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However at the latest sale at Elsecar, where 239 of the 251 lots found buyers and totalled £17,600, this rare and undamaged mallet-shaped whiskey jug, left, stayed in the UK.

The 63/4in (17cm) high transfer printed jug once held the Irish rather than the Scotch hard stuff and attracted interest from America and Ireland but went to a Scottish collector at a double-estimate £235.

Highest price of the day was the £700 bid for a Fry’s chocolate display cabinet.