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    A flimsy JTR police link or
    Auctioneer trick to raise level of interest?

    Someone was certainly keen to pay over the estimate.

    http://www.lockdales.com/staritems.html

    Auction #140, 19-20 November 2016, Lot 653:
    Medals and ephemera to Superintendent William Melville, the original "M" of MI5.
    Melville's career reads like a Victorian crime novel; contending with the Jack the Ripper case, anarchists, terrorists, and plots against the crowned heads of Europe. Sold with a hand-typed autobiographical branch memo and his personal testimonial.
    Estimate 1000-1200
    Hammer Price: 4400

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    Originally posted by Eileen Luscombe View Post
    A flimsy JTR police link or
    Auctioneer trick to raise level of interest?

    Someone was certainly keen to pay over the estimate.

    http://www.lockdales.com/staritems.html

    Auction #140, 19-20 November 2016, Lot 653:
    Medals and ephemera to Superintendent William Melville, the original "M" of MI5.
    Melville's career reads like a Victorian crime novel; contending with the Jack the Ripper case, anarchists, terrorists, and plots against the crowned heads of Europe. Sold with a hand-typed autobiographical branch memo and his personal testimonial.
    Estimate 1000-1200
    Hammer Price: 4400
    It looks like there were a number of items in the lot? I don't think the price is high if it was a number of items. There are several levels of cross collectible here; police, military, JtR, history, the man.
    The wickedness of the world is the dream of the plague.~~Voynich Manuscript

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    • #3
      Melville's link with the Jack the Ripper case is his association with Tumblety's flight from the UK. There are also intiguing statement by his son on a New Zealand radio broadcast. Details may be on this site,

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      • #4
        Here's a thread :


        http://www.jtrforums.com/showthread.php?t=3284

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        • #5
          Thank you EL !
          Thanks for finding the link Bob.....
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