1. A gauge 1 model of a London Midland and Scottish locomotive
The first 83 lots of the Transport sale at Dreweatts in Donington Priory on September 24 are from the collection of the late Fred Sansome. The keen railway enthusiast was well known in the Midlands for collecting and trading Gauge 1 locomotives – a passion that began in the 1960s.
This gauge 1 model of a London Midland and Scottish streamlined Princess Coronation Class locomotive to the Sir William Stanier design, measures 2ft 6in (75cm). The estimate for No 6244 King George VI, is £1500-2000. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.
2. A Peter Howson diptych of Bob Heller
Roseberys London will sell the 130-lot collection of the late Bob Heller (1932-2012) as part of its Modern & Contemporary British Art auction on September 24.
Heller, a journalist and founding editor of the magazine Management Today, became involved in the art world after he met London gallerist Angela Flowers, his future wife, in 1970. He became a director of Flowers Gallery in 1971 and backed the business as it evolved into what is now an international trio of contemporary art galleries.
Among the artists he championed was the Scottish painter Peter Howson (b.1958), whose 2ft x 18in (61 x 46cm) portrait diptych of Heller carries an estimate of £1500-2000. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.
3. A Resolution and Adventure medal
This Resolution and Adventure medal is one of 2000 that were commissioned by the British Admiralty ahead of James Cook’s Second Voyage. They were to be used as gifts or bartering tools when encountering indigenous people with others given as favours to sailors.
The medals were made from platina, an alloy of brass, copper, lead, tin and antimony, and have a bust of George III on the obverse and a depiction of the Resolution and Adventure on the reverse. Typically, the side featuring the king is often better preserved, as the medals were worn as pendants with the monarch facing outwards, causing rubbing to the reverse.
The early provenance of this medal, for sale at Tennants’ Militaria and Ethnographic sale in Leyburn on September 25, has been lost but it was given to the vendor by his grandmother when he was young. Estimate £800-1200. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.
4. A Paul Storr presentation cup for a Royal Academician
According to an extensive inscription this George IV campana form presentation cup by Paul Storr (London 1822) was given by We Members of the Artists Fund to the genre painter and Royal Academician William Mulready (1786-1863) for the Important Service Rendered to that Society. At Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on September 25 it has an estimate of £2000-4000. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.
5. A sledge flag from The British Arctic Expedition of 1875-76
A collection once belonging to a member of The British Arctic Expedition of 1875-76 is to be offered at Forum Auction’s Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper sale at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair on September 26.
The venture began in May 1875 under the leadership of Captain Sir George Nares. Although the expedition failed to reach the intended target of the North Pole, the mission did reach the most northerly point in the Canadian arctic to date and charted nearly 400km of unknown coastline. A young naval officer, Reginald Baldwin Fulford was part of the team and now many of his personal items, having been passed down by descent, have been consigned for sale.
Among the eight lots are a photo album, snow glasses and coffee and tea cups from the voyage. But the item with the highest estimate is the original sledge flag used by Fulford on his exploratory missions. The 3ft 3in (1m) long blue silk swallowtail flag carries the rather apt embroidered legend Bear up.
In Nares’ own account of his expedition, published in 1878, he writes: “On the 15th [July 1876] Lieutenant Fulford crossed Hall’s Basin from Polaris to Discovery Bay and found the ice stationary until he arrived within two miles of the west shore; there he came to broken-up ice in motion, across which he had difficulty in reaching the shore with his sledge crew.”
It carries an estimate of £4000-6000. View the lot on thesaleroom.com.