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Black Shadow back in the Limelight

DSC_0122A 1949 HRD Vincent Black Shadow Series C motorcycle is ready to go under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May at The Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

“The Vincent Black Shadow is a thumping great machine. With its 1,000cc engine it would take it owners to 125 mph at a time when most family saloon cars would struggle to go half as fast!” Commented Matthew Whitney. “They always have been, and always will be, one of the most sought after motorcycles and this is a rare opportunity for a buyer to acquire a beautifully restored matching numbers Black Shadow.”

The Vincent Black Shadow, when new, was sold as the world’s fastest production motorcycle with all bikes sold were tested to 125 mph. When new, Shadows were so expensive to produce that Vincent actually sold them at a loss.DSC_0113

The Charterhouse Black Shadow was bought by the owner as a box of bits in 2008 and he spent the next year fully restoring the Vincent. It was known to be last on the road in 1979. Since this restoration, the bike has covered just 200 miles and lived in its owner’s hallways in his Cambridge home where he (and his wife) could appreciate it every day!!

Now only being offered for auction as the owner is 85 years old and he does not think he will ride it again, this matching numbers Black Shadow is estimated to sell for £70,000-80,000* in the Charterhouse specialist classic motorcycle auction.

Charterhouse is accepting late entries for this classic motorcycle auction on Wednesday 10th May. Viewing for the auction, which starts at 12 noon, is on the sale day only from 9am. Catalogues are available from Charterhouse or you can see all the motorcycles on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also available.

They are also accepting entries of for their two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with Royal Doulton and Beswick, and for their next specialist sale of classic and vintage cars on 18th June.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

April 26, 2017
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Beswick Bidders Saddle Up

Beswick horses  £30- £3,000The Charterhouse two day May auction on the 18th & 19th includes 100’s of Beswick horses and other animals.

“We received instructions to sell an important Beswick collection from the family of a long standing client in Manchester who sadly passed away earlier this year. He built up one of the largest collections of Beswick animals I have seen for a long time.” Commented Naomi Grabham. “First up we carried out a probate valuation for the executors. There were horses absolutely everywhere in the house – no shelf or table top escaped, and we valued the collection at over £50,000.”

After instructions to auction the collection were received, Charterhouse despatched their own team of porters and vans to Manchester where they spent two days carefully packing the collection.Beswick Shire Mares (L-R) £1500-2500 £800-1200 & £500-800)

Included in the auction there are Beswick horses in all shapes, sizes and colours. Estimates vary from £30 up to £3,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT) for some of the rarer pieces. With nearly 500 lots just of Beswick, Charterhouse are expecting the auction on Thursday 18th May to be very busy with collectors attending in person from far and wide or bidding live at the auction via the internet.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for this two day auction on 18th & 19th May auction featuring this collection of Beswick, with Doulton, silver, watches and jewellery. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May and their next auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Naomi Grabham or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

April 12, 2017
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Collections up for Auction

1 DraculaThe Charterhouse two day auction on 20th and 21st April of 1,100 lots includes the library of books from the late Dr McDonald Critchley CBE and pictures from the private collection of Dr Mohammed Said Farsi.

“The collections from both Doctors could not be more different in taste but appear similar in that they amassed so many items.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Both were clearly leading expert in their chosen fields of collecting having spent decades adding to their collections with all their items now entered for auction without reserves.”

The late Dr MacDonald Critchley lived at Nether Stowey near Bridgwater and Charterhouse were instructed by the executors to auction his library. In practice, he was a specialist neurologist and a founder member of The British Migrane Trust. A published scientist, he amassed a large library of books relating not only to the study of neurology and phrenology, but also Dylan Thomas and Charles Dickens. One of the more valuable sets of books is The Nonesuch Dickens – a 25 volume set printed in 1937/38. Estimated at £1,000-2,000* this limited edition of 877 sets, but 66 sets were destroyed in 1940 when a bomb hit the bindery!

