AN historic piece of Teesside hunting history is expected to sell for thousands of pounds at auction

100 years ago, squire William Wharton of the Skelton Castle Estate in Cleveland accidentally killed one of his land owners fox terrier with his horse during a hunt.

After the squire’s horse run down the hunting dog his remorse drove him to apologise to his tenant farmer, Henry Allison, in a unique and grand way.

Mr Wharton commissioned a master taxidermist Peter Spicer whose extremely realistic work is high sought after today.

Having been passed down through the family of Henry Allison, this impressive taxidermy case is now up for sale at Tennants Auctioneers of Leyburn, North Yorkshire on September 20 as part of their Natural History and Taxidermy Sale, with viewing taking place the day before.

Tennants Auctioneers, based in Layburn in north Yorkshire, is a fourth generation family business and is one of the UK’s largest international Antiques and Fine Art auctioneers.