RARE IMAGES: Some of the historic postcards that went on sale
RARE IMAGES: Some of the historic postcards that went on sale

MEMORABILIA and boxes of old postcards depicting rare images of Teesdale sold for more than £3,000 last week.

A collection of ephemera and goods from a house clearance, from an undisclosed location, went under the hammer at Thomas Watson Auctioneers, of Darlington.

Among the goods was a collection of memorabilia including stamps, postcards, comics, old newspapers including 1940s Teesdale Mercury issues, and war ephemera. Valuer Alexandra Harper, who specialises in this field, grouped the collection into seven lots, the highlight being a postcard album and two boxes of loose postcards

depicting rare unseen images of Middleton-in-Teesdale taken by photographer D Sinclair.

She said: “In 1906, as the Edwardian craze for postcards gained momentum, David Sinclair opened a photographic business in Middleton-in-Teesdale, specialising in the publication of postcards depicting the locality.

“For the next ten years or so Mr Sinclair photographed the local scenery and the life of the people of Teesdale and its immediate surroundings. As a result, he created a unique historical record of life in a rural North Pennine community in the years immediately before the Great War.”

After fierce competition in the saleroom the lot, which showed images of High Cup Nick, The Old Washing Shop Eggleshope, Foggarthwaite, Lead Mine at Wire Gill to name but a few, eventually sold to a local bidder for £3,000 plus commission.

A full list of the auction results can be viewed on their website at www.thomaswat