War medals fetch £850

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MILITARY medals awarded to a World War One hero from Sheffield have sold for more than £800 in Sheffield.

They were among items at an antique and fine art auction held by Sheffield Auction Gallery.

The lot included a Military Medal for bravery awarded to Private J Hague of the Royal Army Medical Corps, awarded on October 18, 1918, while he was serving in the 1st West Riding Field Ambulance.

The lot also included photos of Pte. Hague, military paperwork, a collection of World War One postcards, RAMC uniform badges and a Military Medal Association enamel badge.

A spokesman for the gallery on Windsor Road, Heeley, said: “A local Sheffield lad, the items had been offered for sale by the family.

“With some of the proceeds of the auction going in donations to Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion, a strong selling price of £850, plus commission, was befitting.”

Other items under the hammer included scientific instruments, a rare collection of miners’ lamps and paintings including many by local artists.

The gallery spokesman said miners’ lamps were not unusual in traditional coal mining heartlands but added: “This auction sale saw three unusual and rare lamps excite the market - an Ashworths Mueseler, a W.B.R and Co and a No 351 Eccles Protector Lamp.

“With a good deal of positive pre-auction interest on the day the sale attracted commission, telephone and live internet bids along with a packed auction saleroom and the three rare examples reached a final hammer price of £1,900.”

Top lot at the two-day auction was an oil painting of three Clumber spaniels by English artist Wright Barker.

Estimated to reach £800 to £1,200, the hammer went down at £4,800.