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


(Continued from previous pages)

Edinburgh
LotAchieved£
75.GB (possibly George Bayne), c. 1796 - a pair of Old English pattern sugar tongs with bright-cut neo-classical foliate swags (three marks - GB; castle; Duty mark). £30-£5032
76.Francis Howden, 1800 - a pointed-end table- spoon, initialled EB. £20-£3020
77.Robert Wilson (probably), 1798 - a pointed- end tablespoon, initialled D. £20-£30N/S
78.James Ker, assay master Archibald Ure, 1736 - a fine Hanoverian pattern tablespoon with con- temporary betrothal initials IH over HE (four bottom marks). £80-£120110
79.Lothian & Robertson, assay master Hugh Gordon, 1755 - a Hanoverian pattern tablespoon, engraved with eagle crest and initials WD (four bottom marks). £60-£9085
80.William Auld (probably), c. 1790 - a pair of Scottish-type sugar tongs with plain circular bowls, initialled AH (three marks - WA; thistle and Duty mark). £40-£6035
82.Alexander Zeigler, c. 1800 - attractive pointed-end toddy ladle (three marks - AZ; thistle; Duty mark). £40-£6045
83.William Auld (probably), c. 1800 - a set of five Old English pattern teaspoons (three marks - WA; thistle; Duty mark). £20-£3028
84.Francis Howden, 1796 - two pointed-end dessert spoons, initialled S. £20-£3045
85.Francis Howden, c. 1800 - a pair of Old English pattern and threaded sugar tongs, initialled IR over AT (three marks - FH; thistle; Duty mark). £25-£3528
86.W & P Cunningham, c. 1790 - an Old English pattern teaspoon initialled FH; also a large teaspoon by Alex Spence c. 1790, three teaspoons by Robert Gray & Son of Glasgow HM Edinburgh 1806; and two fiddle pattern teaspoons by A. Henderson, Edinburgh 1810. (7) £30-£5030
87.Alex Spence, 1812 - a fiddle pattern sifter ladle with later pierced and fluted bowl, the stem chased with foliage, also a silver-mounted baleen toddy ladle, by George Fenwick, c. 1800, a small oar pattern fork - perhaps cut from a dessert spoon, by A Henderson, 1809, an Old English pattern salt spoon, maker probably IS, c. 1800; and an Old English teaspoon, maker IL, c. 1800. (5) £50-£7045
88William Drummond (probably), c. 1775 - two Old English pattern teaspoons with Adam-style bright-cut decoration, initialled ill (bottom-struck maker's mark WD only). £20-£30N/S
89.George MacHattie, c. 1820 - an oblong Brandy label with gadrooned border and a Port label richly chased and formed as the initial P, by Marshall & Sons, c. 1860. (2) £50-£80100
90.JW, 1846 - a set of six fiddle pattern teaspoons, initialled JJG. £25-£3525
91.Alex Gairdner, c. 1790 - a set of four Old English pattern teaspoons; and two pointed- end teaspoons, maker probably Robert Wilson, c. 1800. (6) £25-£3518
92.Andrew Wilkie, 1817 retailed by Morton - a fiddle and thread salt spoon, initialled F (10;8/10); a single struck King's pattern sugar spoon, by JW, 1844; a fiddle pattern teaspoon by JM, 1881; and two oar pattern teaspoons by John Zeigler, 1811 (worn). (5) £25-£3515
93.George Fenwick, c. 1810 - a punch ladle with partly-spiral baleen stem, silver socket and oval bowl (maker's mark GF only). £100-£15060
94.RA, 1957 - two spoons, one with thistle finial, the other with Viking longboat finial.£10-£2018
95.James Gilsland (probably), c. 1770 - a rare mustard spoon with elongated part-spiral stem and 'whiplash' openwork finial (bottom-struck maker's mark IG only). £50-£80 There is much speculation about this IG mark and whether it might be James Gordon of Aberdeen who was working at the same time. However, the slight shaping to the punch is more likely to be that of Gilsland.45
96Gilsland & Ker (possibly), c. 1770 - an unusual dessert knife and fork with George III pistol grips with shell ends, with later Victorian blade and prongs engraved with tower crest and motto. £40-£60. 'AD ARDUA TENDO' for McOlum or McAllum marks on handles are poorly struck, but clearly visible is the script-capital G which, most probably, is the mark of Gilsland & Ker, the knife blade and presumably the prongs are Victorian and by J & W Marshall'.45
97.George Fenwick, 1815 - silver toddy ladle with spiral baleen stem and circular bowl. £70-90100
98.Robert Wilson (probably), c. 1800 - an Old English pattern salt spoon, initialled R. £20-£2520
99.Alex Kirkwood & Son, 1910 - Edinburgh University silver prize medal - The Robert Wilson Memorial Prize for Chemistry inscribed to Robert T Dunbar, Session 1910, in original fitted case. £60-£80N/S
100.J. McKay, 1844 - a long-stemmed chutney spoon, single struck King's pattern with gilded bowl; £40-£60N/S
101.AD, Alexander Dewar (possibly), 1840 - an Old English pattern table fork. £15-£25 'There has been some speculation that this mark is that of Andrew Davidson of Arbroath. Although Davidson did have silver assayed in Edinburgh, his mark is clearly in a different shaped punch'.N/S
102.Hamilton & Inches, 1910 - a cast silver commemorative spoon of heavy gauge, the bark- textured stem entwined with a thistle and foliage, the bowl with the Arms of Scotland, length 20cm. £60-£80N/S
103.Unknown, 1877 - an unusual toddy ladle with part-spiral stem and Apostle finial, the circular bowl chased with flower heads and foliage (maker's mark lacking; four Edinburgh marks). £70-£10070
104.Thomas Duffus (probably), c. 1795 - a pointed-end teaspoon with engraved crest depicting a gauntleted arm holding a cross (maker's mark slightly rubbed; thistle; and Duty mark) £15-£20N/S
105.Leonard Urquhart, 1831 - three fiddle pattern dessert spoons, initialled K (maker's mark slightly rubbed). £25-£2530
106.Patrick Robertson, c. 1775 - a teaspoon, Hanoverian transitional Old English pattern, initi- alled EP (bottom-struck maker's marks PR only). £20-£3025
107.J. McKay, 1818 - a soup ladle, fiddle and shell pattern with oval bowl. £100-£15080
108.WC (possibly William Constable of Dundee), 1808 - an Old English pattern teaspoon, initialled IMB and numbered 23, also with Z mark for Zeigler; also three fiddle pattern teaspoons initialled MB, by Zeigler, 1810. (4) £20-£3010

