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An early-20th century Walker & Hall military mess table lighter in the form of a dragon has an estimate of £800-1200 at East Bristol Auctions on February 14.

Made in electroplate with an antelope horn tail, it is titled to a wing Ye Dragon of Wantley, a reference to the legend of a dragon-slaying knight in Whancliffe Crags, Yorkshire. The head, which breathes fire from a wick to the mouth, is removable.

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The Scottish artist and writer William Johnstone (1897-1981) devoted much of his career to teaching in London.

From 1938-45 he served as the principal of the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts and from 1947-60 he ran the Central School of Arts and Crafts. His most prolific period as an artist was during ‘retirement’.

This 21in x 2ft 5in (54 x 29cm) oil on board titled Selkirk is much earlier as it is signed, inscribed and dated 3/4/38.

At the sale of Paintings & Works of Paper at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on February 18, it carries an estimate of £800-1200.

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Badges and medals awarded to William ‘Bill’ Bailey, a principal figure in British cycling in the first half of the 19th century, are for sale at Gildings in Market Harborough on February 18.

As an amateur at the age of 20, Bailey competed in the 1908 London Olympics in the sprint and 5000m events, receiving one of the silver and blue enamel participation medals. Although he failed to reach the later stages of the competition, he went on to win the world sprint titles in 1909-1911 and 1913 and the Grand Prix de Paris in four consecutive years from 1910-13.

After the Great War, when he served in the Army Service Corps, he resumed his cycling career as a professional and later became involved in coaching and founded The Bicycle magazine. The badges he wore as GB cycling team manager of the Berlin and London Olympiads of 1936 and 1948 are included in the lot that has an estimate of £500-800.


Bonhams is selling a private collection of Lalique glass in London on February 19. This 8in (20cm) long blue stained clear glass promotional plaquette c.1925 for Parfums D’Orsay, one of the many products for which Lalique produced bottles, has an estimate of £1000-1500.

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