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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 Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Recently consigned for inclusion in the Sporting & Collectors Auction is this Edwardian 9ct gold and enamel Scottish International football medal for Alexander Bennett.  Pre-war football memorabilia has always had a strong following for devoted collectors and this piece should prove to be no exception.

edwardian 9ct gold and enamel scottish international football medal for alexander bennett 

Edwardian 9ct gold and enamel Scottish International football medal for Alexander Bennett 

Alexander 'Alex' Bennett began playing for his local club Rutherglen Glencairn in 1901 and was selected for the Scottish International Junior side in 1902, scoring three goals in junior internationals, In 1903 he signed for Celtic Rangers and was a regular first team player in the squad that won the Scottish League title for four years consecutively from 1905-1908. In 1908 he left Celtic and signed for Glasgow Rangers (ten days after scoring the winning goal against them) and became the first player ever to play for both Celtic and Rangers. The signing did not pass without an enquiry from Celtic into the transfer, but the appeal was eventually turned down by the Scottish FA in June 1908. During the First World War he played for Dumbarton and finished his foot balling career with Albion Rovers in over the 1920/21 season. He went on to manage Third Larnak and Clydebank as well a writing a regular column for the Daily Mail. Over his playing career he made eleven appearances for the Scottish International team scoring two goals and represented the Scottish League on ten occasions. 

alex bennett 9ct gold and enamel medal scotland v england 1908

Alex Bennett 9ct gold and enamel medal Scotland V England 1908

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:25:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 06 September 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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Friday, 06 September 2013 14:01:44 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 16 July 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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Tuesday, 16 July 2013 09:37:46 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 06 March 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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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:40:16 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 27 February 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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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 13:35:06 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 18 February 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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Monday, 18 February 2013 15:13:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, 15 February 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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Friday, 15 February 2013 16:46:40 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 13 February 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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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:09:41 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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