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This white metal and mother-of-pearl oval snuff box above opens to reveal a half-length miniature portrait of a lady with an articulated arm holding a fan, which moves with a tiny leaver to cover then reveal her face.

The sitter is possibly Marie de Medici, the second wife of King Henry IV of France, who was noted for her ceaseless political intrigues at the French court and extensive artistic patronage.

The Continental late 18th century box comes from a private collection and is offered with an estimate of £300-500 in the Country House Sale at Tennants of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on April 27.

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This American poster above calling students to strike was pinned to a wall at Harvard University in 1968 – a year marked by escalating protests and civil unrest worldwide.

The design, which lists multiple reasons such as strike because you hate cops, strike to smash the corporation and strike to seize control of your life, is a memento of an American movement spearheaded by students and the young.

The 20 x 12½in (52 x 32cm) poster, made using stencilled letters on printed paper, was removed at the time by a cataloguer at the Houghton Library, a division of the Harvard University Library. She has consigned it to Halls’ May 15 sale in Shropshire. Estimate £100-200.

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A group of six British First World War Parliamentary Recruiting Committee posters, and associated ephemera, will be on offer at Forum Auctions in London on April 18 estimated at £150-200.

All unframed, they date from 1914 and slightly later.

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This mountain view above is one of more than 50 market-fresh drawings from the studio archive of the Victorian and Edwardian artist George Hodgson (1847-1921).

The well-preserved group of pastel, charcoal and watercolour works were stored in a trunk in Dorchester and have been consigned to auction by a family distantly related to Hodgson.

Born the son of a Nottingham braid manufacturer in 1847, Hodgson was closely involved with the Nottingham Society of Artists until shortly before his death in 1921. He exhibited at The Royal Academy and is best known for his drawings of coastal scenes and places of interest around the country.

Sherborne saleroom Charterhouse will offer the collection on April 17-18 with estimates ranging from £50-300. Rigi Mountain from Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, a signed 10 x 15in (26 x 39cm) watercolour, dated 1903, is guided at £60-100.

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