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Somerset Born & Bred

A 1974 Austin Mini 1000, one family owned since new and only 27,000 miles. Estimate £2000-3000 at Charterhouse-1 The Charterhouse specialist auction of classic & vintage cars on Wednesday 1st September will give bidders the opportunity to buy a 1974 Mini which has spent the past 43 years with one family in Somerset.

“The classic Mini, as we generally refer to these diminutive little cars made by Austin Morris and British Leyland, never fail to put a smile on my face when you see one. They are easy to work on, there is hardly a spare part you cannot get and with thriving club scenes and plenty of classic car shows to attend what’s not to like?” Commented Matthew Whitney. “This combined with them being fun to drive, easy to park in garagesA 1974 Austin Mini 1000, one family owned since new and only 27,000 miles. Estimate £2000-3000 at Charterhouse-6, cheap classic car insurance for young drivers and huge smiles per miles ensures they are keenly sought after when they come up at auction.”

Whilst Charterhouse have sold many Mini’s over the years, from Mini Coopers at over £30,000, this charming little car has spent its entire life in Somerset. With one family only from new and just 27,000 recorded miles, and now covered in a thick layer of dust not having been on the road for the past 10 years, this charming chap is estimated to sell for £2,000-3,000 plus buyers premium 12% (inc VAT) when it goes under the charterhouse hammer on Wednesday 13th September.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their programme of specialist auctions with this sale of classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September, classic & vintage cars on 13th A 1974 Austin Mini 1000, one family owned since new and only 27,000 miles. Estimate £2000-3000 at Charterhouse-12September and their auction of coins, medals, stamps, clocks and other collector’s items on Friday 22nd September.

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

August 16, 2017
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Classic Country House Furniture at Charterhouse

12 chairsThe Charterhouse huge two day auction on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th August includes a great selection of country house furnishing removed from Capard House, County Laois, Ireland.

“Although we are based in the West Country, we travel far and wide visiting and advising families looking to sell their antiques and collectors items.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Last month we were instructed to sell items removed from Crimonmogate House in Scotland and this month it is furnishings from Ireland, although I must admit the furniture and other items have been in storage in Britain for some time so I did not get a trip to Ireland!.”ATG PAir of mahogany settees

Capard House in County Laois is a neo-classical early Georgian country house with a Greek Doric portico. Items in the Charterhouse August auction being sold for their client who lived in Capard House include a pair of carved giltwood console tables £3,000-5,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat), a Cumberland extending dining table £2,000-4,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat), a set of 12 mahogany dining chairs £800-1,200 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat), a pair of 18th century style carved giltwood wall mirrors £2,000-4,000 and a pair of George III style mahogany settees £1,000-2,000 amongst other lots of furniture, furnishings, ceramics and other items.

Viewing for the auction, in which Charterhouse are also selling wine, whisky, silver, jewellery & watches on Thursday 24th followed by ceramics, furniture and interiors on Friday 25th August is on Wednesday 23rd 1-am-6pm and Thursday 24th 9am-5pm. Alternatively you can see all the lots and download a catalogue from www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now Cumberland tableaccepting further entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions which include classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September followed by classic & vintage cars on 13th September and then coins, medals, stamps, clocks and collector’s items on 22nd September.

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

August 15, 2017
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Nice Nortons at Charterhouse

BS08-A-1951-Norton-596cc-Manx-at-Charterhouse-1The Charterhouse specialist auction of classic & vintage motorcycles on Friday 1st September has well over £100,000 of Norton motorcycles and parts going under the hammer.

“This classic & vintage motorcycle auction is held in conjunction with the hugely popular Carole Nash Netley Marsh Eurojumble which attracts a vast crowd of motorcycle fans from across the UK and the Continent. It is one of the highlights of the classic motorcycle caleBS08-A-1929-Norton-Model-18-at-Charterhouse-5ndar and we always have a great selection of entries but this year we have been instructed to sell some amazing Norton motorcycles from two collections, one in Reading and one in Liverpool.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Over the past few years the classic and vintage motorcycles market has increased greatly in value and we have Norton motorcycles from the two collections estimated from just a few hundred pounds for rare spares to £50,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat) for a 1951 Norton 596cc Manx/Watsonian sidecar which was raced by the legendary Pip Harris and has been on display at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.”

