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An archive of Victorian sample books from a Cheshire textile mill will go under the hammer at Ryedale Auctioneers of North Yorkshire on July 22.

The 10-part leather-bound books relate to Sutton Mills in Macclesfield, owned by J&F Jackson Silk Manufacturers. All types of weaving techniques and design processes are recorded in the archive, as well as the fabrics used and information on weavers, patterns, design numbers, samples and hand-drawn pencil painted design sketches, dating to 1885.

The bound volumes have passed by descent to the vendor and are thought to have never appeared on the market before.

Estimate £5000-8000.

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A 17th century portrait of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk and the uncle of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, will be offered at Brightwells on July 26-27 in Leominster, Herefordshire.

The large 7ft 4in x 4ft 6in (2.23 x 1.36m) oil on canvas is attributed to the English portraitist Henry Stone (1616-53) and is estimated at £6000-10,000.

Howard was appointed to various positions when he was in favour with Henry VIII, including Lord High Admiral of England, Lord Treasurer, ambassador to Paris and Lieutenant General of the King’s Forces in 1542.

After his fall from grace in 1546, he was stripped of the dukedom and imprisoned in the Tower of London, only avoiding execution when Henry VIII died a year later.


A 1935 map of the world, advertising the Post Office’s radio and telephone services, is priced at £6000 from antique map specialist the Altea Gallery in London.

In near-mint condition, the 3ft 3in x 4ft (99cm x 1.23m) lithograph was designed by Leslie MacDonald Gill (1884-1947) and produced by His Majesty’s Stationery Office.

An azimuthal projection (although Gill has chosen to depict two Antarcticas, one under Australia, the other under South America), the map shows the British Empire in red and features scrolls with literary quotes relating to travel from Ovid, Wolfe, Tennyson and Shakespeare. Five roundels to the bottom illustrate the radio and telephone stations.