Thursday 9 February 2023

The Rural Bygones Sale

 As usual I was curious to see what was for sale at the Domestic and Rural Bygones Special Sale. The first of 3 they will have at the Auction House in 2023.

Nothing stood out as "Wow - I'd must own that!" but a few things I would have welcomed home - except I didn't need them.

There were lots of old galvanised watering cans and dustbins. 

This was half of a huge amount of what was described as French Wasp Traps -  traps for French Wasps? or Wasp Traps from France?!

Very smart pond yacht

and a large boat in a glass case - a large space would be needed to display this.

3 wooden planters - oddly still containing soil and some old plants

Colin would have liked these grey Ferguson tractors - usually known as  Grey Fergies. We bought one in 1992 with the smallholding - it hadn't been restored like these ones, it was more of a rust bucket but it ran, although couldn't pull anything bigger than a one furrow plough.

An Egg Preserving Pail dating from the days when hens didn't lay in winter. Fresh eggs were kept in Water Glass which is ....I think... a mix of slaked lime and water. Hybrid hens are bred nowadays to lay all year round.

A Telephone box is an odd thing to find for sale! Sold for £1,500

I think this is listed as a pig stretcher! Not to stretch a pig, but to carry a dead pig!

A neat little chest of drawers full of tiny nails and all sorts of other bits and bobs.... sold for £170. 

Anything sells as a 'bygone' - even a heap of old empty tins 

Gorgeous large Sycamore Dairy bowl sold for £60!

Several Lots were 'collection of treen'. Treen  is anything small made from wood (tree)

This was described as a Small 19th Century Childs Cart - must be for a very small pony to pull - perhaps a large dog or even a goat?

Last auction there were some really tatty stuffed owls. This time a very smart taxidermy Fox although I wouldn't want him in the house.

A nice complete picnic hamper

This one below is described as a small goat or dog cart

As usual there were over 800 lots, so this is just a glimpse.

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  1. There's some lovely stuff there (as well as some unlovely stuff, I am sure) I love that little cart - nice for pots of plants in the garden. xx

  2. Anything like that is just up my street. We do miss going to auctions. Covid put an end to that for us - we used to shoot down the motorway to get to get to our favourite one at Wotton in Gloucestershire, but from here it's x-country and just too far away. We don't have any locally - I think Leominster's the nearest.

    Those little carts were probably pulled by goats (although I know they used large dogs on the Continent). I'd have liked the treen items - that Sycamore bowl was beautiful and not a bad price. The nest of drawers sold well - these are always popular (well, in vogue at the moment . . . fashions change though). I can't help thinking that "Egg preserving pail" was added very recently - at the time, you just used it, knowing it for what it was!)

  3. How interesting. Wonder if some of the kitchenalia would ever make a comeback with the constantly rising fuel costs?

  4. Oh my goodness-that egg preserver took me straight back to the 60s when I did Domestic Science for a Higher subject. We learned to preserve then use the eggs in our classes. We used isinglass I think? Needless to say it’s not something I have ever done since! Catriona

  5. What an interesting post! I love all that old stuff. I do have an old watering can like the ones shown there. I use it just for garden ornament as, if it were full of water, I wouldn't be able to pick it up!

  6. I have a Wasp trap like those. A lot of the bygone stuff could still be used today.

  7. Very interesting but as a child brought up in the 40’s/50’s without electric, mains water or mains drainage I truly embrace all that is modern. A warm house, water on tap without having to pump up from well, and light with the click of a switch, no Tilley lamp and those blasted mantels. Life must have been unbearably hard, forever cutting logs or kindling, hands raw from digging veg and preparing it, cooking on a temperamental range, just drudgery from morn to night and no leisure time. God knows why people still buy this old rubbish and fill their homes with it, consign it to a museum or the bonfire. Sarah Browne.mDorset.

  8. My mom had hens when we lived in the Dales, and used to dip them in isinglass. I was a little kid, so I never knew why. I suppose she was preserving them.

    I love the old stuff. I expect a lot of people are still using items like that, because they don't really wear out. I wonder what you'd use a,phone box for? A little street library, maybe?

  9. A fascinating collection of bygone 'stuff'. I think my favourite was the large ceramic bowl
    Alison in Wales x

  10. It's fun to look at - like walking through a museum.

  11. I think I would have been in the bidding for the little drawers, although I would have avoided the fox completely.
    When we lived at Jointers Farm our landlord had so many 'dead' Fergies about the place Alan was itching to get his hands on them and try to make one fully functioning one from all the parts.

  12. I would have bid on the chest. I love all the little drawers

  13. This was a very interesting auction with lots of great items for sale. I also liked the little chest of drawers and I could use the bee traps. The tractors look good too.

  14. Love that last cart

  15. A posh antique shop in Petworth has a small chest of apothecary drawers that has been retouched (skilfully by someone with sign writing talents) with names of flowers. I better not tell you the price otherwise you and Bovey Belle would have 40 fits. I have two (inherited and in use) old galvanised watering cans which are useful for siphoning off rain water for fussy plants. There is an old telephone box on a country lane near me which has TELEPOEMS instead of TELEPHONE around the top. It is somewhere to rest awhile to read and write poems and connect (!) with other poetry-loving folk. I like the sycamore bowl. It would be a good companion to my big slab of sycamore which is my pastry, pizza and bread kneading board. Sarah in Sussex

  16. It's years since I have been to an auction, yet I used to enjoy seeing all the odd bits and pieces. This one looks to have been fascinating :)

  17. There are some amazing things there. I love the picnic hamper.

    God bless.

  18. A fascinating collection! Jackie and I would have been fighting over the picnic hamper!

  19. Sometimes I am just as happy to browse and leave empty handed as to find something I really need. I suppose it depends on one's mood. I had a very pretty green watering can several years ago and stupidly left it outside in bad weather. It froze and broke, and I was so annoyed with myself I bought an ugly replacement just because it looked sturdy. I need one of those big ones to save me walking back to the faucet so often!

  20. Looks like a lovely sale. Such interesting things! I love that picnic hamper. We found one while sorting through Mum's things. It wasn't complete but it brought back lovely memories of childhood.

  21. I would enjoy attending a sale like this. So many interesting items from the past. I got a kick out of the French wasp traps.

  22. I would have been hard pressed to leave the little chest behind. Lord knows I need it like I need another hole in my head. The picnic satchel was sweet. You know I was at a thrift store a few months back and I saw one of those fly/wasp traps. I snapped it up right away. My husband thought I was crazy. He had no idea what it was. I learn a great deal from reading blogs!