1. Silver Suffragette pepperette – £800-900
This Edwardian silver pepperette modelled as a Suffragette holding two ivorine placards, one inscribed Vote for Women, the other, We Can Make Things Hot For You, is guided at £800-900 at an auction of Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu at Dix Noonan Webb in central London on June 18.
The piece is stamped with the maker’s mark of Saunders & Shepherd, Chester 1908.
2. Cromwellian mortuary sword – £500-700
Modern and antique gun specialist Holts will hold its next sale on June 18, the second to take place at its new central London venue in Kensington. The auction contains a range of modern sporting guns as well as collectable vintage and antique arms, accessories and militaria.
A highlight is a 2ft 10in (89cm) long English Cromwellian mortuary sword with a straight single-edged spear-point blade dating to c.1670. It also has an iron basket hilt and is carved with naïve foliage and human masks.
3. Martin Brothers vase – £300-500
This early Martin Brothers stoneware vase is one of more than 40 lots dedicated to the idiosyncratic London pottery on offer in an Arts & Crafts auction at Salisbury saleroom Woolley & Wallis on June 19.
Measuring 7in (18cm) high and incised for Robert Wallace Martin (1843-1923), London 3 77, the vase is decorated with bands of stylised flowers and foliage in blue, brown and ochre.
4. Marc Chagall etching – £500-700
Between 1928-31, Marc Chagall (1887-1985) produced a series of black and white etchings inspired by the fables of the 17th century French poet Jean de La Fontaine and published by the renowned art dealer, Ambrose Vollard, in 1952.
This limited-edition signed etching, The Dog Who Carried on His Neck the Dinner of His Master, depicts the tale of a dog who was trained to deliver his master’s midday meal to his place of work without being tempted to eat it on the way. The story, which ends with the dog sharing the meal with a group of large and aggressive canines that waylay him, was a political comment on the misuse of public funds by those in authority.
It will be offered at Tayler & Fletcher’s north Cotswold saleroom in Bourton-on-the- Water on June 20 and is estimated at £500-700.
5. An early letter by Winston Churchill – £1000-1500
An early letter written by Winston Churchill (1874-1965) during his brief ‘defection’ from the Conservatives to the Liberal opposition will be offered for sale at Berkshire saleroom Dawson’s in Maidenhead on June 22.
The letter – dated January 15, 1906, on ‘Colonial Office, Downing Street’ headed paper – was hand-written to Rev William Turner, a local supporter of the Liberal movement in Manchester.
Churchill’s successful election as Liberal MP for Manchester North West came nearly two years after he had ‘crossed the floor’ of the House of Commons following his opposition to the government’s Alien Bill, which he viewed as a thinly disguised effort at anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant electioneering by the Conservative British government.
The letter has passed by descent in the Turner family and will be offered for sale with a £1000-1500 estimate.