Birmingham Ephemera associated with the late W.J. Davis, the property of a Lady

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Date of Auction: 7th October 2009

Sold for £190

Estimate: £50 - £70

Bournville Christmas Party, 1907, Cadbury Bros Ltd, official programme, 16pp, 1 plate; Trades Union Congress Parliamentary Committee, together with Delegates who have attended the American Convention, Complimentary Dinner Menus (2), King’s Head Hotel, Sheffield, 16 September 1910, 36pp; Royal Turk’s Head Hotel, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 5 September 1911, 40pp, both incorporating portrait cartoons of the delegates; together with a black ruled notebook into which has been pasted some 200+ cuttings from newspapers, journals, etc, some from the 1780s and 1790s, a further group from the 1880s and 1890s and others from the 1950s and 1960s, relating to coins, stamps, etc, the early submissions contributed by W.J. Davis, with an image of Davis sat his Attwood desk tipped-in, and a modern facsimile copy of Davis’ Token Coinage of Warwickshire [5]. Programmes fine, last very fine £50-70


Images of W.J. Davis from the 1910 and 1911 programmes illustrated on Plate II. One of the cuttings describes ‘The Lindens’, Trafalgar road, Moseley, which Davis acquired, it is believed, c. 1887-8. ‘This modern Leasehold Residence contains Dining Room 29 by 14, Nursery, Dressing Room, Bath Room, W.C., and other convenient Rooms. Leasehold for about 76 years. Ground-rent, £20 1s, reduced to £10 0s 6d by an adjoining sublet…This House is in thorough substantial and decorative repair, and offers a desirable residence, being easy of access by tram or rail.’