Bidders are never down in the dumps at village auction

glass dumps

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An auction of antique, collective and vintage items will be held on Saturday at Melbourne Village hall.

With around 1000, lots there should be something for everyone.

William Wilson, auctioneer and valuer for Chris Clubley and Co, said: “The range of items is diverse and unique. Lots range from modern furniture to socket sets to collectable toys. Highlights include four Victorian Stourbridge glass dumps. “Dumps” as they were so often called were made from end of day glass. They were often used for doorstops and, like the examples in the sale, have teardrop or floral inclusions.

A collection of toys consigned by a local vendor also provide an area of considerable interest. The majority are produced by Dinky. Dinky toys were produced between 1935 and 1979 and have become extremely sought after today. The sale includes both boxed examples and mixed lots.

“Within the outside items a 19th century butter churn and mangle can be found, beside the usual varied assortment. Both items were discovered in a barn and consequently this is probably the first time they have ever been put up for auction. They clearly represent a bygone way of life and although unlikely to be used again they could still make perfect garden ornaments.

Mr Wilson said: “The sale contains a small quantity of period furniture (a large selection is currently between held over for the Autumn Fine Art sale on the 11th October). Included is an early 20th century display cabinet, a serpentine front bureau, Art Nouveau mirror back sideboard and an assortment of chairs.

A substantial collection of 20th designer teak furniture can also be found. The collection includes an Ercol tea trolley, besides an assortment of chairs, dining tables and cabinet furniture. It is amazing to see how much this type of furniture has grown in popularity in recent years.

“If you are planning a holiday the sale may fulfil all your luggage requirements. A large collection of vintage luggage has been consigned. Cabin trunks to leather suitcases there is a piece for every type of holiday and destination.

Auctions have and always will to some people conjure up the idea of high prices and an activity for only a certain sector of society. This is far from the case. People are amazed on their first outing to a general sale what their money can stretch to. A car full of unique items with a bill for only £12, for example. Where else could one get such value?”

Chris Clubley and Co are hold their Antique, Vintage and Collective sale this Saturday, 7 June, at Melbourne village hall saleroom, Melbourne York YO42 4RB. Viewing is from 10am on the day of sale. The auction commences at 1pm with outside lots. More details at

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