Freedom box by Richard Garde, who worked in Broad Lane, Cork, estimate £3000-4000 at Noonans.

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Freedom boxes were used as presentation pieces and given to persons who received the honorary freedom of a city or town. They were then exempt from further payment of tolls.

A large number of these boxes were manufactured in Dublin, Youghal, Limerick and especially Cork, which was generous in granting this honour.

This silver-gilt box pictured above, by Richard Garde, who worked in Broad Lane, Cork City from 1824-38, carries the inscription The Freedom at Large of the City of Cork was unanimously voted to Liet.t Gen.L Lord Combermere. Commanding His Majesty’s Forces In Ireland. Sept. 18th 1824.

It has an estimate of £3000-4000 as part of the Silver and Jewellery sale at Noonans in Mayfair on March 12.


Retail or trade fair animated display for Corgi, estimate £1000-1500 at TW Gaze.

The first toy sale of 2024 at TW Gaze of Diss includes this unusual and possibly unique retail or trade fair animated display for Corgi.

It features 16 diecast model vehicles, the lower section as a circular rotating motorway, the central section with three alternating dioramas with moving parts including bonnets and boots opening and closing, truck tipping, tractor shovel rising and lowering and hydraulic crane truck extending and lowering.

The display is housed within a blue and yellow painted ply casing with a Corgi logo to the front and light-up top (the electric motor does not work, though).

Measuring about 17in high x 16½in wide (43 x 42.5cm), the display is estimated at £1000-1500 on March 12.


Watercolour by JMW Turner of Hampton Court Castle, Herefordshire, estimate £30,000-50,000 at Minster Auctions.

A watercolour by JMW Turner (1775-1851) is to be offered at Minster Auctions in Leominster, Herefordshire, on March 6.

The 12¾ x 17in (32 x 43cm) work on paper laid down on card depicts a view of Hampton Court Castle, Herefordshire, from the south east. Datable to c.1796, it is believed to be one of a group of works depicting the property and its parkland painted for Viscount Malden who lived there from 1781-99.

A preparatory drawing for this view can be seen in Turner’s 1795 south Wales sketchbook in the Victoria and Albert Museum and Andrew Wilton has confirmed that the Minster watercolour is the work listed as No 98 in his 1979 catalogue raisonné on Turner.

When Hampton Court Castle (which dates back to the 15th century) was purchased by Richard Arkwright in 1812 the watercolour passed to the Arkwright family as part of the contents.

It transferred with other contents to another Arkwright home, Kinsham Court, Herefordshire, in 1911-12 and has remained in the family since.

Estimate £30,000-50,000.


Fairground carving model of Joseph Chamberlain from a carousel of 12 centaurs, 1900, estimate £6000-8000 at Sworders.

Sworders will sell 47 lots from the John Barker collection of late 19th and early 20th century fairground horses, carvings and regalia on March 7. Barker has collected fairground art for over half a century.

Among his favourite pieces in the sale is a torso mount from a famous ride created by the celebrated Burton-on-Trent carver Charles Spooner. This model of Joseph Chamberlain wearing a tam-o’-shanter and monocle was part of very topical carousel of 12 centaurs carved with the heads of Boer War leaders that debuted at the Neath fair in Swansea in September 1900.

Chamberlain, then secretary of state for the colonies, was not first choice with the punters who preferred to ride Kitchener, Roberts, Baden-Powell or other ‘war heroes’. Quietly removed from the ride and replaced, it was unlikely Spooner ever carved another.

This lot, the 2ft 5in (73cm) top half of the figure, is expected to bring £6000-8000.


Gorringe’s is offering works by writer and traveller Emily Eden, estimate £25,000-35,000.

Gorringe’s auction in Lewes, East Sussex, on March 12 includes works by the writer and traveller, Emily Eden (1797-1869), such as an album of 14 watercolour sketches.

They were executed on board the frigate Jupiter during her four-month trip to India, accompanied by her brother George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland and Governor-General of India (1836-42).

A folio of 28 hand-coloured lithographs - Portraits of Princes and Peoples of India, published in 1844 - is also offered.

Both lots carry estimates of £25,000-35,000.


Late 18th to early 19th century Japanned secretaire cabinet, estimate £800-1200 at Fellows.

The Country House Auction at Fellows in Birmingham on March 5 includes this late 18th to early 19th century Japanned secretaire cabinet.

Featuring gilt Chinoiserie scenes of figures in gardens with flowers and birds, the upper section’s double doors open to reveal a configuration of drawers with a writing desk.

Dimensions are 6ft 4in x 3ft 5in x 22in (1.93m x 1.04m x 56cm) and the estimate is £800-1200.


Mouseman English oak tall double wardrobe, estimate £5000-7000 at Tennants.

Early furniture made by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson will be offered in the 20th Century Design Sale at Tennants on March 2. Drawn from several private collections, many of the pieces are sold with excellent provenance and all date from the 1920s-30s.

Among them is a fine group of bedroom furniture made for Kate Elwell, who was Thompson’s secretary for several years.

Led by an English oak tall double wardrobe estimated at £5000-7000 (pictured here), this group also includes an unusually small English oak wardrobe (£3000-5000), an English oak 3ft (91.5cm) bedstead (£400-600) and two fenders (£300-500 each).

In addition to her secretarial work, Elwell helped paint any polychromed pieces that were commissioned, and she continued to work at the Mouseman workshop in Kilburn until she married in 1938.


Untitled abstract study by Turkish artist Mubin Orhon, estimate £3000-5000 at John Nicholson’s.

The Islamic and Oriental auction on March 5 at John Nicholson’s includes this work by Turkish artist Mubin Orhon (1924-81).

The untitled abstract study in red, painted on board, is signed and dated ‘75 and also signed and dated to the verso - inscribed Mubin 1975 Paris Boulevard Raspail.

In the original frame, unglazed, the painting measures 3ft 3in x 2ft 2in (98 x 67cm) and is estimated at £3000-5000 in the Fernhurst auction.


A race suit worn by Sir Stirling Moss, estimate £3500-5000 at Irita Marriott Auctioneers.

Photo: Rob Arnold

A race suit worn by motorsport legend Sir Stirling Moss is on the starting grid for auction with an estimate of £3500-5000.

Personally authenticated and signed by Sir Stirling, the full-body racing suit in blue bearing a Ferrari logo and the star’s signature on a front pocket has belonged to motors fan Rob Arnold for nine years. Arnold is also parting with a white racing helmet, £200-400, and racing gloves signed by the F1 star offered individually guided at £100-200 each.

All will go under the hammer at Irita Marriott Auctioneers on March 14.

Arnold is owner of Automobilia UK, which supplies vintage petrol pumps, globes, signs and general automobilia and is based near the saleroom in Melbourne, Derbyshire.

London-born Sir Stirling Moss OBE (1929-2020) won 212 of the 529 races he entered across different motor sports. He has been described as ‘the greatest driver never to win the F1 World Championship’. In a seven-year span between 1955-61 he finished in second place four times and in third place three times.