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2012 review

Happy New Year

A review of 2012

James Grinter (Managing Director) said that 2012 had been an exciting year with some excellent results and some wonderful finds. The pair of Chinese porcelain fish bowls which he discovered in a local barn which sold for £27,000, was one of the highlights for him. Despite the hard economic climate, the saleroom is even busier and prices in may areas are still rising. The addition of our Specialist Coin & Militaria Sales has proved a great success with the fabulous Wing Commander Ken Gatwood medal group fetching £41,000 in November being a great result and a fitting tribute to a national hero. Other successes have included :

Juliaan Dillens bronze study - sold for £9,400, February 2012                         19th Century Louis XIV revival ormolu clock - sold for £9000, April 2012

Chinese Spirit Kettle - sold for £4000 in April 2012                                    Portrait photograph of Sir Winston Churchill - sold for £2,600, May 2012


 1920's Royal presentation Edward VII 1902 gold £5 coin watch - sold for £15,100, June 2012

 Art Deco diamond and sapphire bracelet - sold for £5,400, June 2012  Meiji period 20 Yen - sold for £9000, August 2012

Waterloo medal 1815 - sold for £2,100, August 2012                                 Pair of percussion pocket pistols - sold for £1700, August 2012


Moorcroft baluster-shape vase - sold for £1600, August 2012                           Sir Alfred J Munnings oil  - sold for £48,000, September 2012


Sir Alfred Munnings oil - sold for £21,000, September 2012                       German porcelain table box - sold for £4300, September 2012

 Live steam 3½ inch guage 'Evening Star' locomotive and tender - sold for £1700, October 2012

      Demetre Chiparusgilded bronze and carved ivory figure - sold for £6700, November 2012

   HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, Royal presentation clock - sold for £4,900, November 2012

 Regency Burr veneered breakfast table - sold for £4200, November 2012 

 HRH Diana, Princess of Wales Royal presentation silver apple - sold for £3700, November 2012

Second World War medal group awarded to Beaufighter Pilot Wing Commander Alfred Kitchener (Ken) Gatward RAFVR -

sold for £41,000, November 2012