In the year of the World War One centenary and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the annual collaboration between Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions and A.H. Bladwin & Sons Ltd offers medals, orders, decorations and militaria in The Military Sale on Thursday, May 29, at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ London saleroom in Mayfair.
A unique collection of approximately 45 original signatures of Great War and late 19th Century Victoria Cross Recipients is a poignant piece in the sale. Likely to have been collected at a re-union of the recipients during the 1920s, the collection is presented in an autograph album with related newspaper cuttings. It is estimated at £1,000-1,200. [Lot 348]
Another fascinating group is an extremely rare Suffragette WSPU ‘Hunger Strike’ Medal and WWI Campaign Group of four awarded to Gertrude Lowy (later Salaman). The eldest daughter of an influential Jewish family in North London which fervently supported the fight for equality and the WSPU cause, Gertrude Lowy was arrested for militancy and window-smashing in London’s West End on the 4th of March 1912, being sentenced to 2-months of hard-labour as punishment. During WWI she enlisted with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) and served as a radiographic assistant in Italy until 1919, being also awarded the Italian War Merit Cross. The group is estimated at £8,000-10,000 [Lot 134]
A Fine German Wheel-Lock Sporting Carbine 17th Century with a 63cm swamped sighted barrel engraved with the maker's name over the breech. [Lot 243]
An Emotive Zulu War Casualty Medal awarded to Private John Jones, ‘H’ Company, 1st/24th (Warwickshire) Foot, killed in action at Isandhlwana on the 22nd of January, 1879 , comprising: South Africa Medal, 1877-1879, single clasp, 1879 (360. Pte. J. Jones. 1/24th Foot); officially engraved in sloping capitals. Attractively toned, a little wear to high points, about extremely fine. [Lot 43]
An Impressive Boer War and WWI DSO and ‘1914’ MC Group of 6 awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Francis Lane Congreve, Home Guard, late 120th Battery, 27th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. A scion of the highly distinguished Congreve Family, he was the youngest brother of the Boer War ‘Colenso’ VC winner General Sir Walter Norris Congreve, and uncle of WWI ‘Longueval’ VC winner William ‘Billy’ La Touche Congreve, Francis was himself one of the very first recipients of the ‘new’ award of the Military Cross in January 1915, and was mentioned in despatches on four separate occasions. [Lot 1]
A Second World War German Army BMW R35 Motorcycle of standard production specification engine block no.313017 in good restored running order, complete with original brown leather saddle-bags. [Lot 463]
The sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ London saleroom in Mayfair on May 29 with viewing from May 25. The catalogue is available to view online at www.dreweatts.com.