Collectors Items, including Great War Crested China & Period Costume | 26 February 2013
Frankie Howerd, O.B.E. (1917-92). Comedian, actor and entertainer.
Sold for £580
Frankie Howerd, O.B.E. (1917-92). Comedian, actor and entertainer. T welve Woolwich County School reports, the comments including recognition that the young Francis Howard was 'a clever actor, who pays attention to his elocution' (Dec. 1934), and that 'his school career was free of any blemish whatever, and towards the end distinguished by success in his examination and the revelation of a marked talent in dramatics' (Apr. 1935); a letter of reference from his form master describing him as 'quiet but hard working… courteous and well-mannered' and noting that 'He has a natural gift for amateur theatrical work and has given great delight to those who have had the pleasure to see and hear him' (July 1934); a letter of reference from his headmaster, describing him as 'cheerful, truthful and straightforward' (Nov. 1934); a contract by which Francis Howard accepted a position as Junior Clerk at Henry A. Lane & Co. of London, at a salary of 'a31 per week (Jan. 1935);
a pencil sketch of Frankie Howerd by an unknown hand; a strip of three passport-type portrait photographs showing Frankie Howerd in army uniform; the cover of a rehearsal script for 'Up Pompeii! No.2: The Slave Traders', signed by Frankie Howerd; documents and receipts relatings to the property and furnishings of Wavering Down, formerly the Somerset home of Frankie Howerd; a quantity of letters relating to the opening of Wavering Down as a charity fund-raising museum and concert venue, including those from and signed by Tony Blair and David Cameron; twenty-one assorted gramophone records, including non-commercial 'white label' recordings of Frankie Howerd performing on the radio show Variety Band Box and the standard releases 'Three Little Fishes / I'm Nobody's Baby' (Harmony, A1001), and 'I'm the Man Who's Deputising for the Bull / English as She is Soken' (Columbia, D.B.2694); and other items.
Provenance: Frankie Howerd, thence by bequest.
Tuesday 26 February 2013, 10.00am
Bristol Auction Rooms
St. John's Place
23rd February 9.30am – 1.00pm
25th February 9.30am - 6.00pm
Morning of sale from 9.00am