Cullercoats marine collector's items set to fetch £80,000 at Newcastle auction

A Cullercoats man's lifetime marine collection will be sold at Anderson & Garland’s Newcastle salerooms next week

A collection of maritime memorabilia that belonged to the late Walton Temple that is to be auctioned off at Anderson and Garland Westerhope
A collection of maritime memorabilia that belonged to the late Walton Temple that is to be auctioned off at Anderson and Garland Westerhope

A working life which revolved around ships left Walton Temple with a love of marine subjects.

Now his lifetime collection is expected to fetch around £80,000 when it is auctioned next week at Anderson & Garland’s Newcastle salerooms.

The sale, which begins on Tuesday, will include 288 lots from Mr Temple’s array of items.

Mr Temple, of Sedbergh Road, Cullercoats in North Tyneside, died earlier this year aged 93.

Many of his extensive collection of 18th and 19th Century creamware ceramics feature sailing ships and historical scenes.

He also expanded into china, porcelain - especially Meissen - and glass, including a goblet from 1856 featuring the High Level Bridge over the Tyne and others showing Sunderland’s Iron Bridge.

Also included are books, many on marine subjects, sailing ship models, antique silver and ivory and tortoiseshell boxes.

Some of the creamware items reflect the North East, with one early 19th Century mug inscribed “Success to the Coal Trade” with an image of a ship in sail and the name Joseph & Ann Wakefield.

Mr Temple served as a young man in the merchant navy and then carved out a career with Tyne shipbuilders Swan Hunter.

As an engineering manager and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, his work took him around the world, solving engineering problems on vessels.

“The varied nature of the Walton Temple collection shows the interests of a man who spent his working life with ships and ship building,” said Julian Thomson of Anderson & Garland.

“He was a well-travelled man and his lovely collection of creamware is one of the best I have seen for a long time.

“it is said that when in the merchant navy he landed at a major port he would head to the museums while his crew mates would seek other attractions.

“He used to say that he only had a lease on his treasures and that on his death he wished them to be sold so others could enjoy them as he had done.”

Sounds of the Sixties to bring in the bidders

Bidders will be battling it out for one of the rarest records in North East rock and pop history.

The recording was made in the early 1960s by the Kon Tors - the forerunners of The Animals, who went on to worldwide fame.

The disc was cut at the Mortonsound Studios in Newcastle.

The Kon Tors included Alan Price on keyboards, John Steele on drums and guitarist Chas Chandler.

The record was never released. Only six acetate copies were made with the band members each being given a copy.

Now one of the discs, in its original Mortonsound sleeve, will be sold on Tuesday by Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland.

In recording studios an acetate copy would be made to check the music quality before the master disc was cut. Sometimes several copies would be made to send to band members for approval.

Alan Price, John Steele and vocalist Eric Burdon had earlier featured in a band called the Kansas City Five.

Eric left for London and Alan Price joined the Kon Tors, who became the Alan Price R n B Combo.

With the return to Newcastle of Eric Burdon and the recruitment of Hilton Valentine, The Animals were born.

The Kon Tors recording features six tracks - Rain Until September, How Cruel Love Can Be, Twist Locomotion, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Point Of No Return and Love Letters.

The Kon Tors played at venues like the Downbeat Club and Club A Go Go in Newcastle, and Weatherall’s nightclub in Sunderland.

The record is being sold by Tom O’Connor and his grandson Alexander Davison from Gateshead, who decided sell after hearing about another of the copies which was sold by Anderson & Garland in 2008.
Alexander said: “My grandfather was given it by Chas Chandler in the 1960s or ’70s.”

Mortonsound Studios closed at around the same time.

Auctioneer John Anderson said: “Mortonsound was a quite important place for acts looking for a breakthrough. There must have been a number of interesting people pass through their doors.

“The recording which is to be auctioned is certainly a pop rarity.”

The only other copy to come on to the market was sold by Anderson & Garland for £600, to Tyne Wear Archives and Museums.

The disc which will be sold on Tuesday is priced at £100 to £200.

But Fred Wyrley-Birch from Anderson & Garland said: “If there is strong demand on the day, who knows what could happen.”

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