This 10½ x 12½in (26 x 31cm) linocut, Spring by Claude Flight (1881-1955), pictured top, has an estimate of £2500-3500 at Roseberys London on July 7.
Signed and numbered, it is from an edition of 50 published in 1926 as part of The Four Seasons suite.
A Royal Navy Reserve officer’s sword owned by Robert Erskine Childers is estimated at €3000-5000 in the July 11 auction by Mullen’s in Bray, Co Dublin. The scabbard throat of the Victorian 1827-pattern sword is engraved RE Childers.
In 1903 Childers wrote The Riddle of the Sands, a popular spy story involving an imaginary German raid on England. Eleven years later in July 1914 he sailed a cargo of 900 Mauser rifles and 29,000 rounds of ammunition from Germany to Howth, Co Dublin, aboard his yacht, Asgard, to arm the Irish Volunteers.
Despite his Irish nationalism, when the First World War broke out he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, serving in the Gallipoli Campaign, earning a DSC. In July 1917 he was assigned to the secretariat of Lloyd George’s Home Rule Convention in Dublin Castle and later transferred into the newly created RAF where he served until early 1919.
Post-war he supported the IRA against the establishment of the Irish Free State and was executed by firing squad in 1922.
This sword was bought by an English collector at Mullen’s Laurel Park auction in the late 1980s-early 1990s, and then purchased by the current owner.
The Charterhouse auction of collectors’ items on July 3 includes a large 1950s Shackleton Foden flatbed lorry. Fitted with a clockwork engine, this was an expensive die-cast toy when new for the owner who lived in Epsom, Surrey.
It comes for sale with its original box estimated at £200-400.
Ewbank’s will be offering this limited-edition tapestry by Grayson Perry as part of the Fine & Contemporary Art Auction on July 23. Consigned by a private collector, Comfort Blanket dates to 2014 and comes in an edition of around 50.
It was made as part of the 26ft 3in x 9ft 10in (8 x 3m) tapestry Perry designed for the National Portrait Gallery show Who are you?. This 5ft 7in x 4ft 5in (1.7 x 1.35m) unframed section shows a British citizen surrounded by ‘core values’ and institutions. It is estimated at £1000-2000.
The multi-bladed coaching knife made by Victorian cutler Butler of Sheffield includes tools for leather repair, coach door keys and a corkscrew. This example has a guide of £150-200 at Taylors in Montrose on July 23-24.
A vitreous enamel Stop Shell advertising sign is estimated at £500-600 at Spicers’ auction on July 4. The 18in x 2ft (46 x 61cm) sign features in the Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia sale held at Sledmere House near Driffield, East Yorkshire.
The Thomson Roddick sale in Carlisle on July 9 includes what is billed as “a pioneering publication and generally accepted as the world’s first published comic, with those famous words ‘to be continued’ first used as early as issue 2”.
Estimated at £1500-2500 are Vol 1, nos 1-16 of the Glasgow Looking Glass, later the Northern Looking Glass (after the first five issues). The earlier issues are lithographed, the later ones engraved, with caricature and comic illustrations and text throughout.
Satirising the political and social life of Scotland in the 1820s, it is said to have been conceived and illustrated by William Heath, although Thomson Roddick cautions: “There is some debate regarding the extent of Heath’s involvement with indications that he did not participate until issue no 10.”
The …Glass was published by ‘John Watson, Lithographic Press, 169 George St. (Glasgow) – Hints taken, ideas illustrated and fancies illuminated’, from June 11, 1825, to February 20, 1826. The final issue is dated April 3, 1826.
An Edward Medal – known as the miner’s Victoria Cross – features in the July 4-5 auction at Lockdales in Ipswich. It is one of the rarest British and Commonwealth gallantry awards: just 77 silver first class medals were issued, with 15 presented for acts of heroism in South Africa.
This example, estimated at £3000-5000, in its original case, was awarded to a diamond miner Benjamin Kelly for his gallantry at the Big Hole diamond mine in Kimberley, South Africa, in January 1909. When a mud rush cut off six men the rescuers, at great risk to themselves, succeeded in rescuing the miners who had been trapped for 40 hours.
The EM was instituted by Royal Warrant in 1907 to recognise acts of bravery of miners and quarrymen to rescue fellow workers. It was replaced by the George Cross in 1971.
