Coach Making. The important and extensive archive of Holmes ...





Coach Making. The important and extensive archive of Holmes & Co., later Sanderson & Holmes, of Derby, carriage and later motor car body makers, early 19th c and later, comprising 

  1. Light Chariots, an early-mid 19th c portfolio of 4 carriage designs with folding flaps by J. Gilfoy, signed, pen-and-ink, watercolour and gouache on card, some heightened in gum arabic, 23.5 x 39cm, two flaps detached, each pasted onto concertina boards, contemporary red straight-grained morocco over boards,  scuffed wear, MS label to upper-cover, folio (40.2 x 25.5cm); 

  2. Single and Double Headed Sociables, 427, an early-mid 19th c portfolio of 4 designs by J. Gilfoy, some folding flaps, pen-and-ink, watercolour and gouache on card,  some heightened in gum arabic, 23.5 x 39cm, pasted down, and 3 loosely-inserted pen-and-ink further designs, indistinctly signed, 14.7 x 24cm, similarly binding to the former, folio (40.5 x 25.5cm);

  3. Broughams and Clarences, 429, a conforming portfolio of two designs, conforming media, unsigned, 22.5 x 39cm, album bound en suite to the latter, folio (40.5 x 25.5cm);

  4. Holmes & Co., Coach and Harness Makers, By Special Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen of England and Empress of India, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales, and Royal Family, n.d., an album of lithographed 10 designs, picked-out in gouache and gum arabic, with accompanying manuscript leaves, the whole prefaced by a letterpress leaf, some movement, contemporary morocco over boards, gilt, lettered upper-cover, all edges gilt, foliate endpapers, oblong 4to (15.7 x 25.2cm); 

  5. Holmes & Co,. Coach & Harness Makers, By Special Appointment to the Queen & Royal Family, n.d., an advertising album of 25 lithographed designs, picked-out in gouache and gum arabic, prefaced by a letterpress leaf, contemporary cloth over boards, gilt, oblong 4to (16 x 26cm);

  6. Holmes & Co,. Coach & Harness Makers, By Special Appointment to the Queen & Royal Family./To be kept. Duplicate of Book/Sent o Messrs. Ross & Co., Bombay, [India], dated 5th January 1874, 61 designs, heightened gouache or gum arabic, accompanying MS letterpress leaves, the whole prefaced 2 lithographed letterpress leaves, disbound, original red cloth over boards, gilt, split contemporary parchment wrapper inscribed in manuscript, oblong 4to (16.5 x 26cm); 

  7. 35 hand-coloured loose designs, mid-late 19th c, mixed sizes, 6 monochrome designs conforming, and 17 mixed media prints, mixed sizes;

  8. Victorian prize medals and medallions. 1) Great Exhibition 1851 AE prize medal by W. Wyon RA, Royal Mint, awarded to H. & A. Holmes, Class V A, 76mm, original fitted morocco Barnby of Clerkenwell presentation case, 2) The Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers, Herbert Mountford Holmes, Master 1872-1873, silver-gilt coloured metal, 56mm, original Wyon morocco presentation case, split, 3) London International Exhibitions 1862 AE prize medal by Wyon, H. Holmes, Juror, Class VI, 76mm, original presentation case, split, 4) two London International Exhibitions 1874 AE medals, named to H.M. Holmes for Service, [&] Herbert & Arthur Holmes, Catalogue No. 6416, 51 and 50mm, original cases, 5) International Exhibition of Navigation, Travelling, Commerce & Manufacturers, Liverpool, 1886 AE medal by Elkington & Co., 50mm, original morocco presentation case, & 6) International Inventions Exhibition 1885 AE medallion, 45mm, cased, (7);

  9. Royalty. The firm's finely bound ledger detailing work commissioned by and executed for Queen Victoria, dated 28th September, 1849 to 11th March, 1861, [3]ff of manuscript only, primarily repairs and a few supplies, but for ' a new light and highly finished Clarence complete and delivered at the Royal Mews (Osborne) [...] £190-0-0 ' and a later Stanhope Phaeton at £110-0-0, the rest of the volume ruled but blank, sumptuously bound by Bemrose & Sons of Derby, their tickets, in full contemporary red morocco over boards, the covers ruled with five alternating gilt fillets enclosing a blind double fillet, the spine with five compartments, tooled in gilt with royal crowns and insignia, lettered with the then Queen's V.R. cypher, P.R. for the Prince Consort, titled and signed by the bindery, rolled anthemia turns-ins and dentelles, gilt gauffered edges, sewn silk end bands, marbled endpapers, original limp morocco wrap, worn, folio (33.6 x 22.5cm), loosely-inserted 1pp ALS from a indistinct courtier to Holmes, dated Windsor Castle, December 29 1846; 

