Destined for the tip, but Whitchurch's Trevanion and Dean rescue RFC wooden wings for £4,000

Published date: 01 June 2017 |
Published by: Barrie White
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A PAIR of Royal Flying Corps carved wooden wings – destined for the tip before Whitchurch auctioneers Trevanion and Dean  intervened – were sold for £4,000 last week amid global interest.

The unnamed vendor said she was on her way to the refuse site in Whitchurch, but decided to make a late stop to the company’s Station Road premises, where partner Aaron Dean recognised their potential.

He explained the wings come from a fascinating time in British aviation history, when planes were still primitive – and admitted he couldn’t hide his delight when he saw them.

“The wings were an absolute joy to see – they were a gift to the vendor’s husband, who was an ex-pilot and acquired them more than 20 years ago,” he said.

“It is believed they may have been from a pub in the Chester area that was undergoing refurbishment and the wings were surplus to requirements.

“They have been languishing in the loft ever since and were on their way to the tip, following a spring clean, when the lady called in to one of our valuation days. It’s not the sort of thing we see regularly, or indeed ever, so it was difficult to put an estimate on them.

‘I was delighted with the final price achieved. I never thought they would soar quite as high as that, but am delighted  they did. They are an important part of our nation’s history and so it is entirely understandable why they proved to be so desirable – it was an honour to sell them.”

Established in 1912, the Royal Flying Corps was the air arm of the British Army before and during the First World War until it merged with the Royal Naval Air Service in 1918 to become the Royal Air Force.

It is believed the carved panel may have formed part of the interior of an officers’ mess or official quarters during 1912-1918 until they formed part of the RAF.

During the early part of the First World War the RFC supported the British Army by artillery 

co-operation and photographic reconnaissance.

Meanwhile, the auctioneers have launched their own YouTube channel to keep vendors and interested parties up to date with what’s on offer at their building.

Head to and search ‘Christina Trevanion’.

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