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Set of Wells Team Bells B273
Set of Wells Team Bells B273
Original, quality early 19th century Heavy Horse Road Haulier's set of four Team Bells by Robert Wells the bell founder of Aldbourne in Wiltshire, in the leather belfry cover. The two larger bells are embossed to the inside "R.W" and although the smaller two are not marked these were definitely by the same bell founder. These four bells are mounted under a leather storm cover and on a blacksmith made wrought iron frame with two spikes to the base for fitting into the top of the collar of the leading horse of the team. The more horses you had in the team, the more bells were worn and the louder the noise, which was primarily to warn the next village about the number of horses you were, which related to the size and weight of the load being pulled. It would not be easy to stop or to get going again. This example is complete, be it the leather hood has come adrift and the leatherworks has seen better days, it is still a good find and is mounted into a slab of pitch pine made to suit. This has a super sound when shaken. Close your eyes and listen.

Total including stand 20.5" tall.

Plinth 21.25" x 8.25" x 1.25".

Belfry 20" x 4" front to back.

 
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Price: 600.00


Warners London Jubilee Handbell B251
Original, quality late 19th century medium sized brass handbell with the original leather disc and strap handle but missing the internal clapper assembly. This otherwise good example appears to have an old repaired short crack but still rings well. The leather grip is impressed "G" and the leather disc is impressed for the bell foundry "Warners of Cripplegate London". But probably the most important feature of all is the engraving in script "Queens Jubilee Year 1887" to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee of 50 years on the Throne.

9.5" tall with leather grip.

Bell 4" tall x 5.25" widest.

 
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Price: 165.00


Warners London Jubilee Handbell B251



Taylors of Loughborough Musical Handbell B250
Taylors of Loughborough Musical Handbell B250
Original, quality late 19th century brass musical handbell with a leather strap and top disc, and a sprung and felted internal clapper. The leather strap is stamped C and the disc is decorated with symbols and for the bell founder "Taylors of Loughborough". This super sized bell has been repaired to the outer edge with two large chips refitted and the bell still rings well. In good and working order.

Total height including strap 10.5".

Bell mouth 6.75" diameter.

 
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Price: 300.00


Large Unused General Ledger B26
Original, quality very large unused pre-war "General Ledger" with red leathercloth covered covers and bindings, marbled page edges, decorated inner covers and columned pages. Totally unused, in super condition and complete. Some very minor scuffs to the front cover.

19" x 13" 2.75".

 
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Price: 165.00


Large Unused General Ledger B26



Unused Leather Bound Minute Book B23
Unused Leather Bound Minute Book B23
Original, quality post-war unused minute book with red leather spine, covered corners and marbled page edges. The 190 pages are lined and an index by alphabet is to the front. A very clean example complete and in good order.

13" x 8.5" x 0.75".

 
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Price: 56.00


Pair of PigsKin Gaiters B4
Pair of original, 1920's men's gamekeepers type of brown pigskin leather gaiters with the original leather thong laces. These good sized gaiters with the laces are complete and in good and usable condition.

12" tall at the back.

 
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Price: 45.00


Pair of PigsKin Gaiters B4



Cased Pair of Fish Servers C80
Cased Pair of Fish Servers C80
Original, quality late 19th century superb unused silver plated fish servers in the original Morrocan red leather paper covered box with a velvet lining to the interior and a silk lining to the lid. Both the knife and fork have embossed handgrips with good detail of fish and acanthus leaves and the blades are engraved with acanthus leaves to the fork and a fish to each side of the knife blade entwined around Neptune's Trident. These Tools are probably the most impressive fish servers we have seen although not in silver.

Box 14.5" x 4.25" x 1.5".

Knife 13" x 2" x 0.75".

Fork 9.5" x 2" x 0.75".

