Rolling action: Maritime emporium's treasures to go under the hammer

2010-04-20 00:00

A NINETEENTH-CENTURY brass astronomical telescope snugly fitted into its mahogany case, complete with various lenses and a tripod, is just one of the many treasures coming up for auction tomorrow at Cannon & Cannon in Hilton.

The telescope is one of thousands of items to be auctioned from the entire stock of Durban’s largest maritime and nautical emporium, Pretty Ancient Antiques, which has been a feature of the Durban Esplanade since 1955.

Sadly, the famous shop has closed its doors due to the ill health of its owner, John Walkden-Davis.

In all, there are nearly 5 000 items to be auctioned. David Cannon has opted for a rolling auction, featuring monthly lots of up to 500 items and lasting until November. The auctions will be on the Wednesday following the catalogued antiques and collectables auction held on the last Tuesday of each month.

Among the items on offer are ships’ bells, lamps, propellers as well as many large-scale model ships. But it’s not all nautical. Militaria, books, Zulu artefacts, scientific instruments, cash registers and paintings will also go under the hammer.

“What’s outstanding about this stock is its quality and its rarity,” said Cannon. “John’s passion for collecting and selling really shines through.”

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