We hold monthly general household & furniture sales and quarterly on-line antiques & fine art auctions. 

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  • On-Line Antiques & Fine Art Auction

    Friday 14th February @10am

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    Over 900 Lots to include:-

    Silver: 100+ lots inc. 6x Stuart Devlin Surprise Eggs, 3x Christopher Nigel Lawrence Surprise Mushrooms, var. contemporary novelty silver, pair of Russian candlesticks, pair of Mappin & Webb Adam Revival candlesticks, var. Indian & Chinese silver, var. Georgian & Vict. silver etc.

    Jewellery & Bijouterie: 200+ lots inc. var. diamond & gem sets ladies rings, var. gold chains, var. gem set pendants, collection of novelty 14ct gem set brooches, var. gold bracelets & bangles, Amber beads, gold sovereign pendant.

    Watches: var. gold & silver pocket watches, var. wristwatches inc. Tudor, Rolex, Omega Speedmaster Professional  ‘Pre Moon’ Chronograph with 3-2-1 movement, Oris.

    Ceramics, Glass & Misc: inc. collection of handmade modern teddies, oriental bronzes, 2x Chinese Jade vessels, fishing rods inc. Hardy, edged weapons, dolls, Moorcroft tobacco jar, Tunbridge Parquetry tea caddy, Wemyss egg basket, Chinese archaic bronzes, Royal Worcester, Exhibition oversized Royal Worcester Hadley figure, Austrian cold painted bronzes inc. Bergmann, coins inc. William III Crown, medals, postcards, C18 marine ivory & bone walking cane, toys inc. railway.

    Paintings & Prints: 3x G. Clarke, 3x S. Stafford, V. Thornton, 2x T.Ryohei, 5x C. Karhu, 5x S. Rosenthal, W. Cox, R. Chappel ship portrait, 2x Paul Lewin, John S. Piper, Reg Watkiss.

    Clocks: 3x longcase clock inc. Beringer Helstone, French Ormolu & Porcelain clock with dome, Carter London small (style clock), Chas Frodsham clock, 3x carriage clocks, Barograph, Cuckoo clock with twin fusee movements, Chas Frodsham Silver case miniature carriage clock.

    Furniture & Furnishings: Ercol dining suite, Chinese carved two tier table, Gillow style extending dining table, 3x Edwardian museum cabinets, Victorian silver chest, George III Oak lowboy, George III Mahogany breakfront sideboard, var. bijouterie tables, Biedermeier walnut frame settee, var. George III & Victorian chest of drawers, var. dining chair sets, rugs etc.

    Viewing: Wed 12th & Thur 13th Feb 11am-4pm and on sale day from 8.30am

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Previous Auctions

  • 26th & 27th September Fine Art & Antiques auction

    Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room had an exceptional two day Antiques & Fine Art auction on 26th & 27th September with over 1100 lots on offer and proving to be one of  their busiest auctions yet, with over 700 online registered bidders and over 200 bidders registered to bid in the room.

    The auction was notable for having the Ron Clifford collection of diecast toys by Dinky and Britains, including lead painted soldiers, also by Britains. Amassed over a lifetimes collecting these were of exceptional quality, and mostly with original boxes and auctioneer Carl Nielsen had the pleasure of being favoured with the consignment from Ron’s family to catalogue and sell the collection. It created national and international interest with buyers from America and the whole collection achieved over £11,000.

    Silver and jewellery continues to be The Truro Sale room’s strongest section within the Antiques auction and with over 340 lots on offer there was considerable interest. Top hammer price went to a butterscotch amber graduated bead necklace selling for £920, a Chinese jade pendant bead necklace sold for £620, and a gorgeous Edwardian Chrysoberyl and diamond brooch by Garrard sold for £670. A pair of 9ct gold Parker pens sold for £680. Vintage watches continue to be in demand and a gentleman’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Precision no. 5500 automatic stainless steel bracelet watch, with original box and papers, sold for £1400 despite condition issues. Also in this section was an 18ct Waltham pocket watch which sold for £850.

    Items of historical social interest, or with provenance, which can be discussed and admired, or worthy of research, are the most sought after items at auction at the moment, eclipsing the old auction staples of ceramics and glass. Examples of this selling at the auction are an ancient Egyptian carved stone scarab amulet with gilded hieroglyphs selling for £300, and a late 18th century watercolour painted fan with ivory sticks and in its original paper box, with the fan makers label of Clarke, 45 Ludgate Hill achieving £750 to a telephone buyer. An early 19th century watercolour paper doll with over 25 different fashion cards sold for £480. Items with a practical purpose also sell well, with a weighted chess set by Jacques with original box and presented by Truro chess club selling for £650.

