1. Silver lattice work salts and spoons
A private collection of silver going under the hammer at Holloways of Banbury on December 11 includes this set of six silver lattice work salts and spoons. Carrying the marks of Charles Fox, London 1838, they are estimated at £1500-£2000. The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.
2. Southern Railway name plate
This original Southern Railway name plate was produced for the ‘Schools’ Class locomotives, so called after the public schools in England they represented. The cast brass plate was affixed to locomotive no 913, built in 1933 and named after Christ's Hospital School in West Sussex. It will be included in Special Auction Services ‘Trains Galore’ sale of model trains and railwayana in Newbury, Berkshire on December 11-12 with an estimate of £10,000-12,000. The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.
3. Titanic captain's mirror
Of Titanic interest, this mirror is purported to have belonged to the ship’s first and only sea captain, Edward John Smith. Smith, from Stoke-on-Trent, famously went down with the Titanic after the liner hit an iceberg during its maiden voyage on April 14, 1912. Included with the mirror is a handwritten note penned by the sister-in-law of Smith’s housekeeper, explaining the item’s provenance and that it had sat on the sailor’s dressing table before he left to take the helm of the Titanic. The 9 x 5½in (23 x 14cm) silver-framed easel mirror is estimated at £2000-2500 at Lichfield saleroom Richard Winterton on December 12. The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.
4. Edward Bawden watercolour
This watercolour by Edward Bawden (1903-89) belongs to a small series of paintings the artist made in the late 1950s at Minions in Cornwall on the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor. It relates in style and subject to the watercolour ‘Caradon’, which the artist painted in 1958 and is now in the collection of the Tate Gallery. The 17¾ x 22in (45 x 56cm) work, titled ‘View towards ‘Henwood, Minions, Cornwall’, is guided at £4000-6000 at Chiswick Auctions on December 12 in west London. The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.
5. Martin Brothers pottery dog
Believed to be unique, this grimacing stoneware dog jar and lid from the Martin Brothers pottery is up for auction at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis on December 12. The 9in (23cm) high glazed ochre and brown piece was made by Robert Wallace Martin and is dated 1884. Consigned from a private European collection, it carries an estimate of £30,000-50,000. The lot can be viewed on thesaleroom.com.