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Mallams offer “Top Secret Correspondence” – The Collection W. G. Carter

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The Collection W. G. Carter C. B. E., F. R. Ae. S., Former chief aircraft designer to the Gloster Aircraft Company, Hucclecote, Gloucestershire.
Mallams Cheltenham Saleroom, Wednesday 20th January 2010 10:30 am

Mallams, one of the oldest fine art auctioneers in the country, is to offer memorabilia, paintings, furniture and mechanical musical objects from the Estate of Wilfred George Carter on Wednesday 20th January, at their Cheltenham saleroom at 26 Grosvenor Street.  The sale provides a unique opportunity to acquire an important slice of aviation history from the archive of a very private person who ranks amongst the greatest of aircraft designers
 
The collection of Carter correspondence features personalised letters marked “Top Secret”, post office telegrams and press cuttings relating to the successful first flight of the Gloster-Whittle E. 28/39 on 15th May, 1941, at the hands of Glosters’ chief test pilot P. E. ‘Gerry’ Sayer.
Other correspondence, including Post Office telegrams relate to the successful attempt on the world’s Air Speed Record on 7th November 1945, Group Captain H. J. Wilson Flying Meteor F.4. “Britannia” EE454, achieving 606mph over Herne Bay, Kent.

Collection of Carter correspondenceCorrespondents include Tom Sopwith, Frank Whittle, Roy Chadwick, W.E.W. Petter, Stafford Crips and others.

Other correspondence concerns the award to Carter of the C.B.E. in the 1947 New Year’s Honours List, together with his decoration in original case, with miniature; his Royal Aeronautical Society silver medal engraved ‘Awarded to W. G. Carter F. R. Ae. S. for his work on jet propelled aircraft 1947’ and other ephemera including various drawing instruments, a Regent-Plate Rolls-Royce ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ ash tray, pocket watch, spectacles in case, family photograph album, various diaries, and a collection of aviation books, a copy of ‘Jet’ by Sir Frank Whittle, with dedication dated 24th November 1953, Evidence in Camera with dedication by Constance Babington Smith dated 29th July 1959 and others of similar interest.

Paintings and decorative arts from Carter’s home feature some fine and rare 19th Century mechanical musical instruments and object reflecting his fascination for technical innovation and his personal love of music. 
 
For further information please contact, Mallam’s specialist in charge of the Sale: Philip Smith,  telephone: 01242 235712  
 
Founded in 1788, Mallams is one of the oldest fine art auctioneers and established estate agencies in the United Kingdom. With offices in Abingdon, Burford, Cheltenham, Mayfair and Oxford, a team of experts provide sales advice and valuation services for residential property, art, antiques and collectibles in Oxford, the Cotswolds and surrounding counties.

Cheltenham Saleroom
Mallams
Grosvenor Galleries, 26 Grosvenor Street,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 2SG 

Telephone: (01242) 235 712
Facsimile: (01242) 241 943
E-mail: [email protected]

Source:Anne Carragher Telephone:  44 (0)1242 514682
[email protected]
 

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