Wednesday 27th February 2019 - Della Bentham
A railway sign from Trowbridge stations recently discovered in a Dorset attic will be auctioned in March.
A sign from Trowbridge train station found in a Dorset attic could fetch £500-£1000 when it goes under the hammer with Charterhouse Auctioneers on March the 14th and 15th.
Richard Bromell, of the Sherborne based auction house, discovered the sign in the attic after the owner passed away. He told Somerset Live:
"Attics are a traditional hunting ground for auctioneers.
“More often than not there are old paraffin heaters consigned to the attic in case there is a power cut, but every so often if you roll your sleeves up and are prepared to get dirty, you can find the occasional gem hidden amongst the fake Christmas trees!”
The family had no idea the sign was up in the loft, they said most of the items in the attic were put there when their father returned from military service in Burma back in 1949. They have no idea how he came to acquire it, but damage to the sign suggests it was at some point relieved of its position at the railway station.
Perfect for railway enthusiasts or even residents of the Trowbridge area, the sign is painted in the traditional GWR livery.
According to Richard, there is a huge interest in model trains and railway memorabilia. Could this sign exceed all expectations and smash its estimate? We will have to wait and see. While the catalogue is not yet uploaded you can keep an eye out for Charterhouse’s upcoming sales right here, and remember, LIVE bidding is available for just £3!