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700 for Royal walking stick with Anglesey connections

The walking stick and letter
The stick replaced one burnt in a house fire in Kenya

A walking stick presented to an Anglesey-born diplomat by King Edward VII has sold for £750 at an auction in Devon.

The price was more than double the estimate of £300.

Interest came from as far afield as Canada, but the winning bid came from a bidder in the room.

It was the second stick presented to Sir Ralph Champneys Williams by the Royal family as the first one was destroyed in a fire in Kenya.

That had been presented on a royal visit of India to Sir Ralph, who was governor of Barbados when King Edward succeeded Queen Victoria in 1901.

"It was highly fought over at the auction," said Liz Chilcott from Chilcotts Auctioneers.

"There were bidders on the telephone from Canada, London and a village close to Sandringham.

"In the end it sold to a bidder in the room who had travelled from the Midlands to Devon," she added.

The stick was discovered by Sir Ralph's great-grandson as he was clearing his late-father's house in Devon.

It was wrapped in a letter from the Royal household noting that it was a replacement for the other stick which had been lost in a house fire in Kenya.



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