  10. Royal Warrants. Queen Victoria, two, dated 26th April 1849 and 4th December 1884, signed by Henry, 13th Duke of Norfolk, and Hugh, 1st Duke of Westminster respectively, as Masters of the Horse, each with red wax seals and later MS cancellation inscriptions, mounted and framed as one, 56 x 64.5cm overall; 

  11. Royal Warrant. Queen Victoria, dated 12th June 1893, signed and sealed by William, 1st Viscount Oxonbridge as Master of the Horse, mounted and framed, 51.5 x 39cm;

  12. Royal Warrant. Adelaide, Queen Dowager, dated 27th December 1841, signed and sealed by Basil, 7th Earl of Denbigh, as her Master of Horse, mounted and framed, 51.5 x 39.5cm;

  13. Royal Warrant. Prince Albert, later Prince Consort, dated 8th November 1841, signed by Lord Robert Grosvenor, later 1st Baron Ebury, as Groom of the Stole, mounted and framed, 52 x 39.5cm; 

  14. Royal Warrant. The Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), dated 20th May 1863, signed and sealed by Francis Knollys, later 1st Count Knollys, mounted and framed, 53.5 x 40.5cm; 

  15. Royal Warrants. George V, two, dated 16th February 1911 and 5th May 1915, each signed by Bernard, 8th Earl of Granard, as Master of the Horse, each with later noted cancellation, mounted, the largest 42 x 27.5cm; 

  16. Patents. No. 765, "Improvements in the manufactures of tyres (sic) for wheels", Mr. H.M. Holmes' duplicate specification, Patent dated April 5th 1855, [4]ff, MS on parchment, No. 176, "Improvements in Carriage Springs", 1861, printed and hand-scrivened over two sheets ofvellum, signed and with Queen Victoria's Great Seal present, toleware case, the document 52 x 77cm, and No. 2902, "Improvements in axle-trees for carriage and other vehicles", 1869, printed and hand-scrivened over two sheets of vellum, signed and with Queen Victoria's Great Seal present, toleware case, the document 52 x 77cm, (3);

  17. Photography. A disbound album of approx. 60 Victorian and later albumen prints and photographs of carriages and motor car coachwork, dated 1873 and onwards, some mounted but most loosely-inserted, including The Prince of Wales, Landau for India [the 1875-6 tour of the later Edward VII], his luggage van for the same visit, The Duke of Norfolk's 1879 barouche, The Maharajah of Cutch's barouche, the Earl Grey's, four images of the Paris Exhibition barouche, phaetons for the Marquess of Hartington and the Earl of Loudon, R.W. Chandos-Pole's four-in-hand drag, later images, without inscribed mounts, are dominated by motor cars, mostly civilian saloons, an occasional Red Cross ambulance c. 1914, further printed ephemera, including Daimler adverts, some plans/blue prints, etc., index leaf defective, some movement, folio (38 x 34cm); 

  18. Petty Cash Book, dated and including payments from 18th January, 1813 - 14th May, 1822, approx. [244]ff of MS accounts in several hands, named workers and trade suppliers & some of their materials, some horse dealers; many of their clients, the aristocracy and gentry, including Bagots and Thynnes, various clergymen, the burgeoning industrial and professional classes, etc., contemporary reverse calf, blind-ruled, slightly chipped and worn, but good, rubbed gilt-lettered morocco piece, speckled edges, marbled endpapers, folio (33 x 22cm); 

  19. Day Book, dated 17th April, 1845 - 16th April, 1847, approx. [353]ff of MS, various clients and details of their work, repairs, commissions and costs, including an extensive account for Charles Arkwright of Dunstale Hall, further Midlands grandees, Lady Scarsdale of Barrow Hall, Lord George Cavendish of Ashford Hall, Sir George Beaumont, Bt., of Coleorton, Leicestershire, Robert Arkwright of Sutton Hall, Derbyshire, Drury Lowe Holden of Locko Park, Strutt of Derwent Bank, Sitwell baronets of Renishaw Hall, Sitwell of Stainsby, Captain Legard of Wollaton Hall, ditto Lord Middleton, Wilmots, Byrons, Wrights, J. Burton Philips of The Heath House, Staffordshire,  further gentlemen and clergymen, a few mercantile accounts, Trustees of the late Firm, etc., contemporary vellum over boards, some light wear, contemporary stationer's ticket to recto pastedown: W. & J. Hudson, 26, Lambeth Hill, Doctos Commons, London, the spine lettered in MS, marbled edges and endpapers, folio (32.6 x 22cm);

