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The first part of a private collection of Churchilliana will go on sale at Special Auction Services Newbury.

A carpenter from London was so fascinated by Sir Winston Churchill and especially his tactics during the Second World War that he amassed more than 3,000 pieces of memorabilia.

The first sale will be held at the SAS showrooms in Plenty Close, Newbury on Wednesday, August 10 at 10am.

Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
SAS Auction - Winston Churchill collection (56930384)
SAS Auction - Winston Churchill collection (56930384)
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury

Keith Routledge, a carpenter by trade from Enfield, London, was born after the Second World War in 1956, but during his lifetime he became fascinated by the strategic aspect of war.

This led to his interest in Sir Winston Churchill.

Militaria, Collectables and Antiques expert at SAS, Adam Inglut, said: "He didn't purchase his first piece of memorabilia until the 1990s, but over the next 25 years he added to his collection and he eventually amassed more than 3,000 pieces."

Militaria, Collectables and Antiques expert at SAS, Adam Inglut with some of the Churchill memorabilia
Militaria, Collectables and Antiques expert at SAS, Adam Inglut with some of the Churchill memorabilia
Limited edition Clarice Cliff Toby Jug, estimated £500-800
Limited edition Clarice Cliff Toby Jug, estimated £500-800
A pair of Second World War bookends made from the stone from the Houses of Parliament after it was bombed in 1941, is estimated to fetch £120-180
A pair of Second World War bookends made from the stone from the Houses of Parliament after it was bombed in 1941, is estimated to fetch £120-180
A framed and glazed signed montage of a letter from Holt School in Lockerbie wishing Winston Churchill a Happy 80th Birthday, accompanied by his letter of response, estimated at £200-£250.
A framed and glazed signed montage of a letter from Holt School in Lockerbie wishing Winston Churchill a Happy 80th Birthday, accompanied by his letter of response, estimated at £200-£250.
Royal Doulton figures of Churchill in various colour variations, have an estimated range of £30-£50 to £150-180.
Royal Doulton figures of Churchill in various colour variations, have an estimated range of £30-£50 to £150-180.
SAS Auction - Winston Churchill collection (56930386)
SAS Auction - Winston Churchill collection (56930386)

In order to house this huge collection, Keith decided to convert his loft in Enfield into his own small museum, which he dedicated to the great man.

Within his collection he had pieces dating from the 1940s right up to the present day, purchasing from various auction houses, fairs and antique shops throughout the United Kingdom, as well as a few also purchased from mainland Europe.

The collection includes a vast range of ceramics, glass, silverware, metalware, artwork and other collectable items.

Mr Inglut said: "It covers all aspects of Churchill’s life, from when he was born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, through his time fighting in the Second Boer War, to him becoming a political figure and the most famous British face of the Second World War, up to his death in 1965."

Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury
Churchill memorabilia to be auctioned at Special Auction Services Newbury

Keith died in 2019 and SAS will be selling the single-owner collection of more than 200 lots in two parts.

The second sale will be in November. To find out more about the collection and view the items visit the SAS website.

The whole collection has an overall auction estimate of £20,000 to £25,000.



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