A rare Celtic war trumpet, otherwise known as a Carnyx, dating from the 1st Century AD – which would have been used in battle and ceremonies as lip-reed instruments - is to offered by Dix Noonan Webb in their auction of Coins, Historical Medals and Antiquities on Wednesday & Thursday, December 1 & 2, 2021. Estimated to fetch £2,000-3,000, it was discovered five years ago when Ivan Bailey was fixing the fencing around a grassy field at Bardwell in Suffolk, and the landowner let him search the field with a metal detector.

After finding just cartridge cases, Ivan, who has been metal detecting for 30 years and was using a XP Deus, got a signal and dug down eight inches, where he found the bronze trumpet in a lump of clay. He took it to the Museum in Bury St Edmunds, where it was recorded as a find of note and they said it had a striking resemblance to a Carnyx or war trumpet except it was much smaller.

Ivan, who is now 60, has been building fences since he was 14 and even fixes the fences at Sandringham on the royal estate and met the Queen at her Golden Jubilee Party. He will share the proceeds equally with the landowner.

As Nigel Mills,
Consultant (Artefacts and Antiquities) at Dix Noona Webb, explains: “The miniature trumpet which dates from the 1st century AD has a hollow slightly curved shaft with a snarling boar’s head at the summit with a wide open mouth projecting forwards and a series of curving crests along its back. There is a small opening behind the head which could have been for attachment of a wooden tongue.”

He goes on to say: “The only known Carnyx found in Britain was in 1816 in Deskford (Scotland) and was a lip reed instrument mounted on a vertical hollow pole with a mouthpiece at the bottom – it is now in the National Museum of Scotland. Three Carnyx players are illustrated on the famous Gundestrup cauldron, which is on display in the National Museum of Denmark.”


SALES AT DNW
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 – JEWELLERY, WATCHES & OBJECTS OF VERTU
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – BRITISH, IRISH AND WORLD BANKNOTES
WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1 & 2 – COINS, TOKENS & HISTORICAL MEDALS 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8 - ORDERS, DECORATIONS, MEDALS AND MILITARIA

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NOTES TO EDITORS: 
Dix Noonan Webb – a brief history 
In 1991, its first year of trading, the company held three medal auctions and sold 1,200 lots for a total hammer price of £553,000, however 30 years later, DNW is established as the premier medal auctioneer worldwide. Two years later, in 1993, it opened a coin department which also auctions commemorative medals and tokens. In 2015 DNW added jewellery to its sales calendar as well as setting up a stand alone banknotes department and expanding into premises next door. In 2020 DNW achieved a total hammer price of £14,256,060 and the total number of lots sold across all departments was 24,400. To date the company has sold in excess of 350,000 lots totalling over £200 million.

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November 2021