Also of interest from this library is a signed presentation copy of H G Wells’ book Ann Veronica. Inscribed from H G Wells to his 1 Henri Emilien Rousseauthen friend Henry James, it is valued at £300-500* and an early copy of Bram Stokers Dracula £500-800*

Dr Mohammed Said Farsi was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Upon the completion of his studies in Alexandria, he returned to his hometown of Jaddah as a qualified architect and entered government service in 1963. He quickly rose through government and was appointed Planning Officer for the Kingdom of Western Saudi Arabia. As an art collector Dr Farsi’s vision as a city planner was to integrate important contemporary art into public spaces and commissioned works by artists including Henry Moore.

Entered into the auction from Dr Farsi are nearly 100 pictures estimated from £100 to the low thousands. Artists from Europe and Egypt include Ragheb Ayad, Henri Emilien Rousseau, Kamel Moustafa, and Ahmed Sabri.

Viewing for the auction at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne DT9 3BS is on Wednesday 19th 10-6 and Thursday 20th 9-5. Alternatively, you can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accept1 Nonesuch Dickensing entries for their auctions of two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with specialist sections of wine, port & whisky and Royal Doulton and Beswick. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Wednesday 12th April followed by classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

April 06, 2017
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Velocette Rises Out of the Fire

Velocette 13A 1937 Velocette Works 500, which was in a garage fire when in Australia 80 years ago, has been totally rebuilt and is now entered in to the Charterhouse auction of Classic and Vintage Motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May where it is expected to sell for tens of thousands of pounds.

“As an ex-Velocette Works motorcycle it was tragically destroyed by a garage fire beyond recognition when in Australia.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Thankfully it was more recently rebuilt by Bob Jolly from Australia along with Rod Coleman from New Zealand, both well-known and respected Velocette racers and restorers, using a few rescued parts with the rest of the bike being completed with new machined parts.”Velocette 65

The West Country owner of this special Velocette flew out to Australia to look at the Velocette with a view to buying the bike, which he did. A retired Rolls Royce engineer himself, he owns other Velocette’s but cannot find enough hours in the day to use this Works tool room copy.

Road registered with its V5C document, this full bloodied racer makes quite a noise when started. With the original racing sister Velocette Works 500 in The National Motor Museum at Solihull probably worth a six figure sum, this Velocette tool room copy is estimated to sell for £38,000-42,000 plus Buyers Premium of 12% incl VAT.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions including classic cars on Wednesday 12th April, and classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May. They are also accepting entries of pictures, prints and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in their two day 19th & 20th April auction and their two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with specialist sections of wine, port & whisky and Royal Doulton and Beswick.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

March 30, 2017
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Bidders Root for Books

Image105The collection of letters which formed the bestselling Henry Root books by satirist William Donaldson are included in the Charterhouse two day auction on 20th and 21st April in Sherborne, Dorset.

“William Donaldson certainly was an interesting person. Educated at Winchester College and then Cambridge he clearly led an varied life having made and lost fortunes.” Commented Richards Bromell. “The Letters are hilarious. Although I was just too young to read his books when they came out, I must admit to have spent probably too much time working on so called research today having now read most of them!”Root 6

The Henry Root books of letters poked fun at leading politicians, stars of stage and screen, musicians, newspaper editors, Lords, other dignitaries and even The Queen generally without them knowing. He usually included a £1 note as a donation which was sometimes kept and sometimes returned.

The Henry Root Letters are being sold by the late William Donaldson’s third wife. William Donaldson passed away in 2005 aged 70 and Mrs Donaldson moved to the West Country a few years ago.

Having stored the arRoot 16chive in several boxes for years, she has decided now is the time for her to dispose of the collection. In addition to the Letters, there is correspondence to and from William Donaldson and his publishers, friends and acquaintances, some letters which were not featured in the either of the volumes, newspaper cuttings, signed presentation books, numerous photographs and ephemera with the whole collection expected to sell for thousands of pounds.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions of books and pictures with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in their two day 20th & 21st April auction and their two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with specialist sections of wine, port & whisky and Royal Doulton and Beswick. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Wednesday 12th April followed by classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

March 22, 2017
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Mighty MG at Charterhouse

A 1948 MGTC at Charterhouse-34A MG TC, the like of which was a favourite of WWII fighter pilots, is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse sale of classic and vintage cars on Wednesday 12th April.

