An Edwardian amethyst, diamond and enamel pendant on chain commemorating the 1911 Delhi Durbar is coming up for sale at Tennants in Leyburn on November 14 with an estimate of £1000-1500.
The jewel comes from the descendants of Lady Frances Irene Campbell, who was presented with the pendant to mark the third Delhi Durbar or ‘Court of Delhi’, an imperial gathering to celebrate the succession of George V as Emperor of India.
The 1911 Delhi Durbar was the third such event, and the only one that was attended by the sovereign. It attracted hordes of spectators and scores of Indian nobility to Coronation Park on December 12, where George V and Mary of Teck appeared in Coronation robes, the King-Emperor sporting the Imperial Crown of India encrusted with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies.
Frances Campbell’s husband Archibald Campbell (later knighted), was Private Secretary to the Governor of Madras, Sir Thomas Gibson Carmichael, at the time of the Durbar. Archibald later rose to become the Chief Secretary of Madras, admired for his financial acumen and organisational skills.
Two other similar pendants are known, having been sold by Bonhams in 2003 and 2009.
Morphets in Harrogate is selling the library of a Kent manor house on behalf of a charitable trust on October 29. The 251 lots included this first edition copy of Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire printed for W Strahan & T Cadell.
The six volumes in 18th century calf retain all folding maps and amount to ‘an extremely good near-fine copy internally’. There were only 1000 copies of the 1776 first edition printed.
This painted wood Noah’s Ark, typical of those made in the Erzgebirge region of east Germany in the mid 19th century, comes for sale at Dawsons in Maidenhead on October 29. Numbering 144 pieces in total, it belongs to a local vendor in whose family it had been for many generations.
On October 31 Stamford Auction Rooms is selling a large collection of pharmaceutical and collectors’ items belonging to the late William Ditchfield Allen, and his son William John Allen of Oadby in Leicestershire, who set up shop in 1928 after WD Allen obtained his Pharmaceutical Society Certificate in 1922.
It includes medical and pharmaceutical equipment such as apothecary bottles, ointment jars, carboys, specie jars, lozenge jars and accessories, but also collections of photographic equipment such as cameras and developing accessories, and a collection of musical instruments, all of which have been accumulated in the shop since 1928.
Shown here are four 19th century stoneware glazed apothecary jars, labelled Chiretta, P Lobelia Co, Sodii Hyposulph and Sulphur Nig, embossed with the royal coat of arms, Prince of Wales feathers and lions, each with original metal lids, 9in (23cm) high.
A Mousetrap camera, the earliest form of photographic camera ever made, is going under the hammer at Flints’ auction on November 19 with an estimate of £50,000-70,000.
The saleroom says it is the first example of its type to have ever come up for auction. This camera was made c.1840. Flints says “only six other cameras of this kind are known to exist (all in a museum collection). This camera was discovered by the seller who recognised it as being of the kind used by the pioneer of British photography, William Henry Fox Talbot, from around 1836. It was with a ‘job lot’ of other cameras.”
Very simply constructed from wood with a simple fixed focus lens, Mousetrap cameras created paper negatives. Talbot developed this process to allow the creation of lasting images. That process was soon eclipsed by the French Daguerreotype process, announced in 1839. Consequently, Mousetrap cameras are “exceptionally rare”.
An original pencil sketch by Guillermo Laborde for the official 1930 World Cup (the first staged) poster is on offer at Graham Budd’s November 9-11 auction.
Formerly in the Rony Almeida collection, the 21 x 14in (53 x 35cm) work signed lower right is estimated at £3500-4500. Almeida, a football fan, numismatist and museum curator created a vast collection of memorabilia to preserve the history of the game in South America. Laborde (Uruguay, 1886-1940) was a painter, sculptor and designer.
An example of the finished, original product, the 2ft 7in x 15in (78.5 x 38cm) lithograph poster, is available as the following lot, guided at £4000-6000 and also shown here.
Catherine Southon’s auction on November 4 features a private estate of jewellery to be sold in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The auction, to be held at Farleigh golf course in Surrey, includes this pair of emerald cabochon and diamond clip pins/brooches, c.1920s, estimated at £3000-5000.
A first paperback edition (1961) of The Hobbit signed by JRR Tolkien for his close friend George Sayer, head of English at Malvern College, is coming to auction at Adam Partridge in Macclesfield on November 5-6 estimated at £2000-3000.
