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Amassed by 68-year-old local man Tim Hale, the collection of 61 lots dates from the 19th century and covers the city’s social history including transport, sport, politics, industry and entertainment.

This rare brass medals commemorates the Sheffield Inundation – better known as the Great Sheffield Flood – and is estimated at £60-80.

The disaster occurred when the Dale Dyke Dam reservoir, constructed in the Loxley Valley by the Sheffield Water Works Co, collapsed on the night of March 11, 1864, during a strong gale, as it was being filled for the first time.

There was huge damage to infrastructure and 238 people died. The claims for damages formed one of the largest insurance claims of the Victorian period: 7500 claims for loss of life and property which totalled £455,000.

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