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Lot 22 (Out of the Ordinary - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 13th April 2021)

CAT MUMMY

CAT MUMMY,
17th century, a mummified cat, in wrappings, allegedly removed from a chimney in Devon,
55cm long

It was the custom in Britain in the 16th and 17th centuries to place the body of a cat inside the walls of a newly-built home to ward off witches, evil and occult spirits.

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Estimate
£600 - £800
 

Buyer's premium: 30.00% (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)


Viewing

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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: Out of the Ordinary - Two Day Sale - Live Online, 13th April 2021

Viewing

Although we are currently unable to offer general viewing of all items in our auction rooms, we are pleased to announce that selected items for this sale can be viewed by appointment on 12, 13 and 14 of April.  If you would like to book a time slot to view (maximum of 10 lots), please click on the link below: 

Book Appointment

All lots are, however, extensively illustrated and carry detailed condition reports - see 'Condition report' at the foot of each lot description.

View all lots in this sale

Please note that this item is not suitable for an automated shipping estimate. 

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