    For the third time this year furniture achieved the top price at Lodge & Thomas Antiques auctions, with a pair of William IV settees selling for £3500, even though they were in very distressed condition. Second top price in the auction was for a Regency burr wood and amboyna library table, correctly identified by the auctioneer as attributed to Morel & Seddon, selling to the furniture trade for £1700. An early 18th century walnut chest on stand sold for £1000.

    Contacts auctioneer Carl Nielsen 07738219438 for valuations or for consignments. 



    Friday 17th May @ 10am

    at Truro Livestock Market, Newquay Road, Truro  TR1 1 RH


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    Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room had another busy and well attended Antiques & Fine Art auction on Friday 17th May. With over 790 varied lots to choose from there were over 200 registered bidders, over 300 commission bids and 500 online national and International bidders.

    We had a very welcome, special visitor to the auction. Betty Stogs dropped by to help us sell lot 300, a 1966 England vs West Germany World Cup football program, signed by nine of the England team. This was donated to Betty Stogs by a local gentleman for her fundraising efforts for Childrens Hospice South West. The buyers dug deep into their pockets and it eventually sold to a local gentleman in the room for £1150! The local gentleman happened to be a ball boy at the famous game and during the game Nobby Stiles kicked the ball and hit him on the nose! Obviously it was a happy memory for the purchaser. All proceeds of the selling of the program were donated to the Hospice.

    The day started with the silver and jewellery sections, and this is always well contested. Top price in the silver section was a fine pair of George II cast candlesticks by John Cafe, hallmarked London 1752. Online bidders contested this until the gavel fell at £1100. An unusual silver mounted wrythen fluted glass claret jug sold to the London silver trade for £380. In the jewellery section there were two butterscotch amber graduated bead necklaces, one sold for £1350, the other £820 and a heavy 9ct gold chain sold for £920. Vintage watches were again in demand and a gentleman’s Rolex Oyster automatic stainless steel bracelet watch sold for £720 despite condition issues.

    In the ceramics and glass section there was steady bidding throughout for all items. Unusually it was modern Swarovski glass figures which were the most sought after lots, with a collection from a deceased estate. The collection sold for a combined £3000, with a figure of Cinderella selling for £550. In the miscellaneous section a bronze model of a Whippet after Mene sold for £480, and a Chinese Mahjong set within a carved box sold for £380. The “sleeper” of the day was charming early 19th Century oil on canvas portrait of a pretty young women. Unsigned and unattributed with an estimate of £150-250, it eventually sold for £1100.

    Yet again quality antique furniture is still very much in demand at Lodge & Thomas with collectors and trade buyers from all over the country. Top price of the section was a monumental Victorian pine dresser measuring 9 foot across and 7 foot high sold online for £1500. Also a large Victorian pine kitchen table which was 10 foot long sold for £720. A 1920’s Gordon Russell mahogany chest of drawers sold for £1300 and a William IV mahogany two section campaign chest achieved £1250 to an online bidder.

    The auction had many remarkable results, unfortunately too numerous to mention in this brief reflective article.

    If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine Art Auction, scheduled for Friday 27th September, contact auctioneer Carl Nielsen on 07738219438

    Our next General Furnishing auction is on 14th June.









    Over 800 lots with live bidding @

    Friday 1st February @ 10am

    Busy auction at Lodge & Thomas despite the snowy weather!!

    Buyers braved the snow and ice on Friday 1st February at Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room, to bid on over 800 lots within the salerooms first auction of the year. Although it was slightly quieter in the room, there was an unusually high number of commission and telephone bidding. Online bidding was extremely busy, possibly from people snow bound in their homes and so being by their computers.

    Oriental items were again fiercely contested and one of the top prices in the auction went to a Chinese porcelain small lidded bowl, decorated with a child feeding a chicken and chicks, the lid and side inscribed with a poem, which sold online for £1200. Also a Chinese jade and coral bead necklace with a large jade pendant carved with a figure amongst bamboo, sold for £1050. Japanese artefacts are also becoming popular once more after being in the doldrums for the past decade, with a large Imari pattern porcelain charger selling for £650 to a telephone bidder, and a Meiji period ivory okimono carving of a realistic peeled banana which looked good enough to eat sold for £620 to an online buyer.

    Tribal artefacts with interesting provenance always commands a premium and undoubtedly the ‘sleeper’ of the auction was a late 19th century leather, bone and wood model of an esquimaux kayak within a glass case. The interesting provenance of this lot was an old printed and mounted card label which read ‘Brought from Disco on the return of Captain Nare’s expedition in search of the North Pole – stones dredged in Davies Straits’. The bidders were obviously convinced that this was indeed brought back from the failed expedition, and sold for £1400 against an estimate of £100-150. Another item with provenance which sold well was a Victorian oak stationary box of Chinese Boxer rebellion and Australian interest. This box had a plaque which was inscribed ‘To Captain Williams of the Chingtu Transport no 106 ship from the officers of the New South Wales Naval Contingent 1901’. The box was a gift from the officers to the captain, for his part in bringing back to Sydney of the contingent from the dangers of the Boxer Rebellion. Normally a box such as this would sell for £80-120 but with the provenance sold to an Australian buyer for £880!

