This beautiful album full of pressed flowers documents one soldiers travels on the front lines of Europe during World War One. As this is the centenary year for WW1, items from the time period are becoming quite popular with collectors. The album above is expected to sell in the hundreds when auctioned at Duke’s, in Dorchester, England on 11th March, 2014.
UPDATE: This beautiful album outdid itself at auction and sold for £1,434 (approximately $2650 CAD)
Not much is known about the album of pressed blooms. It was discovered during a house clearance and found it’s way to the garbage pile, until a keen eyed garbage man rescued it.
The pressed flowers are held in place with melted sealing wax and contain blooms such as heathers & ivy. One flower per page and along with it the place and date of where it was picked is noted: “Souvenir from Italy February 10th” to “A souvenir from France March 11, 1918, 11 miles outside Arras”. It appears that the album was put together as a gift for a loved one back home as most of the pages are signed “from Bert”.
Despite the atrocities of war, this solider managed to find some beauty and was obviously holding onto thoughts of his loved ones to help him through the horrors he must have faced daily. I can’t help but wonder if he made it home with his album…
Interestingly, this is not the first pressed flower from WW1 to sell at auction. At the end of 2013, Duke’s auctioneers sold the Roughton Poppy. Classified as the worlds oldest poppy, picked from a front line trench in Arras, Northern France in 1916 by Private Cecil Roughton. It sold, fittingly, to the makers of the Victoria Cross medal, Hancocks of London for £6,334 (approximately $12,000 CAD).