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December 7th, 8th & 9th

December 7th, 8th & 9th

07 December 2020 10:00am

Jewellery, silver, bijouterie, watches, clocks, coins, fine wines & spirits

January 6th & 7th

January 6th & 7th

07 January 2021 10:00am

Vinyl records, musical instruments, guns & weapons, medals & militaria, sporting and taxidermy.

February 3rd & 4th

February 3rd & 4th

03 February 2021 10:00am

Pictures & paintings, books, stamps, ephemera, ceramics, glass, scientific instruments, cameras and weights, scales & measures.

March 3rd, 4th & 5th

March 3rd, 4th & 5th

04 March 2021 10:00am

Jewellery, silver, watches, clocks, coins, designer accessories, fashion & textiles, classic cars, motorbikes & transport

May 5th & 6th 2021

May 5th & 6th 2021

06 May 2021 10:00am

Guns, weapons, medals, militaria, taxidermy, sporting, ceramics, glass and Asian and tribal art.

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September Auction Report
September Auction Report

Date of auction 9th, 10th & 11th September 2020

Number of lots: 2,849

Highest price achieved: Lot 856 – Art Deco white gold pendant set with 25 diamonds, sold for £6,200

Surprise lot of the sale: Lot 284 – Georgian / Victorian silver pendant set with foiled paste, sold for £1,500

Auctioneer’s favourite lots: Lot 3512 and 3514 – both 1862 Queen Victoria young head halfpenny, die letter 'C' left of lighthouse base, VF+, extremely rare. Brought in by a vendor who had no idea they were rare – only the letter beside the lighthouse made them worth so much. Identified by Stroud Auctions’ coin specialist Mike Gardner

The September sale at Stroud Auctions was quite simply exceptional. Almost 3,000 lots including jewellery, silver, coins and watches realised an amazing £450,000 over three days, and the current trend of selling most of the sale to online bidders continued. The extremely popular in house postage and packing service has come into its own, encouraging online bidders to spend more in the knowledge that their goods can be shipped around the world at reasonable cost, placing Stroud Auctions well ahead of the opposition. Most auction salerooms refuse to help buyers with postage, thus limiting their involvement in the bidding, whereas Stroud Auctions have embraced distance bidding by creating a separate department to handle shipping, something which has paid off many times over in these strange times where attendance at the saleroom is no longer commonplace.

Unbelievably, our jewellery specialist Alexandra already has 250 lots ready for our December auction, where jewellery features once again alongside silver, watches and coins, along with the hugely popular fine wines and spirits section. Please do contact us if you have items you may like us to include, we are happy to accept entries now and store them until the sale.

The November auction is equally exciting due to the very popular motoring and transport section, which will include a number of motorcycles including a 1942 Harley Davidson Model U, cars including a 1990 Renault Alpine GTA Turbo and collectables including Brimscombe Railway Station enamel sign and a Liverpool Overhead Railway original poster, tickets and invitation to the opening ceremony.

If you have something you would like to have valued by one of Stroud Auctions’ specialists, contact us by phone (01453 873800) or email (valuations@stroudauctions.co.uk).

August Auction Report
August Auction Report

Date of auction: 5th & 6th August

Number of lots: 1884

Number of online bidders: 1,962

Highest price achieved: Lot 1751- Browning B25 12 bore over and under ejector shotgun, custom built and engraved by A M Brown – sold for £4980

Surprise result of the sale: Lot 1020 - World War 2 Bletchley Park Interest: Royal Air Force service and release book for L. A. C. W. 484782 E I Kettle who was a wireless operator at Bletchley Park, together with named photograph of 'D' Watch Auto with script verso 'Church Green Bletchley, July 1945' with Kettle being shown in the back row, a message from the Director General dated 8th May 1945, thanking everyone for their work, signed by various female colleagues and stamped by nine departments verso, a Morse Code slip dated 7/5/45 and marked in pencil VE Italy etc – sold for £1000

Auctioneer’s favourite lot: Lot 1119 - WW1 two personal photograph albums compiled by Lieutenant A C Kingham, HAC, the first depicting his time and experiences on the Western Front – sold for £600

Stroud Auctions’ August sale featured specialist sections of guns and weapons, medals and militaria, toys, and cameras. As usual, there was huge interest in the sporting section and the top selling lot was a covetable Browning shotgun, one of over 400 lots of shooting related items in the sale.

