New for today this rare pair of Edwardian mahogany open bookcases. Excellent quality and a good elegant shape. With hardwood panelled backs and nice shaped detail at the foot.
Dimensions: width 43″, depth 9″, height 46″.
For the first time in several years we have a traditional Welsh stickback chair in stock. And what a lovely example of the form – a good size armchair in ash and elm c.1800. Original through with traces of the original paint finish. Minor damage to one arm but in good solid condition with a very good patina.
Dimensions: width 24″, depth 19″, height 34″
Newly French polished to show of the fantastic colour and grain of its burr walnut top, this useful little Victorian Sutherland table is new on the floor this afternoon. With mahogany crossbanding, turned legs and stretchers and raised on original pot caters. When the leaves are down the table is just 7″ wide.
Dimensions: width 32″, length 40″, height 29″.
New for today a superb collection of vintage photographs, uniforms and memorabilia relating to the career of the British World War II pilot George Alastair Richards from 1942 onwards.
One of the beneficiaries of the Arnold Scheme, whereby British RAF Cadets learned to fly in safer US skies, Richards’ flight training was begun at Cochran Field (now Middle Georgia Regional Airport) in Macon, Georgia, USA on 18th February 1942. Training was completed in May of the same year where upon he appointed a Pilot Officer of the RAF Volunteer Reserve and returned to Britain.
Unfortunately we do not have the details of his wartime service but the ribbons on the service dress uniform show that as well as the 1939-1945 Star, the Defence Medal and the War Medal he was presented the Atlantic Star with clasp suggesting he may have seen action protecting Allied shipping in the Battle of the Atlantic. Following the war his effort was rewarded with the rank of Flying Officer in the RAF in June 1946. By 1950 he was a Flight Lieutenant and eventually rose to the rank of Squadron Leader.
Items included in the collection as follows.
‘Snaps and Scraps US Army Cochran Field’ photo album with illustrated suede cover. The album contains a superb collection of approx 50 black and white wartime photographs with superb content.
Included are of US training planes (Vultee BT-13s ? and open cockpit biplanes), pilots in uniform and US style flying gear, relaxed images of airmen on British airfields off duty or awaiting the call to action, images of men in RAF uniform in North Africa, images of Richards posing in the snow with a Hawker Hurricane and a Spitfire, a great image of airmen of various nations posing together in the snow.
Perhaps the best photographs in the album are a group of three images of the sky blue painted Supermarine Spitfire MD120 NX-O ‘Spirit of Kent’ flown by Squadron Leader J J O’Meara D.S.O, D.F.C, a hero of the Battle of Britain with 13 Victories to his name and an almost unequalled 509 hours operational flying time during the war. Two images show O’Meara in the cockpit. Also included is a close-up of another Spitfire (apparently also painted blue) on which the call signal NX-Z is visible.
An RAF Service Dress uniform jacket and trousers. Featuring embroidered RAF badge, medal ribbons including Atlantic Star with clasp and with squadron leader sleeve insignia. Chrome buttons by Gaunt of London. Good condition with fading around the collar.
An RAF Mess Uniform jacket and waistcoat by Moss Bros of Covent Garden. Gold embroidered RAF badge and gold squadron leader sleeve insignia. Brass buttons by Gaunt of London. Very good condition. Also black dress trousers and dress shirt.
Certificate dated 18th Feb 1942 appointing GA Richards a Corporal in the Flying Cadet Basic Training Group at Cochran Field.
US Army Diploma dated 16th May 1942 stating Richards has completed his training.
Scroll certificate appointing Richards a Pilot Officer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve from May 20th 1942. Given at St James’ Palace August 4th 1942.
Scroll certificate appointing Richards a Flying Officer in the RAF from June 27th 1946. Given at St James’ Palace August 5th 1947.
Also included here:
A delightful illustrated ‘Blind Flight’ certificate stating ‘Embryo Pilot’ G.A Richards had successfully completed a course of instrument flying at Napier Field, Alabama dated May 16th 1942.
Two large format prints of US Vultees flying in formation.
Two copies of a hymn to protect airmen.
A mounted photo portrait of Richards in uniform.
A mounted formal group photograph of No 116 Flying Instructors’ Course – March to August 1950 with Flt. Lt. G.A Richards on the front row.
A ‘Statue de la Liberté wall plaque engraved to Sqn Ldr Richards RAF Comdr Lakenheath 48 TFW 1965.
Please follow the link to our ebay shop if you would like to bid on the collection.
Forward notice here of our first ever exhibition to be held in the showroom.
Fine art and documentary photographer Alan Whitfield will be holding his second solo show empty spaces here at Collinge Antiques in Llandudno Junction from May 15th.
Alan’s arresting large scale black and white photographs depict silent and disused interiors from around the region. Featured here is his image of the now defunct Anglesey Aluminium works.
“The inspiration came from a visit to the Vatican. I was in the square where earlier there had been thousands of people attending Mass, but all that was left were empty chairs.
“I wanted to get a sense of the voices and people that would have filled these spaces from what is left behind.”
It’s certainly a departure for us; Alan’s empty spaces will stand in stark contrast to our busy showroom displays. Though the photographs of empty domestic spaces recall the many properties we have cleared over the years and hint at the previous lives of the objects in the shop.
The exhibition will run until May 30th
Fresh on the floor this afternoon is this good sized Edwardian pale oak pedestal desk c.1905. With oak drawer linings, panelled sides and back and a useful couple of shelves inside the kneehole. Original brass handles. Restored and repolished, key supplied.
Dimensions: width 60″, depth 33″, height 30″.
New for today this good pair of three seater Chesterfield sofas in ox blood red leather. Approx 25 years old, great condition.
Dimensions: length 82″, depth 36″, height 28″.
We were delighted earlier in the year when The National Trust bought our Victorian billiard bench to use in one of their interiors in Powis Castle near Welshpool. Photographs here of the castle and the bench in situ. Many thanks to Kate Lynch for allowing us a look around. Follow the link for details of the castle and garden – well worth a day out.
Two great new pieces of stock fresh on the floor today. First up is this large burr walnut credenza c.1870. Fantastic quality with carved and inlaid detail, original throughout, beautiful colour and condition having been restored and repolished in our workshops.
Dimensions: width 73″, depth 21″, height 41″.
Also new today having been repolished in the workshop is this elegant Edwardian red walnut three door library or office bookcase. Ample storgage and display for collections of books or china. Adjustable shelves which, very unusually, retain their original leather trim, turned and carved detail to the cornice featuring the Prince of Wales feathers and a useful three door cupboard base, one section of which is divided into pigeon holes. Would work well in a hall as it is just 14″ deep. Superb quality and condition, keys supplied.
Dimensions: width 78″, depth 14″, height 93″.
Superior quality Art Deco style burr walnut bedroom suite c.1930. Featuring fitted triple wardrobe, dressing table, bedside cabinet and a very useful little press/chest of drawers side cabinet with matching veneers by the Manchester manufacturers Rhind & Sons. The nicely carved feet and solid mahogany linings and back boards make it stand out from more run of the mill suits. Original mirrors and brass handles.