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This sword above was presented to Major Soame Cambier Jenyns, a senior officer who survived the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in 1854.

It was given to Jenyns by parishioners from the village of Bottisham where he lived and will be offered for sale at local Cambridge saleroom Willingham Auctions on January 5.

During the battle, Jenyns was left in command of the 13th Light Dragoons after his superiors were killed. In his account of the action, he recalled: “I had some narrow shaves, as indeed we all had. My cloak in front had three canister-shot through it, besides a piece of shell knocking off the end of it, and catching me on the knee, but only a severe bruise.”

Estimate £400-800.

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The art of Japanese cloisonné enamelling developed quickly during the Meiji era, when technological improvements were introduced from the West.

Among the cloisonné artists who flourished during this period was Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927), founder of a successful workshop in Kyoto. Yasuyuki’s skill lay in the way he sculpted the wires into different shapes and widths.

This late 19th century vase and cover, above, decorated in cloisonné enamel by Yasuyuki will go under the hammer in a three-day sale at Hampshire saleroom Hannam’s of Selborne from January 7-9.

The 5in (12cm) high piece has sustained damage to the lid and is guided at £1000-1500.

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