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A clutch of watercolours by Keswick cartoonist John Billy (Wilk) Wilkinson (1906-94) will be offered at Mitchells’ Country Sporting auction in Cockermouth on October 5.

The nine Wilk cartoons carry estimates ranging from £80-600. Among them is this watercolour showing Margaret Thatcher telling huntsman Johnnie Richardson, from the famous Blencathra Hunt: Don’t worry Johnnie your hunting’s safe in our hands. It is estimated at £400-600.

The sale is taking place in two parts, beginning with hunting and shooting-related items on October 5 with the fishing section on October 10.

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This Arts & Crafts hand-beaten silver bowl is modelled on an Elizabethen Winchester standard bushell measure. The raised inscription reads: Regina ER, ER 1601, ER Elizabeth, Dei Gracia Angliae, Frangiae, Et Hiberniae.

In 1601 bronze measures of this form were issued by the Exchequer to 60 shire towns in England to encourage and enforce fair trade in commerce. This standard was so successful that it was not superseded until the Imperial Measures Act of 1824.

The 6½in (16.5cm) diameter bowl is marked for Birmingham, 1912, with GLC mark for maker George Lawrence Connell. It is estimated at £300-500 at the Lawrences October 10 sale in Crewkerne.

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