Happy New Year to all.
We are swiftly “off the blocks” with a January outing to clear the decks, and feed those clever folk who up-cycle, restore, re-cycle, re-use, etc., and who are generally sensible enough to purchase esoteric things of character. I am chuffed to have such clients – folk who can shake hands properly, who can bleed a radiator, can climb trees and use a real map! People who can spend 10 minutes talking to me, without looking at their phone. They are about – people with passion and empathy for “stuff”, so we look forward to seeing you again.
I am constantly asked – where does all ‘the gear’ come from? Well – most of it from house clearances far & wide – is the answer. This sale includes a property from near Cheltenham, a large house in Coldstream, two houses in Gosforth and several Borders residences. As well as a lot of local vendors who are downsizing and de-cluttering.
Incidentally – NOW is the time to call us if you are, or if you know of someone in that situation, as I am busy visiting homes sizing up all sorts of treasures. Looking at my diary next week it includes valuations in Kelso, Sunderland, Ripon, Darlington, Jesmond, Ponteland, Greenlaw, Edinburgh, Hexham and Berwick – so you can imagine the miles I do. The following week I am in Wales, Shrewsbury, London & Bath – so basically it is “have gavel – will travel”.
Looking through this vernissage, it is a good assemblage right across the board, as usual. There are “stories” to so many of the things - such as Lot 300, which was handed to our vendor in the middle of the night at a middle eastern airport by a gentleman with a teatowel on his head, before he got on the plane (I wonder if the bejewelled handle is ‘right’?). Or the wacky chairs (Lot 463) which a (loving?) couple are fighting over. The pair of oak beds of really excellent quality, bought in France for a huge sum of money – the girls having now ‘moved on’. And I could not help smiling at the accidental coupling of Lots 88 & 89 – perhaps they should be the other way round consequentially!
Talking of exercise, we seem to have a lot of sporting gear, from mountain biking to tennis, to fishing & skating to golfing. Or a touch of lacrosse? And Lot 205 must be the saddle to be seen out in! The snow could still come, and we have two excellent old fashioned toboggans – Lots 16 & 468. And regarding playing with things, we have three lots of Playmobil pieces, which is apparently even more collectable than Lego – Lots 595, 600 & 610.
Have a browse through the catalogue NOW by using this link – www.jimrailton.com – and leave some bids. For furnishing any room, we must be the place to come! There is so much I could waffle on about – such as the bookcase Lot 15, which was handmade as special commission by a cabinetmaker at a cost of over £2K! And the fact that everything seems to come at once, as I am often asked for things, and then in the next sale we seem to have a surfeit of them – such as kitchen dressers in this auction – 15, 367, 604, 550, 457, etc. Or the three settles, and three kitchen hangers which people have been asking me for.
We are ‘on view’ from now if you want to come early, but officially on Thursday & Friday from 10am until 6pm, with the auction itself starting on Saturday at 10am. You can leave a bid online, phone bids in, bid live via UK Auctioneers or come to the event and wave at me – so do not miss out.
There is also a downloadable PDF catalogue on the website, which some clients prefer to use.
As for the Auctioneer’s Choice – i.e. what I would buy – a new feature of these email fliers, well if someone purchases Lot 467 – I promise to bring them breakfast in bed! The platinum lorgnette is a bit of “a sleeper”, and Lot 576 – you are bound to trip over when returning from a night out!
Look forward to seeing you, and GOOD BUYING!
PS Please can someone tell me what Lot 295 is about?
Jim Railton •
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