Pelsall railway sign could fetch more than £1000 at auction

Railway enthusiasts can bid for a  rare totem sign from Pelsall’s old station tomorrow (January 12) at one of the UK’s largest rail auctions.

The original Pelsall railway sign that is up for auction

The original Pelsall railway sign that is up for auction

The Pelsall sign – one of only a handful that were made to be fixed to the free-standing cast-iron lamps at the station – is expected to fetch a four-figure sum.

Interest in the piece has been so high that the £500 reserve price has already been surpassed.

The 3ft long maroon enamel sign (the Midland regional variant) dates from the early 1950s and has never been available in public auction before, said Neil Booth, auctioneer at Railwayana, which is hosting the sale at St Leonard’s Social Club, Stafford tomorrow.

The sign has been tucked away in the attic at a Lincolnshire home for the past 40 years, after the owner acquired it from someone associated with station. The man, who recently died, had a vast collection of railway memorabilia.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from local collectors,” said Neil. “There has never been a Pelsall one to buy in public auction before and already there is a four-figure sum on this item. The reserve price was blown out of the water.”

Other local totem station signs that are up for auction tomorrow include Bloxwich, Four Oaks, Aston, and Shenstone.

The Railwayana sale starts at 10am tomorrow at St Leonard’s Social Club, St Leonard’s Lane, Stafford. The doors open at 8am for browsing.

Railwayana offers free, no obligation valuations on all railway memorabilia and artefacts. For details, contact Neil Booth on 01242 620020 or 07836 225711.

(Thanks to Brownhills Bob for the initial information.)

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One Response to Pelsall railway sign could fetch more than £1000 at auction

  1. Mick P says:

    Any idea what it fetched in the end? I’d have loved it, but not enough to pay a four-figure sum (unless you count £99.99 as four figures).

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