Product Sections

All our stock is old, original, in excellent order and ready for use. We carry no modern or reproductions. We welcome your telephone calls +44 (0)1488 682317 or by email to hofgartner@belowstairs.co.uk for further information on any of the catalogue items or your other requirements or if you have any difficulties ordering through our system.

Online Catalogue > Sporting


Cirencester Polo Club Biscuit Box BB26
Cirencester Polo Club Biscuit Box BB26
Original, quality oval shaped silver plated biscuit box with a hinged lid and a fancy bead to the top and base edges. As often found the silver plating is badly rubbed to the engraved areas and also a few other places but the engraving to the lid details "Cirencester Polo Club 1922 Senior Cup won by 15th Hussars, Capt. N.W Leaf, Lieut J.G Leaf, Lieut W.R Hinde and Lt Col. Hon D. Bingham". The underside of the box is stamped with 'T B and S' for the maker and apart from the rubbing to the plate all is in superb condition and complete and in good order. Base 7.25" x 4.5" x 4" tall.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 115.00


Oak Box CB6
Original, quality, late 19th century, superb oak cigarette casket with a lock and key and brass decorative mounts to the top of the hinged lid. The quality brass mounts are in the form of a horse shoe, a stirrup and a riding crop. The brass has been lacquered, the lock fully overhauled and all is now complete and in good and working order. A wonderful example with a removable central dividing panel. Base 9.5" x 7.25" x 5.5" tall. 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 365.00


Oak Box CB6



Copper Coaching Horn in Basket CH2
Copper Coaching Horn in Basket CH2
Original, quality late 19th century nickel mounted copper "Tandem" coach or hunt horn, with a brass mouth piece and the original 'willow' basket carry case. The horn is in superb condition with no dents, engraved for the maker "Swaine and Co London" and polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. The basket with hinged lid is near complete but with some caning loose and some missing, otherwise complete and in good and working order and with a good tone to the horn. Horn 30.5" x 3.5" widest, basket 31" x 4.5" Swaine and Co London. 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 565.00


Pair of Granite Curling Stones in Crate CS20
Pair of original, quality, late 19th century, 'Ailsa Craig' granite curling stones in the original wooden carrying box. This super pair of stones are polished to the top and bottom leaving a band around the centre with a texture. The brass handles are each engraved "J" and "N" and have ebony grips. The stones are both engraved "N" and "WN". The crate is in the original brown varnish finish, has a pair of wrought iron lifting handles, a brass hasp to the front and is engraved to the front "J.N.". The inside of the crate has provision for the two stones in separate compartments and the handles are stored in the slots loose from the stones. All is complete, in super condition and not often found in the original boxes. Crate 25" x 13" and 7.5", each stone 10.5" x 4.5" plus handles. 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 650.00


Pair of Granite Curling Stones in Crate  CS20



Pair of Granite Curling Stones   CS19
Pair of Granite Curling Stones CS19
Pair of original, quality, 'Ailsa Craig' granite curling stones, circa 1900, with the original nickel handles and mounts, turned wooden grips and red leather washers. The tops and bottoms of the stones are polished, leaving a textured central band. A wonderful pair in superb condition and complete and in good and working order. 11" diameter + 7.5" tall including handles.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 450.00


Steel Dog Collar DC20
Original, quality, early to mid 19th century, blacksmith made wrought iron dog collar of a good size. This example has two double rows of shaped links with a brass mounted nameplate between and adjustable and lockable joining plates with a old key altered to suit. The wrought iron curved plates are all punch engraved with detail and the inset brass nameplate details a name in script but very faint and "Woodside Nr Leeds". A fabulous dog collar. Complete and in good and working order. Total length 21" x 1.25".  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 485.00


Steel Dog Collar DC20



Eton Sun Sea Fishing Reel FE34
Eton Sun Sea Fishing Reel FE34
Original, quality 1920s large sea fishing reel turned in a medium coloured wood probably Hickory. This superb example has been stripped and re-finished and appears the same as it was when new. The cast brass mount with the rod fitting is impressed "Eton Sun" for the manufacturer and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good and working order. Reel 6" x 1.5" and total 6.5" x 3" including fittings.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 125.00


