A second sale is to be held by Peter Wilson auctioneers in September 2011, which will include items from Harry Sheldon’s Wedgwood collection, previously thought to have been auctioned in 1998, following his death in 1996. However, the son of Harry Sheldon, also named Harry was left some pieces from the Wedgwood collection in his father’s will, which he continued to add to over the years. A second sale will now be held which will include the highly sought after Wedgwood.
Harry Snr started work at the Wedgwood Etruria factory in Stoke-on-Trent after leaving school. Working in the “Ornamental Works” department of the factory, he started to learn the trade. His first piece of Wedgwood was purchased at the age of 14 for the equivalent of 57p in today’s money. His collection was added to over the years and stored in his attic until his death, when many pieces were sold at a London auction. However, Harry Jnr added to the pieces left to him by his father and also entered the pottery industry, working for Royal Doulton.
One particular piece, an antique vase will be the centre piece of the sale. The 18th Century Apotheosis of Homer vase was lovingly restored by Harry Sheldon Snr after it was received damaged and thought to beyond saving. The antique vase is now estimated to be worth between £300 and £500.
A fine antique, whether a prized ornament or a piece of furniture like antique dining chairs , requires expert restoration following damage. Luckily, Harry Sheldon Snr had expertise gained from many years in the antiques industry. This expertise can be found in many areas of the UK, including the Lancashire area.
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