Posted on: September 13, 2019

Travel Treasures from Historic Cheshire Hall

The Dod family have been at Edge, near Malpas in Cheshire since Hova Dot settled there in King Henry II’s reign.  Another ancestor, Sir Anthony Dod, was one of the heroes at Agincourt and was knighted by Henry V on the battlefield.  The family have remained at Edge through the centuries, and in preparation for a new generation settling at the hall, have decided to have a clear-out, which is when they called in Trevanion and Dean to assist them.  Christina Trevanion explains ‘The Dod family have a fascinating history going back nearly a thousand years, but some of the most interesting pieces included in our auction come from more recent times’. 

The 18th century was a time of great change and revolution across the world.  Intellectuals and ordinary men alike would gather to discuss anything and everything, from the social order of the day, to the latest scientific advances and the intertwining political and philosophical issues. 

The Dod family embraced travel, education and scholarly pursuits as much, and sometimes more so, than their peers and the pieces in our auction reflect the families constant strive to further their education. Within the auction we can see Natural History specimens and taxidermy in lots 690-700, collected by the family from such far flung and exotic places as Australia and India.  Their fascination with travel and exploration is illustrated in lots 863 (A George III terrestrial globe by Thomas Malby and Sons) and 673 their travelling accessories and outfits.

As with many aristocratic families in the 18th and 19th centuries the Dod family also travelled extensively in Europe. The ‘Grand Tour’ was the custom of a traditional trip around Europe undertaken by upper-class young European men of sufficient means and rank.  Typically they were accompanied by a chaperone (usually a family member) when they had come of age at about 21 years old, many of the lots featured in our auction are pieces acquired by the family on their tours and brought back to Edge as a memento of their travels, such as lot 320, a collection of agate seals and lot 624, scale models of Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem.

As well as the more quirky items included within the auction, there are the more usual lots that only the attics of the traditional English Country House seem to provide, a glorious  Jacques of London, Staunton chess set in the form of lot 708 is an excellent example of this, ‘It will be a fascinating auction full of little treasures’ said partner Christina Trevanion ‘We are looking forward to welcoming potential buyers to our public viewing sessions on Thursday 12th and Friday the 13th of September’. 

If you can’t make it to the public viewing sessions, the auction is available to view online at