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The Cotswold Auction Company | Meet the team
Henry Meadows has recently joined the company as saleroom manager.
Henry has come from the medals and militaria department of Spink and Sons, London, and has worked for Dreweatts 1759 in the Bristol and Donnington salerooms. He is a Chartered Arts and Antiques Surveyor and is currently using his expertise to establish a specialist Medals and Militaria department unrivalled in South West England. Henry Meadows
This is a new department for The Cotswold Auction Company as specialist Henry Meadows has been with the firm since March 2009.
Henry has worked for some of the major auction houses notably Dreweatts for whom he worked for four years, and ran an incredibly successful Medals and Militaria department, and more recently the Spink Medal Department in Bloomsbury, London.
The Cotswold Auction Company | Valuations
Henry Meadows on
Sale Report - Medals and Militaria March 2010
Henry Meadows, medals and militaria specialist,found this rare item out of the blue and advised a pre sale estimate of £3000-3500.
Henry commented "seldom do fine medals like this come onto the open market and the circumstances surrounding the vendor acquiring this medal are exceptional. Careful pre sale marketing caused considerable interest and a real buzz on sale day: two telephone bidders going head to head, Henry was thrilled with the hammer price,of £4600 +17.5% buyer's premium, and was delighted to inform the vendor, who nearly dropped the vacuum cleaner! Four lots sourced from the north included family groups which were split by Henry into four single lots to optimize the value for the client. Researching these unusual medals (many of which were gold) Henry discovered that the recipient and her husband, a Mr Frank Mahin (during the Great War,the American consul in the Netherlands) survived a U boat torpedo attack en route to the United Kingdom. An Indian Mutiny medal to Gunner William Trenholm who served with the Bengal Horse Artillery during the 1857-58 campaign sold well with the combination of these three clasps it was unique to the regiment and this was evident from the amount of interest being knocked down to a commission bidder by Henry at £1050 against a presale estimate of £600-800. This was consigned locally and forensic attention to detail in the cataloguing by Henry Meadows assisted the lot to secure £780 for the estate. Many of the single medals were consigned from one vendor;provenance; "in the back of the drawer", a term medal collectors so often hear! Coming along to one of our regular specialist valuation days last year, the vendor was pleased to be told that her late husband's collection would be carefully researched and professionally catalogued. Whilst on the rostrum Henry enjoyed seeing the vendor's delight keep pace with the prices being achieved,some lots racing past the estimates by a country mile. his applied particularly to the India General Service medals to Indian recipients. he demand for these seems to be on the up and Henry believes that their values will increasingly develop as research data becomes better. he hammer total for this vendor's lots was circa £4000. Our next sale of medals and militaria will take place on 29th June, please contact Henry for more information regarding buying or selling 01242 256363 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Meadows of The Cotswold Auction Company will take to the rostrum on Tuesday 1st February (starting at 11am) for another Medals and Militaria sale.
Since joining the firm in 2008 he has built up hugely competitive auctions attracting business from all over the country. The sale takes place at The Cotswold Auction Company's Chapel Walk Saleroom, Cheltenham for more information please contact Henry Meadows 01242 256363 or email@example.com