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One man’s lifetime collection of hundreds of pieces of silver have been entered into the Charterhouse specialist auction of silver, jewellery & watches in Sherborne on 5th May.

“It is a fabulous collection of silver amassed over many years.” Commented Richard Bromell. “He generally scratched his silver collecting itch by buying pieces from auctions up and down the country with many lots coming from Charterhouse.”

The owner, who passed away recently, spent his life working as a policeman. After he retired, rather than locking away villains, he put away silver.

In the silver collection, which is generally from the 19th century, there are rare castle top visiting card cases, vinaigrettes, hip flasks, cutlery, condiments, vesta cases, novelty items, walking stick handles, sewing accessories and many other items. With estimates from £30 to £500 the collection is expected to sell for £20,000.

Charterhouse are now taking entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions with silver, jewellery, watches, wine, port & whisky in May, classic motorcycles in June and classic and vintage cars in July.

Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse can be contacted for advice and valuations on single items and collections at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or

Rare 19th century silver castle top visiting card cases and vinaigrettes from the collection in the Charterhouse 5th May silver auction