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Brian Goodison-Blanks is the Head of the Maritime and Sporting Department at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. He is based at Honiton in Devon.
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, May 07, 2015

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood continue to hold valuation mornings every Thursday (10:00am-1:00pm) at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton and are currently sponsoring the current 'Drop Me A Line Part I' exhibition until the 16th May 2015.  Our good friends at the gallery are now in the running for an opportunity to continue their successful winning run this year with a unique opportunity that everyone can spend some time getting involved with!



Artist Luke Jerram has selected Thelma Hulbert Gallery as one of the top five museums/galleries in the United Kingdom to work with for the Museums At Night event in October.

It’s now down to a public vote!

His plan is to install over a thousand clocks throughout the gallery and garden. Donated by visitors, local businesses, community groups, school children and families, these timepieces will transform the space visually and aurally, reviving the familial environment of the gallery's 200 year old building.

Not only will the gallery run a late night event during the installation but it will keep the exhibition open for several days and run a series of accompanying events and workshops.

Nick Stockman, Culture24Campaigns Manager said: “This year the Connect! competition is more exciting than ever with voting taking place during the May Museums at Night festival and the artist-led events in October. All of the competing venues have wonderfully creative ideas for what they’d like their chosen artist to do if they win. Now every venue will be trying their hardest to get people to vote for them: we’d like to wish all the museums, galleries and heritage sites the best of luck!”

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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will be at the Honiton Show (on 7th August 2014) again this year at Avenue A15. 

We shall be on hand to say hello to all our regular clients and provide details for anyone thinking of buying or selling at auction. We will also be happy to answer any other questions you may have on the services we provide or the antiques market in general.

 a collection of items on offer in an upcoming auction.

A collection of items on offer in an upcoming auction.

East Devon's award winning public art gallery,  THG (Thelma Hulbert Gallery), who host our regular Honiton valuation mornings every Thursday between 10:00am to 1:00pm, will also be on our stand - so stop by and browse designer cards and prints, together with some colouring-in activities for the kids.

We look forward to meeting everyone and sharing a glass of wine with you whatever the weather!

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Review Entries for Day Monday, February 24, 2014

Valuation mornings are often full of surprises and unusual pieces, and the continued success of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewoods valuation mornings at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Dowell Street in Honiton has resulted in turning up an intriguing example of an elusive Victorian silversmith.


 a three piece silver gilt tea set by alexander crichton 1878

A Three piece silver gilt tea set by Alexander Crichton 1878 

Alexander Crichton is a mysterious figure of the Victorian era, whose place of birth and death are still unknown. His mark was registered with Goldsmiths Hall in 1872 and a pair of shields made by Crichton after designs by Sir Joesph Noel Paton were exhibited in Edinburgh in 1886. Paton’s great artworks ‘The Quarrel’ and ‘The reconciliation of Oberon and Titania’ were themselves based upon ‘A Midsumer Nights Dream’ and contain a plethora of fairytale figures that inspired Crichton.

detail of insect decoration

Detail of insect decoration 

Crichton seems to have embraced the fanciful world of fairytales, no doubt influenced by his relationship to Paton and through him Crichton may certainly have had an acquaintance with Sir John Tenniel. Tenniel’s creations of Lewis Carols figures was perhaps the main impetus for Crichton’s best known work, the wonderfully fanciful silver mounted claret jugs made between 1881 and 1882. Fish, squirrels, owls, cockatoo’s and dodo’s were a number of animals that Crichton used to produce some of the finest eclectic silver of the Victorian period. 


marks for alexander crichton and london assay 1878

Marks for Alexander Crichton and London Assay 1878 

This small three piece silver gilt bachelor tea set bears all of the whimsical styling of Crichton’s work, with butterflies, herons and cockerel executed in high relief. Hallmarked for London 1878 it pre dates the better known claret jugs, but is perhaps an important step in the little known life of Crichton himself. Looking at the octagonal form and naturalistic cast handles, it clearly has influences of the Arts and Crafts period, and the decoration may well have been influenced by Tenniel’s illustrations for Walter Crane’s ‘The baby’s own Aesop…’ 
Working among such luminary figures at the end of the 19th century, it is clear that Alexander Crichton embraced the mood of the nation and its passion for fairytales. Whilst his creations are remembered and coveted by collectors worldwide, the fate of the fairytale silversmith remains unknown, except for an application for discharge from bankruptcy filled in Sheffield in 1899. 
That this tea set should appear (as if by magic) it continues the story of Crichton’s work onto a new era. Included in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s next quarterly fine sale of 29th April 2014 and should easily attract interest form all realms with a pre-sale estimate of £400-£600.
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Monday, February 24, 2014 9:41:22 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, November 22, 2013

