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The West Country has been a popular destination for sporting men and women for centuries. During this time, houses have been furnished with silver sporting trophies, taxidermy, paintings, hunting jackets, riding boots, fishing rods, reels and tackle, shotguns, rifles and pistols amongst many other items.

At Charterhouse we have specialist sales dedicated to sporting items with hunting, shooting and fishing sections. This department is run by George Holtby. Growing up in rural England, George has been interested in shooting and fishing since he was a boy. His particular interest lies in guns of all shapes and sizes, although he also has a soft spot for fishing tackle, particularly Hardy of Alnwick.

We have had some amazing results. These have ranged from a pair of Holland & Holland coaching lamps which sold for £2,300, a Black Forest bear for £2,700, to a 19th century oil painting of horses for £5,000.

Over the years, our sporting auctions produced a loyal following with bidders adding to their collections. We also sell lots to clients intending to use their purchases such as shotguns and fishing reels in their favourite past times.

If you have a sporting item or collection you are thinking of having valued, contact George at our salerooms 01935 812277 or send a selection of images to

All of our auctions use live internet bidding platforms to ensure that every lot, whether it is worth £20 or £500,000, reaches the widest possible market and sells for the best price possible. In the run up to an auction we receive 100’s of emails requesting further information for lots in the sale. Attached to these email replies, we regularly send well over 1,000 digital images, such is the huge interest generated in our auctions.

Its starting to look like the Berklay Marathon at Charterhouse

There are a series of six specialist auctions over the 3rd, 4th & 5th April at Charterhouse in Sherborne.

“This is an accumulation of months of work, and I think we will all need some downtime afterwards!” commented Richard Bromell. “The joy of being an auctioneer is the variety of the lots we see from clients all over the West Country and beyond who are looking for help and expert advice.”

The auctions start off with a specialist sale of Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC and other wristwatches on Wednesday 3rd at 10am followed by nearly 300 lots of vintage bicycles, automobilia & enamel signs at 1.00pm.

On Thursday 4th there are pictures and books, followed by sporting items including the Harry Brewer lifetime collection of cricket memorabilia of books, pictures and ceramics.

Finally, on Friday 5th, there are 200 lots of Asian Art with ceramics, pictures and bronzes followed by 100’s more lots of antiques & interiors including the residual contents of a 17th century Dorset cottage.

All the lots, with viewing times, registration and live internet bidding are available on

Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse Team can be contacted for specialist advice and valuations at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, 01935 812277 or via

Wednesday 3rd a Tag Heuer Steve McQueen wristwatch £1,500-2,000

Wednesday 3rd Tim (L) & Hugo (R) try a rare tandem tricycle for size £200-300

Thursday 4th W G Grace – The book of Cricket £100-150

Friday 5th an 18th century Chinese cloisonne stag £1,500-2,500

Other Charterhouse Specialist Departments Available