Photographic And Scientific Instruments Auction To Be Held At Ewbank's 

Intriguing Lots To Go Under The Hammer On August 24

photography auctionEwbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction house, is preparing for an intriguing specialist Collector’s sale of  Photographica, Books, Maps, Stamps and Militaria on August 24. 


Many fascinating lots have been catalogued for sale already including medals, and weaponry, plus photographic equipment, both vintage and historical, and scientific artefacts.


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. photographic auction


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, Panoramas, Jerusalem, Turkey (Istanbul), and others. It carries a pre-sale estimate of between £300 and £500. 


Among the specialist cameras on sale are two Leicas. One is a Leica DRP camera body with Leitz Elmar lens, it also comes with other lenses, case and accessories including a Lixtus light meter. It has been valued at between £250 and £250.  Another Leica DRP is going under the hammer, it has a Summar lens and has been valued at between £150 and £250. antique camera auction


Also on sale is a Mamiyaflex C professional camera, with 80mm Mamiya Seko R lens. It comes with a case and accessories, and is carries a pre-sale estimate of between £80 and £120.


A Gaumont stereodrome slide projector and collection of glass slides has been valued at between £500 and £800.


Among the scientific artefacts on sale, is an early 20th century Stanley surveyor’s brass theodolite, an instrument used to precisely measure angles. It stands 33cm high and carries an estimate of between £100 and £150. 


A collection of minerals and gemological specimens contained in a chest of drawers has been valued at between £100 and £150. 


For stamp collectors, a raft of Great Britain decimal mint issues from between 2002 and 2017, most of which are in original philatelic bureau envelopes will pique their interest. The collection is valued at between £400 and £600. scientific instruments auction


On August 23, the day before this auction, Ewbank’s is holding a special  sale of horse tack and more than 50 lots have already been consigned. All lots so far included are being sold at 0% vendor commission to benefit the “Mane Chance Sanctuary,” a charity based in Compton, near Guildford, which rescues and rehabilitates horses. Their mission statement is to provide sanctuary and relief from suffering for horses, while promoting humane behaviour to all animals and mutually-beneficial relationships with people who need them.


Ewbank’s is still accepting consignments of cleaned horse tack for this sale, and for the ‘Photographic, Books, Maps, Stamps and Militaria’ sale, until August 17.


If you have items to consign for any future auctions, please get in touch 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.


Live internet bidding through and Ewbank’s live bidding platform will be available for all sales. These platforms give online buyers the opportunity to participate remotely in sales at no extra cost, giving them savings of up to 6% over other commercial live bidding platforms.