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This group of 13 Continental carved oak mouldings above comes from the collection of the 19th century Welsh politician John Edwards Vaughan at Rheola House in Neath, south Wales.

Estimated at £1000-1500, it is one of eight lots of carved oak elements on offer at Roseberys in West Norwood, south London, on July 18, which are believed to have been acquired during Vaughan’s Grand Tour of Europe in 1817-21 when he was accompanied by his cousin, the architect John Nash.

Nash had been instructed to design Rheola House in 1809 – one of his last private commissions before being almost exclusively occupied in works for the Prince Regent. The collection dates from the late-17th to 19th centuries.

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A rare 19th century Valentine card found during a house clearance has revealed an image of the sweethearts who shared it nearly 200 years ago.

The design, called a love token or puzzle purse, opens out to show a watercolour painting of a young couple arm-in-arm wearing Regency fashions reminiscent of the Jane Austen era. It was sent on February 14, 1820, by Edmund Hemming to Ann Wilkes, of Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

However, research carried out by its owner, Amy Walker, has revealed that the couple never married and it is thought that Ann died a few years after the card was sent to her.

The card is now coming up for auction at Hansons in the July 31 Library Auction with an estimate of £500-800.


This 9ct Rolex Tudor wristwatch above was presented by the Northern Irish FA for the 1958 World Cup to forward Derek Dougan, known by his nickname ‘The Doog’.

Northern Ireland progressed through the group stage of the World Cup in Sweden before losing to France in the quarter-finals. It is Northern Ireland’s most successful World Cup.

Mullock’s has estimated the watch at £800- 1200 and will offer it at auction in Church Stretton, Shropshire, on July 18.

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A hitherto lost portrait believed to depict the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), author of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan and close friend and associate of William Wordsworth, will be offered at Wotton Auction Rooms in Gloucestershire on July 23-24.

Brought into the saleroom by a local private vendor, the 11 x 10in (28 x 24.5cm) half-length study in oil has inscriptions to the verso that identifies Coleridge as the sitter and the artist as William Shuter (active 1771-99).

A portrait of Coleridge engraved by William Holl in the National Portrait Gallery and Scottish Portrait Gallery collections appears to be based on this painting. The engraving was used as a frontispiece in an edition of Coleridge’s collected works but the whereabouts of the original painting had been a mystery.

Estimate £500-1000.

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