Elgin
112.Joseph Pozzi and Robert Stewart, c. 1840 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern (four marks - J; P; ELN; RS). £70-£10075
113Joseph Pozzi and Robert Stewart, c. 1840 - a teaspoon en-suite with the preceding. £70-£10075
114.Thomas Stewart, c. 1815 - a dessert spoon, Old English pattern (two boldly punched marks - TS; ELN). £80-£12090
115Thomas Stewart, c. 1815 - a dessert spoon en-suite with the preceding. £80-£12095
116.William Ferguson, c. 1830 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, initialled GMK (two marks - WF; ELGIN). £80-£12070
117.John Sellar, - c. 1840 - a fiddle pattern teaspoon, initialled F (two marks - JS; ELGIN). £70-£100 ~ This teaspoon surprised when it went for £ 140 as it was not in the best overall condition.140
118William Ferguson, c. 1830 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, initialled F (three marks - WF; thistle; ELGIN). £70-£10060
118A.William Ferguson, c. 1830 - a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs with 'croquet-hoop' bow, initi- alled McIZk. (two marks - WF; ELGIN). £150-£250 ~ A good pair of an uncommon style of sugar tongs.155

Forres
119.John & Patrick Riach, c. 1825 - a rare tablespoon, fiddle pattern with chamfered edges, initialled GS (three marks - tower; IPR; tower). £800-£1200 ~ These two good quality tablespoons with excellent marks sold well for £900 & £840 respectfully. Members may be interested to note that this pair of spoons were from the same set as the one offered at last October's sale which, although in excellent condition with clear marks, did not sell, being bought in at £800.900
120.John & Patrick Riach, c. 1825 - a rare tablespoon en suite with the preceding, initialled GS (three marks - tower; IPR; tower). £800-£1,200 ~ see Lot 119.840
121.John & Patrick Riach, c. 1825 - a rare '" tablespoon, fiddle pattern, initialled S? £500-£800 ~ This tablespoon had more overall wear that the previous two examples. It was possibly the good set of marks that took it to a top estimate price of £800.800

