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A 3ft 6in x 2ft 1in (63cm x 1.07m) travel poster promoting the delights of the Irish countryside is guided at €400-600 in The Eclectic Collector sale held at Whyte’s of Dublin on September 9.

The Land of Eternal Youth was designed by R Breslin for Great Southern Railways (GSR), and depicts a young man and woman in a landscape.

The GSR was created in 1924 when four companies were amalgamated. It owned and operated all railways in the Irish Free State until 1945.


A locket up for auction in London is reputed to have been commissioned by Queen Henrietta Maria after the execution of her husband Charles I in 1649. The silver heart-shaped memorial locket, one of several made, was apparently gifted to Abraham Symonds, Charles’ banker.

Latterly, it came into the possession of Admiral Sir William Tennant (1890-1963), a British naval officer known for his success in overseeing the evacuation of the army in 1940 from the beaches of Dunkirk. On his death, the locket was bequeathed to the present vendor’s mother, Admiral Sir William’s god-daughter.

The locket opens to reveal a small oval badge with a profile of Charles I, after a portrait by medallist Thomas Rawlins (1620-70). The front of the locket is engraved with a heart pierced by two arrows, and the words I Live and Dy in loyalty. The reverse reads Prepared bee to follow me C R.

It is estimated at £800-1200 in Dix Noonan Webb’s jewellery sale in London on September 5 and includes two letters from Tennant’s brother, RD Tennant, regarding the transfer of the locket to the beneficiary.


Catalogued as Circle of Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807), a c.1785 canvas depicting ‘The Return of Telemachus’, a scene from the Odyssey, will feature in Special Auction Services’ sale in Newbury, Berkshire on September 5.

Dated c.1785, the auction house has suggested that the 3ft 2in x 4ft 4in (98cm x 1.33m) oil on canvas might be a contemporary mechanical copy produced for Matthew Boulton at his Soho Manufactory in Birmingham.

Several copies of this and other Kauffmann paintings were made between 1780-90 at the behest of Boulton, who worked closely with contemporary artists, making copies of their work available to the masses.

The canvas may have been finished by Joseph Barney (1753-1832), a student of Kauffmann’s husband, Antonio Zucchi, and known to Boulton.

Estimate £1500-2000.

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Hand-built in the 1970s and ‘80s, a wood scale model of the Cutty Sark will go under the hammer at Gildings on September 5 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

The model of the famous clipper was built by a deceased local gentleman who had a long career in the engineering industry and a personal interest in ships and nautical art. It measures 5ft 6in (1.67m) long and is estimated at £1000-1500.