Review - Thomson Roddick & Medcalf Sale
29th October 2002, Edinburgh.

Report by Mr M.


In the conclusion of my report of the Bonhams Scottish sale last August I stated - 'A lot has happened, outwith (not as printed - with) the antique trade, over the past year since last years sale. These events must surely have had an effect on the market'.

This effect now seems to be ongoing as there was a distinct feeling that the market in Scottish Provincial silver has possibly reached a point of 'stagnation'. The trade and private buyers appeared not to be buying at the level of only a couple of years ago.

It would appear that of the 'provincial' items on offer, not including Edinburgh or Glasgow, approximately 40% did not sell. Even some rare and good quality items from Forres and Tain not finding buyers.

With apparently a lack of new collectors and possibly the trade being 'stocked up' at the moment, the buying pattern may have been to fill gaps in a collection or trade stock.

Please not that the achieved price does not include the 15% buyers premium.

Aberdeen
    
LotAchieved
201.William Jamieson & Co., c.1810 - a tablespoon, Old English pattern, initialled RMF (three marks - WJ&Co; gothic-letter ?; ABD). 50 - 80.48
202.James Gordon, c.1770 - a tablespoon, Hanoverian pattern with double-drop heel, initialled M (three bottom marks - IG; ABD; three castles) 80 -120.100
203.Robert Cruickshank, c.1705 - a rare Queen Anne three-prong table fork, Hanoverian pattern, engraved with a bird crest (three marks -AB; RC; date letter C?) - prongs partly worn 300-500. "This was indeed a rare item. As so often is the case with a fork the tines were worn which possibly suppressed the price to just above the bottom estimate."320
204.Alexander Mollison, c. 1845 - a sugar or preserve spoon, fiddle pattern, initialled IMS (four marks - AM; A; B; D) 40 - 60.55
205.James Erskine, c.1795 - a set of six teaspoons, Old English pointed- end pattern, initialled WS, maker's mark JE only. 80 - 120.N/S
206.James Pirie, c. 1820 - a dessert spoon, fiddle pattern, initialled P (three marks - JP; ABD; JP) 60 - 70.N/S
207.John Leslie, c. 1780 - a berry spoon, formed from an Old English pattern table spoon with later chased stem and embossed and gilded bowl (three marks - IL; thistle - incuse; gothic letter) 180 - 200.N/S
208.Peter Lambert, c. 1810 - a masking spoon, Old English pattern (three marks - thistle; PL; thistle); and a similar teaspoon by the same maker. 70 - 90.N/S
209.William Jamieson, c. 1830 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, initialled AW (two marks - WJ; ABD); and two fiddle pattern teaspoons by George Sangster with Edinburgh marks for 1847 and 1867; and another teaspoon, Old English pattern, by William George Jamieson, with London hallmarks for 188. (4) 90 -120.N/S
210.John Leslie (possibly), 1800 - a set of four pointed-end dessert spoons, initialled REH and numbered (five marks - IL and four Edinburgh marks). 80 -100.80
211.Alexander Mollision, C. 1845 - a large toddy ladle, fiddle pattern with oval bowl (five marks - AM twice; A; B; D). 140 - 160.N/S
212.William George Jamieson, 1880 - a set of large tablespoons and six matching table forks, Old English pattern, engraved with demi-lion rampant crest and initials IMBC (six marks - WGJ overstriking another; four London marks; ABDN). (12) 400 - 600.N/S
213.Nathaniel Gillet, c. 1800 - a soup ladle, Old English pattern, initialled M (four marks - potted flower; NG; mallet; potted flower). 350 - 500. "First impression was that this was an excellent ladle. However, on very close inspection, in good light, there was a small split at the edge of the bowl, which had been 'professionally' repaired. This no doubt being the reason that it was 'bought in' at 340".N/S
214.George & Alexander Booth, c. 1825 - a large fiddle pattern toddy ladle with chamfered edges, initialled P (three marks - GB; ABD; AB). 120 -160.N/S
215.Nathaniel Gillet, c. 1795 - an Old English dessert spoon with bright-cut engraved decoration (three marks - reversed parallel commas; NG; mallet). 60 - 80.95
217.George Jamieson, 1854 - two large tablespoons, fiddle pattern, initialled IW (six marks - GJ; four London marks; ABDN). 40 - 60.42
218.George Booth, c. 1820 - a silver table service, of Onslow pattern, comprising: six tablespoons, six table forks, six dessert spoons (five marks - GB; A; B: D; N) and nine dessert forks of matching pattern by John Round, Sheffield 1901; and nine matching teaspoons by George Jamieson, with London marks for 1855, weight 63oz.2,000 - 3,000N/S
219.Peter Ross, c. 1820 - a tea- spoon, fiddle pattern, initialled DS (three marks - A; PR; A). 30 - 50.30
220.Nathaniel Gillet, c. 1800 - a fine silver soup ladle, Old English pattern with drop heel, initialled IIM (two marks - NG; ABD). 400-500N/S
221.James Erskine, c. 1815 - three large tablespoons of heavy gauge, fiddle pattern with chamfered edges, initialled MDM (four marks - hand with dagger; E twice; three castles) 200 - 300.200

