Posted 4 months ago
This has to be one of my more interesting sale finds i think.
A note/sketch book, approx 4" by 2".
It wasn't until i got it home that i found that it most likely belonged to a British army officer. The sketches are field sketches, dating from 1894-97, and some army exercise notes, which are undated unfortunately.
I've since found out its made of Moroccan leather with gold edged paper and wouldn't have been cheap in its day.
Unfortunately the owner didn't write his name in it.
I've tried researching who it could've belonged to by the dated sketches, a few things about it (the dates, the book being in a sale in Norfolk UK) suggest it could've belonged to a William Bodle, though I'm sure they're others it could also have belonged to. But, he served with the Norfolk and Suffolk regiment during WW1 ( at the grand old age of 60! ), served in the late Boar War and was a founding member of the South Africa police & was back and forth to South Africa a few times, of which there's dated sketches in the book. Also W.Bodle was born and is buried at Alfriston, which is mentioned in the army notes.
Unfortunately it may never be known who owned it, which is a shame.
If anyone has any info on William Bodle, I'd appreciate it. I wonder if any examples of his handwriting survive, or dates when he travelled and was in South Africa, which might be able to confirm or rule him out.
I do LOVE sales! You never know what you might come home with :)
Update, ive added another post of some sketches with photos ive found online, if anyones interested.