The Collection of the late Enid Riley (Part I) featured in the Summer Sewing Sale
We have been entrusted with looking after the sale of the late Enid Riley's Collection. A highly respected and passionate collector, a great friend to Bleasdales and to Robert Bleasdale and his family, in particular, he credits her with sparking his early interest in antique sewing boxes. Enid had a great eye, was intellectually curious, and loved sharing her knowledge. In that spirit, her son hopes others will now have the chance to own and enjoy items from her superb collection.
A selection of lots from the Enid Riley Collection can been viewed on our home page
NB: The saleroom.com normally charge individual buyers for using their service but Bleasdales Ltd will be covering this cost sale and buyers will only pay the usual buyers premium of 20%
Winter Sewing Sale Wednesday 24 November 2021
£10 and £12 (incl. UK P&P)
£15 (incl. Worldwide P&P)
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online sale starting on 16 June at 10am.
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How do I collect any lots I have bought?
We offer an at cost worldwide postal delivery service. There will also be opportunities to collect your purchases from us directly but this will need to be organised by prior appointment observing UK Government regulations/recommendations at the time.
To arrange an appointment for collection of lots please contact Bleasdales Ltd directly:
+44 (0)7983 304880
We hope you will enjoy our sale from the safety of your own home and please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Winter Sewing Sale 2016
Wednesday 30 November 10am
A collection of 43 thimbles depicting the American presidents in coloured emamels and designed by the late Peter Swingler made £4000 hammer on the day. A portrait of Obama had been the last commission in this series and now with the arrival of Donald Trump, as president elect, it remains to be seen whether the new owner will a commission a new addition by a different maker.
Enamel was certainly the flavour of the day with two pretty Staffordshire pieces a thimble holder and needlcase (bodkin), emamelled with flowers and decorative designs making just under £1000 each.
It will come as no surprise to those who have been following the sewing sales in recent years that a Tunbridge Ware Sewing Companion in the form of a Brighton Pavillion turret made £1800 hammer, while a Tunbridge Ware nutmeg grater designed as a very pretty but humble cottage made not so humble £800.
Viewing took place on
Monday 28 November 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 29 November 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 30 November restricted viewing from 9am
Staying in Warwick
Warwick is a historic town in the heart of England. The picturesque town is a very popular tourist destination because of the beautifully preserved ancient castle of Warwick which dates back to the 11th century. There are a number of hotels and pubs as well as privately owned houses which provide Bed and Breakfast. For futher information please contact:
Warwick Tourist Board
t +44(0)1926 492212
Our Winter Sewing Sale 2015, incorporating Tunbridge Ware, took place on 2 December at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. Appropriately it was a Tunbridge Ware piece which produced one of the top prices of the day - a beautifully detailed sewing table dating from the 1840s with geometric design sold for £3,500 hammer. Palais Royal perfomed extremely well again as did a collection of very desirable visiting cards, in a variety of materials, which belonged to collector Dr Ian McFeeters.
Our next sale will take place at the Great Hall, Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, England in the Summer of 2016
Bleasdales Summer Sewing sale included the collection of the late Phyllis Savage, one of the earliest members of the Dorset thimble society - a passionate and popular collector who went on to collect not just unusual thimbles but a wide vaiety of interesting sewing tools and boxes.
Her stunning collection of enamelled Norwegian thimbles proved to be particularly desirable amongst collectors.
Sale held on Wednesday 24 July 2013
We had some great results for our first Summer Sewing sale held on the 24 July. As most collectors would expect antique sewing boxes made some of the best prices - a beautifully detailed regency penwork box made £2000 hammer while a Victorian papier mache work table made £1500. We had two small sections devoted to treen and antique textiles and both proved popular with one group of world textiles selling for over £3000.
Click on the PDF below to download or view our Summer Sewing Sale Results.
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Are you passionate about Mauchline Ware - why not join the Mauchline Ware Collectors Club?
This society, established in 1985, welcomes members from all over the world. Collectors enjoy sharing their knowledge and the society invite guest experts to speak and produce informative newsletters. To find out more contact www.dorset-thimble-society.org.uk