Stamp of Approval at Charterhouse

The 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 a 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.comCharterhouse 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

Military Medal Group at Charterhouse

A Second World War group of medals are estimated to sell for up to £2,000 when they go under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of collectors’ items in March. “It is the first time this wonderful fighting Military Medal group has come onto the market as it is offered for auction by a close family member. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “The Military Medal was awarded to NCO’s and men of the Army for individual acts of bravery, with some 115,600 awarded in the First World War and just over 15,000 in the Second World War, making them very sought after by collectors today. “Corporal Jack Clarke served with The Royal Irish Fusiliers and was awarded the Military Medal for his leadership during an attack against the enemy in Italy during 1943. The Platoon Commander and Sergeant were both seriously wounded, and Corporal Clarke, although himself wounded by shrapnel and in pain, took over the Platoon. By his personal example and leadership, he kept them together under the extremely heavy fire brought down on them and took the men forward until they had to stop due to the lack of ammunition. Only then did he allow himself to be helped back.The medals come to auction framed with a photograph of Jack Clarke along with other items he collected during the war, and are estimated at £1,500-2,000.Charterhouse is now accepting entries for this forthcoming auction of militaria, medals, coins, stamps, postcards, clocks, watches and other collectors’ items on Friday 18th March. They are also taking entries for their specialist auctions of classic cars in April and their classic motorcycles auction 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 Richard with items for valuation atinfo@charterhouse-auction.com The group of medals awarded to Corporal Jack Clarke, including his Military Medal awarded for bravery, entered into the Charterhouse auction of Collectors’ items on Friday 18th March in Sherborne estimated at £1,500-2,000

Charterhouse Triumph

A 1973 Triumph TR6 is which was last on the road in 1993 has already been entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic cars on Sunday 22nd April. “It has been entered into the auction from a deceased estate and is only a two owner car having been purchased when it was just two years old. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It was fully restored in 1992 but has remained in the its garage since 1993 until we recently collected it from amongst the lawn and garden tools! “This late model fuel injected TR6 with a work hardtop has already sparked interest from collectors and enthusiasts and should have no difficulty in passing its modest estimate of £3,000-5,000.For more details of this auction or to consign a classic or vintage car, please contact Matthew Whitney, Head of Classic & Vintage Cars at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset on 01935 812277, or via email at mw@charterhouse-auction.comCaption:In amongst the garden tools, a Triumph TR6 having been garage stored for nearly 20 years, despite having been fully restored £3,000-5,000Quick Links Forthcoming Sale Previous Sale Sale Preview Tel: (01935) 812277 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Chinese Censer Creates a Commotion at Charterhouse

A Chinese censer, which Charterhouse Auctioneers discovered on top of a wardrobe in a Dorset farmhouse, sold for a massive £154,250 in their October auction. “When I first spied the censer it was sitting on top of a wardrobe, rather like a wise old owl. Having taken it down, and cleaned off numerous layers of dust built up over the years I thought what a beautiful design the all over repeating floral pattern was. However, I also noticed that one of the handles had been repaired with a staple and that the cover might not quite fit the base. ” Commented Richard Bromell.The Chinese censer was then featured on the cover of the Charterhouse catalogue and featured in an international trade paper. Estimated at up to £3,000, primarily due to the old repair and having an associated cover, there was huge interest from London, China and the USA in the lot before the auction on Friday 25th October. With a bank of ten telephone lines booked with bidders from around the world, along with strong internet bidding, the hammer finally fell to a London client who parted with £154,250. Although considerably higher than the Charterhouse estimate, the owner had the censer looked at by another firm of auctioneers a few years before who advised him it was worth just £400!This is the second time this year Charterhouse in Sherborne has sold a damaged piece of pottery for a six figure sum. In February, they sold an Italian istoriato maiolica plate with a chip for £565,000. Rather bizarrely, both pieces of chipped pottery have spent decades living less than 2 miles away from each other. Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of antiques auctions with specialist sections of ceramics, silver, watches & jewellery in November and for their December collectors auction including coins, stamps, medals and clocks.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comRichard Bromell with the beautiful Chinese censer discovered on top of a wardrobe sold for £154,250The Chinese censer sold for £154,250Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Appointments at Charterhouse

