This pocket watch was owned by Titanic passenger Sinai Kantor. A Russian immigrant, he was on his way to America in April 1912 accompanied by his wife Miriam. He was a furrier and intended to sell trunks of furs to fund the couple’s goal to study dentistry and medicine when they arrived.
Kantor’s body was pulled from the icy water during a seven-day recovery operation after the sinking. He was labelled Body No. 283 and embalmed on the ship. Miriam was saved in lifeboat 12. Her husband’s effects were returned to her on May 24 the same year including a ‘silver watch’.
The Swiss-made open-face silver-on-brass watch, with its original movement and a diameter of three inches, includes numerals that are Hebrew figures. The back cover has an embossed design that shows Moses holding the Ten Commandments.
The movement is heavily corroded as a result of immersion in salt water, the hands are nearly all deteriorated and the dial heavily stained.
At Henry Aldridge in Devizes, Wiltshire, on November 11 the estimate is £50,000-80,000.
Among items by London gunmaker James Purdey & Sons on offer in Gavin Gardiner’s Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns on November 15 is a pair of lightweight 12-bore self-opening sidelock ejector guns with 28in Whitworth steel chopper-lump barrels that are expected to fetch £20,000-30,000.
The maker confirms that the guns were built in 1930 for TA Forslind and Gardiner says they remain in a “little used and exceptionally original condition”.
One of three works by Laura Knight (1877-1970) in the November 2 sale at Parker Fine Art Auctions in Farnham, this pencil study features Enrico Cecchetti who ran a dance school where Knight made drawings and subsequent prints of dancers.
Measuring 9½ x 14in (24 x 36cm), it is estimated at £200-300.
From the collection of a deceased Aberdeenshire collector, this Scottish church pewter beaker is marked For the Kirk of Coull and dated 1694.
Huntly Auctions in Keith has estimated it at £200-300 in the November 19 sale. The beaker is 6in (15cm) tall and has a 3½in (9cm) diameter at the top.
The sale at Adam Partridge in Macclesfield on November 8-10 includes two of the coveted Doulton Lambeth anthropomorphic ‘mouse’ group designed by George Tinworth.
Going to the Derby (estimate £2000-3000) and Lost and Served their rights for betting (estimate £1500-2000) are a pair. One shows a carriage of frogs pulled by a mouse on their way to Epson. The other shows the party somewhat dejected as they follow the sign back to London.
Part of a small group of first editions by US authors that appear for sale at Special Auction Services on November 7, this copy of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice & Men (1937) is estimated at £150-250.
A collection of modern Vietnamese embroideries collected by the late Chinese and Japanese porcelain and works of art specialist David Wheatley will be offered at Roseberys in south London on November 7.
The dealer from Wheatley Antiques, who died in 2017, joined the trade in 1973. In 2003, when on a cycling holiday in Vietnam, Wheatley made contact with XQ Embroideries: a collective making hand embroidery, made by artisans and designed by artists, in a historical village in Dalat, Vietnam.
Wheatley and his wife Linda became distributors in the UK for founders Mr Vo Van Quan and is wife Hoang Thi Quan, as well as personal friends.
Wheatley retired in 2006 and his collection remained in storage. It is now being sold and 10 artworks are offered at the West Norwood auction house. Among them is this leopard embroidery called The Hunter by Nguyen Thanh Phong and made by Hoang Thi.
Guided at £400-800, this rare Wade earthenware model of a parrot perched on a branch was designed by Colin Melbourne in the 1950s.
To be offered for sale at Potteries Auctions’ 20th Century Rare Ceramics, Collectables, Jewellery & Furniture sale on November 9-11 in Stoke-on- Trent, it has no factory marks and measures 11½in (29cm) high.
On November 15 Batemans of Stamford is holding an auction of a private collection of bronzes by Italian artist Giuseppe Renda (1859-1939).
Estimated at £1500-2000 in the 55-lot sale is this 14in (35.5cm) high, aculpture titled ‘First mistake’ (Primo fallo). Created c.1900, it is signed G Renda and comes with an Art Lagana foundry seal. It is mounted on a stepped green marble base.
This Victorian hexagonal silver tankard, each side set with Wedgwood blue Jasperware plaques, comes for sale at Hogbens in Westenhanger, Kent, on November 19. It has a retailer’s inscription to the base for J Mayer, Goldsmiths of Liverpool, but maker’s marks for Joseph Angell I & Joseph Angell II of London (1845). It is offered without reserve but pre-auction bidding had reached £120 at the time ATG went to press.
From a private collection in Hampshire, this miniature Welsh oak chest features two long and two short drawers inlaid with mahogany, holly and bog oak.
Made in Carmarthenshire c.1790- 1820, it measures 11½in (29cm) high x 14in (36cm) long x 9½in (24cm) deep.
At Rogers Jones in Cardiff on November 18 it has an estimate of £500-800.
Accompanied by a later Breguet certificate, confirming the watch’s details, as recorded in the firm’s archives, this open face fob watch has an engine-turned case, with a Paris gold mark for 1819-38.
It comes with a signed fitted red leather box and is estimated at £800-1200 at Mallams in Oxford on November 15-16.