30/04/2015 : Auction of Tribal Art, Ethnographica, Antiquities, Sporting & Memorabilia
Friday 8th May from 10am, Viewing: Thursday 7th May from 10am-8pm and 9am-10am on the morning of the sale.
The Cheshire Saleroom
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Friday 8th May: Lots 1-1068
Over 1,000 lots will form the second of three auctions in May at The Cheshire Saleroom. It includes the important archive of ephemera and objects from the estate of the WWII General Sir Miles Dempsey, Field Marshal Montgomery’s right hand man throughout the war. 100 lots from this collection includes personal and confidential letters from the highest ranking Allied officers of WWII, many relating to Dempsey’s command of the Second Army during D-Day and the advance toward Germany in the ensuing months. Also included is Dempsey’s small collection of regimental silver, including Georgian snuff boxes.
This forms the nucleus of a very impressive array of militaria. Another highlight of the sale is a collection of never before seen letters to Vice Admiral Sir George Warrender (£1,000-£1,500), one of which composed by none other than Commander of The Grand Fleet, Admiral Jellicoe, written ten days after the Battle of Jutland, referring to the battle with his initial thoughts, enclosing his detailed typed account of the battle, before an edited version was officially sent to the Admiralty.
The usual array of fine and rare swords, daggers and guns also adorn the saleroom, along with a Napoleon letter, A Wellington autograph and envelope, a George III bronze cannon and many other military relics spanning several hundred years.
The sporting section of the sale is spearheaded by a very rare and impressive Avery jockey scale and weights set (£8,000-£12,000), with impeccable provenance. They were one of two at Newmarket.
Also included in the sporting section of the sale is a good collection of golfing memorabilia, early clubs and golf balls and Europe’s best collection of autographs, along with a Queen’s South Africa service medal awarded to the famous golf course architect Alister MacKenzie.
The sale ends with around 300 lots of tribal and ethnographica, half of which comes from an important Liverpool collection, with masks and figures from all over Africa including an important Troh Knight Society "Janus" (double sided) mask, Bangwa, Cameroon (£15,000-£20,000). From Africa to Australia and the Pacific, with a collection of Aboriginal Dream paintings, woomera, and Fijian clubs being offered at the very end of the sale.
Condition reports and additional images are available on request but are to be requested no later than 5:30pm on Wednesday 6th May. Send requests to email@example.com.
Bids to be received no later than 7.00pm on Thursday 7th May or they will not be processed in time for the auction.
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