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1) Second Martinware pottery jug from Ealing theft returned

A face jug from the Ealing Martin Brothers thefts has been returned – the second piece from the Ealing Council’s collection to be recovered in recent months.

Martinware face jug with Chris Marinello

Chris Marinello with the recovered Martinware barrister face jug.

2) A Tompion pocket watch and Jaws poster are among six lots to watch at auction

With estimates from £100-6500 here are six previews of upcoming items.

Tompian pocket watch

Early 18th century open face pocket watch by Thomas Tompion and Edward Banger, London – estimate £4500-6500 at Fellows.

3) Georgian silver teapot with Wedgwood connection stars in our pick of five auction highlights

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Georgian silver teapot with connections to the Wedgwood and Darwin families that sold four-times over estimate in Cumbria.

Georgian silver teapot

An inscription to teapot states it belonged to Josiah Wedgwood II and later owned his daughter Emma Wedgwood, who married Charles Darwin.

4) Liverpool FC memorabilia on offer as Melwood training centre comes to an end after 70 years

The Reds are leaving their Melwood training centre and specialist sport auctioneer Graham Budd has been tasked with selling the contents.

Liverpool FC crest

Large metal Liverpool FC crest colour crest from the Press Conference Room at Liverpool Football Club's Melwood Training Ground – estimate £1000-1500 at Graham Budd on March 2.

5) EU proposes ban on import and export of antique ivory

New proposals by the European Commission to prevent the commercial export and import of most antiques containing ivory have been described by The British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) as “hugely damaging and disproportionate”.


The European Commission is proposing to stop the commercial import and export of most antiques containing ivory, while in the UK a new ivory ban is due to come into force. Image: ChiralJon via Commons Wikimedia.

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This list is based on unique users for individual news stories over the period February 11-17, 2021.