Adam’s in Dublin returns to the rostrum for the first time since March on July 5. The appropriately titled At Home sale includes this pair of Arts & Crafts silver and enamel dishes by Omar Ramsden, London 1936. In addition to the hallmarks, the 5in (12cm) dishes are each inscribed Omar Ramsden Me Fecit. Estimate €1200-1800.
A royal presentation silver cigarette case and accompanying letter from George VI to Lionel Logue is guided at £4000-6000 in the Woolley & Wallis auction on July 22-23.
The letter dated May 17, 1937, and written from Windsor Castle, begins: “The Queen and I have just viewed the film of our Coronation, and I could not wait to send you a few lines to thank you again for your hard work in helping me prepare for the great day.”
Logue, an Australian, was George VI’s speech therapist (portrayed in the 2010 film The King’s Speech by Geoffrey Rush). This letter was sent five days after the coronation.
The (13cm) long case by The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company, London 1936, is applied with the Royal cipher of George VI in gold.
This lot has a provenance to Lionel Logue (1880-1953), his brother Herbert (1883- 1954), Charles McGowan and Sons in 1953, then by family descent to the current owner.
Silverwoods’ sale in Clitheroe, Lancashire, on July 8 includes this pair of 19th century Chinese export triple gourd form vases standing 18in (44cm) high. As well as floral sprays, the vases have an armorial crest thought to relate to a branch of the Mosley family of Ancoats.
An 18th century embroidered silk baby’s bonnet is estimated at £500-700 in Hansons’ July 2-3 auction in Etwall, Derbyshire. It measures about 4in (10cm) deep.
Four days after the death of the ‘father of British clockmaking’ Thomas Tompion in 1713, one of his former apprentices William Webster placed an advert in the London Gazette. It stated: ‘This is to certify all Persons of whatever Quality or Distinction that William Webster, at the Dial and Three Crowns in Exchange-Ally London, served his Apprenticeship, and served as a Journeyman a Considerable Time with the said Mr Tompion, and by his Industry and Care is fully acquainted with his Secrets in the said Art.’
Webster had worked in Tompion’s famous workshop ‘at the sign of the Dial and Three Crowns’ in Water Lane from 1702-10 so was well placed to pitch for some of his former master’s clientele.
Some idea of his technical prowess can be seen in this George I verge pocket watch that forms part of Sworders’ sale of Fine Jewellery, Watches and Designer Handbags on July 7. Signed Webster, Exchange Ally, London no.433, the movement (very much in the manner of Tompion) is a quarter repeater striking both the number of hours and the quarter hours.
Perhaps 20 years after it was made, c.1715, the original dial (probably gold and champlevé enamel) was updated to meet the fashion for the new ‘white’ dials that first took off in the 1730s. The watch, in what may be an original leather covered protective outer case, was last sold at auction in London in 1967 and has been privately owned by the same family since 1968. Estimate £3500-4000.
Among the more than 150 lots in Tennants’ Costume, Accessories & Textiles auction on July 4 is a mid-18th century carved and painted tuck comb doll – a type of peg wooden doll named for the carved hair comb featured. Measuring 6in (16cm) tall, it is offered with two later miniature wooden dolls mounted onto ‘cone’ skirts, with the trio estimated at £300-500 together.
Estimated at £2000-3000, this scarce Second World War Air Ministry RAF pilot’s Omega wristwatch features in the July 15-16 auction at Barry Hawkins in Downham Market, Norfolk.
Issued to RAF pilots and navigators it includes one of the best chronometer-rated movements Omega ever produced, the famous cal 30T2. The watch has the RAF marking A>M 6B/159 and the issue number 5824/43 stamped on the stainless steel case back.
Bonhams’ Old Master Paintings Part I auction on July 7 includes this Paul Sandby gouache on paper. The 210in x 2ft 7in (55 x 79.5cm) work depicts The Welsh Bridge at Shrewsbury and is signed, inscribed and dated for 1800. The paintings was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1801.
The old bridge at Shrewsbury, replaced in 1795, was a subject Sandby returned to several times; he also made a print of it in aquatint.
Consigned from a private collection, it is estimated at £10,000-15,000.