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German railway history officially began in 1835 with the opening of the steam-hauled Bavarian Ludwig Railway between Nuremberg and Fürth – a distance of just 6km.

Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood will offer a7½ x 5in (19 x 12.5cm) peep view by publishers Renner & Abel commemorating the occasion in its sale on September 6 in Exeter.

Estimated at £300-400, it is divided into seven sections with three peepholes and hand-coloured engravings of the railway, steam locomotives and onlookers.

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Starting at a young age, James Percy assembled a large collection of taxidermy over many subsequent years, focusing on the birds native to the British Isles. He concentrated on examples made by the best of the provincial taxidermists such as Hutchings, Saunders and Foot & Gunn.

Now, owing to the need to downsize, a selection of examples will feature at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on September 19-20.

Highlights include a cased pair of barn owls by Hutchings, the family firm of Aberystwyth which operated from 1860-1940. Estimate £250-400.

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Etchings of works by a roll-call of British sporting painters are going under the hammer at Tennants in Leyburn on September 8-9.

The collection comprises 106 lots of framed and glazed 18th and 19th century prints of sporting pursuits, after artists such as George Stubbs, John F Herring, John Nost Sartorius, Francis Sartorius, John Ferneley, Henry Alken, Lionel Edwards and Sawrey Gilpin.

It was assembled over 30 years by the late Dr Bob King, a former GP from Hawes in North Yorkshire.

Estimates range from £60-500, with anetching of Shark with his trainer Price by George Stubbs (1724-1806) estimated at £200-300.


The Eagle Hut was a haven of peace in the First World War – the YMCA in the Strand, London, which provided British and American servicemen away from home in the UK with a place to eat, drink, relax and write letters home in 1917-19.

The hut is recalled in a ‘trench art’ 10in (25.5cm) long knife coming up in the Chilcotts sale in Honiton on September 9, estimated at £80-120. One side of the blade is inscribed Part of Zeppelin L.15 brought down in Thames Estuary night of 31st March 1916.

The other reads To Mrs Frederick Braund. A remembrance from workers at The Eagle Hut, Strand, October 1918. It is not known who Mrs Braund is as yet. Auctioneer Liz Chilcott thinks she was “presumably a volunteer at the hut, or maybe part of the organisation”.