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Specialist dealers in early Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars.
1929 Rolls-Royce 20hp Maddox Saloon.
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One of the very last 20hp’s built, and fitted with a large, traditional saloon body, one of few built by Maddox of Huntingdon, which is in excellent condition. The structure is in good order, and cosmetically, the car is very smart inside & out, with even the underside being clean and nicely prepared. The interior is particularly light & spacious, and unusually, incorporates fold down occasional seats to the rear of the individual front seats. Runs well, and MoT tested.
Chassis No. GXO4. Reg No. EW 6234. £32,500.
The Wealthy Daughter
to Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Rainer (nee Plant), an elderly widow.
Born in 1869 she had married Leonard William T Rainer (born 1871) in 1898
but sadly he died the following year aged just 27, Sarah never remarried and
independent research shows that after Leonard’s death she returned to live
with her parents. In the 1911 census
her father - John Plant (widower) is described as a “Property Owner” &
upon his death in 1913 he left the sum of £22,322. 1s (£2million in today’s
money) to his children which explains how a widow aged 60 could afford to
purchase a very nice house “The Mill House” in Market Deeping & a brand
new Rolls-Royce! Quite how her
father became a man of means is unclear as earlier census records simply show
that he was a railway worker – another mystery to solve.
By 1931 GXO4 was with Anthony H. Bisby whose company manufactured cutlery
including the unusually titled “5-o’clocks” & “Fish Eaters”.
During WWII they supplied the Pilots with survival
machetes in case they had to make emergency landings in the jungle!
In 1947 A H Bisby & Co Ltd exhibited their wares at the British
Industries Fair. The manufacturing
processes that they used included Chromium, electro-plated, stainless nickel
& silver plated.