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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, 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 25, 2013

Whilst the Colt and Remington are perhaps the most widely known revolvers of the 19th century, for some collectors they are not the best made guns of the period. Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s Sporting & Collectors sale 20th March 2013, Honiton, Devon has within the Antique Firearms section and fine example of 19th century English gunsmiths’ work. 

   deane adams & deane 38 bore self cocking percussion revolver

Deane Adams & Deane 38 bore self cocking percussion revolver

In 1851 Robert Adam patented a design for a self cocking revolver. The double action (pulling the trigger once to cock and release the hammer) was a great improvement on the single action Colts and Remington models. The Deane, Adams & Deane revolver (SC16/86) with scroll engraved frame and chequered walnut two piece grip is more refined than the basic Remington model. The fitted case and complete set of original accessories making this an even more enticing lot for collectors, with an estimate of £1,500-£2,000. 
Very often we see each type of revolver at auction but rarely do we see a Pepperbox (SC16/91), a Remington (SC16/90) and a Deane, Adams & Deane (SC16/86) together at once, giving us an ideal opportunity to see perhaps the three greatest advances in revolver design sides by side.
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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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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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