The Country House sale at Ryedale Auctioneers on June 23-24 includes this 18ct gold FA Cup football medal, pictured top, presented to Robert Oliver (director) from Newcastle United FC.
Although engraved English Cup it was made and awarded for the FA Cup final of 1910 between NUFC and Barnsley. The Oliver family were an important part of early Newcastle United history, and this medal has stayed in the family since that time.
By Vaughton & Sons, Birmingham 1910, it is estimated at £1000-1500 in this North Yorkshire auction.
From the same vendor, guided at £500-800, is a Newcastle Utd souvenir photograph album, Season 1905-6. 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11. The leather-bound photo album contains 62 silver gelatin photographic prints mounted on card including a photograph of Oliver.
Ryedale says it is believed these photograph albums were presented to the players and the support staff c.1910-11. This example was given to Oliver.
A copy of The Celestial World Discover’d: Or, Conjectures Concerning the Inhabitants, Plants and Productions of the Worlds in the Planets, has been uncovered at a valuation event at Fosseway Garden Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh.
The first edition – published in 1698 – was written by Christiaan Huygens (1629-95) in English and Latin. The version estimated at £2000-3000 in Hansons’ July 5 Library Auction at Bishton Hall in Staffordshire, is in English. It was based on his Cosmotheros, which first appeared in Latin in The Hague in 1698.
It is illustrated with five folding plates and was printed for Timothy Childe ‘at the White Hart at the West-end of St Paul’s Church-yard, London’.
Huygens considered questions of the habitability of other planets, such as dark and light patches on the Moon, Mars and Jupiter indicating water, and the existence of extra-terrestrial life.
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An extensive collection of police helmet plates, badges, belts, handcuffs, and helmets dating from the Victorian era and the first half of the 20th century is coming up for sale in Tennants’ Militaria and Ethnographic Sale on June 15. The group comprises 130 lots.
Highlights of the auction in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, include this Victorian officer’s helmet plate to Grantham Borough Police, the force having been established in 1836, estimated at £2000-3000.
An early 20th century tinplate Cunard Line advertising sign is estimated at £800-1000 in the Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood auction in Exeter on June 21.
It features a central polychrome lithograph of RMS Aquitania after Burns within a simulated rosewood swept frame with title banner, and measures 2ft 7in x 3ft 5in (78cm x 1.04m).
Known as ‘The Tehidy Plaques’, formerly belonging to Lord Dunstanville (the Basset family), this pair of large 18th century relief stone plaques depicts cherubs in a chariot race. They were inspired by the frieze at the oecus (main hall) of the Casa del Betti in Pompeii, dating from c.50-79AD.
The plaques are provenanced to Tehidy Manor of Ilogan, Camborne, Cornwall. In 1734 John Pendarves Basset began building and landscaping a large country seat in the Neo- Palladian style. In 1739 Francis Basset inherited the seat and nearly finished the house. In 1861 John Francis Basset again started a rebuild, completed in 1863.
By 1888 Arthur Francis Basset had inherited the estate but because of diminished income from the mining industries it was difficult to finance. In 1915 the mansion was vacated and after 700 years of Basset ownership, the estate was sold in 1916. In 1918 the house became a hospital for tuberculosis sufferers. On February 23, 1919, the house was destroyed by fire, but by January 1922 the house had been completely rebuilt.
These plaques, each measuring 2ft x 3ft 11in (60.5cm x 1.2m), came from the famous sunken Italianate garden and were purchased by Architectural Heritage.
They are now estimated at £12,000-14,000 at the Lodge and Thomas auction in Truro on June 23-24.
The Jewellery & Watches sale at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh on July 15 includes this Victorian locket set with square step-cut emeralds, seed pearls and rosecut diamonds.
In the early to mid 1930s, when the Luftwaffe first started to plan its prolonged assault on British cities, it created a unique historic record: the first aerial survey of many cities and landmarks (Queensferry with the Forth Bridge is shown here).
Part of a large specialist collection of those German reconnaissance images, amassed by an expert who wrote a book on the subject, is coming to auction at Ewbank’s in Surrey on June 24.
Nigel Clarke, author of 2013 book Adolf’s British Holiday Snaps, also explores the subject via his dedicated website, hitlersukpictures.co.uk. The selection is estimated at £2000-3000.
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