HUNDREDS of items, collected over 40 years and providing a unique insight into Kendal’s social and political history, are up for auction.

They belonged to a local Kendal historian whose interest covered the 1800s to the 1950s.

With cataloguing underway, our expert valuer Rob Kerr says the collection will be sold as 10 lots. Three lots are made up of large folders of printed ephemera with estimates of £250 to £300 on each. Other highlights include a rare, framed map of Kendal by John Todd, circa 1787, which Rob expects to make between £200 and £300.

Rob Kerr said:
“There are several hundred items in the collection which is largely made up of political broadsheets, flyers and ephemera, mainly printed in Kendal. There’s also a selection of newspapers reflecting the town’s social history and key events. And there’s a small, but good, selection of local books including an early 19th Century ‘Life of George Romney’, the portrait painter.

“This is an important, single-owner collection in good condition. It’s not often seen on the open market. It really brings to life the town’s history during this period.

“We expect interest from local collectors, social historians, libraries, museums and societies. It has been a privilege to deal with it” added Rob.

The items will be sold in the afternoon of Monday 3 December, as part of our two-day Antiques, Collectables & Curios Auction. People can view the lots at the saleroom, at our J36 Rural Auction Centre, on the morning of the sale and on Friday 30 November (1pm-4pm) and Saturday 1 December (10am-2.30pm).

Image shows – HUNDREDS of items, collected over 40 years and providing a unique insight into Kendal’s social and political history, are up for auction.