Sworders to auction veteran firefighters’ memorabilia June 24

Scarce World War II tin fire helmet with NFS transfer, 'Home Office Fire Inspector,' complete with chin strap and liner, helmet marked ZA II HBH 1938. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

Scarce World War II tin fire helmet with NFS transfer, ‘Home Office Fire Inspector,’ complete with chin strap and liner, helmet marked ZA II HBH 1938. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

ESSEX COUNTY, UK – A unique collection of Fire Brigade memorabilia from across the globe is being sold by Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers on Tuesday, June 24.

LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.

The remarkable collection was put together by George and Pamela Hallam, who were both long-serving fire officers. They started with the Nottinghamshire fire service; George Hallam serving for 25 years from 1959 and Pamela for 17 years, having joined in 1968. More than 200 artifacts from around the world are being sold, ranging from rare helmets, badges and uniforms, to fire marks, nozzles and medals, and date from the second half of the 19th century.

Iconic pieces such a San Francisco Fire Department helmet is starting with a price of £80 ($136), and bidding is expected to start at £150 ($255) on a scarce World War II NFS tin fire helmet. There are a number of medals being auctioned as well as fire badges put up on buildings in the 19th century and into the 20th century to indicate if a property was insured. Most of the medals are for long service, with a good selection of British examples, nearly all named. They include a rare gold medal awarded to a Superintendent Webber in 1924.

The Hallams traveled the world, adding to their collection while going from Australia to China, the Middle East, South America and the United States, as well as many other countries. A series of handwritten notes record their visits to these countries and the history of the items they brought back for their collection.

“This is an amazing collection as it is such a complete record of firefighting history, from so many places around the world. The couple clearly valued their days in the fire service and assembled this with such knowledge and passion,” said George Schooling, Sworder’s marketing executive.

Another highlight of the sale next week is a fire tender being sold by a local farmer who bought it for his own enjoyment. The Land Rover was just one of 47 built by the Rover factory and after being rolled off the production line was used in Ireland. The tender only has 11,600 miles on the odometer and qualifies for free road tax in the UK.

It’s expected to sell for between £15,000 and £20,000 ($25,500-$34,000). The Hallam Fire Brigade Collection Sale takes place at Sworder’s auction rooms in Stansted Mountfitchet on Tuesday, June 24.

For further information contact Schooling at Sworders on 01279 817778 or email auctions@sworder.co.uk.

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Scarce World War II tin fire helmet with NFS transfer, 'Home Office Fire Inspector,' complete with chin strap and liner, helmet marked ZA II HBH 1938. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

Scarce World War II tin fire helmet with NFS transfer, ‘Home Office Fire Inspector,’ complete with chin strap and liner, helmet marked ZA II HBH 1938. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

American leather Cairns firefighter's helmet, truck 12 SFFD, San Francisco Fire Department. Estimate: £80-120. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

American leather Cairns firefighter’s helmet, truck 12 SFFD, San Francisco Fire Department. Estimate: £80-120. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

London Assurance fire mark pressed tin, 30 x 25cm (12 x 10 inches), Estimate: £40-60. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

London Assurance fire mark pressed tin, 30 x 25cm (12 x 10 inches), Estimate: £40-60. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

World War II German fire brigade tunic and helmet, made by Carl Henkel Blelefeld. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.

World War II German fire brigade tunic and helmet, made by Carl Henkel Blelefeld. Estimate: £150-200. Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers.