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An assortment of antique and vintage fashion and textiles is going under the hammer in a dedicated sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions on February 27 in Bermondsey, London.

Among several single-owner collections is a 15-lot group of vanity purses and bags dating from the 18th century to the 1960s.

Pictured here is a wool and gilt metal chatelaine purse, probably German, engraved to the hook with the date 1794 and the monogram MPD. Embroidered with scrolling and floral motifs in woollen threads, it is guided at £200-300.


Furniture by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson stars among the material on offer in Peter Wilson’s March 2 sale in Nantwich, Cheshire. The 12-lot group comprises tables, chairs and smaller Mouseman creations kept for over 50 years in two properties in Lancaster and Southport.

Larger pieces include an octagonal dining table estimated at £1500-2000, while this 15in (38cm) long oval cheeseboard is estimated at £120-220.


This 10 cent ‘Fractional Currency’ American bank note was apparently recovered from the body of Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid.

A later typewritten inscription accompanying the 1874-76 issued bill states it was found by Yginio Salazar, a close friend and member of the infamous gunslinger’s posse.

It reads: “Although he had, at various times, stolen stock worth thousands of dollars and made much money in other ways, yet Billy the Kid had only a few bills of low denomination on his body when he was killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett at Pete Maxwell’s house at Whiteoaks New Mexico. Here is one of the bills, taken from the body by Ighenio Salazar [sic], before its removal for burial at Fort Sumner.”

The note was discovered by the vendor while clearing her deceased grandfather’s property and has been consigned to East Bristol Auctions’ sale on February 24. It is thought to have been acquired either on a trip to the US in the 1980s or during military service at the end of the Second World War.

The auction house said little is known about the note apart from the typewritten inscription, including whether Salazar was present during the time surrounding Billy the Kid’s death or at his funeral. The note is in poor condition. Estimate £200-300.


This well-travelled c.1920 vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase is one of 342 lots of art and antiques going under the hammer in Adam’s latest At Home auction on February 26 in Dublin.

Made from tan leather with a stamped fitted lock and leatherwrapped carrying handle, the 20 x 13in (51 x 33cm) case is estimated at €300-500.