Rare family treasures uncovered during auctioneers visit to Hartlepool

Fredrick Stubbs with a  cigarette box he brought to be valued.
Fredrick Stubbs with a cigarette box he brought to be valued.

A HOST of coins, medals and stamps dating back decades were valued when auctioneers visited Hartlepool.

An expert from auctioneers Warwick and Warwick spent the morning at the Marine Hotel in Seaton Carew in a bid to uncover rare treasures.

Jennifer Lindridge with a set of watches she brought to be valued

Jennifer Lindridge with a set of watches she brought to be valued

A steady stream of people took along items that had been in their family for generations to the Antiques Roadshow-style event to see if they were worth anything.

Valuer Paul Murray said: “We travel the country to different towns and always come to Seaton Carew about every 15 to 18 months.

“We have been really busy and have seen around 30 people in the first couple of hours.

“People have brought along stamps, coins, medals and all sorts of things.”

Among them was Linda Coates, 65, of Trimdon, who took her grandfather’s First World War medals to be valued.

Willie Bain Sanders served in the Royal Artillery in France during the Great War.

Linda, who also had her grandfather’s active service paybook and medical certificate, said: “I don’t know how he got the medals but we know he was in France.

“I came along just to see if there is any value in them.”

Paul said the medals would fetch around £50-£60 at auction as medals from the Royal Artillery are among the most common as it was the largest regiment to serve in the war.

Richard and Catherine Ness, of Hart Station, took three medals given by The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes that had been in the family for years.

They also took a navy telescope valued at around £100 and some model railway track worth £50-£70.

Catherine, 64, a housewife, said: “We didn’t know what they were worth.

“We were more interested in finding out what the Buffalo medals were worth.”

The couple decided to hold on to them after they were valued at around £70.

Stanley and Kathleen Whitaker, of the Hart Lane area of Hartlepool, showed the expert some cigarette cards in original boxes dating back to the 1930s.

Stanley, 66, said: “They belonged to my father Arnold who was an avid collector and had quite a few sets.”

Wife Kathleen, 65, added: “They were just sitting there in a box. We saw an advert for today in the Mail and thought we would come and see if they were of any value.”

Warwick and Warwick recently sold a group of First World War gallantry medals belonging to Hartlepool soldier Corporal Arthur Birks for £1,775.

Corporal Birks, of the 94th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field.