Victoria Barracks memorabilia to excite collectors

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 30th July, 2014

Early 1900s marine brass lanterns and vintage timber port barrels from Victoria Barracks Officers Mess will be among rare memorabilia items that auction goers can pick up when Amanda Addams Auctions begins to swing the auction hammer at its forthcoming sale from 6.30pm Monday August 4 at 344 High Street, Kew.

The items, now surplus to requirements, include Hecworth plated silver coffee pots, single sconce candlesticks, silver plated shell design serving dish and cake servers, twin handled lidded tureens and stainless steel lidded ice buckets.

Other items from Victoria Barracks Officer Mess items are framed prints including two early renditions entitled Australian Children Playing and Golden Summer.

The auction contains items from the estates of Kath Ballard in Kew and Nan Smith, Emerald.

One of the major features is a rare early 18th or 19th century Tao/Daoist hand carved gilt Buddha and a rare Lalique “Druide” blue and white opulent glass vase.

The jewellery on offer is massive with many rings up for grabs.  Two of the more unusual are an 18-carat art deco style white gold and diamond ring and 18-carat white gold diamond and tanzanite ring.

Also featured is an 18-carat rose gold and diamond pendant and an 18-carat yellow gold and diamond heart shaped pair of earrings.

The auction also features ceramics from Royal Worcester, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood and Satsuma – while Australian potters to feature include Gus McLaren, Philippa James (rare relief koala), and David and Joan Armfield.

Decorative wares include Hagenauer bronzes while Australian artists works include Charles Blackman, David Bromley, Yosl Beregner, Gerrard Lants, Stanley Ballard, Brian McGuffie and Leonard Long.

Other auction items include sterling silver from Georgian, Victorian and continental periods, ivory, quality glass paperweights mostly signed by the artists, musical instruments, miniatures and clocks.


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