Hickory Shafted Golfing Iron GC29
Original, quality, 1920's, hickory shafted golf club with a wrought iron head and the hard, but original, leather hand grip. The head is impressed to the reverse 'Warranted Hand Forged' and 'A5 Special Mashie'. All is very clean and complete and in good order. 36" x 4" x 1". 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 36.00


Hickory Shafted Golfing Iron   GC29



Copper Hunt Horn HH18
Copper Hunt Horn HH18
Original, quality late 19th century short copper hunt horn with a nickel neck and mouthpiece. The flare is engraved just beneath the rolled over rim "Shipley Maker Regent Street London". We are not familiar with this maker/retailer. Some minor dents otherwise complete and in good and working order. 8.75" x 2" widest.

 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 285.00


Swaine and Adeney Copper Hunt Horn HH17
Original, quality 1920's short copper hunt horn with a smaller flared end and probably for otter hounds. This clean example has a copper body, a nickel neck and mountpiece and is engraved for the manufacturer "Swaine and Adeney London, Proprietors of Kohler and Son" and "Made in England". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Some very minor dents and complete and in good and working order. 9" and 1.5" widest.

 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 285.00


Swaine and Adeney Copper Hunt Horn HH17



Jockey Lead Weights H52
Jockey Lead Weights H52
An assortment of pre - war thin and flat lead weights used to adjust a jockey's weight during a horse race. Four are not marked, two are stamped " NOTTM ", another is marked " DON COR" and " 1 - lb " and the other with a leather tag/ grip is stamped " 1/2 " ( for 1/2 lb ) and " Whippy and Co Maker London" ( a well known manufacturer of horse riding equipment ). A most unusual lot in good order. Largest 6" x 6" and one with leather tag 6.5" x 3". Price is for the eight pieces.  
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 85.00


Curling Stone Inkwell IW65
Original, quality 1920's, ceramic inkwell in the form of a granite curling stone, with a flecked finish and a hinged brass lid with the 'curling stone' handle attached. A realistic scaled down copy of the real thing, complete and in good order. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. 2.5" diameter x 2.25" tall.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 115.00


Curling Stone Inkwell   IW65



Pair of Tennis Racquet Letter Clips    LC18
Pair of Tennis Racquet Letter Clips LC18
Pair of original, quality superb brass letter clips in the form of tennis racquets with a ball on oak bases, circa 1900. These have strong springs, a hole in each for hanging, in the original unpolished finish and are complete and in super order. Can you believe it, not one but a pair of these wonderful letter clips. Backplate 8.25" x 3.25" and 2" front to back. 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 485.00


Billiard Table Iron L203
Original, quality, late 19th century, billiard table iron with a shaped cast iron grip on a wrought iron stem, a rectangular shaped cast iron body embossed to the upper surface "Burroughs and Watts London" for the renowned maker of billiard tables and equipment. Cleaned and lacquered, complete and in good and working order. Body 10" x 4.5" and 1.5", total 5.5" tall.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 65.00


Billiard Table Iron L203



Pair of Greyhound Mantel Ornaments   MO38
Pair of Greyhound Mantel Ornaments MO38
Pair of original, quality, late 19th century, cast brass mantel ornaments in the form of two greyhounds, one facing left and the other to the right. One is detailed to the lower front in upper cased embossed text "Col. North's Fullerton" and the other "Farndon Farry". All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and are complete and in good order. Bases 11" x 1.5", total height 8.25". Price is for the pair.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 450.00


Doulton Tankard / Beagle Puppy Prize M173
Original, quality, Doulton saltglazed, two tone tankard with a rear loop handle and white applied decorative scenes of seated gents in tricorn hats drinking or smoking and a horse and rider with hounds chasing a stag. This example is mounted with a hallmarked silver rim to the top edge, engraved "Hulton Beagles Puppy Show 1st Prize 1901". The underside is impressed "Doulton Lambeth England" and "8211". All is in mint condition, bright, clear and complete. 5.25" tall, 3.5" + 5" wide including handle.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 165.00


