EDEN AND KESWICK LINKS TO ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
A NUMBER of items of Cumbrian interest will be offered for sale at the forthcoming Penrith Farmers’ and Kidd’s quarterly sale of antiques and collectors’ items at the Skirsgill saleroom, Penrith, on Wednesday.
They include a rare George IV Cumberland wrestling belt inscribed “To Wm. Robinson being the winner of the first prize at the Carlisle Wrestling 1830. Presented by the Earl of Lonsdale". The belt is wine morocco (goatskin) with gilt lettering and a yellow silk rosette.
It measures 58 inches in length, and is sold with both a photocopy of a page form Wrestling by Walter Armstrong, published 1870, which shows William Robinson, of Renwick, as the heavyweight winner at the Carlisle Wrestling in both 1829 and 1830, and also a photocopy of the Carlisle Patriot documenting William Robinson’s receipt of a similar belt in 1829, together with a prize of eight guineas.
In the textiles section is a sampler by Sarah Thompson, Robberby, dated 1828, stitched with birds, animals and trees, and the silver section contains a George III footed goblet by John Langlands (a Carlisle silversmith) hallmarked "Newcastle, 1775".
The ceramics section features a small unmarked Wetheriggs Pottery jug incised “Miss N. Nicholson/Morcambe 1905”. The decorative arts section contains a number of pieces of Keswick School of Industrial Arts metalware, the highlight being a rare enamelled copper casket made for the 1900 Home Arts and Industries Exhibition. It was featured in The Studio magazine in the same year. Designed by Herbert Maryon and made by Thomas Spark, with enamelling by Maryon and Thomas Clarke, it was described in The Studio magazine as “a copper casket made by Thomas Spark and enamelled by Thomas Clark and the designer. The lock, enamelled in pearly blue and white, gave a dainty touch of colour to a form almost bare of ornament, but beautiful in its proportions and lines”.
The estimate for the casket is £800-£1,200, but such a unique piece might sell for more. Also from the School of Industrial Arts are a rare cased set of six silver teaspoons, hallmarked "Chester, 1914", and a pair of fruit spoons, hallmarked 1905.
A small selection of books includes four local lots, namely Shepherd’s Guides for 1879 and 1927, Bulmer’s Directories for Cumberland and Westmorland (one lot) and Kelly’s Directories of Cumberland and Westmorland for 1894 and 1910 (one lot).
Following the books is a group of 10 old Cumbrian share certificates, including Caldbeck Fells Lead and Copper Mining Co. 1870, Appleby Mart 1899, Kirkby Stephen Mart 1898, Shap Granite 1891 and Brough Electric Lighting Co. 1917. A number of interesting local maps include a Speed County Map of Cumberland (1676 edition), a Peter Crosthwaite map of Ullswater (1800) and a hand-modelled relief map of the Lake District from 1936.
Local artist Reuben Ward Binks (1860-c.1950) is featured in both prints and watercolours. A signed print of a greyhound, Ratten Row, Winner of the 1938 Waterloo Cup, precedes three watercolours of greyhounds, two signed and entitled. Also in the watercolours section are the second part of a single-owner collection of “Wilk” fox-hunting cartoons with rare examples including a Jennings delivery man (The beer must get through), Dick Peel narrowly avoiding running over a fox, George Graham with hounds, and Johnnie Richardson — in one cartoon asking two skiing foxes “Seen anything of the hounds?”, in another talking with Margaret Thatcher.
Other local artists include William Taylor Longmire, Frederick and Edward Tucker, Alfred Heaton Cooper, Edward H. Thompson and Albert Rosser. Oils by various artists include local views of Borrowdale, Lodore, Derwentwater from Applethwaite, Grasmere Church and Swedene Bridge near Ambleside.
An extremely rare Georgian inlaid walnut stick barometer by the Porthouse family, of Penrith ,is also to be offered. The paper label reads “The Great Barometer” and has printed signature “Porthouse, Penrith”. The estimate is £2,000-3,000.
In the same section are local long-case clocks by Robert Hill, of Penrith, and Jonathan Reed, of Brampton.
The sale concludes with 100 lots of antique furniture, including three Georgian oak dressers, one sold with rack and a blue transfer-printed dinner service to fit it, and an early 20th Century mahogany bow-fronted dressing chest from the Crossrigg Hall dispersal sale.
A rare Robinson and Sons “Ilkley Couch” last seen at the Carlisle edition of the Antiques Roadshow rounds off proceedings.