Arbroath

222.William Whitecross, c. 1830 - a fine soup ladle, fiddle pattern with oval bowl, initialled S (five marks - WW; A; B; D; N). 400-600. "This ladle was in a very good clean condition".420
223.Andrew Davidson, c. 1835 - an egg spoon, Old English pattern, the oval bowl with traces of gilding (four marks - plant; portcullis; plant; AD). 100 -150. "One does not often come across an Arbroath egg spoon. It was in good overall condition but unfortunately it appeared that an inscription had been erased. This did not however deter an over estimate hammer price."160
224.Andrew Davidson, c. 1830 - a set of five teaspoons and a matching sugar or preserve spoon, oar pattern, initialled ACB (three marks - maker's mark AD struck thrice). 150 - 200.N/S
225.GR? (possibly George Ritchie of Arbroath), c. 1830 - three teaspoons, Queen's pattern, initialled C (three marks - GR thrice, double punched and overstruck). 30-35.N/S
226.Andrew Davidson (possibly), 1838 - a set of five large table forks, single struck King's pattern, initialled S (five marks - AD and four Edinburgh marks). 100 - 120.140
227.Andrew Davidson (possibly), 1842 - a fiddle pattern teaspoon (five marks - AD and four Edinburgh marks). 35 - 40.N/S
228.Andrew Davidson, c. 1830 - a toddy ladle, Old English pattern, with chased scallop-shaped bowl, inscribed "Annie" (four marks - portcullis, plant twice; AD) 150-200.160

Banff
    
230.George Elder, c. 1820 - a tablespoon, fiddle pattern, initialled GIW, (four marks - GE twice; vase twice) (tiny crack to bowl) 50 - 80.75
231.George Elder, c. 1820 - a toddy ladle of distinctive short fiddle pattern with oval bowl and chamfered edge, initialled a (three marks - GE script; mother and child; script B) 500-700. "This was a top condition toddy ladle with the bowl having very little sign of ware. However it did not sell being bought in at 420. This possibly being because of an over optimistic estimate of 500 - 700."N/S
232.George Elder - a teaspoon, Old English pattern, initialled R (three marks - GE script; mother and child; script B) 100 -150.100
233.John Keith, c. 1800 - four teaspoons, Old English pattern (three marks - B; IK; H) (one bowl split, the others thin) 50 - 70.60
234.John Keith (possibly),c.1800 - an unusual small silver oblong vinaigrette, the hinged cover set with a rust coloured banded agate panel, the gilt interior with hinged grille pierced and engraved with a winged angel and foliage, struck to inside of base with maker's mark IK?, 2.8cm wide. The second letter of the maker's mark is slightly poorly struck. 200-300.380
235.George Elder, c. 1820 - a tea- spoon of broad Old English pattern, initialled AIC (three marks - GE script; Mother and Child; script B) 100 -150.120
236.George Elder, c. 1820 - a teaspoon ensuite with the preceding. 100 -150.100
237.John Keith, c. 1800 - an attractive dessert spoon, Old English pattern with small ovoid bowl, initialled IMR (three marks - IK; B; H). 50 - 7085
238.David Izat (possibly Aberdeen), Co 1795 - a set of four Celtic-point teaspoons, with pointed drop heels engraved with betrothal initials AP over MH (maker's mark DI only) 60 - 80.70
239.John Keith,c.1815-afineand rare silver punch ladle with "whale-bone" (baleen) part-spiral stem with urn finial, the front and reverse of the lower stem with unusual elongated silver "sleeves" to reinforce the sturdiness of the stem, with a reverse scroll junction and a flourish of reeded scrolls to the heel, the circular bowl inset with a Spanish coin dated 1812 and with milled edge, initialled GMC (maker's mark IK only) 400-600. There was a lot of interest in this punch ladle. "The silver 'sleeves' were a feature that no one I spoke to had seen before. It was even suggested that it did not have a provincial feel about it. Even with these questions over this item it went for a mid estimate price".520

