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Clothing with royal provenance will form part of Kerry Taylor Auctions’ Passion for Fashion auction on December 10 in Bermondsey, south-east London.

The four-lot group was passed down through the family of royal nanny Clara ‘Allah’ Knight, who worked for the royal family from Princess Elizabeth’s birth in 1926 until her coronation in 1953.

Among the group is a pair of Liberty-style print floral dresses with matching knickers worn by princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in c.1937, when the girls were around 11 and seven years of age.

Estimate £6000-10,000.


This original Southern Railway nameplate was produced for the ‘Schools’ Class locomotives, so called after the public schools in England they represented.

The cast brass plate was fixed to locomotive no 913, built in 1933 and named after Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex.

The plate was purchased for £15 by an employee at the Eastleigh works where the locomotive was subsequently scrapped, and it has since passed by descent. A counterpart nameplate is believed to be in the possession of Christ’s Hospital School

It will be included in Special Auction Services’ Trains Galore sale of model trains and railwayana in Newbury, Berkshire, on December 11-12.

Estimate £10,000-12,000.


A watercolour by Edward Bawden (1903-89) belonging to a small series of paintings the artist made in the late 1950s at Minions in Cornwall on the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor is coming up at auction.

It relates in style and subject to the watercolour Caradon, which the artist painted in 1958 and is now in the collection of the Tate gallery.

The 17¾ x 22in (45 x 56cm) work, titled View towards Henwood, Minions, Cornwall, is guided at £4000-6000 at Chiswick Auctions on December 12 in west London.

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