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Edged weapons, medals and militaria at Dominic Winter

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The 12 May sale at Dominic Winter Auctioneers will include a good selection of edged weapons, militaria and medals.

These include a late 18th century flintlock blunderbuss by William Richards (Est. £800-1200), a WWI Bavarian ersatz pickelhaube in remarkable condition (Est. £400-600). An Edwardian Scottish Dirk (Sgian Dubh) belonging to The Honourable E.O. Campbell, who served with the Seaforth Highlanders and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order on 25 April 1915 and later in 1918 a Second Award Bar. Campbell died of a cerebral haemorrhage one day after receiving his DSO Bar. The lot includes a portrait photograph and some correspondence (Est. £500-800).

There are 82 medal lots, including a large collection of Masonic memorabilia, Russian and German medals plus a good selection of British awards including a WWI DCM group to Corporal C. Smith, Royal Army Medical Corps ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when a shelter containing wounded was being shelled he displayed great courage.’ Smith carried out the wounded before he himself was buried and wounded when the shelter was blown in (Est. £1000-1500)

The final lot in the sale is a fine family group to Vice Admiral Alfred Headley Norman (1881-1973) and his son Lieutenant Commander Edward Dudley Norman, both men having a hugely successful career in the Royal Navy. Vice Admiral A.H. Norman was in command of HMS Marlborough an ‘Iron Duke’ class Battleship during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. The ship was hit by a torpedo which killed two of the crew. His son Lt Cdr E.D. Norman, DSO, DSC (1910-1998) commanded six submarines during WWII, his first being HMS H44 from March 1940. H44 carried out several patrols in the North Sea and sank enemy ships off the Norwegian coast (for which Norman was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross). He then took command of HMS Upright in the Malta based flotilla, later dubbed 'The Fighting Tenth' and on 23 February 1941 sank the merchant ship Silvia Tripcovich near Kerkenah Bank. Two days later he sank the Italian cruiser Armando Diaz receiving his Distinguished Service Order for this action. The lot includes a large archive of original photographs, certificates and documents (Est. £10,000-15,000).

For more information about the sale or to discuss consigning to future sales please contact Henry Meadows on 01285 860006 or henry@dominicwinter.co.uk.

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