“This rare little MG has been subject to a full restoration by the owner over a 10 year period after he imported the car from the USA in 2006.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “There were 10,001 MG TC’s made between 1945 and 1950 with many being exported to the USA despite being made only in right hand drive and this beautifully presented MG is only for sale as its Somerset owner is moving to StaffordshireA 1948 MGTC at Charterhouse-13.”

Made to be exported to the USA in 1948, this MG TC has undergone a body off restoration. During the 10 year restoration, it received a new ash frame, the original engine was restored, and it was repainted in a light blue with a faun leather interior installed.

Now ready for some summer fun, this charming piece of British motoring history is estimated at £28,000-32,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions including classic cars on Wednesday 12th April, and classic motorcycles on Wednesday 10th May. They are also accepting entries of pictures, prints and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in their two day 19th & 20th April auction and their two day 18th & 19th May auction featuring silver, watches, jewellery with specialist sections of wine, port & whisky and Royal Doulton and Beswick.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

March 16, 2017
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Italian Painting is a Masterpiece

Image002A large oil painting by Italian artist Raffaello Sorbi is one of the star pictures lots in the Charterhouse two day auction of pictures, books, sporting items, antiques and interiors on 20th & 21st April in Sherborne

“It is a beautifully executed oil painting depicting the mortally wounded Corso Donati being transported by the monks of San Salvi to their Abbey.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Signed and dated 1867, it appears it is a slightly later version, probably commissioned by a wealthy patron, to the one he painted and exhibited which won him an award at the Florentine Triennale contest of 1861.”Image007

Coming to the Charterhouse auction from an old farmhouse south of Bristol, it has been in the owner’s family for at least three generations. For some of this time the painting was hung in the children’s nursery although whether it gave the children nightmares or not is unknown!

Estimated at £20,000-30,000* it sits in a fine Florentine carved giltwood frame and is in original condition.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions including pictures, prints and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April. They are also taking entries for their next specialist auction of classic cars in April and classic motorcycles in May.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

March 08, 2017
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Stamp of Approval at Charterhouse

ATG Vast stamp collectionThe Charterhouse auction of collector’s items in Sherborne on Friday 17th March includes a huge selection of stamps and postal history.

“Our collector’s auctions always have a good lot of coins, medals and stamps, but this sale includes the largest selection of stamps we have seen for a long time.” Commented Richard Bromell. “The main collection comes from a client in Wellington who moved house a couple of years ago. With a large downsize in property, he had little choice but to place his collection in a containerised storage unit where it stayed in secure plastic crates until we turned up in one of our vans and removed the collection to be valued, sorted and catalogued at our Sherborne salerooms.”

From the Wellington client there are 1,000’s of PHQ cards, first day covers, presentation packs, prestige books, stamp booklets and Image100aa vast range of stamps from the legendary Penny Blacks of 1840, sheets and parts sheets along with high value stamps through to modern collector packs. The collection is estimated to sell for £10,000.

Also in this collectors auction, there are other stamps, medal and coin collections, model trains and cars, postcards, dolls, teddy bears, Rolex and other watches, longcase, bracket and wall clocks, with a lifetime collection of 100’s of pieces of Swarovski along with antiques and interiors.

Viewing for the auction is on Wednesday 15th 10am-6pm and Thursday 16th 9am-5pm. Catalogues are available from Charterhouse or you can browse through all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their spring programme of auctions including pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April, silver, jewellery and watches with specialist sections of Beswick, wine, port and spirits.

They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic and vintage cars in April with classic and vintage motorcycles in May.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

March 02, 2017
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Top Trunk

Image004A Japanese trunk, which has been in a storage unit near London for many years, was sold by Charterhouse in their February antiques and interiors auction for £55,000

“It is not unusual for us to meet clients at a storage unit where they have kept surplus items, but it is unusual to see an early 17th century Japanese Momoyama trunk in one!” Commented George Holtby. “The owner attached no great value to the trunk and was pleased with our pre-sale estimate of £2,000-4,000 which we then increased to £5,000-10,000 when the catalogue went to print.”

