I was interested to hear about a desk, purported to have belonged to Charlotte Bronte and a Geometry set and art box belonging to Emily. They were auctioned off at Sotherby’s (see the results on the Bronte Blog HERE. The owner William Law was a keen collector of Bronte memorabilia and bought directly from Rev. Arthur Bell Nicholls.
I did see a writing set at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in September last year, but frustratingly I can’t remember whose they were, (Our trip HERE). I do think personally owned articles like this set the owner in context and bring their lives alive for Bronte followers. Sadly, personal Bronteana is very rare now and it is not very often that these kind of items come up for auction. It does make me think though: how many people still own Bronteana – that people will never get the opportunity to see? Perhaps these items shall be guarded and treasured or perhaps future generations will sell them or even just loan to the Bronte Museum for us all to enjoy, – I hope so..
More of my posts about our trip to Haworth;=
An article by the Yorkshire post about these exciting finds HERE
Or for more Bronteana, why not pop over to the Bronteana Blogspot HERE
The Bronte Parsonage Museum Blogspot has more to say on this and other acquired Bronteana