A treasure trove of antiques unearthed at the shop of deceased Rutland antiques dealer will go under the hammer in Grantham.
David Smith, who retired from the antiques trade in 2003, walked away from the shop in St Mary’s Road, Manton, leaving behind a veritable smorgasbord of antiques which remained untouched until his death, 10 years later.
Golding Young & Mawer’s principal auctioneer and valuer Colin Young said: “When we walked in to start assessing the items it was as though we had been transported back in time.
“We saw some ‘good old proper antiques’. In fact everything you would expect from a trade antiques dealer, including a George III mahogany and brass bound octagonal cellerette, a selection of 19th century brass candlesticks, a collection of treen items, hunting prints, oil lamps and all conceivable areas of decoration.”
The antiques, which had been sealed in the shop for the past 10 years, were cleaned and moved to Golding Young & Mawer’s Grantham saleroom late last year, where the items were catalogued and prepared for sale.
Young said “Obviously we are privileged to receive the instructions from the executors of David Smith, the well-respected antique dealer from Manton in Rutland. Our thanks also go to the Smith family for their help in bringing together such a fantastic sale.”
The collection, featuring over 800 lots, will be open for viewing 2pm-5pm on February 9 and 10am-4pm on February 10 and 11.The live auction will take place at The Grantham Auction Rooms on February 12, from 10am.
The full sale catalogue can be viewed online at www.goldingyoung.com