Four military maps encompassing Siam (Thailand), Hong Kong, Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia took an unexpected £3700 at the Peter Wilson (22% buyer’s premium) Arms, Militaria, Medals & Firearms auction earlier this year.
Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Tom Derbyshire
So which one was key? Chris Large from the Nantwich, Cheshire, firm believes it was down to two 1945 dated annotated maps of Hong Kong (detail shown above) with the name Captain Owen noted alongside. The Siam item was a silk escape map and those of the Middle East dated from 2002.
The maps, estimated at just £30-50 at the sale on January 30, were being sold on behalf of The Royal Marines Reserve Merseyside in aid of buying a defibrillator and went to the London trade through a phone bid.