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood have established a strong connection with the town and community of Honiton through the Dowell Street saleroom. It is with great pleasure that we are able to offer a painting by renowned local artist Thelma Hulbert (1913-1995) in the forthcoming sale of 10th December 2013.  


Thelma Hulbert, Leaves: Honesty and Eucalyptus 1951

Consigned form a private collection outside the county, the still life of leaves on a dressing table has been returned home to The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Dowell Street, Honiton, where it is currently on view prior to the sale.

Thelma Hulbert was among a group of artists that included Victor Pasmore, William Coldstream, Claude Rogers and Graham Bell and which became the Euston Road School. After the War she travelled to America, Africa and on the continent while continuing to paint in her Holland Park studio. In the 60s and early 70s she taught at the Central School of Art & Design and took part in numerous exhibitions including solo shows at the Leicester, Redfern and Marjorie Pass Galleries. She died at her home in Dowell Street in Honiton in 1995 which is now The Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Throughout her life the subjects of her paintings were still life, domestic interiors, and landscapes, many of which included the Cornish coast.


Deborah Smith of the Thelma Hulbert gallery has recently discovered that the painting was lent by the artist for a retrospective of her works at Whitechapel Gallery, London in October-November 1962. 
Valuation mornings will be held every Thursday at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery between 10:00am to 1:00pm. 
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As one of the members of the Honiton Antiques Festival Committee, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are holding a series of events throughout the week of 11th-16th November 2013.


On the evening of Monday, 11th November 2013 you are invited for An evening at the valuer’s table, where a specialist valuer from each of the ceramics, silver, jewellery, picture, works of art and collectables departments will give an insight into appraising, valuing and identifying antiques. Numbers for this event are strictly limited. To purchase tickets, please telephone Ann Hampton on (01404) 510000.
On Tuesday, 12th November 2013 we are holding an auction of Antiques & Collectables including Silver and Jewellery.
Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are sponsoring the Present Makers Exhibition at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street Honiton, that begins with a preview evening on Friday, 15th November 2013.
For further details of all events during the week, please see the Honiton Antiques Festival website.
For details of the sale of 12th November 2013, please see the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood website or click on the RSS link to receive notification of all sales and events.
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Review Entries for Day Friday, September 06, 2013

As the centenary of the outbreak of WWI approaches next year, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s forthcoming Sporting & collectors sale of 18th September contains a number medals and militaria that are a timely reminder of the sacrifice and extreme conditions under which the conflict was fought.

a wwi hand drawn map of british and german trences circa 1916

A WWI hand drawn map of British and German trences circa 1916

Lot 230 (SC17/230) in the sale contains the service medals and personal effects of Capt G.H. Hawkes Intelligence Officer 2/4 Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment. Included is a hand drawn map of the British and German trenches in 1916. Marked with compass bearings and illustrated with ruined building and trees, it is a unique first hand record of the situation faced by troops enduring the harsh conditions of trench warfare.


Original first hand documents are an important source of the historical record, the personal connection and experience of the individuals involved sometimes revealing more than official accounts. For collectors, such documents make this a unique group for their collection and will no doubt attract worldwide interest.
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, August 29, 2013

One of the great joys of being an auctioneer is in part re-living your childhood, a fact that is certainly true when cataloguing the Specialist Sporting & Collectors Sale of 18th September 2013 at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood's Dowell Street saleroom, Honiton.

a collection of action man figures in orginal boxes 

A collection of Action Man figures in orginal boxes

With original boxed toys that you remember driving your parents mad with demands for, it is extremely satisfying to finally get hold of them albeit then to only wonder what all the fuss was about! Perhaps its will always be a ‘boys and their toys’ thing or the fact we never grow up, but even seeing original boxed Action Man figures or Scalextric cars can be intoxicatingly nostalgic.  
It is this feeling that has driven the market from strength to strength with each new generation eager to reclaim a piece of their childhood memories. 
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, August 15, 2013

