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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 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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Friday, November 22, 2013 3:42:44 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:51:23 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Friday, September 06, 2013 2:01:44 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Thursday, August 29, 2013 5:05:11 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In and age where the internet seems to leave nothing to the imagination, looking back at the modest poses of a collection of Erotic postcards to be offered in Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s forthcoming Sporting & Collectors sale 18th September 2013, you might wonder why collectors would be so keen. 

 a collection of early 20th century erotic postcards

A collection of early 20th century erotic postcards

 Many of the cards are of ‘artistic’ poses and include several copies of famous nude sculptress and drawings. However, it is the few cards of young French ladies revealing their underwear in public, that turn the tide from ‘artistic’ to (for want of a better word) porn.

 

an artisticly posed early 20th centruy erotic postcard

An artisticly posed early 20th centruy erotic postcard 

It shouldn’t really be that much of a shock. If you have even seen the brothel houses of Pompeii or the graphic cartoons of Cruickshank, you realise that far from the perception of modesty and virtuosity, sex and pornography has always been around. (Hence I have always considered auctioneering as the second oldest profession!)
 
That such images would have been considered shocking by the moral majority of the early 20th century is what drives the value of these cards above the typical topographical postcards. International interest form collectors should easily push the price towards the top end of a pres ale £200-£300 estimate. 
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:36:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Thursday, August 15, 2013 1:39:10 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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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Tuesday, July 16, 2013 9:37:46 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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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 www.nutcrackers.org.uk.

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Monday, July 01, 2013 2:16:44 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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