
Hammer price: £95