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This Victorian novelty porcelain needle case modelled as a trout with a white-metal hinge to the body carries an estimate of £200-300 at Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket on October 19.


This rare 8in (21cm) Distler (Germany) tinplate model clockwork bus c.1920 carries various litho-printed advertisements including Virol, Schweppes Lemon Squash and Bovril.

Originally a conductor would have moved up and down the top deck: this figure is now missing but three other tin passengers remain. The mechanism is also in working order.

It carries an estimate of £150-250 at East Bristol Auctions on October 19.


On October 26 Stamford Auction Rooms in Lincolnshire will offer the collection of Dr Jocelyn Chatterton, a specialist in Qing and Ming dynasty textiles and court costume.

This 12in (30cm) 5th rank civil badge, worked with a silver pheasant in flight over waves and auspicious objects – symbolising ‘may all you wish for come to you’ – is among the pieces illustrated in her book Chinese Silks and Sewing Tools. Estimate £160-200.


This rare 7in (17cm) Linthorpe sake bottle, modelled on a Fijian prototype, was designed for the Middlesbrough pottery by Dr Christopher Dresser, c.1880.

A similar tray based on a Fijian libation vessel was also produced at the time.

With impressed maker’s marks and an indistinct impressed facsimile signature, it carries an estimate of £400-600 in the sale of Decorative Arts & Design at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on October 23.