Rare Wells Postcards Depict a Pretty Picture in War Time

A collection of postcards of Wells in the Charterhouse auction of Collectors Items, Clocks and Antiques could sell for over £2,000 when they go under the hammer at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne on Friday 16th March.

“Postcards are one of the largest collecting fields in our business and this collection, which has remained in a Wells house for nearly all of its life, shows a fascinating insight into Wells in 1915.” Commented Richard. “The vendor, who is part of an old Wells family, had instructed Charterhouse to clear one of their properties which is undergoing redevelopment, and the postcards were just in a box inside a cupboard where they have been gathering dust for the past few decades.”

The collection shows a brief glimpse into Wells during the First World War. The scenes, all taken by Bert Phillips who owned the Phillips photographers and postcard shop in Wells, include a variety of subjects mostly including No 134 Company Motor Transport Army Service Corps who were billeted at The Crown Hotel, and their various antics such as wrestling, football, tug of war and other sports, military funerals which are incredibly rare and the Battle for Wookey Hole which included Boy Scouts, civilians and soldiers – even stretcher bears ready for pretend casualties!

Viewing for the sale is on Wednesday 14th 10-4 and Thursday 15th March 10-7 or you can view the catalogue on their website www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their forthcoming sales of pictures and books in April and for their spring classic car and motorbike auction in May. Items for sale may be delivered to The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, or call Richard Bromell, Partner there on 01935 812277.