Doulton Tankard / Beagle Puppy Prize   M173



Race Horse Hoof Match Striker   MS25
Race Horse Hoof Match Striker MS25
Original, quality 1920's, race horse hoof mounted by 'Rowland Ward' for use as a match holder and striker. This superb example has faux horse hair to the rear of the hoof, a lift up cover to the top with a match holder and striker and a nickel plated on brass horseshoe. The shoe is impressed for the maker "Rowland Ward Ltd 167 Picadilly W.", the lid is engraved "Canopus 1923 / 1929" and "12 races value £2450". The hoof has been polished and the plating is rubbed in places but otherwise all is complete and in good and working order. 3" tall x 4.75" widest and 5.5" front to back.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 265.00


Copper Powder Flask PF6
Original, quality late 19th century copper powder flask decorated in relief with vertical bead designs and cushioned sections betwee. The three way adjustable spout is impressed for the manufacturer "Dixon and Sons", and both sides of the neck has the registration lozenge mark for the year 1858. All in the unpolished patina finish and apart from a few very minor dents all is complete and in good and working order. 7.75" x 3.25" x 1.5".  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 185.00


Copper Powder Flask PF6



Brass Railway Signal Horn R55
Brass Railway Signal Horn R55
Original, quality 1920's/30's all brass railway signal horn with a two tone action, and still attached to a lanyard. One side is detailed "The Kohler signal Horn made in England" and the other for the supplier "Swaine and Adeney 185 Piccadilly London proprietor of Kohler and Son". Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order. Horn 6 x 4" x 1.5".  
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 185.00


Boxwood Cartridge Tamper RL18
Original, quality, late 19th century, cartridge tamper turned in boxwood. Used when reloading 12 bore shotgun cartridges to push down the wadding. Complete and in good order. 6" x 1". 
Click on photo for a larger view.

Price: 56.00


Boxwood Cartridge Tamper    RL18



Cartridge Reloading Tool   RL2
Cartridge Reloading Tool RL2
Original, quality, 19th century, '12 bore' central fire shotgun cartridge loading and closing machine, with a bench clamp mounting and horn grip. This model with a brass main body has most of the original red/brown paintwork and is stamped for the maker 'G & J.W' Hawksley's patent'. Complete and in good and working order. 11" long. 
Click on photo for a larger view.

Price: 220.00


W & T Avery Personal Scale S234
Original, quality, oak sit-on weighing scale manufactured by W & T Avery, circa 1900. These scales, often referred to as jockey scales, were actually used in doctors surgeries or health and mens clubs or private bathrooms. This superb example has a seat upholstered red leather, the original brass side arms and a brass mounted, cast iron steelyard sliding scale. The honey coloured oak body has square tapered legs and a drawer to one end for the record book. The seat has been re-upholsted in red leather, very similar to the original, the scale has the original paintwork, transfers and is designed to weigh up to 24 stone. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good and working order. Main body 25.5" x 16" and 20" tall, seat 18" x 16" and 22.5" from floor, total height 25.5" to top of arm.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 1,350.00


W & T Avery Personal Scale S234



Pair of Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG211
Pair of Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG211
Original, quality pair of late 19th century lignum vitae bowling woods. This pair does have a few minor splits to the grain but otherwise is complete and in good order. These are impressed to the wood for the maker "Thomas Taylor of Glasgow", and each have two inlaid ivorine plaques, one engraved 'C.Y' to each side for the original owner and the other the numbers '1' and '2'. Lignum Vitae is heavy and hard and one of the few woods that with not float. 5" diam. 
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 65.00


Set of 4 Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG210
Original, quality late 19th century, set of four matching lignum vitae bowling woods with inset ivorine discs to each side. This superb set are impressed to the wood for the maker "Thomas Taylor of Glasgow" and engraved to the ivorine disc with the monogram of the original owner to one side and the numbers '1' to '4' to the other. No splits or cracks and complete and in good order. Lignum Vitae is heavy and hard and one of the few woods that with not float. 5" diam. Price is for the set. 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 175.00


