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The sale includes a vast selection with some surprises

Rare African artefacts are among the varied and extensive collectables, antiques and fine art assembled for Cannon & Cannon’s first auction of this year scheduled for February 4 from 9am at the Quarry Centre in Hilton.

Among the African lots – sourced from one discerning collector – is an important carved ceremonial drum, probably of Bamileke (Cameroon) origin, adorned with a double-sided mask and additional masked bowl at the front of the drum. Cannon’s expects the 78cm high drum to fetch up to R8000. A 20th-century North African carved open armchair with hammered copper sheet applied to it has a top presale estimate of R4000.

Also catalogued for the sale are Africana books; ceramics including beautiful Poole vases and bowls; silver and metal ware such as meat domes, vegetable tureens and cutlery; artworks; militaria, as well as furniture and Persian carpets. The jewellery section has treasures such as:

* A 9ct gold-cased Rolex Precision gent’s watch (up to R35000).

* 9ct white gold tanzanite and diamond pendant.

* 18ct white gold and blue sapphire flower brooch.

Vehicles include Dinky and other model cars, model trains and – on a larger scale for Dad – a 1975 Triumph TR7 2 litre hard-top sports car with only 57600 miles on the clock. Cannon’s says the Triumph – originally red but now changed to yellow with matching interior – is reputed to be the oldest TR7 registered in South Africa. The car has been well maintained and still has its original factory-fitted tyres and workshop manual. Its top presale estimate is R70000.

A quirky item for railway memorabilia collectors is a 40cm old SAR/SAS train locomotive whistle expected to sell for up to R4000.

Viewing is February 2 from 9am to 1pm and February 3 from 8am to 1pm. For more information, phone 033 343 3364 or email or visit


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