Canongate
240.Maker Unknown, Canongate, Co 1740 - a tablespoon, Hanoverian rat-tail pattern with engraved crest (four bottom marks - only one mark discernible, stag's head - partly rubbed). 100 - 200.120

Cupar

241.Robert Robertston, c. 1825 - a fine and rare teaspoon, fiddle pat- tern (four marks - RR; fleur-de-Iys; thistle; R). This combinantion of four marks is seldom seen together struck on one spoon. 500 - 700. "Lot 241 & 242 - The first of these teaspoons was the better of the two this showing in the prices attained. However it did appear to me that an inscription may have been erased from them both".520
242.Robert Robertson, c. 1825 - a fine and rare teaspoon ensuite with the preceding. 400-600.480
243.Robert Robertson, c. 1825 - a rare tablespoon, Old English pattern with traces of an engraved initial (five marks - RR twice; D; fleur-de-Iys; thistle). 800 - 1,200. "The reason that this rare tablespoon did not sell was possibly because there was a slight repair and an inscription having been removed. It was bought in at 750".N/S

Dumfries
244.David Gray, c. 1820 - a soup ladle, fiddle pattern with circular bowl (three marks - fouled anchor; DG; stag's head). 400-600.N/S
245.Joseph Pearson, c. 1810 - a teaspoon, Old English pattern with pointed bowl (three marks - anchor; IP; wheatsheaf). 60 - 80.80
246.Joseph Pearson, c. 1810 - a teaspoon ensuite with the preceding. 60 - 80.N/S
247.Joseph Walker Hinchliffe, 1830 - a table fork, single struck King's pattern (five marks - HINCH over LIFFE, incuse: and four Glasgow marks). 60 - 80.60
248.David Gray, c. 1820 - a fiddle pattern tablespoon, initialled H (five marks - fouled anchor; G; unicorn; fouled anchor; DG). 90 - 120.N/S

Dundee
249.Alexander Cameron, c. 1820 - a set of six large tablespoons, fiddle pattern, initialled C (maker's mark - AC struck thrice) (some makers marks partly obscured) 300 - 350.N/S
250.Alexander Cameron, 1831 - a table fork, fiddle pattern, initialled M (six marks -CAM over ERON; four Newcastle marks; DUN over DEE). 60 - 80.N/S
251.William Constable (possibly), 1807, and Thomas Shannon - a matched set of six dessert spoons, oar pattern with pointed bowls, initialled L, (one spoon - TS; pot of lilies twice; thistle) (five spoons - WC; Z; and four Edinburgh marks for 1807). 80 -120.95
252.James Douglas, c.1795 - a fine set of six pointed-end teaspoons (three marks - ill; shield?; crowned heart). 150 - 200.150
253.William Scott, c. 1785 - a cream ladle, Old English pattern (four marks - WS; pot of lilies; WS; script M). 200 - 220.N/S
254.William Scott, c. 1785 - a teaspoon, feather-edge pattern, initialled B and numbered 10 (two marks - WS; pot of lilies). 65 - 85.N/S
255.Alexander Cameron, 1828 - a fiddle pattern fish slice, of heavy gauge with pierced shaped blade (six marks - CAM over ERON; four Edinburgh marks; DUN over DEE). 350 - 500.350
256.AlexanderCameron,1831 - a soup ladle, fiddle pattern, of similar gauge to the preceding (six marks - CAM over ERON; four Edinburgh marks; DUN over DEE). 350-450.N/S
257.Alexander Cameron, 1832 - a pair of large fiddle pattern toddy ladles (six marks - CAM over ERON; four Edinburgh marks; DUN over DEE). 150 - 200.180
258.Alexander Cameron, 1832 - a pair of toddy ladles en suite with the preceding. 150 - 200.160
259.Alexander Cameron, 1832 - a set of twelve fiddle pattern table- spoons ensuite with the preceding lot. 400 - 500.N/S
260.Alexander Cameron, J831- a set of twelve dessert spoons ensuite with the preceding. 400-500.N/S
261.William Constable, c. 1820 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, the heel numbered 4 (four marks - pot of lilies thrice; WC). 30 - 5030
262.William Constable, c. 1820 - a teaspoon ensuite with the pre- ceding, the heel numbered 8. 30-50.N/S
263.William Constable, c. 1820 - a teaspoon similar to the preceding, the heel numbered 1230-50.N/S


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