As a well established sale on the auction calendar, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s forthcoming Sporting & Collectors Sale on 18th September 2013 is eagerly awaited by many collectors. This year, in particular, philatelists will be keen to see perhaps the best selection of stamps to be offered for many years.


 a collection of st.helena stamps

A collection of St Helena stamps

The stamp section within the auction has been catalogued by consultant Stuart Billington, who has been impressed by the range of ‘good quality old time collections and albums’. With estimates from low hundreds to several thousands, there is a broad range of areas and categories for collectors. Among the highlights is a collection of St Helena stamps (carrying an estimate of £600-£800) and an interesting 1861 stationary card used to Singapore.


 an 1861 stationary card used to singapore

An 1861 Stationary card used to Singapore

The Stamp Auction has always enjoyed a strong national and international following with high bidding and hammer prices. This year’s selection will no doubt deliver on a promising selection.
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Following the success of previous Antique  Guns & Firearms in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s Specialist Sporting & Collectors Sales, the recent consignment of an 1851 Colt Navy Pattern revolver for the forthcoming sale of 18th September 2013, should once again attract international attention.


a colt navy 1851 six shot revolver in original case 

A Colt Navy 1851 six shot revolver in original case

Unlike the Remington New Model 1858 revolver (SC16/90) of the last sale, the Colt Navy is together with its fitted mahogany case and accessories. From the tin containing percussion caps, to the steel nipple tool, copper powder flask and bullet mould all of the pieces are original to the gun itself. Even more enticing to collectors is the fact that all of the components of the gun bear the same serial number ‘38281’ dating it precisely to 1854. This also means that the gun has not been altered or made up from several different guns of different ages, a factor that will increase potential buyer’s interest.


matching serial numbers for the date 1854

Matching serial numbers for the date 1854 

One of the iconic cap and ball revolvers of the mid 19th century, used and favoured by both sides during the American Civil one can see the appeal to collectors. Of the 250,000 examples of the Colt Navy produced, 42,000 were made in London under licence. Antique Gun & Firearms collectors form both sides of the Atlantic will no doubt be contesting this example via online bidding at the Sporting & Collectors Sale on the 18th September 2013.
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Review Entries for Day Monday, July 01, 2013

If I ever sarcastically said to my old boss "Well you learn something new every day", he would instantly reply "It’s a fool who doesn’t" and this is something I am often reminded of as a valuer.

Even something as simple as a nutcracker can reveal a whole new world as I have found since cataloguing a single owner collection of antique nutcrackers for the forthcoming Sporting & Collectors sale of 18th September 2013.


 a 19th century black forest carved bears head nutcracker

A 19th century Black Forest carved bears head nutcracker

Perhaps like many people I had only seen the typical lever type crackers once a year around Christmas, but the collection has opened my eyes to the wonderful world of nuts and antique nut crackers. There are a wide variety of materials and methods for cracking nuts and each of these vary again for different types of nut.


a 20th century 'tough nut'  table top percussion nutcracker

A 20th Century 'Tough Nut'  table top percussion nutcracker

From small brass 18th century crackers to 19th century carved wooden crackers from Germany and Italy, the collection has a good range for all enthusiasts. The appeal of nutcrackers is universal from the treen examples of  the Pinto collection in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum in America.

Some examples of the type of crackers included within the Sporting and Collectors Sale of 18th september 2013 can also be seen at

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Review Entries for Day Sunday, June 30, 2013

Among an interesting collection of Antique Firearms and Antique Arms & Armour consigned for Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s forthcoming Sporting & Collectors sale of 18th September 2013 is a fine example of an early 18th Century North European sporting crossbow.


an early 18th century north european inlaid sporting crossbow

An early 18th century North European inlaid sporting crossbow

Retaining the original string and waxed brindle of chord, the shape and inlaid decoration is typical of sporting bows used during the 18th century in shooting and hunting competitions.

First invented in Ancient China, the crossbow became more popular in Europe due to ability of novice bowmen to quickly become accurate and on target, relative to the long bow which required years of use and experience.

