Thursday, June 25, 2015

Auctioneer Goes Pole Dancing

A Fijian pole club, previously featured here, with an estimate of £500-1,000, sold in the Charterhouse collectors auction on Friday 19th June for nearly £4,500.

“I have to admit of dancing around the saleroom with the pole club, although in no way did I resemble the Fijian warrior who would have wielded this bone crushing club in battle originally!” Commented Richard Bromell. “It had been well admired during the viewing days, and we received several email and telephone calls about it. However, on the day the hammer fell to one of several telephone bidders who fought a long battle with each other and buyers bidding live on the internet.”

This Fijian Bowai or pole club was a classic auction discovery, having spent many years unloved in a Dorset garage. Originally inherited from the owners father, who probably acquired it on his travels with the Navy during WWII, it was taken to one of the popular valuation days Charterhouse hold at their saleroom complex in Sherborne, where the owner was pleased to be told it could sell for £1,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of summer sales including classic and vintage cars on Sunday 19th July Sherborne Castle, closely followed by paintings, books, maps & antiques on Friday 24th July.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, or drop in and see them at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne DT9 3BS 01935 812277 or send Richard an email of your items to sell on

Richard Bromell with the Fijian Bowai or pole club, discovered in a garage having been hidden way for decades, sold for just under £4,500
Detail of the geometric carved decoration on the club
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