Entries now invited for the next

Coins & Militaria Auction 

Following a very busy sale earlier this month, we are now inviting entries for the next Coins & Militaria auction on May 22nd. Whether you are considering selling a collection or a single item, please call for a free, no obligation valuation.

Telephone : Timothy Medhurst (Coins & Banknotes) or James Grinter (Weapons & Militaria) - 01206 754754







Victoria, Crown - 1847, UNDECIMO on edge, "Gothic" type bust on obverse, crowned cruciform shields with emblems in angles on reverse. AUNC, with minor cabinet wear and crisp rainbow toning.

The coin will be offered for auction on the 13th of March in our Coin & Militaria Auction. Estimated at £1200-£1800

An engravers skill is easily seen when admiring the intricate and beautiful design on the Victorian "Gothic" type Crown. This coin was only issued twice, in the year 1847 and in 1853.

Not only are these Crowns highly prized by collectors because of their beauty, due to the small numbers of these particular coins minted they are scarce and very sought after, even in circulated condition.

On the obverse the young Queen Victoria is portrayed crowned with braided hair, and wearing a finely embroidered dress decorated with roses, shamrocks and thistles. The reverse with the Order of the Garter in the center, and crowned cruciform shields bearing three lions passant for England, lion rampant for Scotland, and harp for Ireland. Roses, a thistle, and a shamrock in the angles.

The Crown was engraved by W.Wyon, chief engraver at the Royal Mint, also one of the most celebrated coin engravers and medalists of the 19th century.

Kind Regards,

Timothy Medhurst,

Auctioneer & Valuer







Rare Royal Naval Helicopter Pilot's Malaya Anti-Terrorist Gallantry medal group of five, comprising EIIR Member of the Order of The British Empire - Military Division, EIIR Distinguished Flying Cross officially dated on reverse - 1955, EIIR Air Force Cross officially dated on reverse - 1963, War medal 1939 - 1945 and EIIR Naval General Service medal with clasp - Malaya, named LIEUT. R. LEONARD. R.N. (minor edge bruise to last, otherwise nearly extremely fine).  M.B.E., London Gazette 31st May 1956, D.F.C., London Gazette 31st May 1955, A.F.C., London Gazette 1st January 1963.  Lieutenant Ronald Leonard, M.B.E., D.F.C., A.F.C., Royal Navy No. 848.  Naval Air Squadron - won the D.F.C. in Malaya - the recommendation with the lot reads -  'This officer has served in No. 848 Squadron, Royal Navy at Royal Air Force, Kuala Lumpur, since November, 1953.  During the whole of this period, his zeal and devotion to duty have been outstanding and he has successfully completed a very large number of difficult and hazardous helicopter operations in jungle country.  In particular, by a masterly display of precision flying in most difficult conditions, he succeeded in airlifting all the components of a crashed helicopter out of deep jungle.  This helicopter has since been repaired and is ready to fly again.  Lieutenant Leonard has shown zeal and determination on all his many missions and has displayed outstanding ability as a helicopter pilot'.  Also with this lot is a Special Order of the Day by Commander-in-Chief, Far East Station, Singapore, dated 6th May 1954, including a detailed description of the action including 'Lieutenant Leonard piloted the rescue helicopter and by a masterly display of precision flying in a series of intricate manoeuvres under tropical conditions, he succeeded in lifting the crashed Sikorsky, weighing some three tons in all, in seven separate lifts to a more accessible place; as a result it was quickly on its way for repair, ultimately to resume operations against the terrorists'.  'This evolution, believed to be the first of its kind in any Service, reflects the highest credit upon the flying skill and perseverance of Lieutenant Leonard and upon the officers and men of 848 Naval Air Squadron and the Royal Naval Air Station, Sembawang, who took part' and various press cuttings stating the operation was under enemy fire.  'The Crackle of the guns of the Communist Snipers came to him faintly above the roar of his whirring blades' was reported in one paper.  Included in the lot are three Pilots' Flying log books from October 25th 1944 to October 4th 1982, including Special Appendix C for 3rd - 5th April 1954, written by Commanding Officer H.M.S. Simbang, regarding the special recovery operation, two extensive photograph albums including detailed photographs of the Malaya recovery operation and other actions and the first British atomic explosion on Monte Bello Islands.  Also included are congratulatory letters from Senior Officers on the award of the D.F.C.  A fascinating and rare group to a Royal Naval Officer - only eighteen D.F.C.'s were awarded in 1955.

