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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: 565.00


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


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: 350.00


Cased Pair of Fish Servers C80



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


Leather Dog Collar DC25
Original, quality 1920's leather dog collar with brass studs, lead ring, buckle and nameplate with previous owners' engraved details "L.R. Lipsett. 1 Kings Bench Walk Temple E.C.4." ( London ) minor damage to one brass stud otherwise complete and in good and working order and most suitable for use. Has seven holes for adjustment.

21" long x 1.75".

as picture 6.5" diam.

 
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Price: 230.00


Leather Dog Collar DC25



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: 115.00


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: 65.00


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 x 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



Brass Haime Plate on Red Leather HB144
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


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: 135.00


Leather Case fitted with Glass Hairwash Bottle L29



Leather Gladstone Bag L26
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


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: 115.00


Halls Patent Letter Balance PS65



Leather Medicine Ball SG243
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: 135.00


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: 156.00


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


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


Silver Mounted Riding Whip WR4

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