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Printed Books, Maps & Documents

Fine Bird Books from a Private Library, Part One

Early Agricultural Prints

A selection of lots being sold 6 March 2019


George Ernest Shelley, Monograph of the Nectarinidae, or Family of Sun-Birds, 1876-1880

Estimate £3000 - 5000


Henry E.Dresser, Monograph of Meropidae, or Family of Bee-Eaters, 1884-1886

Estimate £3000-5000


Gregory M.Mathews, The Birds of Australia, 13 volumes (including supplements), 1910-1928

Estimate £5000-8000


Gracius J.Broinowski, The Birds of Australia, 6 volumes, 1887-1891

Estimate £2000-3000


R.C. Reeve. The West Keal Ox, Winner of the II Class Premium of Twenty Sovngs & Silver Medal to the Breeder; Also the Gold Medal for the best Beast exhibited in any of the Cattle Classes at Smithfield, 1832. Bred & Fed by Mr. J.B. Topham of West Keal, near Spilsby, Lincolnshire, hand-coloured aquatint by R.C. Reeve after Henry Strafford, image size 44.5 x 59 cm (17.5 x 23.25 ins), period gilt frame, glazed (from a collection of early agricultural prints to be included in this sale).

For further information please contact Chris Albury or Nathan Winter

01285 860 006


19th & 20th Century British & European Art

Fine Art, Antiques & Antiquities

Personal Effects from the Estate of Sir Alan Bates (1934-2003)

A selection of lots being sold 7 March 2019


Prunella Clough (1919-1999). Chimes, 1991, oil on canvas, 76 x 56 cm

Provenance: Annely Juda Fine Art; Estate of the actor Alan Bates (1934-2003)

Estimate £5000-8000


Simon Palmer (1956- ). The Farmer's Wife, watercolour on paper, 50 x 45 cm

Provenance: Private Collection, Bath, England

Estimate £2000-3000


Film & Theatre Awards and other personal effects from the estate of Sir Alan Bates (1934-2003)


The sale also includes a good range of silver and jewellery including vesta cases, snuff boxes, pocket watches plus a rare silver chronograph by J.W. Benson featured in the British Horological Institute journal (September 2008). There is also a large private collection of tribal weapons and artefacts including Tongan apa'apai clubs, Aboriginal boomerangs, Zulu knobkerries, African hide shields etc. Also included is the final portion of large private collection of Ancient Egyptian antiquities collection which includes Shabti figures and amulets.

For further information please contact Nathan Winter, Henry Meadows or Chris Albury

01285 860 006


Vintage Cameras & Photography

A selection of lots being sold 11 April 2019

To include further original Cottingley Fairies photographs


For further information please contact Chris Albury or Marc Tielemans

01285 860 006



Medals & Militaria

Historic Aviation & Transport

A selection of lots being sold 16 May 2019


The sale also includes a collection of 200 British Campaign and Long Service medals from Waterloo to the present day including Distinguished Service Medals, Military Medals and other gallantry awards for WWI plus a collection of awards to the Royal Flying Corps including an OBE, DFC (1st Type) group of 6 to Wing Commander Oliver Chance Cassels, 12 Squadron Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force. Cassels received his Distinguished Flying Cross for service over France, his citations reads 'On 21st August this officer carried out a most successful artillery patrol lasting 3 ½ hours. He observed thirteen active hostile batteries, three of which were silenced. As an artillery pilot his work has been quite exceptional, and while engaged on this service he never hesitates to engage enemy aeroplanes as opportunity occurs' (London Gazette - 3 December 1918).

Other pilots include a WWI group of 3 to Captain Allan Higson Smith, MC, Lincolnshire Regiment Later 21st Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Smith received his Military Cross 'for most gallant and skilful work in connection with artillery. In one instance flying at 1,000 feet under heavy fire his information led to the destruction of two enemy batteries. On another occasion he flew under heavy clouds for two hours at 600 feet, sending down information. His machine was repeatedly hit. He has set a fine example' (London Gazette - 25 August 1916). Smith flew almost daily for ten months over the Somme and was tragically killed in action whilst serving with 21 Squadron on 21 August 1917

For further information please contact Henry Meadows

01285 860 006