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Tennants’ Country House Sale on October 14 in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, features the selected contents of Shortflatt Tower in Northumberland.

Dating to the mid-13th century, the traditional north-country fortified pele tower has been in the hands of the same family since the 18th century.

Silver teapots, Meissen porcelain and 18th century oak tables will be offered alongside other antique furnishings. A George II provincial silver coffee pot by James Kirkup, Newcastle is estimated at £600-800. or see this item on

A sporting and country pursuits auction on October 13 at Dickins Auctioneers in Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, will feature a painting of a prize-winning Suffolk Punch stallion and its handler.

The 20in x 2ft (51 x 61cm) oil on canvas was painted by WJ Stevenson and is inscribed Mr. N Sykes and Appollo and dated Sept 1870.

Estimate: £800-1000. or see this item on

An inter-war model of the Hawker Hind biplane RAF trainer by maker FROG will be included in Special Auction Services’ sale in Newbury, Berkshire, on October 19.

Finished in yellow and silver with the registration K2497, the c.1938 model comes in an original box with Hawker Hind printed on the lid sides and a factory-adapted Hart label on top.

The model was originally purchased at Hill’s in Blackpool in early 1941. Estimate £1000-1500. or see this item on

A ceramic plaque of mermaids created by the painter and sculptor Quentin Bell (1910-96) is estimated at £800-1200 in Cheffins’ October 12 sale in Cambridge.

Probably made at the Fulham Pottery, the relief is decorated with a brace of entwined mermaids and mounted to a 9 x 13in (24 x 32cm) hardwood plaque.

Bell, who was the son of Clive and Vanessa Bell and nephew of Virginia Woolf, grew up within the heart of the Bloomsbury Group, moving to Charleston in East Sussex when he was six.

He initially trained in fine art but moved to Stoke-on-Trent at the age of 25 to study pottery.

The plaque has been in the collection of the food writer Elisabeth Luard, who lived at Brynmeheryn, a Grade II-listed house in mid Wales or see this item on