Rendells’ May sale reported the highest hammer total of the year so far. With furniture continuing to improve and a selection or good quality collectables, jewellery and silver on offer pre-sale estimations were high and realised. The internet worked its magic again with a rare Parang Latok (a type of Indonesian hatchet like sword) selling in the room against telephone bidders for a hammer price of £1,900, while a G & J Lines late Victorian rocking horse will be trotting off to Australia after determined bidding from an antipodean collector. Silver reported over 90% of Lots sold and it was noticeable that gold items were selling way above bullion, an example being the £2,200 paid for an 18ct. gold Albert watch chain with 1901 sovereign fob (this had a bullion value of £1,420 on 24/May/2016). 

Details of these and some of the other better Lots in the sale follow: Bold text items are illustrated.

FURNITURE including Outside Effects:

Lot 6: An MTD 450 rotavator. Sold for £380. Lot 14: A pair of 16” Victorian cast iron urns, set on 19” terracotta pedestals. Sold for £220. Lot 71: A 3’ 9” late Victorian Coalbrookdale style white painted cast iron fern and blackberry pattern garden seat. Sold for £400. Lot 119: A 4’ 4” late Georgian oak wall mounted plate rack with shaped dividers and two small drawers under. Sold for £230. Lot 156: A 3’ 8” French waxed pine cabinet with three adjustable shelves enclosed by a pair of part glazed doors, over two short drawers, set on bun feet. Sold for £300. Lot 159: A 4’ 3” Victorian mahogany two part book cabinet with arched glazed panel doors to top, over a base with shelves enclosed by a pair of panelled cupboard doors. Sold for £340. Lot 192: A 7’ 1” old stripped pine dresser base with four short drawers and four panelled cupboard doors under, set on plinth base. Sold for £520. Lot 271: A 5’ early 19th Century oak two part dresser with two central shelves, flanking cupboards and recess to top, over a base with three frieze drawers. Sold for £240. Lot 322: A 5’ 1” 20th Century burr wood veneered faux partner’s twin pedestal desk with leather inset top. Sold for £230. Lot 347: A 4’ Victorian carved oak bench with acanthus scroll top rail, decorative panelled back, pierced armrests featuring stylised gryphons and locker seat. Sold for £260 and Lot 356: A 4’ 6” diameter Victorian rosewood breakfast table, set on massive faceted bulbous pillar and ornate scroll tripod base. Sold for £340.


Lot 406: An original Synchronome Electric, London wall clock, with 18” diameter dial and brass bezel – sold as a collectors’ item only. Sold for £250. Lot 433: A 17” late 19th Century brass cased lantern clock with silvered chapter ring, cherub spandrels and flanking Sold de Mayo motifs to side doors, with eight day Winterhalder & Hofmeier twin bell striking movement. Sold for £400. Lot 437: An early 19th Century oak longcase clock with 12” painted arched dial marked for Benj. Ellis of Woodbridge and with eight day bell striking movement. Sold for £380 and Lot 438: A late 18th Century mahogany and strung longcase clock by James Pike of Newton Abbot, with triple weight driven musical movement playing two Scottish airs of six concentric bells. Sold for £740.


Lot 506: A vintage pressed and painted metal advertising sign for Waller’s Bottled Ale and Stout – 27 1/3” X 23”. Sold for £190. Lot 622: An old stuffed and mounted red stag’s head, set on a shield shaped wall plaque. Sold for £150. Lot 636: A late 19th Century G & J Lines dapple grey rocking horse with finely carved face and neck, the pine safety rocker base bearing two Lines thistle plaques and ink stamped Patented Jan. 29 1880 – Restored by APES (Wales) in 1994. Sold for £3,100. Lot 640: A 21” 19th Century Italian white marble statue depicting a reclining putto. Sold for £400. Lot 647: A 20” patinated brass sundial with time compensatory instructions, set on a slate base. Sold for £290. Lot 657: An antique Indonesian parang latok, with ornate white metal mounted carved bone grip and plain wooden sheath. Sold for £1,900 and Lot 686: A late Victorian George Jones Anglo 30+1 button concertina, bearing 350 Commercial Road. East London label – a/f. Sold for £270.