Naomi Grabham and Matthew Whitney have both been appointed Associate Directors at Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne.Charterhouse Auctioneers, based at The Long Street Salerooms in Sherborne, are a family run business set up at the end of the last century. Owned and run by Richard and Abigail Bromell, the business has seen consistent growth and expansion over the past decade, and in particular, over the past 5 years. “Matthew, our Classic Car expert, has worked for us for nearly 12 years. Initially as a consultant, he moved to us full time 8 years ago. During this time he has sold millions of pounds of classic cars, with one auction last year totalling £360,000, making Charterhouse one of the leading firms of classic car auctioneers in the Country. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Naomi first came to us on work experience before she had even taken her GCSE’s! After her A levels, she went to university where she passed her degree in Fine Arts & Valuation with flying colours, joining us immediately afterwards. Today, Naomi heads up our ceramic and glass department and is a well known and highly respected expert in Beswick and Royal Doulton. “In addition to these appointments, Charterhouse Auctioneers have also appointed Jade Bailey as a Business Administration Apprentice. She moves to Charterhouse from The Gryphon School in Sherborne. Jade will help with all aspect of administration in the business and has special responsibility for the post. With Charterhouse selling to clients around the world through live internet bidding there are always parcels to be packed, weighed and checked on a daily basis.Matthew Whitney (left) Associate Director, Naomi Grabham (middle) Associate Director & Richard Bromell, Director (right)Jade Bailey, Business Administration Apprentice at CharterhouseQuick Links Forthcoming Sale Contact Previous Sale How to find us Sale Catalogues Tel: (01935) 812277 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Time Warp Triumph Motorcycle at Charterhouse

A 1981 Triumph Bonneville T140E motorcycle is one of the great lots already entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic cars and motorcycles in February. “It is quite simply amazing. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “We often come across low mileage vehicles with one lady vicar owners, but in this case, the Triumph has never been registered, has never been on the road and has never been started! “This classic Triumph Bonneville has the 750cc twin engine with front disc brake and is finished in a rare smoky flame two tone metallic paint. Still retaining some of its protective grease covering from when it left the factory for transportation, it represents a truly unique opportunity to acquire a piece of iconic British motorcycling history.The owner, who lives near Crewkerne, has retired and is planning a move to Devon. Originally costing £1,064.53p in 1981, it is estimated to sell for £9,500-10,500 in 2014 at this specialist Charterhouse auction on Sunday 16th February.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of auctions including their collector’s auction including coins, stamps, medals and clocks in December, Pictures, Beswick and Royal Doulton in January and classic cars and motorcycles in February.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comThe amazing time warp Triumph, being sold by Sherborne based Charterhouse Auctioneers in February £9,500-10,500 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

A Mini Miracle at Charterhouse Classic Car Auction

A time warp one owner Mini Cooper is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse auction of Classic & Vintage cars on Sunday 4th November at The Royal Bath & West Showground. “It is probably the most important Mini Cooper I have been instructed to sell. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It was purchased new in 1966 from Stringers in Portsmouth by Mr Smith and he drove it until the hot summer of 1976 when it was driven into the garage where is did not turn another wheel until earlier this year when relatives started to clear his house after he passed away. Making amazing discoveries such as this is what being an auctioneer is all about, but on this occasion it was in a Christchurch domestic garage rather than a farmyard barn on the middle of Exmoor. ” Mini Coopers are synonymous with the swinging sixties and an icon of British motoring. However, what is so special about this particular Mini Cooper is that it has only covered 22,270 miles over the past 46 years. So often classic Mini’s have covered intergalactic miles or had panels and engines replaced, but this Cooper is a matching numbers car in totally original condition. During the 1960’s and 1970’s Mr Smith worked on cruise ship which explains why the car never travelled far.Over the past few years, Mini’s have steadily risen in value and Charterhouse have had some outstanding Mini results including a Mini pick up sold for £8,200, a Mini custom van sold for £12,200 and a late model 1995 Mini Cooper with just a few hundred miles £12,500.Viewing for this Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars is on Saturday 3rd November at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, in conjunction with the Footman James Classic Car Show. The auction is on Sunday 4th November with the cars starting at 1.00pm. Full details and all the car entries are available on www.charterhouse-auction.com Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions, including late entries into this classic and vintage cars, a special auction of silver, jewellery & watches, and wine, port & spirits, all in November. To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Matthew Whitney, Associate Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on mw@charterhouse-auction.comA 1966 Mini Cooper in a miraculously original condition with only one owner and 22,270 recorded miles in 46 years £8,000-12,000 For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Don’t Drink and Drive