In excellent condition, collectors of Antique Arms & Armour will no doubt be interested in acquiring this item with a pre-sale estimate of £1,500-£2,000.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013 2:23:46 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, June 06, 2013

It had often been thought that Victorian sailors who were miles away from loved ones and feeling homesick, would while away the hours of solitude by producing shellwork valentines as a present for their betrothed upon their return.


a 19th century bermudan shellwork valentine

A 19th century Bermudan shellwork valentine (MA12/212)

In truth it is difficult to imagine that a burly man aboard a rolling ship would have the time and patience to sort and stick hundreds of shells in the delicate patterns that we see today at auction. The complex patterns of flowers and compass designs are increasingly popular with collectors. Usually in on octagonal case and in two sections, they can make up to £7,000 for a good example.

No doubt these valentines were gratefully received by WAGS waiting on the beach for the return of their bow. However, research has since shown that the majority of 19th shellwork valentines were in actual fact bought by sailors visiting Barbados, and were made by local women on the island. Despite the truth having been uncovered, the romantic notion of these pieces having been made aboard ship by a love struck sailor survives, as does their demand at auction. The Bermudan shellwork valentine example seen here in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s forthcoming Maritime sale of 12th June 2013 is expected to achieve £350-£450. 

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, June 05, 2013

When Herman Melville (1819-1891) wrote Moby Dick (1851), he produced not only one of the greatest works of literature, but also an important historical record of the Nantucket whaling industry in the 19th century. Included within one of Ishmael’s narratives is a reference to the art of scrimshaw or ‘scrimshander’ that is as popular today, as it was at the time of Melville’s writing. 


a 19th century scrimshaw decorated tooth with britannia decoration

A 19th century scrimshaw decorated tooth with Britannia decoration (MA13/227)
Estimate £200-£300

The design and decoration varies a great deal depending upon the age of the piece and of course the skill of the artist. Simple ship portraits and whaling scenes are the most common to be found for a few hundred pounds at auction, the value increasing with better detail and naming of known ships. Of course being at sea for months at a time inevitably led to more erotic scenes being produced (some even dispelling the myth that the Victorian’s were prudish!) and these can make up to several thousand pounds in a Maritime sale

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s Maritime sale of 12th June 2013, Dowell Street, Honiton has a number of pieces of scrimshaw included in the sale with varying degrees of decoration. The 19th century scrimshaw shown here (MA13/227) is a good example with an interesting interpretation of Britannia to one side and should easily surpass its pre-sale estimate of £200-£300.
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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 03, 2013

The fate of the Titanic would appear to have signalled the end of an era of the great Ocean Liners and of The White Star Line in particular. However, the company survived and moved forward into the 20th century, continuing to provide a high level of service that has now become known as ‘White Star Service’. 


  a white star line earthenware bouillon stand

 A White Star Line earthenware bouillon stand (MA13/16)

Though the company has been through several phases since the era of the Olympic class ships by merging with its greatest rival Cunard in 1936 and remains as part of the Carnival Corporation today, collectors are still mesmerised by the majesty and beauty of some of the most famous (and infamous) ships of the White Star Fleet.

The decadence of the late Edwardian period was taken to extremes to provide the most lavish service and comfort aboard ship. Everything from the cabin fixtures and fittings, even down to a simple bouillon stand seen here (MA13/16), were chosen to remind the passengers of the sparing of no expense.

While only a few of the ships of the White Star Line remain today such as the Nomadic in Belfast, collectors are able to acquire small reminders from specialist sales such as Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s Maritime sale of 12th June 2013, Dowell Street , Honiton.

Even such a small piece with the iconic flag logo has the power today to evoke the power of the decadence and tragedy of a period over 100 years ago. 
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Even having passed the bi-centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Lord Horatio Nelson is perhaps one of the most significant figures of English history and possibly can be considered one of the greatest Englishmen of all time.


orders of command signed by lord horatio nelson

Orders of Command signed by Lord Horatio Nelson (MA13/274)

This opinion is shared by many and easily justified by simply visiting Trafalgar Square or by considering the interest in a copy Nelson's signature in the forthcoming Maritime Auction on 12th June 2013 at Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood's Dowell Street Saleroom, Honiton. 

