All the England football players and staff were given a Movado wristwatch for the 1954 FIFA World Cup, with this one (pictured top) being presented to Jimmy Trotter who was a trainer.
Trotter was born in County Durham in 1899 and served with the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War. Professionally he played football for Bury, Sheffield Wednesday, Torquay United and Watford. While at Wednesday he scored 109 goals in 154 league matches.
He had to retire from playing, because of an injury, in the 1932-33 season. After this, he went on to become a trainer and then manager for Charlton Athletic and also took the England role for the 1954 England World Cup team.
England were knocked out by Uruguay 4-2 in Basel on June 26, 1954.
Trotter died on April 17, 1984, and the watch was given to a family friend. Now, 37 years later, it is for sale at Charterhouse in Sherborne on May 6 estimated at £800-1200 (part of a three-day auction).
A large private collection of Royal Doulton and Beswick comes for sale at Potteries Auctions in Stoke-on-Trent on May 7-8.
This scarce Beswick farmyard model of a Dunn Galloway bull (model 1746C) is guided at £400-800.
The Pedestal’s May 11 sale titled Design For Living, to be staged in Henley on Thames, includes a dozen lots consigned by the British-South African restaurateur and cookery writer Prue Leith.
This late 19th century French mahogany and stained pine baker’s shop fitting, 9ft (2.75m) across, is expected to bring £1500-2500.
A documentary jug is the stand-out piece among 50 lots of Lowestoft porcelain in Keys’ first Fine Sale of the year on May 12-13.
Known as the ‘Aldred Jug’, its lip is inscribed with the initials SA, for Samuel Aldred, grandson of Obed Aldred, who was one of the original partners in the Lowestoft factory. It is the only known inscribed piece of Lowestoft porcelain with a possible direct link to one of the owners of the factory.
The jug was once in the collection of artist Edward Seago, and it featured in the bicentenary exhibition of Lowestoft porcelain in 1957.
The Library sale at Cheffins in Cambridge on May 6 includes, estimated at £500-800, this 12½ x 9in (31 x 23cm) pen and ink drawing (with printed verse) by Ernest Howard Shepard.
Owl Light, signed lower right, was created for Punch magazine where Shepard worked from the 1920s into the 1950s.
Duke’s is holding a country house auction at Wormington Grange in Gloucestershire from May 12-14.
The neo-classical mansion built in the 1770s by local architect Antony Keck was the home of General Lord Hastings ‘Pug’ Ismay (1887-1965), one of Churchill’s most trusted wartime advisers, who later oversaw the partition of India as Mountbatten’s chief of staff and served as the first secretary general of Nato.
When elevated to the peerage in 1947 he was offered a hereditary title but rejected it, saying “I see no point in inflating my grandson’s expenditure at the tailors”.
After more than a century of family ownership John Evetts, the grandson of General Lord Ismay, is selling the house and moving to a smaller property nearby.
The auction will be on view at Wormington from May 8-11 (entrance by catalogue only) with the auction itself conducted in Dorchester.
This painting here is Algernon Newton’s A Dorset Landscape, which was bought at the Royal Academy in June 1928 by Maud Clegg (the great-grandmother of the vendor). The Times described it as “the picture of the year”.
The 6ft 8in x 8ft 10in (1.74 x 2.72m) landscape depicted is a capriccio, or fantasy, and represents a distillation of what Dorset is famous for such as Corfe Castle, Poole Harbour and a rural idyll evocative of Thomas Hardy’s novels. It is thought the painting was done as a paean to the novelist, who died in January 1928. The estimate is £60,000-100,000.
Mitchells’ inaugural music auction, taking place on May 6, includes lots from vinyl records to violins.
Headlining the sale in Cockermouth, Cumbria, is a Petrof ebonised boudoir grand piano from a private deceased estate in Milnthorpe, near Kendal. Described by the saleroom as a “well regarded brand and much loved by the previous owner”, it is estimated at £2000-3000.
This Vietnamese three-panel painting of a hunting scene attributed to Nguyen van Minh (1930-2014) is a highlight of the Islamic and Oriental auction at John Nicholson’s in Fernhurst on May 12.
Nguyen, who was born in Saigon, mastered traditional Japanese lacquer techniques while studying in Kyoto and Sendai in the early 1960s.
His artworks have made up to £35,000 at auction before. This example, measuring 8ft long x 4ft high (2.43 x 1.21m) overall, is estimated at £5000-8000.
Capel Soar by Kyffin Williams carries an estimate of £20,000-30,000 at the Parker Fine Art sale of Fine Paintings in Farnham on May 13.
