A Slice of Military History under Hammer

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), March 15, 2008 | Go to article overview

A Slice of Military History under Hammer


Byline: Jeffery Muse

ANTHEMION auctions are holding their first fine art auctionof the season on Wednesday.

The highlight of the jewellery section is a quarter repeating hunter pocket watch which should realise between pounds 800 - pounds 1,000.

There is a quantity of gold and platinum jewellery and with the price of gold at the present moment results should be high.

Fashions change and charm bracelets are now once again a fashion item to own.

There are a number of diamond rings and jewellery in the Cardiff auction so collectors, dealers and private buyers will all find something to tempt them.

There is an interesting medal group in the sale which includes a Distinguished Flying medal and other World War II medals, consigned to auction by the niece of the recipient.

The Distinguished Flying medal was issued to Sergeant Jack Edwards after the Bomber he was in was hit in the starboard engine, which burst into flames, rendering the hydraulic system useless and damaging the rear turret and other equipment, setting an oxygen bottle on fire.

TheBomberwas starting to lose height and the squadron leader ordered his crew to prepare to abandon the aircraft. Sgt Edwards and another crewmember grasped the blazing bottle with their bare hands carriedit to the escape hatch and hurled it out.

The fire subsequently subsided and the Bomber was headed for home but not until everything movable was jettisoned to reduce the weight and a successful crash landing at base was achieved.

This small slice of military history can be obtained at auction for an estimated pounds 1,500 - pounds 2,000.

There are other medal and military lots in the sale to encourage the collector to part with their cash.

There are a number of electroplated and silver lots in the auction but by far the biggest section in the sale is the ceramics section.

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