1. Indian gharial taxidermy

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This small rare Indian gharial stuffed by Rowland Ward of Piccadilly is to be offered at Summers Place Auctions’ sale of natural history in Bilingshurst, West Sussex, on November 20. The c.1920 specimen is estimated at £700-900. Although common at the time this case was produced, the gharial is now highly endangered and there may be no more than 200 left. This example of taxidermy is stuffed by Rowland Ward of Piccadilly.

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2. George III display cabinets

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A pair of late George III satinwood, purplewood and polychrome painted display cabinets in the manner of London maker Seddon, Son & Shackleton will be offered at Pedestal’s Fine Interiors including silver sale at Moor Park Mansion, Rickmansworth on November 21. The cabinets are inlaid with boxwood and ebonised lines and are inscribed to the reverse 'Hope Esq....' ,70cm wide, 41cm deep, 169cm high. They are estimated at £5000-7000.

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3. Medieval manuscript leaves


A single-owner collection of manuscript leaves dating to the Middle Ages has been consigned to Thomson Roddick’s sale in Carlisle on November 21. Mainly originating from medieval copies of the Book of Hours, the leaves vary in estimate from £300-2500. This 6 x 5in (16 x 12cm) 15th century example features a miniature of Kind David at prayer below three lines of Latin text that constitute the opening of The Seven Penitential Psalms. Probably originating from Paris c.1440, the leaf is guided at £300-500.

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4. Ivory double comb

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This carved and stained ivory double comb in the 14th century Gothic style is French 19th century or earlier. Each side is carved with a rectangular panel divided into three sections by pillars below arches and carved with religious scenes. It is from the Cowell Family ivories a collection by Mr and Mrs George Cowell who collected at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1925, on Mrs Cowells death, ‘Treasues Of Art’ from the collection numbering some 20 items were given to the Victoria & Albert Museum. The comb is estimated at £330-500 at Bleasdales in Warwick on November 21. 

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5. Delftware charger


A single-owner collection of more than 100 pieces of Delftware, including plates, chargers, baluster vases and flower bricks, will go under the hammer at Jones & Jacob of Watlington in south Oxfordshire on November 24. The group was assembled by the late Dr John Black, who devoted himself to the study and repair of ceramics after retiring from an academic career in 1989. The mostly 18th century pieces will be sold individually and in small groups with guide prices but no reserves. This c.1730-40 Vauxhall delft charger with iron red floral decoration, measuring 13½in (34.5cm) wide and formerly with early English pottery dealer Gary Atkins, is estimated at £300-500.

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6. Titanic stewardess brooch

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White Star Line stewardess Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, and is reputed to have been wearing this small paste-set crossover brooch. It has been consigned to Bellmans in Winchester and will go under the hammer on November 22, estimated at £300-500. According to the vendor, it was given to their father Michael Byrne by Jessop when the pair became friends working for the merged Cunard-White Star Line. Jessop is believed to have given the brooch when he was discharged to get married in 1936, telling Byrne that it had survived the Titanic with her and to give it to his wife.

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