Collectors and devotees will not be deterred by the pre-sale estimate of £4,000-£5,000 in order to acquire a signature from one of history's most noted figures.  The sale also contains a number of items relating to Nelson's flagships HMS Victory and HMS Foudroyant, as well as a number of period pieces from the 'Golden Age' of sail.

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Amongst the entries for the forthcoming Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Specialist Maritime Sale on 12th June 2013  at the Dowell Street saleroom (which is currently being prepared by the Maritime and Sporting Department) are several interesting 19th century magic lantern slides of a Polar Expedition.

The only way of recording the events of such a journey would have been through the journals and sketches of the men taking part. These provide a strong sense of the intense cold and environment endured by members of the expedition. However, the colours of the lantern slides provide a rare vision of what to a 19th century explorer, must have been an awe inspiring sight.

victorian polar expedition magic lantern slide

Victorian Polar Expedition Magic lantern slide

Simply entitled ‘Mid Winter Polar Region’, a lone figure dressed in furs and skins looks towards the slumbering ships, trapped in the pack ice under a starlight sky. The scene is given a slightly sinister feel as the sun tints the ice and masts of the ships with a reddish hue. The uneasy feeling increases when you consider the fate of Sir John Franklin’s Lost Expedition of 1845 in which all hands were lost after the ship became trapped in the ice of Victoria Strait, near King William Island.

 detail of polar expedition magic lantern slide

Detail of Polar Expedition Magic lantern slide

Another slide has two small figures on the foreshore, standing and taking in the expansive icy panorama under a colourful sky. Looking closely in the middle distance you can imagine the gasps of the Victorian ladies and Gentleman attending a lecture on the expedition as the mast of a ship can just be seen behind an iceberg.

Polar Expedition Magic lantern slide

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, March 06, 2013

In a strange Twilight Zone sense of looking into the future auction market, it seems odd to be looking at the past future. Once you have your head around that idea it only becomes (slightly) clearer when you look at the selection of Film Memorabilia and Collectables on offer in the Sporting & Collectors Sale of 20th March 2013 at Dowell Street in Honiton. 

  alien 1979 nostromo crew shirt worn by harry dean stanton

 Alien 1979 Nostromo crew shirt worn by Harry Dean Stanton

In 1979 Alien captured the imagination of film fans with its disturbing look at space exploration and possible close encounters of the future. A huge box office success on its release, it seems odd today that the film is now 34 years old and we have already passed the first decade of the 21st century.
Film makers today now understand the commercial side of toys, collectables and Film Memorabilia that accompany any new film upon its release. In the late 1970’s however there wasn’t such thought given to merchandising and so original props, scripts and photographs from film sets are extremely desirable.   The shirt here (SC16/721) was worn by Harry Dean Stanton and is accompanied by a photograph of the cast, a photograph of Sigourney Weaver and her signature on a compliment slip. Though Harry Dean Stanton was perhaps not the most memorable character (Brett), the films popularity and cult status will still attract buyers to a classic piece of Film Memorabilia
It also reminds us, that whilst each generation considers itself to be the most up to date and forward thinking, it doesn’t take long before it all become another piece of nostalgia for the next generation. 
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, February 27, 2013

One of the questions I am asked the most by clients viewing a specialist sale such as the forthcoming Sporting & Collectors sale of 20th March 2013, is ‘Where does it all come from?’  Well the answer is ‘Everywhere!’ 

a late victorian carved ivory dogs head whistle

A late Victorian carved ivory dog's head whistle 

No cupboard is left un-opened, no shed un-cluttered and certainly no attic left un-crawled through in the search for unusual and interesting items for auction. While all the searching is hard on the knees (and the dry cleaning bill), it is often a simple box of knick knacks from a drawer that clients say ‘there’s nothing in there but rubbish’ that yield a pleasant surprise. 

