Rendells’ November sale featured a quantity of medals and ephemera from the Smyth family. The principal Lot of this collection (738) included Morris Henry Smyth’s CBE (military), a medal group including India General Service Medal with Burma 1885-7 clasp, miniatures and photographs. Sold on commission against several telephone bidders for a hammer price of £960. After the fall of the silver bullion price, it was nice to see silver items selling for their intrinsic value, exemplified by Lot 1440: a pair of silver owl pattern salt and pepper shakers. Although diminutive, they were perfectly formed and set with coloured glass eyes. Sold for £420. While in the Ceramics section, a rare North Devon (or Donyatt) pottery puzzle jug attracted numerous commission bids, finally selling to a telephone bidder for £420.


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



Lot 104: A 4’1” Victorian pine dresser with associated three shelf open plate rack, over a base with two short drawers and flanking panelled cupboard doors. Sold for £210. Lot 203: A 3’ 7” Georgian mahogany chest of two short and four long graduated drawers, set on splayed bracket feet. Sold for £200. Lot 220: A pair of 6’ two seater settees, upholstered in old gold coloured crushed velvet. Sold for £400. Lot 284: A late 19th Century English Chinoiserie cabinet with moulded cornice, two glazed panel doors enclosing shelves, set on a base with two short drawers, double cupboard and undertier. Sold for £500. Lot 345: A Victorian mahogany framed cheval mirror with large scroll pattern supports, shaped platform base and splayed legs. Sold for £210. Lot 362: A 5’ 9” late Victorian mahogany framed and upholstered chaise longue, with carved scroll acanthus decoration, set on cabriole legs. Sold for £250. Lot 377: A 34” 19th Century mahogany oval top games table, the sliding middle section opening to reveal a tooled leather backgammon board and secret compartment under, set on a faceted and tapered pillar with quatrefoil base. Sold for £200. Lot 399: A nest of inlaid mahogany quartetto tea tables, set on slender turned supports with splayed legs. Sold for £210 and Lot 424: A 1950’s flame mahogany cased Dynatron Ether Princess radiogramme. Type P.94, No.2103. Sold for £360.



Lot 486: A 19th Century mahogany cased dial wall clock, the 12” painted dial marked G.E. Owen, Barmouth, with fusee movement and mounted on a decorative carved oak wall bracket. Sold for £200. Lot 499: A 19th Century oak cased bracket clock with gilt metal mounts, flanking half columns and remains of silvering to dial, with German eight day gong striking movement. Sold for £120. Lot 509: A brass cased carriage clock, with enamelled dial and French eight day movement. Sold for £110 and Lot 520: An antique mahogany longcase clock, the 12” painted arched dial marked Tobias Fletcher, Barnsley, with thirty hour bells striking movement. Sold for £260.



Lot 574: A boxed Fujifilm GA645 camera – sold with a Yashica T3 Super in soft case. Sold for £150. Lot 584: A Carlton Ware ceramic Guinness advertising table lamp in the form of a penguin holding a plaque inscribed “Draught Guinness”, with original rotating shade. Sold for £140. Lot 671: A 30” vintage hard leather travelling case with wooden runners, “American” J.B. locks and lined interior. Sold for £400. Lot 687: A 1930’s Swan “Gold Filigree” plated fountain pen. Sold for £140. Lot 709: A cased 1940 Leica IIIc camera – No. 362452. Sold for £210. Lot 373: An 1846 pattern Royal Navy Officer’s sword with knot, in scabbard and an 1879 pattern Midshipman’s dirk. Sold for £320. Lot 738: Morris Henry Smyth CBE, Lieutenant and Captain, Royal Navy: cased medal group comprising India General Service Medal with clasp “Burma 1885-7”, Great War and Victory medals and Italian War Merit Cross with letter, a cased CBE (military) medal, miniatures of same and two framed photographs, etc. Sold for £960. Lot 742: An oak cased barograph with presentation plaque to H.M. Smyth. Sold for £200. Lot 745: A French gilt metal trinket box with central enamel portrait panel depicting Napoleon Bonaparte. Sold for £150. Lot 747: A 3 ¼” diameter antique trinket box, the push-fit lid set with a miniature painting depicting a maiden bathing al fresco, with waterfall in background, tortoiseshell lined. Sold for £660 and Lot 769: Three mid 20th Century painted vinyl Hoover promotional advertising figures with squeakers, Fluff, Dust and Grit – by Semco. Sold for £135.



