Billed as the largest collection of its type to be offered at auction in living memory, a group of 15,000 cap badges will go under the hammer in a dedicated sale at Thomas Del Mar on April 24 at 25 Blythe Road, west London.
Split across 500 lots, the collection was assembled by the late British historian and archaeologist, Antony Charles Thomas (1928-2016). It incorporates cap badges from all over the world and from all the services as well as schools. Estimates vary from £40-1500.
Among the highlights is an officer’s gilt helmet-plate centre of the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry dating from 1851 which is estimated at £200-300.
This large 19th century Continental Gothic revival walnut hall stand shown above will go under the hammer at Mander Auctioneers of Sudbury on April 21.
Estimated at £300-400, the 8ft 7in x 4ft 3in (2.64 x 1.3m) piece sports a cornice fret carved with trefoil decoration to the top and a central arched mirror with a bevelled plate flanked by wrought-iron hooks.
Fellows of Birmingham will offer a mid-Victorian gold brooch, c.1870, designed as a textured chimera with a scrolling tail, in a sale of antique and modern jewellery on April 12. It has French assay marks and is estimated at £300-400.
Higher-estimated items in the sale include a late 19th century diamond bodice ornament, guided at £25,000-35,000, and a Van Cleef & Arpels 1970s 18ct gold and oxidised metal, ruby and diamond necklace, estimated at £16,000-22,000.
A PenDelfin ‘Tipsy Witch’ is estimated at £100-200 in the Potteries Auctions sale in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire on April 14.
The Tipsy Witch model was designed between 1953-59 by Jean Walmsley Heap, who started PenDelfin with Jeannie Todd in the early 1950s originally as a present-making hobby for family and friends
The name derives from the nearby hill in Burnley called Pendle Hill – notorious for tales of witches and the supernatural.