Reg­i­men­tal award from Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Art & Antiques -

Acol­lec­tor from Ply­mouth was un­aware of the his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance of a medal in his col­lec­tion un­til he brought it in re­cently.

It was a Bat­tle of Germantown Medal 1777, a dec­o­ra­tion for the 40th Reg­i­ment of Foot – and the only medal struck to mark the ac­tions of a Bri­tish mil­i­tary unit dur­ing the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.

It was not an of­fi­cial Bri­tish medal, but a reg­i­men­tal award which was nev­er­the­less still worn with their uni­form.

There are ap­prox­i­mately six or seven of these medals in pri­vate hands and, de­spite be­ing a Bri­tish award, it is likely to be sold to a US col­lec­tor. In­ter­est of £13,000-£20,000 is an­tic­i­pated in Tues­day’s sale.

A col­lec­tion of more than 20 paint­ings by Mary Barnes (1923-2001) was dis­cov­ered when clear­ing a derelict flat in Ex­mouth. She had lived in the flat in the 80s and the paint­ings lan­guished there un­til now.

A schiz­o­phrenic, Barnes is par­tic­u­larly known for her doc­u­men­ta­tion of her ex­pe­ri­ence at R D Laing's ex­per­i­men­tal ther­a­peu­tic com­mu­nity at Kings­ley Hall, London where she re­ceived LSD as part of her treat­ment.

Two of the paint­ings in the sale, 'Aban­don­ment and Love', and 'Christ

Aban­dons Him­self to be Cru­ci­fied', painted in Kings­ley Hall, mixed me­dia on can­vas, 136x120cm are ex­pected to sell for £300-£500.

Other items in the sale in­clude a car mas­cot mod­elled as a seated an­thro­po­mor­phic fly with cap hold­ing a golf club and tro­phy, 13.5cm long. With traces of sil­ver­ing this may have been a one off and bids of £500-£700 are ex­pected.

There is a por­trait of John Per­riam – hus­band of the Naval hero­ine Ann Per­riam (The Pow­der Mon­key) who was wid­owed at the age of 93 and lived in Ex­mouth. She ac­com­pa­nied her hus­band on board H M

Ship Cres­cent and Orion and also fought along­side Nel­son at The Nile. The oil paint­ing, 96x73cm, has a guide of £300-£500.

A near mint Wrenn West Coun­try Class lo­co­mo­tive

'Lyme Regis' is ex­pected to make £100-£160.

Though not go­ing to make the mas­sive sums of re­cent of­fer­ings, an Omega Seas­tar Chronos­top steel cased wrist­watch in orig­i­nal box has a guide of £800-£1,200.

Piers Mot­ley, Ex­mouth; tel: 01395 267403 piersmot­leyauc­tions.co.uk

Above: Boxed Wrenn West Coun­try Class lo­co­mo­tive. Right: Mary Barnes paint­ing 'Aban­don­ment and Love'. Be­low: Bat­tle of Germantown Medal 1777

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