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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 24, June 11, 2006, Article 18

MORE ON THE DEVONSHIRE SALE CATALOG

In October Jerry Platt inquired about the date of "The Duke
of Devonshire's sale" referred to in Medallic Illustrations.
esylum_v08n43a10.html

Ted Buttrey of the Fitzwilliam Museum adds: "The Duke of
Devonshire's collection was sold by Christies (London) in two
sales, 18 March and 26 March, 1844.  The first sale included only
ancients (wonderful stuff); the second had British of all periods
and a bit of foreign -- largely coins but a good number of British
medals.

Lot 551: "Oliver Cromwell: a small oval, obv. his head, rev. the
olive tree, and 1, larger, struck on the battle of Dunbar, rev. the
House of Commons, both by Simon.. the latter very fine; and a cast. 3"

Bought by Warrington for 1/6/0.

The second piece is Hawkins 13.  Platt is asking after Hawkins 15
which is described by H. as unique, "a mere dab in lead".  There is
nothing else in the auction catalogue (I've been through it twice)
that refers to anything that would fit Hawkins 15 or the Battle of
Dunbar.  Hawkins 15 seems to have been a pretty nondescript item
anyhow, so I suspect that it was the third piece in Lot 551, described
by Christies only as "a cast". "

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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