Country sports fans from all over are expected at an auction in Cockermouth next week.
Mitchells has developed a national reputation for its biannual sports sales which now span three days in the spring and fall.
Their upcoming Country Sports Sale will feature a wide range of antique and modern sporting goods for hunting, shooting and fishing, including taxidermy, country clothing, sports photos, books and ceramics.
The most valuable lot of the sale is expected to be a set of three “1912 Perfect Limited Edition Hardy Reels” reproductions, in mint condition in a brown leather presentation case which is expected to fetch between £1,500 and £2,000.
Other valuable lots include a rare German Lilipet KAL 4.25mm Modell 1927 pistol, which could fetch between £800 and £1,200. A Swiss-made Morini competition air pistol for target shooting has an estimate of £300 to £500 and an Iver Johnson air pistol circa 1875 in the late 1880s is expected to sell for between £100 and £150 .
An ink and watercolor cartoon illustration “Wilk” by renowned Keswick artist John William (Bill) Wilkinson (1906-1994) depicting a rhinoceros with dogs and titled “Wha’s Terrier DidTa Put In?” should fetch between £200 and £300.
For hunting enthusiasts, a Kohler banded hunting horn dated 1851-1862 and stamped ‘Kohler & Son Makers Victoria Street Westminster (From Covent Garden)’ has an estimate of £100-200.
The sale takes place from October 12 to 14.
An illustrated catalog can be viewed online at www.the-saleroom.com/Mitchells.
Alternatively, lots can be viewed in person at Mitchells Station Road auction house on October 10 and 11 and throughout each day of the sale. Entries are invited for Mitchell’s next Antiques and Artwork Sale (November 30-December 2), with a closing date of November 1.