Featured on the front cover of the Charterhouse auction catalogue, it was also advertised in an international trade newspaper. IImage009n addition, Charterhouse were proactive in their approach letting specialist dealers and museums from Japan, Portugal and America as well as in London know about the trunk in advance of the sale.

Viewing at the auction for the trunk was very busy, with one dealer driving from Northumberland just to study it, along with numerous email enquiries.

On the sale day, there were 10 telephone lines booked, including the dealer from Northumberland. After a protracted bidding war between all the telephone bidders, the hammer fell at £55,000 to a specialist London dealer. 

Made in Japan for the Portuguese market, the trunk dates to circa 1600-1620 and measures 95 cm wide x 45 cm high. A rare survivor, it features black and gilt lacquer panels on an unusual shagreen ground and would have graced an important Portuguese home or monastery storing valuable personal items.

Charterhouse is now accepting entImage005ries for their Spring programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, clock and collectors’ items in March followed by pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April. They are also taking entries for their next specialist auction of Classic Cars in April and Classic Motorcycles in May.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact George Holtby at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

February 22, 2017
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Star Cars and Motorcycles at Charterhouse

Two February weekends of selIMG_5463ling classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground at Shepton Mallet resulted in Charterhouse selling over £450,000 of machines.

“Both auctions were held in conjunction with specialist shows – the Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show and the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show. The footfall through on both viewing days was huge.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Although there were a lot of lesser spotted tyre kickers, we did manage to sell several cars and motorcycles to buyers who turned up with no intention of owning another car or bike!”

Top lot was a 1953 Jaguar XK120 which sold for £73,000. There were five telephone lines booked on this Jaguar along with numerous live internet bidding and several buyers who turned up to buy it. After a long bidding war, the hammer came down to a Yorkshire collector bidding by telephone as he was abroad on holiday.

Probably the most photographed lot in the both auctions was the charming Wallace &IMG_5515 Gromit Austin A35 promotional van sold for £18,500 to a turnip farmer. Underbid by a keen member of the Austin A30/35 enthusiast club, the lady farmer was heard to say “What have I done?” although she was smiling at the time.

Elsewhere in the car auction, a 1949 Land Rover Series I sold for £19,000, two VW camper vans £14,000 & £13,800, a 1951 left hand drive Riley RMD £18,200, a 1972 Dodge Challenger £13,500, a 1963 Lotus Super Seven £20,000 and a 1933 Rolls Royce 20/25 £20,000.

In the motorcycle auction, a Rickman Metisse sold for £8,800, a 1962 Matchless G15/45 £8,000 which was part of a collection of motorcycles from Wales which totalled £30,000, a 1974 Norton Commando Interstate £8,000, a 1967 BSA ex-RAF Police motorcycle £3,700 and a barn stored NSU scooter in need to full restoration £920.

Charterhouse is now1967-8 BSA Rickman Metisse accepting entries for their next specialist auctions of classic and vintage cars on 12th April followed by classic motorcycles on 10th May.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

February 16, 2017
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Military Medals at Charterhouse

DSCF3543A group of World War II and other medals awarded to Sergeant Francis Mason are expected to sell for well over £1,000 in the Charterhouse auction of collectors items in Sherborne on Friday 17th March.

“Francis Mason was not only awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, but also a Military Medal for bravery in the field which is quite a scarce gallantry award with just over 15,000 such medals awarded in the Second World War”. Commented Richard Bromell. “As a soldier in The Royal Artillery, he served in India before the Second World War. During the war, he was taken as a Prisoner of War and afterwards he enrolled as a Yeoman Warder’s of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress The Tower of London in 1951, which we usually just refer to as a Beefeater, a position heImage161 held until 1972”

The medals, estimated at £1,000-1,500, are being entered into the Charterhouse auction from his family who live in Kent. They come to auction with a good range of formal military photographs, letters and ephemera all relating to Mason which adds value for collectors.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their Spring programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, clock and collectors’ items in March followed by pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April. They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic and vintage cars in April.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

February 09, 2017
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Country House Auction at Charterhouse

DSCF2146The Charterhouse auction on Friday 17th February includes the residual contents removed from Chalmington Manor near Dorchester.

