Review - Thomson Roddick & Medcalf Sale
25th March 2003, Edinburgh.

Report by Mr M.


'A modest sale'. These words came to mind when I first looked at the catalogue. With no rare Wick or Tain silver on offer and a questionable Peterhead ladle, the only items of rarity appeared to be three Forres spoons, a Cupar teaspoon and some early tablespoons. There were also some soup ladles, which looked attractive.

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

Aberdeen
LotAchieved
1.William Jamieson & Co, c. 1810 - a rare tablespoon, Old English pattern, initialled RMF (three marks - WJ & Co; omega; ABD) 50-8065
2.George Cooper, c. 1740 - a fine Hanoverian pattern tablespoon with contemporary betrothal initials IG over LD (three bottom marks - GC; three castles; gothic C). 120-180 ~ This was a good quality tablespoon, with unfortunately the three castles and gothic C marks being worn. These worm marks probably suppressed the price to just above the bottom estimate.130
3.William Byres, c. 1800 - a fine tablespoon, Old English pattern, initialled D (three marks - WE; ABD; gothic Q). William Byres served his apprenticeship in Aberdeen with James Wildgoose, but by 1775 was in Banff where he became deacon of the craft in 1781, returning to Aberdeen circa 1792. 50-80.65
4.Peter Gill, c. 1810 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern with chamfered edges, initialled IS (three marks - PG; gothic Q; PG). 25-3522
5.Peter Ross, c. 1820 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, initialled D (three marks - PR thrice) 20-30.N/S
6.James Erskine, c. 1810 - a dessert spoon, fiddle pattern, initialled GWB (four marks - hand with dagger; IE; E; three castles). 30-5050
7.George Booth, c. 1820 - a pair of sugar tongs, fiddle pattern, initialled S (five marks - GB; A; B; D; N). 50-7055
8.Nathaniel Gillet, c. 1800 - a soup ladle of Old English pointed-end pattern with circular bowl, initialled BML (two marks - NG; ABD). 250-350 ~ The hairline crack in the bowl was no doubt the reason that this soup ladle sold for a below estimate price.220
9.James Erskine - four pointed-end dessert spoons initialled AB (three marks - thistle; IE; boar's head). 100-15095
10.George Jamieson, 1844 - a set of six fiddle pattern teaspoons, initialled AIR (Seven marks - GJ ABDN and marks of Hayne & Cater, London 1844). 50-7045
11.John Ewen, c. 1805 - four Old English pattern teaspoons initialled AED (maker's mark JoE only - two possibly overstriking another). 30-5028
12.Alexander Mollison, c.1845 - a set of six fiddle pattern teaspoons, initialled L (three marks - AM; thistle; AM). 70-10075
13.Alexander Mollison, c. 1845 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, with engraved initials (four marks - AM; A; B: D). 20-3020
14.Peter Gill, c. 1800 - a dessert spoon, Old English pattern, initialled M (four marks - PG thrice; gothic Q). 25-4028
15.William Whitecross, c. 1825 - two teaspoons, fiddle pattern, initialled P (five marks - WW; A; B; D; N). 35-5035
16.William Jamieson, c. 1810 - a teaspoon, Old English pattern, initialled M (maker's mark WJ only). 15-20N/S
17.George Sangster, 1854 - a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs with shell bowls (eight marks - GS; A; B; D; and four Edinburgh marks). 25-4025
18.James Erskine, c. 1810 - a pointed-end sifter ladle, 'Victorianised' with later fluted, pierced and gilded bowl, the stem engraved with garlands of flowers and initialled P (two marks - JE; gothic letter). 30-5030
19.William Byres, c. 1800 - an Old English pattern teaspoon initialled IHD (three marks - gothic letter; WE; gothic Q); also a masking spoon by William Byres or possibly a dessert spoon with a reduced bowl (two marks - WE; gothic Q); and two Old English pattern teaspoons by James Erskine, c. 1810 (one with repaired bowl). 30-4032
20.E Christie - a silver penannular plaid brooch with Celtic pattern knotwork inscribed and dated STB, 1910 - 1960 (two marks - E CHRISTIE over ABERDEEN; SILVER) 50-8050
21.George Cooper, c. 1740 - a George II teaspoon, Hanoverian pattern initialled Dover IAS (maker's mark GC only). 30-5042
22.George Sangster, 1867 - a set of six fiddle pattern teaspoons, initialled S (eight marks: GS; A; B; D; and four Edinburgh marks). 40-6042
23.Nathaniel Gillet, c. 1790 - two teaspoons, Old English pattern, initialled RC over IR (maker's mark NG only). 20-25N/S
24.William Byres, c. 1790 - a masking spoon, Old English pattern, initialled ID within worn cartouche (maker's mark WB only) (8;8); and a teaspoon by William Byres. 30-5028
25.George Jamieson, 1845 - a toddy ladle of single struck King's pattern, initialled TN (eight marks - GJ; ADBN; four London marks; mark of Hayne & Cater; incuse C); and a fiddle pattern teaspoon, maker's mark probably that of William Constable of Dundee, hallmarked Edinburgh 1827. 40-6045
26.James Erskine, c. 1795 - a set of six teaspoons, Old English pointed-end pattern, initialled WS (maker's mark JE only). 50-7030
27.James Erskine, c. 1815 - a sugar spoon, fiddle pattern with rounded oblong bowl, initialled W (three marks - hand with dagger, E; three castles). 40-6042
28.George Jamieson, 1848 - three fiddle pattern teaspoons, initialled M (six marks - GJ; four London marks; ABDN). 20-3020
29.George Jamieson, 1860 - a fiddle pattern serving spoon, initialled R {six marks - GJ; four London marks; ABDN). 120-160N/S
30.John Leslie, c. 1780 - a berry spoon, formed from an Old English pattern tablespoon with later chased stem and embossed and gilded bowl (three marks - IL; thistle (incuse); gothic letter). 100-150N/S
31.William George Jamieson, 1881 - Old English pattern teaspoon (six marks - WGJ; four London marks; ABDN). 20-25N/S
32.Rettie & Son, 1840 - a fiddle pattern teaspoon, initialled S (eight marks - R A; B; D; N; and four Edinburgh marks); and another (four marks - R A; B; D) (crack to bowl). 20-25N/S
33.George Jamieson, 1851 - a large tablespoon, fiddle pattern (six marks - GJ; four London marks; ABDN). 25-3535
34.George Sangster, 1866 - a fiddle pattern teaspoon, initialled C (eight marks - GS; A; B; D; N; and four Edinburgh marks). 10-1510
35.George Booth, c. 1820 - two dessert spoons, fiddle pattern, initialled G (five marks - GB; A; B; D; N). 40-6038
36.John Ewen, c. 1805 - a teaspoon, Old English pattern (maker's mark JoE only). 25-35N/S
37.Nathaniel Gillet, c. 1800 - a fine silver soup ladle, Old English pattern with drop heel, initialled 11M (two marks - NG; ABD). 300-400 ~ A good overall soup ladle which did not find a buyer, being bought in at 260. Possibly not so long ago this ladle would have sold for in excess of the low estimate of 300.N/S
39.George Sangster, 1867 - two fiddle pattern teaspoons, initialled RSB (eight marks - GS; A; B; D; and four Edinburgh marks); and another similar, 1859, initialled F. (3) 20-3020
40WWC (untraced), c. 1880 - a Highland dirk, plated mounts and carved wood grip (two marks - WWC; ABDN). 150-200160