Charterhouse Auctioneers have a busy programme of three auctions in February, when bidders will be able to buy a huge variety of lots from fine wine to classic cars. “We always encourage our bidders to enjoy their purchases, but would not recommend mixing wine with classic cars! ” Commented Richard Bromell. “It looks to be an exciting marathon of three auctions over four days starting on Thursday 13th February with silver, jewellery and watches, closely followed by wine, ceramics and furniture on Friday 14th, with the weekend being rounded off with an auction of over 70 classic vehicles at The Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday 16th. “The lots going under the Charterhouse hammer will have wide appeal to all bidders. Some of the more unusual lots include a vintage Chanel handbag £300-400, a gentleman’s 18ct gold pocket watch £2,000-3,000, a silver candelabrum, brought to Charterhouse from France as hand luggage on an easyJet flight at £1,000-1,500, a 5 litre or jeroboam bottle of Chateau Beaumont £400-600 and an Alvis Firefly vintage car at £33,000-35,000.For full information regarding these auction please contact the auctioneers on 01935 812277 or on www.charterhouse-auction.com where all the lots can be viewed.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming programme of auctions including clocks, medals, stamps and other collector’s items in March and for their next auction of classic cars and motorcycles in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.com Anna Williams with the vintage Chanel handbag £300-400The silver candelabrum, brought to Charterhouse as hand luggage on an easyJet flight, £1,000-1,500A gentleman’s 18ct gold pocket watch £2,000-3,000A 5 litre bottle of Chateau Beaumont £400-600An Alvis Firefly £33,000-35,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Money You Can Bank On

A collection of old banknotes are worth big bucks in the Charterhouse collector’s auction on 13th & 14th December. “The client bought the banknotes in the late 1970’s and put them away for nearly 30 years. He is now having a sort out in his house before he moves to Worcestershire where his family lives, and took advantage of the free specialist valuation days we hold here every week. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “The market for coins, medals, stamps and banknotes is very strong at present. As a result, we have achieved some very high prices in our specialist collector’s auctions and when these banknotes go under the hammer they have the added bonus of being sold live on the internet. “The most valuable notes from this collection are two white £100 Bank of England banknotes. With consecutive numbers, being in an extremely fine condition and dating to 1935, they are estimated to sell for £1,000-2,000.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of auctions including coins, medals, stamps, model toys and collectors items in December followed by an auction of pictures, prints and books in January.To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding these auctions please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on enquiry@charterhouse-auction.comPut Your Money Where Your Mouth Is €“ one of the two £100 banknotes being sold by Charterhouse in their December Collectors auction £1,000-2,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Chinese Panels Sell for £500,000 at Charterhouse

A set of four Chinese panels sold for £500,000 in Charterhouse February auction in Sherborne. “The Chinese panels were sold on Friday 14th February, a year to the day after we sold a magnificent Italian pottery charger for £565,000, and I thought at one point we were going to break the in house record for the most expensive lot we have sold! ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Initial reaction to the panels before the auction was relaxed, and on the morning of the auction I thought they might sell for about £20,000. However, when the lot was under way, selling it was hugely exciting as bidding increments were going up in £20,000 jumps! People were bidding in the saleroom, live through the internet and on the telephone, with the hammer falling to a Chinese bidder on the telephone. “The panels came from a chalet bungalow in Dorset. The family were sorting through items surplus to their needs after their father moved. Two of the panels were hung on the wall, while the other two panels were stored under a bed.Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming spring auctions including dolls, medals, militaria, coins, stamps & other collector’s items in March, followed by classic cars and motorcycles in April.For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comAnna Williams, Charterhouse staff member, with two of the four Chinese panels sold for £500,000Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director