Rolex is a Golden Present

A gentleman’s 18ct gold Rolex wristwatch going under the hammer on Valentine’s Day in the Charterhouse two day February auction is expected to sell for thousands of pounds.

“Rolex is synonymous with fabulous craftsmanship and quality and this wristwatch will tick the box for many buyers” Commented Richard Bromell. “The watch is pretty much in the same condition as the day it was made rather than having been well loved and enjoyed over the years which is rare to see on a watch 20-30 years old.”

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is in an 18ct gold case and matching gold President bracelet. Coming to auction with its original box, tags and booklet and this model is popular with both ladies and gentlemen and being sold on Valentine’s Day might be a wonderful surprise for someone!

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Basket Cases to Concours Motorbikes

The Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage motorbikes has a great selection of bikes going under the hammer with estimates from £200 up to £55,000.

“There are bikes in all shapes and sizes and conditions.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “As usual, there is a good selection of British bikes with a smattering of German, Japanese and other manufactures.”

The star of the auction is a 1949 Vincent Black Shadow. Coming to auction in a beautifully restored state this iconic 1,000cc motorbike is estimated to sell for £50,000-55,000.

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Racing archive at Charterhouse

An archive of motor sport photographs and trophy cups following the exploits of Charles Frederick “Freddie” Pope during the 1950’s and 1960’s in The Singapore Motor Club are going under the Charterhouse hammer on Thursday 17th January.

“It’s a fascinating look into motorsport just after the war.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “What is also quite mesmerising are the number of photographs which show Freddie with either a cigarette or a drink in his hand!”

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Bidders Map Auction

The first Charterhouse auction of 2019 in January includes a lifetime collection of maps.

“There are hundreds of maps which were collected over decades.” Commented Richard Bromell. “There is a huge range of maps in all shapes and sizes. Some have been tinted in watercolour and some have survived in their original state which will appeal to all types of collectors.”

The maps were inherited by a close family friend of the map collector after he passed away. Having held on to the collection for some time, the owners who live near Yeovil, decided they would keep few of their favourite maps and auction the rest so other collectors could enjoy them.

Included in the collection there are maps not only of Great Britain and its counties but

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Trains right on time at Charterhouse

A large collection of model trains entered into the Charterhouse sale of collector’s items on Friday 14th December are expected to sell for thousands of pounds.

“Our collector’s auctions are always interesting and fun.” Commented George Holtby. “There is such a variety of lots including coins, medals, stamps with model cars and trains for which the market remains very strong resulting in great prices.”

The collection of model trains was amassed by its Dorset owner over many years. Sadly he passed away earlier on this year and Charterhouse were instructed to remove the models from the property and clear the remaining items.

Although most of the models were kept in the property, it was the garden shed which housed a large train track layout where the locomotives and coaches were run on a regular basis.

There are about 150 model Hornby, Bachmann and other model trains along with trackside buildings and accessories in the collection. Many are still in their original boxes, some of which

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Cars Big and Small

 

A Cold War Tatra T600 Tatraplan car sold by Charterhouse in their 4th November auction of classic and vintage cars has been bought by a Slovakian Tatra collector who lives only 50 miles away from where it was made in 1950 at Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

“It was a very busy auction which totalled over £200,000 but it was the 1950 Tatra which most people found fascinating.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With its aerodynamic body having a rear fin, somewhat similar to Formula 1 race car today, it was a somewhat strange looking car. Fitted with a 2,000cc engine in the rear it ran and drove which is quite amazing as it had been garage stored by its owner for nearly 50 years!”

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Guitar to Serenade Bidders

A Spanish guitar, nearly 200 years old, has been donated to a Dorset charity and is estimated to sell for thousands of pounds when it goes under the Charterhouse hammer in Sherborne on Friday 14th December.

“You do not need to be a musician to appreciate this guitar” Commented George Holtby. “It is beautifully constructed and made by one of the best Spanish guitar makers of the 19th century.”

The guitar was made by Louis Panormo in 1824 and is numbered 427. Donated as a gift to a Dorset charity they thought it needed a world-wide platform to market the guitar and took it along to a Charterhouse valuation discovery day at the Sherborne salerooms where they were delighted to hear it estimated at £1,000-2,000.

French born Louis Panormo (1784-1862) and his brothers were 19th

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Size Matters

The Charterhouse two day November auction includes a huge selection of jewellery, silver, watches, antiques and interiors in allshapes and sizes.

“Our November two day sale is always popular sale in the auction calendar.” Commented Richard Bromell. “We have many private clients coming to the auction looking for special and unique presents for loved ones along with dealers who are looking for extra stock for the run up to Christmas. However, what is amazing this time is the size of some of the lots – both little and large which carry the top high estimates and I cannot wait to see how they sell.”

One of the larger lots in the Charterhouse auction is a pair of late 18th century Dutch floor standing corner cupboards. Measuring a huge 8 ½ feet high they come to Charterhouse from a Dorset deceased estate where they spent the past few years in a 1970’s terraced property. Constructed in two parts, the four pieces were housed in three rooms as they were too tall to fit together and the owner loved them too much to sell them. Now looking to a new home after she passed away, they are estimated at £2,000-4,000.

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Not Saved for a Rainy Day

 

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Two classic cars entered into the Charterhouse sale on Sunday 4th November have rather unusually not seen a drop of rain on their bodywork for decades.

“Interestingly both cars are open topped sports cars and both will appeal to very different car enthusiasts.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “The 1960 Fairthorpe is easy to see it has not seen a drop of rain in years as it is covered under decades of dust and is stored in a barn, the other is a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL which its meticulous owner bought in 1997 and has not been in the rain since then.”

The Fairthorpe Electron Minor has been in just one family ownership since new in 1960. A rare little car, fitted

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Bidders Eye up Jewellery

An early 19th century brooch painted with an eye is one of the more unusual lots going under the Charterhouse hammer in their two day 15th & 16th November auction.

“It is such a delicate little painting and whilst I have no idea who the eye relates to I would be very pleased to own it.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Brooches are often overlooked at auction and whilst there is nothing of value in the brooch such as diamonds, it is nonetheless a totally captivating little piece of jewellery and art.”

Eye miniatures are believed to have originated when the Prince of Wales (later George IV) felt the need to send Maria Fitzherbert, a widow, as a token of his love. This gesture and the romance that went with it was frowned upon by the court, so a miniaturist was employed to paint only the eye and thereby preserve anonymity and decorum. The couple went through a form of marriage on 15 December 1785, though all present knew the marriage was invalid by the Royal Marriage Act since George III had not approved. Reportedly Maria’s eye miniature was worn by George IV, hidden under his lapel. This is regarded as the event which led to lovers’ eyes becoming fashionable, appearing between 1790 and the 1820s in the courts and affluent families of England, Russia, France and more rarely, America.

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