Rare historical items from Wolverhampton and Staffordshire going up for auction

A collection of old items that document the history of our region ranging from bank notes to maps are going under the hammer.

Pictured, The Ely House school gym
Pictured, The Ely House school gym

The selection of items will be sold at Cuttlestones Auctioneers and Valuers, based in Wolverhampton.

Kevin Lockley with a booklet from Somerfields Magic shop, Wolverhampton,from the late 1800s

The lots have Wolverhampton and Staffordshire interests.

Pictured, Ironbridge power station opening

Among them is a £1 bank note from Wolverhampton during the late Georgian era. The note is dated July 4, of 1815, and has hand written annotations. It has a guide price of £40 to £60.

Pictured, Ironbridge power station opening

There is also a book dated from 1686 that may interest local historians. The title is called The Natural History of Staffordshire, written by Robert Plot who was a chemistry professor at the University of Oxford. The item lacks any maps. The guide price is between £60 to £100.

A postcard of Wolverhampton from the early 1900s

Rosie Blackburn, client manager, said: "All these things are historically interesting. It is amazing they have survived so long."

A postcard from the early 1900s of Queen's Square

Meanwhile, one lot consists of a small group of postcards, showing views of Ely House College, Wolverhampton, alongside a brochure and some photographs dated 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937 and 1939. The guide price here is between £20 to £40.

The natural history of Staffordshire from 1686

Another lot, called lot 184, consists of an album of 12 photographs of Wolverhampton Art and Industrial Exhibition which was held at West Park, Wolverhampton, in 1902.

A letter from potter Clarice Cliff

Added to the 184 lot is a catalogue from a magic shop, called Somerfield’s Magic Catalogue, formerly of Worcester Street, Wolverhampton, which is dated 1880.

A £1 bank note from 1815

There are also 12 postcards, featuring drawings of Wolverhampton, done by artist Ernest Coffin which is dated 1926. These postcards were sold to raise funds for the former Wolverhampton and Staffordshire General Hospital, which later became The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital, located just off the ring road, that closed down in 1997.

A directory from 1923

Lot 184 also features a red directory book, for Wolverhampton, dated between 1923 and 1924, and an Everdale Butter Scotch tin. The guide price for this is between £40 to £60.

A sweet tin

The auction takes place tomorrow.

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