First sale of the season a real success

Over 300 parties viewed McAfee Auction sale last week, where approximately 800 lots came under the hammer at a sale of antique and modern furnishings and effects in the Ballymoney sale rooms.

Primarily the contents of two properties, are in Ballymena and the other in Hollywood, Co Down, together with other furnishings from other estates, the sale attracted buyers from north and south, together with numerous email enquires from further afield, resulting in a busy night of telephone bidding, where up to five lines were going for some of the more important lots.

Top price of the night was a D-end extending table from a country house in Derry city, which although needing refurbished realised £525.  Close second was a very nice sized ‘ships piano’ which had been retailed by Harrods of London, and with tough competition realised £500.

Silver was again strong with a smaller three piece tea service realising £420, and gold also did well with a gold curb bracelet realising £360, a 14ct gold topaz and diamond ring £440, 14ct gold pocket watch £310, and other gold inset rings £190, £130, £210 and £90.

Other prices included table and chair set £420, selection of mahogany chests £290, £210, and £125, set of six chairs £170, pine panelled door press £260, pine dresser £400, mahogany side table £115, stag bedroom suite £475, three piece Berger suite £400, pair of planters £310, pair of large prints £140, pair of foo dogs £110, two upholstered small couches £220 and £150, four old masons jugs £100, two large jugs £70, Sam McLarnon watercolour £190, Gregory Moore oils £320 and £230, J P Rooney oil £165, cold painted pheasant £140, inlaid piano stool £95, upholstered armchair £210, patio table and chairs £210, grand daughter clock £120, pair of spelter figurines £130, early old oil painting £150, Waterford decanter £80, leather suite £160, Belleek tea pot £90, pedestal desk £120, swivel office chair £190, Hamersley desert set £125, masons dinner service £160, shaped front sideboard £150, tapestry wall hanging £105, occasional chairs £250, £180, £125 etc, pair of Windsor armchairs £180, two 2 door chiffoniers £160 and £320, Royal Albert dinner set £210, kitchen table and chair set £210, two door kitchen cabinet £250, long case clock £200, aneroid barometer £130, large crystal bowl £250, two Francis Clarke plaques £190 and £160, old pump £125, four old station lamps £87, glass churn £50, inlaid whatnot £80, upholstered daybed £100, pair of doulton figurines £135, music cabinet £55, arklow dinner set £85, kneehole desk £75, heavy carved planter £95, pine chest £100, inlaid oval table £80 etc.

McAfee auctions are now receiving items for the next sale of antique and general furniture in the Ballymoney auction rooms, and for there fine furnishings sale in Loughgall in October.  To enter lots simply telephone McAfee auctions on 028 276 67669.