HIGHLIGHTS

 

Here is a selection of some of our favourite and most memorable items we have sold for clients.

 

A 16th Century Carbine

 

We found this gun at a local talk given to Tattenhall PROBUS group in Spring 2017.

After researching the significance of the item we consigned it for our client to Thomas Del Mar, a London based specialist Arms & Armour saleroom.    Following further research it was apparent that similar guns are preserved in the former Saxon Electoral Armoury, now the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden.

Fierce bidding ensued at the auction before the hammer finally fell for £21,000.

Mark Littler
Mark Littler Green Hammerton Ring

The Green Hammerton Ring

 

We sold this late medieval marriage ring, unearthed by a metal detectorist last year in North Yorkshire, to London dealers Wartski for a five-figure sum after we negotiated a private deal on behalf of our client.

Royal jewellers Wartski were prepared to offer our client more for the ring than what they would have paid at auction as the ‘market freshness’ of the ring had been preserved.

It is a great example of medieval goldsmithing and was mounted with a ruby and an emerald.  It was also engraved in medieval French  ne mem – bon.

L S Lowry Prints

 

We have sold almost 200 signed limited edition prints by L S Lowry on behalf of our client.  We have a wide collection of private buyers and have excellent links with salerooms when no private buyer is forthcoming.

Going To The Match is the most iconic of Lowry’s prints and we have negociated several private sales of this print between £15,000 and £20,000.

The market for Lowry prints is still strong, but softening as hundreds of prints come to the market.  Read our guide about what to look for here.

L S Lowry Going to the Match
Original LS Lowry Drawing

Original L S Lowry Drawings

 

The Lowry pictured here was one of two original pencil drawings which we sold privately for our client.

Our client shared a much higher percentage of the sale proceeds as our commission on private sales is only 10% compared to the combined 45% that is taken from sale proceeds at auction.

Robert ‘Mousman’ Thompson Furniture

 

In July 2017 we contacted by our client who had a large number of Mouseman tables and chairs, all of which were formerly of Bradford Girls Grammar School.  Our client had been subject to a bitter experience at auction in the past and was keen to only sell privately.

We secured a private sale for all of the items to a single buyer.

Robert Thompson had originally been commissioned to produce items for the school library in 1936.  Many of the tables and chairs dated from this early period which significantly enhanced their appeal. 

We have also helped numerous clients sell their Mouseman furniture both privately and at auction.

When selling Mouseman at auction it is imperative that the saleroom with the relevant expertise and marketing capacity is used.  We know of several clients who buy their Mouseman furniture in the South as it can often be poorly catalogued or the true age of the item is not made clear. 

Mouseman
Probate-Valuations-Mark-Littler

Macallan Whisky

 

As the market for Macallan whisky is stronger than it has ever been it is an ideal time to cash in bottles.

We have sold hundreds of bottles privately for clients and we make the process very swift and efficient.

One of the most sought after bottles of Macallan is the Macallan Private Eye, released in 1996 for only £36.  We have clients prepared to pay over £2,000 for this bottle.  Perhaps it is a good time to read our guide to see if you have a small fortune in the drinks cabinet.

 

Whisky Casks

 

We have sold a number of casks for clients.  The most notable was a trio of Springbank casks which we successfully sold to a customer for almost £100,000.

The casks were still in bond which meant no duty or VAT had to be paid by the buyer.  If you have a cask of whisky read more about what affects the value here

 

 

Whisky Cask Broker
Great Britain. 1841 1d Red-brown I-D £550

A Collection of Rare Stamps

 

This is part of a collection that we arranged for a probate valuation on using a specialist consultant and then arranged for the stamps to be sold via a specialist stamp auction.

Placing the stamps into the hands of an expert who had the capacity to sort through thousands of stamps was critical.  The single stamp illustrated here sold for £550 and was pulled out of a collection of stamps that the vendor was about to get rid of as there were not stuck into albums.

Asian Art

 

This is one of a pair of 19th century Chinese export carved abelone shells.

The client assumed they had some value but never imagined they would have sold for almost £2,000.  We were able to achieve such a high price for our client as we entered the shells into a specialist auction which had the expertise and knowledge to correctly catalogue and market them.

The Chinese market is still strong so makes a perfect time to sell.

 

Mark-Littler
A Victorian Howard and Sons oak and elm parquetry library table £3400

A Howard & Sons Library Table

 

This wonderful 19th-century library table was by the famed Howard & Sons.

Bearing the Howard & Sons stamps to the underside and of superb quality, a fierce bidding battle at auction finally settled at £3,400. 

It proves that the market for very good quality furniture is much in demand.

