Bendigo antiques dealer auction treasures

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 20th December, 2017

Until last year, Bendigo’s Amanda’s Obsessions C.1994 was a popular haunt for the passionate collector looking for that unusual antique or collectable.

Porcelain collectors and those looking for rare Victorian or art nouveau jewellery were among those who found themselves drawn irresistibly to it doors.

Then after more than 20 years in the antiques trade, owner Amanda Tonkin decided to call it a day and has reluctantly closed the business.

As a result, Ms Tonkin’s collection will be auctioned jointly by Oldies Collectables and Moreland Auctions from 10am each day Saturday January 6 and Sunday January 7, 2018 at the historic old Kilmore Gaol in Sutherland Street, Kilmore.

One of the highlights is the jewellery collection featuring gold, silver and diamond estate pieces and French art deco and art nouveau items.

An unusual Victoria era postcard collection – many inlaid and decorated with pearls – dating from the late 1800s to the 1940s should intrigue collectors.

Another attraction is a comprehensive and stunning selection of ceramics, crystal, ruby, pottery, hobnail glass and bronzes.

Moreland Auctions auctioneer Peter O’Brien says there is a large and unique doll collection and unusual Russian terra cotta witches surrounding a porcelain cauldron.

“A 1940s ruby lamp, mannequin and an art deco hunting dog are other attractions,” he said.

Among the more than 1000 items on offer are rare items of English, French and Australian antique furniture, militaria and antique firearms, and a Victorian oil lamp collection.

Other highlights include a Victorian grandfather clock, handmade Persian and Turkish rugs, large salon mirrors and two Victorian wrought iron cradles.

Additional items include paintings and lithographs, modern design furniture, lamps, showcases, counters and shelving. 

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