'Dead Ringer' - Prototype
A charity fundraiser to benefit the Hampshire Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue in Farnborough Hants, England began December 20, 1999, on eBay.
The HK House of Peers, Harmony Ball Company and Martin Perry presented a rare and unique prototype of 'Dead Ringer,' a Peter Calvesbert Treasure Jest, in HOP's fifth special charity event.
The Hampshire Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue was brought to HOP's attention by Martin Perry and Peter Copplestone. Peter has been working with the organization and an auxiliary organization, Bulldog Rescue for over six years. HSBTR picks up dogs, from areas covering the South of England, that have been mistreated or abandoned. Fifteen dedicated individuals from both organizations rescue approximately 20 dogs per year from mistreatment and neglect. The dogs are provided veterinary care and placed in caring, loving homes. A large database is maintained containing names of people who are looking to care and give these neglected dogs new homes. Each home is check for suitability before placement. The auxiliary organization, 'Bulldog Rescue', will receive twenty percent (20%) of the proceeds from this auction.
The prototype offered in this special holiday auction is Peter Calvesbert's 'Dead Ringer,' specially painted by Martin Perry for this fundraiser. The hallmarks indicate the Infinity version, but instead of Winston Churchill in the large interior, there's the face of a very brave cat! The smaller interior is empty.
The colors on this piece are vivid, typical of special prototype painting. Martin Perry signed and dated the base '20.11.99' (November 20, 1999), authenticating it as a Harmony Kingdom prototype.
The winning bid must be paid with an international money order in Pounds Sterling (£) made out to 'Hampshire Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue.' The exchange rate will be that in effect on December 27, 1999. We will let you know what your high bid translates to in Pounds Sterling when the auction ends. Buyer pays shipping and insurance in US Dollars ($) with a second money order or bank draft, payable to HK House of Peers. Personal checks cannot be accepted.
The auction was held on
and ended December 27, 1999
raising $1,525.98 for the Hampshire Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue
Harmony Kingdom Dead Ringer Prototype CHARITY
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The item ships to you within one business day of receipt of payments. Your Pounds Sterling (£) payment for the charitable organization will be forwarded to the Hampshire Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue within one business day of receipt, with a letter from the HK House of Peers acknowledging your contribution.
This was a charity auction sponsored by the HK House of Peers for the Hampshire Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and the Bulldog Rescue.