World War Two toilet paper featuring satirical cartoons of Nazi Germany characters such as Adolf Hitler is one of the quirkier lots going under the hammer in a Gloucestershire sale next month.
The loo roll, designed to boost morale during wartime trips to the toilet, has an estimated value of £80 to £100 at Chorley’s Cotswold Country House Sale.
Elsewhere in the auction, other lots include rare collectibles, 19th century oil paintings and watercolours, dazzling jewels, Georgian silver and period homeware from prominent country house collections.
Items from other distinguished country estates include a highly collectible ruby and diamond flower brooch by Kutchinsky that is set to achieve £600-800 and a pair of George III Irish mahogany brass bound plate buckets with swing loop handles, with an estimated value of £1,000-1,500.
A silver Warwick cruet, R.W. Dublin, circa 1760 containing a sugar castor and two cut glass bottles with silver tops, is set to achieve an impressive £3,000-5,000.
A rare selection of paintings in the auction include Still Evening by renowned landscape painter Benjamin Williams Leader RA that is set to achieve £10,000-15,000 and Spanish Gypsy by John Frederick Lewis RA, POWS, signed and dated Seville 1833 that is set to fetch £2,000-3,000.
An oil painting by William Somerville Shanks RSA, RSW has an estimated value of £3,000-5,000 and a beautiful portrait of a young Miss Sybil Waller by Maurice Greiffenhagen is set to achieve £2,000-3,000.
Chorley’s Director and Auctioneer Thomas Jenner-Fust said, “As is often the case with Country House collections, there is a delightfully diverse range of intriguing objects including paintings, jewellery and country house effects, providing a wonderful opportunity to acquire a piece of local Cotswold’s history with great provenance.”
The sale will be held on November 19 and 20.