A number of interesting lockdown finds will be coming up for auction in Plymouth this week. With the benefit of virtual valuations and covid safe house visits, the team at Plymouth Auction Rooms have generated a fascinating sale of collectables and antiques.
Discovered amongst a box of old coins was a rare Victorian Baltic campaign medal from 1854/55. This medal was awarded to those who served during the Baltic Sea operations against Russia during the Crimean War. Collectors are sure to spot this medal, and it could sell for over £100.
A further discovery this week was for a miniature whistle; overlooked by the owner as ‘an old trinket’ the auctioneer quickly identified this as a rare 19th-century collector’s item carved in ivory in the form of a dogs head. Auctioneer Paul Keen, “these charming whistles are highly collectable today and we are expecting some competition for this lot”.
Also within this auction, is a naive oil painting signed by the artist P.G. Puleston, depicting shipping in choppy waters of a coastline. It measures 53 x 78cm, and appears quite affordable at just £150 to £200.
Another fascinating lot is a fine compound microscope by Carl Zeiss, model Jena No33024, is stamped British Museum Natural History 1901, and is offered with a number of slides and paperwork including its original receipt from Berlin. Guide price, £400 to £600.
There are many people with plenty of time on their hands at the moment, so perhaps the collection of various pocket watch movements will be of interest. Or even the residual collection of watch and clockmakers workshop effects, including a neat watchmakers lathe, all with affordable price guides!
This interesting online auction starts at 10:30 am on Wednesday 10th March, and all lots can be viewed online now, or for further details just call 01725 254740.