03/05/2012 : Sporting and Country Pursuits Sale
Adam Partridge Auctioneers’ second sale in 9 days was a great success and the place was bustling all day. The Sporting and Country Pursuits with Militaria and Sporting Memoribilia sale took place on Saturday 28th April and contained over 600 lots.
There were over 300 guns in the sale (pictured) with also notable sections of militaria, sporting memorabilia and medals. The day began with several costumes from the John Richards Collection that had been on display at the Macclesfield Silk Museum, including a coachman's multi tiered blue coat and a footmans cut-away livery from the Royal Mews, Sweden, c.1910 which fetched a hammer price of £500.
After that came the sporting section featuring a print of a labrador by James Rowley which sold for £470, followed by an interesting taxidermy section featuring mounts of animals such as a blackbuck, a steembuck, and a hartebeest.
The fishing section proved popular throughout the day with the top seller being an early 20th century stuffed and mounted trout in a glass case which made £420. Following the fishing were the huge shooting accessories and guns sections which contained all sorts of equipment, new and old, the big sellers being a matched pair of Augusto Francotte percussion duelling pistols which sold for £4,100 and a Whistler 10 bore shotgun which made £2,000.
Last up were the militaria and medals sections, and Adam was saving the best ‘til last, with the last two lots of the day being a Crimea ‘charger’ DCM medal group to Sgt Matthew Long, won at the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava, and a Military General Service medal issued to his father, Samuel Long. The General Service medal sold for £1,100 but the DCM medal group sold for £9,400, attracting applause from the saleroom.
Next at the Macclesfield saleroom is the Antiques and Fine Art with Oriental and Asian Art and Musical Instruments sale on the 24th and 25th May, with some extremely exciting lots consigned.