From jewellery, watches and silver to corkscrews, ceramics and antique furniture there was something for all tastes in Richard Winterton’s two-day Auction held in Lichfield this week, (18th/19th December).

Fruit by Oliver Clare

Fruit by Oliver Clare

With local, national and international coverage and live internet bidding on all Lots guaranteed a high selling rate with most Lots finding a buyer with geographic locations ranging from the UK to Italy, the USA, Australia and China.

Day one served up the jewellery, watches, silver and collectors’ items. Experts at the Auction House had great hopes for Lot 258, a WWII German pilot’s Tutima Glashutte wristwatch. Discovered on a routine valuation day in Lichfield, the watch had been brought back from the war as a souvenir. Although bearing the scars of war service, (it was well worn, not working and missing a button), such timepieces are highly desirable amongst collectors. It attracted much pre-sale interest and three phone bidders battled it out to eventually sell to a London based specialist dealer for £2,000.

In the collectors’ section and in keeping with Christmas cheer, a large collection of antique corkscrews had been consigned from a private collection. Highest price was for Lot 363, a novelty and somewhat risqué German corkscrew in the form of ladies legs complete with pink and white striped stockings. Dating from c.1900, such examples are well-known in collecting circles, (with differing coloured stockings) and this pair exceeded the £150 estimate to bring a total of £250.

Vintage toys formed a major part of the sale with a collection on mint boxed Corgi models from the 1960’s totalling over £3,000. The highest individual price was for Lot 445, a Corgi VW Safari Beetle complete with rampaging rhinoceros at £280.

Day two included a private collection of Royal Worcester fruit painted ceramics which totalled over £9,000. Lot 682, a Royal Doulton flambé Rhinoceros brought £2,000, (despite a large crack to base). In the pictures section, Lot 1529, an oil painting still life study of fruit by Oliver Clare (1853-1927) totalled £450.

The next two-day Antique, Home & Interiors Sale is 29th/30th January and entries close on 13th January. For more information please phone 01543 251081.