A Cooksons patent lock-stitch sewing machine, with hand crank operation, in stained pine carrying case, height 26cm. Frederick Cookson spent countless hours making this unique sewing machine to challenge an already competitive market. Unfortunately, his business failed and the company folded shortly after 1890. Fewer than five hundred were ever produced against a serial number range of three hundred to eight hundred.
Andrew Mayall - Valuer & Auctioneer
Collectables & Furniture
Andrew’s career began in 1989 after a work experience position led to a post with a regional firm involving weekly general and monthly fine art sales. He conducted his first auction sale at the age of 18 and went on to win the West Midlands Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers ‘Young Auctioneer of the Year’ award in 1994, going on to represent the region in the national finals. He joined Fieldings in 2005 dealing with probate and estate work within the company, involving his interests in 20th Century design items, furniture and collectables. Some of Andrew’s favourite finds include a bronze ‘Head of Albert Einstein’ by Sir Jacob Epstein that sold for £56,000, an early 19th Century targe shield that sold for £9,200 and a Chinese bamboo brush pot that achieved £6,800.