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A small hand-held children’s reader or hornbook featuring the alphabet, vowel sounds and the Lord’s Prayer will be offered at Hansons on September 29.

Measuring 4 x 2in (10 x 5cm), it is made out of brown leather with a galleon ship embossed on the back. Also embossed on the handle is the year it was made: 1743.

It comes from Aldwick Court, a listed country house in Wrington, Somerset, which has provided further lots to the sale in Etwall, Derbyshire.

Estimate £300-500.


A selection of jewellery and objects collected by Indian politician and diplomat Ratan Kumar Nehru and his wife Rajan will be offered at Nottingham saleroom Mellors & Kirk on September 20-21.

The 20 lots have come to auction following the death last year of their son Dr Ajay Nehru, who was a scientist at Imperial College and subsequently the University of Nottingham.

Some of the items were acquired when Ratan served as India’s ambassador in China, but this Egyptian silver twin branch candelabrum and pair of candlesticks entered his collection during his spell as ambassador to the short-lived United Arab Republic from 1958-60.

Dating from the mid 20th century, they measure 8in (20cm) high.

Estimate £200-300.

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