Medals and military specialist offers free valuations in Tamworth

MIDLANDS medals and military specialist Nick Thompson will be offering free advice and valuations to Tamworth people on Tuesday, May 3.

Appointments with Mr Thompson, who will be at The Tamworth Auction Rooms, 34-35 Church Street, from 9am, may be booked on 01827 217746 or by email to

Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ latest sales at the Lower Gungate premises saw bidders from all over the world battle it out with buyers in the room for a remarkable militaria collection including some of the last words ever written by evil SS leader Heinrich Himmler.

The macabre ‘lines’ inked by the evil architect of the Holocaust during interrogation and his silk washbag, liberated by Army Intelligence Corps sergeant Grenville Grayer in the hours that followed the SS chief’s suicide by cyanide capsule, plus Sgt Grayer’s British Empire Medal and three other trophies of war, totalled £6,710 under the hammer.

In the same auction archive, a Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife sold for £1,250 and a Luftwaffe flak badge made £440.

Grenville Grayer’s medals archive, which includes his British Empire Medal in original box and a wealth of other paperwork and photographs.
The British Empire Medal archive of Army Intelligence Corps sergeant Grenville Grayer, including the ‘lines’ penned by Heinrich Himmler during his brief incarceration and the evil SS chief’s silk washbag, sold at auction for £4,200. Mr Grayer’s entire collection totalled £6,710.

“The stories behind medals and militaria are invariably fascinating and often emotional,” said Mr Thompson.

“Tamworth has a proud military history and I can’t wait to see what treasures we might uncover.”

Richard Winterton Auctioneers has also just launched a new jewellery department in Tamworth offering a free, specialist service to evaluate all types of jewellery, watches, precious metals and gemstones.

Drop in for a personal consultation between 10am and 4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Items may also be dropped off for valuation or consigned throughout the week.

This Luftwaffe flak badge went under the hammer for £440.
This Luftwaffe flak badge went under the hammer for £440.

Valuations can also be booked for collectables ranging from toys and cameras to records, hi-fi equipment and musical instruments.

The next Tamworth auction is planned for Thursday, May 12, to feature toys and trains.

For auction information, viewing enquiries and valuation appointments, email, telephone 01827 217746.

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