Adam Partridge Auctioneers Cheshire
Auctioneer in Cheshire

21/09/2011 : Helicopter pilots medal soars to £47,000; Power to the Provinces!

Sale report for September 15th and 16th, news and upcoming events including news of our forthcoming change of location.

Adam Partridge Auctioneers held another highly successful two day auction on 15th & 16th September. This time around, one of the specialist sections was for Militaria and medals and the highlight of the sale was a rare and important Distinguished Flying Medal awarded to an heroic local man for an extraordinary act of bravery and a skilful display of piloting in the Wadi Tiban area, Aden, on 28th June 1966. Rare medals such as this always command a premium and the hammer eventually fell at a staggering £47,000 to a determined bidder in the room. Other medal highlights included a World War Two Distinguished Flying Cross to another local man at £2100, a Russian medal group at £1250 and a World War One group at £860.

Elsewhere in the auction, a collection of maps attracted interest from all over the country selling for over £4,500 in total with a John Speede map of Europe fetching the most at £920.

Arguably one of the most interesting lots in the sale was a horn shafted umbrella, among the collectors’ items section. This 19th Century umbrella was made from the horn of a white rhinoceros shot by Frederick Courteney Selous (1851-1917) in 1872 in Matabeleland. He was a well known conservationist, explorer, officer and hunter and even inspired Sir H. Rider Haggard to create the fictional Allan Quatermain character. This sold for an impressive £3,200. Also included in the same section was a case of twelve bottles of Carruades De Lafite, 1995 which was hotly contested and sold for £1,950.

Ceramics and decorative arts followed with notable results coming from a large quantity of Moorcroft, some rare Royal Doulton pieces and a good pair of 18th Century Sevres porcelain plates which made £1,900 despite slight damage to each plate. The rarest of the large collection of Royal Doulton character jugs was ‘Red Haired Clown’ which made £940.

There was a particularly good selection of musical instruments, predominantly from the late John Nixon, a world famous concertina player who performed and worked with an array of stars. The top price was for a Wheatstone treble concertina which sold in the room for £2,100. His Selmer saxophone sold for £1,700 and will be taking a journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

Norman Cornish is one of the most sought-after contemporary painters in the country. Consigned by a local man, a mixed media picture entitled ‘Studying Results’ by Cornish was one of the stars of a strong Northern Art section, being contested by three phone lines and eventually selling for £1,700.

Top price in the jewellery section was for a superb three stone diamond ring, making an impressive £4,000 whilst two gold necklaces each made over £1,000.

The oriental section in this sale was rather sparse, with the top result being for a Chinese carved hardwood scholar’s screen, selling for £460. This is largely due to the fact that Adam Partridge Auctioneers are having a specialist Oriental Works of Art section on 27th and 28th October, to coincide with Asian Art Week in London. Amongst the fine oriental works of art already consigned for this sale is a superb Chinese Jiaqing (1796-1820) blue-ground Famille rose vase, inspected and authenticated by Consultant specialist in Oriental Works of Art, Dr Eldon Worral who will also be present on Monday 26th at the saleroom outside Congleton, for an Oriental Works of Art valuation day.

The furniture market continues to baffle and bemuse, and out of nearly 200 lots, the highest price was for a stylish 1960’s Danish rosewood dining suite. This sort of furniture was popular in the 1960’s, went out of vogue somewhat in the 90’s and is now escalating in appeal and value, judging by the £3,400 hammer price. It is the sort of dining suite that might have been tossed onto the bonfire twenty years ago, however now is highly sought after. On the other end of the spectrum, an 18th Pembrokeshire dresser sold for £980.

Partridge and Bray (Liverpool auction rooms) are holding a sale on 5th October, more details can be found at

BREAKING NEWS: Adam Partridge’s next sale in Cheshire on 27th and 28th October is likely to be the last at the current premises. A huge property near the centre of Macclesfield will be the new home of Adam Partridge Auctioneers, with the inaugural sale being December 8th.

Now inviting entries for October 27th and 28th Antiques and Fine Art sale, with a specialist section in Oriental Works of Art.