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Pictured above is a rare copy of the so-called ‘Vinegar Bible’. It was published in 1717 by J Baskett and became notorious for its many mistakes and misprints, including calling the Parable of the Vineyard in Luke 20 ‘The Parable of the Vinegar’.

The edition was so riddled with errors that one contemporary reviewer dubbed it ‘A Baskett of Errors’ after its publisher. It is guided at £1000-1500 in a two-day book sale at Keys of Aylsham near Norwich on April 11-12.


A sale of vintage fashion, textiles and sewing at Surrey saleroom Ewbank’s on April 11 is led by an early pocket book or purse dated c.1690-1720.

Pocket purses were worn under women’s outer garments from the mid-17th to 18th century. The motif of paired birds on this 4 x 6in (9.5 x 15.5cm) piece became popular during the dual monarchy of William and Mary. A similar design is used on a pocket purse in silver and red in the collections at the Met Museum in New York.

Estimate £400-600.

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A survivor of the Lakonia disaster who was wearing this bracelet when the Greek cruise ship sunk has consigned it to a sale run by Hansons on April 15 in Teddington, London.

The charm bracelet was owned by Pauling Moore, a former London model, who was on the Lakonia when it set sail from Southampton for an 11-day Christmas cruise of the Canary Islands in 1963. On the fourth evening, the ship caught fire when faulty electrical wiring caused a short circuit in the hair salon.

The crew were unable to save the ship and it sunk north of Madeira with the loss of 128 lives.

The bracelet will be sold with an estimate of £1050.

hansonsauctioneers.co.uk or see this item on thesaleroom.com

This bisque advertising display figurine for Mrs SA Allen’s Worlds Hair Restorer will feature in a sale of advertising, kitchenalia and breweriana at Evesham saleroom Kingham & Orme on April 12.

Measuring 21in (53cm) high, it is inscribed with the words: It never fails to Restore Grey Hair to its Youthful color and Beauty. It is not a dye.

Susan Allen, the wife of a New York City dentist, started selling the formula from her husband’s Broome Street practice in 1840. The recipe was said to contain a mixture of ‘sulphur, acetate of lead, glycerin, and flavored water’ with the company proclaiming it was sold by ‘all chemists and perfumers throughout the world’.

Estimate £500-700.

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