Sales of Thackeray's Effects.
--A London letter says:
At the Thackeray sales the prices realized were enormous, particularly for the plate and china.
had a strong taste for such bric a brac,
and had a habit of dropping in at certain favorite shops and resisting, or oftener yielding, to the temptation of some quaint set of apostle spoons, some good bit of Rococo silver, or some tempting little "piece" of Marcollni, Dresden
, or old Sevres
; and now the bargains he thought so reckless often have turned out wonderfully profitable — thanks to the eager rivalry of personal friends anxious to possess some relic for which they knew his love or value, and which was associated with some recollections of his own comically rueful reflections on his own extravagance.
In this way his inkstand, a fine presentation silver bowl, and a very pretty old Queen Anne silver salver, were run up yesterday to amounts varying between forty and fifty shillings per ounce.
And even dealers might be seen buying at the double prices which Thackeray
had given for the things sold within a very short time, and to persons actually in the room.