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An example of this card case shown above by Elkington & Co was shown at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris and at the 1862 International Exhibition in London.

The mid-Victorian parcel gilt electrotype rectangular card case was designed by George Stanton, who specialised in electroplate and electrotypes for Elkington & Co.

Decorated to the front and back with an oval reserve of Cupid and Psyche surrounded by scroll foliage with bearded masks and horn playing caryatids, the 4in (10cm) high piece is stamped 549 Elkington & Co. X. It is estimated at £150-250 in a sale of jewellery, watches and silver at Dreweatts on May 15 in Donnington Priory, Newbury.

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Four pieces of pewter ware Archibald Knox designed for Liberty & Co will feature in Thomas Watson’s sale on May 15 in Darlington, County Durham.

A 4½in (11.5cm) square pewter Art Nouveau biscuit box with lid, embossed with stylised flowerheads, was made c.1905 for Liberty’s ‘Tudric’ line. It is numbered 0194 and stamped 6 Tudric English Pewter Liberty & Co to the base. Estimate £300-500.

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A private collection of cartoons covering the turbulent political events of the 1970s-’80s is among the highlights of John Nicholson’s antiquarian book sale in Fernhurst, Surrey, on May 15.

The 27 lots come from the collection of the late Peter Knight, a newspaper man who worked for Express Newspapers, and was responsible for selling and circulating Express content, including cartoons, around the globe.

The cartoons on offer are estimated from £80-300 and include original artwork by Michael Cummings (1919-97), Raymond ‘JAK’ Jackson (1927-97), Frank Dickens (1932-2016), Mel Calman (1931-94) and Osbert Lancaster (1908-86).

The example shown above, by Cummings, dates to October 11, 1982, and appeared in the Daily Express. Estimate £100-200.

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An album filled with more than 100 original photographs of First World War fighter planes will be offered in sale of books and library furnishings at London Auctions in Chiswick on May 14.

Estimated at £200-300, the album also includes postcards, cuttings and a rare aerial photograph of the Bristol type D Scout biplane.

In the same sale is a 17th century copy of the prayer book L’Office de la Semaine-Sainte, which is believed to have originated from the library of Louis XIV of France and bears his coat of arms to the cover (estimate £500-600).

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