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A Victorian vanity case still containing personal items belonging to its original owner will feature in Chiswick Auctions’ Silver & Objects of Vertu sale in London on October 31.

Made by Betjemann & Sons in 1874, the sterling silver and ivory fitted coromandel travelling case was owned by Clara Gardiner Muir (d.1952) of Postlip Hall, Cheltenham. Possibly a gift from her mother, the assortment of needlework and grooming items are all inscribed with the motto, crest and coat of arms of the Muir family.

The case includes contains original letters, photographs, Christmas cards and a dance card. Estimate £3000-4000.


A 1970s tiger’s eye necklace by Cartier is among the jewellery highlights in Fellows’ October 12 sale in Birmingham, estimated at £2500-3500.

Cartier first started using tiger’s eye in its jewellery as early as 1882, soon after the gemstone was introduced in Paris.


Thomson Roddick’s October 11 sale in Carlisle will feature this box of pressed New Zealand ferns and photographs guided at £3000-4000.

Dating from the mid to late 19th century, the box contains 19 mounted and pressed fern specimens, each measuring 18 x 14in (46 x 36cm), together with 18 sepia photographs depicting The Terraces by Lake Rotomahana. The box is carved from a native wood.

The group has come from the estate of the late English actor, Geoffrey Bayldon (1924- 2017), and his partner, the New Zealand actor Alan Rowe (1926-2000).

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Toy maker Britains embarked upon its extensive circus range in 1936, producing toys for the series in limited numbers until war broke out in 1939.

This Roundabout 1439 example still retains an original Harrods receipt from 1936 and its original box. Estimated at £2500-4000, it forms part of a single-owner sale of Jeanne Burley’s toy collection which will be offered at C&T Auctioneers on October 10 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

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