Ink and pencil design by Rowland Emett for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – estimate £2500-3000 at Excalibur.

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A sale of Movie, TV & Music Posters & Memorabilia held by Excalibur Auctions of Kings Langley on August 13 includes a private collection of memorabilia devoted to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

It was amassed over many years by someone directly connected to the 1968 film.

Among the highlights is this ink and pencil drawing by Rowland Emett (1906-90), who designed the inventions for Caractacus Potts played by Dick Van Dyke (b.1925). The work illustrates a design for ‘The Potts Cruft-de-Luxe Dog Tidy’ and has Emett’s annotations explaining how each part may work.

Estimate £2500-3000.

The sale of Scottish Work of Art & Whisky sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on August 17 includes this remarkable Jacobite goblet (pictured above).

The 7½in (19cm) glass carries commonly recognised Jacobite symbols but the mottos are previously unrecorded.

One side reads Hanover To The Devil, a reference to the divine right of the Stuart dynasty and the illegitimacy of the Hanoverian succession. The facing inscription Damnation To The Union is overtly an anti-British sentiment which many Scots still held by the mid-18th century.

The addition in smaller font of the words Appin and the Cause is thought to relate to the Stewart of Appin clan who were such staunch supporters of the Jacobite cause from the earliest days.

Estimated £3000-5000.


Post-war Royal Worcester cabinet plate signed for factory artist S Weston – estimate £250-500 at Leighton Hall Auctions.

This post-war Royal Worcester cabinet plate decorated with a still-life of fruit within a rich blue and gilt border has a guide of £250-500 at Leighton Hall Auctions in Alton, Staffordshire, on August 20. The fruit scene is signed for factory artist S Weston.


Early 20th century German lithographed tinplate Vanguard omnibus marked R & B Co – estimate £200-300 at David Duggleby.

This early 20th century German lithographed tinplate Vanguard omnibus marked R & B Co has a guide of £200-300 at David Duggleby in Scarborough on August 12.


Llanelly pottery plate decorated by Samuel Shufflebotham – estimate £300-500 at Rogers Jones.

Rogers Jones in Cardiff is holding a timed online sale of Welsh ceramics closing on August 14. This Llanelly pottery plate decorated by Samuel Shufflebotham with the figure of Mari Jones of Bala in Welsh costume within circular bands comes from a private collection in Swansea.

Estimate £300-500.


Hawker Engineering aluminium dressing table – £800-1200 at W&H Peacock.

Famous for the Hurricane among many other planes it produced, it is not widely known that Hawker Engineering was also responsible for a range of bedroom furniture made in the 1940s for use in RAF bases across Europe.

Two examples are on offer at the W&H Peacock Mid Century Design Furniture & Effects auction on August 19. Shown here is an aluminium dressing table, 4ft 11in (1.2m) wide, estimated at £800-1200. With the same guide, the other is a 6ft (1.83m) high aluminium wardrobe.


Builder’s model of SS Stepney, launched 1916 – estimate £2000-3000 at Spicers.

The 186ft-long steel-built SS Stepney was launched in Glasgow on July 18, 1916, as a general cargo vessel for the Commercial Gas Company and plied the Irish Sea between Workington, Glasgow and Dublin. She was sold to the Kyle Shipping Company in 1957 and subsequently broken up.

This builder’s mirror-backed half-block model of the ship, (1.55m x 20cm x 38cm), is estimated at £2000-3000 in the Collectors auction at Spicers of Goole, East Yorkshire, on September 16.


George III gold gentleman’s memento mori ring – estimate £600-800 at Batemans.

This George III gold gentleman’s memento mori ring inscribed to the black enamel band R Dickson Skine Esq Died 9 Feb 1791 Aged 71 is estimated at £600-800 in the Batemans Jewellery & Watches, Silver & Gold, Coins & Banknotes auction in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on August 19.

Also on offer, guided at £400-600, is a gold memento mori portrait miniature brooch pendant, possibly 17th century, depicting King Charles I in armour wearing a medal and with a skull to his side.