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James Thomas and John Chislett with the boxing belt.

James Thomas and John Chislett with the boxing belt.

News from the Rostrum

BOXING BELT SELLS TO ONE OF PLYMOUTH'S FAMOUS BOXING FAMILIES

One of Plymouth’s most famous boxing families has scored a knockout – after clinching the sale of a precious piece of fighting memorabilia at auction in the city.

Glynn Thomas, whose father James was a former boxer who used to run Devonport Boxing Club, successfully bid £7,500 to land the gold belt won by Welsh boxing legend Johnny Chislett.

Chislett was a popular fighter in the 1920s, and was a regular at boxing bouts at Plymouth’s Cosmopolitan Gym, affectionately known to fight fans as The Cosmo.

The Thomases fought off fierce competition from bidders at Plymouth Auction Rooms’ saleroom and from global internet bidders to buy the belt which will now go on display at a unit devoted to boxing behind their West Park home.

Glynn Thomas said: “My Dad is a boxing fanatic and was a great fighter in his time. As well as his involvement in Devonport Boxing Club, he also fought in fairground booths.

“He loves everything to do with boxing, particularly in Plymouth, and has amassed a huge collection of more than 1,900 items of memorabilia over the last 50 years.

“Behind our home is a unit devoted to boxing, which people from across the city and beyond come to visit. There are plaques bearing the names of every boxer who fought in Plymouth – including Johnny Chislett  – so we were determined to get this belt for the city.

“Dad was overwhelmed when we got it. He had a hip operation recently, and his aim was to get to the auction on Wednesday to try to get it. We were determined to buy the belt and to keep it in Plymouth so boxing fans can get to see it.

“We have representatives from the Welsh Boxing Association coming to see us on Sunday, so to have this belt is the icing on the cake.

“It will have pride of place in Dad’s collection and will now be kept in our family forever.”

In 1922, Johnny Chislett beat boxers including Plymouth’s Kid Kelly and Johnny Jones to win The Ring 8 stone Championship Competition Belt.

Paul Keen, auctioneer and valuer at Plymouth Auction Rooms, said: “We were delighted to sell the belt, at its estimate price, to a boxing family in Plymouth who will cherish it.

“It was a wrench for the vendor, Mr Chislett’s son John, to sell it, but he was thrilled it has gone to serious collectors like the Thomas family. It will be a boost for everyone who loves boxing in Plymouth.”

Elmer  The Symphony of the Spirit  artist: Andy Jack Nash Bought by Andy and Naomi Ibbs.

Elmer The Symphony of the Spirit artist: Andy Jack Nash Bought by Andy and Naomi Ibbs.

Mammoth masterpieces generate an ele-fantastic 323,000 for much-loved charity

PRESS RELEASE Mammoth masterpieces generate an ele-fantastic £323,000 for much-loved charity Bidders snap up a unique piece of art to be a part of something special that will leave a legacy for families across Plymouth and surrounding areas. On the evening of 9 October, 40 of the enchanting elephant sculptures that have delighted tens of thousands this summer as part of Elmer’s Big Parade – each featuring a unique design by a talented artist –...

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SOLD 32,400

SOLD 32,400

DIAMOND RING SPARKLES IN PLYMOUTH

A stunning diamond ring has sold for a record sum at a Plymouth Auction Rooms this week, 29th April 2015. Bidders from as far as the middle east and the US competed for a remarkable 4 carat diamond ring that had been in the same Westcountry family for over fifty years. It was purchased in 1961 from Pellegrin Jewellers of Marseille, France. The family still had the original the receipt for showing that...

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LOCAL COLLECTOR OUTBIDS RECORD NUMBER OF ONLINE BIDDERS TO SECURE RARE ROLEX

A rare Rolex Submariner watch bought on the Falkland Islands in 1970 for just £47 attracted a record number of online bidders at the August sale. However, it was a determined Plymouth collector sitting in the saleroom that had the winning bid after he ‘fought of’ four telephone lines and a flurry of internet bids to secure the watch for a premium inclusive bid of £11,470.

