Okehampton Auctions

and Wreford's Removals

Next Sale Overview





ON WEDNESDAY 14th February at 10 a.m. prompt

Viewing Monday 10am to 1pm, Tuesday 12pm to 6pm & Morning of Sale from 8.30am

Approx. 1000 lots


Furniture inc. Linen press, carved oak court cupboard, drawleaf & dropleaf tables, pine trunks & ottomans, kneehole & partners desks, pine dresser base, pine kitchen & dining tables, oak bureau, Victorian rocking chair, brass inlaid table, French day bed, brass & iron bed, cake stands, Edw. Inlaid display cabinet, apple sorters, stick stand etc, Clocks & Watches & Barometers  inc. Admiral Fitzroy & Goerz “Mystery” barometers, Rogers Leominster longcase clock, silver pocket watch, large selection wrist watches, French gilt clock, wall clocks etc ,  Silver inc. Cruet set, brushes, spoons, embossed bowl, wine labels, figures etc, , Plate inc. W & H spirit kettle, crumb scoop, wedding cake stand, boxed salts, sifters etc , Jewellery inc. cameo brooch, rings etc, Selection costume jewellery,  Brass & Copper inc. Naval brass porthole, warming pans, pestle & mortar, tray, yard rule, candlesticks, warrior figure etc, Collectables inc. William Hope Edinburgh boars head, Hornby Orient Express set, foil cockfighting tray, selection galvanise & milk churns, Staunton chess set, stamp albums, Meccano, old lanterns, Cased table scales, large carved ivory tusk, leather & brass trunk, suitcases etc, China & Glass inc. Early Goebl Madonna, Portmeirion inc. Summer Garden service, Doulton ladies, Poole chargers, coloured glass, Beswick & Lladro birds & animals,  Pictures & Prints inc. watercolours by J. Sherriffs, W. Dyer, F.E. Butt, T. Head, H. English etc,  Modern pine & other furniture inc. wardrobes, bookcases, dining tables & chairs, dresser, leather & fabric suites, Ducal dresser, chests of drawers, coffee tables, lounger chairs, Fatboy hammock etc, garden & other tools, plant pots etc.  



*House clearances* Storage & transport available*

(Accepting goods for March 7th Sale from Thurs. 15th February  by appointment)


Tel: 01837 55592 at all times (mobile 07748 907 230)


Catalogue available on-line from end of week before sale

Vice Admiral Robert Fitzroy was well known as a prominent 19th Century naval officer who commanded HMS Beagle when Darwin made his expedition. He was also a pioneering meteorologist making accurate daily weather predictions for which he coined the name “forecasts”. In 1854 he established the Met Office  & his work greatly improved the safety of sailors & fishermen.

He designed a barometer which was fixed at every port & made available for crews to check conditions before setting out to sea & these remained in use well into the 20th Century.  An oak cased Fitzroy barometer designed for domestic use dates from around 1910 & was distributed by Cox & Coombes of Devonport & Plymouth. It is 40” high & has an estimate of £120/160.

Another interesting barometer on offer is a 1920’s pedestal table version  by the German company C.P. Goerz, which was founded in 1886. Known as a “Mystery” barometer because its construction does not appear to connect to an obvious mechanism, the circular glass dial is etched with weather information. It is 6 ½” tall & is priced at £50/70.

A circular brass naval porthole with hinged cover has the serial number 11381 which would date it to the 1890’s. It has a diameter of 15” & invites bids of £85/100.

Taxidermy has a reasonable market following though perhaps not for everyone. A wild boar which was shot in Albania in 1895 had its head stuffed & mounted by William Hope, a renowned Edinburgh taxidermist who carried out commissions for the Museum of Science & Art. The overall height including its wall mounting plaque is 20” & it has a guide of £90/110.

Cock fighting as a sport was banned in England & Wales in 1835 with Scotland following sixty years later in 1895. It is still legal in parts of the world today including some areas of France where it is upheld as a continuous tradition. A tea tray dating from the 1930’s depicts 4 scenes from a cockfighting pit, with foil work & painted decoration. It measures 21” x 15” & is priced at £40/50.

A rare piece of Goebl pottery has the backstamp dating it to 1935- 1949.  Model number HM 23 was probably the work of Arthur Moeller, long term sculptor at the factory. It comes in the form of a praying Madonna & has a flowing Art Deco style, painted with pastel glazes contrasted by a deep blue headdress. It is 7” high & expects bids of £40/50.

Of interest to model railway enthusiasts is a mint Hornby R1038 Oriental Express boxed train set. It appears to be in unused condition & has an estimate of £180/220.