Antiques sales boom at Clitheroe aution house

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Sales are booming at Clitheroe auction house Silverwoods, where several lots soared past their estimate at February’s monthly antiques auction.

Among the highlights was a small Regency tortoiseshell and wire-inlaid tea caddy, the hinged lid enclosing a single lidded compartment and featuring a plated escutcheon to its frieze, and four turned ivory feet. It sold for £700 against an estimate of £200 to £300, while a Continental School 18th century oil on oak panel painting of a Boar Hunt in a forested landscape went for £750, the original estimate again being £200 to £300.

A very decorative art glass vase of flattened bottle form, indistinctly signed “Michael Harris Mdina Glass, Malta”, sold for £550 against an estimate of £20 to £30.

Other notable prices were for a large stamp collection which more than tripled its original estimate, some rare old golf balls which sold for £380 against a top estimate of £150, and a small autograph book featuring signatures from a number of famous 1960s’ pop bands which achieved £280. There were practically no iunsold lots at the monthly auction.

Auctioneer Wilf Mould commented: “Prices across the board seem to be absolutely booming at the moment, particularly via the internet. We believe that private collectors are investing in antiques of all kinds as an attractive alternative to interest rates on offer at the banks.”

Meanwhile Silverwoods’ latest sale of Rural Bygones also went exceptionally well, with a crowded saleroom and plenty of international interest. Unique to Silverwoods, the Rural Bygones sale is held six times a year. Quirky and unusual items were sold at a fast and furious pace with an old market square sign fetching £85, an old counter top brown paper dispenser £70, two old sweet shop counter top display cabinets £90, a 12-gallon milk kit £60, a small anvil £150, a seed fiddle £55 and a 1930s Shell oil can £70.

Over the road at the Auction Mart, the farm machinery sale attracted a massive entry of 800 lots, with both vendors and purchasers coming from as far afield as Banbury and Lanark. Some of the many highlights were a Marshall muck spreader which sold for £1,060, a tipping trailer for £520, a cattle crush for £740, a small sheep trailer £920, a Matbro bucket £560, a stone trough £480 and a partly restored David Brown 990 tractor for £1,150.

Also booming are Silverwoods’ weekly Wednesday household and collectables sales, the latest one smashing all the saleroom’s previous records by at least 25% in terms of turnover. Demand for these sales is now so high that they are now starting an hour earlier, at 3-30 p.m., to cope with the increase in numbers of lots.

The next Bygones and Machinery day is on Saturday, April 16th, and the March monthly antiques auction will be on Thursday, March 31st. For full details visit Silverwoods’ website ( or call 01200 423322.