Kerry Taylor Auctions have a bumper bundle of interesting lots for their next scheduled auction, which will be held on the 3rd December 2013. The first lot that is of note is a set of 18th century wig bellows, Lot 41.

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They bear, as you can plainly see,  the cypher of King George III, and date from circa 1775.

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They are made of mahogany with leather sides and have an ivory tip. They are painted in gold with a crown and the cypher “GR III, 16cm” and measure 6 1/4in long. They would have been used by the king’s valet, as Kerry Taylor tells us:

to administer tinted, scented powder to the wig before it was placed on the Royal head. Wig bellows are rare an
d Royal ones especially so.

Quite so. The estimate is between £1000-1500. Fascinating.

The next lot to be of interest to us is Lot 46,

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a fine broderie anglaise summer gown, circa 1815-20. It has an empire-line bodice,

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a skirt hem and sleeve sides trimmed and inset with cutwork lace, cotton tassels and tufts.

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©Kerry Taylor Auctions

The lot also includes a whitework sprigged cotton empire line skirt.

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©Kerry Taylor Auctions

The estimate for this lot is between £800-1200

And finally some garters, dating from the 1820s.

Made of printed and painted satin, they are embellished with scenes which include that of boys and girls at play with dogs, and a girl feeding chickens.

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©Kerry Taylor Auctinos

The estimate for this lot, Lot 40 , is between £500-900. I confess…I’d love them ;)