Friday, April 23, 2010

Sworders Spring Country House Sale

Essex, UK
Sworders Spring Country House sale will take place on Tuesday 27 April at 10am, viewing is from Friday 23 April until the morning of the sale. A fully illustrated catalogue is available at

Above: A Victorian Coalbrookdale cast iron garden bench, with fern leaf back, 51cm wide. Estimate d at £700 to £900.

Above: A mediaeval stone bracket, in the form of a mythical dog, 57cm long, estimated at £1000 to £1500.

Above: A Johnson's improved perambulator, with original fittings and coachwork, labelled to the rear. Estimated at £400 to £600.

Above: A 19th Century Barouche by Wyburn & Co. A quality London builder, coaches and carriages were manufactured in the name of T Wyburn up to 1870 and subsequently Wyburn & Co, Long Acre after that date. Royalty were not unfamiliar with the coachbuilder. King Edward VII rode in a state coach by Wyburn & Co. which survives in the coach house at Powis Castle. The top of a barouche is really what sets it apart from other carriages, since it is collapsible, making the barouche into a hooded carriage that can be used in a variety of weathers and the seats face each other. This fine original example is reputed to have belonged to Louisa Ruth Lowe (d.1939) of Gosfield Hall and appears to bear the coat of arms of the Duke of Buckingham who owned the hall from 1784. Subsequent owners of the hall appear to have adopted the crest in matters relating to the hall and its contents. Within living memory, Mrs. Lowe loaned this coach for the weddings of brides who were married in the church at Gosfield and the splendid scene can be imagined. Sale at Gosfield Hall 1950. Sold to Marks Tey. Stood behind a garage for some months. The vendor's father saw it from his cattle lorry and bought it for £25. Length Width 5' 6" Height 7' 4" Wheel 4' 3" BUYER'S PREMIUM CHARGED AT 15% + VAT ON THIS LOT. Estimated at £15000 to £25000.

Above: An Ordinary Bicycle Colloquially known as a 'Penny-farthing', This is an 'Ariel' model, by Haynes and Jeffries of Coventry. 4' front wheel. Central bar tightening of spokes. Rare - only 10 in the country BUYER'S PREMIUM CHARGED AT 15% + VAT ON THIS LOT. Estimated at £1200 to £1800.


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