The Pierrepoint Collection Appears on Market



2015-06-26 12:46:02

The Pierrepoint Collection Appears on Market

A collection of artefacts from Britain's longest serving executioner comes up for sale

Sep 14, 2010 - Last seen in public almost 20 years ago, Paul Fraser Collectibles are delighted to be handling the sale of the famous Pierrepoint Collection.

The longest serving hangman of Britain, Albert Pierrepoint (1905-1992), was preceded in his time as executioner by his uncle and his father.

Thecollection includes Plaster of Paris casts of Pierrepoint's face and both hands, adelicate amber and ivory cigar holder with its original leather, silver velvet-lined case which belonged to Henry A. Pierrepoint.

Plaster of Paris Mask, Albert Pierrepoint

A silver watch chain worn by Albert, his father and his uncle, at hundreds of executions between 1900 and 1956 is also included in this superb collection.

Documents and photographs relating to Pierrepoint's term as executioner include: the "Memorandum of Conditions to which any Person acting as Executioner is required to conform"; a letter from the War Office; and photographs of the Pierrepoint men, Robert Fabian (Fabian of the Yard), John Ellis, and JRH Robertson (Assistant General to Albert).

An execution book and a large ledger feature the personal details of those hanged by Henry and Albert Pierrepoint, including, the calibre of their necks (ordinary, strong, muscular, etc). Some notable names are listed, including Lord Haw-Haw and Ruth Ellis.

Detail from Execution book, Henry Pierrepoint

A note on the last recorded hangings betrays the awareness that the last ever execution would be of great significance. Rather than have one man stand as the last executioner, two hangings took place at the same time and date, so that the legacy would be split in two, perhaps to divide its potency.

The Pierrepoint collection was last seen at Christies in 1992 where these items sold for in excess of 30,000. The collection has been held in private hands since 1992.

For further press information please contact Kylie Whitehead on +44 (0) 117 933 9500 or NOTES FOR EDITORS Paul Fraser Collectibles deal in investment grade collectibles with impeccable provenance and an interesting story. The company also offers a free subscription news service with subscribers in 214 countries. The news service provides news, views and opinion on investment grade collectibles around the world. For the latest news plus details of current items for sale please visit

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