Sayer in turn gifted it to a student of his, Ian Postgate, a keen Anglo-Saxon scholar and admirer of Tolkien.
The saleroom notes that Sayer is an incredibly important figure in the Tolkien world: “Without him, we might never have been able to enjoy the Lord of the Rings.
“He was a great friend of the author and not only did he often host the great man but is credited with convincing a desolate Tolkien not to burn the Lord of the Rings manuscripts when he was struggling to find a publisher – needless to say, the world owes a great debt to George Sayer.”
A 72-piece Wedgwood Travel pattern part-dinner service designed by Eric Ravilious comes to the market at Wokingham Auctions’ timed online sale running from October 20-31.
The range features a series of vignettes depicting different modes of transport and was initially considered as the design for official tableware for the New Zealand Shipping Line.
In 1953 the range was eventually released on the Windsor Grey grey-coloured earthenware body, with the surface pattern printed in black and the vignettes and borders hand-coloured. From a private vendor, it comes with a guide price of £500-1000.
The Mummy was Hammer’s third entry into its 1950s reboot of the Universal Monsters series. This unrestored US half sheet poster (1959) features artwork based on the design by Bill Wiggins that was used for the successful British marketing campaign.
It is estimated to bring £300-500 as part of the Prop Store sale of entertainment memorabilia in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, on November 5.
The October 30 Silver and Objects of Vertu sale at Chiswick Auctions includes, for British and Irish silver, the main holloware collection of the late Anthony Aston Smith (1929-2010), formed in London in the mid-20th century .
Shown here is an early William III, provincial, Newcastle porringer, c.1690, by Abraham Hamer (free 1690, d.1697). It was first recorded in 1897 (Thomas Taylor Esq) and is presented for sale for the first time in over 50 years: it was bought by Aston Smith for £34 at Christie’s on March 26, 1960. At Chiswick the estimate is £4000-6000.
Another significant piece of English provincial silver is offered as a previously unrecorded beaker, c.1680, from Great Yarmouth. The saleroom says: “Now the third known piece of holloware from the town, previously only a small number of spoons have been available to enthusiasts and museums alike.”
Henry Adams of Chichester is holding a Marine and Maritime sale on November 12.
This auction will feature an oil painting by Wilhelm Melbye (1824-82) of Gibraltar, signed and dated, with a guide price of £10,000-15,000.
The sale of East Anglian art at Keys in Aylsham on October 30 includes a number of works by Campbell Archibald Mellon (1878-1955).
This Norfolk beach scene, an oil on panel titled Late July 10.30am, Hopton, 1932 with a provenance to the Albemarle Street dealer WH Patterson, is pitched at £2500-3500.
This early 16th century Renaissance plaquette, depicting Victory inscribing a Shield, has recently been re-attributed to the Italian Renaissance sculptor Antonio Lombardo (c.1458-1516). It is guided at £40,000-60,000 in Morton & Eden’s sale of Coins, Medals and Banknotes on November 4.
According to Morton & Eden, this “hitherto, virtually unknown plaquette is believed to be the only known casting of this subject”. Lombardo was the court sculptor of Alfonso I d’Este, Duke of Ferrara.
The bronze plaquette measures just 5.1 x 3.7mm.
An extensive single-owner collection of boxed Hornby trains and associated collectables – much of it in largely untouched condition – is on offer at Ewbank’s in Surrey on October 28. Built up over many years, it came to light when the late collector’s sister, the vendor here, went to clear out his house after his death.
His love of trains went back to his childhood when his mother, who was French, worked for the French national railway company SNCF.
“He didn’t want a model railway, he just wanted the trains and the coaches. He always bought the best. I think it just reminded him of his childhood,” said his sister. “He loved trains all his life, but really started collecting when we had a recession and he had to give up work as a commercial artist. Then he went to work for South West Trains. He loved it and the money was very good, so he started buying seriously then.”
Pictured is a lot featuring a Hornby 00 gauge R332 High Speed Train Pack offered with a Tyco Steel Hauler Giant set with 5-Way operating crane, and, all from Hornby: R543 Advanced Passenger Train set, R1019 Flying Scotsman electric train set and R791 LMS Express Passenger set. Estimate: £150-250.
This Italian 1950s burr walnut coffee table of serpentine form, by Tommaso Barbi, is on offer from Duggleby Stephenson of York on October 30.
Measuring 4ft 7in x 2ft 6in x 16½in high (1.4m x 76cm x 42cm), it is estimated at £500-600.