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The firm Charles Horner of Halifax, named after its founder, the English jeweller Charles Horner (1837-96), produced a wide range of silver jewellery and ornaments bearing the distinctive Chester hallmark during much of the 20th century.

An Arts & Crafts silver and enamelled brooch, marked for Chester 1903, with a central bas-relief portrait and turquoise cabochon stones, is guided at £200-300 in the July 12-13 auction at Evesham saleroom Kingham & Orme.

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This sparrow-beak milk jug, decorated with the ‘Waiting Chinaman’ pattern, was manufactured at the Caughley factory near Broseley in Shropshire in c.1780. Like many of Caughley’s designs, an identical version was first used at Worcester, a pioneer in the making of affordable sets of blue and white tableware towards the end of the 18th century.

The 3½in (9cm) high piece is among 34 lots of Caughley soft-paste porcelain to be offered at Halls of Shrewsbury on July 17.

Estimate £300-400.

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A 17th century British School portrait of a stony-faced unknown lady in a ruff on offer at Lyon & Turnbull on July 17 comes from the estate of the eminent Scottish historian Dr Nicholas Phillipson (1937-2018).

Phillipson, who is best known as the leading historian on the topic of the Scottish Enlightenment, purchased it in 1955.

The 6 x 5in (14 x 12cm) oil on board is estimated at £300-500 in the Paintings and Works of Art sale in Edinburgh.

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Among the items up for auction at Catherine Southon in Surrey on July 17 is this Georgian-style Mappin & Webb tea set that was used during the 1958 production of My Fair Lady at the Theatre Royal.

The play famously starred Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Prof Henry Higgins. At the close of the production in 1964, when the silver-plated set was returned to Mappin & Webb, the vendor’s father, who worked for the company for 50 years, bought it for his family.

It comes with a letter of provenance on Mappin & Webb headed paper and a programme for the production.

Estimate £200-300.

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