Friend of Artist Stanley Spencer and Doctor to Celebrities Sells his Gold Pen and Pencil Set

Silver, Jewellery, Watches & Fountain Pens Sale at Dreweatts, Godalming on 11th May

Mabie Todd & Co, Swan leverless 18 carat gold fountain pen, hallmarked London 1938, twist barley and polished stripe pattern, together with matching ‘Fyne Point’ pencil
Est. £500-700

The pen was owned by Dr Osmund Frank, an eminent physician and Mayor of Maidenhead between 1946-1949. He was an eccentric and flamboyant character, his list of patients included many celebrities of the day such as the actress and sex symbol Diana Dors, who would attend not only his surgery, but also the many decadent garden parties the doctor would host with his wife at Chauntry Court near Maidenhead.

Dr Frank's wife, Dr. Winifred Doherty, was also a character of renown. A psychiatrist with a practice on Wimpole Street, London, she and her husband were personal friends of the artist Sir Stanley Spencer, who immortalised the couple in 1950 in a pair of portraits. The artist remained close to the Franks until they emigrated to Jamaica in the 1950s. The painting of Dr. Frank hangs in the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

In a book of oral history ('Maidenhead Voices'), one resident remembers:

'Our parents paid two-pence a week to the Hospital Saturday Association or savings scheme. You used to collect stamps from the library which entitled you to treatment at Maidenhead Hospital. Dr Frank would come out in the middle of the night, so smart and dapper. He was the prime mover in getting the town to buy Bridge Gardens when he was the Mayor. It was the Hungaria Hotel before that. He had a Rolls Royce and would use it to take people to hospital if they needed it in an emergency.' Nancy Lyall (nee Markham), born 1924.

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Dreweatts - 12 April 2011