HUNTING memorabilia, a stuffed and mounted baboon head, and no fewer than five large stag heads are among the lots going under the hammer at an antiques auction in the Cotswolds later this month.

Of particular local interest to bidders at Moore Allen & Innocent's sporting sale in Cirencester is a collection of hunting memorabilia relating to the Vale of the White Horse (Cricklade) hunt in the 1930s.

The collection includes a copper hunting horn by luxury bridle-leather luggage maker Swaine & Adeney of Piccadilly, which was owned by master of the hounds Fred Brown.

Also included is a horse hoof clock mount presented to Brown by Captain Maurice Kingscote – who was master of the hunt for five seasons from 1931 to 1936 - in 1933, and a silver hunting horn ascribed to Brown from the followers of the VWH Hunt, 1931 to 1936.

And to put faces to names, the lot also includes a framed photograph from the studios of Dennis Moss of Cirencester featuring Fred Brown with Captain Kingscote astride his horse, taken at the last meet of the 1935 season, on April 12th at Latton.

The lot carries an estimate of £1,500 to £2,000.

Hunting, of course, spawned flat racing and a 2004 portrait of three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate is expected to achieve between £500 and £800.

Best Mate won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2002, 2003, and 2004, after which trainer Henrietta Knight commissioned renowned equestrian artist BR Linklater to paint Best Mate's portrait.

Best Mate died a year later while competing in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter Racecourse. His ashes were buried beside the winning post at Cheltenham Racecourse and, in 2007, a statue of Best Mate was unveiled at the course.

Statuesque, certainly, are a collection of 12- and 13-point stag heads that look over the taxidermy section. Estimates range from £300 to £500 to £700 to £1,000 per head.

The section also includes a bison head (£1,200 to £1,500) and perhaps the most striking lot of the sale – the stuffed and mounted head of a baboon in screaming pose. The lot is expected to achieve between £400 and £600.

Far more sedate are the 10 lbs 8 oz rainbow trout and 8 lbs 4 oz brown trout caught by M Barker at Dever Springs in Hampshire in 1990 and Church Hill Farm, Buckinghamshire in 1991. The fish have been mounted in naturalistic setting in bow fronted cases by the taxidermist Robert Marshall of Staffordshire. Each carries an estimate of £500 to £700.

The wooden cast of a salmon caught at the Lee Brink rapid at Fownhope on the River Wye in 1925, meanwhile, is expected to achieve £1,000 to £1,200. Presumably the thought of tucking into the 48-inch, 46 lb fish was too tasty to resist, or the fisherman might have had it mounted.

Over in the fishing section, an innovative 1884 patented circular japanned fly box with internal spool and trout flies dispenser is expected to achieve £80 to £100, as is a carded selection of Farlow fully dressed salmon flies.

As usual, the sporting pictures section includes a number of prints, some signed, by the English painter Charles Johnson Payne, or Snaffles, who was renowned for his humorous portrayals of hunting scenes.

But Snaffles began his career as a war artist, reporting on the war in France in 1914 – which is how an interesting piece of World War I memorabilia has found its way into a sporting sale.

His portrait of a soldier before a destroyed church at Ypres in Belgium, one hand bloodied and bandaged, the other holding a rifle and bayonet run through a German pickelhaube helmet, adorns the cover of the score to the official march song of the Ypres League, a remembrance society for the 50,000 to 60,000 British soldiers killed there. The League's now-familiar motto was Lest We Forget.

The society was active until the 1940s, and in 1925 a song was composed by West End songwriter Max Darewski with lyrics by Philip Seeley: Whistle the Way You Whistled to Wipers.

The song begins: "When things go wrong the old folks say / that things went wrong before / but we went whistling on our way / and whistling won the war."

With an estimate of £50 to £80, the framed score – which originally retailed for sixpence – could be going for a song.

The auction takes place on Friday, September 21. For a full auction catalogue, visit