The ex-Pip Harris Norton comes to Charterhouse from a collection of motorcycles in Liverpool, which also includes a 1956 Norton Model 7 Dominator estimated at £6,500-7,500 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat).

Also in the auction arBS08-A-1950-Norton-Manx-30M-at-Charterhouse-4e a collection of Norton motorcycles from a barn and garage in Reading. Included from this deceased estate are a 1929 Norton Model 18, with a rare saddle tank, estimated at £15,000-20,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat), a 1955 Norton International 30M for £10,000-15,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat), a 1950 Norton Manx 30M £20,000-25,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat) and a 1955 Norton Dominator 88 £4,000-6,000 plus buyer’s premium 12% (inc Vat). In addition, there is a huge array of Norton, Vincent and other motorcycle spares including frames, engines, gearboxes and other parts.BS08-A-1956-Norton-Model-7-Dominator-at-Charterhouse-1

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of specialist auctions with this sale of classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September, classic & vintage cars on 13th September and their auction watches, silver, jewellery & wine on 24th & 25th August.

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

 

August 02, 2017
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Time is Money

The Charterhouse two day August auction iRolexncludes a gentleman’s Rolex wristwatch estimated to sell for £3,500-4,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat).

“Rolex is a prestigious brand synonymous with the highest quality. As a result they are highly sought after even second, third or fourth hand!” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, as usual, condition plays a big role in the value and the Rolex we have been instructed to sell is in superb condition having hardly been worn.”

As a brand Rolex is present at the most prestigious sporting events including Wimbledon and Formula 1 along with many others such as golf, sailing and equestrian events, making it one of the most desirable watches to own and wear.

The gold and stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust going under the Charterhouse hammer looks like new despite being 15 years old. Having been purchased on a trip to Germany, it retains its original leather covered box, cardboard outer box, guarantee and other paperwork which results in its auction estimate of £3,500-4,000 plus buyer’s premium 24% (inc Vat)

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of specialist auctions which include watches, silver, jewellery & wine on 24th & 25th August and classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September followed by classic & vintage cars on 13th September.

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

July 19, 2017
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Book Bidders Delight

booksThe Charterhouse two day auction on Thursday 27th & Friday 28th July includes the contents of a Wellington bookshop.

“There are thousands and thousands of books ancient and modern.” Commented Richard Bromell. “It was a lifetime’s accumulation of books, some of which were bought from our auctions 10 to 15 years ago as the boxes still have our old lot numbers on them!”

The bookshop was known to many bookworms over the years. Although the main selling area was on the ground floor, books were also stored on the two floors above which made emptying the shop interesting for the Charterhouse crew in the warm summer weather.

In amongst the 1000’s of volumes, there are books of West Country interest, history, natural history, children’s, travel and architecture. However, one subject which shines out is the large selection of fine art and antique reference books. There are many Antique Collectors’ Club books along with a huge selection of the very popular Taschen volumes.

With the majority of books being sold at Charterhouse in an as new condition or in plastic wrappers, it represents an amazing opportunity for bidders to buy some fabulous books at a fraction of their retail cost. All the lots from the bookshop are being offered for sale at auction without reserve.

Viewing for the Charterhouse two day auction of books, pictures, antiques & interiors with a special selection of automobilia, is on Wednesday 26th 10am-6pm & Thursday 27th July from 9am. Alternatively, you can see all the lots and bid live on the internet via www.charterhouse-auction.com

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of specialist auctions which include silver, jewellery, watches & wine on 24th & 25th August and classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September followed by classic & vintage cars on 13th September.

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

July 14, 2017
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Coffee Table Serves up Strong Bidding

A table - manner of GodwinA Victorian coffee table stormed past its £1,000 estimate when it sold for a total of £17,360 in the Charterhouse June auction.