A large-scale example of the artist’s work exhibited at the National Museum of Wales in 1987 as part of the Kyffin Williams retrospective, the lot also includes an illustrated letter from Williams to the family of the consignor. He offers thanks for “the most delectable sweet-meats” but worries that “after consuming them I will certainly be unfit for selection to the Welsh team to play England at the National Stadium in January”.
The illustration shows him ‘Before’ (eating the sweet-meats) as a fit, sporty rugby player standing to attention with the ball tucked under his arm, and ‘After’ as a bedraggled pot-bellied player who has dropped the ball.
Capel Soar y Mynydd is considered the most remote chapel in Wales, built in 1822 following the independence of Calvinistic Methodists.
From the Curious to the Extraordinary, the ‘kunstkammer’ sale at Chiswick Auctions on May 6, includes taxidermy by Simon ‘The Stuffa’ Wilson. The UK taxidermist produced the famous ‘Floating Giraffe’ that recently sold in the Aynhoe Park sale for a record-breaking £100,000.
He sources animals that have died from natural causes from zoos and farms.
‘Floating’ animals apparently suspended by glass balloons are among his signature creations, with the Chiswick sale including both this gravity-defying juvenile zebra (estimate £1000-1200) and a similar baby alpaca (estimate £700-800).
Two Rolex Submariner wristwatches dating from 1958-59 are to be sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms on May 12. They were both given to the late Stanley Sayer by Rolex and have been in the family since.
Sayer was a film cameraman working for Technicolour, who also set up a special effects company, was a keen diver and inventor of the minisub. The minisub enabled divers move underwater effortlessly, steer a course and to light their way ahead. Although he himself did not patent the design, it attracted widespread interest.
Around 1959 Rolex was interested in using Sayer and his machine in its advertising portfolio and took a number of photos with him in action wearing one of its watches for publication. In payment for his services, he was invited to keep the watch (the one with the strap on) and given a second Submariner, which he then gave to his son.
Sayer wore the watch daily until he died in April 2000. His son has now decided to sell both watches. Both model 6536, they have serial numbers within eight digits of each other and the sought-after ‘tropical’ dials.
One is estimated at £8000-10,000 while the other lacking bracelet and bezel is guided at £3000-4000.
A single-owner collection of Masonic jewels and regalia collected over a number of years is on offer as part of the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood in Exeter on May 11-12. It includes examples from simple gilt jewels to more elaborate versions.
One of the most impressive visually is this Edwardian silver and enamel Masonic Founder’s jewel for The Royal Naval Lodge No 337, maker William Henry Toye, London, 1908.
It features a top bar depicting opposing dolphins over an enamel globe and banner, a cyan-coloured ribbon with compass and cornucopia clasp over a Royal Navy clasp, suspension in the form of an anchor flanked by an officer and rating with an enamel portrait of HMS Collingwood beneath flags. The jewel comes in the case of issue and is offered together with a silver gilt jewel for the Royal Naval Lodge.
This Doll et Cie (Germany) four-seater open touring car, c.1920s, is in fact a live steam model.
It is catalogued by Kent auction house C&T as ‘boiler (untested) to front of car, three opening side doors, missing burner, steering wheel, glass windshield and two front lamps, still in very good original condition, with a nice patina to paint work’.
The 19in (48cm) long model is estimated at £2500-3500 in the May 12 sale in Kenardington.
Dr Gerald (Gerry) Moore was a polymath who ran a medical empire, a safari park and motor museum, while also painting, sculpting and writing novels, children’s books and poetry. Born in 1926, he spent his life in London, Kent, Sussex and retired to Devon where he died in 2018 at the age of 91.
His collection of his own art and sculptures will be sold at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on May 18 (as well as some works by other artists and some garden statuary) and the remainder of his art collection will have its own timed auction at nearby saleroom Bellmans, in Wisborough Green, starting in early May until May 23. A collection of furniture and works of art from his Devon estate is included in Bellmans’ auction on May 26.
Moore moved to Devon and on the death of his first wife Irene sold the contents of Heathfield Park and its motor museum at Sotheby’s in 1993, with the BBC filming a documentary of the auction. Summers Place Auctions’ director James Rylands and Dendy Easton, former director of Sotheby’s Sussex and Antiques Roadshow expert, were both involved in the last sale.
He started a part-time course at the Bromley College of Art in 1950 and also exhibited, and sold, his first painting at the Whitechapel Gallery. Shows around the UK followed and highlights include his exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery in 1959 and a show with Hockney at the Heal’s Gallery in 1961, and several exhibitions in German galleries in the 1990s.
Moore described his style as Expressive Experimentalism; he decided early on that he wanted to stay figurative and he deconstructed images in his own fashion.
Among the highlights at Summers Place is this monumental standing stylised figure by Moore in bronze, 10ft 7in (3.22m) high, estimated at £6000-10,000.