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The 1970 World Cup in Mexico is regarded as one of the greatest football tournaments to date. England played its part with a memorable group match against Brazil that ended with many experts predicting the two teams were destined to meet again in the final. This of course never happened: England lost to West Germany in the quarter-finals.

This 128-page souvenir programme in yellow from that tournament, above, is signed by the England squad and includes the signatures of Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Geoff Hurst. Chaucer Covers & Auctions in Folkestone will offer the lot on May 17, estimated at £400-500.

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More than 250 coin lots produced by The Royal Mint during the Victorian period and into the 20th century will go under the hammer at Pewsey saleroom Jubilee Auctions in Wiltshire on May 18.

Consigned from a single private vendor, the collection comprises a variety of gold and silver coin sets including proofs, piedforts and brilliant uncirculated or ‘mint state’ examples. The majority of the group come in their original packaging.

This Queen Victoria set of seven silver coins above – from a threepence to a crown – was struck in 1887 and comes in the original case. Estimate £300-500.


Attributed to husband-and-wife jewellery designers Georgie and Arthur Gaskin, this Arts & Crafts silver and enamelled pendant above was found in the loft of a property formerly owned by their daughter, Joscelyne Turner.

Mounted on a later chain, the pendant combines an oval turquoise cabochon with silver beads, green enamelled leaves and a blue enamelled forget-me-knot. Its scaled-down size suggests the Gaskins probably made it for their daughter when she was a child.

The piece carries an estimate of £200-400 in the June 11 sale of Fine Jewellery & Watches at Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet.


A collection of First World War nurses’ uniforms will feature in a 500-plus lot sale of Military, Aviation and Transport History at Cirencester saleroom Dominic Winter on May 16.

Comprising four uniforms, they were all worn by Emily Cozens who served with the British Red Cross from 1917-19 at the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester – a major centre for dealing with wounded servicemen during the First World War until it was decommissioned in 1919.

The lot also contains a framed British Red Cross Society certificate presented to Cozens after she completed five years of service as a Member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) in 1918.

Estimate £300-500.

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