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The silver and objects of vertu sale at Bishop & Miller in Stowmarket on February 7 includes this novel 3in (7.5cm) Victorian pepperette in the form of an owl. It has marks to thread and body for London 1850 and the maker Joseph Angell II.

Estimate £300-500.

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A collection of weapons for sale at Taylors of Montrose, Angus, on February 8 includes this Fijian ula or throwing club with a ribbed head and incised patterns to the shaft and grip. It is estimated at £320-350.

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In February 2018 the Cotswold Auction Company in Cheltenham offered a small collection of works by the prolific Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849).

The vendor was a descendant of Frances Anne Beaufort (1769-1865) who (although actually a year younger than Maria) became her stepmother when her father Richard Lovell Edgeworth married for a fourth time.

More material from the same local source will be sold on February 11 this year – including a quantity of notebooks in which Maria sketches out the characters and plot developments for some of her better-known novels such as Orlandino, Harry and Lucy, Popular Tales and Parent’s Assistance.

A series of letters includes correspondence from Richard Bentley, her publisher at Bentley and Colburn, relating to Helen, her final novel, published in 1834.

Estimates range from £200-300 for lots of correspondence to £4000-6000 for a suitcase-full of sketchbooks and notebooks relating her many different novels

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The sale at Fieldings in Stourbridge on February 8 includes this Meccano Motor Car Constructor outfit finished in green, with instructions, original packing slip and supplementary instructions, in original box.

Both the box and the ephemera are dated June and July 1932 making this a relatively early and complete version of the classic set.

Estimate £400-600

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