Silent Sol­dier sil­hou­ettes to raise money for the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion

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

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

Chilcotts

Tel: 01404 47783 chilcottsauc­tion­eers.co.uk Michael Bow­man tel: 01626 324071/07889 650202

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