 
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Price: 450.00


Campaign Tent Pole Coatrack CR94
Original, quality late 19th century military campaign coatrack to fit around officer's tent poles. This example has five cast brass coat hooks riveted to a thick leather collar with a strap and buckle for mounting and is impressed "Securem Patent". The interior is lined in thick and ribbed rubber to grip the pole. The brass hooks and buckle are in the original unpolished finish but can be polished and lacquered on request, for no extra charge. The rubber grip has some damage but all is still complete and in good and working order.

Leather 1.25" wide.

8" plus strap long.

Each hook 1 1/8" front to back.

 
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Price: 145.00


Campaign Tent Pole Coatrack CR94



Campaign Tent Pole Coatrack CR89
Campaign Tent Pole Coatrack CR89
Original, quality mid to late 19th century military campaign coatrack to fit around officers tent poles. This super example has five cast brass coat hooks riveted to a thick leather collar with a strap and buckle for mounting. The hooks have been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and the leather is good and strong and will fit up to 4" diam tent post. All is complete and in good and working order.

Leather 2" wide x 9" plus strap.

Each hook 3" front to back.

 
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Price: 185.00


Wrought Iron Club Fender F263
Original, quality 1920's wrought iron club fender with green leather covered seats to each end and gilded wrought iron swag decorations to the fronts. This super example has been cleaned and refinished in black with the original gilding to the swags. Some scuffs to the leather, otherwise a good sturdy weighty club fender. Complete and in good and working order.

Exterior base 65.5" x 15.5".

Exterior top 69.5" x 17".

Interior at base 59.5" x 12".

 
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Price: 1,250.00


Wrought Iron Club Fender F263



Leather Covered Filing Tray FC6
Leather Covered Filing Tray FC6
Original, quality pre-war light tan coloured leather covered desk top filing tray with inset cover. The upper surfaces have tooled gilt inlays and the undersides have the original marbled paper. General scuffs and rubs to the leather but no stains or damage and complete and in good and usable condition. The first we have seen in good order.

10.75" x 8.5" x 2.75".

 
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Price: 135.00


Rosewood Handled Glass Cutter in Leather Case GC2
Original, quality glaziers rosewood handled glass cutter in the original leather protective case. This example is detailed "A Shaw & Son" for the maker and "1917" and the steelhead is stamped with the broad arrow mark for the War Dept. All is complete and in good and working order.

Glass cutter 7" x 0.5" x 0.5".

Leather case 8" x 1" x 0.75".

 
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Price: 75.00


Rosewood Handled Glass Cutter in Leather Case GC2



Shorts Gas Leak Indicator G3
Shorts Gas Leak Indicator G3
Original, quality 1920's cylindrical brass instrument in the original thick leather protective case and cover, with a glazed cover to the dial. The face is detailed to register "percentage coal gas in the air" and "all gas". Also the manufacturer "Short & Mason Ltd London E17". Appears complete and in the unpolished brass colour.

Total including leather case 5.5" tall and 3.25" diam.

 
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Price: 125.00


Leather Side Saddle Stirrup H62
Original, quality late 19th century single leather side saddle stirrup with a steel stirrup frame inside and interesting stamped marks to the underside probably the mark of the harness maker / saddler, great colour and great condition. Another very similar may well be available ref code: H61.

5" long plus 3.5".

4.25" tall.

 
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Price: 75.00


Leather Side Saddle Stirrup H62



Leather Side Saddle Stirrup H61
Leather Side Saddle Stirrup H61
Original, quality late 19th century single leather side saddle stirrup with a steel stirrup frame inside and interesting stamped marks to the underside probably the mark of the harness maker / saddler. Great colour and great condition. Another very similar may well be available ref code: H62.

5" long plus 3.5".

4.25" tall.

 
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Price: 75.00


Brass Haime Plate on Red Leather HB144
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass rectangular shaped, heavy horse Haime plate decoration on the original red leather back mount, with the original leather strap. The plate has a scalloped outer edge and has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. All is complete and in good order.

