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This 17th century Dutch silver marriage casket above with finely chased bird and foliage decoration and the engraved date 1677 measures around 4in (10.5cm) across. Whittons of Honiton expects it to sell for £3000-4000 in the November 28-30 auction.


The inscription to this impressive neoclassical silver-gilt cup and cover above, marked for London maker Henry Hodson Plante, 1934 reads Royal Aero Club, The King’s Cup, 1935 Presented by King George V. It weighs 151oz.

The prestigious King’s Cup Race, run by the Royal Aero Club Records Racing and Rally Association, was established by George V in 1922 as an incentive to the development of light aircraft design

The 14th event held on September 7, 1935, at the Hatfield Aerodrome was won by former First World War flying ace Tommy Rose (1895-1968) in his prototype Miles M.3 Falcon.

This trophy comes for sale by descent from the collection of Charles Cheers Wakefield, 1st Viscount Wakefield, founder of Wakefield Oil (which would later be renamed Castrol Oil). The cup will be sold by Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet on December 3 with an estimate of £2000-4000.


The sale of Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria held by Thomas Del Mar of Olympia Auctions in London on December 4 includes the Howard Lee Munson collection of firearms by the Mortimer family of gunmakers.

Munson spent half a century studying and acquiring Georgian and Victorian firearms by the Mortimer family.

This very rare flintlock 50-bore ‘duck’s foot’ type pistol above dates from c.1806-12. It is signed and inscribed Gunmaker to his Majesty alongside London proof marks and vignettes of engraved foliate and trophies-of-arms. A gun with a provenance to a number of well-known collectors, including William Keith Neal, it is also pictured in a number of reference works. The estimate is £4000-6000.

Another pistol of this type by the same makers when at this address, was formerly in the collection of Nelson’s prize agent, Alexander Davison, and last sold at Sotheby’s in 2002.


Among some fine period Meissen porcelain lots on offer at the three-day sale at Keys in Aylsham from November 27-29 is a part coffee set, c.1740.

Comprising a sugar box and cover, hot water jug and four cups and saucers, all are painted with Kauffahrtei scenes of merchants and their wares by a quayside and an estuary with castles and other buildings in the background. Estimate £3000-3500.