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An original trade catalogue for Sanitary Appliances produced by Doulton & Co of Lambeth in 1898 carries an estimate of £300-400 at Forum Auctions in London on May 7.

The comprehensive catalogue, full of Victorian water-closets, baths, showers, basins, urinals and sinks, features numerous plates and illustrations including 28 full-page chromolithographs (see detail above).

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Keys in Aylsham is restarting its programme of Antiques and Fine Art sales after a month’s pause. The live online Antiques & Collectables sale on May 16 includes a scarce pearlware wall pocket modelled as Christ, with a garland of fruit, 10in (24cm) long, estimated at £40-60.

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This set of bagpipes above is believed to have been recovered from the battlefield after the First Day of the Somme. The pipes, which come for sale at Lockdales in Ipswich on May 13 by family descent, are believed to have belonged to Private William Alexander Scott of the 21st battalion of the Tyneside Scottish.

A newspaper cutting included with the lot states that Scott led his fellow soldiers into action unarmed on July 1, 1916, and was quickly killed.

Estimate £500-800.

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This Cantonese enamel chocolate cup and trembleuse saucer above dates from the Qianlong period.

The design is taken from a painting called The Cherry Pickers by Antoine Baudouin (1723-69) and was popularised through an engraving by Nicolas Ponce (1746-1831). The same scene occurs on Chinese famille rose porcelain made for export to European markets but is rare in Cantonese enamel.

At the sale of Asian art at Chiswick Auctions on May 10 the estimate is £3000-5000.

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Stacey’s will offer a single-owner collection of locks and keys in Rayleigh in Essex on May 19.

This Chubb mortice lock above is a salesman’s sample with the mechanism visible through a cut-away panel. Estimate £80-120.

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A Victorian glass and silver butter dish, with a resting cow finial with hallmarks for Richards and Brown, London 1868, has an estimate of £150-250 at the Silver, Watches and Handbags sale at Hansons in Etwall, Derbyshire, on May 14.

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This fine Meiji period Satsuma reticulated box and cover above is signed for Ryozan. The 5½in (14cm) box, with its lacquered hardwood stand, is decorated with flower-shaped cartouche panels of figures by a lake scene and ducks on a pond. The estimate is £1000-2000 at Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham near Bath on May 21.

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The Dix Noonan Webb live online auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria on May 21 includes a rare ‘Intombi River’ casualty Zulu War medal estimated at £5000-6000.

It was given posthumously to Private Henry Lodge, one of 61 men of the 80th Foot killed when overwhelmed by several hundred Zulus at Meyers Drift on the Intombi River on March 12, 1879. This little-known incident of the Zulu Wars was overshadowed by the enormity of the casualties at Isandhlwana two months earlier.

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It is rare to know the name of the hand that created a Stuart needlework. According to an extensive inscription verso, this 10 x 13in (25 x 32cm) embroidered silk panel above depicting Charles II dispensing the Judgment of Solomon was worked by the ‘maiden daughter’ Bridget Pryce of Montgomeryshire.

It documents its descent through the Pryce family of Newtown Hall and its later journey to Northamptonshire.

The needlework carries hopes of £1000-1500 at Michael Bowman in Newton Abbot on May 23.

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