Soldier’s flower album found in Gosport sells for £1,200

FOUND  Pages from an album with pressed flowers collected by a soldier from the front line during the First World War

FOUND Pages from an album with pressed flowers collected by a soldier from the front line during the First World War

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AN ALBUM of pressed flowers collected by a soldier serving in the First World War has sold at auction for £1,200.

It comes after a removal man found the album at a house clearance in Gosport in the 1970s.

Staff at Duke’s Auctioneers, in Dorset, say the small palm-sized album was put together as a gift.

The soldier possibly sent back individual pages – signed ‘from Bert’ – from the frontline.

Amy Brenan, from the auction house, said: ‘The album is a marvelous record of one soldiers travels in Europe.

‘Each flower has been pressed between the pages of his autograph book and annotated with the place and date where it was picked.

‘The locations range from “Souvenir from Italy February 10th” to “A souvenir from France March 11th 1918, 11 miles outside Arras”.

‘The flowers include heathers and ivy all stuck in by means of melted sealing wax.

‘What is particularly nice is that the album of pressed plants and flowers was clearly put together as a gift.’

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