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“Do you do silver boxes?” Nestled in a shoebox on a bed of shredded paper was a delicately patterned silver box, it had been on a shelf alongside the rest of a somewhat chaotic stamp collection which I was valuing. I figured it was a 1930s- era stamp box made by the Crown Jewellers Garrards and was happy to confirm that yes, we did indeed do silver boxes and added a hefty sum to the valuation. A few hours later I found a group of old letters and a Christmas card written and signed by the Duke of York. The postmark on the envelope which had been personally addressed by His Royal Highness suggested it and the personal note inside the card had been written & sent just a few days after he became King following the abdication of his brother. I added another considerable amount to the valuation and moved on…

Sometime later at our offices we were unpacking the mass of albums, loose stamps & auction lots and attempting to create some order out of chaos when we discovered another letter which tied this Royal correspondence and the silver box together. The box had been given by the royal couple to the writer’s father with whom they had formed a friendship and tells a fascinating story of a friendship. Without this letter, written decades after the correspondence this entire group would have been divided and sold item by item and a wonderful snippet of royal history would have been lost forever. The real discovery turns out not to be a lovely silver box & royal letters but an explanation written years later by a proud son!

See lot 5001 in our Sandafayre sale number 5282, closing Tuesday 31st July 2018

Just this week we were sent what appeared to be an almost worthless assortment of covers and ephemera, as always we did our job carefully and inspected everything… at the bottom of the box was a newspaper from March 1972. It was age- yellow & folded with what felt like some items inside which upon inspection turned out to be a group of mementos collected by someone present at a civic ceremony to grant Neil Armstrong the Freedom of the Burgh of Langholm, in Scotland.

Whilst pondering how the west’s most famous astronaut came to be enjoying cream of asparagus soup at a civic reception in southern Scotland less than 3 years after becoming the first man to step onto the moon I turned over the Order of Proceedings to find Neil Armstrong’s extravagant autograph on the reverse!

This particular group of Neil Armstrong items won’t be in our sale for a few weeks yet I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to comment on how, just a few weeks apart we’ve stumbled across some unusual lost history!

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