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The world famous Reading Carriage Sales have been in operation for over 40 years. There are now four sales annually in Reading with an additional one each summer in the North of England.
Over the years, carriages, sets of harness, sundry accoutrements and anything related to the art of carriage driving have been bought and sold by clients around the globe. The sales provide an important meeting place for driving and equestrian enthusiasts, as well as for those looking to buy and sell their items.

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Sale Report – North of England Carriage Sale – 2017-06-28

A very wet day in North Yorkshire did not deter a large number of buyers from across the north of England, the Midlands and Scotland from attending Thimbleby & Shorland’s Carriage Sale, held for the 2nd year at Richmond Equestrian Centre, near Catterick. With just short of 40 vehicles, some of which were late entries, nearly 400 lots of sundries, plus harness, vehicle parts, saddlery & tack, pictures, models and books, there were about 900 lots on offer in total. Prices quoted are hammer prices and exclude a Buyers’ Premium of 9%.

Lot 82 – Boot Aid

In the Sundries & Accoutrements section the best-selling item was a pair of decorative Hearse lamps with tall finials (3), making £480. Another pair of large carriage lamps (13) made £420. A brown leather hat box containing a silk top hat (27) sold for £175; a square brown leather hat box to take two hats (31A) made £150 and a brown metal hat box with a grey bowler hat and gloves (30) fetched £120. A black patent leather 21ins collar with brass hames (159) sold for £230; a pair of 23ins collars in show condition (66) made £180, and a 21ins leather collar with hames (103) made £130

Whips of all sorts sold well. A pretty lady’s side saddle whip with a carved ivory handle (284) sold for £175. A holly driving whip with silver fittings (233) made £110; a ferruled whip by Crawley (274) also fetched £110, and another driving whip (257) made £100. An artillery postilion whip and a crop (90) made £100 and another whip with a sword handle (92) fetched £70. A brass coach horn in a leather case (22) sold for £190; a copper horn by Army & Navy (23) made £160 and a pair of small brass/copper hunt horns (12) made £30.

Lot 267 – Miniature Saddle

Some interesting items such as three spirit flasks within a leather case (26) made £80; a paint pin-stripping tool by Beuglar (79) made £45; and an antique travelling boot aid containing boot pulls and a button hook within (82) made £70. A large oval copper foot warmer (266) sold for £80; a miniature leather saddle (267) made £25; and a hallmarked silver novelty lighter in the form of a coach horn (275) made £100. A large hame plate engraved ‘WM. Wakefield’ (276) made £40 and a very attractive folding pocket-size horse measure and measuring tape by Cooper & Jones (285) made £75. A hunting canteen to hold a sandwich box and flask (flask missing) (288) sold for £100, and a brass carriage foot bell (324) made £70.

Lot 266 – Foot Warmer







In the Pictures, Models and Books section a framed print of a Road Coach after Whitaker Reville (354) fetched £35; a small garden anvil (363) made £75; and a small tea table with folding top (371) depicting coaching scenes made £55. There was a small collection of hand-made models on offer: a varnished Governess Car (366) and a red & yellow Hay Wagon (368) both made £35, and a blue/yellow Hay Wagon with rades (367) fetched £20. Not as many books as last year but 4 boxes of magazines including (381) Carriage Driving Journals and Carriage Driving made £20 and the ever popular Terry Keegan book The Heavy Horse – Its Harness and Harness Decoration (385) sold for £20.

Generally, sets of Harness made good money; a smart single patent/brass set to fit a 14 to 15 hh (514) fetched £460; whilst another similar set to fit 14 to 15.2 hh (513) made £440. A single set of show harness (526) made by Sally Barnes of Abingdon to fit 14.2 to 15 hh fetched £380, as did an English collar set for a cob (539). A pair set by Zilco (545) made £310. A set of black/red trade harness with horseshoe buckles (552) made £230, and another needing some repair (522) sold for £100. A large breastcollar set (512) made £150 and a yellow & black set with horseshoe buckles (533) fetched the same.

Lot 419 – Bread Van

The trade for the vehicles was more challenging. The best price achieved was for a smart ‘Roys of Bournville’ Bread Van (419) built in 1896, which had been recently shown with a pair of donkeys at the Balmoral Show, and fetched £2,500. A Dennet Gig (404) to suit 14.2 to 15 hh made £1,050; a Polish 4-Wheeled Marathon vehicle (415) built in 2007 made £900, and a smart Market/Country Cart built by Cuthbert & Son, Dundee in 1900 (415) sold for £800. A continental Phaeton built around the 1890’s, to suit 14 to 16 hh (423), made £480, and a Morgan-Style Dog Cart (413), again of continental origins and in need of considerable refurbishment, made £250.

Lot 404 Dennett Gig








Lot 671 – Albion Saddle




Post the printing of the catalogue there was an influx of entries for Saddlery & Tack, which included a large quantity of saddles. A brand new Albion saddle (671) sold for £240. A Western saddle (628) fetched £70; another measuring 15ins (677) made £45, and child’s Western saddles measuring 12ins (675) and 13ins (678) both made £20. A 16ins Barnsby saddle (700) made £120; an 18ins Stubben (710) made £95 and another (708) made £85. Hunt crops fetched between £30 and £50; four lots of electric fence posts each made £12; bridles, reins and stirrups between £10 and £25.

