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Antiques & General Sale

Lindsay Burns & Company

Post-Sale Report

Antique & General Sale to include a Private collection of Railwayana Totems

24th - 25th March 2022

 

The two day auction sale was our first sale since the beginning of the pandemic with open public viewing and it was wonderful to welcome our patrons through the doors. The bidders joined us by telephone and increasingly online bidding, reaching a national and increasing global audience, with bidding from across Europe, the US and beyond.

 

The undoubted highlight of the sale was a single owner collection of Scottish Railwayana. Compiled over many years by a dedicated railway enthusiast it was arguably the largest single collection of Scottish Railway blue enamel totem (station name) signs to ever come to auction, with over forty examples. The collection generated substantial interest with many collectors travelling the length of the country to see the viewing. The totem signs generated the strongest results of the sale with many examples bringing in four figure hammer prices. The runaway favourite was the sign for ‘Crainlarich Lower’ (Lot 304) which lies only a short journey from the saleroom. Only named as Crainlarich Lower for 12 years from 1953 until its closure in 1965 following the Glen Ogle landslide, the rare sign insighted a battle between six telephone lines and finally sold for an impressive £5940. Followed soon after by the totem sign for ‘Balloch Pier’ (Lot 318D) which, despite the sign showing signs of its long life outside on the station platform, sold very strongly several lots later for £4680. The station was located on the Southern shores of Loch Lomond and brought passengers to the steamboat service which ceased in 1981. The rest of the collection all sold for many multiple times their high estimates with the signs for ‘Grantown-On-Spey’ (Lot 300), ‘Gleneagles’ (Lot 302) and ‘Dundee Tay Bridge’ (Lot 315) all with prices exceeding £2,000. This was the second large private collection of Railwayana sold in our sales in recent months and the large amount of interest generated shows the voracious appetite of buyers for the genre.

 

Although the trains were certainly in the lead, planes and automobiles weren’t to be left in the dust. There were several group lots of aviation ephemera but the real eye catcher was a large collection of British Caledonian Airways air stewardess uniforms (Lot 278A). A blast, of tartan, from the past they brought a smile to everyone’s eye on the view. After pre-sale interest from several collectors they sold for well above estimate for £500 to a local buyer.

 

With global bullion prices continuing to rise, gold and silver has been selling very well in recent months. This sale had several private consignments of jewellery which included yellow gold items that sold well, showing that the depths of the jewellery box can be very rewarding. Two pairs of cufflinks and a signet ring (Lot 57) sold for £780, followed by a collection of assorted yellow metal jewellery (Lot 58) from the same collection which sold immediately after for £744. Of the selection of chains and bracelets on offer an early 20th century bi-colour yellow and white gold link bracelet (Lot 33) produced the best result selling for £504. All that glisters is not gold however, quality pieces of any material always shine though. A collection of late 19th / early 20th century brooches and pendants (Lot 30) sold for £984 which contained a large variety of styles, including an enamelled silver flower basket brooch and an Edwardian bright green and pink paste pendant. The prices of Asian Art also continue to be increasing month on month with this sale being no exception. A group of three small jade carvings (Lot 155), including two female dancers and a boy with carp, sold for £1860 to an international online buyer.

 

The surprise result of the sale really was a showstopper. It came in the form of an early 20th century silk top hat, which blew its estimate out of the water, selling for £660. It’s excellent condition and the now discontinued French fine black silk nappa material factored into its rarity.

 

Make sure to view the items in our 40th Anniversary Spring Fine Sale on 26th & 27th of April 2022, the catalogue has now been published and is available on our website. Lindsay Burns & Company’s Antique & General Sales always host a strong offerings of jewellery, silver, gold, ceramics, works of art, militaria, coins, books, clocks, furniture and paintings for both the collector and those with an interior designer’s eye.

 

All prices including Buyer’s Premium of 20% + VAT

 

Notes to Editors

Lindsay Burns & Company is a family run firm of Auctioneers and Valuers located in Perth, conducting quarterly Antiques and Fine Art Sales together with regular Antique & General Sales. All our auctions are conducted live online via our state of the art live bidding platform. We provide valuations for sale, inheritance tax and insurance as well as advise on the sale of Antiques, Fine Art and Chattels. With our own transport we are well equipped to undertake the uplift of a single item or clear an entire estate.

Established in 1982, 2022 sees us celebrating 40 years in business, the saleroom and offices at located at 6 King Street in the City of Perth. The premises date back to 1834 and the interior with its stained and leaded glass windows provides a suitable background for the sale of Antiques, Fine Art and Chattels. With its own car park the consignment and collection of goods is simple and convenient. For further information please visit www.lindsayburns.co.uk

lot 30. A small collection of Jewellery, sold for £820
lot 30. A small collection of Jewellery, sold for £820
Lot 155. Three Chinese jade carvings, sold for £1,550
Lot 155. Three Chinese jade carvings, sold for £1,550
Lot 304. Railwayana- A British Railways Scottish Region enamel totem sign
Lot 304. Railwayana- A British Railways Scottish Region enamel totem sign 'Crianlarich Lower', sold for £4,950
Lot 318D. Railwayana- A British Railways Scottish Region enamel totem sign
Lot 318D. Railwayana- A British Railways Scottish Region enamel totem sign 'Balloch Pier', sold for £3,900

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Sale Date

Thursday 24th (Lots 1 - 321F) and Friday 25th ( Lots 321G - 570) March 2022
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Antique & General sale to include a Private collection of Railwayana to include over 30 British Rail Scottish Region Totems
Antique & General sale to include a Private collection of Railwayana to include over 30 British Rail Scottish Region Totems

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