A selection of historic lots from the estate of the late Sir John and Lady Smith, best known as the co-founders of the Landmark Trust, will go up for auction at Gloucestershire auction house Chorley’s in July.
Sir John is also a descendant of 19th-century travel pioneer Thomas Cook who founded the travel agency Thomas Cook & Son.
Some of the top lots from the sale include
- A Victorian oval locket decorated a cross in diamonds and childrens teeth, to a blue enamel border, in a fitted case, estimated value £100-200
- Portrait Miniature of Oswald Smith, English School, 1810. Smith was an English banker and Conservative Party politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1859 to 1880, 7cm x 5cm, estimated value £400-600
- The Restoration of ‘The Warrior’ at Hartlepool, Stephen Crowther. Sir John Smith was prominent in the campaign to restore the Warrior, he agreed that the Manifold Trust would underwrite the cost of restoration, estimated between £4-8 million, and the ship was handed over to the Maritime Trust in 1979, signed and dated lower left, oil on canvas, 61cm x 77cm, estimated value, £500–700
Chorley’s Director and Auctioneer Thomas Jenner-Fust estimates that the sale will make between £50,000 to £100,000.
The sale, taking place on July 23 and 24 will also include a wide variety of items from paintings and furniture to carpets and silver.