6.75" x 2.5" x 1.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 30.00


Brass Haime Plate on Red Leather HB144



Leather Case fitted with Glass Hairwash Bottle L29
Leather Case fitted with Glass Hairwash Bottle L29
Original, quality late 19th century clear empty glass bottle of 'Hills Hairwash' prepared for "A.W Hansford Court Hairdresser, 48/49 St. James St, London S.W.I" in its custom made two piece stitched leather case. Is in superb condition, stamped and gilded for the previous owner H.C.Mc.C. and complete and in good order.

Outer case 9.5" tall, 3.75" and 2.25".

 
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Price: 185.00


Leather Gladstone Bag L26
Original, 1920's small top quality brown leather Gladstone bag, with a brass locking catch, brass studs to the underside, double thick leather strap handles and a super clear pale leather lining with pockets to one side. The strap handles are stitched to the bag from one to the other underneath the base. The cleanest example we have had and showing very little sign of use. This bag lack the key but is otherwise complete and in superb order.

18" long x 8" wide and 10.5" tall including handles.

 
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Price: 230.00


Leather Gladstone Bag L26



Silver Presenation Trowel in Case P22
Silver Presenation Trowel in Case P22
Original, quality late 19th century hallmarked and engraved silver presentation trowel in the original Morrocan leather covered fitted case. This super example has a reeded and bulbous ivorine handle and a shaped silver blade engraved with acanthus leaf decoration and an inscription "Presented to Mrs Wm Butler on laying a Foundation stone of Eastville Primative Methedist Chapel Bristol 21st August 1876. The trowel and case are both in super condition, the box having Royal Blue silk to the lid interior and velvet to the base interior.

Box 12.25" x 4" x 2".

Trowel 10.25" x 3" x 1.5" front to back.

 
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Price: 400.00


Silver Presentation Trowel in Case P7
Original, quality late19th century hallmarked and engraved silver presentation trowel in the original morrocan leather covered fitted case. This superb example has a clean and smooth turned irovy handle and a shaped silver blade engraved unusually to both sides. The top is engraved with acanthus scrolls and "Presented to James Davies Esq. on the occasion of his laying a Memorial Stone of the Welsh Wesleyan Chapel, City Road London, 7th Dec 1882". The reverse is engraved "Presented to Mr Ian Rowberry managing director Rosehaugh Copartnership Developments Ltd by directors of Wates Construction (London) Ltd to Commemorate the topping out of the New Caledonian Wharf SE16 on Wednesday 2nd November 1988". Good clear silver hallmarks are also to the reverse. The fitted case is lined with Royal Blue velvet and silk and the hinged lid interior is detailed in gilt "Goldsmith's Alliance Ltd Cornhill London". This whole item is faultless and the best we have seen.

Box 14" x 5.25" x 2.5".

Trowel 12.5" x 4" x 2".

 
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Price: 485.00


Silver Presentation Trowel in Case P7



Leather Cased Picnic Set PF4
Leather Cased Picnic Set PF4
Original, quality late 19th century travelling picnic set comprising a cut glass spirit flask with a screw on cap and cup and three pieces of folding cutlery, knife, fork and spoon, all fitted into a small leather case. The case is in pale fine leather with a stud catch to the front. The flask has nickel mounts and cup and the cutlery is folded and fitted to a leather insert which slides into the case in front of the flask. The cutlery is nickel with ivorine side covers and the knife has a steel blade. All is very clean, shows very little use and is complete and in good and working order.

Case 5.5" x 2.5" x 2.5".

Price is for the set.

 
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Price: 350.00


Halls Patent Letter Balance PS65
Original, quality sheet brass letter balance in the original matt gilt finish, calibrated with the postal rates for the years 1865 to 1871 and the original green leather covered hinged case. This example was designed by NR Hall in 1863 and is impressed "Hall's Patent" and stamped "Parnell London" for the manufacturer. The case is rather thin at the leather hinge but otherwise in super condition with the underside impressed for the retailer "Asprey 156 Bond Street and 22 Albemarle Street", apart from the weakness of the hinge all is complete and in good and working order.

