Six oddities to bid for at Chiswick Auctions’ From the Curious to the Extraordinary auction14 January 2020 If you love finding historical curios and objects that defy categorisation, Chiswick Auctions has the sale for you.
Its inaugural From the Curious to the Extraordinary auction takes place on January 21 and offers a range of items that celebrate the weird, the wonderful and the eccentric. Below is a taste of some of the strange items available at the sale, but there are lots more available to bid for on the auction page at thesaleroom.com.
Made in the 1930s, this dog-shaped German clock tells the time with its eyes. A small mark in each pupil moves around to indicate the time, and there are five-minute markers around each eye. The timepiece movement is fitted within the dog’s head. It is offered with an estimate of £150-200.
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This large promotional model of Parker’s ‘International’ size fountain pen, c.2000, shows an ink bottle inscribed The Art of Writing with a pearl marbled duo fountain pen measuring 8ft 4in (2.54m) high. The new range of Parker Duofolds was re-introduced in 1988 as part of the company’s 100th anniversary. The black and pearl was first launched in 1921. It is offered with an estimate of £1200-1800.
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This painted terracotta offers a mystery as there is no information on the maker, function or subject. It is indistinctly inscribed to the inside John L.M.L ii V.on.V Theatre, London 1873. However, despite much research, the owner has not been able to find a direct link to any particular theatre. It has been suggested that it was used as a stage prop or acting tool – perhaps a very strong man could place his head inside is to play a part, hence the eyes that are drilled out. Whether it depicts the Green Man, a satyr or the devil himself is also up for discussion. It is offered with an estimate of £1000-1500.
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This 1960s carved hardwood swivel chair is modelled as a giant hand with the open palm seat raised on a cylindrical solid wood plinth with a circular base. It is offered with an estimate of £1500-2000.
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This desk calendar was produced by the Scottish industrial electrical engineering company Bruce Peebles. Made in the early 20th century, it is in the form of an electric generator. It is estimated at £200-300 at Chiswick Auctions.
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Tavern dart board
This piece of 19th century folk art is a dart board made for a tavern. The wooden backboard had an arched top and a tray at the bottom to catch fallen darts. The circular board has metal edging. It is estimated at £80-120.
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