“Chalmington Manor has been in the same family ownership for over 50 years.” Commented Richard Bromell. “It is a substantial 12 bedroom Grade II listed manor house right in the middle of Hardy country. Needless to say, with such generous sized rooms most of the furniture is on a grand scale.”

Lots removed from Chalmington Manor include a huge Regency style mahogany dining table. Measuring over 20 feet long it comes to auction with a set of 20 dining chairs with the suite is estimated at £1,500-3,000.

From the first floor billiard room comes a large mahogany library bookcase. The upper section has two pairs of bar glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves for books whilst the lower section has two pairs of panel doors enclosing 24 drawers arranged in four banks and is estimated at £1,000-2,000.

Also on the first floor, and in one of the principle bedrooms, is a late 19th century inlaid mahogany breakfront wardrobe. Fitted with plenty of hanging space and drawerP Library bcase opens, this is estimated at £500-1,000.

The Chalmington Manor furniture combined with furniture, silver and jewellery with a selection of wine and port from other clients across the West Country at Charterhouse gives the salerooms very much a country house auction feel.

Viewing for this auction is on Wednesday 15th 10am-6pm and Thursday 16th 9am-5pm. Alternatively, you can view the auction lots on line at www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their Spring programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, clock and collectors’ items in March followed by pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

February 06, 2017
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Japanese Trunk is No White Elephant

1A Japanese trunk, which has been in storage near London for years, is estimated to sell for thousands of pounds when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in their 17th February auction.

“We received numerous emails from the client asking us to value a broad range of items from furniture to pictures to ceramics.” Commented George Holtby. “There were hundreds of items which the client had been storing for a number of years and was now looking to have a sort out. Despite the excellent photography, there was nothing to gauge the size of the trunk so initially we all thought it was a tea caddy worth maybe a hundred or two!”

The trunk dates to the 17th century Japanese Momoyama period and measures 95 cm wide x 45 cm high. It features lack and gilt lacquer panels on an unusual shagreen ground and would have graced an important home storing valuable personal items.

Now taken out of storage, the trunk is estimated to sell for £2,000-4,000 in the Charterhouse auction on Friday 17th February.6

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their Spring programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, clock and collectors’ items in March followed by pictures, print and books with a selection of hunting, shooting, fishing and other sporting items in April.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact George Holtby at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

January 25, 2017
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One Family Known Since New

122A Jaguar XK120, which has been known to a Devon family since purchased new in 1953 is one of the start lots in the Charterhouse classic car auction on Sunday 12th February.

“Rarely do Jaguar XK120’s come up for auction, let alone a car which has been looked after by the same family for nearly 64 years.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “And as a family car, the current custodian has known it literally all his life as he was collected from hospital in this iconic British sports car as a new born baby in 1961!”

The Jaguar XK120 roadster, finished in suede green, was sold new in 1953 by a garage in Buckfastleigh, Devon. It was here that the owner’s father, who worked at the garage as a mechanic, first set eyes on the car and fell in love with it. He continued to work on the car even after it was purchased by its second owner in 1956 as it was continually serviced at his garage. In 1959 the second owner decided it was time for a change took it back to the same garage which is when the father managed to buy the car.A 1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster. In same family ownership since 1959,Estimate £60,000 - 65,000 at Charterhouse-4

A keen racing driver, the proud owner took the car to compete on numerous race circuits and hill climbs. In 1966 he changed the engine from its original 3.4 litre to a 3.8 litre competition engine with a lightened fly wheel, a ported head and wide sump amongst other sporting modifications. This change transformed the car and it won a fastest hill climb of the day at the Wiscombe Hill Climb in the same year.

In the 1970’s the XK120 was exhibited The Totnes Motor Museum. Finished in its original colour of suede green, which it was repainted in during the 1990’s, it retains its original matching green leather interior, it is now looking for a new family to take over its ownership and is estimated to sell for £60,000-65,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this specialist auction of classic and vintage cars being held in conjunction with The Great Western Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet. They are also taking late entries for their auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on Sunday 5th February.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

January 18, 2017
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Engineers Collection up for Auction

Oliver Falcon kit car £6000-7000

The lifetime collection of an engineer from Bournemouth is going under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction in Sherborne on Friday 20th January.

