New Zealand with Petrus Van Der Velden in 1890. They were all “warranted” and came from various institutions and collections. In all I secured six Rembrandt’s, one Adrien Ostade and one Gerard Dou, a very interesting selection.
On September 26th, 1966, a very interesting item was advertised at Cordy’s, being a presentation sword. This was a superbly-jewelled scimitar, presented to Lieut. Gen. Sir Duncan Cameron, it was a beautiful piece of work and excited very great interest. General Cameron, of course, was the Commander of the British troops at the battle of Wereroa Pa who refused to attack the Pa, much to the annoyance and disgust of Sir Geo. Grey who was with the troops in the field at the time. Whilst Cameron, with 2000 Imperial troops, stood idly by, Grey rounded up 139 Forest Rangers, 309 friendly natives, and 25 of the Wanganui Cavalry and placing himself at their head, proceeded to attack the Pa which he captured at great personal risk, with the loss of only one man and in addition, succeeded in capturing a party of Maories coming to reinforce the Pa, fifty in number. An account of this action is to be found in Gudgeon’s “Defenders of New Zealand”.
Bidding started at £1000 rising to £1500 when only two bidders remained, a young Aucklander and another man, unknown. Actually, according to my records, 27 bids were made until it was finally knocked down, amidst loud and long applause, to the young Aucklander for £3000.
My purchases at this sale, which fell rather flat after great excitement, amounted to a beautiful Bracket Clock by Benjamin Ward of London. On arrival, I had been greeted by a well known dealer with, “Huh, you’ve arrived to muck things up,” Rather taken aback I replied, “Why?” His reply was brief, “I only want one thing, that clock.” Mine, equally brief, was, “Well, I’ve come six hundred miles to buy it,” and I think he knew I would. Eventually it was knocked down to me at £120, an expert horologist checked it over for me and assured me it was good and would last a very long time yet, it dates to about 1790. I also secured