Glasgow
122.Taylor & Hamilton, c. 1780 - a tablespoon, Hanoverian pattern, engraved crest (three bottom marks - T & H; Glasgow town mark: T&H). £80-£120105
123.W.M. (probably Glasgow), c. 1785 - a tablespoon, Old English pattern with ridge to reverse of stem, initialled B (four bottom marks - WM; S; WM; S). £40-£6048
124.Robert Gray, c. 1780 - a Hanoverian pattern tablespoon of good gauge, initialled HM (four bottom marks - RG twice; Glasgow town mark twice). £80-£120100
125AWT, 1835 - a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs with elaborate scroll pattern bowls, initialled MR. £20-£30N/S
126.Lawrence Aitchison, 1860 - a pair of sugar tongs, Queen's pattern, initialled R. £20-£3022
127.Robert Gray, c. 1780 - a teaspoon, Old English pattern with ridge to reverse of stem, initialled AA (maker's mark RG only, bottom-struck). £15-£25N/S
128.Mitchell & Son, 1822 - a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs with shell bowls, initialled AS. £25-£35 Although Jackson mentions the earliest recorded date for Mitchell & Son as 1825, these are clearly marked 1822.N/S
129.Robert Wilson (possibly), c. 1775 - two teaspoons of Scottish fiddle pattern initialled 1M (maker's mark RW only). £40-£6058
130.DM (unascribed), 1821 - a pair of fiddle pattern mustard spoons engraved with eagle displayed crest and motto SPERO. £30-£50N/S
131.Milne & Campbell, c. 1770 - a punch ladle with turned wood stem and plain circular bowl (maker's mark M & C only). £120-£150N/S
132.George White (or Wilson) - a large table- spoon of single struck Queen's pattern, initialled F. £20-£25N/S
133.Wilson & Sharp of Edinburgh, 1862 - a plain fiddle pattern tablespoon. £20-£25N/S
134.William Clarke Shaw, 1844 - a long-stemmed chutney ladle, fiddle pattern with gilded bowl, initialled B. £30-£50N/S
135.Mitchell & Son, 1825 - a set of five fiddle pattern teaspoons, initialled EB. £20-£3015

Greenock
138.William Clark (possibly), c. 1800 - a large pointed-end tablespoon with pointed bowl, initialled I (five marks - WC; anchor; sailing ship; C; oak tree). £120-£160 ~ This large tablespoon was in fine overall condition with a good 'full set' of Greenock marks.160
139.Alexander Campbell (possibly), c. 1810 - a large tablespoon, Old English pointed-end pattern, initialled IM (four marks - AC; oak tree; G; anchor). £60-£9080
140.Thomas Davie, c. 1800 - a large tablespoon, Old English pointed-end pattern, initialled RGIZ (five marks - TD; anchor; sailing ship; C; oak tree). £150-£200 ~ The only thing against this tablespoon was that it had slight wear to the tip of the bowl.160
141.John Heron, c. 1810 - a teaspoon of unusual fiddle pattern with 'filled-in' shoulders, initialled IMG and numbered 10 (three marks - IH script; anchor; oak tree) (small hairline crack to edge of bowl). £20-£3028
142.Alexander Campbell (possibly), c. 1810 - a large tablespoon, Old English pointed-end pattern, initialled IM (four marks - AC; oak tree; G; anchor). £60-£8070
143.Unknown, c. 1815 - a pair of fiddle pattern sugar tongs with shell bowls, initialled IIG (five marks - anchor on one arm; the other arm with anchor twice and oak tree twice). £60-£90N/S
144.John Heron, c. 1810 - a fine quality soup ladle of heavy gauge, fiddle pattern with circular bowl (five marks - IH script; anchor; sailing ship; 0; oak tree). £300-£500 ~ With another 'full set' of marks and being in good overall condition, this soup ladle sold well. It's only down side was that an inscription may have been erased and there were small 'nicks' on the edge of the fiddle.460

Inverness146.
145.Alexander Stewart, c. 1810 - a teaspoon, oar pattern, initialled R (two marks - AS; INS). £40-£6048
Alexander Stewart, c. 1810 - a pair of sugar tongs, Old English and thread pattern (two marks - AS on both arms) (but old repair to bow). £30-£50N/S
148.Alexander Stewart, c. 1810 - a teaspoon, Old English pattern with pointed bowl, initialled WAMcD (two marks - AS; C). £30-£5022
149.John Baillie (probably), c. 1745 - a rare dessert spoon of Old English pattern and heavy gauge, with 'grooved' heel, initialled B, with badly rubbed bowl (two marks - IB conjoined, twice). £50-£100.20
150.Jameson & Naughten, c. 1815 - a toddy ladle, plain oar pattern (three marks - J INS; cornucopia). £200-£250 ~ I would suggest that this ladle had an overoptimistic estimate. It had a filled and repaired bowl as well as a previous inscription having been removed. Being bought in at £110 shows that poor quality items will not sell.N/S
151.Alexander Stewart, c. 1810 - a pair of large ~ Old English pattern sugar tongs with circular bowls, initialled AR (two marks - AS struck on each arm). £100-£150N/S
153.Robert Naughten, c. 1820 - a large table- spoon, fiddle pattern, initialled AA (three marks - RN; cornucopia; thistle). £100-£150 ~ This Robert Naughten tablespoon was in good overall condition thus it sold at mid estimate.130

Montrose
164.William Mill (possibly), c. 1810 - a pair of Old English sugar tongs initialled IY (three marks - thistle; WM; Duty mark). £30-£5030

