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The Shelley factory first commissioned illustrator Mabel Lucie Attwell to produce designs for children in 1926.

The Pottery Gazette wrote that they were “a truly irresistible range of nursery ware, altogether in advance of what was usually put before the trade”.

Such was their success that some designs were still being manufactured in the 1960s. Among the best-known is this 1930s three-piece set modelled as a duck, a rabbit and a chick dressed as a sailor, above. It carries an estimate of £100-150 at Spicers of Driffield on August 9.

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This 197 Morris Mini-Traveller Dinky Toy above has a rare dark green body and yellow interior. It is presented in its original box.

Cornish saleroom David Lay will offer the lot at £300-400 in its Books & Collectors Items sale on August 13.

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