This small carved ivory dog’s head whistle (SC16/55) is inset with glass eyes and is wonderfully tactile. It is simply a fantastic little find from a box of oddments that were left to one side. Dating from the late 19th century it is typical of the decoration used on walking sticks and umbrellas of the period and has a wide appeal to collectors and dog enthusiasts. Even though it is only 4cm long it should fetch toward the upper end of its £100-£150 pre sale estimate and beyond. So even the smallest unassuming items can attract an auctioneer’s eye in the search for antiques, if you see a clean well dressed auctioneer they’re probably not looking hard enough!
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Review Entries for Day Monday, February 18, 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is not only a useful phrase when cataloguing antiques, but for the film, it is memorable for the final gunfight sequence. The guns of the period were further developments of the revolver made during the American Civil War, by Colt and Remington. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s Sporting & Collectors Sale of 20th March 2013 at the Dowell Street Saleroom in Honiton, Devon, has a wonderful example of one of these Antique Firearms in their forthcoming sale.

  remington new model army 1858 six shot revolver.

 Remington New Model Army 1858 six shot revolver.

The Remington New Model Army 1858 was an improvement of earlier models with its solid frame and balance. Over 120,000 were sold to the Union Army during the Civil War and it became a favourite of the cap and ball gun six guns of the gunslinger period after the war.

The quick reloading of a cylinder in less than seven seconds along with its reliability meant that even with the introduction of cartridges, many people had their old Remington’s converted for the new ammunition, rather than buy a new gun.

Perhaps the best testament to the Remington was that of William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody who stated ‘…It never failed me’. The example shown here will certainly not fail to attract interest in its original condition and I look forward to another showdown in the saleroom when it comes up for auction.

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Review Entries for Day Friday, February 15, 2013

The forthcoming selection of Antique Firearms in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewoods Sporting & Collectors Sale of 20th March 2013, Dowell Street Honiton, East Devon, contains a number of Antique Firearms that illustrate the development of the revolver.

  j r cooper patent six shot underlever pepperbox revolver

 JR Cooper patent six shot underlever pepperbox revolver

The impracticality of muzzle loading restricted the speed at which a weapon could be re-loaded, so more barrels were added. The complications of firing these extra barrels remained problematical until the mid 19th century when JR Cooper patented the ring trigger under lever mechanism, an improvement on the earlier top hammer pepperbox revolvers of the period.

In excellent condition, engraved to the barrel and action, collectors will no doubt be attracted by the condition and the pre sale estimate of £300-£400 for such example of an Antique Firearm at auction.

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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The feats of the competitors of the London 2012 Olympics were inspirational to us all and a recent entry for the upcoming Sporting & Collectors 20th March 2013 is one part of the history of the games and Olympic Memorabilia at auction.  A London 1908 Olympic Games silver medal for heavy weight boxing awarded to Sydney Charles H ‘Sid’ Evans (1881-1927), together with London 1908 Olympic  competitors medallion and  London 1908 Olympic competitors registration card, will no doubt attract a great deal of interest.


 london 1908 olympic silver medal for heavy-weight boxing

 London 1908 Olympic silver medal for heavy-weight boxing


Sid Evans was born on Aldermaston and from his later visiting card it would seem he was quite a character in the world of amateur  boxing and Army training, listing amongst his talents ‘Ex-Amateur  Heavy-weight Boxing Champion of England, Olympic Finalist, Late Army Gym, Staff and Boxing Instructor to Aldershot Command, Referee, British Boxing Board of Control, Promoter’.  His confidence would have no doubt helped him into to being selected for the London 1908 Olympic Games, at a time when sponsorship and dedicated training regimes were unheard of.


 london 1908 olympic silver medal front

 London 1908 Olympic silver medal front


The London 1908 Olympic medals were designed by Bertram Mackennal, an Australian sculptor, perhaps best known for the George V Coronation medal and the likeness of the king on stamps and coins of the period.  It would seem that Sid Evans was extremely proud of his achievements, having a suspension loop mounted on his London 1908 Olympic competitor’s medallion.  Judging by the wear on both the medallion and the London 1908 Olympic silver medal, he appears to have taken every opportunity to wear them with pride.



   london 1908 olympic silver medal reverse

 London 1908 Olympic silver medal reverse



The Sporting & Collectors sale of 20th March 2013 will be held at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s Honiton saleroom in Dowell Street.  Sid Evans London 1908 Olympic medal is estimated £3,000- £5,000.  Along with the Olympic Memorabilia, the auction will have a range of sporting items included, for further information please contact me.



london 1908 olympic competitor's medallion

London 1908 Olympic competitor's medallion

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