Adam Partridge Auctioneers Cheshire
Auctioneer in Cheshire

16/07/2013 : Slow and steady wins the race

A staggering variety of fine art and antiques was up for sale at The Cheshire Saleroom on 11th and 12th July.

The sale was spearheaded by a marvellous collection of silver which was topped by a silver inkstand in the form of a tortoise, by Berthold Muller. This was hotly contested by a swathe of collectors across the country and sold to a determined phone bidder for £6,400. A silver centrepiece of a similar date but completely different in size sold to a London phone bidder for £2,000, a Georgian wax jack made £820, a pair of Garrards candlesticks took £1,000 and two 19th century hot water pots sold for £940 and £1,300 respectively, to name but a few. They all dispel the common misconception that silver achieves scrap value only. The tortoise and the centrepiece would melt for £450 and the wax jack a measly £170.

The sale started with a good selection of collectors’ items including a small collection of enamel signs (£2,100), a stylish Gucci bike (£1,500) and four Canton carved ivory chess sets which totalled £2,000.

A small collection of military swords and daggers served as a precursor to a specialist militaria sale to be held 11th October. This small collection sold well for a total of £4,560.

MedalContinued success selling rare sporting medallions at the Cheshire Saleroom saw a 15ct gold Division II 1913-14 champions medal awarded to Frederick ‘Teddy’ Emberton of Notts. County make £2,250 (incidentally £1,900 more than the scrap value!).

The auction had two specialist sections; musical and scientific instruments. Two Victorian polyphons proved popular at £3,900 and £2,000 respectively, a Lachenal & Co ‘The Edeophone’ concertina sold for £1,000 and a tenor sax made £480 despite considerable damage.

From the science section came a good collection of scales and amongst them a rare Victorian letter scale which sold for £860. Then came the contents of a local 19th century pharmacy. From a bronze shop sign and various pieces of furniture to pestles and mortars, this collection made just shy of £3,000. Other wonderful pharmacy bottles, some with contents, were sold from various other pharmacists in the area with success.

Two clocks and a rare watch shone above the rest of a good collection of timepieces; £2,450 for a large and impressive ebonised mantel clock, £2,750 for an even larger German gothic clock and £6,200 for an 18ct gold Omega Speedmaster.

August sees Adam Partridge Auctioneers’ final auction of the summer before a busy series of autumn fine art sales including three specialist one day auctions of Militaria & Sporting (11th October), Oriental Works of Art (8th November) and Watches, Silver & Jewellery (22nd November). Click here for more details on forthcoming sales.

Adam Partridge Liverpool will be holding their next sale on 7th August. Visit for more details.