The catalogue for a major auction of arms and armour hailing from a single, private collection that has - up until now - been housed at the Stratford Armouries Museum has now been released.
Set to take place on Saturday, 28th March 2015 the auction will feature a hugely diverse range of items and marks a change of direction for the museum, which will retain its significant collection of items relating to the English Civil War, First and Second World Wars and re-focus its objective to tell the story of these three major historic conflicts.
West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones is handling the sale, with standout items including Lot 512, an important 19th Century horse armour complete with knight in full suit of armour which, once exhibited at the New York Metropolitan museum, is expected to achieve in the region of £30,000-40,000.
Other lots of particular interest include Lot 300, a battery of Walker & Co 32 powder cannon dated 1834 carrying an estimate of £20,000-30,000; Lot 570 a rare English Civil war period siege helmet estimated at £2,000-4,000; Lot 179 a rock crystal hilted dagger, believed to have been the property of T E Lawrence – otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia – with a guide price of £2,000-3,000; Lot 546 a rare 19th century Chinese bronze Lantaka cannon, guided at £8,000-10,000, and lot 499 – a full size, early 16th Century oak carved figure of a man in Maximilian armour, which is also expected to fetch £4,000-6,000.
This, however, barely scratches the surface of a hugely diverse catalogue of some 600 lots, as MD and Head Auctioneer of Cuttlestones Auctioneers and Valuers, Ben Gamble, explains:
“The diversity of the collection really is astonishing – there’s everything from tribal and oriental armour through to medieval suits of armour, heavy artillery, game taxidermy, naval interest, and even a few items connected to Shakespeare. In short, it really is a once-in-a-lifetime sale of items that will really get specialist collectors hot under the collar. The fact that the items hail from a single, private collection and have been housed in a museum for several years - added to the rarity of many - will mean that global buyers will be out in force, and we fully expect the telephone lines and live internet bidding facility to be incredibly busy.”
The auction will take place on Saturday, 28th March at the Stratford Armouries museum, with viewing taking place for three full days prior to the sale. The full catalogue will be available to view online at www.cuttlestones.co.uk from the beginning of March; with commission, telephone and live online bidding options for those unable to attend the sale in person. For more information, call Cuttlestones on 01785 714905.