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Eye on an Object: 17th century portrait of Mother Louse from new venture

27 May 2024

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Cryptography book creates a Shakespearean drama

20 May 2024

Cryptoryptomentyces et Cryptographiae has been described as ‘arguably the most complete tome on esoteric cryptography ever published’, an esoteric claim to fame in itself.

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Lakes picture book comes with links to Liverpool worthies

22 April 2024

Daniel Daulby of Liverpool, a brewer and collector of prints and drawings, was also a compiler of a catalogue of Rembrandt etchings.

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Lost in non-translation: honour won by a blagger

01 April 2024

On February 29 Fellows (25% buyer’s premium) of Birmingham held its inaugural Monies, Medals & Militaria sale.

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Dawgs gives visitors lots to chew over

25 March 2024

Among the many recommendations on the Facebook page of Spotty Dawgs Antiques & Used Furniture is a particularly praiseworthy one in which the poster has said that he would pay an entrance fee to wander round this treasure trove all day.

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Copeland dinner service came from Lowther sale

18 December 2023

There were many massive English country house sales in the 20th century but the largest by volume was the contents sale at Lowther Castle during April, May and June 1947.

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Strong Winifred Nicholson result outside London

06 November 2023

A high price for a Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) picture sold outside the main London rooms came recently in Cumbria.

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Peter Orr silver trophy races away to 10 times low estimate

23 October 2023

This colonial-era Indian silver horse racing trophy is marked for Peter Orr and Sons of Madras.

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Doulton jug does its Nelson duty

28 August 2023

The salt-glazed portrait jug of Nelson by Doulton & Watts of Lambeth is considered the first character jug made by Doulton

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Eurich’s mystery girl makes notable price

28 August 2023

The artist Richard Ernst Eurich (1903-92) is rather hard to categorise.

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Gallantry medal was awarded to policeman who tackled a pair of murderers

07 August 2023

A Queen’s Gallantry Medal in its case of issue awarded to a police constable who helped to catch two violent escaped prisoners sold for £2400 at auction.

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Your photo calling card: the carte de visite craze

24 July 2023

Just as stereoscope images became a Victorian collecting craze, another notable photographic fad of the era was the carte de visite

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Tall tales from Patagonia

26 June 2023

A rare work of 1767 called A Journal of a Voyage Round the World in His Majesty’s Ship The Dolphin… was offered by Thomson Roddick (20% buyer’s premium) in Carlisle.

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One of Fell’s final works comes to auction

05 June 2023

A drawing by Sheila Fell (1931-79) offered in Cockermouth showed how strong demand can emerge even for a simple sketch.

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Cumbrian house packed full of Mouseman

22 May 2023

The 33 pieces of ‘Mouseman’ furniture on offer at Carlisle auction house Thomson Roddick (20% buyer’s premium) all came from a Cumbrian Georgian country house where they had been since at least before 1950.

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Bookplate boosts Sackville-West debut novel result

08 May 2023

The best-selling lot in a recent Carlisle auction was a 1919, Collins first of Heritage, the debut novel of Vita Sackville-West, who at that time was better known for her poetry.

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Styles sculpture tribute to mark Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh silver wedding anniversary

01 May 2023

Alex Styles (1922-2017) was in 1966 given a glowing accolade in The Times: “Many think he is the finest designer of hand-made silver in England.”

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Seeing double eagle heads while drinking

17 April 2023

Enamelled imperial eagle tankards or 'reichsadlerhumpen' – large three or four-litre glass drinking vessels enamelled with the 56 coats of arms and the quaternion eagle of the Holy Roman Empire – were popular from the 16th to the late 18th century.

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Webs of intrigue from spiders and a controversial cleric

10 April 2023

Shown here is what would be an arachnophobe’s nightmare: one of the 29 hand-coloured engraved plates that illustrate a copy of John Blackwell’s 'History of Spiders of Great Britain and Ireland'.

Regency bronze candlesticks

English candlesticks created with Egyptian style

13 March 2023

This pair of English Regency bronze candlesticks in Egyptian revival taste sold for £1800 at Laidlaw (20% buyer’s premium).