Robert Burns Auction
A one-off cast of the face of Robert Burns, based on the famous portrait of the poet by Alexander Nasmyth, is up for auction ahead of Burns Night (Tues 25 Jan).
The cast was used to create a bronze plaque for a new shelter in a park in a town near Edinburgh.
Experts at 1818 Auctioneers, on the Cumbria Lancashire border, estimate it to be worth between £7,000 to £10,000.
It is being sold by the granddaughter of the talented artist, stonemason and painter who carved it, Robert Callum Shields. A pillar of the community, Robert worked for the local council and lived in Bellshill near Glasgow. He died in 1966.
The vendor, Linda Briscoe, who now lives near Morecambe, says the Burn’s plaque was unveiled in Prestonpans in January 1959 to commemorate the bi-centenary of the birth of the renowned
“For a long time, it hung on the wall of the large house where my grandparents lived. As is the Scottish tradition, my family moved into the house when Robert died to look after Mary, his widow.
When my mother died, I left the house and moved to a much smaller property.
“I’ve known the portrait from being a very small child. It’s now time for the cast to be appreciated by someone else. I would love to think its new owner will be raising a dram to it, to toast the great
poet, Robbie Burns on the 25th January,” adds Linda.
The plaque is being auctioned as part of 1818 Auctioneers live, online sale of antiques Vintage and Collectables, which closes on Sunday 23 January.
Robert Shields was also a Freemason and member of Langside Lodge, part of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. There are two medallions and cufflinks up for sale with 1818 Auctioneers in an online
jewellery auction live between Thursday 17 February to Sunday 6 March. A large silver jewel, signifying Robert was a senior deacon, and white metal and enamel Masonic cufflinks could make between £70 to £100. And a nine carat Masonic presentation jewel from his Lodge, recognising his chairmanship, could make between £120 to £180.
Also up for auction is Robert’s World War One bronze coloured oakleaf. Robert was a sergeant in the Royal Fusiliers and the oakleaf signifies that he was specifically mentioned in despatches. It is
being auctioned in the firm’s military auction, which goes live on Thursday 17 February.
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