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This ‘Black Forest’ type clock on the theme of hunting, above,  is signed by Swiss master carver Johann Huggler of Brienz (1834-1912).

Standing 3ft 2in (94cm) high, it is carved with a hunter holding a rifle with a buck over his shoulder and a hare, beaver and three partridges emerging from the stump and roots below.

The clock houses a typical late-19th century French striking movement by Japy Frères. It comes for sale at W&H Peacock in Bedford on January 3 from a vendor whose family has owned it since 1939.

Estimate £3000-5000.

peacockauction.co.uk


The Henry VIII signed document above was written from Windsor Castle in the fifth year of his reign when the king was just 22 and recently returned from the skirmish in France known as the Battle of the Spurs.

Dated December 6, 1513 the note to Sir Andrew Windsor (c.1467-1543), Keeper of the Great Wardrobe, concerns the supply of materials to the yeoman Richard Twety to be made into a gown, a shirt, a doublet, a pair of hose and a bonnet.

The warrant lists the materials required (tawny cloth, black satin, linen cloth), the quantities and (unusually) prices (5/- a yard for tawny cloth, 6/8 a yard for satin, linen cloth at 1/- the ell, 4/- for a pair of hose and 2/3 for a bonnet). William George estimates it will bring £16,000-20,000 in a timed online sale closing on January 8.

wgandco.com