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This 7in (18cm) Moorcroft Poppy pattern vase in pale blue and cream from the 1930s, above, carries an estimate of £200-300 at Taylors of Montrose on January 11.

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The 91-lot sale at Thomas Miller of Newcastle upon Tyne on January 14 comprises a private library relating to the people and histories of Northumberland.

A copy of The Water Colour Drawings of Thomas Bewick by David Croal Thomson, one of 200 copies printed on handmade paper by Barbizon in 1930, comes together with the supplementary wallet containing 35 colour duplicates of the many illustrations.

Bids open at £10.


A silver sale at McTear’s in Glasgow on January 30 includes a silver, silver gilt and red enamel egg, Hickory Dickory Dock, by Stuart Devlin (London 1979). The shell opens to its surprise reveal a mouse running up a longcase clock next to a rocking chair.

The estimate is £200-300.


A specialist sale of Arms, Militaria, Medals & Firearms at Peter Wilson in Nantwich on January 30 includes this Border Regiment officer’s blue cloth helmet. The tin case is named to a brass plaque Captain AW Drummond Lewis.

Estimate £400-600.

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Published by Edward Wallis, this rare early Victorian board game above is titled Wallis’s Locomotive Game of Railroad Adventures.

Hand-coloured to an engraved sheet with a large central aquatint scene of Britannia, it is surrounded by 48 smaller views depicting what c.1840 was the topical subject of locomotives, carriages, stations and the hazards of early railway travel. Only a handful of copies are known.

At the sale of Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper at Forum Auctions in London on January 22 this example carries an estimate of £400-600.