Collector was just hooked on fishermen figures
More than 900 fishermen ornaments collected by a Lincolnshire man over 40 years will go under the hammer next week to raise money for the upkeep of Lincoln Cathedral.
The collection was amassed by widely travelled former deputy Lord Lieutenant Major Clixby Fitzwilliams.
And, after he died in 2009 aged 92, the collection was bequeathed to the Lincoln Cathedral Fabric Fund.
It is in the on-line catalogue for Lincoln auctioneers' Golding Young & Mawer next Wednesday, August 21.
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The collection, which has been estimated to sell for between £3,000 and £4,000, includes porcelain and pottery figures by Capo de Monte, Royal Doulton and Lladro, a signed bronze figure by Obel, spelter figures and some items of oriental carved ivory.
Auctioneer William Gregory said: "This interesting collection of ornaments leads our collectors' auction which, when sold with an internet catalogue and live bidding, will attract worldwide interest."
A resident of Healing, near Grimsby for more than 60 years, Major Fitzwilliams was a watercress farmer who served as a magistrate for 26 years and a local councillor for more than three decades.
He also chaired Cleethorpes committee of the Lincoln Cathedral Preservation Council and in 1989 was awarded an OBE for services to the community.
Daughter Bronwyn Chapman said: "My father couldn't resist a fisherman ornament. He travelled widely and every time he saw one he had to have it. His house was full of shelving to display his collection.
"And he would have been delighted the collection is now being sold to raise money for Lincoln Cathedral Fabric Fund."