The April 25 sale of Fine Silver, Snuff Boxes and Bonbonnieres at the Salisbury saleroom of Woolley & Wallis features this rare Victorian Irish silver ’castletop’ card case by John Schriber, Dublin 1863. It comes from the Arthur Holder collection.
Featuring Dun Laoghaire (formerly Kingstown) harbour, the front of the card case shows a view of the harbour entrance with a ship in the port. The 4in (10cm) long case with a cartouche is engraved with a viscount’s coronet of the crest of Menteith of Scotland and Hodge(s) and Hodgekins of England, but is absent from official Irish records. It is inscribed From Schriber and Sons 1864 and comes with an estimate of £3000-4000.
Featuring in Roseberys’ Islamic and Indian Arts sale on April 24 is this 20th century diamond and blue enamel bangle. With diamonds set into flowers and vine leaves in gold wire, and a large raised stylised flower head, this Indian piece is 3in (7.5cm) in diameter and comes with a £4000-5000 estimate.
On April 27, the library of the Late Hubert Dingwall (1912-2001), featuring rare and historic books collected over 70 years, will be the first collection to go under the hammer at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ new London premises in Pall Mall.
The library includes more than 1500 books and estimates range from £100-15,000.
Dingwall’s passion for book collecting began when he was in his early 20s, soon after he graduated from Oxford. Among the lots on offer is one of 25 speciallybound copies of the 1932 Gregynog Press edition of The Fables of Esope, illustrated with wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker. Estimate £2000-3000.
From the property of an estate comes this late 17th/early 18th century lead cistern, one of the 376 mixed lots available at Dorset-based Semley Auctioneers’ Jewellery & Silver, Antique Furniture & Objects sale on April 15.
The cistern is decorated with figures, sunbursts, fleur de lys and baskets of flowers within geometric panels, and measures 3ft (91cm) wide.