Snap up historic soldier figurine at antiques auction

An 18th century carved stone soldier which was removed from the battlements of Alnwick Castle will go up for auction this weekend.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 13 May, 2016, 08:59
Jim Railton with the carved stone soldier, which will go under the hammer this weekend.

The bearded figurine, measuring 52inches in height, is wearing a helmet, armour and draped sash and is holding an oval shield at his side.

The historic character, which has some parts missing, will go under the hammer at Railton’s Northern Auction Centre, in Wooler, on Saturday.

The piece was consigned from a property across the Border and is expected to make in the region of £400 to £600.

Auctioneer Jim Railton said: “The bearded stone figure is thought to be 18th century, but there was much remodelling of these iconic figures staring down from the battlements of the castle.

“As a result, several have ‘walked’ to local houses and gardens around Alnwick over the years and we have sold them several times before. This bearded soldier seems to be wearing a skirt, so we assume he is a Scottish variant?”

Also going under the hammer is a private collection of Chinese ceramics from the Scottish Borders, including rare Doucai porcelain, some of which are estimated to fetch between £4,000 and £6,000.

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Chris Donald’s Collection of Railwayana is also being sold.

The collection includes a vast array of artefacts and memorabilia, many from Northumberland stations such as Akeld and Hedgeley, which is sure to attract interest.

There is also a wide selection of jewellery, art, literature, china, figurines and furniture among hundreds of lots.

The antiques sale at the centre, on South Road, runs from 10am.

To view the catalogue, visit or call 01668 283000 for more information.