“The owner of the table, who lives in a Farmhouse south of Bristol, is about to move home and called us for help and advice on items which were going to be surplus to her and her family needs.” Commented Richard Bromell. “The table is rather unassuming but it had a sparkle of design. The owner had no idea of its importance or value. Our research quickly led us to an attribution to Edward William Godwin, a late Victorian designer. By today’s standards it is not too avant-garde, but back in 1873 there had been nothing quite like it ever produced before.”

It was designed at a time when coffee was generally only afforded by the wealthy rather than the rash of coffee shops we see in the high streets today.

The V & A Museum hold the original drawings by Edward Godwin for the table from 1873. Made in the Anglo-Japanese taste for Grey Towers, a country house which was demolished to make way for housing in 1931, these particular tables rarely come onto the open market.

Going under the Charterhouse hammer it was not in tip top condition having suffered a very bad break to one of the legs. With a small part of the leg missing Charterhouse kept the estimate at £1,000 as lot of collectors and dealers it is condition, condition, condition which can drive the price of a lot up.

On the auction day, telephone bids were booked from London to Paris. With bidders also in the saleroom and participating live online bidding rose quickly, there was even a dealer who bid whilst enjoying the music at Glastonbury! The winning bidder, who paid £17,340 for which some viewed as coffee table with a broken leg, was a specialist dealer.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their summer programme of specialist auctions including silver, jewellery & watches with a selection of wine, port & spirits on 24th & 25th August, closely followed by classic & vintage motorcycles on 1st September and then classic & vintage cars on 13th September.

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

July 05, 2017
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Howzat!

Image112A run of the iconic Wisden Cricketers Almanack books, dating from the late 19th century, could sell for as much as £10,000 when they go under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction on Friday 28th July.

“Wisdens, as they are generally known as, are the bible of cricket and considered to be the most famous sports reference book.” Commented George Holtby. “It has taken many years to amass such an extensive run with the earlier the copy generally the more expensive they become. Although I have never seen a first edition, which came out in 1864, rarely do you see copies as early as the ones we have been instructed to auction.”

The run of Wisdens at Charterhouse starts from 1890 through to 2005. Although the books are most known for their distinctive bright yellow covers, this format was not issued until 1938. Prior to this, they could be either back cover 1890salmon pink or buff coloured.

In the collection there are two volumes which stand out and are valued by Charterhouse at £2,000 for each book. These are the 1918 and 1919 copies and are very rare as few copies were printed after The Great War due to paper shortages.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their July specialist auctions which include pictures, books and maps on the 28th and classic, vintage and modern supercars at Sherborne Castle on the 16th.

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

June 29, 2017
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Cornish Artist Paints a Picture

Fred Yates & RB A small collection of oil paintings by Fred Yates, one of Cornwall’s best loved artists, are going under the Charterhouse hammer and are expected to sell for thousands of pounds in their auction of pictures, books and maps on Friday 28th July.

“The paintings have quite interesting provenance as the owner bought Fred Yates’s cottage in Fowey back in the early 1980’s. When the negotiations had finished, Fred gave her the rectangular painting of the figures in the park and at the same time she purchased the larger picture of the figures outside a church in Fowey.” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, when she moved in to the cottage, she found the five smaller paintings, including a self-portrait of Fred smoking a pipe.”

Fred Yates has often been described as a happy Lowry. His own distinctive painting style, often with thick paint squeezed straight from the tube in vibrant colours, ensured his artwork was and continues to be admired by collectors and museums.

The first painting being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne is of a church in Fowey. Bought by the owner directly from Fred Yates, just like all the other pictures it has not been on the open market since she acquired it. Despite having paid just a few pounds for the picture, it is now expected to sell for £4,000-6,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT).Fred Yates self-portrait

Next up is the smaller rectangular picture, which Fred gave to her as a present, of figures in a park, estimated at £500-800*.

Finally there are the 5 small pictures she found dotted about in the cottage, including the self-portrait, which are being sold as a lot estimated at £500-800 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT).

The owner, who lives near Taunton, is thinking of downsizing and took advantage of the home visit service offered by the Charterhouse team of specialist valuers.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their July specialist auctions which include pictures, books and maps on the 26th and classic, vintage and modern supercars at Sherborne Castle on the 16th.

