George II bell by Francis Garthorne, London c.1727, estimated at £7000-10,000 at Woolley & Wallis.

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This 3in (7cm) silver-gilt George II bell by Francis Garthorne, London c.1727, bears the inscription One of the bells belonging to the canopy born over King George the Second at his Coronation.

It was given to the Lady Eliz Germain by her brother, the Hon George Berkeley, one of the barons of the Cinque Ports.

The bell comes by descent for sale at Woolley & Wallis in Salisbury on April 19 and is estimated at £7000-10,000.

A small group of coronation bells survive today, of which the earliest example is thought to have been used at the coronation of Charles II in 1660. A similar George II bell with a later baluster handle sold at Christie’s in 2009 as part of the property of the Duke of Kent.

At the coronation of King George II, held on the October 11, 1727, the Canopy of State was carried by the members of parliament of the Cinque Ports. In his position as MP for Dover, George Berkeley was appointed as a canopy bearer.*


Landscape with Cattle in Sunshine by Sir William Nicholson, estimate £12,000-18,000 at Thomson Roddick Callan.

This oil on panel by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) titled Landscape with Cattle in Sunshine was painted in the early summer of 1933 when the artist was staying with the Hamilton family of Rozelle House in Ayr.

It comes to the market through family descent with an estimate of £12,000-18,000 at Thomson Roddick Callan in Ayr on April 20.*


The Botanist’s Repository… by Henry Charles Andrews, estimated at £3000-4000 at Rowley Fine Art.

Shown here is a work by Henry Charles Andrews, The Botanist’s Repository Comprising Coloured Engravings of New and Rare Plants Only with Botanical Descriptions in Latin and English, after the Linnaean System, printed by T Bensley, published by the author, 1797. It comprises volumes 1-9 (of 10) with 608 hand-coloured engraved plates, many folding, and is finely bound in contemporary full green morocco, withspines slightly rubbed.

It is estimated at £3000-4000 on April 15 at Rowley Fine Art of Ely, Cambridgeshire, in the Antiques, Interiors and Collectables Auction which includes a large collection of early travel and natural history antiquarian books from a Suffolk country house: The Property of a Gentleman.*


Travel poster for Royal Mail Lines, estimated at £150-300 at Antikbar.

This vintage travel poster for Royal Mail Lines advertises a 12-day cruise to Northern Capitals from Southampton to Hamburg.

It recommends taking the tour After the Coronation, an indication that is was created in the mid-1930s in anticipation of the coronation of Edward VIII or, following the abdication, his brother George VI.

At London poster specialist Antikbar on April 22 it has a guide of £150-300.*


Pair of decanters attributed to the Penrose glass factory, estimated at €1000-1500 at Adam’s.

‘The Land We Live In’ is a toast that appears on a number of Irish decanters made in Cork and Waterford.

Many are accompanied by sprays of Union flowers and the monograms of the original owners.

This pair of full size 9in (23cm) high decanters attributed to the Penrose glass factory are engraved with a thistle and initials JM beneath the bannered motto.

They carry an estimate of €1000-1500 at an Adam’s sale titled The Irish Vernacular in Dublin on April 12.*


The Household Cookery Book by Urbain Dubois, estimated at £400-500 at Richard Winterton.

A cookery book whose renowned author coined the term ‘chef’ and laid the blueprint for modern restaurant dining is on offer at Richard Winterton in Lichfield on April 3.

Published in 1871, The Household Cookery Book is by famous French cuisinier Urbain Dubois.

Previous volumes by him expounded intricate culinary art such as elaborate, architectural pièce montée – decorative confectionery centrepieces.

However, The Household Cookery Book sought to demystify recipes and bring good food to family homes on a budget.

It features such mouth-watering fare as artichoke bottoms à la Villeroi, galantine of turkey with aspic-jelly and sheep’s tongues with turnips.

Published in London by Longmans, Green and Co and now long out of print, it is estimated at £400-500.*


Late 19th century snow shoes, estimated at £200-300 at Mander Auctions’ Fine Art.

Mander Auctions’ Fine Art sale on April 21-22 in Newton, Suffolk, will include this pair of late 19th century snow shoes, carved with the initials LEGO.

They possibly relate to Lawrence Edward Grace Oates (1880-1912) the explorer who died during the Terra Nova Expedition as a member of Captain Scott’s group in the south pole in 1912. According to the vendor, the shoes were removed from a barn in Gestingthorpe many years ago, which is where his father William Oates moved the family to in 1891.

Estimate £200-300.*


Oil on panel by Lionel Edwards, estimated at £5000-8000 at Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

A signed and inscribed oil on panel by artist Lionel Edwards is on offer at Greenslade Taylor Hunt’s Spring Sporting Sale in Taunton on April 6.

The painting featuring huntsmen and hounds is signed by the artist and is inscribed wet evening, Horner to the top. It has been consigned by a north Somerset vendor.

Estimate £5000-8000.*


An original ‘totem’ sign from Cockermouth station, estimated at £500-800 at Mitchells.

A huge single owner of 00-gauge railway and railwayana from a deceased estate will be auctioned at Mitchells of Cockermouth on April 13.When the auctioneers visited a modest home in west Cumbria they found over 1000 locomotives (over 400 of them boxed), approximately 3000 pieces of model rolling stock and close to 800 specialist railway books.

Sale highlights include two original ‘totem’ signs from Cockermouth station which closed in 1966, just before the demise of the Penrith to West Coast line.

The signs have estimates of £500-800 each.*


Radicon tinplate robot, estimated in the region of £10,000 at McTear’s.

This rare Japanese tinplate robot is on offer at the April 7 sale of Antiques & Interiors Auction at McTear’s in Glasgow. The Radicon Robot was the first of the famous ‘Gang of Five’ skirted robots produced by Masudaya in the late 1950s. This example is lacking the tall antenna but comes with box and controller.

The auction house has hopes in the region of £10,000.*


South African Dinky 155 Ford Anglia Saloon, estimated at £280-340 Vectis.

This South African Dinky 155 Ford Anglia Saloon in a standard issue box has a guide of £280-340 at the diecast model sale held by toy specialist Vectis in Stockton-on-Tees on April 12.

South African Dinky Toys are rare. To escape a levy on finished goods, Meccano briefly experimented with shipping Dinky Toy parts to South Africa, where models were assembled and painted locally.

Toys using English parts were made between 1962-63 while a further six models used bare metal parts imported from the French factory in 1966.*


Canton gilt-ground urn and cover, estimated at £2000-3000 at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

This 18in (46cm) Canton gilt-ground urn and cover of neoclassical form is estimated at £2000-3000 in the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auction on April 25-26 in Exeter. It forms part of a single-owner collection of Canton porcelain.*