Lot 675 – Child’s Western Saddle








Auctioneer and Thimbleby & Shorland director Chris Boreham said “I am again delighted with the response we had to this new sale in our calendar, in only its second year. We had some great support from friends both new and old, and generally I am pleased with the result. I still firmly believe that it is the right thing for us to come north to offer a sale facility to those who are too far from Reading. The market for vehicles remains difficult, with more people looking to sell than to buy, so presentation and sensible pricing are the name of the game. Again we had terrific support from Donna and her team at Richmond Equestrian Centre, and I hope that they will have us back again next year!”

Entries for the next carriage sale in Reading on 6th September 2017 are now being accepted. Please contact Lynn Martin at the office on 0118 950 8611, or download an entry form from the website –

Notes to Editors: Thimbleby & Shorland are the nationally recognised auctioneers of horse-drawn vehicles and accoutrements. Based in Reading they have 4 Carriage sales per annum at their premises in the town, as well as an annual sale near Richmond. For further information contact Chris Boreham on the above office number or

Sale Notes – North of England Carriage Sale – 28th June 2017


DIRECTIONSthe auction will be held at the Richmond Equestrian Arena, Breckenbrough Farm, Brough Park, Richmond DL10 7PL.  From A1 (M) south/north bound, exit the A1(M) at the Catterick A6136/Richmond sign. Follow the brown tourist traffic signs for REC which will direct you to the centre.    

HOTELSThere are a number B&Bs/Hotels in the area, to name a few: Premier Inn Catterick Garrison, Catterick DL9 3BA Tel. 0871 527 9222. Farmers Arms, Brompton on Swale DL10 7HZ Tel. 01748 818062 and The Frenchgate Restaurant and Hotel, Richmond DL10 7AE Tel. 01748 822087

VIEWING ARRANGEMENTS: All lots will be on view up to and during the auction on the day of sale.  Horse-drawn carriages should be on site prior to sale day, but smaller items can be delivered on the morning of the auction.  Tuesday is not officially a viewing day but prospective purchasers are welcome to inspect vehicles, although we cannot guarantee the time of their arrival.

WITHDRAWN OR NOT FORWARD LOTS: Despite our best endeavours to ensure that all lots catalogued come forward for sale we are at the mercy of individual vendors some of whom regrettably do not always send the lots entered.  This inevitably causes frustration and annoyance to prospective customers who may have travelled long distances for a particular lot.  To avoid such disappointment we recommend that you make a phone call to check the availability for any particular “one off” lot before setting out.

A BUYERS’ PREMIUM of 9% (incl. VAT at the standard rate) will be added to the purchase price of all lots at this sale.

BUYERS’ NUMBERSAll prospective purchasers are requested to register with the Auctioneers prior to the sale when they will be given a Buyer’s Number to enable bidding and assist the cashiering arrangements. The Auctioneers reserve the right to request a deposit of £500 from customers not known to them upon registration.

MONEY LAUNDERING : In order to comply with money laundering regulations we will not accept payments in cash exceeding £9,000.  Cash payments of over £4,000 must be accompanied by valid proof of identity ie passport/driving license supported by 2 utility bills, bank statement or equivalent.

PAYMENT for all lots must be made on the day of sale and methods of payment are (1) CASH (see above) (2) DIRECT DEBIT CARDS such as Switch, Delta or Connect with PIN number (3) CREDIT CARDS with PIN number, which are subject to a 2% + VAT surcharge. Payments can also be made by BACS/CHAPS – bank details as follows:  NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK PLC., 13 Market Place, Reading RG1 2EP; Clients’ Auction Account number 95544070 and sort code: 60:17:21. (IBAN NO GB66 NWBK 601721 95 5440 70, BIC Code No. NWBK GB 2L). Tel: 0845 6013399.  No clearance of purchases will be allowed until satisfactory payment has been received.

VALUE ADDED TAX:  All items consigned by VAT registered vendors are indicated by a ‘V’ before the lot numbers, and VAT at the standard rate will be added to purchasers’ accounts in respect of these lots.  No VAT will be payable upon items consigned by unregistered vendors.  Any known variation in the VAT status of vendors will be announced by the Auctioneers when selling.

CLEARANCE: All lots including vehicles must be cleared on the day of sale.  REC have given permission for purchasers of vehicles who have not come with transportation to store their vehicle overnight,  at the owner’s risk, but must be collected no later than Thursday 29th June.

COMMISSION BIDS on behalf of buyers will be executed with care and judgment by the Auctioneers.  Clients who are interested in lots which are due to be offered in more than one section of the sale at the same time are reminded of this free service.

PRIVATE SALES:  All lots are accepted on the understanding that they must not be sold prior to being auctioned, and any private transactions resulting from the exposure for sale of any items must be conducted through the Auctioneers.

THE CONSUMER PROTECTION FROM UNFAIR TRADING REGULATIONS 2008All goods at this auction are second hand unless otherwise stated.

REFRESHMENTSThere is a Café on site selling home-made produce

CONDITIONS OF SALE:  Can be found at the back of the catalogue

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