Friday 03 April 2020
Commencing at 12:00pmBedford Auction Centre
Friday 27th March – 9am to 8pm,
Saturday 28th March – 9am to 1pm,
Thursday 2nd April – 9am to 5pm,
Morning of sale from 9am
Wing Commander Irving Scott RAF
Scott was born in 1924 and joined the RAF in 1943. He served during the war as a Glider Pilot
His Military career included serving as
- an instructor at RAF College and at CFS
- A flight commander with 152 Squadron
- An Air Staff Officer in Cyprus,
- Officer Commanding SAM Evaluation Unit,
- OC Flying Wing Stradishall
- Naval & Air Attache at the Belgrade Embassy
Scott was qualified in seventeen aircraft including the Spitfire, Lancaster, Meteor and Dominie
This collection includes:
- Medal Group consisting of an Air Force Cross (and case), –
- The 1939-1945 Star, The France and Germany Star,
- The 1939-1945 War Medal and General Service Medal with Cyprus clasp, together with the associated miniatures,
- A silver and yellow metal cigarette case, 7 toz, presented to Scott by his commanding officer, John Hawtrey, bearing an inscription ‘To Twitch, my perfect P.A…. 1946’, together with a photograph of both and a signed photo of Hawtrey,
- A silver mounted cigarette box bearing the inscription ‘From the Officers, Royal Air Force, Cranwell,
- A silver plated tankard bearing the inscription ‘Presented to Wing Commander I. Scott by the Commandant & Officers of the Central Fighter Establishment 1963-1965 and a similar pewter tankard,
- Two Service pocket watches,
- A silver and enamelled RAF sweetheart’s brooch worn by Scott’s wife,
- A chromium-plated and enamelled Central Flying School Association car badge,
- Two RAF hats, A group of records and certification including six Pilot’s Logbooks. In one book, Scott records his role piloting a Horsa glider during Operation Varsity (a map of the landing spot is also included),
- An extensive collection of 1950/60’s monochrome photographs depicting test planes, RAF personnel etc. including a photograph of the Bristol Brabazon,
- A collection of monochrome photographs from Scott’s diplomatic career,
- A Visitors Book from Scott’s home in Belgrade containing details of many visiting diplomats, together with his diplomatic passes,
- A silver-plated tray presented to Scott on his retirement by the Association of Military Attaches, Belgrade.
Recent Highlights in Antique & Collectable Auctions
A Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson of Kilburn burr oak and oak dining table, the shaped adzed top on chamfered end supports with carved mouse.
Sold for £2,700
A late 18th century Cuff-type brass microscope by P. Dollond, Strand, London, together with several glass slides, within the mahogany case, h. 44 cm.
Sold for £2,300
A matched Chinese metalware four piece tea service, each pieced relief decorated with dragons within a hammered field, character marks to bases, together with a pair of similar sugar nips, overall 50 ozs (5).
Sold for £2,800
A Chinese stoneware blue and white shallow dish of circular form centrally decorated with a dragon, six character mark to base, d. 34.5 cm
Sold for £2,200
A late Victorian yellow metal and diamond star pendant/ brooch, the six point star set with graduating old and rough cut diamonds. Central stone approx 0.17ct. Total carat weight estimated at 1.2ct. Approx weight 9.4g, dia. 2.8 cm
Sold for £800
A late 19th/early 20th century Fernand Martin mechanical toy 'Le Gai Violoniste' in working order and in original box, h. 20 cm
Sold for £1,400
A collection of thirty-seven silver mounted clear and coloured glass vesta jars, various dates and makers.
Sold for £2,500
An Elizabeth II silver four branch candelabra of hexagonal, tapering form. Hallmarked for London 1968, makers mark for William Comyns & Sons Ltd.
Sold for £580
A 19th century Chinese bronze bowl or incense burner modelled in the form of a duck standing on a waterside rock with leg raised.
Sold for £540
Talwin Morris: Glasgow School, 'Art Nouveau' Bookcase designed by Morris featuring a moulded top above three open shelves and four embossed copper plaques together with the complete complementary set of 21 bindings incorporating the gilt 'Peacock Feather' design on the maroon leather spines reflecting that of the plaques.
Sold for £800
Johann Huggler, Brienz (Swiss 1834-1912), a late 19th century clock, the French Japy Freres movement striking on a bell, within a Black Forest carved figural case modelled as a hunter holding a rifle, a buck over his shoulder with a hare, beaver and three partridge emerging from the stump and roots below, signed, h. 94 cm.
