Gentleman’s Express or Boy Racer?

Two classic cars, an Austin Healey 100/6 and a Jensen 541R made just a few months apart, offer the opportunity for enthusiasts to choose between a gentleman’s express or a sports car for the hairy chested at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 5th November. “Both cars are iconic in their own way and both appeal to a different sort of driver and enthusiast. ” Commented Matthew Whitney. “That being said, I wouldn’t mind having them both at home sitting in the garage! “Coming to the Charterhouse classic car auction from long term ownership is a 1960 Jensen 541R. A true gentleman’s express, it is fitted with a 4.0 litre 6 cylinder engine with overdrive. An advanced car in its day, it was supplied with disc brakes all round, a full leather interior and constructed from lightweight fibreglass which was revolutionary at the time.Having been owned by its Somerset vendor since 1970, it has been in dry storage for a few years and will require some re-commissioning work. Estimated at £20,000-25,000 +12% buyers premium (including VAT) this gentleman’s express with its four seats gives the successful buyer an opportunity to join an exclusive club as only 193 Jensen 541R’s made.However, if four seats does not cut it for you and you want something a little more racy, there is a 1959 Austin Healey 100/6. Bought by its English Italian owner in 1991 it went through a full restoration programme. A year later, the owner took it to his Italian home where it lived with his collection of cars until being repatriated in 2017.An original UK right hand drive car having a 2.6 litre 6 cylinder engine with overdrive it has covered just 8,000 miles in 25 years on Italian roads.Still sharp from its restoration in 1991 and on the button ready to be enjoyed, it is estimated at £50,000-55,000 +12% buyers premium (including VAT).Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this classic and vintage car auction which is in conjunction with the Footman James Bristol Classic Car Show being held at The Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet.For further information about this auction, or for advice on selling a car or motorcycle, contact Matthew Whitney at Charterhouse in Sherborne on 01935 812277 or email info@charterhouse-auction.com

Coffee Table Serves up Strong Bidding

A 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

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

Delightful Deco Dining Room Suite Tops Auction

The lot which travelled the furthest to the Charterhouse auction on Friday 18th January proved to be the top lot of the day, despite the weather. “As a company we travel extensively throughout the country, not only just within the immediate locality and the top lot Art Deco dining room suite we sold was consigned to us from a client in Essex. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “Admittedly when I woke on the Friday auction morning to see nothing but snow I was a little concerned. However, the first buyer into the saleroom travelled up from Devon and after that it was business as usual. This, combined with a large amount of telephone bids and buyers bidding extensively on line through via the internet, resulted in a great day! “The suite comprises a dining table, a set of 6 chairs with cloud shaped backs, a serving table and, of course, a cocktail cabinet. The high Art Deco design of the suite probably dates it to around 1930. Today suites which include all the main parts, are hotly contested, with the Charterhouse suite selling for £6,600. Also from the same client, was a similar nest of tables which amazed everyone when they sold for £1,100.February is another busy month at Charterhouse as they have their auction of classic cars and motorcycles on Sunday 10th at Shepton Mallet, closely followed by an auction of silver, jewellery, coins, watches & antiques on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th February. You can view all the lots on www.charterhouse-auction.comCharterhouse is now accepting further entries for their forthcoming programme of auctions including clocks, coins, medals, stamps, postcards and collectors items in March.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.comPart of the stylish Art Deco burr walnut dining room suite sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne on Friday 18th January for £6,600Also from the same Essex client, a nest of Art Deco occasional tables sold for £1,100Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director

Recipe for Success at Charterhouse

An old hand written recipe book is to go under the Charterhouse hammer on Friday 11th April. “There is phenomenal interest in old recipe and cookery books, with celebrity chefs such as Heston Blumenthal trying recipes or taking inspiration from them to create wonderful new dishes. ” Commented Richard Bromell. “However, the recipes are not only for food, but for curing all sorts of ailments and painful dispositions, like a medical recipe book too. No doubt some of these recipes had an effect, but whether it was good or bad we will never know, but I certainly fancy some of the tasty pudding recipes! “The hand written book dates to the 18th century and is a compilation of recipes. Included are Lady Russel’s recipe For a Giddiness or Pain in the Head, Mrs Snellings recipe to make Hoggs Liver Puddings, and there is even Lord Pembroke’s recipe to make Port Wine, which seems to be an extravagant recipe including 8 gallons of genuine wine, 40 gallons of cyder (sic) along with some French Brandy! However, perhaps one recipe which is not for the feint hearted is Dr Waddenfield’s Remedy for Lunacy, which states it cured a Person of Quality!!Charterhouse is now accepting for their forthcoming spring auctions including a sale of pictures, prints, books and antiques on Friday 11th April and classic cars and motorcycles at The Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday 6th 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.comRichard Bromell and extracts from an 18th century handwritten recipe book, going under the Charterhouse hammer on Friday 11th April £300-500Quick Links For further information regarding this article, please contact Richard Bromell, Director