What is thought to be the most comprehensive British aircraft archive in private hands is to be sold off following the death of the Lincolnshire businessman who spent three quarters of a century creating the remarkable collection.
Peter Green spent his working life in the motor trade, establishing his own dealership at Keelby in the 1960s, but his great passion was aircraft history, an interest that started during his schooldays in the 1930s.
By the time that he died at the age of 89 last year his collection extended to over 90,000 photographs – every British aircraft – and a massive library of aviation magazines, books and memorabilia dating back to before the First World War.
The P.H.T. Collection was internationally known and became the go-to source on British aircraft for aviation magazines, authors and book publishers around the world.
The first tranche of the collection – magazines, books and other memorabilia – is to go under the hammer in an online auction being staged by Scunthorpe auctioneers CJM Asset Management on Tuesday September 8th.
The photographic archive is to be offered for sale at a later date.
CJM director Paul Cooper said: “It is an astonishing collection by any standard. To say the library was huge is an understatement. It took a lorry to transport the section that we’re dealing with to the saleroom.”
“We’ve got literally thousands of aviation magazines going right back to 1910, just a couple of years after the first powered flight in this country.”
“The range is enormous, as are the runs. The collection includes at least thirty years worth of Air Pictorial and that’s just one of the magazines he preserved.”
“In addition to the magazines and books the auction will also include a considerable quantity of memorabilia. We have blueprints for aircraft, and copies of the plans used to build RAF airfields in Lincolnshire and elsewhere.”
“Other interesting items include a photograph of a Gloster, the first British jet, signed by Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine. There is also a limited edition print (6 of 48) of a Vulcan B2 display aircraft signed by the team that flew it.”
The collection is being split into more than a hundred lots for the auction, which is expected to attract the interest of aviation enthusiasts and historians both in this country and abroad.
Paul said: “In addition to all that we’ve also been instructed to put the Geoffrey Thomas collection under the hammer. Mr. Thomas, a retired senior BBC vision engineer, had extremely wide interests but he served in the RAF for a time before he joined the BBC and aviation is one of the themes running through his collection of postcards, books, models coins and first day covers.”
The viewing sessions for the sale are on Friday 4th September (1pm-5pm) and Monday 7th September (10am-4pm) at the CJM Auction Centre on Dunlop Way in Scunthorpe. The online auction using the BidSpotter platform (www.bidspotter.co.uk) is scheduled to close at 6pm on Tuesday 8th September.
For further information or comment please contact Paul Cooper at CJM Auctioneers on 01724-334411 or 07970-126339