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For Immediate Release: 23rd September 2011 Contact: Iona Sale, IONA PR, 01451 832 268, 07721 030

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Chorley’s have been instructed to sell items from the estate of the late Melville Watts, OBE JP on Thursday 6th October 2011. Following the death of Melville Watts in the summer of 2010, the Gloucestershire newspapers were full of tributes and obituaries to a remarkable and generous Lydney man. He was a tireless fundraiser and, in helping to raise more than a million pounds for Lydney Hospital, its future being secured for several generations. Other organisations benefited from his fundraising enthusiasm and, as well as his home town being the centre of much of his vibrant work, he enjoyed many other activities and his love for the Forest of Dean and its local affairs was always apparent. One of Melville Watts’ joys was the country house auction where he acquired all sorts of interesting lots. Many were unseen by members of his family as they were discreetly hidden away in his den at Priors Lodge. When Chorley’s were instructed to sell items from the estate, the secret purchases soon came to light, some still bearing the original lot number. A comprehensive collection of Gloucestershire books including Lot 125, Atkyns’ famous book, The Ancient and Present State of Glocestershire, 2nd edition estimated between £2,000-3,000; Lot 126, Rudder’s A New History of Gloucestershire, estimate £250-350, Lot 149, Camden’s Britannia (est £400-600) and many books on the Forest of Dean will be eagerly sought after. One of the most eye-catching sections in the sale will be his collection of model boats including a Napoleonic prisoner-of-war bone model of a man-o-war, Lot 508) estimated to sail away between £2,000-3,000. Other highlights include Lot 496, a fully rigged model fishing boat (est £1,200-1,500), a smaller gaff-rigged boat, Lot 495,

Lot 125 – Sir Robert Atkyns The Ancient and Present State of Glocestershire, 1768 est £2,000 – 3,000

Lot 508 – A Napoleonic prisoner-of-war bone model of a man-o-war est £2,000 – 3,000

Lots 561, 564, 566, 567 & 568 A selection of flintlock pistols est £300 – 800

(est £800-1,200) as well as many splendid models of fishing boats, clippers and destroyers. Other items of interest squirreled away by Melville Watts include a collection of flintlock pistols, several miners’ lamps, as well as copper and brass. For further information please contact Catrin Hampton on 01452 344499 or For press information or jpeg images please contact Iona Sale, IONA PR, on 01451 832 268 or 07721 030 825. VIEWING DAYS are Tuesday, 4th October, 9am-7pm, Wednesday, 5th October, 9am-5pm and Thursday, 6th October, 8.30am-10.30am.
Lot 503 – A scale model of the Georges W Wells, a six-mast sailing ship, cased. est £800 – 1,200