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Medals Reveal An Unusual History

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An unassuming Tupperware box revealed the life of an interesting gentleman. Whilst going through the contents of her parent’s house our client came across a box of medals and vaguely remembered hearing that her father purchased them from an antique shop in the 1950’s but was unable to discover too much about them. As these were all Civil rather than Military awards they were not engraved but fortunately there was one presentation document and a couple of black and white photographs of the recipient. Armed with his name the detective work could begin to ascertain why this gentleman, a Mr Franz Johannes Gunther, had received so many awards and orders, 16 in all, from such a variety of different countries.

We discovered that he was born in 1861 and served as General Director of the Anatolian Railway Company, the company funded by Deutsche bank and tasked with the construction of the Berlin to Baghdad Railway which, when ultimately linked to the port of Basra, would have enabled Germany to transport goods and oil across land from the Indian Ocean, thus bypassing the Anglo-French controlled Suez Canal. He died in 1937.

Many of the Orders were high ranking, often struck in gold and enamel and from countries ranging from Austria to Russia. They were sold as individual lots with estimates ranging from £100 to £1800. However, on the day of the auction, at a specialist coin and medal auctioneers, they made a staggering combined price of just under £19,000. The highest price achieved was for the Order of the Noble Bokhara First class Third Degree Star. This particular Order rarely appears at auction and sold for an impressive £5000.

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I discovered this pair of Castellani bracelets on a routine probate valuation in Hove, amongst a group of costume jewellery. The family had no idea what they were or where they had come from.
Fortunately I knew exactly what they were and entered them into a Bonhams auction where they sold today for £30,000 plus buyer’s premium.
Made circa 1865 in a Byzantine style they are set with sugarloaf and cabochon sapphires and each is marked on the reverse with the interlocking CC mark.
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I discovered this pair of Castellani bracelets on a routine probate valuation in Hove, amongst a group of costume jewellery. The family had no idea what they were or where they had come from.

Fortunately I knew exactly what they were and entered them into a Bonhams auction where they sold today for £30,000 plus buyer’s premium.

Made circa 1865 in a Byzantine style they are set with sugarloaf and cabochon sapphires and each is marked on the reverse with the interlocking CC mark.

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Another Louis Vuitton trunk sold on behalf of a client to a private collector. This time a wardrobe trunk complete with drawers and hanging rail. A few condition issues but it is going to be sent to France for a first class sympathetic restoration. No more than it deserves.
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Another Louis Vuitton trunk sold on behalf of a client to a private collector. This time a wardrobe trunk complete with drawers and hanging rail. A few condition issues but it is going to be sent to France for a first class sympathetic restoration. No more than it deserves.
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My birthday girl. ❤️

My birthday girl. ❤️ ...

Alfred Daniels, 1966. London street view near Charing Cross; oil on canvas; signed and dated; 70cm x 90cm.
A great looking painting in lovely original condition that I saw on a probate valuation this afternoon.
Daniel’s was once described as a “Lowry for Londoners”. Born in Bow in the east end of London he studied at the Royal College of Art. In the 1960s he taught at Hornsey College of Art.
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Alfred Daniels, 1966. London street view near Charing Cross; oil on canvas; signed and dated; 70cm x 90cm.
A great looking painting in lovely original condition that I saw on a probate valuation this afternoon.

Daniel’s was once described as a “Lowry for Londoners”. Born in Bow in the east end of London he studied at the Royal College of Art. In the 1960s he taught at Hornsey College of Art.
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#20thcenturyart #20thcenturybritishart #oilpainting #londonartist #royalcollegeofart #hornseycollegeofart #postwarart #probatevaluations #nicholasmuston #antiquevaluations
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I always enjoy walking in London because you never know what architectural gems are just around the next corner. This is the Royal Arcade in Albermarle Street which was built in 1879 and is opposite Brown’s the oldest hotel in London.

I always enjoy walking in London because you never know what architectural gems are just around the next corner. This is the Royal Arcade in Albermarle Street which was built in 1879 and is opposite Brown’s the oldest hotel in London. ...

Just had a fabulous afternoon tea at the Savoy and this beauty was parked outside.
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Just had a fabulous afternoon tea at the Savoy and this beauty was parked outside.
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#lamborghini #goodwood #goodwoodrevival #classiccar #rogermoore #simontemplar #thesaint #classiccars #sportscar #sportcars #italianstyling #italianflair #earlscourt #genevamotorshow #sussex #iconic #iconiccars #motorracing #modernclassic #nicholasmuston #antiquevaluation #supercar #supercars
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