Lincolnshire’s local history at auction

By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young & Mawer
Whilst auctions are now a truly global event, with the introduction of internet catalogues and online bidding, it is reassuring to find that Lincolnshire internet lots can still inspire the local collector.

In the past few months a number of items which have come up for auction have done just that.

Following a visit to a long standing client of Golding Young & Mawer, a very rare set of Ruston & Hornsby Limited minute books dating from the late nineteenth century through to the First World War were put up for auction. The books provide a fascinating historical record of the firm and its importance – in particular the role the company played in the First World War.

Local historians and collectors took a keen interest and it was pleasing to see the books selling to a local buyer with plans to research and document the collection.

Further items that recently appeared at auction include a Ruston & Hornsby Limited 50 years’ faithful service medal awarded to JE Greaves (1900-1950) and a number of signs. Possibly the most interesting was an enamel sign from the Second World War relating to the air raid shelters at Ruston & Hornsby.

The notice reminded employees that the shelters are for emergency only and any person found in the shelters at any other time will be instantly dismissed.

A threat we can safely assume JE Greaves managed to avoid.

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