Paisley
169.William Hannay, 1808 - an unusual teaspoon of truncated fiddle pattern with long stem, initialled 1M (four marks - WH in serrated punch; and three Edinburgh marks). £15-£2518
170.William Hannay, 1811 - a pair of sugar tongs of distinctive long fiddle pattern with part shell bowls, initialled REW (four marks - WH; and four Edin- burgh marks). £30-£5032
171.William Hannay, c. 1795 - a pointed-end teaspoon (three marks - WH; anchor; WH). £30-£5025

Paisley
169.William Hannay, 1808 - an unusual teaspoon of truncated fiddle pattern with long stem, initialled 1M (four marks - WH in serrated punch; and three Edinburgh marks). £15-£2518
170.William Hannay, 1811 - a pair of sugar tongs of distinctive long fiddle pattern with part shell bowls, initialled REW (four marks - WH; and four Edin- burgh marks). £30-£5032
171.William Hannay, c. 1795 - a pointed-end teaspoon (three marks - WH; anchor; WH). £30-£5025

Perth
172.EW, c.1810 - a fine tablespoon, Old English pattern with pointed bowl, initialled B (five marks - EW; double-headed eagle; S; double-headed eagle; tree). £50-£80 These marks would suggest a West of Scotland origin. It is interesting to note that these marks are often found with those of James Wright.55
173.Robert Greig (probably), 1834/6 - an unusual pair of sugar tongs of fiddle and shell pattern with shell bowls, initialled CW (date letter miss-struck). £25-£40 A provincial attribution is likely as the Edinburgh assay marks have been struck to the inside of the bow rather than on the arms - probably to align with the maker's mark already struck.N/S
174.Robert Keay I, c. 1795 - an attractive set of six Celtic-point teaspoons with bright-cut borders and vacant naiveté-shaped cartouche (three marks - single-headed eagle twice; RK). £150-£200 ~ These six teaspoons were in top condition, probably hardly having been used.200
175.David Greig, c. 1820 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, initialled IE (four marks - DG twice; eagle twice). £30-£5028
176.Robert Keay, c. 1820 - a teaspoon, fiddle pattern, initialled AMcT (four marks - RI (twice; eagle twice). £25-£30N/S
177.Robert Keay, c. 1815 - an unusual pair of sugar tongs of long fiddle pattern with shell motif to each arm and shell bowls, initialled ML (four marks - RK to one arm; the other arm RK twice and eagle). £60-£9070
178.Charles Murray, 1819 - a fiddle pattern teaspoon, initialled IZM (five marks - CM; and four Edinburgh marks). £10-£207
179.Robert Keay, 1841 - a toddy ladle, fiddle pattern, initialled MY (five marks - RK; and four Edinburgh marks). £70-£100N/S
180.James Wright, c. 1795 - an Old English pattern teaspoon, initialled HIM (three marks - S; double-headed eagle; JW). £25-£35N/S
181.Robert Greig (probably), 1847 - a fiddle pattern teaspoon, initialled HE (five marks - RG; and four Edinburgh marks). £15-£20N/S

Peterhead
182.George Angus (possibly), c. 1820 - a punch ladle, the stem of partly-spiral baleen, with plain circular bowl, tapering socket and ball finial (maker's mark GA only on the socket, possibly over striking another). £300-£500 Recorded marks of George Angus are notoriously poorly struck. ~ As I said in the preamble to this report this was, in my opinion, a questionable Peterhead ladle. Selling for a well below estimate price of £150, others were obviously wary of the provenance of this ladle. What price would have been paid if there had been a PHD or Phd mark??150

Conclusion
Comparing this sale with the previous one in October last year, it would appear that a greater percentage of the provincial flatware on offer was sold.

At the conclusion of my report of the last T.R.&M. sale I stated that we may be in the 'doldrums' as far as the field of buying and selling Scottish Provincial flatware is concerned. With this being a 'modest' sale I feel that this is still the case. One of the reasons for this may be that in this time of financial instability it may be that people are holding onto items, rather that offering them for sale, while they wait for the market to rise again.

However, the one good thing that appears not to have changed is that rarity and quality will still sell well.

The next test of the market in Scotland will probably be at Bonhams Annual Scottish sale in Edinburgh on the 21st. to 23rd. August. For further details please contact:-
Miranda Grant or Fiona Hamilton. Bonhams Scotland, 65 George Street, Edinburgh. EH2 2JL.

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Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to announce their next Fine Jewellery and Silver Sale will be held on Thursday 22nd May 2003, at 33 Broughton Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3RR.

They have a selection of Scottish Provincial pieces and early silver spoons.

Contact Harriet Clayton on email info@lyonandturnbull.com

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