Auctioning Mrs Smith’s Goods.

Mrs Smith must have died in 1876. On August 25th of that year her goods were sold by auction. Here, at Market Lavington Museum, we have a handwritten list of the outcome of the auction.

Sadly, as is often the way, when people have the surname Smith, we do not know which Mrs Smith it was. An Elizabeth and an Eliza Smith both died in Market Lavington in 1876.

Let’s look at the three pages worth of goods held by Mrs Smith.

So the auction raised £26 – 11 – 9 (or £26.59). In today’s terms that’s something in the region of £10 000. What a shame her heirs only got half that amount by the time expenses had been paid

There’s some items there we’d love to have in the museum – how about that map of Lavington for starters.

If anybody can help us identify the correct Mrs Smith we’d be delighted to hear from him or her.

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2 Responses to “Auctioning Mrs Smith’s Goods.”

  1. Graham Bowen Says:

    I have a very dirty tin 5.5″ x 3.0″ x 2.75″ deep. Writing on it says
    MILAN EXHIBITION 1906 — JAPAN EXHIBITION 1910 — INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION LONDON 1909. Also a title
    ‘OUTFIT BOX’ CONTAINS A TIN OF PELAW POLISH BRUS AND VELVET PAD.
    Is it of any value or use to anyone?

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