A collection of convict and colonial items drew the interest of many for a recent auction.
Many items going under the hammer at Armitage Auctions were from a collection passed down from one of the last superintendents of the Launceston Gaol, Charles Willies.
Auctioneer Neil O'Brien said the special antique auction included many rare convict and colonial items, art, furniture, and other collectables. More than 300 registered bidders took part.
A pepperpot pistol, formerly owned by Martin Cash, went for $26,000.
Cash was a notorious convict bushranger well-known for twice escaping from Port Arthur.
A small pistol found in the wall of the Launceston Gaol during its demolition went for $7500, with a pair of percussion pistols reaching $4000.
Three Tasmanian convict certificates of leave fetched $3550, and two convict hats reached $8400. Cook's third voyage books went for $1500, with four small convict books reaching $1600.
Two sketches from well-known Tasmanian artist John Glover went for $13,350, with five Fanny Meredith watercolour paintings went for $2600. Two Joshua Higgs Junior paintings went for $4500, a Frederick Lloyd painting for $6200, and a Geoff Tyson painting for $1300.
A colonial cedar wine cooler went for $11,000, a colonial musk box for $1050, and a colonial whalebone walking stick for $1800.
Mr O'Neil said it was the first auction to be held at the site on a Saturday in more than a decade due to how highly they rated the collection.
For more information, visit armitageauctions.com.
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