A collection of coins and medals assembled by a late Pembrokeshire collector sold for £14,500 when it went up for auction in Shropshire last week.
The collection, which was sold at fine art auctioneers Halls’ £300,000 pictures, silver, jewellery and coins auction in Shrewsbury, included a Waterloo medal awarded to Smith Fife of the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Infantry, which later became the Black Watch.
The medal, which sold for £1,450, was awarded after the Battle of Waterloo, when Napoleon Bonaparte’s French army was defeated by an Anglo-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington. Smith Fife fought at Waterloo and in the preceding Battle of Quatre Bras.
Discovered by Halls during an antiques valuation day in Tenby, the collection included an 1826 George IV sovereign that sold for £1,400 and medals from India, Crimea and Sudan.
A team of antiques specialists from Halls is returning to Pembrokeshire this week hoping to find more treasures in the county and to raise money for the Paul Sartori Foundation.
Two charity antiques valuation events are being held at Crug Glas Country House Hotel, St Davids on Thursday, October 26 from 11am to 3pm and Crundale Village Hall, near Haverfordwest on Friday, October 27 from 10am to 2pm.High teas will be available at both events.
Halls’ team comprises Alexander Clement, Asian art, European ceramics and furniture specialist, James Forster, pictures specialist and Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley, silver and jewellery specialist.
A charge of £1 will be made for each item valued by the specialists and all the proceeds will go to the Paul Sartori Foundation, which offers specialised, supportive home care and advice for those in the later stages of any life-limiting illness.
The charity’s Hospice at Home service is available 365 days of the year and operates a 24/7 on-call service. Services are free of charge and confined to the county of Pembrokeshire.
Pembrokeshire has proved a happy hunting ground for Halls in the past year. A collection of coins, jewellery and medals discovered during an antiques valuation event in Tenby sold for more than £20,000 at auction this summer and a group of medals awarded to a Welsh First World War hero from Pembrokeshire sold for £10,000 in March.
Jeremy Lamond, Halls’ fine art director, is convinced that there are many other valuable antiques and paintings just waiting to be discovered in Pembrokeshire.
“Our valuation days are an ideal opportunity for people, who might not know the true value of an item, to receive a professional appraisal,” she added. “It’s always exciting for us as valuers to attend valuation events because we never know what we are going to discover.”
Sandra Dade, Paul Sartori Foundation manager, said: “The visit from Halls is a great opportunity for people from our local community and surrounding areas to have their family heirlooms and treasures evaluated while supporting Pembrokeshire’s only Hospice at Home service.”
People who have collections or large items that they wish to be valued can either take photographs of them along to the valuation events or a home visit will be arranged by the specialists. Halls’ fine art department may be contacted on Tel: 01743 450700 for more information.
Further information on the charity and its services can be obtained by visiting their website www.paulsartori.org, or by phoning 01437 763223.
For more information about consigning to Halls next medals and coins auction please contact our specialist Mr Derek Ainsworth, on 01743 450700 and he would be happy to guide you through the selling process.