Sale Of "Priceless 9 I Antiques
The safe of materials from Radford House, Plymstock (Devon), which is being demolished, did not evoke sentiment.
Timbers and rafters which may have resounded with the laughter of Drake, Raleigh, and other great personages did not reach the historic and sentimental values which might have been expected.
Spanish mahogany doors and architraves were sold for a few shillings. The highest bid was for the seventeenth-century oak staircase, with panelled oak dado, seven newels, and three landings, which was disposed of for £32.
A central-heating plant and radiator realised £3 I Is. Two fine mahogany bookcases were sold for 27s. each. Marble mantelpieces and grates attracted no bids, and an Adam ceiling, 14-feet square, was not disposed of.
Four carved oak sconces were sold for 20s. Carved architraves secured no bid. The famous oak panelling, comprising 430 feet super, together with the carved oak overmantel, was withdrawn after bidding had reached £40.