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An eight-bore double percussion sporting gun by London maker Charles Lancaster carries expectations of £2500-3500 at Southams’ sale of Sporting Guns and Antique Arms in Bedford on March 12. It comes with a complement of accessories in a mahogany brass-bound case with the maker’s trade label.

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The Early Ploughman and The Rising Moon, shown above, is one of two Samuel Palmer prints, that carry estimates of £2000-3000 each at the March 17-18 sale at Chorley’s of Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire.

On the verso of one of the prints is a letter from AH Palmer of Cornwall House, Pimlico, dated July 21, 1879, reading: ‘Madam, I have this day forwarded to you by my Father’s desire two proofs of his new etching The Bellman printed by myself at our private press. When removed from the roller I should not advise rolling it backwards but leaving it to flatten either in a large book or a portfolio for several days before framing.’

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This 2½in (6cm) watercolour on vellum portrait miniature in a turned ivory circular frame, above, is dated 1653 and signed by John Hoskins (1590-1664).

The subject is Henry Percy, Baron Percy of Alnwick (d.1659), son of Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland, who sat in the Short Parliament as the member for Portsmouth, and in the Long Parliament for Northumberland. He spent much of the English Civil War and the Protectorate in France.

It carries a £5000-7000 estimate at the sale of Jewellery, Watches, Silver and Objects of Vertu sale at Dreweatts of Donnington Priory on March 18.

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The Jewellery, Watches, Antiquities and Objects of Vertu auction at Dix Noonan Webb on March 17 includes a very rare 16th century silver gilt hawking whistle. It is estimated to fetch £6000-8000.

As shown in portraits of the period, whistles such as this were often worn as jewellery and were sewn onto the owner’s garments. This refined example has the initials A and V on one side and an N to the other.

It was reputedly discovered in the manor of Smallbridge in Bures St Mary, Suffolk, the home of the Waldegrave family. Elizabeth I was entertained there for two days by Sir William Waldegrave in 1561.

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The Selections sale at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on March 27 includes a remarkable chair made using First World War propellers.

It has been owned by the Gorseinon & District Working Men’s Club in Swansea since 1923.

The chair is constructed from two four-blade propellers from a Rolls Royce 275 engine as used on the First World War light bomber Airco DH 4 designed by Geoffrey de Havilland.

Such an unusual chair has an estimate of £6000-10,000.

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