A once only opportunity to obtain a piece of our Glosters/ RGBW silverware
or other artefacts of interest. This is your opportunity to bid now
before any unsold items go on offer to the general public in three months
time. Once it’s gone it’s gone!
1. Introduction. As many will already know RGBW chattels are the
subject of an ongoing disposals exercise by the Trustees of the RGBW
Regimental Trust. An early priority was identifying objects for transfer
to the ownership of The Rifles. Several objects that inspired members of
the RGBW, and those from its forming regiments, now fulfil a similar role
within The Rifles. Meanwhile other objects have been claimed for display
by our Museums and have been or are now being accessioned. Concurrently
Salisbury conducted a sale of RGBW chattels that, in the main, were
previously the property of a DERR Trust. Proceeds from the sale benefitted
RGBW Regimental Charities.
2. Background. This next step consolidates objects that have been stored
at Gloucester and which may now be surplus to requirements. Those objects
appear in this catalogue. The purpose of this catalogue is to bring this
latest disposal to the attention of The Rifles, our Museums and RGBW
Association members. The process has been primarily designed to ensure
that those who served in The Gloucestershire Regiment and The Royal
Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment have an opportunity to
acquire surplus items, whilst meeting the requirement of the Charity
Commissioners that reasonable value is obtained in any process of
disposal. Those who served in The Wiltshire Regiment and The Duke of
Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment will wish to note that some regimental items of
cutlery, crockery and a few small salvers, from the 62nd of Foot, are also
3. Disposal. The Rifles Office Taunton, with the aid of volunteers, is
managing this disposal on behalf of the RGBW Regimental Trust. Objects
have been valued by independent professional auctioneers. This
disposal of RGBW Regimental Charities’ artefacts is not an auction. A
catalogue listing all items and their values has been produced. The
objectives of the catalogue are:
• Objective One. The catalogue forms a record and base document for
managing disposals as well as explaining the rules of disposal.
• Objective Two. The catalogue brings potential disposals to the
attention of The Rifles, The Gloucestershire Regiment Museum Trust (GRMT)
and The Rifles Wardrobe Museum Trust (RWMT) in addition to RGBW Association
members. Following publication of the catalogue, and for up to 90 days,
The Rifles, GRMT, RWMT and RGBW Association members may bid for objects
or, in the case of charitable trusts, request the potential transfer of an object/sbetween Trusts.
Discretion on the release of further objects to The Rifles or the two Museums will rest with
the Trustees ofthe RGBW Regimental Trust. They will need to be satisfied that the item is needed
• Objective Three. The catalogue may help to bring the disposals process to the attention of donors or, where
known, their immediate descendants. If requested, Trustees of the RGBW Regimental Trust will generally be willing to return anobject to a donor, or immediate successor.
• Objective Four. The catalogue brings the disposal process to the attention of members of the RGBW Regimental
offering them the opportunity to purchase an object for a fixed
price. Bids to purchase can only be made onthe prescribed bidding form. Transfers and sales to
individuals will not be confirmed before the closure of bidding for all
on Monday 25th September 2017.
This three month period will allow potential bidders to hear about the
consider options having accessed the catalogue, and submit a bidding form or forms.
• Objective Five. Much time has been taken in compiling a comprehensive catalogue and so
minimise any requirement to travel and view objects.
4. Those objects that are surplus to requirements, following disposal, and for which no successful bid has
been achieved will be put up for public auction.
a. Bidding. Members should bid, in writing, offering to purchase an
object at the list price. Bids will only be accepted on the prescribed
forms (see Enclosures 1-3).
Any modification or amendment to a bidding form may lead to the bid being
disqualified. This is not an auction. Bids must be received by post or
e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ) by no later than 4.00pm on Monday
25th September 2017. Each bid must be made on a separate form. In addition
particular attention is drawn to the need to complete each section of the
bidding form including a summary of your Service details and Association
b. Viewing. The photographs and descriptions within the catalogue should
minimise any requirement for personal viewing.
c. Bidding Process. Individual members may only bid for a maximum of five
objects. There can be no assurance or guarantee that any one individual
will be successful with any one of up to five bids. If more than one bid
is received for an object, any extenuating reason (see bidding form) may
be considered by the Bidding Committee who will oversee the process.
Thereafter, and as appropriate, all bids for that object go ‘in to a hat’
where the successful bid will be drawn, supervised by an Independent
In addition, where there is more than one bid for an object a second and
third bid will be drawn as ‘reserves’ in case the first named fails to
honour their bid.
d. Reserve Bids. Any Association member who wishes to place more than five
bids, may further submit up to five Reserve Bids. Reserve Bids will only
be considered by the Bidding Committee if the item for which a Reserve Bid
has been received has not already been allocated. Reserve Bids must be
submitted on the correct bidding form.
e.Consideration of Bids. All bids will be considered, by the Bidding
Committee, in October 2017.
f. Communication Regarding Bids. Successful applicants will be informed by
telephone or e-mail. The process will take time. There will be no
communication with applicants of unsuccessful bids.
g. Public Auction. Any item for which no successful bid has been achieved,
nor has been approved for transfer between Trusts, will be put up for
h. Collection of Objects. Items will only be posted in exceptional
circumstances and at full cost to the purchaser. Where it is difficult for
an individual to collect an item personally from either the Rifles Taunton
Office or the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, we would ask that a
friend does so to minimise the workload. All items must be collected
within 30 days of notification. Thereafter an object will be offered to
the second named bidder. If the second named bidder fails to honour their
bid within a further 30 days, the Trust reserves the right to place the
object at public auction.
i. Allocation of Priorities. Where more than one bid is received for an
item officers will generally have priority for items of Officers’ Mess
property. The same will apply to WOs & SNCOs and Corporals for property
from respective Messes. However, this general approach does not stop
individuals from bidding across the catalogue up to a maximum of five
items. Give some thought to the completion of your bidding form to assist
the Bidding Committee with the award of bids.
j. Payment. Payment should be made by cash, electronic transfer or cheque
(The Rifles Office Taunton) prior to collection. Appropriate details will
be passed to successful bidders. Subsequently the consolidated receipt
will be transferred to The RGBW Regimental Charity.
WARNING: all items, with only a tiny number of exceptions, have been ‘well
used’ and their condition reflects this. Purchasers should expect silver
to be dented and/or scratched, pictures to need attention, including
reframing, and books to be very worn. The auctioneers valuations do
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Individual Bidding Form
Reserve Bidding Form
Rifles & Museums Bidding
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All enquiries relating to the sale should be addressed to:
The Rifles County Office
Tel: 01823 333434