Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Bonhams to sell The Elephant Man’s chair and two of Churchill’s cigars

Bonhams’ The Gentleman’s Library Sale on 28th and 29th January features 907 unusual lots. Amongst our favourites are a chair that was adapted for the ‘Elephant Man’, Joseph Merrick, and two cigars that were collected by a nurse who cared for Sir Winston Churchill in 1962.

 

Two of Sir Winston Churchill's cigars
Two of Sir Winston Churchill’s cigars

The cigars – for sale with a guide price of £500 to £700 – were collected by Sir Winston Churchill’s care nurse during in stay in the Middlesex Hospital in London, W1 in July 1962. Accompanied by a letter of provenance, one is just a stub but the other is unsmoked. Churchill was in the hospital being treated for a fractured femur.

 

'The Elephant Man's chair'
‘The Elephant Man’s chair’

Once owned by Joseph Merrick (1862 – 1890), a guide of just £1,200 to £1,500 for a specially adapted Victorian ebonished tub back armchair that was angled to make the ‘Elephant Man’ more comfortable. The chair has a painted strip of wood baring the words: “The Elephant Man’s Chair” on the rear and was bequeathed to Edward Charles Taylor (1860 – 1951) on Merrick’s death. Taylor was one of the few people whom had been kind to the ‘Elephant Man’ during his somewhat unfortunate and painful life. He had regularly played the violin to him and in more recent times this chair has been exhibited in the Medical Museum of the Royal London Hospital.

 

Here are two items with medical and historical connections that are available for relatively reasonable prices.

 

 

Subscribe to our free once daily email newsletter here:

     

    The Steeple Times
    We research and background check our articles. If you believe we have made and error in some detail please get in touch, we seek always to write the truth and stand against a press owned by a self selected few. Please help us, we will accept all your likes, subscriptions and anonymous suport. The Editor and his team at the Steeple Times.

    1 COMMENT

    1. A female critic once said to Winston Churchill, “Sir, if you were my husband, I will poison your drinks” Churchill replied “madam if you were my wife, I would drink it” I would gladly buy his cigars, and it will be a privilege to smoke them. He was the greatest Englishman who ever lived, he was living evidence of wit and wisdom in equal measure.

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Advertisement
    Advertisement

    Become a Patron of The Steeple Times

    Independent journalism will only remain independent if it is supported by clear-thinking people like you. We each have the command to make a real difference. Join us.

    2,668FansLike
    2,068FollowersFollow
    11,711FollowersFollow

    Subscribe For DAILY NEWS

    Please subscribe, like and share this very British site, it helps us grow. Your data is protected and The Steeple Times will send you an email at noon everyday that we rather trust you will enjoy.

    AD
    Advertisement

    Weather

    London
    broken clouds
    18.9 ° C
    19.8 °
    17.6 °
    79 %
    0.5kmh
    75 %
    Tue
    20 °
    Wed
    18 °
    Thu
    10 °
    Fri
    13 °
    Sat
    13 °