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Documents relating to Britain’s glorious era of overseas trade set to come under the hammer…

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A collection of fiscal documents relating to some of the biggest British companies of the early 20th century is set to come under the hammer at West Midlands’ auction house Cuttlestones on Friday, 6th November.

 
Selling at part of the auction houses’ Specialist Collectors Sale, many of the documents relate to the registration of trademarks overseas and include such giants as Sunbeam, The Birmingham Small Arms Company, Triumph and Daimler to name just a few. Several include rare postal stamps relating to the country of registration, including three examples bearing Rhodesia 1910 £1 stamps, Columbia, Cuba, Austria, Finland, India and others.
 
Of the lot, which carries an estimate of £300-500, MD and Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, says:
 
“This is a real one-off collection – interesting not only as it relates to some of Britain’s most recognisable brands during the tail-end of the British Empire and into the golden age of the Commonwealth, but also as it provides a rare insight into how business was done before the internet changed the way the world works. These are important documents that now, no doubt, would be dealt with quickly and efficiently electronically – but back then would have been transported via post by air or sea.
 
“We anticipate interest from those with an interest in the history of British trading as well as enthusiasts of any of the companies whose documents are included within the lot. It will make a brilliant addition to any such collection.”
 
The collection are set to be auctioned at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms on Friday 6th November from 10am. Viewing will be held from 10am – 7pm Thursday 5th November, and from 9am onwards on the day of the sale. 
 
The catalogue will be available online via the website www.cuttlestones.co.uk from Friday 30th October. For those unable to attend on the day of the sale, telephone, commission and live internet bidding options are available. For further information please call 01902 421985.
 
 
 
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