Totem and poster keep Hall on its toes

Nameplate Ketley Hall from GWR No. 4935 may have been overall champion at GW Railwayana’s
March 17 sale at Pershore thanks to its £4000 realisation, but a couple of other items did their best to reach the top of the podium.

They were Western Region totem sign Ashchurch for Tewkesbury, from a station on the Cheltenham-Bromsgrove line that opened in 1840, closed in 1971, reopened in 1997, and is now used by nearly 100,000 passengers annually (£3600), and a previously unknown GWR Weston-super-Mare poster (£3500).

Returning to the nameplate selection, Usk Castle from GWR No. 5032 failed to sell under the hammer, but had gone the following day for £8480, while similarly, one of its cabside numberplates went to a new owner after the end of proceedings for £2000. Also in the nameplate category, Will from a colliery 0-6-0T built by Andrew Barclay in February 1904 (works No. 999) kept the industrials’ flag flying with a price of £1450.

Clocks and watches enjoyed the day, doubtless much to the delight of GW Railwayana director and auctioneer Simon Turner, a dedicated and knowledgeable horologist. Top of this particular pile was a GW & GC Joint Railway 12in clock at £2700, closely pursued at £2600 each by two guards’ watches, a circa 1837 London & Birmingham Railway example and another from the Isle of Wight Railway dating from 1867, while a Rhymney Railway 12in clock wasn’t far behind (£2300).

London Transport platform bullseye signs were also on the money, headed by Earl’s Court (£2300), and so too a SR Hayling Island station enamel seatback (£2100), a Vale of Rheidol Light Railway trespass sign (£1950), and a Southern Electric Strawberry Hill station direction sign (£1700).

Top BR steam worksplate was an LNER Darlington 1935 from B17 No. 61646 Gilwell Park (£1550), and others into four figures included a GWR police truncheon and a Tyer’s rotary train describer receiving instrument also from the GWR, each of which went for £1150, and the smokebox numberplate from Standard 9F 2-10-0 No. 92111 (£1050). Prices exclude buyer’s premium of 10% (+ VAT).

“Warnings of snow affected the attendance a little, but we had a great day,” said Simon as one and all made for home with one eye on the weather. “We had a good mixture, and clocks and watches were fantastic.”

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