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Deer antlers from 1920s Northumberland to be auctioned

A COLLECTION of more than 70 deer heads and antlers amassed by a Northumberland author and authority on the animals will be auctioned tomorrow.

Rod Meek from Anderson and Garland Auctioneers pictured with the antler collection

A COLLECTION of more than 70 deer heads and antlers amassed by a Northumberland author and authority on the animals will be auctioned tomorrow.

The late Henry Tegner, who lived at Whalton, was president of the British Deer Society and was a prolific author on north of England subjects.

The trophies, mainly roe deer, date from the 1920s and come from Northumberland locations including Nunnykirk, Wickhope, Milbourne, Shafto, Redpath, Wallington, Meldon and Whitton.

They will be sold in various lots by Newcastle’s Anderson and Garland.

The collection passed to Henry Tegner’s daughter, the author Veronica Heath, on his death.

Also living at Whalton, she wrote for The Guardian newspaper’s Country Diary column, which she inherited from her father in 1977, posting her contributions from Belsay Post Office in Northumberland.

Simon Blackett, Henry Tegner’s grandson, said: “This selection of trophies was part of a larger collection my mother inherited and showcases some of the more unusual ones my grandfather was able to amass, recognising early on that there was greater value in securing the uncommon, rather than purely gathering by size.

“Following my mother’s death last year, my siblings and I have kept the deer heads and trophies with the most sentimental value but are unable to house the rest.

“We very much hope those up for auction will go to homes where they will be appreciated decoratively or to a private collector who will enjoy them too.”

Julian Thomson, director at Anderson and Garland, said: “This is a very special lot that has a fascinating history and is certain to appeal to collectors.

“The deer heads and antler trophies have a clear provenance and Tegner was extremely well known. We are confident there will be significant interest on the day and look forward to seeing what happens at the sale.”

Henry Tegner was a stockbroker but deer and writing were his hobbies.

Among the books he wrote were The Tale of a Deer Forest; The Roe Deer – Their History, Habits and Pursuit; The Buck of Lordenshaw; Beasts of the North Country; The White Foxes of Gorfenletch; Natural History in Northumberland and Durham; Charm of the Cheviots and The Long Bay of Druridge.

Other titles include Ghosts of the North Country; The Magic of Holy Island, and The Story of a Regiment: The Northumberland Hussars Yeomanry.

Thirteen of his volumes will also be on offer at the auction.

 

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