Arbroath
43.Andrew Davidson, c. 1835 - a fiddle pattern toddy ladle, initialled W (four marks - AD; plant; plant; portcullis) (tiny crack at junction of stem and bowl). 70-100N/S
44.Andrew Davidson, c. 1830 - a set of five teaspoons and a matching sugar spoon, oar pattern, initialled ACB (three marks - maker's mark AD struck thrice). 80-12040

Banff
47.John Keith, c. 1800 - a teaspoon, Old English (four marks - R; IK; salmon; B) 50-8055
48William Byres, c. 1790 - a pair of large sugar tongs, Old English pattern with shell bowls and bright-cut borders, round vacant cartouche (two marks - WB twice). 70-10072
49.John Argo, c. 1775 - a rare Old English pattern tablespoon with double-drop heel, initialled MC (two bottom marks - IA; BA partly rubbed). 150-200 ~ Lots 49 & 50 - These two table spoons were, in my opinion, over-polished and had worn marks. The first selling at bottom estimate but the second did not find a buyer at 140.150
50.John Argo, c. 1775 - a rare Old English pattern tablespoon en-suite with the preceding. 150-200 ~ see Lot 49N/S
51.John Keith, c. 1800 - an Old English pattern teaspoon, initialled GIS (four rubbed marks - R; IK; salmon; B); also an Old English pattern teaspoon by Joseph Pearson, c. 1800 (three marks - IP; anchor; stag's head); a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs, probably by Charles Murray of Perth, c. 1820 (four marks - CM in oval punch, thistle; V; double- headed eagle); an Old English pattern teaspoon by William Jamieson of Aberdeen, c. 1810; and a fiddle pattern by George Sangster of Aberdeen. (5) 70-9090

