Jennifer Bell from Chilcotts examining a silver spoon

Has the 'Plymouth Spoon' been found?

A collection of early West Country silver spoons being auctioned in Chilcotts December sale may hold the answer to a mystery of a missing Plymouth spoon.

‘The Charles C Brian Collection’ was amassed over many years by Mr Brian, combining his love of Plymouth and Devon with his interest in early silver. In amongst the many historic spoons - which includes some dating back to the 16th...

Antique silver spoons

Born with a Silver Spoon....!

An important and exciting collection of early West Country silver spoons with some dating back to the reign of Elizabeth I is to be sold by Chilcotts Auctioneers on December 4.

‘The Charles C Brian Collection’ was amassed over many years by Mr Brian, combining his love of Plymouth and Devon with his interest in early silver.

Chilcotts’ Silver Specialist, Jennifer Bell said: “...

Moor Otters Arts Trail are up for auction!

As the hugely successful Moor Otters Arts Trail draws to a close, Dartmoor National Park has today thanked everyone for getting involved. The Moor Otters Arts Trail returned to Dartmoor for the second time and thousands of people got involved with supporting the sculpture trail which raises vital funds for conservation work in the National Park. People now have the opportunity to give an...

People holding a painting

When the cows came home

Chilcotts’ most recent auction culminated in the reuniting of a painting of rare breed cows with the farmer who had owned them.

The artist, Denise Manning, was commissioned in the late 1980s by The Rare Breeds Survival Trust to capture all the rare farm breeds of the UK on canvas. In collaboration with the Trust, the resulting collection was exhibited on a tour which included the RAMM...


Historically significant medals feature in Honiton auction

A medal awarded for service during the Battle of Trafalgar is to be auctioned for the first time in Chilcotts Auctioneers’ July sale which also features other important medals.

The Naval General Service Medal (NGSM) with Trafalgar clasp from 1847 was bestowed on Thomas Lemon, a 1st Lieutenant with the Royal Marines who served on the HMS Dreadnought in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805...

400 year old travelling chest emerges at auction

A rare late 17th century brass-studded leather chest from a famed Devonian manor has turned up at auction in Wiltshire, where it is expected to make up to £5,000.

Made by Charles II’s own cabinet maker, Richard Pigg Junior, the metre-wide chest was illustrated in a 1950 edition of Country Life which detailed the interior of Knightstone Manor near Ottery St Mary. At the time,...

Woman looking at antique cup

Silver cup with a story to tell

A recent house clearance by Chilcotts Auctioneers unearthed a cup which turned out to have a fascinating story behind it, as a tale of maritime history and heroism came to the fore.

It transpired that the cup was awarded to Capt. Thomas Tolson Edwards of the British Steam Ship ‘Illyrian’, a huge ship that regularly transported people and goods from Britain to the United States in the...

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Reach for the sky! Medal serves as reminder of female WW2 pilot’s daring career

A Civil MBE medal belonging to one of an elite group of female pilots who flew in WW2 is to be sold by Chilcotts Auctioneers in Honiton.

The medal was awarded to Flight Lieutenant Joan Lily Amelia Hughes in 1946 in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the war effort flying new planes to RAF bases around the country.

Joan asked her parents if she could learn to fly...


Rare Jensen FF car up for auction in Sidmouth

A rare classic car - a 1971 Jensen MK III FF is to be auctioned by Sidmouth-based Potburys Auctioneers & Valuers in the 29 September sale.

Produced between 1966 and 1971, the Jensen FF is a four-wheel drive grand tourer, the first non all-terrain production car equipped with four-wheel drive and an anti-lock braking system.

Only 320 FFs were ever produced, and just 15 were...

Medal is a Lifesaver

A gold lifesaving medal, awarded to Samuel Lake by 150 years ago, is estimated to sell for up to £10,000 in the Charterhouse two day auction on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th December,

“Samuel Lake was awarded a gold Albert Medal in 1866 for saving 450 Muslim pilgrims. Returning from Mecca, the pilgrims were aboard the sailing ship Diamond which ran into trouble and was wrecked off...