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This detailed scratch-built flying scale model of a First World War SE5a British fighter biplane above is guided at £350-500 at Special Auction Services on July 24 in Newbury, Berkshire.

The 3ft 3in (1m) wide model is made from wood and fabric and features dummy guns and a cockpit with a pilot’s wicker seat.

SAS’s Transport Auction is being dedicated this year to collector Richard Howard and will include the first part of his collection of model toy boats and planes.

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A 14-lot collection of 19th century British ‘tinsel’ pictures has been consigned to Roseberys London’s Craft & Tradition sale in West Norwood on July 19.

‘Tinsel’ pictures were at their height during the 19th century, typically featuring popular theatrical figures and embellished with silks, satins and metallic or copper foil from tea or cigar packages. The prints were bought for a penny and could be altered at home with the owner’s own decorations.

This 10 x 8in (25 x 21cm) theatrical tinsel picture above depicts the Master Owen as Young Norval in the play Douglas. It is one of two mid-19th century examples, applied with foil and silk decoration, guided in the same lot at £200-300.

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This late 19th century English novelty gilt desk clock above is guided at £200-300 in Hutchinson Scott’s two-day sale in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on July 19-20.

Formed as a well-dressed gentleman standing by a silver-plated bicycle, the 6in (15cm) high piece has a spring driven movement made by The British United Clock Company and is numbered RD 214025.

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Shown above is a c.1920s-30s lithographed automaton of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. When the toy is wound with a key, two Grenadier Guards with rifles on their shoulders march towards each other, turn, and march in opposite directions back to their sentry boxes.

This piece, alongside other toys from the 1920s and ‘30s, will feature in the July 21 Vintage & Antique Toy Sale at Mitchells of Cockermouth in Cumbria.

Estimate £200-£300.

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