This Victorian antique mahogany games compendium box above, fully appointed with games pieces for chess, dominos, checkers and a table croquet game, comes for sale at East Bristol Auctions on May 15 estimated at £300-500.
A silver novelty rugby-themed inkstand with marks for John Turton, Sheffield 1923, has a guide of £500-700 at Smiths of Newent in Gloucestershire on May 15.
A pair of Moorcroft Macintyre Tulip pattern vases marked to the underside W Moorcroft made for Liberty & Co has an estimate of £400-600 at Brown & Turner in Jedburgh on May 16. With the pattern number 895, they stand just over 12in (31cm) high.
A modern silver vesta case designed as a cat’s head with a ribbon round its neck has hallmarks for London 1990. The guide is £60-90 at Richard Winterton in Lichfield on May 19-21.
Bonhams’ May 19 sale of British & European art includes a series of works from the family of the artist Mary Ellen Best (1809-91). A number of them were pictured in the 1985 book The World of Mary Ellen Best by Caroline Davidson. A 7 x 10in (18 x 24cm) watercolour titled Cottagers at Tea is estimated at £1000-1500.
Kent saleroom C&T is holding a timed online sale closing on May 17. It includes a 19th century scrimshaw sailor’s whalebone walking stick with marine ivory handle carved as an eagle’s head. Estimate £150-250.
Industrial and commercial auction house Pinder Asset Solutions is conducting a timed online sale of memorabilia from the Co-operative Group. The Co-op’s head office is relocating to a new site in Manchester after its home since the 1960s, the CIS Tower, was earmarked for redevelopment.
Bidding opens at £50 for a glazed display of early tokens and coins, many of them made for the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society which took its name from the Royal Arsenal munitions works in Woolwich. Its motto was Each for all and all for each. The online sale closes on June 4.
An impression of the engraving Melancolia I, worked by Johannes Wierix (1549-1620) in 1602 after the 1514 original by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), comes for sale at Forum’s Editions & Works on Paper auction on May 19 with a guide of £1500-2000. An excellent clear impression, the sheet has the Wierix inscription removed, as often found.
While the mainstay of the business of Thomas Richard Williams (1824-71) was stereoscopic daguerreotype portraits, he began to develop an artistic vision of what photography could and would become.
One of the first photographers to shoot still-lifes in the 17th century Dutch painting tradition, among his so-called ‘First Series’ of artistic compositions was Mortality or The Sands of Time, c.1851-55. This copy has an estimate of £2000-3000 at Flints’ sale of Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science in Thatcham on May 21.
A rare Elizabeth II Polar Medal with Antarctic 1977 clasp has an estimate of £2000-3000 at Lockdales in Ipswich on May 30-31. It was awarded to David G Harvey who served with the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions. In 1977 he was the senior diesel mechanic at Mewson Station.
Philip Serrell in Malvern has been asked to sell a 19th century repeating carriage clock with a connection to Florence Nightingale to raise funds for St Richards Hospice in Worcester.
There will be no auction fees or buyer’s premium charged at the single-lot timed online sale closing on May 22.
The clock is inscribed To MES from Florence Nightingale, 10th October 1887. The initials are for the social reformer Mathilde Schwabe, a descendant of the consignor. At the time of going to press bidding for the clock had already reached £4400.
Postposed from March, Adam Partridge will hold a three-day sale in Macclesfield on May 26-29. Estimated at £2000-3000 is a 32oz Lloyds Patriotic Fund silver and silver gilt vase (Samuel Hennell, London 1804).
It was presented to George Keyzar of The Ship Irlam as a testimony of his gallant conduct in beating a French privateer of superior force on his voyage to Barbadoes [sic] July 1804. Captain Keyzar, his watercolour portrait included with the lot, was involved in the manumission (setting free) of slaves in the West Indies.
Dreweatts in Newbury is returning to the rostrum with a series of live online sales replacing events cancelled in March.
This 7in (18cm) dated London delft wine bottle inscribed Claret and dated 1642 has a paper label for the Warren Collection – source of much of the English delft in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Consigned from the estate of Christopher and Rosemary Warren, it has an estimate of £1500-2500 as part of the sale of Fine Furniture, Sculpture, Carpets and Ceramics on May 18.