A sale of jewellery and watches at Roseberys in West Norwood, south London, on March 19 will include a ring worn by Lord Cardigan, who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War.
The chased three-colour gold ring is believed to have been presented by a Captain Wethered to James Brudenell (1797-1868), 7th Earl of Cardigan, around the time he inherited the earldom from his father in 1837 – nearly 20 years before his famous exploits in the Crimean War. (So far, the auction house has been unable to ascertain the relationship or biographical details of Captain Wethered.)
Passed by descent, the ring is estimated at £2000-3000.
For most enthusiasts of Airfix’s plastic construction kits, it was the dramatic box artwork that caught the eye first when choosing which model to make.
The artist responsible for many of Airfix’s most memorable designs was Roy Cross (b.1924), who worked for the company throughout the 1960s and into the ‘70s.
Toy specialist Vectis of Thornaby in Stockton-on-Tees will offer a 21 x 14in (53 x 36cm) original watercolour illustration of the West German destroyer Rommel from the second series of the 1/600th scale warships range. It is estimated at £2000- 3000 in an auction on March 7.
A March 12 sale of silver and object of vertu at west London saleroom Chiswick Auctions will include aCharles II sterling silver tankard, London 1676, attributed to Edward Gladwin.
It is the only known piece with a 1676 date from the dozen or so tankards by Gladwin that are recorded. The punched repeating dots and stampwork decoration to the hinge is also not seen on any of Gladwin’s other surviving tankards.
This bookcase by Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson above is engraved with the words: Presented to Cecil Crosthwaite by the masters and crews of his tugs 1933.
Middlesbrough-born Crosthwaite was aged 21 when he was appointed a director of his father’s local Tees Towing Company at its AGM in 1930. The same year, he was commissioned into the 50th Divisional Signals Regiment of the Territorial Army as a second lieutenant. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1933.
The 7ft x 3ft 6in (2.13 x 1.06m) adzed oak open bookcase has a central wrought-iron hinged two-door cupboard and is flanked by three adjustable shelves and the dedicatory script. Jubilee Auctions in Pewsey, Wiltshire, will offer the piece estimated at £2000-4000 on March 13.