Lot 1025: A quantity of Copeland Spode Italian pattern dinner ware, including tureens and vegetable dishes. Sold for £120. Lot 1037: A Neale style creamware plate with Minerva Let Wisdom Unite Us scene by Rothwell. Sold for £120 and Lot 1113: A set of four Mailing green Cobblestone pattern storage jars – sold with jelly moulds, etc. Sold for £150.


Lot 1361: A 13 Ύ” diameter Mappin Brothers silver salver with cast rim and engraved decoration, set on triple scroll feet – Sheffield 1874. Sold for £370. Lot 1383: A 14” diameter Elkington & Co. silver salver with beaded rim and engraved decoration, set on triple cast feet – Birmingham 1887. Sold for £380. Lot 1384: A 3 ½” mid 19th Century Austrian silver musical trinket box with hand chased and engraved decoration, parcel gilt interior and detached musical movement to base – for restoration. Sold for £230. Lot 1385: A set of 1930’s Middle Eastern white metal table items, comprising six napkin rings and triple condiment stand, all with nielo Nile scene decoration. Sold for £170 and Lot 1411: A small collection of English silver rat tail spoons and forks – Sheffield 1923. Sold for £210.


Lot 1451: A 4 ½” 19th Century continental gold cage work over crystal flattened teardrop shaped scent flask with hinged flip-top enclosing handmade stopper, the cage work with finely hand chased with scrolls and flowers, each side set with a central enamelled panel featuring a posy of polychrome flowers on light blue ground – bearing French eagle head (18k) hallmarks to stopper and hinge. Sold for £1,700. Lot 1452: A 14ct. white gold diamond solitaire ring – sold with G.I.E. certificate. Sold for £950. Lot 1457: An 18ct. gold ring set with central 1.05ct. emerald within a diamond encrusted border with flanking baguettes. Sold for £700. Lot 1481: A boxed marked 18k fancy beaded link choker necklace. Sold for £420. Lot 1498: An 18ct. gold double Albert watch chain with kerb links, T-bar and two lobster clips, set with a loose mounted 1901 sovereign. Sold for £2,200. Lot 1503: A platinum diamond solitaire ring. Sold for £750. Lot 1508: An 18ct. gold two stone diamond cross-over ring – 2ct. total. Sold for £2,700. Lot 1513: A high carat gold diamond solitaire ring – approx 0.9ct. Sold for £1,100. Lot 1540: An 18ct. gold diamond solitaire ring – approx 2.3ct. Sold for £3,200. Lot 1541: An 18ct. gold diamond solitaire ring with diamond set shoulders – approx 1.9ct. total. Sold for £3,200. Lot 1561: An early 20th Century French 18k cased hunter pocket watch by Lipman Freres, in leather clad retailer’s box. Sold for £650 and Lot 1563: A 14k cased Para wristwatch – sold with a silver cased Waltham pocket watch and others. Sold for £650.


Lot 1602: A gilt framed old master sepia ink sketch depicting a Venetian view from The Grand Canal towards The Basilica Santa Maria della Salute – 7” X 10 ½”. Sold for £220. Lot 1604: John Knapp-Fisher: a framed 1960’s oil on board depicting a wind swept landscape on the east coast of Suffolk – 19 ½” X 26 ½”. Sold for £550. Lot 1627: R.O. Lenkiewicz: a framed oil on card entitled Study R.O. Lenkiewicz Self-Portrait at Easel – signed and inscribed verso – 8 ½” X 6 Ό”. Sold for £4,500. Lot 1628: R.O. Lenkiewicz: a framed oil on card entitled The Painter Self-Portrait Profile at Easel – signed and inscribed verso – 9” X 7”. Sold for £4,500. Lot 1632: Rudolph Hellwag: a gilt framed and slipped oil on board depicting a Thames view of Southwark Cathedral from London Bridge – signed, titled and dated 1923 – 7 Ύ” X 10”. Sold for £240 and Lot 1686: William Staples Drown: a rustic wide gilt framed oil on canvas, farmhouse kitchen interior scene entitled A Morning Nap, Cleeve Prior 1897 – 13 ½” X 17 ½”. Sold for £280.



 Lot 347: Sold £260


 Lot 433: Sold £400


Lot 636: Sold £3,100

 Lot 1451: Sold £1,700


Lot 1498: Sold £2,200


Lot 1508: Sold £2,700

Lot 1540: Sold £3,200

Lot 1541: Sold £3,200

Lot 1627: Sold £4,500

Lot 1628: Sold £4,500