Most CTs crossed the block at C prices: 53 in this category. Sixteen CTs sold for B money, whereas only four CTs sold for over $50 in the BB range. In this latter group, three CTs were sold in one lot for $174 (about $58 a piece). As you can see, prices were relatively low this week.
A set of three Crown Court CTs from England, packaged by Lester Burzinski, attracted three bidders. Most of the seven bids were cast by two bidders who pushed the price from $101 to $174 on the last day of the auction. Each piece represents a different variety (one silver CT and two white metal CTs distinguished by thick or thin flans: B1692, B1693, B1694 respectively). Here is the link: Crown Court Church CTs.
A similar set (offered by the same Canadian dealer) sold for $251 in the first week of December -- four bidders competed at that time, casting 17 bids. This set was offered a second time in early January by the same dealer and was sold for $202 -- perhaps the first sale fell through.
|This CT from Forgue is both old|
and brass. It has one of the earliest
arrangement of letters found on
CTs: M followed by Initials.
Brass CTs are unusual, as they do not come up for sale very often. They represent only a small segment of the Scottish collecting field. So it was a bit unusual that there were four other brass pieces sold this week. Three of them appeared to be part of a collection from Aberdeen: all from Fyvie (BK449, BK449 variety, BK450 -- this makes a complete set from this parish). So maybe it was not unusual to see them offered in succession. Bidding was quite democratic, as three different buyers took them home. A fourth one (another BK449) was offered a few days later by a second dealer, and it went to a fourth buyer. These four pieces all sold in the B range (in this case, between $20 and $40). It appears that everyone who wanted a brass piece, got one!
Previously, a brass piece from Crimond (Aberdeen) sold for $100 in mid-December. I cannot tell you how rare it is, but certainly two bidders wanted it badly. There are seven brass/copper pieces in the Crimond series (all similar). Add to this, the series of three brass pieces from Fyvie as described above. Also, brass/copper pieces are known for the parishes of Forgue (noted above), Longside, NewByth, and New Deer (several of these sold last year). Consequently, we have seen all but two offered at auction in the past six months. Are there other brassy pieces from ABD?