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A ‘structurally sound’ early 20th century French oak architectural model of an ambitious double staircase is included in a sale of furniture and works of art at Roseberys London on November 22 in West Norwood.

The 15in (39cm) high piece bears traces of an old, thick varnish and carries an estimate of £300-500.

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White Star Line stewardess Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, with this small paste-set crossover brooch (above) reputed to have been on her at the time. It has been consigned to Bellmans in Winchester and will go under the hammer on November 21-22, estimated at £300-500.

According to the vendor, it was gifted to their father Michael Byrne by Jessop when the pair became friends working for the merged Cunard-White Star Line. Jessop is believed to have given the brooch when Byrne was discharged to get married in 1936, telling him that it had survived the Titanic with her and to give it to his wife.


Games, especially playing cards, were a popular fundraising and awareness tool for the Suffrage campaign.

A complete 48-card game, illustrated by Punch magazine’s Edward Tennyson Reed (1860-1933), was among those sold by the Women’s Social & Political Union.

Called Panko, or Votes For Women – The Great Card Game, Suffragists v Anti-Suffragist, an example is included in a November 28 sale of toys, models and collectables at Tennants of Leyburn in North Yorkshire. Estimate £150-200.


This side-on view portrait by artist Andrew Beer (1862-1954), above, depicts the prize-racing pigeon Old Derby.

During the Second World War, Old Derby was one of thousands of pigeons used as a message carrier for the Special Section of the Royal Signals.

According to the catalogue note, the bird was dropped over enemy territory in 1941 and returned with valuable information.

The 11½ x 15in (29 x 39cm) oil on canvas is guided at £250-350 at Clevedon Salerooms on November 22 in Bristol.

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