Buyers beat the freeze

FREEZING weather did not deter buyers from attending Fidler Taylor’s first general sale of 2011.

Reasonably encouraging prices were achieved in most sections of the sale, although furniture remains sporadic. However, a modern pine double opening wardrobe sold at £100, a carved oak side cabinet £210, a mahogany tip-top pedestal table £130 and a good quality reproduction chest on chest £150.

Collectables still remain the most encouraging section of the market with four damaged fire buckets realising £40, a leather suitcase and cartridge case £70 and a mixed lot of horse brasses on leather straps also £70.

Highest price of the day was £250 for a string of Mikimoto pearls, with a five stone opal ring achieving £220 and a pearl pendant £190. There’s been a small revival in interest for pictures and books attracted strong bidding.

lAn additional sale has been arranged by the auctioneers for Saturday and entries are now being taken for the spring antique & fine art sale scheduled for early April.