Sold for £7,600
A large group of pre-1920 Edward VII and George V silver coinage including shillings, florins, sixpence and threepence, overall
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An 18ct yellow gold, emerald and diamond three stone ring, the approximately 3ct square cut emerald flanked by two approximately 0.5ct triangular cut diamonds. Size N. Approx weight 4.8g
Sold for £1,100
A Victorian oak and crossbanded extending dining table, the circular carved edge top extending with a winding mechanism on both sides with three extra leaves over a Gothic base splitting in two to carry the ends and consisting of carved corinthium columns and foliate brackets above four carved winged dog feet, h. 77 cm, w. 138 cm, min l. 138 cm, max l. 303 cm
Sold for £1,500
Recent Highlights in Books, Maps & Ephemera
A large portfolio containing the original plans, improvements and drawings for the construction and design of the House and Gardens of Latimer house situated in Latimer, Buckinghamshire designed by Edward Blore , Samuel Ware and the brothers Jearrad , dating from the 1820s. The portfolio contains detailed plans of various floors including references to: The Servants Rooms and hall, Cook's room, Larder, Scullery, Butler's Room and Pantry etc. also included in this lot are two later period coloured plans/maps of the Latimer estate, likely from the early 20th century providing an insight into the architectural ideas and practice of the Regency period and the social structure of this era.
Sold for £3,100
Noel Humphreys: The Genera of British Moths, C. 1860. Vols. I & II bound as one. (Jerrard). Small folio in a mauve cloth binding with gilt illustrations, bevelled edges, aeg. 62 hand coloured plates heightened with gum arabic.
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BBC 'Radio Times' Archive. A collection of 180+ copies of the Radio Times featuring editions from the 1920s, 30s (including Sept. 4th. 1939 & other special Editions),40s, 50s & 60s, together with 8 editions of 'Ariel the B.B.C. Staff Magazine' from 1937,38 & 39; Two mounted,framed & glazed colour reproductions of significant Radio Times covers featuring designs by Fraser, Kauffer & Gilroy and others); a boxed set of postcard reproductions of classic RT covers and the volume 'Cover Story' - 9-0 Years of Classic Covers. Also included with this archive are 40+ copies of 'TV Times' from the 1950s.
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Burton R.: Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo, 1876. 1st. Ed. Vols. I & II. 8vo. Fine full calf prize bindings, gilt, marbled edges & eps. Text, engraved plates & two folding maps.
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Championship Car Races at Snetterton: 19 Original, 1960/70s, larger format, coloured Posters of events featuring Formula categories, Saloon Cars, Racing cars, Club racing, Grand Touring cars & Vintage cars. Also included are posters from Silverstone & Brands Hatch. For provenance see condtition report.
Sold for £380
Norfolk and Suffolk Photographic Archive comprised of 120 + monochrome prints from late 19th. or early 20th.C. negatives (21.5 x 16.5 cm) featuring Runcton House (Gurney family home), other significant family residences in the area, groups or individuals associated with them, locations in Kings Lynn and on the river Yare together with other photographs froma wider area. Consult the online condition report for a detaile description
Sold for £700
In Powder & Crinoline - Old Fairy Tales - retold by Arthur Quiller - Couch, Illustrated by Kay Nielsen, 1913 - 1st. trade edition. Qto. Recent full calf binding, gilt. Original illus. ep at front. Tipped in colour plates by Nielsen with captioned tissue guards
Sold for £400
Grimms Fairy Tales illustrated by Arthur Rackham First Edition,1909. Qto. red cloth with gilt pictorial decoration to spine and upper board. Tipped in colour plates with tissue guards & other black plates and vignettes.
Sold for £460
Oscar Wilde: A House of Pomegranates illustrated by Jessie M. King, 1915, first edition thus. Qto. Hb. Blue cloth with orange colour decoration, illus. eps., teg. Glazed paper colour title page, tipped in colour plates, historiated initials.
Sold for £500
C.S. Lewis: Broadcast Talks, 1942. 12mo Hb. Affixed to the front paste-down of the volume is a letter written by Lewis from Magdalen College - '' Dear Mr. Hubble, Forgive this economy of paper, I can't at the moment do otherwise. The Talks will be published, probably by Centenary Press but it is too early yet to give any details. I hope they may be in their Autumn lists. Thanks for kind and encouraging letter, Yours sincerely, C.S. Lewis.''