“John S Oliver was a well-known professional engineer who had a broad range of interests from manufacturing model aeroplane engines through to collecting pedal cars and building kit cars and we are delighted to receive instructions to sell his collection on Friday 20th January.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Sadly he passed away recently and the family, who live near Bournemouth, instructed us to auction the remaining items in his collection.”

As an engineer, John Oliver made Tiger model aeroplane and model car engines commercially and they are now highly sought after Oliver twin engine tether racing car £800-1200by model enthusiasts. In the Charterhouse auction there are over 40 model engines in various sizes from 0.25cc to 2.5cc estimated from £100 to £600, numerous model aeroplanes with wing spans of up to 8 ft and three tether racing cars including a very rare twin engine model estimated at £800-1,200.

In addition to his small models, Charterhouse will also be selling the John Oliver Austin Pathfinder pedal car estimated at £2,000-2,500 and his Austin J40 pedal car estimated at £800-1,200. They will also be selling his JBA Falcon SR Sports kit car, which he lovingly built over a couple of years, and is estimated to sell for £6,000-7,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic and vintage cars being held in conjunction with The Great Western Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet. They are also taking entries for their auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on Sunday 5th February.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

January 05, 2017
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Smashing Vase at Charterhouse

492A Chinese vase, estimated to sell for £300 in the Charterhouse December auction sold for over 10 times its estimate despite being smashed and glued.

“The vase was brought in to the salerooms on one of our free valuation days.” Commented George Holtby. “It was in a shocking condition having been smashed and made into a table lamp. However, it was clearly loved at some point as it was glued back together, although the repair and piecing back together of the vase looked like it had been done by a 10 year old!”

Entered into to the Charterhouse December 16th auction with an estimate of £300-500 to reflect its condition, there was plenty of pre-sale interest from the UK, China and America.

On the day, a three way internet bidding started between China, Britain and America, with the hammer falling to a buyer from California at £3,200.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their January and February auctions of antiques and for their specialist auctions auction of Classic and Vintage Motorcycles on Sunday 5th February followed by Classic and Vintage Cars, with both these sales being held at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet followed

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact George Holtby at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

December 28, 2016
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Lovely Lotus Looking for a New Home

1963 LOTUS-13A 1963 Lotus Super Seven S2 is looking for a new home at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars in February after its owner of nearly 45 years recently passed away.

“The Lotus Super Seven S2 was made famous by appearing in the iconic 1960’s TV series The Prisoner with Patrick McGoohan at the wheel.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “They are quite raw cars by today’s standards, with no power steering or air bags, but this is of huge appeal and for many drivers the epitome of a lightweight sports car.”

Built by Lotus, the 1963 Super Seven being sold by Charterhouse was bought by its owner in the early 1970s. Fitted with its 1500 cc Cosworth engine it has been mildly modified over the decades with TSW alloy wheels, later seats and the fitting of a roll bar for safety. However, it retains the original dashboard, dials, steering wheel and is fitted with flared wings which were an optional extra when new.1963 LOTUS-17

For over 40 years it has been enjoyed and driven. It was also coveted having lived in a carpeted garage, and was driven just a couple of weeks before the owner passed away. With a huge history file, this Lotus is estimated to sell for £20,000-25,000 when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer on Sunday 12th February.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this specialist auction of classic and vintage cars being held in conjunction with The Great Western Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet. They are also taking entries for their auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on Sunday 5th February.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

December 23, 2016
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Cracking Van Gromit!

The Unique Wallace & Gromit Anti-Pesto Van to publicise the Curse of the Were Rabbit Movie-18The Austin A35 van, used to promote the animated film Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a star car in the Charterhouse auction of Classic and Vintage Cars on Sunday 12th February.

“I have always been a fan of the Wallace and Gromit series of short films.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Whilst I own several of the DVD’s I never thought we would be instructed to sell this star car!”

