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Royal Christmas Cards - Lot 795 to Lot 808
The following thirteen lots of signed Royal Christmas cards were sent to the Hon. Aylmer Douglas Tryon, thence gifted to the vendors aunt, who worked for him from 1986 at Kingfisher Mill in Great Durnford, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
A GPO Engineer’s Collection of Telephones and Associated Equipment Lot 742 to Lot 765
This collection belonged to a former GPO engineer whose family had a long standing generational history of working in telecommunications. The owner was born in the UK and emigrated to Canada as a very young child in the early 1950s when his father was transferred there by the GPO. His father was quickly promoted to senior positions and travelled extensively between Canada, USA, UK and Australia, speaking at conferences and acting as technical consultant; he was closely involved with the development and supervision of TAT 1 and travelled on the ship that laid the cable between Scotland and Newfoundland in 1955. The family relocated to Bude in Cornwall in 1965 where the owner of the collection later did an apprenticeship in Telecommunications with the GPO and worked for several years in the Devon and Cornwall areas. He later worked as a craftsman designing and making fine furniture, as well as having a keen interest in engineering. He always maintained an interest in telecommunications and this collection represents his personal stock, which hopefully someone else can now enjoy.
The Roy Addis Fire Mark Collection Part Two – Lot 475 to Lot 528
Starting his insurance broking group in London U.K. in 1958, Roy Addis became fascinated by fire marks through a chance purchase of a few marks via the sale of an insurance brokerage in the early 1980s. He went on to amass one of the UK’s largest and best quality collections of British fire marks ever seen, as well as becoming one of the leading authorities on the subject, and the author of the well renowned book ‘British Firemarks’, containing scale colour photographs of every variant of British fire marks in existence. This is the first time that the collection has been offered for sale commercially and many of these fire marks will not have changed hands in more than forty years. They represent life time of devoted collecting and a dedication to the subject of fire marks.