 

Here is a selection of some of our favourite and most memorable items we have sold for clients.

 

A 16th Century Carbine

 

We found this gun at a local talk given to Tattenhall PROBUS group in Spring 2017.

After researching the significance of the item we consigned it for our client to Thomas Del Mar, a London based specialist Arms & Armour saleroom.    Following further research it was apparent that similar guns are preserved in the former Saxon Electoral Armoury, now the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden.

Fierce bidding ensued at the auction before the hammer finally fell for £21,000.

Mark Littler

The Green Hammerton Ring

 

We sold this late medieval marriage ring, unearthed by a metal detectorist last year in North Yorkshire, to London dealers Wartski for a five-figure sum after we negotiated a private deal on behalf of our client.

Royal jewellers Wartski were prepared to offer our client more for the ring than what they would have paid at auction as the ‘market freshness’ of the ring had been preserved.

It is a great example of medieval goldsmithing and was mounted with a ruby and an emerald.  It was also engraved in medieval French  ne mem – bon.

Mark Littler Green Hammerton Ring

L S Lowry Prints

 

We have sold almost 200 signed limited edition prints by L S Lowry on behalf of our client.  We have a wide collection of private buyers and have excellent links with salerooms when no private buyer is forthcoming.

Going To The Match is the most iconic of Lowry’s prints and we have negociated several private sales of this print between £15,000 and £20,000.

The market for Lowry prints is still strong, but softening as hundreds of prints come to the market.  Read our guide about what to look for here.

L S Lowry Going to the Match

Original L S Lowry Drawings

 

The Lowry pictured here was one of two original pencil drawings which we sold privately for our client.

Our client shared a much higher percentage of the sale proceeds as our commission on private sales is only 10% compared to the combined 45% that is taken from sale proceeds at auction.

Original LS Lowry Drawing

Robert ‘Mousman’ Thompson Furniture

 

In July 2017 we contacted by our client who had a large number of Mouseman tables and chairs, all of which were formerly of Bradford Girls Grammar School.  Our client had been subject to a bitter experience at auction in the past and was keen to only sell privately.

We secured a private sale for all of the items to a single buyer.

Robert Thompson had originally been commissioned to produce items for the school library in 1936.  Many of the tables and chairs dated from this early period which significantly enhanced their appeal. 

We have also helped numerous clients sell their Mouseman furniture both privately and at auction.

When selling Mouseman at auction it is imperative that the saleroom with the relevant expertise and marketing capacity is used.  We know of several clients who buy their Mouseman furniture in the South as it can often be poorly catalogued or the true age of the item is not made clear. 

Mouseman

Macallan Whisky

 

As the market for Macallan whisky is stronger than it has ever been it is an ideal time to cash in bottles.

We have sold hundreds of bottles privately for clients and we make the process very swift and efficient.

One of the most sought after bottles of Macallan is the Macallan Private Eye, released in 1996 for only £36.  We have clients prepared to pay over £2,000 for this bottle.  Perhaps it is a good time to read our guide to see if you have a small fortune in the drinks cabinet.

 

Probate-Valuations-Mark-Littler

Whisky Casks

 

We have sold a number of casks for clients.  The most notable was a trio of Springbank casks which we successfully sold to a customer for almost £100,000.

The casks were still in bond which meant no duty or VAT had to be paid by the buyer.  If you have a cask of whisky read more about what affects the value here

 

 

Whisky Cask Broker

A Collection of Rare Stamps

 

This is part of a collection that we arranged for a probate valuation on using a specialist consultant and then arranged for the stamps to be sold via a specialist stamp auction.

Placing the stamps into the hands of an expert who had the capacity to sort through thousands of stamps was critical.  The single stamp illustrated here sold for £550 and was pulled out of a collection of stamps that the vendor was about to get rid of as there were not stuck into albums.

Great Britain. 1841 1d Red-brown I-D £550

Asian Art

 

This is one of a pair of 19th century Chinese export carved abelone shells.

The client assumed they had some value but never imagined they would have sold for almost £2,000.  We were able to achieve such a high price for our client as we entered the shells into a specialist auction which had the expertise and knowledge to correctly catalogue and market them.

The Chinese market is still strong so makes a perfect time to sell.

 

Mark-Littler

A Howard & Sons Library Table

 

This wonderful 19th-century library table was by the famed Howard & Sons.

Bearing the Howard & Sons stamps to the underside and of superb quality, a fierce bidding battle at auction finally settled at £3,400. 

It proves that the market for very good quality furniture is much in demand.

A Victorian Howard and Sons oak and elm parquetry library table £3400