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Fitting for a summer offering six days after Wimbledon finishes, a rare oak Slazenger tennis racket press will be included in the Vintage & Antique toy sale at Mitchells of Cockermouth on July 20.

Probably dating from the 1920s, it has adjustable divisions for tennis racket storage and is offered at £120-180.

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This 16½ x 14in (42 x 36cm) mezzotint after Frederick Richard Say (1805-60), above, is believed to be John Smith (1767-1842), the British politician who was accidentally poisoned by his third wife in 1842 when she gave him an overdose of laudanum.

It forms part of a collection of antique paintings and furniture from the estate of the late Sir John and Lady Smith, co-founders of the Landmark Trust. The mezzotint is estimated at £150-200 in Chorley’s auction in Prinknash Abbey Park, Gloucestershire, on July 23-24.


A collection of 50 paintings from the studio of Rudolf Helmut Sauter (1895-1977), estimated at £50-300, will be included in Charterhouse’s two-day sale in Sherborne on July 18-19.

The son of the German-born artist Georg Sauter (1866-1937), he settled in London in 1894 and established a career as a portrait painter and landscapist.

He travelled extensively, and over his career exhibited landscapes and views of England, South Africa, Italy, Morocco and the western states of North America.

Much of Sauter’s work was destroyed in a fire in the 1980s, shortly after his death, which means that relatively few works by him survive. An alpine view, on a signed 2ft 5in x 2ft 1in (76 x 63cm) oil on canvas board dated 1960, is estimated at £150-250.

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Thomas Stanley became interested in ships as a child in the late 1940s, watching them sail on Southampton Water from the Isle of Wight. He wrote to shipping companies requesting postcards of their vessels, which were duly sent. This sparked a lifelong appreciation of both ships and postcards, and an expansive collection of shipping and airline memorabilia.

The first part of the Stanley collection will be offered at Tennants of Leyburn in North Yorkshire on July 24. The collection primarily consists of dining room ware from passenger shipping lines dating from the Edwardian era to the 1950s, while this Cunard Line enamel sign above is guided at £200-300.

Part II of the collection, due to be sold in November, will include pieces relating to the Titanic.

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