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A group of Second World War RAF medals awarded to a pilot whose service ran the duration of the war will be offered together with an extensive archive of associated log books, documents, uniforms and photographs at Chilcotts in Honiton on June 1.

The honours, which include a Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar and Air Force Cross group of eight, were awarded to pilot Peter Reginald Casement who flew with both Bomber Command and Coastal Command.

By the end of the war, Casement had flown most of the aircraft used by the RAF and was one of the few pilots to have seen service throughout – only 30% of aircrew who flew with Bomber Command survived. The medals and associated memorabilia have been consigned by the family and will be offered in a single lot estimated at £10,000-15,000.


Named after the African explorer David Livingstone, the Livingstone Medal is awarded by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of outstanding public service in which geography has played an important part.

Marion Newbigin, a lifelong supporter of the women’s Suffrage movement, was awarded the 22ct gold medal shown left in 1923 “for her numerous contributions to geographical science, based largely on her own observations”. She was employed as editor of the Scottish Geographical Magazine, a position she held until her death. During her 32-year tenure, Newbigin helped to mould the academic discipline of geography.

It is estimated at £6000-8000 in the June 5 auction at Lyon & Turnbull.

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On June 5, as part of the Important Russian Art sale in London, MacDougall’s will be offering a collection of more than 60 dessert plates from the dowry service of the daughter of Tsar Nicholas I, Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna (1825-44) for her wedding in 1844 to Prince Frederick William of Hesse Kassel (1820-84)

The group produced by Russia’s Imperial Porcelain Factory remained in the collection of the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel after Alexandra’s death and has come to auction from ‘an important private collection, Europe’ according to the catalogue.

Offered as 62 individual lots, estimates start from £2000-3000. Among a number of plates pitched at £10,000-15,000 is this example above from c.1844 painted with a view of the Red Square, Moscow.