  20. another, later, dated 1889-1951, approx. [117]ff of MS, further leaves blank, contemporary quarter-calf over boards, split, perished spine and with other light losses, but holding, folio (34 x 21.5cm);

  21. Stock Book, dated 1894, approx. [238]ff of MS, itemised and costed, contemporary quarter-calf over cloth boards, split and rubbed, folio, (33.5 x 23cm); 

  22. Minute Book/Sanderson & Holmes Limited, dated 1933-1946, approx. [112]ff of MS only, various citations of their dealings with Rolls-Royce, the manufacture of omnibuses for The Derby Corporation, the expiration of their then Royal Warrant on the death of H.M. Holmes, the provision in the accounts for air raid shelters at the houses of the working directors in 1940, etc., contemporary red calf over cloth, some wear, marbled edges and endpapers, 4to;

  23.  Two exhibition-mounted sepia photographs of two High Sheriffs of Derbyshire's state coaches and attendants before County Hall, by W.W. Winter of Derby, 1) Edwin Clay Barnes, of Ashgate Lodge, Chesterfield, dated Derby Assizes, July 1923, and 2) Henry FitzHerbert Wright, of Yeldersley Hall, near Ashbourne, dated 1927, each mounted and framed, 57.5 x 70.5cm;

  24. Family and some business correspondence, legal and other manuscripts, late 18th c and later, including 1pp remembrance of William Holmes' enrollment in the Company of Saddlers, et al., Nov:r 23 1797, his freedom of the city of Lichfield, dated 17th March 1820, 2pp, other similar documents, 1882 passport for Herbert Mountford Holmes,  minutes of the Derby Lamp and Road Committee, 22nd June 1848, 3pp of foolscap, [postal history] franked Penny Red stamp on an envelope, Brighton postmark, another envelope with two franked 700 and with Sheffield postmark, another singular, franked Derby, 1860 instructions for troops' -  presumably militia - general salute at Chatsworth, 1877 memoranda on the sale of land on Derby's London Road to widen the street, its envelope with Penny Red, [broadside] The Coming of Age of Mr. Charles Holmes, of Derby. From the "Derby Reporter", of July 7, 1865, 3pp ALS from 20th Earl of Shrewsbury, dated Ingestre, 1878, [London] Rogers & Dear trade card, 1889 ALS from Arthur Cox of Spondon Hall disparaging the new stained glass window at St. Peter's Church, Duffield Angling Club season ticket, some newspaper clippings, crisscross letters, etc;

  25. Miscellaneous printed ephemera, late 19th - mid-20th c, including automobilia, [trade catalogue] Photographs of Exclusively-designed Motor Car Bodies/Designed and Constructed by Holmes & Co., inscribed and dated London Office, Oct:r 1st 1911, the b/w illustrations priced in manuscript, original wrappers, split, oblong 8vo, disbound 1925 Rolls-Royce catalogue, tipped-in colour plates, original wrappers, oblong 4to, two furher Rolls-Royce catalogues, correspondence viz. Rolls-Royce cars at Olympia, Morris saloon plans, official World War Two correspondence and a map of the Derby borough defences and the immobilsation of Sanderson & Holmes' London Road factor, 4 b/w 23 x 30.5cm photographic prints of Sanderson & Holmes gliders, some photographs and publicity stills for their local transport commissioned busses, pictorial advertising scraps, some later photocopies, invitation cards, correspondence from The Royal Warrant Holders Association and the Crown Equerry (Erskine), typed correspondence viz. the Holmes' life and duties in their local Derby community, etc;

  26. A bundle of five vellum and parchment indentures, comprising an 1824 assignment and confirmation between Pitman & Brookhouse with John Curzon of Derby, an 1857 counterpart of a lease between Thomas Kendall and Charles Jones, an 1860 assignment of leasehold between Charles Jones (then bankrupt) and Messrs. H. & A. Holmes, an 1860 lease between Thomas Kendall and Messrs. Holmes, etc., (5) 

  27. Military. Two sepia exhibition-mounted photographs, War Office Prize Ambulance Wagon, designed and built by Messrs Holmes & Co of Derby & London, n.d. [c. 1900], 39 x 55.5cm, two unassociated exhibition-mounted photographs of civilian busses, smaller, (4) 

  28. 35 loose b/w photographs and photograph prints of Sanderson & Holmes built motorcars, early 20th c, including Rolls Royce, coach, etc; 

  29. Holmes & Co Coach Makers brass plaques, c. 1910, each citing their appointment to The King, the largest 82 x 45mm, (3)

Auction Date: 6th Feb 2024 at 10am

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