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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Cumbrian auction house selling 100 antique clocks

A private collection of more than 100 antique clocks is to be sold at Mitchells of Cockermouth as part of its Spring Antique Sale.

The clocks, which belong to a Cumbrian collector, will form the centrepiece of a major two-day sale of some 1,400 lots taking place at Mitchells town centre saleroom on Thursday and Friday.

Two of the most valuable clocks in the collection, which includes estimates ranging from £50 to £8,000, are a fine tortoiseshell and ormolu bracket clock by J.J. Elliott & Co. of Clerkenwell and a Victorian clock maker’s regulator by Russells Limited of Liverpool, which are both expected to make between £5,000-£8,000.

Other items of local interest will include paintings by renowned artists Sheila Fell, Percy Kelly and William Mitchell of Maryport as well as a large number of 18th century engravings and local history books from the collection of the late Maryport historians Herbert and Mary Jackson.

The Sheila Fell oil on canvas painting of sheep in a snowdrift is expected to sell for between £10,000 to £15,000, while the Percy Kelly watercolour “Houses at Bridgefoot”, is estimated at between £3,000 to £4,000.

A pair of William Mitchell oil paintings on canvas “Maryport – View from the North Quay Looking Out” and “View of Maryport from the Sea,” are expected to make between £5,000 to £8,000.

Other rare items include a 19th century Japanese Okimono estimated at £1,000 to £1,500, a pair of Victorian walnut marquetry and parquetry turnover top games tables estimated between £5,000 to £8,000 and a 17th century laburnum wood and brass bound casket estimated at £4,000 to £6,000. More unusual items include a number of vintage motorbikes including a 1925 Royal Enfield 2.75 horsepower touring motorcycle estimated at between £700-£1,000.

Lots can be viewed now with late night viewing on Wednesday.

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