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A 1920s silver floral lace flapper’s skull cap was discovered in an attic with other well-preserved vintage clothes and costumes during a routine house clearance. Stored in several old suitcases, the garments are believed to have been there for 60 years.

The cap is estimated at £50-60 in Thomson Roddick’s March 13 sale in Carlisle.

Other pieces from the group include a 1920s beaded flapper dress (£100-200), a Victorian or Edwardian beaded silk evening collar (£30-50) and a 1920s beaded and lace evening jacket (£30-40).

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Ilkley saleroom Hartleys will offer a 70-lot collection of miniature and souvenir bayonets from the collection of the late Roger Evans (1943-2016) – known in militaria circles as a renowned researcher and authority on bayonets.

Shown above is a boxed French Kultur Germanique propaganda miniature bayonet, which was produced during the First World War to show the cruelty of ‘German culture’. The choice of a ‘sawback’ bayonet – otherwise known as the ‘butcher’s blade’ – was widely feared.

Also shown is a French miniature socket bayonet, 4in (10cm) long, made in the 19th century for use as a children’s toy. Together, the two carry a £100-200 guide in the West Yorkshire sale on March 20.

Evans’ library will be sold by the auction house in September and will contain books on bayonets and militaria, many of which have been filled with personal inscriptions from the authors to Evans.


A single-owner collection of 18th and 19th century prize stock and domestic animal engravings will go under the hammer at Cirencester saleroom Dominic Winter on March 6.

Assembled over several decades by the vendor, the collection ranges from small lithographs of cattle and fish markets to large engraved individual portraits of prize-winning cattle, sheep and heavy horses. Artists include Robert Pollard, William Henry Davis, Alexander Forbes, Thomas Landseer, William Ward and John West Giles.

This aquatint with contemporary hand colouring of the prize-winning West Keal Ox, c.1833, above, is estimated at £300-400.

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A single-owner collection of more than 200 halfcrowns, spanning the reigns of Edward VI to Elizabeth II, will be included in a sale of British coins at Dix Noonan Webb on March 21 in central London.

It was assembled by coin dealer Brian Dawson, who bought his first halfcrown – a scarce example from the Tower mint, dated 1625 – from a fellow dealer in Bolton in 1967. The coin, pictured above, is estimated at £400-500.

The collection also contains a unique unsigned pattern halfcrown from the reign of Charles I (1625-49), depicting the king seated on horseback and holding a sword, which is estimated at £12,000-15,000.

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