More top results were found in the specialist camera section, where Kinoptik and Leitz lenses averaged £1000 apiece and a Leica M3 camera kit made £1200.

The militaria section saw personal photograph albums of military interest realising some pleasing prices, examples include WW1 in Italy (£460), on the Western Front (£600) and the Expeditionary Force in Russia, 1918 (£460)

However, it can also be the unexpected items that surprise you. In a toy section of over 600 lots were a selection of small petrol and diesel engines from model aircraft, some dating to the post war period and very collectable. An Oliver Tiger example made £130, with the whole collection of engines making over £3,000 in total.

The next auction will be on September 9th, 10th & 11th and includes jewellery, silver, watches, clocks and coins. Always a popular sale, this one looks exceptional, with over 1200 lots of jewellery alone. If you’ve never thought of buying at auction, why not book in for our viewing day on 8th September? Our jewellery specialist Alexandra will be on hand to offer advice and guidance.

We are still accepting entries for our October 7th & 8th auction, which will include vinyl records, pictures and paintings, books, stamps, ephemera, ceramics and glass, and for our November 4th & 5th auction, which will include medals, militaria, guns, weapons, air rifles, swords, toys, plus cars, motorbikes and related transport related collectables. Already consigned are a large private collection of medals and militaria, two rare Zell air pistols, toys including Corgi and Airfix, motorbikes including a 1942 Harley Davidson model U and three restored BSA Bantams. If you have items you may wish to include then remember that earlier is always best, please contact us if you need any advice or assistance.

If you have something you would like to have valued by one of Stroud Auctions’ specialists, contact us by phone (01453 873800) or email (valuations@stroudauctions.co.uk)

October Auction report
October Auction report

Date of auction: 7th, 8th & 9th October 2020

Number of lots: 2343

Number of online bidders: 1749

Highest price achieved: Lot 671 - A set of Beatles autographs, obtained at their MBE investiture at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 26th October 1965 – sold for £6000

Surprise lot of the sale: Lot 593: Nine plans relating to Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace, comprising three main floor plans, dated in the lower right corner September 1900, each 216 x 56cm – sold for £1000

Auctioneer’s favourite lot: Lot 633 - Gloucester v New Zealand (All Blacks) October 1905, Kingsholm, Gloucester, Rugby programme – sold for £2100The October sale at Stroud Auctions saw several outstanding results in the ephemera section. Increasingly popular with buyers, ephemera is defined as ‘collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity’ and includes autographs, enamel advertising signs, postcards, tickets, leaflets and promotional items, programmes and posters.

Beatles related items continue to be extremely sought after, and lot 671 was no exception. The price achieved was excellent simply because of the provenance – the story behind the autographs. Obtained on the day the Beatles received their MBEs at Buckingham Palace in 1965, along with the famous four signatures was the addition of Robert Dougall, the newsreader popular in the 1960’s, another MBE recipient on the same day. With so many fakes and copies around, the background to any autograph is vital, and these checked out perfectly so made a great price.

The auctioneer’s favourite lot was the rugby programme for a match held at Kingsholm back in 1905, the year of a rugby tour still considered one of the greatest ever. Gloucester were beaten 44-0 on the day, but this programme is on its way to New Zealand, where the new owner definitely won’t feel bad about the result! The tour was famous for being the one where the All Blacks got their name – before this they wore white shorts, but swapped to black for the 1905/1906 tour, hence the nickname, which has definitely stuck.