Set of 4 Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG210



Billiard Cue Re- tipping Tool, 2 avialble SG209
Billiard Cue Re- tipping Tool, 2 avialble SG209
Original, quality boxwood and brass tool to assist in re-tipping billiard cues. Complete with the slide down locking ring and the rasp to removed the remains of the old tip, stamped to the brass collar with the registered date 1916. All appears unused. and brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. Complete and in good and working order. 6.5" x 1.25" body. Price is for each. 
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 85.00


Set of 4 Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG206
Set of four original, quality late 19th century lignum vitae bowling woods with inlaid silver discs to each end. This superb set, free from splits or cracks, are impressed to the wood for the manufacturer "Thomas Taylor of Glasgow" and the silver discs are engraved one side of each, with the original owner's monogram "JM" or "IM" and to the other sides "1" to "4". Complete and in good and working order. 4.5" diam. Price is for the set.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 230.00


Set of 4 Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG206



Pair of Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG204
Pair of Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG204
Original, quality pair of late 19th century lignum vitae bowling woods with ivory discs to each side. One side is engraved "1" and "2" and the other with "P.C" for the original owner. Both are also impressed for the maker "R.O. Lawrie Glasgow". Lignum Vitae is heavy and hard and one of the few woods that will not float. Some minor splits to the grain otherwise complete and in good order. 5" diam. 
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 65.00


Pair of Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG203
Original, quality pair of late 19th century lignum vitae bowling woods with ivory discs to each side. Both the woods are impressed for the maker "Taylor Rolf London" to one side and "Drake" to the other. Lignum Vitae is heavy and hard and one of the few woods that will not float. Both are super condition with no splits to the grain. 5" diam.  
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 65.00


Pair of Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG203



Boxwood Croquet Balls, 2 similar available   SG200
Boxwood Croquet Balls, 2 similar available SG200
Original, quality, late 19th century, turned boxwood croquet balls in super condition. These are each marked for various bands of colour to the original finish, but are now void of any paint and have been cleaned and polished. Not easy to find these today. 3" to 3.5" diameter. Price is for each. 
Click on photo for larger view.

Price: 56.00


Musket Ball Mould SG198
Original, quality, mid to late 19th century, blacksmith made wrought iron musket ball mould with a scissor action and integral trimming cutters. One arm is impressed "42" for the ball size. All has been cleaned and lacquered and is complete and in good and working order. 5.25" x 1.5" and 0.75".  
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 56.00


Musket Ball Mould   SG198



1906 Cambridge Rowing Trophy   SG197
1906 Cambridge Rowing Trophy SG197
Original, quality, quart sized pewter two handled rowing trophy engraved "Clare College Junior Trial Eights 1906" with the coat of arms over "Care Adsum" to one side and the list of team members to the other "F.Ferraboschi, V.G. Shaw, C de M Schumitz, F.W.C. Douglas, S.C. Asklin, G. Aydon. E.T. Cutler, H.J. Newton Clare, C.H. Fisher and R.C. Martin the coach". The underside has a clear glass bottom and is stamped for the maker "Munsey Cambridge". All is complete and in good order and with a good warm pewter colour. 6.5" tall x 8.75 " wide including handles and 4.75" base diameter.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 156.00


Rules of Billiards SG196
Original, quality, black on white detailed instructions in the original hardwood frame "The Rules of Billiards as revised August 1919" and "Published by the Billiards Association and Control Council". Some old water stains and damage but all is very readable and was probably framed around the rules revision date. Apart from the water damage all is complete and in good order. Frame exterior 29.25" x 20.5" and 1.25" front to back, interior 26" x 17.5".  
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 115.00


Rules of Billiards SG196



Coggswell and Harrison Shotgun Breech Brush   SG193
Coggswell and Harrison Shotgun Breech Brush SG193
Original, quality, late 19th century, brass shafted breech cleaning brush for a 16 bore shotgun. This fine example is detailed to the brass neck for the manufacturer "Coggswell and Harrison" and "16" for the size. The hand grip is made from cow horn and a brass cover to protect the brush has been made to suit, copied from an original. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good and working order. 7" x 1" and 0.5".  
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 115.00


