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Tunic displays all the signs of a brave soldier in battle

15 August 2022

Although the wearer of a First World War tunic sold by Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on July 26-28 was not listed, it gave plenty of clues to his service.

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The depleted Britains set still full of appeal

20 June 2022

The Britains Boer War Army Service Corps Supply Column set is described by toy soldier expert James Opie as “one of the must-have sets for keen collectors”.

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Automobilia and petroliana: Pump action at auction

02 May 2022

While classic, vintage and antique cars have a sizeable collecting market, the wider worlds of automobilia and petroliana also attract dedicated enthusiasts with plenty of auctions featuring a variety of lots.

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Photo record of a First World War nurse’s work

14 March 2022

The Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD) comprised volunteer civilians providing care to British, Empire and allied troops during the First World War, both in field hospitals near to the battlefield and in more established places of recuperation back home.

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Amy Johnson’s ‘Weems’ takes flight

07 March 2022

In May 1930 Amy Johnson (1903-41) set off in a De Havilland Gipsy Moth called Jason to become the first woman to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia. The feat, followed by further long-distance solo and combined flights, earnt her place in aviation history.

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Thrilled by the chase: hairline crack fails to deter interest as Chinese export bowl is bid ten times over estimate

28 February 2022

Chinese export bowls such as this one, decorated in the mandarin palette with famille rose foxhunting scenes, were popular both with the British and American markets in the last quarter of the 18th century.

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Variations that are key to Star Wars figure value

31 January 2022

As in so many collecting fields, slight variations can be key when it comes to pricing of TV generation toys.

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Weapon owned by tragic 1912 Antarctic explorer makes eight-times estimate in Kent

24 January 2022

A sword sold at Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) belonged to a British Antarctic explorer who died in 1912 – but not with Robert Falcon Scott.

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‘Tommy’ was a remarkable wartime countess

03 January 2022

A group of medals awarded to a First World War ‘Tommy’ sold for a mid-estimate £2400 at Kent auction house C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on October 20-21. Not that unusual, it would seem.

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The 6cm shoes for adults

22 November 2021

The auction at toy specialist C&T (22% buyer’s premium) in Kenardington, Kent, on November 3 included this very rare pair of doll’s shoes dated to c.1700.

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Unsuccessful commercially, but now worth £5600 in the saleroom

16 August 2021

This Doll et Cie four-seater open touring car toy, c.1920s, is a live-steam model made in Germany.

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Airguns shoot up the rankings

19 July 2021

Once the humble playthings of boys the world over, airguns now attract a keen collector following.

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Captain who saved the bacon in Danish attack

10 May 2021

Convoys to protect merchant vessels have a long history in naval conflict. A letter sold at Kent saleroom C&T (22% buyer’s premium) in a timed Military Books, Ephemera & Photographs Auction reveals Royal Navy ships in action back in 1808.

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Second World War beret with star quality sells at Kent sale

22 March 2021

A Second World War beret sold at a Kent auction was not only one of the famous maroon British paratrooper examples but had star billing of its own.

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Classic British Baker rifle sold in Kent auction

01 February 2021

Baker rifle stands out in Kent saleroom.

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Toys and models: Homes under the hammer

25 January 2021

Furnished dolls’ houses and accessories in general are proving the most dynamic area of the collecting market

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Dinky Octopus pulls in eager bidders

25 January 2021

A Dinky Supertoys 935 Leyland Octopus flat truck with chains in its original box sold for £8200 at Kent saleroom C&T (22% buyer’s premium) on January 14.

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Sales push: miniature pram and doll among the Kent stand-out lots

25 January 2021

The strong level of prices being paid by collectors for dolls’ house furniture was underlined at a recent C&T sale.

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Lancer lots charge into auctions

16 March 2020

The Crimea medal awarded to one of only two officers taken prisoner by the Russians during the calamitous Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854 sold for £14,000 at London saleroom Dix Noonan Webb (25% buyer’s premium).

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Napoleon: his majesty and tragedy depicted

02 March 2020

Napoleon Bonaparte’s magnetism remains as forceful as ever in UK salerooms.

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