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16th Century Staffordshire map fetches £3760 at auction

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Christopher Saxton map of Staffordshire, which sold

for £3,760 at a recent auction

A rare example of what is believed to be the first ever printed map of Staffordshire achieved an impressive £3,760 when it came under the hammer at local auction house Cuttlestones’ Fine Art Sale on Friday, 6th June.   

 
Dating from 1577 and bearing the original hand colouring the map, which is attributed to Christopher Saxton, was one of a collection of over fifty put up for sale by a single, local collector. All of the maps in the collection were of Staffordshire and covered a period of over 300 years; the Saxton one being the earliest and the latest dated 1880. 
 
The entire collection sold for in almost £5,000 having generated considerable interest, Cuttlestones’ maps and books specialist, Rosie Blackburn, explains:
 
This was a really interesting collection for us to handle as it has such local provenance – not only did it attract the attention of the map collecting community, but those with an interest in local history. The maps tell the story of our county over a period where it saw much change – including the industrialisation of The Potteries to the north and the Black Country to the south. They also illustrate what has changed and what has remained the same over the years – from county boundaries to the names of towns and villages.
 
If you have any historic maps and are interested in getting them valued, contact Rosie on 01785 714905 to arrange an appointment. Cuttlestones’ next Fine Art Sale will take place on Friday, 12th September 2014 – for more information, visit www.cuttlestones.co.uk
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