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A sale of ceramics and glass at Chiswick Auctions in west London on January 22 will include a c.1760 Liverpool delftware ‘puzzle’ jug.

Perforated to the neck, such vessels were a popular amusement in homes and taverns, whereby drinkers attempted to consume the contents without causing a spill.

The cylindrical neck to the 7in (17cm) high jug is pierced with flowerheads and heart-shaped petals, with a loop handle and a tubular rim with three short nozzles.

The lower section is inscribed with the verse: Here Gentlemen Come try yr Skill / Ile Le a wager if you will / That you dont Drink this Liqr all / Without you Spill or lett some fall.

Estimate £300-500.

chiswickauctions.co.uk or see this item on thesaleroom.com

Maidenhead auction house Dawson’s will feature a large private collection of vintage and later die-cast models in an auction of art, antiques and jewellery on January 19.

Among the highlights is a ‘rocket firing Batmobile’, number 267, produced by Corgi between 1966-67.

Estimated at £300-500, it comes with gloss black with red bat hubs, Batman and Robin figures and the original display card and outer sleeve.

dawsonsauctions.co.uk or see this item on thesaleroom.com

This Art Nouveau inlaid mahogany music cabinet above is estimated at £250-350 in The Modern Sale on January 24 at Newcastle saleroom Anderson & Garland.

Attributed to Devon furniture maker Shapland & Petter, the 2ft 11in x 4ft 3in (90cm x 1.29m) high cabinet has a rectangular top above a single door with mother of pearl and fruitwood inlay and is flanked by recesses and spindle sides with two short drawers to the centre.

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More than 100,000 postcards will be offered at Whyte’s on January 26 in Dublin, in what is billed as ‘probably the largest’ auction of its type to be held in Ireland.

The collection, which includes Irish and international examples, was formed by Dubliner Seamus Kearns who began collecting old postcards in the 1950s.

A founder of the Irish Picture Postcard Society, he provided many exhibitions around the country including a major show at The Guinness Hopstore in 1994.

The collection has been broken up into nearly 500 lots with a total estimated value of €50,000-70,000.

This c.1950 postcard of the Smallest Shop in Ireland comes in a job lot guided at €200-300.