Engineers Collection up for Auction

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 by 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 & amp; 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

Montecarlo for Sale

  A 1982 Lancia Montecarlo coupe is making a rare appearance when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of classic and vintage cars on Wednesday 13th September. “I have always been a fan of the Lancia Montecarlo ever since I saw one star as Giselle alongside the cheeky No 53 VW Beetle in the 1977 film Herbie goes to Montecarlo. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “However, the 1970’s were not Lancia’s best years and a large number of cars produced, such as the Montecarlo, became heavily corroded and were relegated to the scrap yard. “The Lancia Montecarlo at Charterhouse is just one of 1,123 Series II coupe’s produced. Finished in red with a black leather interior, this has been a cosseted Lancia and has a continuous history from new. Acquired by the owner in 2007, he left it in his garage in 2008 after the MOT expired, and it will now need some re-commissioning work.Today a rare sight on the road, this pretty little Lancia Montecarlo, with a good history file and all its MOT’s from 1985-2007, is estimated to sell for £8,000-10,000 plus buyers premium 12% (inc VAT) when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer on Wednesday 13th September.Viewing for the auction, which is being held at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN, is on the morning of the auction from 9am, with the sale starting at 12 noon.Catalogues for the sale are available from the auctioneers or you can look through all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.com where live internet bidding is also available.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their programme of specialist auction of classic and vintage car on Sunday 5th November and their next auction of pictures, books, maps and sporting items with a selection of Beswick & Royal Doulton on Friday 20th OctoberFor 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

Nice Nortons at Charterhouse

The 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 calendar 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 are 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.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

Star Car

 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 the 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 onwww.charterhouse-auction.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

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

Top Marques at Charterhouse Classic Car Auction

July 18th 2010 Classics @ The CastleSherborne, DorsetThe Charterhouse 18th July auction of classic and vintage cars at Sherborne Castle, Dorset looks to be another great success for this Dorset company with many top marque motors up for auction. “We have covered many miles across the West Country advising clients on their classic cars such as vendor of a fine Rolls Royce series II Corniche Convertible. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “And now it appears summer is now well and truly upon us, this Corniche Convertible looks resplendant in red with a black leather interior piped in red and with an automatic hood. Powered by a fuel injected V8 engine with ABS it is just one of 1226 of the series made and looks certain to be a perennial favourite with buyers. “Whilst this beautiful Rolls Royce is in fine condition, the same vendor has also decided to sell his Mk VI Bentley, but with a difference. The original engine blew up and is now replaced with a Daf lorry 8 litre 6 cylinder diesel engine! The vendor reports a 0-60 second sprint time of about 5 seconds, but not much speed after that! With plenty of torque on offer, the car would make either an excellent towing car for vintage racers or it will appeal for someone looking for a project they can improve on.Also entered is a 1925 Gardner Town Coupe which has been owned by the vendor for ten years, at £18,000-22,000. Some twelve years younger, is a rare 1937 Morris GPO engineers van which is believed to be just one of three in existence and is up for £8,000-10,000. In the post war section, there is a 1953 MG TD at £15,000-18,000, a 1963 Morris Minor Mini £1,500-2,000, a Triumph Stag £7,000-9,000, a 1974 Aston Martin V8 £18,000-22,000, and a Somerset Morris Minor which has spent the vast majority of its life in one garage at £4,000-5,000.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this auction classic cars and motorbikes on Sunday 16th July. For further information regarding these sale, or to arrange a free home visit, please contact the Matthew Whitney, Head of Department at Charterhouse in Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email mw@charterhouse-auction.comRolls Royce Corniche Convertible £23,000-25,000Bentley Mk VI diesel powered £6,000-8,000Morris GPO engineers van £8,000-10,000Morris Minor Mini £1,500-2,000Sunday 18th July 2010Classic Cars, Motorcycles & AutomobiliaClassics @ The Castle, Sherborne DT9 5NRCatalogues are £10 on the door or £12 by post, and admit 2 people to the auction. Alternatively you are able to by a wristband which will allow entry to the auction for £5 per person, with no catalogue.You will also need to buy tickets to gain entry to the show at the gate. Venue, Sherborne CastleView Larger MapWe anticipate this will be a very exciting sale, with a record number of vehicles consigned to sale at this stage. The preview page will be updated regularly – please check! Vehicles already consigned for the sale include: A 1970 Ford Escort 1300 Super, full service history, including original bill of sale £3,000 – 3,5001951 Wolseley 1500 Black, for restoration with many spares1966 MGB GT, dry storage for 40 plus yearsA Trojan Toraktor, very rare tractor made between 1961-1964 and 1 of 500 made , estimate £1,500 – 2,000A 1978 Triumph Bonneville 750 , estimate £2,200 – 2,5001966 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III phase II, fully restored , estimate £28,000 – 30,000A 1951 Jowett Javalin De-Lux, recent engine rebuild and it was featured in the film Viera Darke £4,500 – 5,000A 1975 Honda CB 400/four, lady owner, estimate £800 – 1,000A 1948 Bentley Mk VI standard steel saloon, fitted with an 8 litre diesel engine “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”, estimate £6,000 – 8,000A 1973 Bentley T1, one family owned from new, estimate £2,500 – 3,500A 1980 Buick Le Sabre limited four door saloon, 23,300 miles from new with full service history, estimate £3,500 – 4,500A 1997 Mercedes Benz 320 SL, full service history and panoramic hardtop, estimate £9,000 – 10,000A 1953 MGTD, older restoration with bills for £14,000, estimate £15,000 – £18,000A 1957 Morris Minor two door saloon, one family owned from new with the valuable registration number 4AYA, estimate £4,000 – 5,000A 1989 Porche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, recent engine rebuild, new black carpets and electric mohair softtop, estimate £11,000 – 13,000A 1982 Rolls Royce Corniche convertible, estimate £23,000 – 26,000A rare 1939 Morris 8 Post Office Engineer 5 cwt light van, fully restored with photographic record, estimate £8,000 – 10,000A 1925 Gardener town coupe with coach work by Brougham, estimate £18,000 – 22,000A 1963 Morris Mini Minor, 37,500 miles from new, estimate £1,500 – 2,500A 1974 Aston Martin V8 mark II, 44,000 miles from new, estimate £18,000 – £22,000A 1953 MGTD, older restoration with bills for £14,000, estimate £15,000 – £18,000 A 1972 Triumph Stag, manual overdrive, full restoration, estimate £8,000 – £10,000A 1974 Lotus Elan +2S130/5, rebuilt in 1998 with bills for £16,000, nominal mileage since, estimate £6,500 – 7,000A 1973 Bentley T1, one family owned from new, estimate £2,500 – 3,500

