A highlight at Fieldings Auctioneers’ July 7 sale in Stourbridge is a box containing personal effects reputed to have belonged to Captain William Kidd, the well-known Scottish sailor who was convicted of piracy and hanged in London on May 23, 1701.

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The vendor had bought the lot along with a number of other pirate items from an auction at Oakden & Co of Eastbourne in 1950, where they had formerly been in the collection of the late Hubert Palmer, a lawyer and collector of pirate relics.

The £800-1200 estimated lot contains an 18th-century carved oak bible box, a leather-bound King James II bible and a small oak-framed mirror, each with the initials WK next to a skull and crossbones. 

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