A Paintings & Works on Paper sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on February 9 includes this 19th century Scottish school half-length portrait of Mrs Jane Bennett in profile in a gilt frame (shown above).
Among a good selection of textiles in Tennants’ Costume, Accessories and Textiles Sale on February 12 in Leyburn is this 19th century sampler.
Dated November 28, 1815, and worked by Mary White, it is decorated with a verse and a host of naturalistic plants, squirrels and birds. Estimate £250-350.
Also on offer is a band-type sampler, worked by Susan Seex when she was nine, which is dated March 2, 1774. Decorated with bands of flowers and leaves, and two black dogs, it is estimated at £600-800.
The antiquities auction at TimeLine in London on February 22 includes this 4in (10cm) Egyptian bronze of a seated cat wearing an Eye of Horus amulet.
Dating from the Saite period of the 26th Dynasty (664-525BC), it is accompanied by the 1920s printed business card reading Hagi Hessein Abdel-Salaam, Opposite Shepheard’s Hotel Cairo. By Permission from the Egyptian Museum Cairo. Licence No 27. Everything Guaranteed. To the reverse is a written description One bronze Goddess of Baskt in the form of a cat found at Bubastis on the Delta. Price PT1000 = £10.
Last sold at Christie’s in 2006, it comes for sale from the late David Miller, a Hertfordshire collector and numismatist.
A jewellery sale at McTear’s in Glasgow on February 4 includes this silver openwork brooch by Alexander Ritchie of Iona. The estimate is £100-200.
A sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on February 5-6 includes a collection of 20th century furniture from the Broadstairs home of photographer the late Simon Cousins, among which are two pieces designed in partnership by Ringo Starr and Robin Cruikshank. Cousin’s father, James, an architect and award-winning industrial designer, was involved in their manufacture.
This Mastercraft Double Trilobi pedestal table fashioned in nickel plated steel and glass is signed and dated 5/4/74 to each pedestal. It is estimated at £500-700. The partnership between the Beatle and Cruikshank began in 1968 when the Cruickshank’s design company began working for Apple. The following year, Ringo moved house to Hampstead and Cruikshank was called in to help him realise some of the designs that Ringo and his then wife Maureen required for their new home.
A sale of firearms and militaria at Wilson55 in Nantwich on February 10 includes this London percussion pistol made for the Scottish market. The 40-bore barrel is engraved with the name of the London maker Henry Gurney, with the silver butt embossed with thistles made in Germany.
The Contents of a Private House sale offered by Thimbleby & Shorland of Reading includes this Shakespeare range chair by Stewart Linford, with a guide price of £800-1200.
The English oak metamorphic library chair has a marquetry and carved panel back, and folds out to a set of four-tread library steps, each with inscription. This chair is number 52 of a limited edition of 150.
The timed online sale closes on February 13.
This steering wheel is from a 1950s Boeing B-50 Superfortress bomber. A post- Second World War revision of the B-29, it was the last piston-engine bomber built by Boeing for the United States Air Force. This wheel was saved by a firefighter from the wreck of a B-50 which crashed just outside Dunton Patch near Fakenham in Norfolk in 1947.
It comes with pictures of the wreckage and is estimated at £1500-2500 at James & Son, Fakenham, on February 9.
The Oxford Library sale at Mallams on February 23-24 will include the first part of the Fay Banks sealed wine bottle collection.
Banks catalogued the bottle collection in the Ashmolean Museum and wrote a book about the Oxford tavern culture in the 17th and 18th century. The selection will form around 40 lots with estimates ranging from £80-3000.
Pictured here are five dated bottles including an onion with the seal E Herbert 1721 guided at £2500-3000.
This Heal’s limed oak cabinet has a guide of £400-600 at Brighton and Hove Auctions in Brighton on February 4.
This 1970s Seiko automatic chronograph wristwatch ref 6138-8030 is known as the John Player Special on account of its gold and black colouring. It has a guide of £200-300 at Lockdales in Ipswich on February 16-17.
A small collection of firemarks is offered by Special Auction Services in Newbury on February 8-9.
This lead mark for the Newcastle upon Tyne Fire Office has the policy number 1523 and is inscribed recto Taken off 30 Newgate Street, Morpeth 1947. Formerly in the Nugent Linaker collection sold at Phillips in 1986, it is guided at £250-300.
Sworders’ Out of the Ordinary sale on February 15 will include this puppet from the private collection of Terry Curtis, one of the original sculptors working for Gerry Anderson in the 1960s.
‘The Atlantian’ was the lead ‘actor’ from an unrealised project based around a family living in Atlantis, with the power to teleport to Earth and help people in distress. With the show never making it into production (the script was ultimately abandoned in favour of the live action show UFO), the puppet remained in its case with Curtis, making a brief appearance on the BBC Antiques Roadshow around the turn of the millennium.
A sale of Rural and Domestic Bygones at Clarke & Simpson, Framlington, Suffolk, on February 5 features this late 19th century mahogany and cast iron Moules patent Earth Closet Reg No 83443.
In 1859, the Rev Henry Moule of Fordington invented the first composting toilet. He disapproved of the water closet as he felt it polluted God’s rivers and seas and was a waste of nutrients which should be returned to the soil.
This 1873 patent was also ahead of its time. Dry earth or peat is put into the hopper at the back of the seat and deposited via a lever into a bucket placed below.
A sale of advertising memorabilia at Chippenham Auction Rooms on February 5 includes this rare Fry’s Chocolate ‘Five Boys’ pictorial showcard in original stamped frame.
The sale at Hutchinson Scott in Skipton, North Yorkshire on February 4-5 includes this Victorian novelty perfume box by novelty specialist Henry William Dee, London, 1877. Modelled as a curled-up musk otter with cabochon garnet eyes, it opens to reveal a fitted gilt interior with four glass perfume bottles.
The inner rim is engraved for the retailer Jones, Bt. des Capucines, Paris. 41 St. James’s St. London. It was purchased by the vendor from Gerald Sattin Antiques.