A Canadians million dollar goodbye and an incredible ships log from 1764.
CALGARY, April 27 /CNW/ - Experts from the British artiques roadshow,
settling in today for their third sell out day at the Westshore Town Centre in
Victoria, are amazed at the number of historically valuable items they have
had to deal with on top of the fine paintings, rare books, porcelain, silver
and collectibles that have surfaced this week on the island.
Of all the treasures he uncovers, roadshow expert David Freeman finds it
hardest to explain to the proud guardians of great grandfathers World War one
medals, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, that
they are worth very little in hard cash though they stand for so much and
should be held in precious regard by the custodian.
But yesterday, something very special indeed happened in Victoria when
just such a set came in for appraisal.
From the battlefields of Vimy Ridge, April 10th 1917, a young and
mortally wounded Canadian Soldier of the 3rd Division sends his love a moving
and poignant message as he faces his end.
Written in pencil on the inside of what appeared to be the tattered and
stain spattered cover of a small bible or prayer book he wrote:
? My Darling,
The snow falls but can feel no cold, I just see your face.
Infinity and silence will be blessed and I swear I do not suffer.
I see fear around me but fear not for myself.
You stand here in my light by my side.
A kiss for my children. We sha??..
The note is unfinished.
Surely, a million dollar sentiment for the family to treasure for ever.
Then came a magnificent Ships journal bound in pig skin from 1764.
Dated February 19th 1764, it records in explicit detail the near year
long voyages of the British East Indiaman, ?CARNARVON? under Commander Norton
Hutchinson, sailing to Madeira and beyond.
Beautifully penned in fine script, it details every fathom charted and
depth sounded, the events and daily life.
What it is doing here in BC we can only guess, but what is its worth in
Now it will be up to the ultimate experts at the Greenwich Maritime
Museum in London to make that assessment.
The Roadshow continues today at Westshore, moving to the mainland for a
show in Burnaby at the weekend and on to Vernon.
Then to Calgary to visit the North Hill Centre, May 7th, 8th and
9th, 2007 from 10 am to 6pm.
Call to register at 210-1525.
For further information:
For further information: Paula Neuhold, Marketing Director, North Hill
Centre, T: (403) 289-2518, F: (403) 289-1341