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

June 21, 2017
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Vintage to Modern Supercars at Car Auction

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Motors from the 1920’s through to the early 2000’s are going under the hamer at the Charterhouse auction being held in a marquee in the beautiful grounds of Sherborne Castle on Sunday 16th July.

“This is a very busy time of the year for this department as vendors are looking to take advantage of the warm summer days to pull in bidders, with buyers looking to purchase vehicles as there is still plenty of good weather ahead to enjoy them!” Commented Charterhouse classic and vintage car expert Matthew Whitney. “However, this year, we have also opened up entries into the auction for modern supercars as well as the more traditional vintage and classic motors.”

The auction, which is held in conjunction with the hugely popular Classic & Supercar Show attracts a vast number of enthusiasts with about 2,000 classic, vintage and modern supercars vehicles on the day.1927 Morris Oxford Supersport Special

Entries for this specialist auction are well under way and range from a 1927 Morris Oxford Supersport Special from near Exeter estimated at £18,000-22,000, a 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS for £60,000-70,000 coming down from Scotland, a 1948 MG TC £24,000-26,000 from Weston-super-Mare, a 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG from Harrogate £20,000-25,000 through to a charming and rare little 1938 Fiat Topolino for £8,000-10,000 from a client in the Cotswolds.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for this Sunday July 16th auction of classic, vintage and modern supercars at Sherborne Castle closely followed by automobilia, pictures, books and maps in their salerooms on 28th July.

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

June 15, 2017
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Wine & Whisky but no Song at Auction

BowmoreThe Charterhouse two day auction on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June incudes over 4,000 bottles of wine, port and whisky, with one bottle of whisky estimated to sell for £2,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT).

“The star lot of this specialist selection of very drinkable booze is the commemorative botte of Bowmore whisky.” Commented Richard Bromell. “This very special whisky was produced in 1979 to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Bowmore distillery. With its original wooden box and certificate of authenticity and a £2,000* auction estimate it will either sell as an investment or to a whisky connoisseur to be enjoyed.”

The bottle of Bowmore was given to the owner’s husband in 1979 as a gift from his employer. Having kept is in a cupboard for many years, it was decided to open the bottle to celebrate to couples Golden Wedding Anniversary, but sadly he passed away shortly before the date. It then sat in the cupboard for another couple of years as the owner does not drink alcohol and it was brought into Charterhouse on one of their specialist valuation days for appraisal where she was delighted with the £1,500-2,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT) auction estimate.

Also in this specialist auction on Thursday 22nd of over 500 lots, there is also a huge selection of, red, white and rosé wine with cases estimated from just £30 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT) up to single bottles of premium wine such as Chateau Palmer, Latour and d’Yquem, and champagne including Dom Perignon along with cases or vintage port in wooden boxes, with many of the lots being sold without reserve.

The Thursday 22nd auction of wine, port and whisky auction starts at 12 noon. Viewing for this auction, and for the auction the following day of coins, medals, stamps, clock, model cars and collectors’ items, is on Wednesday 21st 10am-6pm and Thursday 22nd 9am-5pm. Alternatively, you can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also available.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their July auctions which include classic, vintage and modern supercars at Sherborne Castle, automobilia, pictures, books and maps.

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

June 15, 2017
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Star Car

A 1957 VW Split Screen A VW Type 2 split screen van, which featured in the cult 1980 film “Getting Wasted” is going under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

“It’s probably one of the more distinctive vehicles we have had in our classic car auctions recently.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “Finished in its psychedelic paintwork, this lot is probably not one for the shy and retiring collector and is definitely not the sort of van you can lose in a car park!”

Getting Wasted is a film set towards the end of the 1960’s, hence the fabulous hippy type painted VW van. The film is based around a group of military school cadets who rebel and features David Caruso, famous for starring in CSI: Miami and NYPD Blues, in his first film role.