    There was a good selection of silver and jewellery in the auction as always and there was some strong bidding in the silver section with a Queen Anne West Country silver dog-nose spoon by Francis Servant of Bideford selling for £580 to a Devonshire collector. Although unfashionable, a Victorian three piece tea set achieved £580, and a pair of Omar Ramsden Arts & Crafts pin dishes sold for £550. Vintage Gentlemen’s wrist watches are always in huge demand and a 1930’s Rolex stainless steel mechanical wrist watch sold for £750. In the ceramics section two impressive large 19th century Vienna circular plaques, exquisitely painted with classical mythological scenes within gilt jewelled borders and grounds sold for £780 and £580 respectively.      

    Traditional paintings by good painters are still selling well even though present fashion favours contemporary art. An oil on canvas by Sydney Watson, depicting a snowy landscape with sheep, titled ‘Glen Lyon Perthshire’ sold for £1200 whilst an early 19th century oil on panel of view of Blackwall by Patrick Nasmyth sold for £650.

    Quality furniture is still very much in demand at Lodge & Thomas, and the best price of the day went to a 1920’s Gordon Russell mahogany wardrobe selling to a collector of the designer, sold for £2000. An oak Louis XV French day bed, consigned from a Cornish stately home, sold for £980 and a 19th century camphorwood brass inlaid secretaire campaign chest sold for £700. An early 20th century Merryweather London Patent Hatfield fireman’s trailer pump sold for £900.

    The auction had many remarkable results, unfortunately too numerous to mention in this brief reflective article. If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine auction, scheduled for Friday 17th May, contact auctioneer Carl Nielsen on 07738219438









    "On-Line" Antique Auction @ Truro Sale Room

    Friday 28th September 10am




    On Friday 28th September Lodge & Thomas, The Truro Sale Room, held their last Antiques & Fine Art auction of 2018. There was strong bidding throughout with over 600 registered online bidders on and with over 200 people registering to bid in the room.

    There were some real rarities within the auction which made incredible prices. The rarest, and which made the top price on the day, was a Louis Wain pottery model of the ‘Cubist' Egyptian cat. One of the first cat models made by Louis Wain in 1914, these examples rarely come onto the market, and in such good original condition. It sold on the telephone to a collector for £4100.

    In the jewellery section top price went to a 19th century Australian gold openwork brooch, attributed to Hogarth & Erichsen, Sydney, and modelled with a Kangeroo, Emu, possom and bird amongst palm trees. At only 9 grams in weight it far outstripped its scrap value to sell online for £2800. It shows that any unwanted jewellery should be seen by an expert before you scrap or pawn your items. In the watch section a rare early 1960's Titus Calypsomatic stainless steel diver's watch sold for £1700.

    There was a strong decorative art selection within the auction, and an Art Deco bronze figure of a bat wing girl by Otto Poetzel sold to a bidder in the room for £850. The selection of Clarice Cliff pottery Bizarre pieces that were in the sale were sought after by trade buyers, and a Butterfly jug sold for £580 and a ‘Newlyn' pattern jug and condiment pot sold for a combined £700. In the miscellaneous section a Welsh carved wood love spoon made £1150. These folk art items were traditionally given by a suiter to his intended wife to show his skill in woodworking, and more importantly to impress his future father-in-law that he can provide for his daughter, and were carved with symbols of love. Ours had a heart, cup and locks with monogram.

    As always in Lodge & Thomas auctions there was a strong Oriental section. The top prices were for two Japanese gold lacquer Shibayama Inro, both exquisitely inlaid in mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, ivory and hard stone. One was a typical five sectional example and sold for £1350. The other was a more unusual two section gourd shape and sold for £4000. There was a good selection of Chinese carved jade, which is much prized by Chinese collectors. Top price was for a pale green jade snuff bottle with character written inscriptions which sold for £1600. In the same pale green jade was a rectangular plaque, carved and pierced in relief with a dragon which sold for £1200. Three other pieces of jade sold for a combined £2000.

    There was a strong painting section, with an oil on canvas river landscape by the Scottish painter William Miller Frazer selling for £3000. In the clock section a ball gravity clock by Harding & Bazeley of Cheltenham sold for £580 and in the 150 furniture section a 17th century oak refectory table and set of eight matching dining chairs sold for £600.

    If you would like to consign to our next live online Antiques & Fine auction, or to our monthly General Furnishing auctions, contact:

    Auctioneer & Valuer Carl Nielsen 07738 219438