The October auction also included ceramics and glass, stamps, books, pictures and paintings, vinyl records and furniture, and with a huge amount of interest online the prices achieved were very pleasing. The December auction (including specialist sections of jewellery, silver, watches and coins) is shaping up brilliantly, in particular the fine wines and spirits section. The deadline for entries is November 6th.

Stroud Auctions are now accepting items for the January auction, so if you have anything you would like valued with a view to selling, including ephemera like the items above, please get in touch by phone (01453 873800) or email (valuations@stroudauctions.co.uk). Valuations are free and without obligation.

Re-opening for valuations
Re-opening for valuations

I’m sure we all agree that the past few weeks have been an unusual time for everyone, and as owner of Stroud Auction Rooms I am not used to having a great deal of spare time to take stock of things. However, as the restrictions on business begin to ease, and we can once again begin to offer the free valuations and advice we are well known for, I have taken on the vast majority of the work due to limiting the number of staff in the saleroom. So, it has fallen to me to value and catalogue a far wider range of items than I usually would, and while doing this I have realised just how important our team of specialist valuers really are. As a general auctioneer I have a good all-round knowledge of most items, but I very soon concluded that I will never know enough about every one of the huge variety of categories which our valuers cover. From a coin collection to a classic car, motorcycles to medals and militaria, guns, stamps, toys, watches, jewellery, vinyl records and more – Stroud Auctions are fortunate to have specialists in all these areas on whom I rely for their unbelievable knowledge and expertise. After concluding that they would do a far better job than I possibly can, I have decided to let the specialists take over and give our customers the service they have come to expect.

As things slowly return to normal we are looking forward to holding our usual monthly sales, beginning on 8th & 9th July, as listed in our auction calendar. Looking ahead, we have exciting consignments of toys, guns, medals, militaria and sporting items ready for our August 5th & 6th auction, including an exceptional private collection of air rifles, and the September sale on 9th & 10th of the month already has more than 750 lots of jewellery consigned and we can still accept a few more.

At the moment we are offering free valuations at our saleroom or in your own home, and if the government updates any of their guidelines over coming weeks then we may be able to return to the open valuation sessions everyone is used to, without the need to book. Home visits are currently very popular, and fortunately it has proved very straightforward to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe.

Please remember that not all auction salerooms are the same, do make sure to have your items valued by a specialist before making a decision about selling them.

ONE of Stroud Auction Rooms’ young experts is celebrating her qualification
ONE of Stroud Auction Rooms’ young experts is celebrating her qualification

ONE of Stroud Auction Rooms' young experts is celebrating her qualification as a jewellery valuer with Gem-A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain.

Twenty-four-year-old Alexandra Bowkett, who is already a professional diamond grader, has become a Fellow of The Gemological Association, after passing the prestigious Gem-A examinations in London.

This internationally-recognised qualification makes Alexandra the most qualified full-time jewellery valuer at any auction house in Gloucestershire, and she now has the letters DGA, FGA, after her name.

But Alexandra is not just qualified to deal with expensive diamonds and gemstones. During her six years as Stroud Auctions' jewellery expert, she has dealt with some extremely large collections of Georgian and Victorian jewellery including cut steel, Berlin Iron Work and mourning jewellery. She is also enthusiastic about costume jewellery and often finds an overlooked item hidden in the collections she takes in for auction - much to the delight of the surprised vendors.

Alexandra, who is also training as a general valuer, says: "Although I am obviously delighted to have gained my FGA qualification, I am just as happy looking through costume jewellery as I am appraising a highly valuable diamond or gemstone."

Alexandra's specialist jewellery sales, held every three months at Stroud Auction Rooms, attract buyers and sellers across the globe. They are spectacularly popular and have increased from a few hundred lots to well over a thousand, taking up the whole first day of a three-day auction.

The next jewellery sale at Stroud is in June and if you have items you would like Alexandra to appraise, bring them into the Bath Road saleroom during one of the free valuation sessions every Friday (9am-5pm) and Saturday (9am-12.30pm).

For more information, ring 01453 873800

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