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SOLD 3,400 Auction 30th November Lot 52 Estimate 1,500 to 2,000.

SOLD 3,400 Auction 30th November Lot 52 Estimate 1,500 to 2,000.

PLAIN GOLD RING WAS A LOVERS GIFT

A lovers gift from the 16th or 17th century handed down through generations of a Cornish family is to be sold at our fine jewellery sale this month. Posy rings were popular from the late medieval period onwards and were primarily used to communicate secret messages of love between the giver and the recipient. The wearing of words against the skin was believed to increase their poignancy.  The inner surface of the ring is often inscribed with quotations from contemporary courtship stories. Many of these rings have been discovered as treasure...

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PLYMOUTH ART LEADS THE WAY

Paintings and prints by popular local artists were in high demand at an art auction this week in Plymouth.With so many British artist’s to invest in or collect the works produced by the likes of Robert Lenkiewicz, Beryl Cook and Brian Pollard of Plymouth, still command as much interest as all the others. Auctioneer Paul Keen of the Plymouth Auction Rooms says ‘the great results achieved at this sale prove that local art is...

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Lot 66 SOLD 4,300.

Lot 66 SOLD 4,300.

ASIAN, US AND EUROPEAN BIDDERS COMPETE AT THE MARCH 2018 SALE.

Auctioneer Paul Keen may have been shattered coming of the rostrum at 9.30pm last week but the exhaustion was well worth it after conducting one of his highest grossing jewellery, silver and watch auctions for two years. At a time when many auction rooms are sparse of bidders with many choosing to bid online, the Plymouth Auctin Rooms are finding their attendance going up considerably with standing room only at the sale last week. Demands were high and bidding fierce for fine diamond...

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Lot 127, Lee Woods Sold 950.

Lot 127, Lee Woods Sold 950.

WESTCOUNTRY ART SELLS BEST IN PLYMOUTH

Press Release-Western Morning News, 25th March 2017. "An extremely buoyant art auction held in Plymouth last week proved that demands for contemporary and naïve Westcountry artists has never been higher. Auctioneer Paul Keen reports an uplift in demand underpinned by new young investors and collectors recognising the value of bidding for affordable art at auction. Many bidders had an enjoyable evening at Plymouth Auction Rooms witnessing intensive bidding for artists such as Brian Pollard, Simeon Stafford, Lee...

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Lot 105 10th May- String of amber beads sold 2,280 (including 20% buyers premium)

Lot 105 10th May- String of amber beads sold 2,280 (including 20% buyers premium)

AMBER IS MORE VALUABLE THAN GOLD !

The demand for original amber jewellery is so high today that it can now fetch a higher price than gold. Only this week at Plymouth Auction Rooms a very plain bead necklace weighing 76 grammes sold for an amazing £2,200. The same weight in 22 carat gold has a current value of just £1,900. Gram per gram it is more valuable than gold! The reason for this huge increase in price, is China. The Chinese have rediscovered amber,...

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SOLD 6,500 19th July 2017.

SOLD 6,500 19th July 2017.

RARE MARINE CHRONOMETER BY PAUL BARRAUD

An 8 day marine chronometer, the dial inscribed Barrauds’ LONDON, is expected to attract significant interest. The gimbaled movement, numbered 932, is housed in a brass-bound mahogany case, in untouched condition. The dial shows a rare state-of-wind aperture and the interior of the case bears a label indicating that it was once maintained, in Southampton, for the steamship the ‘Sardonyx’. A similar piece, model number 992, is in the London Science Museum. Paul Philip Barraud (1750 – 1820) had workshops in...

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Remarkable story of how a Plymouth Masonic ring saved the Life of a brave soldier from the Great War.

Press ReleaseView BBC World War One at Home Link Plymouthian, Bertram Blight, was one of the first men to receive extensive and radical plastic surgery at the end of the First World War. However he would never had had the opportunity of surviving to 1952 if it wasn’t for the ring that he was wearing at the time he incurred his horrific injuries. Bored...