Sold for £440
"Survey and Valuation of the Estate of the Earl of Essex in the Parishes of Stebbing, Saling, Raine & Bocking in the County of Essex." C.1795. Qto. reversed calf binding, gilt maroon title label, aeg, marbled eps. Manuscript valuation presented in accomplished calligraphy featuring very detailed measurement in columns of the land (Acres, Roods and Perches) and its use together with buildings and total rental value , (particularly relating to farms in parishes together with hand coloured plans, summaries, 'remarks' and recommendations
Sold for £1,400
North T.: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romains, 1631. First English translation of Plutarch's work. Bound together with: The Lives of Epaminondas, of Philip of Macedon, of Dionysius and Caesar Augustus, 1631. Large folio. Later qtr. binding, marbled boards. Elaborate engraved headpieces framing portraits, endpieces and historiated initial letters
Sold for £750
Gardner J.: A Map Shewing the Parliamentary Representation of England & Wales Containing Division of Counties, Principal Places of County Election, County Polling Places according as the same are settled by the Reform Act passed June 7th. 1832 Published July 30th. 1832 by J. Gardner. Engraved title, 2 inset panels comparing old and new representation and one panel shewing Metropolitan Boroughs.75x52cm
Sold for £220
W.E. Johns: Biggles. A collection of 15 Hodder & Stoughton 1st. Edition titles from the 1953 to 1965. Biggles in the Gobi & Biggles and the Black Raider, 1953; Biggles Cuts It Fine & Biggles Foreign Legionnaire, 1954; Biggles in Australia, 1955; Biggles Makes Ends Meet, 1957; Biggles on Mystery Island, 1958; Biggles' Combined Operation, 1959; Biggles Goes Home, 1960; Biggles Sets a Trap & Biggles Goes Alone,1962; Biggles and the Plane That Disappeared & Biggles Takes a Hand, 1963; Biggles and the Black Mask, 1964; Biggles Looks Back, 1965. All with dust - wrappers.
Sold for £750
W.E. Johns: Biggles: A collection 9 Brockhampton Press 1st. Edition titles from the 1960s - Biggles and the Leopards of Zinn, 1960; Biggles and the Poor Rich Boy, 1961; Biggles Takes it Rough, 1963; Biggles Investigates & Biggles and the Lost Sovereigns, 1964; Biggles and the Blue Moon, 1965; Biggles in the Terai & Biggles and the Gun Runners, 1966; Biggles and the Deep Blue Sea, 1968. All with dust -wrappers.
Sold for £1,400
Burton R.: A plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, now entitled The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Sixteen volumes (ten volumes plus six volume supplement). Benares, printed by the Kamashastra Society for private subscribers only, 1885-1888, 1st. Edition. Very good, near fine set in a qtr binding, gilt, teg, marbled eps
Sold for £650
Autograph Album, probably once the property of Rana Taggart, soprano vocalist, featuring the autographs of some well known 19th./20thC.composers and soloists who have frequently supplemented their signatures with musical notation and verse or prose. Celebrities and soloists included are Humperdinck, Fanny Davies, Joachim, Steinbach, German and Nellie Melba. There are other signtaures which are as yet indistinct. The album also includes some accomplished sketches and water colours together with loose period photgraphs. Together with one other smaller album containig the autograph of Eddie Calvert & others.
Sold for £400
Prisoner of War WW2 Archive. A collection of documents & photos relating to Robert William Chaston, an RAF Pilot Officer whose bomber aircraft was shot down over Germany 23.8.43. He was then held as a Prisoner of War. The archive includes a 'scrap book/album' compiled by his parents during his imprisonment which features official correspondence relating to the loss of his aircraft and his eventual capture, Red Cross letters, official POW correspondence, photos of aircrew and colleagues. Also included is a contemporary map indicating the location of POW camps in Germany.
Sold for £440
William Morris and Company (Ruskin House) Ltd: Metal Casements, Stained Glass, Decorative Ironwork. C. 1923. Folio in a coarse, light brown, buckram binding with a black printed design on the upper boards. Substantial paper and brown card leaves together with glazed pages and colour plates, illustrating available stock in the three categories together with measurements and price lists. Scarce and in very good condition.
Sold for £480