Silent Soldier silhouettes to raise money for the Royal British Legion
Silent Soldier silhouettes which marked the commemorations of the centenary of the Armistice are being auctioned to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
Chilcotts Auctioneers is selling Honiton’s Silent Soldiers, seven silhouette soldiers which were on display around the town during the approach to Armistice Day, guarding the gateways to the town.
They were part of a Royal British Legion campaign asking the public to say thank you to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed, rebuilt and changed the nation. Four thousand Silent Soldiers were made for the campaign, and now some of them are up for auction.
Duncan Chilcott said: “A representative from the local Royal British Legion visited us with this unusual request. We will be selling the silent soldiers without charging vendor commission, so all proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.”
The silhouettes are all based on an iconic image of a ‘Tommy’, the never-forgotten image of a British soldier, with the words “lest we forget” on the base. They are almost life-size and can be fixed to a wall or post.
Their new owners may prefer to keep their Silent Soldier private or allow them to be viewed in a public space.
“The Royal British Legion has been approached by potential buyers worldwide, so everyone is hoping the sale of the soldiers will raise a high amount for the charity,” said Duncan. “The auction estimate is £60-£80 each.”
The silhouette soldiers are being sold in Chilcotts Fine Art, Antiques and Collectors Items sale today at the Silver Street sale room in Honiton, close to Honiton Community College. Viewing on sale day is from 8.30am. The sale starts at 10.30am. Viewing and live online bidding will also be available via the-saleroom.com
Tel: 01404 47783 chilcottsauctioneers.co.uk Michael Bowman tel: 01626 324071/07889 650202
The 8.47 carat cornflower blue sapphire and diamond cluster ring; some of the prosthetic eyes