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Silver scent bottle, vinaigrette and snuff box in the form of a barrel by Sampson Mordan, London 1863, estimate £250-350 at McTear’s on January 14.

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This silver scent bottle, vinaigrette and snuff box in the form of a barrel (pictured top) by Sampson Mordan, London 1863, has a guide of £250-350 at McTear’s in Glasgow on January 14.

mctears.co.uk

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George III cherry and elm Windsor armchair with a flamboyant wing back made in the Thames Valley, c.1770, estimate £1000-1500 at Woolley & Wallis on January 13-14.

The Woolley & Wallis two-day Furniture, Works of Art & Clocks sale on January 13-14 will open with more than 100 lots from the estate of the late Jane Sumner.

A well-known and respected member of the antiques trade for more than 50 years, she traded as Turpin’s Antiques with her partner John Braund in Essex, London’s Fulham Road and latterly in Hungerford.

The majority of the lots in the sale formed her personal collection ‘squirreled away’ in a period cottage in Wiltshire. This rare George III cherry and elm Windsor armchair with a flamboyant wing back made in the Thames Valley, c.1770, has a guide of £1000-1500.

woolleyandwallis.co.uk

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Ruffle & Walker ‘Allwin’ vending machine for Aero Full Cream Milk Chocolate, estimate £450-650 at Cottees on January 9.

A single-owner collection of coin-ops from the Edwardian era to the 1970s features in a toys sale at Cottees in Poole, Dorset, on January 9.

This oak-cased Ruffle & Walker ‘Allwin’ vending machine for Aero Full Cream Milk Chocolate is expected to bring £450-650.

Firing a ball bearing into one of the five ‘win’ holes, set against red, blue and black graphics of military aircraft and parachuting confectionary bars, gives the player a sweet reward.

cottees.co.uk

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Capitoline Doves or Doves of Pliny 19th century Italian micromosaic, estimate £600-800 at Clarks on January 1.

The Capitoline Doves or Doves of Pliny appear frequently as the subject of 19th century Italian micromosaics. The image comes from a Roman floor mosaic discovered in 1737 at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, which in turn is believed to be a copy of a lost ancient Greek mosaic at Pergamon.

The original is described by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History, completed in 77AD. This typical panel set in a gilt frame, 14in (35cm) square, is estimated at £600-800 at Clarks in Liskeard on January 1.

clarksauctionrooms.com

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One of pair of oil paintings by Freda Nellie Skinner depicting a champion Devon Red bull and cow, estimate £300-500 together in the Charterhouse sale on January 7-8.

Pictured here is one of pair of oil paintings included in the Charterhouse sale in Sherborne on January 7-8, depicting a champion Devon Red bull and cow.

The pair were painted at the precocious age of just 11 by Freda Nellie Skinner (1911-93). With this talent, she went on to study sculpture under Henry Moore at the Royal College of Art and was appointed head of sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art from 1945-71.

Estimate £300-500.

charterhouse-auction.com

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Unsigned English Arts & Crafts copper hexagonal, estimate £250-350 at W&H Peacock on January 1.

This unsigned English Arts & Crafts copper hexagonal planter set with three enamelled plaques depicting a ship, a woodland at sunset and a rolling landscape, 10in (26cm) across, has a guide of £250-350 at W&H Peacock in Bedford on January 1.

peacockauction.co.uk

The Baker rifle (officially known as the Pattern 1800 Infantry Rifle) was the first standard-issue, British-made rifle accepted by the British armed forces. Created by the Whitechapel master gunsmith, it was used by the British rifle regiments from the Napoleonic Wars into the 1830s.

This flintlock Baker with lock stamped with crowned GR and Rl My Enfield is a fine example. The estimate at C&T in Kenardington, Kent, on January 6 is £3000-5000.

candtauctions.co.uk

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Oak-cased diorama of marsupials, birds and reptiles collected in Queensland, c.1892, mounted by Rowland Ward, estimate £10,000-15,000 at Tennants on January 15.

Tennants in Leyburn will sell the collection of natural history and taxidermy from Hodnet Hall in Shropshire on January 15.

Several cases by Rowland Ward include Australian species such as this monumental oak-cased diorama of marsupials, birds and reptiles collected in Queensland, c.1892. Mounted within a jungle-themed setting some 8ft (2.44m) wide is a full array of kangaroos, a koala, a goanna, pelican, kookaburras, fruit bats and other flora and fauna.

Estimate £10,000-15,000.

tennants.co.uk