Estimate £10,000 - £15,000


01206 754754


Following filming here last summer, the episode we were featured in was shown on BBC1 on Monday 17th February. Currently available on BBC iplayer :



We are delighted to announce that our recent Private View/Drinks party, incorporating the David Ross Art Exhibition, raised a total of £2519.08 for St Helena Hospice. Thank you to all who attended and generously donated to this very worthy cause. 






We look forward to welcoming you during 2014

The Directors and staff at Reeman Dansie



Valuation Morning




Friday 18th October


Grier & Partners

The Old Shop, The Street  East Bergholt,

Colchester, Suffolk CO7 6TF

10am until midday

Jonathan Benson & Marc Winter will be on hand to give free valuations & specialist advice




Stand Tall for Giraffes Auction

We are incredibly proud to have been involved in the Stand Tall For Giraffes campaign, celebrating the 50th birthday of Colchester Zoo. The campaign ended with a Grand Finale on September 19th and we had the honour of auctioning off 31 of these splendid sculpures in aid of the zoo's charity 'Action for the Wild'. An exciting evening of furious bidding and incredible generosity pursued, resulting in a massive £115,450 being raised. Thank you to all of you who have supported this event.

Coming up for auction on Wednesday 25th September 2013

1931 Lagonda 2 litre low chassis speed model tourer

Registration GO26

Estimate : £60,000 - £70,000

For further details please call

James Grinter 01206 754754


Antiques Road Trip


We are delighted to welcome the BBC back to the saleroom on

Tuesday 13th August

They will be filming during our General Sale for a forthcoming episode

of the popular show Antiques Road Trip


All welcome


Christopher Dresser Teapot sells for £19,000 !

Pictured above in the hands of Reeman Dansie Managing Director James Grinter, this Christopher Dresser teapot sold for an impressive £19,000 in our recent Fine Art & Antique Auction. This important and rare prototype, believed to be one of only six prototypes made by James Dixon & Sons in 1879, attracted global interest and caused a bidding frenzy when it went up for sale last week. 

'Put your Money where your Mouth is ! '

We were very lucky to be joined by a film crew last week from the popular BBC TV programme 'Put Your Money where your Mouth is'. Pictured below is our Auctioneer Timothy Medhurst alongside the shows experts Jonty Hearnden and Christina Trevanion. 



We are very proud to be associated with the Stand Tall for Giraffes Auction, celebrating Colchester Zoo's 50th birthday and raising funds for conservation through the charity 'Action for the Wild'.

On Thursday 19th September, we will be auctioning 28 of the 2.5 metre giraffes and 2  1.3 metre giraffes that have been part of the Stand Tall Trail. The auction will take place at firstsite, Lewis Gardens, Colchester and will commence at 6pm. Tickets are £15 and include a drinks reception and canapes and a copy of the auction guide.

Please register your interest in attending the auction in advance and you will be sent a ticket application form via email. Successful applicants will be informed by 2nd August. Please contact for more information.


Any remaining tickets for the event will go on general release on the 5th August but space is limited and tickets may no longer be available at this stage.






Further information about the Stand Tall campaign can be found on Colchester Zoos website :


We are very pleased to announce that a TV Crew from the popular BBC programme 'Put Your Money Where your Mouth is', will be filming with us during our auction on Tuesday 30th July. Why not come and join us and watch the experts at work ?


The Next 'Young Gun of the Antiques Trade' ?

It looks like our young auctioneer Timothy Medhurst has some competition. Timothy, recently crowned Young Gun of the Antiques Trade 2013, is pictured below with David, a fellow coin enthusiast. David has been coming along to the saleroom with his parents who have been buying coins for him in our coin auctions, to build up a collection for him to own when he is older. At just 8 years of age, David already has an amazing knowledge and when attending the saleroom can identify the rough age and what kind of wood a piece of furniture might be. He also enjoys reading coin books and watching military documentaries. 

Timothy mentioned David in a recent interview he gave to the Antiques Trade Gazette and was contacted after the interview was published by a very kind gentleman who was heartened by the story. He too had a passion for coins and just like Timothy and David, had started his collection at a young age. He was so impressed that he offered David £50.00 to spend on coins by way of continued encouragement. I'm sure you will agree, a truly lovely gesture. 



We are thrilled to announce that our young auctioneer Timothy Medhurst has been named as the winner of 'The Young Guns of the Antiques Trade 2013'. Timothy fought off tough competition to win the award and at only 21 years of age was the youngest on the shortlist, quite an achievement. The award was presented at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair, Battersea Park, London as part of National Antiques Week. The judges were looking for someone who they felt could demonstrate a real and heartfelt commitment to the industry and show how to generate confidence to encourage other young people to join the trade and visit antiques  shops. Congratulations Timothy.