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This silk taffeta hat above is a rare gentleman’s summer ‘undress’ cap probably made in England c.1760-70. Worked with Orientalist palmettes, acanthus scrolls, daisies in chain stitch and satin-stitched floss silk, it was deemed suitable attire for a wealthy gentleman during hot climates.

Formerly the property of an English noble family and in ‘remarkably fresh’ condition, it carries an estimate of £2500-3500 at the Passion for Fashion sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions on December 9.


Four-clasp Indian Mutiny 1857-59 medals were awarded to only 50 European recipients, all serving with the 3rd Company, 1st Battalion, Bengal Artillery.

This example above, estimated at £3000-4000 by Dix Noonan Webb on London on December 11-12, was given to Gunner William Boyle, an Irishman who attested for unlimited service in the East India Company in 1847. His medals were last sold in 2005.


It was while working as a photographer at Christie’s and the Reel Poster Gallery that Andy Johnson first became hooked on vintage movie posters. His collection of more than 400 examples will be sold at Ewbank’s in Send, Surrey, on December 6.

Arare 1952 US one-sheet poster promoting The Man From Planet X directed by Edgar Ulmer is billed with the tagline The weirdest visitor the Earth has ever seen!

It is estimated at £3000-5000.


The sale titled A Taste of Luxury at Duke’s in Dorchester on December 5 includes aturquoise set gold parure, c.1820. Comprising necklace, bracelet, earrings and a brooch/pendant, in a fitted Wartski presentation case, it is also offered with a Wartski insurance valuation for £1500, dated April 1980. The estimate is £2000-4000.