Being an experienced company dealing with house clearances in London and all over the UK, we are always interested to hear about unique finds made in properties. Sometimes these include very valuable items, and sometimes the items are rare and of huge interest to the nation. Such a find has recently come to light in the form of two postcards which were sent by one of Britain’s favourite poets, Siegfried Sassoon, to a friend over 70 years ago.
The two postcards were discovered in an Oxfam charity shop in Herne Hill, South London, when two members of staff were sorting through donated books. The postcards slipped out and were almost discarded until one of the workers noticed the signature. It is thought that they came to be in the bookshop as a result of a house clearance. After months of research to find out whether they were genuine, it was later proved that they were indeed sent from the celebrated First World War poet to a friend in Yorkshire.
One depicts a view in Italy, another of Sassoon himself, and they are both dated 1930 meaning he was 44 when he wrote them. In one of them, he even criticises Robert Graves, the novelist and poet who used to be his friend. The postcards will now be sold by Bonhams in Oxford, and are expected to sell for £600 to £800. They will be sold along with other items found in Oxfam charity shops in a sale which is expected to raise £20,000 for the charity. At Jeffrey Avery & Associates, we have made a number of interesting discoveries when carrying out South London house clearance jobs.
This is yet further evidence of the treasures that lie waiting to be discovered in properties across the city, as well as elsewhere in the UK. At Jeffrey Avery & Associates we handle all items with the necessary care and attention they deserve. We are experienced and will alert clients to any items of possible financial or sentimental value and can assist in valuations and other specialist house clearance services. At all times we are focused on the requirements of our customers. If you require an experienced house clearance company with first-rate recommendations who can provide a reliable service do not hesitate to contact Jeffrey Avery on 0800 567 7769.