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A superb pair of early Victorian serpentine and gilt metal candlestick holders.

The candle holders are comprised of a solid circular serpentine base with three fire gilt metal struts in the form of winged lions holding a classical serpentine urn with candle mounts.

Serpentine as a decorative medium was unwittingly championed in the Victorian period by Prince Albert during a visit to the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall where the stone is most commonly found. An interesting article from the 1880 s by EW Crofts relates that in 1846, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert arrived in Mount s Bay on their steam yacht, The Victoria & Albert. After landing at Penzance, Prince Albert visited the Geological Society s Museum where he left with two specimens of serpentine in which he took particular interest.

Following this, a number of enterprising minds formed what became “The London and Penzance Serpentine Company” and in 1851 began to introduce serpentine wares to the metropolis. Another notable manufacturer was The Serpentine Marble Works of Penzance who exhibited everything from vases to fonts at The Great Exhibition and are featured in the Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the period.

This piece is likely to have emanated from one of these manufacturers and is an unusual and rare example of Victorian serpentine work.

£495 / $765 / €693

A cased Victorian naval station pointer or three arm protractor by Henry Hughes of 59 Fenchurch Street, London.

Used for coastal navigation, this superbly crafted brass station pointer has a circular silver scale with central indented cross bar for fixing a central position on a map. The central arm is fixed to a first coastal position whilst the two outer arms are fixed to two other coastal positions with the use of a sextant. The triangulation of these points would have allowed for accurate positioning whilst a vessel is nearing landfall. This quality example has the addition of two beautifully engineered drum micrometers for adjusting the angle of the outer arms and three brass extending arms which may be screwed to the main unit for measuring longer distances or for larger scale maps. The station pointer is complete with its original mahogany box with original fitted and baized interior and has a working replacement key. Inside the box is an ivorine name plate for H Hughes & Son Opticians, 59 Fenchurch St, London.  

This is an early example of a Hughes station pointer being engraved with the serial, “No 627”, and it is further engraved, “Henry Hughes & Son. 59 Fenchurch St, London”. The maker Henry Hughes founded the business in 1828. Noted for its life size wooden figure of a seaman with sextant displayed outside the front door, Hughes premises at Fenchurch Street was a popular destination for merchant and Royal Navy seaman alike and Hughes gained much business from the Admiralty in the nineteenth century due to the quality and precision of his instruments. The business was incorporated as Henry Hughes & Son Ltd in 1903 and ran successfully until its premises were destroyed during the blitz in 1941. Owing to the devastation, Hughes entered into a collaboration with Kelvin, Bottomley & Baird in the same year and later amalgamated in 1947 to become Kelvin & Hughes. They continue to operate to this day under the name Kelvin Hughes Ltd under part ownership by ECI Partners.

Station Pointers of this age are rare to find and this example is of the utmost quality. Hughes instruments are always beautifully manufactured and this is no exception. A lovely piece of maritime navigational equipment and in superb order.

Circa 1880

£625 / $966 / €875

George III Mahogany Linen Press.

A fine George III mahogany linen press. Attributed to Gillows of Lancaster. In original condition with original brasses.

Supplied to Sir Edward Smythe of Wootton Hall. Circa 1785 - 1790.

£3,950 / $6,103 / €5,530

A Pair of Modern Decorative Gilt Lamps
£180 / $278 / €252

A pair of Tang Dynasty terracotta leaping horses each with a mounted rider.

Circa 900AD
£3,250 / $5,021 / €4,550

A Reverse Painting on Glass of a Setter Putting up a Flight of Ducks



£320 / $494 / €448

A French Empire Mahogany Ladies Work Table with Ormolu Mounts and Paw Feet.

£1,395 / $2,155 / €1,953

A Pair of Decorative Bronze Horses in the Oriental Style 
£2,295 / $3,546 / €3,213

A beautiful Rosewood Canterbury with single drawer and carved Rosette Decoration 

£795 / $1,228 / €1,113

An exceedingly fine pair of English 19thC cast brass reliquary's with onyx columns and champleve enamel decoration converted to wine coolers.

£3,200 / $4,944 / €4,480

A lovely hand painted folding dummy board of a wicker basket with summer flowers

Circa 1890
£1,100 / $1,700 / €1,540

A beautiful 19th Century Scrimshaw of the Sloop Maria
£280 / $433 / €392

A glass, silver, and enamel inkwell 

Birmingham hallmark for 1926
£125 / $193 / €175

Russell And Sons, Broadway yew wood child's open armchair with original leather woven seat

Circa 1930
£675 / $1,043 / €945

Mid Victorian mahogany tea caddy with rosewood and mother of pearl decoration
£195 / $301 / €273

Dutch mahogany jardiniere c. 1890
£390 / $603 / €546

A lovely walnut tea caddy c.1850
£275 / $425 / €385

A large pond yacht. Original paint, new rigging. Hatch cover new but old moulded opening still underneath it.

Circa 1900.
£850 / $1,313 / €1,190

Sevres porcelain and ormolu table lamp.

Circa 1880.
£450 / $695 / €630

A useful luggage rack.
£220 / $340 / €308

An Art Nouveau style fully hallmarked sterling silver photo frame. Made by a Hampshire silversmith, 2017.

Holds 5" x 3" photo.
£195 / $301 / €273

A Georgian style fully hallmarked sterling silver photo frame. Made by a Hampshire silversmith, 2017.

Holds 5" x 3" photo.
£110 / $170 / €154

An Art Nouveau style fully hallmarked sterling silver photo frame. Made by a Hampshire silversmith, 2017.

Holds 3.5" x 2.5" photo.
£90 / $139 / €126

A Regency style fully hallmarked sterling silver photo frame. Made by a Hampshire silversmith, 2017.

Holds 3.5" x 3.5" photo.
£90 / $139 / €126

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