Stamp of Approval at Charterhouse Auction

An album of Great Britain stamps is estimated to sell for up to £1,500, is just one of the interesting lots in the Charterhouse two day March auction of collector’s items. “Our collector’s auctions always have a great selection of model trains, cars, stamps, coins, medals and militaria with 100’s of lots going under the hammer. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “The collector’s market continues to gain strength where 15 years ago it struggled. This combined with collectors buying items such as stamps not only for pleasure but also investment, has resulted in prices being pushed up and up. “The stamp album forms part of a collection from a client in Wiltshire. The owner took advantage of the free home visit service Charterhouse offers for clients looking for help and advice on selling their goods and chattels, and was pleasantly surprised by the value given on their collection.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this March collector’s auction which includes stamps, medals, coins, clocks, model trains, cars & antiques. They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic cars and motorcycles in April.To arrange a free home visit or for more information regarding this auction please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comA 1929 Postal Union Congress £1 stamp, part of an album of GB stamps, being sold by Charterhouse in their March collectors auction £1,000-1,500Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Buyers look to seal lots with Bids

The Charterhouse auction of silver, jewellery and watches on 27th August also contains a collection of over 200 seals. “It is an amazing collection of seals which come in all shapes and forms. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “The Somerset vendor collected seals for a number of years having been looking for a hobby which was interesting and did not take up too much space. Over the years, they have been sourced and bought through auctions, the internet and even from car boot sales! “Seals have always been attractive to collectors and dealers. They can involved in signing off important documents or be very personal in closing a letter ensuring that no one can grab a peek at the contents.Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of summer sales including silver, jewellery, watches and antiques with a selection of wine, port & spirits on 27th August. Then there is an auction devoted to classic motorcycles and related items in their salerooms on 15th September, which is then followed with a two day auction with Beswick & Royal Doulton on the morning of Thursday 23rd September and medals, coins & stamps in the afternoon. The next day, Friday 24th, is another full day with clocks, collectors items, trains and model vehicles. To arrange a free home visit through out the West Country, please contact Richard Bromell, Director, at Charterhouse 01935 812277. 19th century French seal, initialed MM, with a large mother of pearl handle £150-200 in the Charterhouse auction on Friday 27th August

Cache in the Attic

A collection of modern gold coins, which lived in an attic for several years, was sold in the Charterhouse two day February auction in Sherborne for nearly £50,000. “The owner, who lives in Somerset, had been clearing his father’s property in Bridgwater and came across several boxes of coins in the attic. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “He then removed them back to his Somerset house when he then put then in his attic €“ like father like son! The son, with whom we sold some stamps for previously, then took advantage of the free home visit service we offer as boxes in which the coins were held in were rather too heavy to bring into our salerooms. “The father had collected the coins directly from The Royal Mint, and they all came in fitted cases with certificates. The family have had local Somerset ties for many years. The father worked as a part time fireman and also had a sweet shop in Yeovil in the late 1960’s. In more recent years, he lived in Bridgwater where he collected the coins.In addition to the gold coins, which sold for just over £48,000, there are the silver coins which are entered into the Charterhouse two day March collector’s auction. With several thousands of pounds worth of coins still to be auctioned, the owner who originally thought the collection to be worth about £10,000, is delighted, and hopes to be able to help his daughters university education with some of the money.If you think you have at a fortune lurking in your attic, or to arrange a free home visit, please contact Richard Bromell, Director at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via email on info@charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is now accepting further entries for this March collector’s auction which includes stamps, medals, coins, clocks, model trains, cars & antiques. They are also accepting entries for their next auction of classic cars and motorcycles in April.Part of a cache in the attic €“ a collection of gold coins which sold for nearly £50,000 at Charterhouse in SherborneA Victorian anniversary gold coin set sold for £1,800A Royal Sovereign gold coin collection set sold for £4,150A UK Britannia gold coin set sold for £1,700Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director