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Most importantly, it had its original trays and there were no cracks to the panelled doors and sides.

These factors more than compensated for its lack of colour and were instrumental in coaxing £1900 from the trade.

Sleeper of the sale emerged in the metalwork section, where a large green-painted tin-metal shop display tea canister was bid to £540 – ten times estimate – while among the miscellanea an Art Nouveau mirror and coat rack brought £610 from the local trade and a crocodile skin suitcase was snapped up at £180.

Rendell’s, Ashburton, November 9-10
No Buyer’s premium