Antiques column: Strong turnout for sale

People inspecting the items at the sale last Saturday.
People inspecting the items at the sale last Saturday.

A healthy crowd ensured good prices across the board at the Chris Clubley and Co Melbourne sale last Saturday (18th April).

The sale commenced at 12noon with a good range of plants including box balls, yew trees, laurels, rhododendron, herbaceous perennials and acers. Roughly 100 lots.

At 1pm the usual assortment of eccentric outside items were sold. Highlights included a pine ottoman realising £55, a water pump at £95, a generator at £110, a pair of iron gates at £100, a plough at £85 and a freezer at £70.

Prices remained strong inside with an early 20th century mahogany breakfront bookcase realising £750 against strong competition in the room. A 1970’s cylinder desk also realised £70. The trade for smalls remained competitive.

Candlesticks, especially in the past, have been an essential feature of the domestic environment. Although today they serve only a decorative purpose it was as late as 1939 that one quarter of British homes had no electricity.

Almost all early candlesticks were made of metal, the first models had a pricket – a flat plate with a pin on it – on which the candle was impaled. Socket style candlesticks appeared in the 17th century and quickly became the most popular design, though pricket candlesticks survived for use in church and have reappeared in some modern designs.

A variety of materials have been used in candle manufacture. In the 18th century glass and porcelain were bought into candle manufacture and the 19th and 20th centuries saw the introduction of materials such as Bakelite and silver.

Chris Clubley and Co’s next sale in on 16 May. The sale is to be catalogued and illustrated on the internet via thesaleroom.com. Further entries are still invited. www.chrisclubley.co.uk/auction/