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RARE BARRAUD'S POCKET WATCH DISCOVERY

Paul Barraud, was born in London 1752, into a family of fine watch and clockmakers. He produced many important chronometers and timepieces and died in 1820. His work can be found in the British Museum and Science Museum. Fast forward over 200 years to our valuation day this month. A Plymouth family inherited a strong box which their father always claimed to have valuables inside. Amongst the items they discovered a heavy gold pocket watch and albert chain which they brought along to our...

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Lot 150

Lot 150

PRESS RELEASE - NOVEMBER JEWELLERY

A wonderful array of diamonds and valuable watches will greet bidders at Plymouth Auction Rooms on Wednesday. The final evening sale of the year offers probably one of the best collections of jewellery and watches seen in Plymouth for quite some time. Over 200 lots are on offer with estimates to suit all tastes and budgets. A Christmas gift, an engagement or collector of antique jewellery, all are catered for with guide prices from just £100. Auctioneer Paul...

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A Christmas Auction

A Christmas Auction

2017 CHRISTMAS AUCTION

Bidders will be greeted with mince pies and a festive atmosphere at Plymouth Auction Rooms final sale of the year on 13th December. The eclectic 300 lots auction features a most diverse range of collectables and antiques. From pocket watches, to porcelain, medals, furniture and lots of curious there is something for everyone with guide prices from as little as £20. There are many lots which have been in local families for...

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Lot 100 Sold 7,000.

Lot 100 Sold 7,000.

LOCAL BIDDERS TAKE STAR LOTS AT BUOYANT AUCTION - NOVEMBER 2017

At a time when many of the higher value lots are being taken up but national and overseas buyers, it was refreshing for auctioneer Paul Keen to see several of the ‘star’ lots at his recent sale being purchased by local buyers attending the sale and outbidding determined internet bidders. The November jewellery and watch sale generated a brace of valuable entries many consigned following an extremely busy valuation day earlier in the month. A large diamond solitaire...

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The John Speed Map coming up for auction on 7th March 2108.

The John Speed Map coming up for auction on 7th March 2108.

RARE MAP TURNS UP ON VALUATION DAY - 2018

 A rare 17th century map was brought along to the saleroom this week (8th Jan). John Speed (1552-1629) is one of the best known names in the history of English cartography, producing his first map in 1601 and in 1627 "Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World" the first world atlas produced by an Englishman. Speed’s work can be identified by detailed, informative and highly decorated maps.  A Plymouth gentleman recently inherited two maps and bought them along to Paul Keen’s valuation day....

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Lot 85, Victorian walnut canterbury - Auction 7th March

Lot 85, Victorian walnut canterbury - Auction 7th March

PRESS RELEASE PREVIEWING 7TH MARCH 2018 AUCTION

Western Morning News 24th February 2018.Later today thousands of rugby fans will be tuning in to watch England take on Scotland in the Six Nations. Tickets are scarce and expensive to watch any major rugby games and in particular at the ‘home of rugby’ Twickenham Stadium. Now enthusiasts have a chance to own outright their very own stadium seats! A pair of folding metal framed and wood slated seats that once graced the stadium around the 1930/40’s are to be sold by auction...

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Lot 291

Lot 291

POCKET WATCHES GALORE MARCH 2018

 There is something exciting about opening up the case of antique pocket watch, enthuses auctioneer Paul Keen. Many Georgian pocket watches have a plain and non-descript exterior but this outer façade often hides a highly intricate and beautiful gilt mechanical movement. Many sellers that come along to valuation days at Plymouth Auction Rooms have never looked inside their inherited pocket watch and often amazed when they have site of the workings which often reveal a makers name, city and date.

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Lot 30 An American sterling silver flatware service, Estimate 2,000 to 3,000

Lot 30 An American sterling silver flatware service, Estimate 2,000 to 3,000

TWO FINE SILVER CANTEENS OF CUTLERY MARCH 2018

 Solid silver cutlery would impress any one at a dinner party. Now there is an opportunity to