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    Sale 14139

    Out of the Ordinary

    14 September 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 540

    FIELD MARSHAL BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY, 1ST VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, KG, GCB, DSO, PC (1887-1976)
    A PAIR OF PINK FLANNEL PYJAMAS

    BY JOS. BOUSSO, CIRCA 1940

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    FIELD MARSHAL BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY, 1ST VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN, KG, GCB, DSO, PC (1887-1976)
    A PAIR OF PINK FLANNEL PYJAMAS
    BY JOS. BOUSSO, CIRCA 1940
    With shirt and draw-strung bottoms, both with name tape 'B.L. MONTGOMERY', and maker's label to shirt; together with a pair of Macassar ebony book-ends presented to Field Marshal Lord Montgomery of Alamein, one inscribed to reverse' M of A/ from MMI + MS,' the other inscribed '17th November 1947/ FLAGSTAFF HOUSE, ACCRA, Gold Coast'


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    These pyjamas were lent to Brigadier Hugh Mainwaring, a member of Montgomery's staff who escaped German capture and subsequently arrived at Montgomery's headquarters in Rome, as recorded in Mainwaring's book Three Score Years and Ten with Never a Dull Moment. 'After dinner Monty got up and said, "I'm going to bed now. You'll have more fun here without me. I will lend you some pyjamas for the night; someone else will fit you up with some bedding"'. Mainwaring took them back home to Wales with him. His wife then gave them as a prize in a WRVS (Women's Royal Voluntary Service) raffle in 1943 where they were won by May Campbell, age 10, who was the previous vendor.

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    Provenance

    The pyjamas: Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery.
    Brigadier Hugh Mainwaring.
    May Campbell.
    Sotheby's, Sussex, 27 September 1994, lot 452.
    The book-ends: Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery.
    Thence by descent.
    Spink, London, 23 September 2001, lot 5.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of David Gainsborough Roberts