The VW Type 2 van has been owned by the Wiltshire vendor, a lifelong VW enthusiast, for over 9 years. He purchased theA 1957 VW VW in America where he kept it for 5 years driving it around on visits and shipped it to England 4 years ago, but has decided now is the time to let someone else take over the wheel as it is hardly used.

The van is a rare survivor having been built in 1957. With so many VW split screen vans from the 1950’s & 60’s having been converted into camper vans, attacked by tin-worm or recycled in the crusher, this very special van is going under the hammer on Sunday 18th June just in time for Glastonbury the week after, for other summer festivals or just for hitting the road in.

Fitted with a later 1,500cc engine, which replaced the more lethargic 1,200cc motor, this piece of VW film history is expected to sell for £20,000-25,000 (plus 12% Buyers Premium inc VAT) in the Charterhouse classic car auction.

Viewing for the auction, which is held in conjunction with the Bristol Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, is on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June, with the auction starting at 12 noon on the 18th. Alternatively, you can see this VW split screen and all the other classic and vintage cars being sold on

www.charterhouse-auctiA 1957 VW Split Screen Panel Van.on.com where live internet bidding is also available.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their next specialist auction of classic & vintage cars along with modern supercars being held at Sherborne Castle on Sunday 16th July.

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

June 02, 2017
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Stamp of Approval

Image213A collection of stamps from a Bournemouth bungalow is expected to sell for thousands of pounds when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in their June 22nd & 23rd two day auction in Sherborne.

“The stamps were collected by the lady 20 to 30 years when she was working in London. During her lunch break she would regularly pop into Stanley Gibbons and treat herself to a stamp or two.” Commented Richard Bromell.

Moving forward a couple of decades, and after a few house moves, the stamps were relegated to the bottom of a wardrobe in her bungalow. Not having looked through them over the past few years, she decided now is the time to let someone else enjoy the collection and contacted Charterhouse to arrange a free home visit.

The stamps range in date from the iconic 1840 penny black and other Queen Victoria stamps through to more recent Queen Elizabeth II commemorative issues along with a large selection of First Day Covers. Displayed in a large number of albums, the collection is expected to sell for over £2,000.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their June 22nd & 23rd auction which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

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

May 25, 2017
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Pilots Medals Up For Auction

  The Charterhouse two daGp Capt C Stanbury CBE DSO DFC ££20,000-30,000y June auction on the 22nd & 23rd includes the important group of medals awarded to Group Captain Clive Stanbury CBE DSO DFC which are expected to sell for up to £30,000 (plus 24% Buyers Premium inc VAT)

“Rare do you come across such important RAF medal groups and this group is even more special as it is the first time it has appeared on the open market.” Commented Richard Bromell. “During the war, he flew a huge variety of planes including Wellington, Lysander, Halifax, Hurricane, Mosquito, Lancaster and of course, the legendary Spitfire along with a large number of American planes such as the Liberator. After the war he continued to serve in the RAF and his log books record flew for over 3,600 hours!”

Charterhouse has been instructed to sell the medals on behalf of the family. A difficult decision to make it is hoped the collection will be handled, looked at, researched and enjoyed rather than sitting in a safe.

Clive Stanley George Stanbury joined the RAF aged 24 years just before World War Two started in 1939. By 1942 he had been promoted to Flight Lieutenant flying with 70 SImage231quadron and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) having flown 61 sorties. It was noted he set a very high standard of efficiency and was a most courageous captain, who, undeterred by the enemy’s fire pressed home his attacks to the full.

Less than a month later, as Acting Squadron Leader and still at 70 Squadron, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) where it was also noted he had no regard for his personal safety and always first to volunteers for hazardous tasks.

In December 1943 he transferred to 624 SD Squadron as Commanding Officer. His experience and cool head took him on many operations including dropping SOE agents (or Joe’s as they are recorded in his log books) deep into enemy territory. 624 Squadron was at first a special duties squadron the only RAF squadron to fly without plane markings such was the nature of their covert opertations.

At the end of the war, in 1945, he was also awarded the French Croix de Guerre having made a conspicuous contribution to the liberation of France, as a pilot during many courageous actions and as commander of his group, his energy and his courage in action served as an example for his formation and everyone around him.