In the animated film, the A35 Anti-Pesto van was used to transport Wallace’s Bunvac 2000 invention. Made as a promotional vehicle, the little Austin underwent a professional restoration which took over 1,000 man hours. It was then distressed to give it a used look. The van was used at the Leicester Square film premiere and numerous charity events. It went on to be displayed at The Wensleydale Cheese Museum, the Cotswold Motor Museum and for the past couple of years, at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu where it featured in the On Screen Cars exhibition alongside Del Boy Trotters Reliant Robin van.The Unique Wallace & Gromit Anti-Pesto Van to publicise the Curse of the Were Rabbit Movie-19

Currently owned by a Stilton Cheese maker, he has decided now is the time for a new owner to enjoy the Anti-Pesto van. It comes to the Charterhouse auction complete with a selection of large carrots, other vegetables and cut outs of Wallace and Gromit. Estimated at £15,000-20,000 it offers a Wallace and Gromit fan a rare opportunity to own a piece of motoring heritage.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this specialist auction of classic and vintage cars being held in conjunction with The Great Western Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet. They are also taking entries for their auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on Sunday 5th February.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

 

December 15, 2016
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RAF Motorcycle is Rare Survivor

A 1967 BSA B40WD (RAF), believed to be one of only 3, restored by the vendor.  Estimate £5,000 - 5,500 at Charterhouse-1A 1967 BSA motorcycle which was used by the RAF Police is making a rare appearance on the market when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in our auction of Classic and Vintage Motorcycles on Sunday 5th February.

“This ex-RAF Police motorcycle is believed to be just one of three known survivors as the vast majority of these bikes have been civilianised or scrapped over the past 50 years.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It certainly makes a different alternative to the civilian Police force Velocette LE which were affectionately known as Noddy bikes!”

Being offered for a client in Southampton, this 1967 BSA B40 is fitted with a 350cc engine. It was bought as a retirement project by the owner and features its correct and rare original fairing, blue light, higher handle bars and RAF blue saddlebags, but sadly little is known its history in the RAF.

During its current ownership, it has been sympathetically restored and has been well admired at classic motorcycle shows. Now coming to the Charterhouse auction of classic motorcycles, as the owner prefers to ride him modern Kawasaki with its electric start, it is estimated at £5,000-6,000.

Charterhouse is A 1967 BSA B40WD (RAF), believed to be one of only 3, restored by the vendor.  Estimate £5,000 - 5,500 at Charterhouse-2now accepting further entries for this specialist auction of classic and vintage motorcycles on Sunday 5th February which is held in conjunction with the hugely popular Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

They are also accepting entries of classic and vintage cars for the following week also at The Royal Bath & West Showground and for their first antique auction in January which includes painting, books, Beswick and antiques with a selection of automobilia at their Sherborne salerooms.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney or Nicola Holmes at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

December 08, 2016
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Record Breaker Set to Bring in the Bidders

Image075A unique collection of early 20th century motorcycling achievements won by and awarded to Mr H H Beach on Norton motorcycles are going under the Charterhouse hammer in Sherborne on Friday 20th January.

“It is a fascinating archive relating to Mr H Breach and his business partner, Mr D O’Donovan, who were awarded 80 world class records for riding a 3 ½ hp Norton motorcycle and sidecar.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Records set include motorcycle and sidecar 12 hours and 600 miles endurance race which must have been a very demanding and very gruelling event.”

Image077The H H Beach collection is being offered for auction on behalf of the recipients Grandson who lives in The New Forest. Having owned the collection for many years, during which time it has been moved and stored in at least three attics, the Grandson has now decided to let someone else enjoy the archive.

Included in the archive are a wide range of items. There is a large silver bowl inscribed to Beach for coming first at Brooklands in 1921 with a speed of 58.90 mph, there are numerous silver medallions for speed trials won and broken at Brooklands, two bronze British Motor Cycle Racing Club plaques, his BARC members badges 1930-39, Brooklands Aero Club members badges 1936-37, numerous silver medallions for speed trials won and broken 1921 & 1923, letters, documents and other ephemera, all of which is estimate at £2,000-3,000 when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in Sherborne in their automobilia auction.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their winter programme of auctions including pictures, prints, books and antiques in January with a special section of automobilia. They are also taking entries for their February specialist sales of classic and vintage motorcycles closely followed by classic and vintage cars being held at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or email items for valuation at info@charterhouse-auction.com

December 01, 2016
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