Ballater
51A.William Robb, 1920 - an unusual pair of silver pickle forks of narrow Scots fiddle pattern with splayed 'Trident' prongs (five marks - WR; BLTR; and three Edinburgh marks)60-8095

Cupar
52.Robert Robertson, c. 1825 - a fine and rare teaspoon, fiddle pattern (four marks - RR; fleur-de- lys; thistle; R). 400-600. This combination of four marks is seldom seen together on one spoon. ~ A good price for a good and rare teaspoon. Even although it would appear that an inscription may have been removed it sold well at mid estimate indicating that rarity will still sell well. This spoon was probably a match for the two that were sold, for similar prices, at the last T.R.&M. sale in October 2002.520

Dumfries55.
54.Joseph Pearson, c. 1810 - a teaspoon, Old English pattern, initialled MH (four marks - e; fouled anchor; stag's head; IP). 30-50N/S
Adam Burgess (possibly Castle Douglas), c. 1835 - a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs with shell bowls (four marks - AB script; ruined castle; D; fouled anchor). 100-150 ~ This pair of tongs were in top condition having a crisp set of marks.170
57.Joseph Walker Hinchliffe, 1824 - a large tablespoon, fiddle pattern, initialled M (five marks - HINCH over LIFFE (incuse); and four Glasgow marks). 70-10050
58.David Gray, c. 1820 - a fiddle pattern teaspoon, initialled EH (four marks - unicorn; G; fouled anchor; DG). 20-2528
59.Extra Lot - A fiddle pattern Soup Ladle by David Gray (three marks - DG,. unicorn,. fouled anchor). With slightly worn marks and having an inscription erased this ladle was bought in at 300.N/S

Dundee
60.Charles Dickson II, c. 1731 - a rare Hanoverian pattern tablespoon with contemporary betrothal initials IG over MT (four bottom marks - CD in script; pot of lilies; CD in script; date letter? B in script). 200-300 Charles Dickson II is first recorded in Dundee in 1731, and the script letter B mark corresponds with the Edinburgh date letter for that year. ~ Indeed a rare item as I do not recall having seen an item of silver by Charles Dickson for some time. With only slight wear to the bowl I thought that it might have attained a higher price.220
61.Edward Livingstone, c. 1790 - an unusual small ladle of pointed Old English pattern with circular bowl initialled DA over HW (three marks - EL; gothic V?; crowned heart)13cm long. 50-7048
62.Alexander Cameron, c. 1820 - a tablespoon, fiddle pattern, initialled C (five marks - CAM over ERON; C; thistle; pot of lilies; DUN over DEE). 50-7050
63.James Douglas, c. 1795 - a large tablespoon, pointed-end pattern, initialled A (five marks - DOUGLAS incuse; ill; shield; another shield; crowned heart). 50-80 It is rare to find maker's name in full on Scottish Provincial silver.55
64.Alexander Cameron, Newcastle 1830 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, initialled McH and numbered 2 (five marks - AC and four Newcastle marks). 20-30N/S
65.William Kermath (possibly), c. 1830 - a pair of sugar tongs, fiddle pattern with shell bowls (four marks - W; pot of lilies thrice). 50-70N/S
66.Alexander Cameron, c. 1820 - a set of ten tablespoons, fiddle pattern, initialled E (five marks - DUN over DEE; pot of lilies thrice; CAM over ERON). 300-400400
67.Alexander Cameron, 1838 - a set of five table forks, fiddle pattern, initialled E (six marks - CAM over ERON; four Edinburgh marks; DUN over DEE). 150-200150
68.Alexander Cameron, c. 1820 - a sugar or preserve spoon, fiddle pattern (four marks - C; thistle; pot of lilies; AC). 50-8055
69.Alexander Rollo (possibly), c. 1790 - two large tablespoons, Old English pattern, initialled I over 10 (four marks - AR four times). 50-8045
70.Unknown, c. 1825 - a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs with shell bowls, with later monogram (four marks - pot of lilies thrice; indistinct maker's mark). 20-4025
71.Alexander Cameron, c. 1820 - three fiddle pattern teaspoons, initialled A (four marks - C; thistle; pot of lilies; AC). 40-6038
72.Andrew Davidson of Arbroath, c. 1835 - a rare set of six dessert spoons, plain fiddle pattern (four marks - pot of lilies; thistle; pot of lilies; AD). 300-400 ~ This rare set of dessert spoons were in good overall condition but it would appear that there may have been an inscription removed.340
73.Edward Livingstone, c. 1795 - a Celtic point pattern teaspoon initialled TIS in script (three marks - EL; pot of lilies; m). 25-3526

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