1st Dec, 2021 10:00

Specialist Collector's Sale Featuring The Photographer Pamela Chandler's (1928-1993) Collection

  Lot 1466


Edith Tolkien (1889-1971) a hand written double sided letter, together with a facsimile earlier letter by Pamela Chandler

Edith Tolkien (1889-1971) a hand written double sided letter by the wife of J. R. R. Tolkien to his official photographer Pamela Chandler, dated 8/1/67: My dear Pamela, many thanks for writing. Today we are celebrating "The Professor's" 75th Birthday, & he's had many cards, letters and telegrams! We are very sorry you've had to give up your cottage - after such a short time - most disappointing. Perhaps - on your travels, you may find another one; we hope so, & one suitable for the dogs. About illustrating the Plimmer article for the Weekend Telegraph. My husband says he's willing for you to do it - & we should enjoy seeing you - but it can't be till February, as we are going away shortly - till the end of the month. I'm still unable to walk - altho' having treatment twice a week for my knees, so shall be glad of a rest - & my husband needs a break quite often from Brain-work, etc. We both send love & wish you a very happy 1967. I hope you are well. Yours sincerely Edith W. Tolkien', Together with a facsimile letter from Pamela Chandler dated January 2nd 1966 (should read 1967) proposing the photo shoot referred to in the Edith Tolkien letter. (2)

Sold for £220


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Auction: Specialist Collector's Sale Featuring The Photographer Pamela Chandler's (1928-1993) Collection, 1st Dec, 2021

Presale viewing and attendance on sale day strictly by appointment only, please book your appointment by telephoning the office on 01206 754754.  Please note cars are on view off site Saturday 27th November between 10am-12pm and Monday 29th November between 10am-3pm, details will be given on booking an appointment


Three day Collectors' sale to incorporate Coins, Weapons and Militaria.  

Day One - Lots 1 - 1099 (Jewellery, Coins & Militaria) 

Day Two - Lots 1100 - 1917  (Ceramics & Glass; The Photographer Pamela Chandler's Collection lots 1450-1553 including photographs, negatives, letters including from J R R Tolkein, first edition books & related material; Ephemera & Stamps; Books & Toys)

Day Three - Lots 1979 - 2765 (Cars & Automobilia; Vintage & Designer Clothing; Music, Cameras & Miscellaneous)




Presale viewing strictly by appointment will be:

Friday 26th November 1pm until 5pm

Saturday 27th November 9am until 1pm

Monday 29th November  9am until 5pm

Please note cars are on view off site Saturday 27th November between 10am-12pm and Monday 29th November between 10am-3pm, details will be given on booking an appointment

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