Art Nouveau Pewter Tankard SG179
Original, quality, pewter tankard of a super Art Nouveau shape, with a tendril shaped sinewy loop side handle. The front has an applied pewter cameo of a golfer and the tankard is engraved "H.Brown" above and "From A Pal 1927" below. The underside is stamped "Baronial Pewter", "75" and "Glossoid Co Holborn Viaduct" for the retailer. A super tankard, in a great colour. Complete and in good order. Base 3.75" diameter x 4.5" tall and 5.5" widest including handle.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 85.00


Art Nouveau Pewter Tankard   SG179



Lignum Vitae  Bowling Wood   SG171
Lignum Vitae Bowling Wood SG171
Original, quality, late 19th century, bowling wood turned from lignum vitae with three ivory inlaid dots, Has been refinished and is complete and in good order. Lignum Vitae is heavy and hard and one of the few woods that with not float.4.5" diameter. 
Click on photo for larger view.

Price: 28.00


Pair of Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods SG160
Pair of original, quality, lignum vitae carpet bowling woods, in the original card box. The box details " The Lawrie Carpet Bowl, Used By All The Champions" and "R.G.Lawrie LTD, Carpet Bowl Manufacturers, Glasgow, Scotland". Complete and in good order. Lignum Vitae is heavy and hard and one of the few woods that with not float. Box 8" x 4.25" x 4.25", bowling woods 3.5" diameter. 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 100.00


Pair of Lignum Vitae Bowling Woods   SG160



Gamekeepers Swingle Stick SS3
Gamekeepers Swingle Stick SS3
Original, quality late 19th century gamekeeper's swingle stick turned in Sycamore. These were said to be used to club poachers or to dispatch (kill) larger game. Has a good detailed grip and separate head with a leather neck between. This leather has been renewed with just the same as the original, and all is now complete and in good order. 15.5" total length, grip 1.25" diam and head 2.25" diam.  
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 265.00


Billiard Trophy SG152
Original, quality, silver plated trophy in the form of a cup mounted on three billiard cues, a triangle frame and three billiard balls, all on a circular plinth. This cup is engraved "Presented by C.Orlando Law to Stanley A Nicholls, Jan 10. 1910" and the underside is marked for the manufacturer "Mappin and Webb, Princes Plate, London and Sheffield". Some very minor dents otherwise, lacquered, complete and in good order. 9.25" tall x 4" top diameter x 3.5" base diameter. 
Click on photo for larger and other view.

Price: 115.00


Billiard Trophy   SG152



Presentation Bowling Wood   SG150
Presentation Bowling Wood SG150
Original, quality lignum vitae bowling wood with two silver inserts, one with "1" and the other engraved "Wilts County Singles Championship 1939, Presented By RCBC". The wood is also impressed for the maker "Jaques and Son, London", '5' and 'Bias No3' and with a decorated carved frieze to both ends. A super example with provenance. Lignum vitae is one of the few woods that will not float. 4.75" diameter. 
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 56.00


Pair of Iron Tennis Net Posts TP1
Original, quality pair of 1920's iron tennis net posts with the original "Soft Ground" cast iron bases and the top wire winding mechanism in brass. The bases are embossed " B.Hirst and Sons Halifax" for the manufacturer and " New Plus Ultra Patent". Some of the original green paintwork remains. Small part of the base extension missing but otherwise all is complete and in good and working order. 42" tall, poles 2.75" diam and base 27" x 15". Price is per pair.  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 165.00


Pair of Iron Tennis Net Posts  TP1



Spicer Mounted Hare's Foot   T156
Spicer Mounted Hare's Foot T156
Original, hare's foot, quality mounted on an oak shield. Impressed to the reverse for "P.Spicer and Sons Leamington" and with the number "3578". The foot, in full fur, is mounted to the front above the ivorine plate detailing "Crowcombe Basset Hounds, Escob Farm, Stogumber, Oct 10th 1951. First Hare Killed By These Hounds In Somerset". A well presented piece of hunting memorabilia, very unusual to be Basset Hounds and not Beagles. Complete and in good order. Shield 8" x 5.5".  
Click on photo for larger and other views.

Price: 165.00

Online Catalogue > Sporting


Buy now with PayPal