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Estimated at £30-50, this gold and turquoise brooch is among jewellery on offer at Fellows in Birmingham on November 30.

Dating from the mid-Victorian period, the brooch is designed as a scrolling engraved heart drop with a turquoise cabochon detail, suspended from a bow surmount.



Inscribed with the words, There is no herb like it under the canopy of heaven, this brass tobacco jar and cover was designed by Arts & Crafts maker Arthur Seaward.

The c.1900 piece is typical of Seaward’s handmade copper and brass creations, which often feature hammered finishes and riveted joints.

This example bears an HS stamp, which probably stands for Homespun, Seaward’s Arts & Crafts pewter range. Kingham & Orme will offer the jar and cover with a guide of £200-250 in the November 25 auction in Broadway, Worcestershire.

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The farther we fly the faster we tie is the adage edged on this 18th or early 19th century glazed mourning brooch.

The grisaille ivory panel, painted with a pair of doves carrying a knotted cord within their beaks, is estimated at £150-200 in Dix Noonan & Webb’s sale in London on November 29.



Correspondence penned by members of the Medici family features in Chiswick Auctions’ Prints and Manuscripts sale in London on November 29.

The two letters were written in Italian by Ferdinando I, a Grand Duke of Tuscany, and his son’s wife, the Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria, and highlight the political manoeuvrings of the famous Tuscan family.

Ferdinando I’s letter concerns an important embassy to France, and was written to the Tuscan envoy, Marquis Luigi Bevilacqua, in 1607. At the time Ferdinando had plans to forge an alliance with the French king, Henry of Navarre, supporting Henry in his struggles against the Catholic League. The other letter was written in 1619 to Federico Rossi, Conte di San Secondo, and refers to the election of Maria Maddalena’s brother, Ferdinando II of Hapsburg, as Holy Roman Emperor.

Estimate £300-500.

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