This c.1930 EMG oak cased electric 78rpm gramophone (pictured top) was purchased new by accomplished conductor Norman Del Mar CBE (1919-94).
He enjoyed a distinguished career as a conductor, having been a horn player in the original Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham in 1946.
In fact, it was Beecham who recognised his potential on the podium, appointing him as his assistant conductor within months of the RPO forming.
Del Mar’s career highlights include conducting the Last Night of The Proms on three occasions: 1973, 1975 and 1983.
His extensive collection of rare 78s is now held by the University of Southampton and Del Mar would have played those records on his personal gramophone, which has now been consigned by the family to John Nicholson’s Fine Antiques sale in Fernhurst, Surrey, on September 1.
This oak framed advertising mirror for Kynoch Ammunition, depicting various types of gun cartridges and measuring 2ft 3in (68cm) high, is expected to sell for £1000-1500 at Lockdales in Ipswich on August 31-September 1.
The sale at Eastbourne Auctions on September 7-9 includes this Stop and Fill Up Here with Shell enamel advertising sign, 2ft 1 in (63cm) wide, guided at £400-800.
C&T of Kenardington, Kent will sell a private collection of arms and armour on September 1. Estimated at £1000-1500 is this classic English Civil War period lobster tail helmet or ‘Dutch Pot’, c.1640-50.
This cape worn by a volunteer nurse working in Oxfordshire during the Second World War comes for sale at Sworders on August 30.
The scarlet and navy woollen cloak is sewn with the numerous cloth regimental badges that were given to Miss Esme Kathleen Robinson (d.2017) by the soldiers she treated as a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD).
Robinson was based at Churchill Hospital, Headington, Oxford, from 1942-45. At formal events (such as the annual VAD carol concert) she was asked to wear her cape navy side up as the display of so many regimental badges was frowned on by her superiors. It was during one of the concerts in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, that Esme met her future husband. The cape is being sold by their daughter with all proceeds, including fees, going to The British Legion.
This Minton Aesthetic movement jardiniere stands 2ft (60cm) high. It is expected to bring £400-600 at Claydon Auctions in Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, on August 28-29.
Stamford Auction Rooms in Lincolnshire is selling the Private Collection of Malcolm Evans of Neath & Navenby on August 27.
A substantial horology offering includes this 19th century walnut cased bracket clock with twin fusee movement with repeater mechanism and a dial signed TB Whitehall, Nottingham.
A group of medals awarded to Sir Albert Thomas ‘Archie’ Lamb KBE CMG DFC is estimated at £2500-4500 in the Charterhouse September 1-2 auction in Sherborne, Dorset.
Lamb (1921-2021) joined the Foreign Office in 1938 and at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 he volunteered for the RAF. Called up in 1941, he carried out his pilot training in Rhodesia. However, when he returned to Britain on the SS Oronsay the ship was torpedoed and he spent nine days adrift in a lifeboat before being rescued.
Commissioned in 1941, he flew combat missions in Typhoons and Hurricanes and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in 1945.
After the war he returned to the Foreign Office, serving as ambassador to Kuwait from 1974-77 and to Norway 1978-80.
The medals are offered along with his sword, RAF wool scarf, silver ashtray and even the old Diplomatic Bag he flew with.