An antique dealer’s lifetime collection will go to auction next week.
David Smith ran an antiques business from an old manor house in Manton for around 60 years before ill health forced him to close the business several years ago.
The antiques were left untouched for a couple of years before he died in October last year but his family have now handed much of the collection to Stamford based auctioneers Golding Young and Mawer ahead of a sale in Grantham tomorrow.
David’s wife Louise Mager-Smith, of St Mary’s Road, Manton, said: “It’s disappointing to sell the antiques because David had been collecting them all of his life. He had a story for everything in the shop, whether it was where he got it or why he wanted it.”
David’s father, George Henry Sharp-Smith, was an auctioneer in Oakham and bought the Manton shop for his son when he was 17.
David suffered from osteomalitis, a disease which eats away the bone, as a child. He closed in the shop in around 2006 when his mobility began to deteriorate but would often show visitors around after that.
Mrs Mager-Smith said: “We had talked about carrying on with the business but David said trade wasn’t as good as it used to be which is why we have decided to sell the collection.”
The antiques are being handled by Colin Young, the principal auctioneer and valuer at Golding Young and Mawer.
He said: “When we walked in to start assessing the items it was as though we had been transported back in time.
“We saw some ‘good old proper antiques’, in fact everything you would expect from a trade antiques dealer.”
The collection includes a George III mahogany and brass bound octagonal cellerette, a selection of 19th century brass candlesticks, a collection of treen items, hunting prints, oil lamps and tea caddies.
Mr Young said: “We are privileged to receive instructions from the executors of such a well-respected antique dealer and our thanks also go to the Smith family for their help in bringing together such a fantastic sale.”
More than 800 of Mr Smith’s antiques will be sold at Grantham Auction Rooms on Wednesday from 10am. Viewing is open on Sunday from 2pm to 5pm and on Monday and Tuesday between 10am and 4pm.
The full catalogue is at the Golding Young and Mawer website.