Case 5" x 2.75" x 0.5".

Scale 4.75" x 2.125".

 
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Price: 135.00


Halls Patent Letter Balance PS65



W&T Avery Personal Scale S234
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.

 
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Price: 750.00


Holts Patent Razor Set in Box SB53
Original, quality circa 1900 / 1920's Holts patent "YSC de luxe razor" safety but open style razor in the original pigskin leather-covered fitted box complete with two chromed square blade boxes with two wrapped blades. All is complete and in good order and appears complete.

Box 7" x 1.5 x 1.5".

 
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Price: 85.00


Holts Patent Razor Set in Box SB53



Nickel Plated and Glass Hip Flask SF14
Nickel Plated and Glass Hip Flask SF14
Original, quality late 19th century glass flat sided spirit 'Hip' flask with a nickel mounted drinking cup, a locking top cap and a leather covered top half. Both the top mount and the underside of the cup are impressed for the manufacturer "James Dixon & Co Ltd". The cup has the original matt gilt lining, the cap operates and seals well and the glass is perfect. Some minor scuffs to the leather otherwise complete and in good and working order.

6.75" x 4.25" x 1.5".

 
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Price: 156.00


Leather Medicine Ball SG243
Original, quality late 19th century stitched leather-covered, melon-shaped medicine ball with eight panels as used for exercise. This well waxed example has a small tear to one panel but otherwise all is complete and in good order. An unusual find.

11" tall.

13" diam.

 
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Price: 265.00


Leather Medicine Ball SG243



Dixon Leather Cased Flask and Sandwich Box SB3
Dixon Leather Cased Flask and Sandwich Box SB3
Original, quality 1920's tan coloured leather case with saddle fitting straps. This example contains a clear glass flask with a locking cap and a pewter sandwich box, both items are stamped for the maker "James Dixon & Sons Sheffield". Complete and in good and working order. A very clean example.

Case 5.25" tall x 6" wide x 1.25" front to back.

 
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Price: 350.00


Brass and Leather Tram Passenger Grips, 2 available R72
Original quality 1920's or earlier leather handholds for standing passengers. The heavy cast pink brass fitting for wall mounting has four large countersunk screw holes and the wheel beneath was for the stop indicator wire. The leather to one is a little damaged, but otherwise all is complete and in good and working order.

Leather grip 12.5" x 3.5".

Mounting plate 3.25" x 2".

Price is for each.

 
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Price: 185.00


Brass and Leather Tram Passenger Grips, 2 available R72



Stanley Alidaide R45
Stanley Alidaide R45
Original, quality 1920's boxwood alidaide with brass mounts in the original finish and with the original leather case. This inclinometer, for measuring inclines and plotting maps, is in near mint condition with just some rubbing to the finish on the fittings and some minor stains to the leather case. Complete and in good and working order.

13" x 2.25" x 0.75".

 
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Price: 135.00


Finnigans Leather Umbrella Tub US98
Original, quality all leather umbrella tub circa 1900/1920s of a tapered form with two embossed panels of an abstract design including horse chestnut leaves. The top has a rolled over rim and the base also but with woven leather strips and the underside is detailed for the maker "Finnigans Manchester". The interior is a little scuffy through use and the woven rim to the floor is a little dry and damaged (see pics) otherwise all is complete and in good order. And a very usable tub for umbrellas and sticks.

21" tall x exterior top 12.25".

Exterior base 9.5".

 
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Price: 230.00


Finnigans Leather Umbrella Tub US98



Silver Mounted Riding Whip WR4
Silver Mounted Riding Whip WR4
Original, quality late 19th century Malacca cane riding whip with a good leather eye to the end and a silver mounted antler top grip. The hallmarked silver ferrule is engraved with the initials "B.J.B" for the previous owner and "Champion & Wilton Oxford St London" for the retailer. All in good order.

20" long plus leather strap 7" x 4.5" x 1".

 
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Price: 135.00

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