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The 4in (10cm) high dark olive green glass, embossed to the front True/Daffys/Elixir, is described as an early version in a previously unrecorded size.

Daffy’s Elixir was one of the most popular and frequently advertised patent medicines in Britain during the 18th century. It is reputed to have been invented by clergyman Thomas Daffy, a rector in Leicestershire, in 1647. He named it elixir salutis (elixir of health) and promoted as a generic cure-all.

Estimate £3000-4000.


Over 335 years after the Mayflower transported the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World, a replica set sail from Plymouth recreating the original voyage across the Atlantic. Mayflower II was built in Devon from 1955-56, in a collaboration between Englishman Warwick Charlton and Plimoth Plantation, an American museum.

The medal pictured here was made to commemorate the sailing of Mayflower II and has been consigned alongside a Piaget watch to Fellows’ January 31 sale in Birmingham.

Estimate £1800-2500.


A souvenir programme from England’s 1-0 win over Ireland in 1907 tops Sportingold’s January 27 sale in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire.

The international match was played at Everton’s Goodison Park ground and formed part of the 1906-07 British Home Championship football tournament between the home nations.

The programme, which has a stiffened VIP cover and includes photographs of the players, is estimated at £4300-4500.


More than 60 lots of oak and vernacular furniture have been assembled for CEFA’s The English Country House 1500-1900 – a timed auction ending on January 27.

A highlight is this Charles II oak spice cupboard, dated 1673, which is estimated at £2000-4000.

Possibly made in Yorkshire, the 23in x 2ft 1in (60 x 63cm) cupboard has enclosed shelves and is likely to be a marriage piece, incorporating the paired initials JB and EB.