Lot 1047: A Gaudy Welsh jug and an English sparrow beak jug with Oriental style decoration in the Imari palette. Sold for £120. Lots 1114 and 1120: Both containing a selection of Portmeirion Botanic Garden pattern tea and dinnerware. Sold for a combined hammer price of £340. Lot 1159: A 12” Clarice Cliff Bizzare Lotus shape jug, with polychrome abstract leaf design – 668241 (a/f). Sold for £180. Lot 1171: An 8 ½” Moorcroft pomegranate pattern vase with flared rim. Sold for £150. Lot 1216: Two damaged Victorian Staffordshire cow creamers. Sold for £160. Lot 1221: An 8” early North Devon (or Donyatt) pottery puzzle jug, with sgraffito motto “When Licquer is good and friends do meet…”, initialled TS and dated 1835. Sold for £420 and Lot 1228: A 14 ½” early Royal Dux figure of a peasant girl and boy – embossed marks and E impressed pink triangle. Sold for £130.



Lot 1401: A four piece silver tea and coffee set – Birmingham 1938, L&G. Sold for £175. Lot 1419: A three piece silver tea set of faceted design – London 1913. Sold for £140. Lot 1425: A pair of Italian silver tapered column candlesticks with loaded circular bases. Sold for £165. Lot 1435: A pair of 8 ¾” silver Corinthian column candlesticks with detachable nozzles and loaded plinth bases – Sheffield 1895. Sold for £290. Lot 1440: A pair of silver owl pattern salt and pepper shakers with glass eyes – Chester 1911. Sold for £420 and Lot 1448: A silver basket with swing handle and pierced decoration, by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co. – London 1908. Sold for £210.



Lot 1480: A 9ct. gold watch chain/necklace, with T-bar, anchor chain pattern links and lobster clasp. Sold for £420. Lot 1515: A boxed unmarked gold crescent pattern brooch, set with fifteen graduated diamonds. Sold for £720. Lot 1516: An 18ct. gold designer ring in the ancient Egyptian style, set with cabochon carved emerald scarab, with engraved decoration to shank. Sold for £700. Lot 1578: An 18ct. white gold ring, set with 2ct. aquamarine within a diamond border. Sold for £700. Lot 1632: An 18ct. white gold cross, set with baguette diamonds within a diamond border, on 18ct. chain. Sold for £500. Lot 1637: A Chopard boxed 18ct. white gold Bulgari band, with branding to edges. Sold for £400 and Lot 1684: An 18ct. gold double shank cross-over ring, with rubies and diamonds in raised settings. Sold for £460.



Lot 1748: A signed print of a Lancaster bomber “The Dambusters” – wartime survivors of 617 squadron, Royal Air Force, bearing signatures of crew (a/f). Sold for £70. Lot 1762: A Michael Jackson poster – autographed, with note of provenance verso dated 16 Nov 2006. Sold for £110. Lot 1779: A gilt framed oil painting on wooden panel depicting a busy 19th Century village scene, with figures, horses and cattle – signed W. Pail. Sold for £130 and Lot 1796: Peter Cosslett: a framed oil on board depicting a coastal view with waves breaking on a rocky shoreline – 11 ½” X 15 ¼”. Sold for £340.


Lot 284: Sold £500

Lot 377: Sold £200

Lot 486: Sold £200

 Lot 738: Sold £960

Lot 747: Sold £660

Lot 1221: Sold £420

Lot 1435: Sold £290

Lot 1440: Sold £420

Lot 1448: Sold £210

Lot 1578: Sold £700