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A collection of more than 400 lots described as “like a Victorian cabinet of curiosities somewhat akin to the Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford” has been consigned to Chichester saleroom Stride & Son on July 26.

The collection was assembled by a Mr Coalbran during his career in the Royal Navy and includes arms and militaria, Chinese furniture and works of art, tribal artefacts and Victorian taxidermy among other historical items.

This unusual carved walnut hall clock music box above is estimated at £800-1200.


Felixstowe auction house Diamond Mills will offer anearly 19th century oval ivory miniature diorama of a three-mast frigate in Bristol blue glass on July 31.

The piece, which comes in a 8 x 7½in (20 x 19cm) ebonised slip and gilt frame, has been attributed to G Stephany & J Dresch (1790-1802), German sculptors who worked in Bath and London and were appointed ‘Sculptors in Miniature on ivory to their Majesties’ by King George III.

Estimate £800-1200.

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