In 1953, he was awarded the Air Force Cross (AFC) for being the first British pilot to fly a Canberra jet engine aeroplane over the Pole. During the flight they tested the suitability of high latitude navigational techniques at the high speeds and altitudes flown by jet engines rather than piston engines.

In 1963 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Accompanying the medals at the Charterhouse auction, are his three Pilots Flying Log Books documenting his actions and photographs albums including images of Winston Churchill making a station visit. There are also letters of gratitude and acknowledgment from high ranking British and American commanders such as Air Marshall Sir John Slessor and Colonel Monro MacCloskey, Colonel, Air Corps, Commanding.

In addition to all this, tImage230here is a great selection of press cuttings, citations, further letters and other ephemera charting his career in the RAF.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their June auctions which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

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

May 18, 2017
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Alvis is a Classic Tourer

1936AlvisSpeed20£100000-120000 A pre-war Alvis motor car is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse June auction of classic and vintage cars where it is estimated to sell for over £100,000.

“It’s a lot of money but it’s a lot of car.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “However, if you say it quickly enough or compare it to a similar Bentley of the same period, it actually looks excellent value for money, although I am not sure whether my wife would agree with me!”

Delivered new in 1936 this Alvis Speed 20 SD was originally supplied with a 4 door Charlesworth coach built body. Although it has had a low ownership over the past 80 years, the decision was taken in 1996 to re-body the car with an Alvis Vanden Plas 4.3 litre style touring body. This body was hand crafted over a new ash frame and still looks in great shape today.

Fitted with a 3 litre six cylinder engine fitted to a four speed gearbox with overdrive, the current owner, who lives in Devon, has not only toured around Britain in thisA 1936 Alvis Speed 20 SD-34 Alvis, but also across France.

Part of the DevonA 1936 Alvis Speed 20 SD-20 collection, this Alvis has featured in the Alvis Owners Club magazines and been used by Richard Hoskins Insurance in a classic car marketing campaign.

With continuous history from new, and just 6 owners in over 80 years, this fine Alvis Speed 20 SD Tourer is estimated to sell for £100,000-120,000* at the Charterhouse classic & vintage car auction on Sunday 18th June, which is being held in conjunction with the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this specialist classic and vintage car auction and for their two day auction on 22nd & 23rd June which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits.

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

May 12, 2017
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Very Downton Abbey

Image210The Charterhouse two day May auction on the 18th & 19th includes a large Tiffany silver bowl with a marriage story similar to the hugely successful Downton Abbey television series.

“It is a substantial silver bowl made by Tiffany which makes it valuable in its own right.” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, on this occasion, I think it is the presentation inscription which also adds value as it is a wedding present celebrating the marriage between one of America’s wealthiest families and the 8th Duke of Roxburghe, somewhat similar to the marriage of the Earl of Grantham and Cora Levinson, the daughter of an American millionaire dry goods merchant!”

The silver bowl measures 33.5 cm wide and is engraved with a coronet above initials for the 8th Duke of Roxburghe to thImage211e centre. On the underside of the bowl it is inscribed “Presented to Miss Goelet by the servants of New York and Newport November tenth 1903” which has slight undertones of another popular television series “Upstairs Downstairs” where the aristocratic family were seen, like the initials and coronet, whilst the staff remained out of sight, just like the presentation inscription on the underside.

Mary Goelet was the daughter of the New York real-estate millionaire Ogden Goelet. When Mary married in 1903, her dowry was $20,000,000, which in today’s terms is estimated at a staggering $500,000,000.

The bowl, which was inherited from the vendor’s father several years ago, has been sitting on the sideboard of a 17th century Dorset cottage for years. Estimated at £700-1,000 it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in their SImage212herborne salerooms on Thursday 18th May.

Viewing for the auction at The Log Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS is on Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th May or you can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also accessible.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their June auctions which includes coins, stamps, medals & collectors’ items along with nearly 5,000 bottles of wine, port & spirits. They are also accepting entries for their specialist auction of classic cars on Sunday 18th June.

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

May 09, 2017
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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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