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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Rare early edition of Beatrix Potter up at auction

A RARE first “trade” edition of The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Lakeland children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter is being offered for sale next week with an expected price of between £1,500 and £2,000.

It is part of almost 800 lots in a sale being held at Kendal on Tuesday and Wednesday by 1818 Auctioneers.

The book has added interest as it bears a personal dedication from the author which says: “Thomas Medcalfe from Miss Potter Xmas 1904.”

Also in the sale is a pen and ink sketch by Lakes guidebook author Alfred Wainwright.

It shows Ennerdale Water from High Stile and was signed by Wainwright as a presentation item for a fell race in 1971.

The sketch is expected to sell for £100 to £150.

A 17th century oak six-plank chest or coffer dated 1678 carries a pre-sale estimate of £300 to £400 and up to £800 is expected for an early 19th oak longcase clock by Scales of Kendal.

Up to £200 is expected for a 18th century style Chinese bronze incense burner while £200 to £250 is the estimate on a pair of Royal Doulton English setters.

A wheel vase from the Cornish-based pottery company of Troika in the 1960s should make £70 to £100 while a Heredities study by Karin Jonzen of the English champion boxer Henry Cooper has an estimate of £200 to £250.

Among items sold in the last sale at 1818 Auctioneers included £500 paid for a pair of oil paintings by Ernesto Aliotti showing a Parisian street flower market.

A 9ct gold woman’s fob watch hallmarked at Birmingham in 1901 made £120 and £680 was paid for a four-piece silver tea set hallmarked at Sheffield just before the First World War.

Bids reached £1,400 on a George II silver tankard and £1,300 was paid for a pair of George IV silver leaf dishes which were originally supplied to William Preston, mayor of Liverpool.

A collection of vintage wooden knitting sticks made prices up to £70 each while £500 was paid for a refurbished early 20th century rocking horse made by the Lines Brothers.

A top bid of £105 secured a vintage shop-style delivery bicycle.

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