The Hardcastle Collection
This came across from SPINK London. How cool! There’s even a coin or a few that I would consider bidding on.
The Hardcastle Collection is an auctioneer’s dream. A collection hidden from the market for at least a century, and as diverse in interests as any sale one could hope to create. Dictated not necessarily by discerning collector choice, but instead by the variety of ‘pledges’ or unredeemed loans made to Yorkshire Pawnbroker Henry Hardcastle from the 1870s until he wound down the business in Lady Peckitt’s Yard, York in 1923. Ranging from Patterns and Proofs from the East India Company, to locally found Roman coins, this sale presents a rare opportunity to glimpse not only the social history of York at the turn of the 20th Century, but also a snapshot of a ‘Victorian’ collection frozen in time, and presented here for all to enjoy.