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Among the most famous of all war horses was Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington’s steed.

Of mixed thoroughbred and Arabian parentage, Copenhagen had originally been a race horse before he was sold to a colonel acting on behalf of the duke. This hairwork bracelet bears the inscription From the Mane of the Charger Copenhagen which carried the Duke of Wellington 18 successive hours on the 18th June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo.

The 7in (18.5cm) long piece is estimated at £800-1200 in Dix Noonan Webb’s jewellery, watches and objects of vertu sale on June 26 in Piccadilly, London.

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This Victorian officer’s helmet of the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards almost certainly belonged to Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, who served between 1851-61.

Wingfield is credited with being the inventor of lawn tennis, patenting his version of the ‘ancient game of tennis’ in Great Britain in 1874. It spread quickly, leading to the first official Major Championship at Wimbledon in 1877.

The helmet is estimated at £1500-2000 in Thomas Del Mar’s sale of Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria at 25 Blythe Road in London on June 27.

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A Cornish seascape by Pre-Raphaelite painter Arthur Hughes (1832-1915) will go under the hammer for the first time in over a century at Ewbank’s in Woking, Surrey, on June 21.

The signed 8 x 16in (21 x 40cm) oil on canvas was gifted in 1907 to a Mary Finch and has since passed by descent.

Hughes would retreat to what he called ‘the blessed Land of Cornwall’ on many occasions later in his career, painting the county’s rocky and rugged coastline.

Estimate £500-1000.

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A selection of post-war furniture will go under the hammer on day two of Bristol Auction Rooms’ sale in Ashton on June 20-21.

This classic Charles Eames chair and footstool was purchased by the vendor when they worked for the US firm Herman Miller in the late 1970s and early '80s. Estimate £600-800.

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