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Public sale Bidder’s Regret Get hold of US

Over 24 hours later and I’m filled with regret. Not over an public sale buy. Fairly over an merchandise I finished bidding on.

The merchandise on the market with Mellors and Kirk, Nottingham, was described as:

Batley, Yorkshire. An album of images, 1906, of studio portraits of the kids of the Fancy Gown Ball held on the City Corridor in January 1906, roughly 222 sepia toned, rectangular, oval and spherical silver prints mounted recto and verso on substantial linen hinged leaves (44 x 38cm) with occasional pencil captions and guards, gilt tooled black calf armorial binding with leather-based label on marbled finish paper inscribed A SOUVENIR OF THE JUVENILE FANCY DRESS BALL GIVEN BY THE MAYOR AND MAYORESS (ALDERMAN & MRS GEORGE HIRST) AT THE TOWN HALL BATLEY JANUARY 1906, a.e.g., by Ingle & Son Binders Leeds, in baize lined folding mahogany boxGood situation with slight put on to the gilt arms and slight put on to cowl corners, the baize lining of the mahogany field moth eaten, exterior of mahogany scratched and chipped

Description of Lot 1209, Mellors and Kirk High quality Books and Manuscripts Public sale, 19 January 2023 – Public sale web site

The pictures accompanying it have been lush. Sadly I can not present them right here as a result of they are going to be topic to the auctioneer’s copyright.

By way of pre-auction analysis I’d came upon all concerning the fancy costume ball. Crucially I had the names of all the kids attending, together with particular person descriptions of their costumes so I might begin placing names to images

In my thoughts I had already deliberate to do a sequence of weblog posts concerning the fancy costume ball within the city corridor utilizing the album. I might attempt to match the kids to their images, alongside mini-biographies about every of them.

19 January 2023, and public sale day dawned. I sensibly set myself a restrict, and logged on. And, as I assumed on the time, I equally sensibly bowed out when the bidding exceeded my cap. However even then I had a niggling anxiousness that I had been far too cautious. That’s my ordinary downfall, taking part in issues secure.

Picture by 3D Animation Production Company from Pixabay

The lot lastly went for over the preliminary public sale estimate. The hammer worth was £450, plus these pesky purchaser’s premiums/on-line bidding charges.

And now I’m now bitterly regretting it. It might have been an ideal match for my ardour for the historical past of Batley, particularly in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and my weblog.

If I had my time once more I might have set my cap far greater to personal, and extra importantly to have the ability to share, this distinctive piece of Batley historical past.

I’m so hoping the album has gone to somebody who will actually cherish and protect it – maybe a descendant of one of many youngsters.

#Public sale #Bidders #Regret

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