McTear’s Militaria, Maps & Ethnographica auction on February 1 includes this George V era silver presentation casket shown top, 10in wide x 6in deep x 5½in high (25.5 x 15.5 x 13.5cm).
By maker George & John Morgan, Glasgow 1931, the hinged caddy cover features the inscription Presented Along With The Burgess Ticket of the Burgh of Barony to the Right Honourable James Brown P.C., O.B.E., M.P., D.L., LL.D. in Recognition of his Eminent Services to his Native Land and Particularly to the Burgh of Girvan. Girvin, 7th October 1931.
The body shows the central Girvan coat of arms to one side. The silk-lined interior, contains a scrolled certificate with wax seal and minutes relating to Brown becoming a Freeman and Burgess of the Burgh.
Brown (1862-1939) was Labour MP for South Ayrshire from 1918-31 and from 1935 until his death.
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This Victorian walnut folding desk is clearly based on those made by the Wooton Desk Company of Indiana.
However, this is a Yorkshire-made piece, carrying the label of Thomas Simpson & Sons of Halifax. In its Victorian heyday, the business had a grand showroom in Silver Street, Halifax, as well as a workshop in Corporation Street, which contained the steam-powered machinery used in manufacturing.
Offered for sale by the Ripon-based Elstob & Elstob as part of a timed online sale that runs until January 8, it carries a guide price of £1000-1500.
Woolley & Wallis conducts its annual New Year sale of Furniture & Works of Art in Salisbury on January 18-19.
It features several private collections including candlesticks and early domestic metalwork from the family of Frederick William Robins, author of The Story of the Lamp and the Candle (1939).
This rare English copper alloy or latten candlestick, 5in (12cm) high, from the late medieval period, is estimated at £2000-3000.
This rare silk banner proclaiming the abolition of slavery in the British empire in 1834 forms part of a single-owner collection at Chiswick Auctions on January 18.
The blue and gold silk banner that reads August 1, 1834 Slavery in the British Dominions Utterly and for every Abolished is expected to bring £1000-2000.
The Slavery Abolition Act, which freed more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa as well as a small number in Canada, had received Royal Assent on August 28, 1833, but did not take effect until August 1, 1834.
The banner is one of many ‘cabinet of curiosity’ items assembled by a London dealer in mechanical and scientific antiques in the 1980s-90s. Most have been in storage for 20 years.
Pictured is a large Staffordshire porcelain two-handled loving cup painted with a foxhound standing over a dead hare in a landscape setting, titled DRUMMER opposing a gilt H monogram above the date 1849 within a frame of hops and barley, flanked by gilt weed above gilt banding.
The 6in (15cm) high unmarked cup is estimated at £200-300 at Toovey’s auction in Washington, West Sussex, on January 12.
This Arts & Crafts beaten silver goblet, London 1910, by makers Omar Ramsden and Alwyn Carr, is estimated at £700-1000 at Rogers Jones in Colwyn Bay on January 10.
The central pedestal is decorated with ball and stylised leaf detail and mounted with eight green cabochon form stones. It is inscribed under the base Omar Ramsden et Alwyn Carr me fecerunt MCMX and features monogrammed initials D M F to the upper bowl with June 10th 1937. The goblet stands 4½in (11.5cm) high and weighs 4ozt.
Shown here is October, Elm Park Gardens, one of two works by Frederick Gore (1913-2009) on offer at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on January 11 estimated at £5000-7000 each.
Signed lower right, inscribed to stretcher, the oil on canvas measures 3ft 2in x 4ft (95.5cm x 1.21m).
The other work is Playing Boules in the Market at Apt. (Vaucluse), also a signed oil on canvas, 3 x 4ft (90.5cm x 1.21m).