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This mid-18th century quilt, embroidered in coloured silks with foxes, birds and foliage, is estimated at £700-1000 in Tennants’ May 13 sale in Leyburn.

The sale also features the second tranche of the Goodrich Court Collection of 19th century lace-making accessories and vintage textiles, including a c.1857 Crimean Hero linen damask banqueting cloth, woven with a band of portrait medallions to commemorate victory in the Crimea.


Among the famous dogs of the 1880s was Garryowen, an Irish red setter.

His owner was Dubliner James J Giltrap, a great uncle of James Joyce, who began entering Garryowen in shows in 1879. The dog quickly became a household name, winning shows in both Ireland and abroad where he was regarded as the pinnacle of hunting dog breeding. His stud fee was a princely five guineas.

As his dog’s fame grew and his trophy cabinet bulged, Giltrap commissioned a silversmith to make a champion’s collar, suspended with engraved medals representing each of Garryowen’s victories. The dog subsequently wore it at all show appearances. The collar is estimated at €800-1200 in Whyte’s May 6 auction in Dublin.


A carbon print by Herbert Ponting (1871-1935) showing Captain Scott and other members on the ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition is going under the hammer for the second time at Dominic Winter on May 10 in Cirencester.

It was snapped before the team left for the Great Ice Barrier in January 1911 to lay depots of provisions for the polar party the following year. Three of the four who accompanied Scott to the South Pole are included here – Captain Oates, Lieutenant Bowers and Dr Wilson. The print has been consigned by a UK collector who bought it from the auction house in May 2004 for £1500. Since then, increased selectivity over condition from collectors means the image, which has some small wormholes in the snow and a few spots, is now guided at £700-1000.


An unusual needlework sampler made to commemorate the worst lifeboat disaster in RNLI history is to be sold at Lawrences of Crewkerne on May 12.

The Victorian sampler relates to the Southport and St Anne’s lifeboats disaster in 1886, when the barque Mexico was caught in a storm off Liverpool. The whole crew of St Anne’s lifeboat and 14 of the 16 crew of Southport’s lifeboat Eliza Fernley died while trying to aid the ship.

The 2ft 10in x 17in (86 x 44cm) sampler includes photographs of two members who were lost, the memorial erected in their memory and a poem in the centre titled The Warriors of the Sea – a Lifeboat Story.

Estimate £1200-1500.