Winston Churchill collection in London sale

An extensive single-owner collection of items and memorabilia relating to wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill will go under the hammer at London’s Special Auction Services this month.

Winston Churchill's suit, a 1950s
Winston Churchill’s suit, a 1950s grey pinstripe double breasted suit, by Austin Reed

The collection, numbering some 3,000 items, was amassed by a late carpenter from Enfield named Keith Routledge.

Mr Routledge had a 30-year fascination with the celebrated political leader and even turned the loft in his family home into a museum to house his growing collection of Churchilliana. He was a regular at fairs, auctions and antique shops across the UK and Europe, searching out Churchill-related pieces.

The Abbeydale Vase 1964, titled 'The Churchill Vase'
The Abbeydale Vase 1964, titled ‘The Churchill Vase’, Limited Edition 181 of 250, made to mark the Honorary Citizenship of the United States of America bestowed upon Churchill in 1963. Estimated at £180-£220

Items from his Winston Churchill collection will be included in the auction house’s sale from August 9-10, with further pieces to be offered later in the year.

Sir Winston Churchill porcelain bust
Michael Sutty, Sir Winston Churchill porcelain bust, from the Military and Naval Bust series, Limited Edition 74 of 250, Churchill portrayed in the Ceremonial uniform of the Cinque Ports. Estimated at £50-£80