Militaria, Historical Documents And Photos On Sale At Ewbank's

Specialist Sale To Take Place On August 24

Photography AuctionEwbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, is preparing for an auction of Photographic, Militaria, Books and Stamps on August 24, and is expecting high levels of interest from collectors all over the world. 


Many fascinating lots have already been consigned and catalogued for sale, however there is still time to have items valued and entered for sale, just get in touch with the team at Ewbank’s before August 18. 


Among the highlight lots are two proclamations of martial law in Jerusalem, from 1917, by Edmund Allenby, Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. The two framed and glazed signs measure 660mm by 550mm, and have text in English, French, Italian, Bebrew, Arabic, Russian and Greek.


Allenby was tasked with pushing north from Egypt and expelling the Ottoman Army from Jerusalem by Christmas 1917,  He captured the city on December 9, and issued the present proclamation: "The defeat inflicted upon the Turks by the troops under my command has resulted in the occupation of your City by my forces. I therefore here and now proclaim it to be under Martial Law....". The seller inherited the proclamations by family descent, a relation had been working in Jerusalem at the time and had recovered the signs. They carry a conservative estimate of between £800 and £1,000.


Another historical document, this one requesting safe passage for William Gray Esq Provost Marshall General of the Island of Jamaica and member of the Assembly there, during the American War of Independence, is also going under the hammer. The document has been kept in a wooden cylinder box, and bears the signature ‘B Franklin’ and is dated July 1775. The team at Ewbank’s believe the signature to have been made on behalf of Benjamin Franklin, not by him. The document carries an estate of between £300 and £350. Historical Auction


A signed photographic print of Edward VIII as colonel in chief of the Grenadier Guards, signed in ink and dated 16th July 1936, carries a guide price of between £100 and £150. It was taken after a parade in Hyde Park where he presented Colours to the Guards regiments, when a man in the crowd, called McMahon, tried to fire a pistol at the King but was prevented, and arrested. 


A slipcase containing engineer’s operations, maps and plans from the Siege of Sebastopol (1854-55) has a pre-sale estimate of between £200 and £300. 


As well as military documents and antique weapons, the August 24 sale also features scientific instruments, photography and books. 


One of the highlight lots is a large scrap book of 82 albumen photographs taken by Pascal Sébah (Constantinople, 1823-1886) and Félix Bonfils (French, 1831 - 1885). Albumen was the first commercially exploitable method of producing a photographic print on paper from a negative. This original leather-bound album, which is dated and monogrammed on front 1882, has many of the photographs inside, which are captioned in French & signed in the image. Many depict scenes from Egypt, Palestine, Jerusalem, Turkey (Istanbul), and others. It carries a pre-sale estimate of between £300 and £500.


Another photo album, this one from Burma circa 1920-30, includes snapshots of The Prince of Wales, and Lord Louis Mountbatten playing polo. It includes a letter to Lieutenant-Colonel W. Thyne, Commandant, Military Police, Myitkyina, Upper Burma, and has been valued at between £40 and £60.Royal Memorabilia Auction


The sale features more than 130 lots of books, including 110 lots of modern and antiquarian books from the estate of a local book dealer of many years standing.  


One of the stand-out books going under the hammer is the Great Domesday Book, "Millenium edition", 6 volume, from an edition of 450 specially bound. Maps are loose as issued in portfolio, the facsimile volumes bound in goatskin blind-stamped to a design from the Winton Domesday, each within limp calf slipcase with ties, the others are on publisher's cloth-backed boards.. It has been valued at between £200  and £400. 


Among the military lots is a Victorian officer’s Grenadier Guards bearskin with plume and chain, which has a guide price of between £150 and £250.


A Japanese senninbar belt of one thousand stitches has been valued at between £100 and £200. It bears a Japanese silk rising sun "meatball" flag with individually added hand inked kanji. Also in the same lot are three Japanese Government Bank notes, bush hat with Royal Artillery badge and kukri (Calcutta 1942).Photography Auctions


If you have any antiques and collectables to consign for sale for this or any future auctions, please get in touch with Ewbank’s for advice on the process. Call 01483 223101 or email Alternatively, just call in Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm at the Burnt Common Auction Rooms, just off the A3 near Guildford. Valuers are always on duty and there is plenty of parking on site.


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