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The collection, offered as 59 lots, was formed over a period of 40 years with many of the items purchased from London silver dealers in the 1980s-90s.

The card cases include several ‘castle top’ examples depicting English landmarks such as Windsor Castle, Warwick Castle and Lichfield Cathedral.

Pictured here are two of them, both by Nathaniel Mills of Birmingham, 1845.

York Minster, 4in (10cm) high, weighs approx 2oz, has an estimate of $600-800. St Paul’s Cathedral, 3½ in (9cm) high, approx 1oz, is also guided at $600-800.